Posts Tagged ‘Riverfront Jazz Festival’

LIVE: Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park, 9/8/12

Monday, September 10th, 2012
The Chronicles: Brian Brundige and Jeff Nania

The Chronicles: Brian Brundige and Jeff Nania

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

It’s always a bummer when a party has to end early, but what are you gonna do? Organizers of the Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest have had pretty good luck with weather in the past, so it’s understandable that they would roll the dice one more time… only this time the dice came up snake-eyes. The size and potential violence of oncoming storms forced the city to pull the plug a little after 3pm on Saturday, long before Terri Lyne Carrington’s Mosaic Project, Charlie Hunter or Delfeayo Marsalis had a chance to grace the stage. In the eloquent words of Nippertown drum boss Dave Calarco, “It is what it is.”

“Can we at least enjoy an amazing band?” asked “Mike,” one of the fest emcees and a representative from Crush 105.7 (which had become “PopCrush 105.7” the afternoon before). Not only did we get to enjoy a short-but-HOT set from that “amazing band” (aka, the Pedrito Martinez Group), but the early risers and early arrivals got great music from three bands – two of them from Nippertown, and all of them a tribute to Riverfront’s ongoing effort to show jazz is living, breathing, and (most importantly) evolving!

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It’s a Battle of the Jazz Bands in Downtown Albany…

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

The second annual Downtown Albany JazzFest Competition will take place in a variety of downtown Albany bars and restaurants from 5-9pm on Friday, September 7, which just happens to be the day before the 11th annual Port of Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival lands at Riverfront Park in Corning Preserve.

Here’s how it works:

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LIVE: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park, 9/10/11

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Kevin Eubanks and Rene Camacho

Kevin Eubanks and Rene Camacho


April is “officially” Jazz Appreciation Month – or JAM, as the Smithsonian repeatedly refers to it; however, between the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, the Lake George Jazz Weekend, A Place for Jazz and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Capital Region really celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month in September. Like JAM, Riverfront is celebrating its 10th birthday, and like most ten-year olds, the festival is growing like a weed on steroids.

Michael Benedict & Bopitude got the opening slot Riverfront has always reserved for local acts. But as part of the festival’s ongoing growth spurt, ten other groups vied for an additional slot on Riverfront’s program by participating the night before the festival in the Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition, a multi-club “battle of the bands,” with the winner decided by audience members. Given the short notice and the first-year status of the contest, voter participation was pretty decent, and there’s talk of expanding the competition next year.
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Song o’ the Week: Big Sam’s Funky Nation’s “Big Ole Booty”

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Big Sam’s Funky Nation are scheduled to hit it at 5:30pm on Saturday at the Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival, and you’re gonna want to be there. Sharing the stage in Albany’s Riverfront Park will be Michael Benedict & Bopitude (1pm), Simone (2:15pm), the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet (4pm) and headliner Kevin Eubanks (7pm). The fest kicks off at 12noon with the winner of Friday night’s Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition, and, yes, admission is FREE.

A tip o’ the hat to J Hunter

INTERVIEW: Jeff Coffin of the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Fairly or unfairly, Jeff Coffin is known primarily as a sideman and a substitute: The multi-instrumentalist replaced harp wizard Howard Levy in Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, and then he stepped into the gap left in the Dave Matthews Band after the sudden death of saxman LeRoi Moore.

But Coffin has also been making his own music for nearly 20 years, and anyone who saw the Jeff Coffin Mu’tet’s incendiary performance at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center this past spring knows just how wild that music can get.

The Mu’tet – which also features Derek Trucks Band keyboardist Kofi Burbridge and second-generation bass wunderkind Felix Pastorius – is one of the featured acts at the 10th annual Port of Albany’s Riverfront Jazz Festival in Albany’s Riverfront Park on Saturday, and Coffin was kind enough to give us some time out of his chock-full schedule:

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It’s the Battle of the Jazz Bands in Albany

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

The inaugural Downtown Albany Jazz Fest Competition will take place in a variety of downtown Albany bars and restaurants from 6-10pm on Friday, September 9, which just happens to be the day before the 10th annual Port of Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival lands at Riverfront Park in Corning Preserve.

Here’s how it works:

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Live: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival @ Riverfront Park, 9/11/10

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

John Scofield

John Scofield


This one might just have been the best Albany Riverfront Jazz Fest yet. Really, I don’t know what more you have asked for.

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Real Good for Free: Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival Line-up Announced

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The City of Albany Special Events Office has announced the line-up for the annual Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, which is slated to take place from 12:30-8pm on Saturday, September 11.

Here’s the schedule:

12:30pm: Troika
1:45pm: Somi
3:15pm: The Ravi Coltrane Quartet
4:45pm: Ivan Neville’s DumpstaPhunk
6:15pm: The John Scofield Jazz Quartet featuring Michael Eckroth, Ben Street and Matt Wilson
7:30pm: fireworks

Admission to the festival is free.

PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED: REAL GOOD FOR FREE:

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