LIVE REVIEW Rejoicing to be among “human beings” once again on Sunday at The Egg’s (smaller) Swyer Theatre, the very British all-skills troubadour Richard Thompson promised “a wild evening of depressing songs.” As usual, he delivered that, but much more. He first wryly drenched the place in gloom; then he very gradually raised the mood … Continue reading Richard Thompson at The Egg Swyer Theatre on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021 →
Returning to my wife Ellie’s family farmstead always feels like a pilgrimage. It’s beautiful, to any eye; but singularly precious in how our family sees it. The 1797 house sits in a hollow among rolling ridges, home to dairy farms, wild turkeys, prosperous weekending city folk and commuters to busier places, and to folks working … Continue reading This Place →
The music warmed up more than the weather Thursday as young alto saxophonist Joshua Nelson delivered a confident, crowd-pleasing straight-head show; not that there was anything wrong with the sunny afternoon, either. The former Schenectady resident brought downstate band-mates, but happily greeted family, friends and mentors from the tented bandstand. In his first number, from … Continue reading Jazz on Jay No. 14: Joshua Nelson Quartet, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021 →
“Funk in the Deep Freeze” was a wishful thinking song title Thursday as baritone saxophonist Clalre Daly led three local heroes at Jazz on Jay, an over-heated endurance contest the band only narrowly won. Playing baritone sax with any fluency at all takes as much lung power as it does arm strength to tote one. … Continue reading Jazz on Jay No. 11- Claire Daly Quartet →
The Immaculate Percussion Until recently, I greeted news of every death with the hope that it wasn’t COVID. This was a strange superstition about how our dreaded plague somehow drowned out the possibility of anything else deadly happening around here. Not so, obviously. Am I more pissed off that John Prine died of COVID than … Continue reading Mister Charlie →
Bluesman Albert Cummings Rocks the (happy) House, Wyld Blu Opens Each concert venue reopening in this second plague year brings its own particular joy – a general feeling of relief and reunion, but spiced with its own particular atmosphere and energy. At Music Haven in Schenectady’s Central Park Sunday night, it was diversity, dancing and … Continue reading Music Haven Reopens in Shortened Season of Free Concerts →
They’re all dads: trombonist/leader Ben O’Shea, pianist David Gleason, saxophonists Brian Patneaude (tenor) and Dave Fisk (tenor and alto), bassist Mike Lawrence; and drummer Andy Hearn. Their Dadtet band name signifies parenthood more than any oblique reference to Louis “Pops” Armstrong. It serves instead as a convenient, collective marquee label for these established area jazz … Continue reading Jazz on Jay No. 9 – The Dadtet Thursday, August 12 →
“Schenectady is a-a-a-a-ll right,” said Dylan Perrillo late in his quintet’s Jazz on Jay show Thursday. The sunny noontime concert was also very a-a-a-a-ll right. Perrillo said this without irony; the bassist-bandleader wields a wry wit and was often pretty funny at the announcer mic. But he clearly meant this, and he and his guys … Continue reading Jazz on Jay No. 6 – Dylan Perrillo Quintet July 22 →
At 151, the restaurant-bar on Lafayette Street, we met and hugged friends, we heard live music, we enjoyed food and drinks. 151 sits two blocks north of long-gone St. Joseph’s, middle school for my brother Jim and me, and next door to Great Flats Brewery; these two new-ish businesses sharing what once was a tire … Continue reading It all felt just so…normal. →
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