Odds & Ends at the End of the Week


SATURDAY: Saxophonist Brian Patneaude will guest on Bill McCann’s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” radio show on WCDB-FM for 8am-12noon on Saturday, as he spins a tribute to the late sax master Michael Brecker. “Brecker had been my main musical influence ever since the day I first heard him play,” Patneaude readily admits. “His tone, mastery of the horn, unique vocabulary and ability to fit into any musical situation with ease continues to influence countless musicians around the globe.” Expect to hear Patneaude’s own interpretations of Brecker’s music at 9:30pm that night when he leads his jazz quartet at Justin’s in Albany.

SATURDAY: He’s a three-time U.S. national figure skater. He’s a judge on “Skating With the Stars.” And the delightfully flamboyant Johnny Weir is also an author. He’ll be at the Book House of Stuyvesant Plaza in Guilderland at 6pm on Saturday signing copies of his newly published memoirs, “Welcome to My World.”

MONDAY: New York State’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Observance will take place at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany from 9-11:30am on Monday. Featured will be musical performances by Arielle King, the Union College Gospel Choir, the Shaker High School Jazz Ensemble, the Plattsburgh State Gospel Choir, Neeco Piper and the Capital District Community Voices of Praise. Dramatic presentations by Too Deep Entertainment and Krystal Rose Surgick. And a dance performance by Jacob Clemente, of the Broadway musical “Billy Elliot.” Admission is free, and doors open at 8am.

UPCOMING: Take a load off, Fanny! Former hometowners moe. will be the special guests for Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble on Saturday, March 12 down at Helm’s studio in Woodstock. UPDATE: This show is already sold out.

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