Todd Nelson, What Do You Listen to on the Way Home from a Gig?

May 7th, 2015, 11:00 am by Greg
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Nelson Esposito Quintana

“If my ears aren’t totally exhausted after a gig, I’ll either listen to ‘Jazz After Hours’ from Seattle (I forget the name of the new host), or I’ll turn on some classical music. I find the change of instrumentation and structure helps displace what’s still playing in my head. I’m usually too tired to choose a CD by that time.”

Todd Nelson plays guitar in Nelson Esposito Quintana (the artists formerly known as TN3), who drop their new CD None of the Above with a release party at Albany’s Madison Theater at 8pm on Friday (May 8). Opening the show will be a reunion of Seven Rabbit Stew, featuring Nelson’s former Fear of Strangers bandmate Al Kash on drums. Tickets are $10, which includes a copy of the new CD.

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LIVE: The Arch Stanton Double Drum @ the Madison Theater, 4/25/15

May 5th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg

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Photographs by Cheri Bordelon

One of the highlights of the Arch Stanton Quartet’s drop party last fall for their sophomore disc Blues for Soli was when original ASQ drummer Jim Ketterer joined the group on tabla for the swirling Terry Gordon original “Groovin’ at the Azur.” After the show, it was generally agreed that the group’s unique sound opened a whole new door with a second drummer, and that matrix should be explored further. On Saturday, the Stanton Quartet – plus Ketterer – took the stage at Albany’s Madison Theater and did just that, with outstanding results.

Taking advantage of the Madison’s excellent performance space (which will feature two shows by the Mike Stern Quartet on Friday, May 15), Ketterer and current ASQ drummer Steve Partyka placed their kits on either side of the stage, surrounding Gordon, guitarist Roger Noyes and bassist Chris Macchia with a diverse drum sound that was the percussion equivalent of pairing a tenor and an alto sax: Ketterer’s smaller kit brought a slightly higher sound to his drumming, and he added both tabla and conga sounds where appropriate.

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The Inaugural MOVE Music Video Awards

March 18th, 2015, 2:00 pm by Greg

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Albany’s fourth annual MOVE Music Festival – which will be taking over nearly a dozen live music venues throughout Albany from Friday-Sunday, April 24-26 – has announced a new addition to the 2015 schedule – the MOVE Music Video Awards, which are scheduled to be held at 6pm on Sunday, April 26 at the Madison Theater in Albany. Live music – performers TBA – will follow the awards ceremony.

Awards will be presented in three categories – Best Video, Creative Achievement and Best Live Video. Submissions are now being accepted, and the deadline to enter is 12midnight on Sunday, April 5.

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