Five Firsts: Martha Cluver of Roomful of Teeth

February 9th, 2015, 3:00 pm by Greg
Martha Cluver

Martha Cluver of Roomful of Teeth

NAME: Martha Cluver
BAND AFFILIATION: Roomful of Teeth
INSTRUMENT: soprano and whistler

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Vanilla Ice’s single “Ice Ice Baby” on cassette. Wow…

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LIVE: Stefon Harris @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 9/25/14

October 8th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Stefon Harris

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz vibraphone virtuoso and Albany native Stefon Harris returned to town recently for a homecoming concert at Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady, helping to raise funds for the Ring of Hope Boxing Club’s youth program, as well as test-driving a new group of musicians for a possible new band.

Now 41 years old, Harris may no longer qualify as a wunderkind, but there’s no question that he’s certainly still wonderful. With his mallets often flying faster than the eye could see, Harris anchored a stellar group of musicians, including acclaimed bassist Linda Oh, guitarist Mike Moreno, 25-year-old drummer Jonathan Pinson and 19-year-old pianist James Francis.

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LIVE: Line of Swords @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 2/21/14

March 3rd, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg
Line of Swords

Line of Swords

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

One look at Line of Swords’ personnel and you knew the first night of Proctors’ “Party Horns NYC” series was going to be next-level. What nobody could have expected was the near-relentless, utterly mind-blowing assault on both the ears and the senses of the audience. If these horns were playing a “party,” then somebody spiked the punch with a few tabs of Owsley’s finest.

It all started innocently (and curiously) enough when trombonist/leader Josh Roseman put his ‘bone to his mouth, obviously preparing to blow us away. Instead, we got lots of hiss, lots of air, and a faraway sound that might have been a horn. Roseman continued playing in the clear, bopping to the beat in his head, offering a meditation in breath as he filled the space with organic “static” that could have easily fit into a Radiohead tune. What wouldn’t have fit was the explosion of sound that finally came from guitarist Ben Monder and drummer Rudy Royston, with Monder ripping up his instrument’s bottom end, while Royston just ripped it up.

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LIVE: Dead Cat Bounce @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 3/9/13

March 11th, 2013, 2:00 pm by Greg
Dead Cat Bounce (photo by Rudy Lu)

Dead Cat Bounce: Chris Bacas, Matt Steckler, Terry Goss, Charlie Kohlhase

Photographs by Rudy Lu. See more of Rudy’s photos from this show here.

The NYC Party Horns concert series kicked off its third season at Proctors in Schenectady with the return of Dead Cat Bounce to the GE Theatre on Saturday night. Saxophonist and Schenectady native Matt Steckler led his four-horn sextet through a pair of sets of original music that was brimming over with complex grooves, a rainbow of tonal colors and adventurous collective improvisations.

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LIVE: Melba Moore @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 5/14/10

May 20th, 2010, 5:01 pm by Greg

Melba Moore

Exquisite vocalist Melba Moore has been on the fence as a singer throughout most of her four-decade-long career. She is known to some as a Broadway actress-singer having won a Tony Award for her show-stopping turn in “Purlie” in 1970, as well as starring in the original Broadway production of “Hair” a year earlier.

But to so many others, she is a multi-Grammy-nominated recording artist whose songs have embraced the entire American songbook from jazz-standards to Broadway show tunes with heaping helpings of gospel, disco, R&B and dance-club music all the way!

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