Real Good for Free: Tribute to Nick Brignola, 9/24/11

September 19th, 2011, 3:30 pm by Greg

Nick Brignola

Nick Brignola

The third annual International Festival will be held at the Hill Street Market Place (on Hill Street between Washington and Liberty streets) in Troy from 11am-sundown on Saturday (September 24), and one of the sure-to-be highlights of the fest with be a special tribute to the late, great Nick Brignola, the Troy native and jazz baritone sax master who passed away in 2002.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the birth of Brignola, and in his honor, an all-star jazz quartet – featuring drummer David Calarco, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia, bassist Otto Gardner and former Brignola student and saxman Brian Patneaude – will play a special concert at the fest at 5pm.

Admission is free.


PearlPalooza @ North Pearl Street, Albany (Saturday, September 24)
Live at the Bearsville Theater @ the Bearsville Theater, Woodstock (8pm on Mondays)
Music @ Noon @ the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy (12noon on Tuesdays)
September in the City @ Tricentennial Park, Albany (11:30am on Wednesdays)
Frequency North Reading Series @ the College of Saint Rose, Albany (various days)


LIVE: Tribute to Nick Brignola @ the Van Dyck, 1/29/11

January 31st, 2011, 12:00 pm by Greg
Lee Shaw, Chuck D'Aloia, Otto Gardner and Brian Patneaude

Lee Shaw, Chuck D'Aloia, Otto Gardner and Brian Patneaude

It wasn’t just jazz fans who crowded into the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Saturday night, making for a standing-room-only evening. Memories and love filled the room to capacity, as well, for the annual Tribute to Nick Brignola concert. And the stage was packed, too, as some of Nippertown’s finest jazz musicians gathered together to form an all-star band that offered a marvelous musical homage to the great saxophonist who passed away nearly a decade ago.

Emcee Bill McCann – the long-time host of WCDB-FM’s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” – gave the first of many reminiscences of the warm person and brilliant musician that Nick was. Drummer David Calarco and guitarist Chuck D’Aloia shared their personal memories of what it was like to play with Nick. Calarco noted how Brignola would continually tease and challenge his bandmates, often warning them by saying, “Not too fast!” and then counting off the very next tune at a blistering, break-neck tempo.

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