LIVE: Jazz in the Valley @ Waryas Park, 8/18-19/12

September 5th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Sara
The Cookers: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson and Craig Handy

The Cookers: Billy Harper, David Weiss, Eddie Henderson and Craig Handy

Photographs by Rudy Lu

America’s classical music in its many forms was celebrated last month at the 12th annual Transart Jazz in the Valley Festival at its new location, Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. The scenic location in between the Mid Hudson Bridge and the Hudson River Walkway served as a perfect backdrop for a wide stylistic variety of jazz acts, including the post-bop stylings of the Cookers and We Four, B3 organ jazz served up by Hudson Valley local Mike Torzone and all-round entertainer Lou Donaldson, piano virtuoso Helen Sung with her quartet, the multi-generational Latin jazz orchestra Zon Del Barrio and the jazz-funk of Lou Donaldson and Les McCann.

Mike Torzone opened both days with a different band for each day. Tenor sax virtuoso Javon Jackson also performed double duty playing in We Four and with Les McCann.

The splendid weather was a bonus. And the festival promises to be a splendid annual event – one of the many reasons it’s great to be in upstate New York in the summer.

More of Rudy Lu’s photographs here and here at Albany Jazz

Zon Del Barrio

Zon Del Barrio

Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers

Lou Donaldson with Akiko Tsuruga and Randy Johnston

Lou Donaldson with Akiko Tsuruga and Randy Johnston

 Joe Torsone and Mike DeMicco of the Joe Torsone Quartet

Joe Torsone and Mike DeMicco of the Joe Torsone Quartet

(left) Helen Sung and (right) Swiss Movement Revisited - Les McCann w/Javon Jackson Band and Javon Jackson with Greg Jones

(left) Helen Sung and (right) Swiss Movement Revisited – Les McCann w/Javon Jackson Band and Javon Jackson with Greg Jones


Festival Fever: Jazz in the Valley @ Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park, 8/18-19/12

August 13th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

The 12th annual Jazz in the Valley Festival is celebrating a new beginning as it moves up the Hudson to Poughkeepsie for the first time this weekend. Sponsored by the non-profit arts organization Transart, the fest will take over Poughkeepsie’s Waryas Park for two days of world-class jazz beginning at 12noon on Saturday and Sunday, (August 18 & 19).

Tix are $29-$67.50.

Here’s the line-up of bands for the 2012 Jazz in the Valley Festival this weekend:

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Jackson Browne – This Time Solo

September 28th, 2010, 3:01 pm by Greg

Jackson Browne with David Lindley

Jackson Browne with David Lindley performing @ The Palace Theatre 9/7/10 (photo by Martin Benjamin)

Yes, singer-songwriter-Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jackson Browne was just in town a couple of weeks ago with his band and David Lindley for a stellar concert at the Palace Theater.

But now he’s headed back to the Hudson Valley for a solo acoustic show at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie at 8pm on Saturday, October 16.

The reason? The concert is a fundraiser for Congressman John Hall – who you may recall was a founding member of the Woodstock-based hitmakers Orleans.

Tix are $65, $75 and $200. Additional Platinum VIP tix, which also include a reception following the show, are available for $500. You can order your tix online here.

Odds & Ends @ the End of the Week

October 2nd, 2009, 5:29 pm by Greg

EXTREME MAKEOVER, BRIDGE EDITION: The Walkway Over the Hudson is scheduled to open to the public at 3pm on Saturday (October 3), with a weekend-long celebration that features fireworks, parades, music, a night circus, biking and of course, walking. The former Poughkeepsie-Highland Railway Bridge has been transformed into a linear pedestrian park, connecting the city of Poughkeepsie in Dutchess County to the town of Lloyd in Ulster County. There are the numbers: The bridge is 6,767 feet long (approximately 1.25 miles). The top of the bridge deck is 212 feet above the water and the width expands from 24 feet over land, to 35 feet over the Hudson River. It is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world. Pretty cool…

SAD NEWS: It seems as though musicians and nightclub owners are natural born enemies, but that certainly wasn’t the case with Peter Paquet, who owned and ran the Metro in Saratoga Springs throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Formerly known simply by its address – 17 Maple Ave. – the nightspot hosted lots of great local talent (soul singer Jill Hughes practically lived there) as well as national stars (Joan Osborne turned in some of the most electrifying performances I’ve ever seen there) before Paquet decided to leave the nightclub business behind and devote himself fulltime to making art in 1996. Peter Paquet died on Monday after a lengthy, brave battle against cancer. Jill Hughes and Peter’s wife Melissa are organizing a memorial service at Skidmore College on Sunday, October 11. “I’d like to get the word out to the many musicians who played at the Metro in the hopes of making his memorial a musical event,” says Hughes. Contact her at

A collage by Pam Hollinde

A collage by Pam Hollinde

BAD DOGGIE. NO, GOOD DOGGIE: When artist Pam Hollinde had a secret collaborator to help her with the new work that she’s exhibiting at the Albany Art Room.

“Early last spring, I was feeling that artistically I was in a rut so I began pulling out old prints and watercolors for ideas,” Hollinde recalls. “I left the pile on my studio floor only to come home the next day to find my dog had torn many of the pieces up. I sat on the floor amid the torn work and began to reassemble and play with the pieces. I added handmade paper; the texture and color complimented the torn edges of the images. Suddenly, this happy accident helped me see many new possibilities and directions that my work could go in. It was as if the icons I had created in my prints had been freed from the page they were trapped in.”

Hollinde celebrates the opening of her new exhibit, “Serendipity” with a reception at the Albany Art Room from 5-9pm tonight in conjunction with the monthly First Friday arts walk.

HEY, WHO’S THAT GUY?: If you check out Solid Smoke at the Ale House in Troy on Saturday (October 3), you might do a double-take at the bandstand. (If there was actually a bandstand, of course.) Yup, that’s Boston-based saxman Sam Kininger of Soulive sittin’ in with Nippertown’s own solidly smokin’ funk ‘n’ soul combo.

Real Good For Free: Poughkeepsie Main Street Farmers Market

September 10th, 2009, 1:53 pm by Sara

Fresh food, great music and uplifting artworks of all kinds will be in abundance at the annual Harvest & Art Festival sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Main Street Farmers’ Market this Friday, September 11 from 11:30am-2pm at Mural Park on Main Street, just east of Market Street.

Featured performers include swing music by Suzie Deane & the Deane Machine and the Over The Pond to Poughkeepsie Ensemble reading selections from “1776,” You’ll also be able to watch a cooking demonstration using stevia recipes and visit lots of information booths for local arts organizations including Mill Street Loft, Barrett Clay Works, the Children’s Media Project.

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantHolly & EvanCartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaAdvertise on Nippertown!Berkshire On StageMohawk Hudson Humane Society