LIVE: Sketches of Influence @ Lucas Confectionery, 11/16/15

November 30th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Sketches of Influence

Sketches of Influence

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The Piano Jazz Queen of Greater Nippertown, Lee Shaw was a mentor and inspiration to so many jazz musicians throughout the Local 518. Joe Barna was one of them. Her recent death inspired the drummer to compose a six-part suite dedicated to her memory.

Last month, Barna slipped behind his drum kit to offer the premiere performance of “Suite Lee” at Lucas Confectionery in Troy with his band Sketches of Influence, featuring pianist Dave Solazzo, alto saxman Adam Siegel, bassist Dylan Perrillo and guitarist Mark Kleinhaut.

Barna penned five of the suite’s six songs in the suite during the week following Shaw’s death on October 25 at age 89. The other composition, “Ivory Romance,” was recorded six years ago and originally released on Barna’s 2011 CD, Blow It Out.

The compositions spanned the wide range of jazz styles that Lee had total command of in her repertoire:

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The Corey Aldrich Fundraiser @ Lucas Confectionery, 3/2/14

February 28th, 2014, 10:00 am by Greg
On the mend: Corey Aldrich

On the mend: Corey Aldrich

Story by Duncan Crary

Corey Aldrich is a talented brand & marketing manager, an avid arts advocate, a community cheerleader, a snappy dresser and an extraordinary red head.

He is also the ultimate LOL’er.

No one in Troy escapes his roaring cachinnation. And it is contagious, in the way good things are supposed to be contagious.

But he had a major accident back in November that put him out of commission for the last few months. And the city is a little quieter these days, in the way cities are not supposed to be quiet.

On Sunday (March 2) from 6-10pm, friends of Corey are bringing back the laughter to this place. This is an event to help Corey get back on his feet and help the city get back into the spirit of things. There will be live entertainment, a silent auction, a reading, wine and light refreshments.

Corey is one among many stylish and scrappy self-employed characters who enliven the Collar City.

So if you’re another alley cat out there, or if you just have a fondness for those of us who prowl around town making mirth, please swing by Lucas Confectionery in Troy this Sunday for a rollicking good time.

Entertainment at the Corey Aldrich Fundraiser will include a musical performances by C. Ryder Cooley and Erin Harkes, short plays and stories by Richard Lovrich and a reading by Michael Oatman of his new children’s book, “Tiny Pie.” Artists contributing work to the silent auction include Michael P. Farrell, Abe Ferraro, Tony Iadicicco, Willie Marlowe, Dorothea Osborn, RADICAL!, Jason Schultz and Alana Sparrow. Admission is $25.

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