LIVE: The Beacon Jazz Festival After-Party @ Quinn’s, 7/26/15
Review and photographs by Rudy Lu
The Beacon Jazz Festival did not end at the Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park in Beacon. The sounds of jazz continued late into the night at after-parties that at six local nightspots around town.
Quinn’s hosted two bands and a jam session. Sun of Goldfinger – featuring David Torn, Tim Berne and Ches Smith – continued the musical adventure that they embarked on earlier in the afternoon outdoors, this time in a considerably more intimate atmosphere, and again wowing the receptive audience in an extreme version of the science experiment known as a live jazz performance.
The Uno Momento Trio followed. Although the name of the band may be unfamiliar, the musicians are each well-known members of the Nippertown jazz scene. John Menegon on acoustic bass played those thick bass lines he is noted for, both as a band leader and as a sideman. Rapidly up-and-coming young alto player Adam Siegel played the lead instrument in the trio, mixing a combination of the more traditional with the avant garde. The trio was propelled by the drumming of Clifton Park native recently relocated to Beacon, Dave Berger, whose unpredictable playing adds unusual colors and patterns while still propelling the groove of any band he is with.
After one set by Uno Momento, there was a jam session with Siegel and Berger staying on, joined by young lion Harry D’Agostino on bass and guitarist-composer Rich Rosenthal. Of particular note was a rendering of John Coltran’s “Impressions” that left the audience cheering and breathless, led by Siegel charging forward with wild phrases on alto, and the rest of the band keeping up. Jazz and improvisation at its finest…
So ended the inaugural Beacon Jazz Festival, Stay tuned next summer, the second …