June 21st, 2010, 3:05 pm by Greg
June 14th, 2010, 9:15 am by Greg
Jazz guitarist Sam Farkas was scheduled to lead his band, the Jazz Machine, in a free performance at 12noon on Thursday as part of the summer’s ongoing Jazz on Jay concert series.
Sadly, Farkas passed away suddenly on Saturday, June 12.
So Thursday’s Jazz on Jay concert will instead be a tribute to Sam Farkas and his musical legacy. Performing Farkas’ music in his honor on Thursday will be guitarist Joe Finn, drummer Cliff Brucker, organist Michael Lamkin and saxophonist Eric Walentowicz.
The free performance will take place at 12noon on Thursday on Jay Street in Schenectady. In case of bad weather, the concert will be moved indoors to Robb Alley at Proctors.
(photo of Sam Farkas by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
One of Nippertown’s finest guitarists and a truly sweet guy, Sam Farkas passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, June 12 at the age of 56. He was a versatile musician – comfortable and excelling in quite a number of different musical genres.
In addition to performing as a solo guitarist, Farkas could also often be found playing with such bands as the Jazz Machine (who were slated to play at Jazz on Jay later this month), the Mike Wicks Quartet and Nitro Jive.
Farkas was also an enthusiastic and inspiring music teacher, a longtime jazz radio disc jockey and the owner of Adirondack Strings music store in Albany for more than 30 years.
Funeral services will be held at Congregation Gates of Heaven at 852 Ashmore Avenue, Schenectady at 1pm today (Monday), followed by burial at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Schenectady.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Upstate New York/Vermont Chapter, 5 Computer Drive West, Suite 100, Albany, NY, 12205.
Read Farkas’ obituary in The Times Union.
(Photo of Sam Farkas by Andrzej Pilarczyk)