September 15th, 2010, 1:01 pm by Greg
November 5th, 2009, 8:01 am by Greg
Jazz composer and pianist Yuko Kishimoto doesn’t see herself as someone out of the ordinary. She equates her first name as the equivalent of, say, a run-of-the-mill “Jenny,” in Japanese. However, this transplant from Hiroshima, Japan, is way more unique than her first name might imply.
She is a gifted composer whose work has been recognized and applauded by the regional jazz community. For example, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble utilized a pair of her compositions on their recent debut album “Live at the Lark Tavern,” and veteran vibraphonist Michael Benedict recorded two more selections from her deep songbag on his latest release, “New Phase.” This weekend, she’ll be performing at Proctors’ Robb Alley in Schenectady on Friday and at Justin’s in Albany on Saturday.
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VISUAL ART/LECTURE: G.C. Haymes talk and opening reception for “Collected Works” @ The Yates Gallery, Siena College, Loudonville: No, we’re not above a little shameless self-promotion. Nippertown writer showcases his visual art side with an exhibition curated by Sergio Sericolo. Artist talk/interview with arts critic Timothy Cahill at 4pm; opening reception 4:30-6pm. Free.
MUSIC: Terra Naomi with Jon Sandler @ Valentine’s Music Hall, Albany: Local girl makes good. Singer-songwriter wins the first-ever YouTube Award for Best Music Video. Signs major label deal with Island Records. Plays in front of like 80,000 people in London’s Wembley Stadium as part of worldwide Live Earth festival. Records album for Island – hates it. Leaves Island Records. October 20, 2009: New EP, “You For Me,” available on iTunes. Naomi lands at Valentine’s for a homecoming concert. Now yer up to date… 8pm. $10.
OPEN MIC: The Eighth Step Open Mic Night @ Proctors’ Robb Alley, Schenectady: Hosted by singer-songwriter Cathy Winter, the Eighth Step’s open mic night takes place on the first Thursday of each month at Proctors’ Robb Alley (across from the Muddy Cup). Come on down and strut your stuff, and sit back and listen to new emerging talent. 7pm. Free.
MUSIC: Maria Muldaur @ the Colony Cafe, Woodstock: Long before she was riding the hit parade with “Midnight at the Oasis,” the lovely Maria Muldaur was making funky acoustic music with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and the Even Dozen Jug Band. On her new album, “Maria Muldaur and Her Garden of Joy,” she revisits her roots with guest performances by her former bandmates John Sebastian, David Grisman and the late great jugmeister Fritz Richmond. (She’ll also be at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Friday, November 6.) 8pm.