Posts Tagged ‘Rudy Lu’

LIVE: Giacomo Smith & Friends @ Universal Preservation Hall, 8/22/15

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

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Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The party atmosphere of summer track season in Saratoga was carried into the Universal Preservation Hall by Giacomo Smith & Friends during their second annual concert there.

This Victorian Church-turned-performance space was turned into a dance hall as clarinetist Smith and his band played dance music from many past jazz eras, ranging from the Dixieland of New Orleans to Kansas City swing, Parisian Gypsy jazz to the early bebop of Dizzy Gillespie.

The audience was encouraged to swing dance, and dance they did, as many tunes had the audience on their feet and movin’.

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LIVE: Drum Boogie Festival @ Andy Lee Field, 9/12/15

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
Cobu

Cobu

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

As always, the theme was percussion-based music of all manners, rhythms and cultures at the biennial Drum Boogie Festival in Woodstock’s Andy Lee Field. Presented by the Woodstock Chimes Fund, this free family festival featured performers such as:

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LIVE: Eric Harland’s Rude Unkal @ The Falcon, 8/21/15

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Eric Harland, Carlos Horns and Keita Ogawa

Eric Harland, Carlos Homs and Keita Ogawa

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

“Purified garage jazz” is how master jazz drummer Eric Harland describes the sound of his current project, Rude Unkal, a gathering of virtuoso friends who each bring their seemingly diverse musical background to the project. During the band’s recent concert at The Falcon in Marlboro, the eclectic backgrounds of the musicians fused seamlessly as they seemed to challenge one another in a complex musical conversation.

Eric Harland, of course, is a much-sought-after drummer in the jazz world, having played with Joshua Redman, Charles Lloyd, the SF Jazz Ensemble and James Farm as well as his own band Voyager.

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LIVE: Blue Oyster Cult & Blotto @ Alive at Five, 8/6/15

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015
Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Stanley Johnson, Ed Conway, Tim Reidy, Richard Brody

The Blot & Blue Tour, back together again for one night only!

Blotto and Blue Oyster Cult originally teamed up for a tour that took place back in February and March of 1983. They reunited for one of the largest Alive at Five concerts in Albany’s Corning Preserve in August of 1996.

Earlier this month, the two bands shared the stage again, this time at Jennings Landing, wrapping up the 2015 Alive at Five concert season in front of the largest crowd of the summer.

From “Godzilla” to “Goodbye, Mr. Bond,” from “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” the evening jam packed with rockin’ riffs, some hearty laughs and too much fun.

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LIVE: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ the Falcon, 8/1/15

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Ed Palerma

Ed Palermo

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

If you attend one of the Ed Palermo Big Band’s shows – this was my fourth – you musically expect the unexpected. Mash-ups and medleys of seemingly unrelated tunes concocted together into a bubbling spicy stew by conductor-arranger Palermo.

The big band’s latest gig at The Falcon in Marlboro was not only a non-stop audio extravaganza, but also a visual spectacle when Palermo & Co. paid tribute to the Beach Boys.

Wearing a 19th century men’s bathing suit, a safari helmet and a life ring, Palermo was a little less frenetic (although not much) conducting his virtuoso ensemble through another death-defying adventure in chart reading.

He was generally barefoot and standing in a small sandbox to better put himself, the band and in the audience in touch with the true spirit and inspiration of Beach Boys’ mastermind Brian Wilson.

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LIVE: Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom @ The Falcon, 8/12/15

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
Boom Tic Boom

Boom Tic Boom

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

Last week, drummer Allison Miller’s band Boom Tic Boom, played an utterly fascinating set of originals at the Falcon in Marlboro.

The group composed of virtuosos – Jenny Scheinman on violin, Carmen Staaf on piano and Todd Sickafoose on bass – entertained the audience with playful interplay of what could be called “chamber jazz.”

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LIVE: The Joey Alexander Trio @ the Music Haven, 8/2/15

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015
Joey Alexander

Joey Alexander

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk, Rudy Lu

It was a perfect summer evening, and there were plenty of young kids playing in Schenectady’s Central Park – running around, riding their bicycles, playing on the swing sets. Then there was 12-year-old Joey Alexander, who was also playing in the park. And he was swinging, too – as the headlining musician for the Music Haven’s pentultimate concert of the season. And what a concert it was…

He’s no up-and-coming “ooo-baby-baby” tween-pop star, either. The pint-sized piano prodigy’s bag is jazz, and just the day before his Electric City concert, he was playing at the most prestigious jazz fest in the land – the Newport Jazz Festival – where fans were literally climbing the walls to watch him perform selections from his sparkling debut album, My Favorite Things.

In Schenectady, the crowd filled the seats as well as the park’s natural amphitheater, and while some may have come purely out of the curiosity factor, they stayed because the Indonesian-born, NYC-based Alexander is a really good musician. Not just really good for a kid. Really good. Period.

Confidently leading his trio – featuring the skin-tight and oh-so-enthusiastic bassist Russell Hall and drummer Sammy Miller – Alexander tore through such jazz standards as Wayne Shorter’s explosive “Footprints,” Billy Strayhorn’s bittersweet “Lush Life” and Thelonious Monk’s solidly swinging “I Mean You,” which earned him a rare – and well deserved – mid-show standing ovation.

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LIVE: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys @ Shepard Park, 8/5/15

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015
Kevin Wimmer and Steve Riley

Kevin Wimmer and Steve Riley

Photographs by Rudy Lu

This summer the weekly Wednesday night concerts in Lake George’s Shepard Park have had a decidedly Louisiana-centric focus – and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Following earlier shows by second generation zydeco master C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band and the Gulf Coast boogie woogie of piano pounder Marcia Ball, the Lake George Arts Project’s free concert series hosted the captivating Cajun sounds of Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys last week.

And while there’s still more Louisiana music on tap for Shepard Park (the soulful squeezeboxer Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience close out the series on August 26), this week’s show takes a different spin with the irresistibly charming French jazz vocalist Cyrille Aimee stepping into the spotlight at 7:30pm on Wednesday (August 12). And, yes, admission is free…

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