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LIVE: The Van Dyck Allstars Sax Summit @ the Van Dyck, 5/15/15

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015
Adam Siegel, Keith Pray and Lee Russo

Adam Siegel, Keith Pray and Lee Russo

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Rudy Lu

During the introduction to his arrangement of Mark Turner’s “Myron’s World”, Adam Siegel shared about how happy was to be playing with people that had inspired him for so many years. I know how Siegel feels: When I first started writing about jazz in Greater Nippertown, the five young “all-stars” at the front of the Van Dyck’s stage – tenormen Brian Patneaude and Lee Russo, altoists Siegel and Keith Pray and baritone saxman Jeff Nania – were either just starting to make inroads on the scene or were nowhere to be seen at all. Being able to witness their respective creative accomplishments over the last 10 years has been like watching your kids grow into adulthood – and these were “the kids” when I started out. Now they’re the heavyweights, and they played like champions on this night.

Patneaude’s charts for “Dear John” were tight as Jeff “Siege” Siegel’s drums as the octet launched the first set with the hard-bopping Freddie Hubbard composition. Russo’s primary ax is alto sax, which might explain why he started so high on his opening solo, but he would find the tenor’s full range as the night went on; Nania was also away from his usual tool, but he played that bari like he’d been weaned on tapes of Gary Smulyan, offering lines with both power and shape; Of course, tenor sax is Patneaude’s home and hearth, and he had the tune right in his sights as he charged through the piece’s final solo. Dave Gleason’s comping piano chords rose and rose while bassist Otto Gardner ignored his lack of amplification and attacked the piece the only way he knows how – flat out.

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LIVE: The Joe Locke Trio @ Central House, 4/25/15

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015
The Joe Locke Trio

The Joe Locke Trio

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Although, Germantown is the former home of legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins, it can hardly be called a mecca of jazz. But it was just that last month when the newly renovated Central House bed and breakfast in Germantown was the site of a sold-out concert featuring vibraphone master Joe Locke and his trio in conjunction with an exhibition by renowned photographer Chuck Stewart, who was in attendance as an honored guest.

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LIVE: The Tani Tabbal Trio @ Quinn’s, 4/27/15

Thursday, May 14th, 2015
Tani Tabbal

Tani Tabbal

Photographs by Rudy Lu

No question about it, jazz drummer-composer Tani Tabbal has a resume to die for – Roscoe Mitchell, the Sun Ra Arkestra, Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, Leroy Jenkins, Geri Allen, Anthony Braxton, Milt Jackson, Oliver Lake, Henry Threadgill, Karl Berger, David Murray… the list just goes on and on.

And he’s also got his own career as a bandleader. Recently, he brought his trio – featuring bassist Michael Bisio and saxman Adam Siegel – to Quinn’s in Beacon to celebrate the release of his new album, Mixed Motion.

It was an explosive blast of adventurous, soul-cleansing music.

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LIVE: Roswell Rudd & Heather Masse @ the Falcon, 4/17/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Heather Masse, Roswell Rudd, Rolf Sturm and Mark Helias

Heather Masse, Roswell Rudd, Rolf Sturm and Mark Helias

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

They were an odd couple…

The crystal clear conservatory trained voice of Heather Masse paired with the growling trombone of Roswell Rudd made for unique yet exceptionally musical twin leads at a recent performance at the Falcon in Marlboro.

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LIVE: Albany Jazz Appreciation Month Concert @ Colonie Elks Lodge, 4/19/15

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015
Joe Magnarelli (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Joe Magnarelli (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Timothy Reidy, Albert Brooks, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The annual Albany Jazz Appreciation Month Celebration took place last month at the Colonie Elks Lodge in Latham, and it was a mighty impressive exhibition of the deep well of Nippertown’s jazz talent, as well as the diversity of music that falls under the broad umbrella of “jazz.”

The day-long jazz extravaganza featured big band music by the UAlbany Jazz Ensemble under the direction of David Holsey, the exotic world-music of Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard, the Andrews Sisters-like, swinging vocal harmonies of String of Pearls, the traditional New Orleans sound of the Pearl River Trio (augmented for the day by washboardist Jerry Gordon) and the jazz violin of the Teresa Broadwell Quintet.

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LIVE: Judi Silvano / Joe Lovano’s Fascination @ the Falcon, 4/11/15

Thursday, May 7th, 2015
Judi Silvano and Joe Lovano

Judi Silvano and Joe Lovano

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

It was a family affair at the Falcon in Marlboro as well-known jazz vocalist Judi Silvano celebrated the release of her new CD, My Dance, a sparkling collaboration with pianist-composer-arranger Michael Abene.

And Silvano shared the stage with her husband Joe Lovano’s trio Fascination, featuring Hudson Valley stalwart Doug Weiss on bass and Cleveland-based Carmen Castaldi on drums, in addition to Lovano’s volcanic sax playing.

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Parade o’ Shoes: Joe Locke

Monday, April 20th, 2015
Joe Locke @ the Athens Cultural Center, 12/3/11 (photo by Rudy Lu)

Joe Locke @ the Athens Cultural Center, 12/3/11

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Vibraphonist Joe Locke will be joined by drummer Jaimeo Brown and bassist Ricky Rodriguez, as the Catskill-based jazz record label Planet Arts continues its Jazz one2one spring concert series at 8pm on Saturday (April 25) at the Central House Hotel Inn in Germantown. The concert is being presented in conjunction with “Masters of Jazz,” an exhibition of photographs by acclaimed lensman Chuck Stewart, which opens with a reception at 6pm. Tickets are $25.

LIVE: Nellie McKay @ the Van Dyck, 4/4/15 (Second Show)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

It is difficult to pigeonhole the music of Nellie McKay, who entertained – and I truly mean entertained – a close-to-sold-out audience in the second of her two shows at the Van Dyck in Schenectady on Saturday night.

Accompanied by bass player Alexi David and drummer Kenneth Salters, McKay mesmerized the audience with the most eclectic set of music I have yet to hear. Somehow, she weaved standards from the ’30s along with her originals and covers of songs from the ’60s British Invasion that perhaps us baby boomers consider standards. Her spirited delivery made it all make sense.

Her set list featured standards such as:

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