Weekday Happenings

October 13th, 2009, 10:17 am by Greg

Rejoice, boys & girls, moms & dads! You live in Nippertown, where you don’t have to wait for the weekend for good things to happen.

Here are a few suggestions of things to do during the next couple of days:

Social Distortion with the Strangers, Middle Class Rut @ Northern Lights, Clifton Park
Communal Drone Night @ the Arts Center of the Capital Region, Troy (FREE)
Renaissance with Jann Klose @ The Egg, Albany
Kate Voegele with Green River Ordinance @ Revolution Hall, Troy
Opening night of “The Color Purple” @ Proctors, Schenectady

The Dave Brubeck Quartet @ St. Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
“Dancing on the Air” with Jay Ungar & Molly Mason @ The Linda, Albany
Opening night of “The Seafarer” @ Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany
“Silent Film Spectacular!”: “The Lost World” with music by Beware! The Other Head of Science @ Albany Public Library, Albany (FREE)
“Live from the Living Room” poetry reading with Jason Crane @ the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Albany


Real Good For Free: The Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band @ Williams College, 10/9/09

October 8th, 2009, 8:49 am by Greg

The Bill Lowe-Andy Jaffe Repertory Big Band will perform on Friday, October 9 at 8 pm in the MainStage in the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance on the Williams College campus. This free event is open to the public but tickets are required and will be available one hour before the concert.

Renowned music educator Andy Jaffe and co-leader Bill Lowe, noted bass trombone player and tubist, bring their fresh and energetic big band, comprised of many of the finest players from all over the Northeast, to Williams to perform entirely original repertoire, mainly composed and arranged by leader Andy Jaffe, who for years has been among the vanguard of writers pushing the art of arranging and composition for big band into new frontiers, within the context of the tradition.

In this endeavor he fully exploits the colors available on his palette, continuously mixing them to create new shades and moods that can caress ears or raise hackles. Featuring full trumpet, trombone, and reed sections, French hornist John Clark as well as a rhythm section including faculty member Freddie Bryant on guitar and vocalist Nik Mathis, this is a rare opportunity to hear what a professional ensemble can do when it is unleashed to play the kind of music these musicians clearly love.

Here’s a vintage clip of the Big Band performing in 1988 for the opening of the Connecticut Legislature Office Building:

Real Good For Free: Arm-of-the-Sea Theater @ HVCC (10/8/09)
Real Good for Free: Capital Region’s Got Talent @ Revolution Hall (10/8/09)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: Happy Traum @ the Crandall Library (Various days)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

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