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Patti Cathcart, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Patti Cathcart

Patti Cathcart


“‘The One Little Duck with the Feather On His Back,’ but I was probably only about five years old. I didn’t actually go out and buy it myself, but I heard it at my cousin’s house, and I just had to have it.

“It was a red record, and it had little ducks on the label. I used to have a little baby record player, and I’d put the record on and then there was a mirrored-glass kind of merry-go-round thing that I would put on top of it.

“It must have been a 78. I don’t think they had 45s back then, did they?”

Patti Cathcart steps up to the microphone as one-half of the husband-and-wife jazz duo Tuck & Patti at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 8pm on Thursday (June 5). Tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

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LIVE: Lou Donaldson @ A Place for Jazz, 5/16/14

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
Lou Donaldson

Lou Donaldson

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz master Lou Donaldson was originally scheduled to kick off the 2010 season of A Place for Jazz, but he fell ill the day before and had to cancel his performance. Many Nippertown jazz fans feared that they may have missed their last chance to see the veteran alto saxophonist in concert. After all, he was 83 years old.

But that wasn’t the case. And last month, Donaldson made good on his cancellation when he finally made it to the Whisperdome at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady for A Place for Jazz’s spring concert. Now 87 years old, Sweet Poppa Lou blew up a storm, from blistering bebop to strutting funk to the smoldering, greasy soul-blues jams that populated his classic Blue Note albums of the ’50s and ’60s.

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Tuck Andress, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
Tuck and Patti

Tuck and Patti

“I’m not sure whether it was the Monkees or ? and the Mysterians. I was just fascinated by this person whose name was ? What did he think of himself? How did he refer to himself? At the time, it was really very interesting to me.”

Tuck Andress straps on his guitar as one-half of the husband-and-wife jazz duo Tuck & Patti at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 8pm on Thursday (June 5). Tickets are $18 in advance; $22 at the door.

Win FREE Tickets to the Hellions of Troy Roller Derby Bout on Saturday!

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

HerculadiesIt’s time once again for authentic all-girl roller derby mayhem!

The Hellions of Troy Roller Derby season rolls along as the Herculadies (The Hellions’ B-team) play their first home bout of the season against the Hill City Rollers from Oneonta on Saturday night (May 10) at the Rollarama Skating Center in Schenectady.

We’re talking fun, fishnets and fast ‘n’ furious flying elbows.

The doors open at 7 pm; the opening whistle is at 8pm. Tickets for the bout are $10 in advance; $12 at the door; $3 for kids under 12. Advance tix are available online.

BUT WAIT… Have we got a deal for you!?! We’re giving away a pair of FREE tickets to this bout. To enter the contest, just post a comment below. Please leave your email address, too. We won’t publish it, but we’ll use it to contact you if you win. Deadline to enter in 12noon on Friday (May 9), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Good luck! Congratulations to the winner, who has been notified by email.

LIVE: John McCutcheon @ the Eighth Step at Proctors, 4/25/14

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

The word “multi-instrumentalist” was coined for John McCutcheon. The truth of the matter is, if an instrument has got strings, McCutcheon surely knows how to play it. Not just play it, but play it well. Like dazzlingly well.

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A Salute to Our Local Jazz Heroes

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

2014 Jazz Heroes Awards

April is Jazz Appreciation Month. And before it comes to a close, the Jazz Journalists Association will bestow two dozen Jazz Hero Awards to deserving individuals all across the country who have been “activists, advocates, altruists, aiders and abettors of jazz.” Three of them are right here in Nippertown.

Tom Pierce – former vice president of A Place for Jazz and AlbanyJazz.com contributor – will receive his award during the Schenectady Musical Union Gala on Sunday afternoon (April 27) at Robb Alley at Proctors in Schenectady. The event will also feature performances by three Local 518 jazz groups – the Jim Wilson Quintet (3pm), the Rob Lindquist Quartet (4pm) and Colleen Pratt & Friends (5pm). Admission is free.

Meanwhile, Peggy Stern and John Bilotti – the artistic director and executive producer, respectively of Kingston’s annual free Wall Street Jazz Festival – will be honored with their awards at the Anvil Gallery in Kingston at 7pm on Tuesday (April 29). Admission is free, and the reception will include complimentary Thelonious Ale, wine and snacks.

Congrats to the honorees!

LIVE: The Ed Palermo Big Band @ Proctors’ GE Theatre, 4/18/14

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014
The Ed Palermo Big Band

The Ed Palermo Big Band

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

Yowza!

I can’t remember the last time that a concert left me so breathless. The 17-piece Ed Palermo Big Band rolled into Proctors’ GE Theatre in Schenectady last Friday night, making their Nippertown debut as the third and final concert of 2014 Party Horns NYC series. And what a party it was. They kicked off the night with sections of “Call Any Vegetable” and “Zomby Woof” (which was the connective tissue that ran through the entire concert) before stomping into “Willie the Pimp.”

And on and on they went, dashing through a sprawling 40-minute suite, taking a huge batch of the late great Frank Zappa’s already impossibly complex instrumental songs and melding them into a magnificent, mountainous medley. All without pausing to take a breath. Under the watch of the indefatigable Palermo and his hyper, two-fisted conducting, the band sliced and diced Zappa’s catalog into delirium, cutting and pasting Mothers of Invention gems into a seamless string of sizzling shards that seemed almost beyond comprehension.

Yes, it was a big band tribute to the irreverent iconoclast Frank Zappa. That’s what Palermo does, and he’s got four albums worth of stellar recordings – the latest, Oh No, Not Jazz, is a double CD, so that actually makes it five – to prove it. But there was none of the sophomoric, pee-pee-doo-doo stuff that Zappa sometimes indulged in. No, this band was focused on his vast catalog of rich, sophisticated instrumental compositions – and they performed them with an undeniable sense of playfulness and a genuine love for the material.

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LIVE: Dave Holland & the Empire Jazz Orchestra @ Schenectady County Community College, 4/8/14 [Albany Jazz]

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Dave Holland

Dave Holland

Review by Eric Ciarmello
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

He walked like them, he dressed like them, he spoke like them. He stood in the lobby of the SCCC School of Music, chatting in a group of four or five, as if he had just come to see what this Empire Jazz Orchestra was all about. It wasn’t Dave Holland’s lack of presence that rendered him unnoticed, but his lack of ego.

The hall had all the buzz of a Broadway show. A 17-piece big band set-up sat vacant atop the stage of the auditorium, eagerly awaiting their musicians arrival. As the audience filed into their seats, Holland followed, eager to catch the first act of music.

Act 1, scene 1. The Empire Jazz Orchestra came out of the gates with a Gordon Goodwin arrangement of Miles Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven.” After a somewhat precarious start, Bob Halek, Otto Gardner and Cliff Brucker quickly snapped the horns back to attention. Halek dug the pocket out of his ride just deep enough for Brucker and Gardner to nestle in comfortably. From that point on, the intensity of the show rose exponentially.

Click to read the rest of the review at Albany Jazz.
Click to see more of Andzrej Pilarczyk’s photographs of the concert at Albany Jazz

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