The Greater Nippertown area indeed has been blessed with a wealth of talented musicians. And a goodly number of them were certainly displayed on Saturday, February 1, when Michael Benedict hosted a quartet of guest drummer-percussionists backed by his band Bopitude in concert at The Egg in Albany.
Modeled after the famous jazz drum battles in the 1950s and ’60s at Birdland, the concert featured Mark Foster, Pete Sweeney and Bob Halek on trap drum kits, as well as percussionist Brian Melick.
One of the surprise hits of last year’s Nippertown’s holiday season, the Local 518 all-star jazz trio – featuring pianist and host David Gleason, bassist Mike Lawrence and drummer Pete Sweeney – returns to the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany on Sunday (December 2) for two shows.
The core of the unforgettable, family-friendly afternoon is the marvelous music of Vince Guaraldi – made famous in those “Peanuts” holiday specials – but you’ll also experience a stage full of Christmas decorations, an audience sing-a-long and a healthy dose of humor. And let’s not forget the milk-and-cookies reception for the kids, too.
Jimmy Cobb just may be the ultimate swinger. In his long career as a jazz drummer, he has been a signature contributor to recordings from such iconic musicians such as John Coltrane, Wynton Kelley, Wes Montgomery and many others. His tenure with the great trumpet player Miles Davis in the 1950’s resulted in several great recordings, the most famous and influential being “Kind of Blue” in 1958. Over time this recording has achieved mythic status, largely in part to its great compositions and legendary band members. The original recording featured Miles Davis (trumpet), John Coltrane (tenor saxophone), Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone), Wynton Kelly and Bill Evans (piano), Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums).
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