Posts Tagged ‘The Massry Center’

LIVE: Chick Corea @ College of St. Rose’s, Massry Center, 4/11/14

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Chick Corea

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu and Andrzej Pilarczyk

I haven’t heard it on any of WNYT-TV’s evening news reports yet, but the folks at News Channel 13 got quite an unexpected gift when jazz great Chick Corea composed a theme song for them during his recent concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts in Albany.

It was everything that a good television news theme should be – catchy, full of energy and urgency, engaging and yet all business. And Corea didn’t even realize what he was doing…



Five Firsts: Pete Sweeney

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Pete Sweeney

Pete Sweeney

NAME: Pete Sweeney
BAND AFFILIATION: Sensemaya, Pete Sweeney Trio, more

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Buddy Rich and Max Roach’s Rich vs. Roach. This is still an amazing record. Such a difference in their styles. Two really great bands.


LIVE: Chris Thile @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 10/27/13

Monday, November 4th, 2013
Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Rudy Lu

Just a mandolin. That’s right, just a mandolin. OK, good looks, great voice, superb sense of humor and a rumpled brown suit, but really, Chris Thile commanded the Massry Center with just a mandolin.

The 32-year-old is no slouch. He’s been seen in the area in combinations such as Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, Goat Rodeo, the Thile/Daves duo and even as a sparring partner for Brad Mehldau. But at the Massry it was simply man vs. eight strings.

Holy shit. Man won. On a machine that’s rarely considered a solo instrument.


LIVE: The New Gary Burton Quartet @ the Massry Center, 9/24/13

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013
Gary Burton

Gary Burton

Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Rudy Lu

Jazz vibraphone master Gary Burton celebrated his 70th birthday back in January, and he brought his year-long birthday tour to Nippertown for not one, but two stellar concerts with his New Gary Burton Quartet. They headlined Day One of Lake George Arts Project’s annual Jazz at the Lake Festival in Shepard Park on Saturday, September 14, and then less than two weeks later returned for a simply sparkling concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany.

Age certainly hasn’t slowed Burton down. If anything, he seems busier than ever. In addition to his touring schedule, the seven-time Grammy Award-winner also just written his autobiography, “Learning to Listen,” and released a new album with his quartet, Guided Tour, both of which were released in August.

With his remarkable four-mallet technique, Burton opened the Massry Center concert with an unaccompanied intro to “Late Night Sunrise” from the band’s 2011 debut album, Common Ground, utilizing his remarkable four-mallet technique to deftly blend single notes and chords within the same phrase.


LIVE: John Scofield’s Uberjam Band @ the Massry Center, 9/15/13

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

John Scofield

John Scofield

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Capping off a jazz-filled weekend around Nippertown, the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany kicked off its fall concert season on Sunday, September 15, with jazz-funk guitarslinger John Scofield and his Uberjam Band.


Parade o’ Shoes: Gary Smulyan

Monday, September 23rd, 2013
Gary Smulyan


Photograph by J Hunter

Baritone saxophone master Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan – winner of the 2009 and 2011 Downbeat Critics’ Poll as Best Baritone Saxophonist – will be featured with Michael Benedict’s Bopitude at 7:30pm on Tuesday (September 24), opening the concert with the New Gary Burton Quartet at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany. Tickets are $30; $15 students.

The Massry Center at St. Rose Announces New Concert

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013
Chris Thile

Chris Thile

The College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center has announced the first concert of its fall season, and it’s an old (and very versatile) friend.

Mandolin master and MacArthur Fellowship honoree Chris Thile will grace the Massry Center stage at 7:30pm on Sunday, October 27, in support of his upcoming album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, slated for release next month. Produced by Edgar Meyer, the album features Thile performing three Bach works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003.

With his acoustic progressive band the Punch Brothers, Thile has been a frequent Nippertown visitor, playing at The Egg several times, as well as opening for the Dave Matthews Band at the Times Union Center. But he has also played with a variety of other musicians around town. In April, he played a duet concert with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. On Saturday, July 20, he’ll play with guitarist-vocalist Michael Daves at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill. And on August 15, he’ll step into the spotlight at Tanglewood in Lenox, performing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions.

Tickets for Thile’s concert at the Massry Center are priced at $30, and are currently on sale to the general public.

LIVE: 90 Miles @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 4/18/13

Monday, April 22nd, 2013
90 Miles @ The Massry Center (photo by Albert Brooks)

90 Miles

Review by J Hunter
Photographs by Albert Brooks
A JazzApril story

“It’s always a good sign when a jazz band tunes up,” vibes master Stefon Harris playfully told us as Ricardo Rodriguez tried to get his bass to behave. It’s also a good sign because the musicians involved have bought into the concept they’re about to hit you with. And while tenorman David Sanchez was the catalyst that created both 90 Miles and the documentary that chronicled the band’s first iteration’s visit to Cuba, all three “co-leaders” that currently front this immensely powerful septet have complete and total buy-in.

Harold Lopez-Nussa’s torrid opener “E’cha” is Afro-Cuban goodness that comes right down the middle, and the band tore into it like a lion tucks into his evening gazelle. Harris’ vibes faced the full house at Massry, but he played marimba on the opening chorus before pianist Edward Simon dropped the first solo of the night. Simon – a band leader in his own right, whose new Sunnyside disc Live at the Jazz Standard will be required listening – wasn’t on his game when he and Harris helped SFJAZZ Collective salute Stevie Wonder at The Egg last year. On this night, though, Simon’s rising and falling solo was marvelously elaborate while maintaining the percussive element this music needs.


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