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LIVE: Sketches of Influence @ Lucas Confectionery, 11/16/15

Monday, November 30th, 2015
Sketches of Influence

Sketches of Influence

Review and photographs by Rudy Lu

The Piano Jazz Queen of Greater Nippertown, Lee Shaw was a mentor and inspiration to so many jazz musicians throughout the Local 518. Joe Barna was one of them. Her recent death inspired the drummer to compose a six-part suite dedicated to her memory.

Last month, Barna slipped behind his drum kit to offer the premiere performance of “Suite Lee” at Lucas Confectionery in Troy with his band Sketches of Influence, featuring pianist Dave Solazzo, alto saxman Adam Siegel, bassist Dylan Perrillo and guitarist Mark Kleinhaut.

Barna penned five of the suite’s six songs in the suite during the week following Shaw’s death on October 25 at age 89. The other composition, “Ivory Romance,” was recorded six years ago and originally released on Barna’s 2011 CD, Blow It Out.

The compositions spanned the wide range of jazz styles that Lee had total command of in her repertoire:



LIVE: Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence @ Bread & Jam Cafe, 4/2/10

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

Joe Barna and Sketches of Influence

The brainchild of regional jazz drummer-composer Joe Barna, Sketches of Influence is a revolving collective featuring some of the best national and regional jazz artists – all dedicated to playing primarily Barna’s original compositions.

This time around, the Bread and Jam Café in Cohoes was converted into a live recording studio complete with a wider stage and a grand piano. The three-day live recording session was launched on Thursday, April 1 with an invite-only fund-raising dinner and concert. Last Friday and Saturday’s dates would prove to be the meat and potatoes recording dates – open to the public for a nominal $10 admisssion.


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