Posts Tagged ‘The Massry Center’

A FEW MINUTES WITH… Sal Prizio of the Massry Center for the Arts

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
Sal Prizio of the Massry Center

Sal Prizio of the Massry Center

Interview and story by J Hunter
Photograph by Andrzej Pilarczyk

I walked into Sal Prizio’s initial Capital Region venture – the Bread & Jam Café in Cohoes – in 2009, when Michael Benedict was throwing a drop party for his second Jazz Vibes disc, The Next Phase. He was being backed by what would become (for too short a time) the Joe Barna-Lee Russo Group, with Dave Gleason covering keyboards and Julia Donnarumma contributing vocals on two songs; a young sax player named Jeff Nania joined the band for the closing number. That was the first time I met Benedict, who I would come to know and respect as a player and educator, and the first time Gleason’s salsa-spicy piano attack would make me smile like a fool.

The afternoon was great, and so was the music, but the thing that stuck with me for days afterward was Bread & Jam itself, with its high ceilings, mismatched furniture, and decidedly good beverage options. I thought to myself, “If I lived in Cohoes, you’d find me here every afternoon!” Bread & Jam became a terrific alternate venue for jazz in very short order, hosting concerts by Ralph Lalama and Jerry Weldon and acting as a recording studio for Barna’s later venture, Sketches of Influence. I was supremely bummed when the personable Prizio closed the place in 2010; but unlike a lot of restaurateurs who got eaten by the economy, Prizio landed squarely on his feet, becoming Programming Manager for the College of St. Rose’s then-almost-brand-new Massry Center for the Arts.

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Win FREE Tickets to This Weekend’s Bridge Jazz Festival

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The Marcus Roberts Trio

The Marcus Roberts Trio

Two nights. Two different venues. Six diverse jazz bands heating up this long, cold winter… This weekend the inaugural Bridge Jazz Festival takes over the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Friday and the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts on Saturday.

FRIDAY (FEBRUARY 27), 7:30pm
at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy
Featuring the Marcus Roberts Trio, the Anat Cohen Quartet and Elizabeth Woodbury Kasius & Heard
Tickets: $28, $36 & $42; $15 Test Drive tickets are also available to people who have not previously purchased tickets to the Hall.

SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 28), 6pm
at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts, Albany
Featuring the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant and Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo
Tickets: $40; $30 students

All-festival tickets are also available for both nights priced at $60; $40 students.

BUT WAIT… We’re giving away a pair of FREE ALL-FESTIVAL TICKETS – that’s two tickets to Friday AND Saturday night. To enter, 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. The deadline to enter is 12noon on Friday (February 27), and the winner will be selected at random and notified on Friday afternoon. Don’t delay, enter today! And good luck!

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LIVE: Mary Lambert @ the Massry Center for the Arts, 10/17/14

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

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Review by Greg Haymes
Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to imagine anyone walking out at the end of a Mary Lambert concert and not feeling oh-so-much better than when they walked in. Just ask anyone who was fortunate enough catch her Albany concert debut last month at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts

Lambert is a total charmer. She’s like your best friend that you’re just meeting for the first time – thoroughly engaging, outspoken, honest, a bit naughty and seemingly without any governor on her mouth, as though she’s willing and eager to share out-loud whatever thoughts pop into her head – sometimes wildly witty, sometimes deadly earnest, sometimes completely silly. And that’s just her between-song patter.

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LIVE: The John Pizzarelli Quartet @ the Massry Center, 9/27/14

Friday, October 17th, 2014

John Pizzarelli Quartet

Photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Jazz-pop singer-guitarist John Pizzarelli knows how to charm an audience, and he did just that last month when he brought his quartet to the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts for a concert, as well as a student workshop.

Back by his brother Martin Pizzarelli on stand-up bass along with drummer Kevin Kanner and pianist Konrad Paszkudzki, the fab seven-string guitarist romped through a big batch of American Songbook classics from “How High the Moon” to “Skylark,” from “Satin Doll” to “Route 66.”

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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…

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Five Firsts: Pete Sweeney

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Pete Sweeney

Pete Sweeney

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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