Posts Tagged ‘Orchestra’

LIVE: “Music and Memories” @ Massry Center, 9/26/09

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Ann Hampton Calloway

Ann Hampton Calloway


OK, just in case you need all the information, the full title of the event was “Music and Memories: An Evening with the Legendary Johnny Mandel featuring Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra with vocalist Ann Hampton Callaway.”

First, Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Jazz Orchestra took their place on the bandstand in the modern Massry Center for the Arts on the College of Saint Rose campus. A moment later legendary composer and arranger Johnny Mandel walked out with a smile and a wave, taking up the baton to lead the band through a retrospective of his jazz and film music.

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FIVE FIRSTS: Brian Patneaude

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

brianpatneaudeNAME: Brian Patneaude
BAND AFFILIATION: Brian Patneaude Quartet; Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra; Empire Jazz Orchestra; Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble; and anyone else that calls.
INSTRUMENT: saxophones

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … The first album I can recall searching out on my own was a cassette copy of Paul McCartney’s “Tug of War” for the song “Ebony & Ivory.”

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Metallica and Queensryche at the RPI Fieldhouse in 1989.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I picked up the saxophone in the 5th grade – it’s been a love/hate affair ever since.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … I remember putting on an impromptu solo dance routine to the theme of “Star Wars” in front of my kindergarten classmates – does that count?

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I played drums in a trio with friends from high school ironically named Fusion. For the longest time our repertoire consisted of “In A Gadda Da Vida” and a few original songs that sounded oddly similar to “In A Gadda Da Vida.”

The Brian Patneaude Quartet takes the stage at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Thursday, September 24.

LIVE: The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra @ Tanglewood, 9/6/09

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009
The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra

Swing, swang, swung…

The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra conjugated it pretty much every old way you could possibly want on the final day of the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, Mass.

The towering 80-minute performance was primarily crafted from the sturdy building blocks of the vast Thad Jones catalog, which was certainly no surprise since the 16-piece VJO is devoted to carrying on the music and legacy of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.

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Comin’ soon…

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Rory Block

Rory Block

Grateful Dead concert re-creationists the Dark Star Orchestra step into the spotlight at the Palace Theatre in Albany on Friday, November 6. (Which means that Nov. 6 is shaping up as a battle of the tribute bands – with Beatles homage combo 1964 The Tribute at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall going head-to-head with DSO.)

While Dark Star Orchestra have climbed up the ladder from clubs to concert halls, second generation reggae star Ziggy Marley is headed in the other direction – at least for a fall tour that includes a stop at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Tuesday, September 15. Just earlier this summer Marley was co-headlining SPAC with 311.

Also at Northern Lights, a thoroughly smashing show with Five Finger Death Punch, 2 Cents, OTEP, Shadows Fall and Burning Human (meaning double duty for drummer Jason Bittner) on Tuesday, October 6. Tix go on sale at 10am Saturday, August 15.

New shows on the upcoming calendar at The Egg in Albany include the new acoustic music of Peter Rowan and Tony Rice (Sunday, October 4), the reunion of Nippertown Celtic trio Donnybrook Fair (Thursday, March 11) and blues greats Johnny Winter and James Cotton (Friday, April 16).

A place where music-meets-dogs!: Blues queen Rory Block is playing a benefit concert for the Columbia-Greene Humane Society at St. James Church in Chatham on Friday, September 18.

Saxman Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe explodes at Revolution Hall in Troy on Thursday, October 29.

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