MICHEAL BENEDICT & BOPITUDE: In late January, jazz drummer/bandleader Michael Benedict slipped into Cotton Hill Studios in Albany for a weekend-long recording session with an all-star line-up that featured trumpeter Chris Pasin, saxman Brian Patneaude, pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Mike Lawrence. (We reported on the sessions in depth with a two-part story by Andrzej Pilarczyk; read it here and here.) The album is being released on the Catskill-based jazz label, Planet Arts, and the band will celebrate with a release party at The Linda in Albany at 8pm tonight (June 10). Tix are $15.
TRADEWINDS: Fronted by vocalist Evan Hummer, the young quintet is throwing a CD release party at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany at 7:30pm tonight (June 10). Joining in the festivities will be the Night Life, Restless Streets, Scarver and Our Longest Hours. Tix are $8 in advance; $10 at the door.