Brian Blade, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 20th, 2013, 12:30 pm by Greg
Brian Blade

Brian Blade

“The first record that I bought would have probably been Off the Wall, the Michael Jackson album.

But I think the first record that I ever remember listening to was an Al Green album when I was really young. I used to listen to it over and over and again.”

Dynamic jazz drummer Brian Blade leads his band Brian Blade Fellowship in concert at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday (March 22). His band features pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Christopher Thomas, tenor saxman Melvin Butler and alto saxman Myron Walden. Tickets are $8; seniors $5; students and children FREE.


Brad Mehldau, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

April 15th, 2010, 12:05 pm by Greg

Brad“The first record album that I ever bought? It was probably something really, well, something really lame.

I do remember the first one that made a real impact on me was Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall.’ I think I bought that when it first came out, and I was about nine years old.

The first artist that really grabbed me was Billy Joel when I was like nine and ten years old, and then I listened to rock & roll for years, in fact only rock & roll until I was 12 or so, when I discovered some things that were kind of fusion-esque that I could really relate to. I got into some of the more heady prog-rock stuff like Yes, Frank Zappa, King Crimson and stuff like that. So the progression to jazz-fusion was kind of natural from there to bands like Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report.

I kind of worked my way backwards into jazz from rock & roll.”

Pianist Brad Mehldau teams up with saxophonist Joshua Redman at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday. Tix are $12; seniors $10.

Skidmore College’s Zankel Center Opens

February 9th, 2010, 11:02 am by Greg

Members of Ensemble ACJW rehearse on the Zankel Center's main stage

Members of Ensemble ACJW rehearse on the Zankel Center's main stage

Remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears? She wandered into the three bears’ home and tried the bowls of porridge left on the table. The first was too hot. The second was too cold. And the third was just right.

Well, as far as Nippertown performance spaces are concerned, Skidmore College’s Arthur Zankel Music Center is just right!

The 600-seat Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall is a site to behold: comfortable seats, light-stained wood trim (including the stage) and marvellous acoustics. As you gaze from the seats toward the stage, you see behind it a huge floor-to-ceiling and side-to-side glass wall offering a view of the campus’ South Park trees and grounds. It’s simply breathtaking.

At a cost of over $32.5 million, the complex of practice rooms, classrooms, studios, offices and another small, 90-seat hall looks like a normal campus brick and mortar building. However, one step into the Zankel puts you into another dimension with its simple beauty.

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