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LIVE: Marcia Ball @ Shepard Park, 7/8/15

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015


Photographs by Rudy Lu

The rollickin’ Gulf Coast pianist Marcia Ball and her band brought their tasty party-time gumbo of Louisiana blues and Texas honky-tonkin’ to Lake George’s Shepard Park last week for the second installment of the Lake George Arts Project’s weekly free Wednesday night concert series.

The series continues at 7:30pm tonight (Wednesday, July 15) with the homegrown Celtic band Get Up Jack.

GO HERE for the complete schedule of concerts…



LIVE: Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, 6/27/15 (Day Two)

Monday, July 13th, 2015
Wilco's Glen Kotche

Wilco’s Glen Kotche

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk, Richard Brody

Somwehere in the middle of their headlining set on Saturday night, Wilco played “Sunken Treasure,” and bandleader Jeff Tweedy sang, “Music is my savior, and I was maimed by rock and roll/I was tamed by rock and roll/I got my name from rock and roll.” And the crowd out in Joe’s Field let out a mighty roar of appreciation.

Yes, Solid Sound was back at MASS MoCA. The fourth incarnation of the Wilco-curated festival – now a biennial affair – took over the sprawling MASS MoCA campus for three days, holding forth at four different performance locations, as well several of the museum’s galleries. And while rock and roll (in its broadest definition) was the focus, Saturday’s 12-hour line-up stretched from the hushed folk of Jessica Pratt (perhaps a bit too intimate for a festival setting) to the hip-hop of Shabazz Palaces, from the electro-funk of Cibo Matto to John Hodgman’s comedy revue.


LIVE: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band @ Shepard Park, 7/1/15

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015


Photographs by Rudy Lu

Carrying on the musical tradition of his father – Clifton Chenier, the late great King of Zydeco – accordionist C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band kicked off the annual Wednesday night concert series in Lake George’s Shepard Park last week.

And they were a most appropriate opener, too, because the free weekly concert series, sponsored by the Lake George Arts Project, features a cornucopia of Louisiana musical talent this summer – including honky-tonkin’ pianist Marcia Ball (Wednesday, July 8), Cajun favorites Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (August 5) and the rollickin’ season closer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience.

The free concerts begin at 7:30pm each Wednesday throughout the summer. GO HERE for a complete schedule… and let the good times roll!


LIVE: Buffy Sainte-Marie @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 5/23/15

Monday, June 22nd, 2015


Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

“I can tell you things I’ve done,
and I can sing you songs I’ve sung,
But there’s one thing I can’t give
for I and I alone can live
the years I’ve known,
the life I’ve grown.
Got a way I’m going,
and it’s my way…”

- Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “It’s My Way”

“It’s My Way” is the title track of Buffy Sainte-Marie’s 1964 debut album, and was certainly a bold statement for a young up-and-coming folk artist. Now, more than 50 years later, she revisited the anthem as the lead-off track on her new album, Power in the Blood, and as the opening volley at her recent concert at the Eighth Step at Proctors in Schenectady.

And as a statement of purpose, it’s as apropos and as potent as ever for the Canadian Cree singer-songwriter. At age 74, she remains defiantly outspoken and staunchly independent songwriter and performer.

Her set list veered from the powerfully personal to the pointedly political. Her protest songs both old (“Universal Soldier” and a reggae-tinged rendition of “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”) and newer (“Priests of the Golden Bull”) were deftly balanced with love songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go” and the encore of her Academy Award-winning “Up Where We Belong”) and sing-along anthems (the hypnotic “We Are Circling” and the show-closing “Carry It On”).

With Sainte-Marie switching back and forth between guitar and keyboards, her music ran the stylistic gamut from loping country (“Farm in the Middle of Nowhere”) to the slinky soul of “Love Charms (Mojo Bijoux),” from the straight-up rockabilly of “Blue Sunday” to the rip-roaring pow-wow rock of “Cho Cho Fire” to the psychedelic swirl of “Little Wheel Spin and Spin.”


LIVE: The Daniel Kelly Trio / the Seeing With Photography Collective @ the Sanctuary for Independent Media, 5/9/15

Friday, June 5th, 2015


Photographs by Rudy Lu, Andrzej Pilarczyk

The dynamic Daniel Kelly Trio – featuring pianist-bandleader Daniel Kelly, drummer Rob Garcia and bassist Matt Pavolka – took the stage at the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy last month for a unique concert that fused together elements of both music and art.


LIVE: Cécile McLorin Salvant & Aaron Diehl Trio @ Bard College’s Fisher Center, 5/8/15

Friday, May 29th, 2015
Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl

Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday was last month, so there are many tributes and celebrations of the occasion throughout the jazz world. One of the best of these was at the beautiful Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College in Annandale-On-Hudson, sponsored by Catskill Jazz Factory.

Cécile McLorin Salvant is a jazz singer whose lineage can clearly be traced back to the old masters – Lady Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan – yet she is not merely an imitator; she is further developing their form. At the young age of 25, she certainly has her own style. She not only digs into the emotion of what she sings with her voice, but also uses her expressive face and hand gestures to get to the very heart of the music.


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.


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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