Five Firsts: Matt Maguire of the Lawrence/Maguire Quintet


NAME: Matt Maguire
BAND AFFILIATION: The Lawrence/Maguire Quintet

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … so long ago that I forgot. It may have been “Crosby Stills & Nash” (with “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes”) or CSNY’s “Deja Vu” (“Woodstock,” “Our House,” etc.)

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Probably the Young Rascals at the University at Albany. Or the famous early-’70s Chicago concert at SPAC, which drew a big crowd that was then unprecedented. My mom sat next to me the whole time with her hands over her ears – and says to this day she loved that concert even though it was too loud.

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … bongo drums. I put them on metal folding tables (which sounded vaguely like cymbals) next to upside-down trash cans and whacked them all with Lincoln Logs.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … almost certainly rushed. It was probably the overture to a little musical comedy that David Allan (yep, that one) wrote that was premiered by a community theater group at St. Agnes School in Loudonville. This was 1972 or 1973.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … Tony Pezzula and the Aristocrats. Tony was about 65 when he hired me; I was 17. I played “Heart of My Hearts” and “The Sheik of Araby” and “The Darktown Strutters’ Ball” with Tony and Walt and Charlie for a year and a half. Just a great experience. I later worked for years in separate bands with two of Tony’s sons.

Matt Maguire will be drumming with the Lawrence/Maguire Quintet – also featuring bassist Bill Lawrence, vocalist April Marie, saxophonist Eric Walentowicz and pianist Yuko Kishimoto – at the Orchard Tavern in Albany at 8pm on Thursday. Admission is free.

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