The Quinton Cain Quartet charged through the door of live, free outdoor jazz at Jazz on Jay Thursday, June 17; a door Azzaam Hameed and friends kicked open on June 10. While Hameed’s quartet honored venerable touchstones (not tombstones…) of soul, funk and modal jazz, Cain and crew went modern, groovin’ high with plenty of … Continue reading Live Jazz: Quinton Cain Quartet at Jazz on Jay June 17, 2021 →
Gathering at Jazz on Jay Thursday wasn’t just that warm buzz of being with people; it was the particular joy of being with MY people; both the jazz fans I’d see at every cool show before the plague and Schenectady in all its diverse and goofy glory. Jazz on Jay crowds are as rainbow-y as … Continue reading Live, Alive-O! Azzaam Hameed and Friends at Jazz on Jay →
Takes a REAL wise-ass, a persistent curmudgeon, to post a Wednesday rant days later… But I digress. Vin Diesel has much to answer for. Drivers are emulating his “Fast & Furious” film antics and turning roads into raceways. Meanwhile, COVID is tearing up conventional behavioral restraints as police departments face calls for reform and deadly, … Continue reading Wise-Ass Wednesday (or whenever) →
CBS Sunday Morning swung and missed badly in their May 23 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young story. Celebrating the quartet’s 1970 “Deja Vu” album, CBS went all obvious. They recalled romances and breakups and discord within the band and its celebrated second gig at Woodstock. Touting what Rhino Records calls a super deluxe version of … Continue reading “…the rest of the story…” →
We must have passed the place a thousand times without stopping: a roadside parking lot with a quiet sign inviting visitors. Then a miniature windmill was added, amplifying the welcome. So when we found the Plotterkill Preserve overflowing on Mothers Day, the Great Flats Nature Trail proved a fine Plan B. Clouds cloaked the sun … Continue reading A walk in the woods and the wet →
Three strangers said “God bless you” and a woman handed Ellie an umbrella from her car window and drove on. Ellie and I were standing in the rain directing drivers to a drive through food distribution event Wednesday in Collins Park – a miserably wonderful experience, and vice versa. With our son Zak, we joined … Continue reading Help… →
Nobody who loves music hereabouts wanted to believe that bassist and producer Tony Markellis has passed. Sadly, devastatingly true; among the most terrible news of a wretched time. How unfair that he moves on just as the world begins to recover. Tony was my second favorite musician after my brother Jim. A player of subtle … Continue reading Sad news on a stormy day →
When a friend shared “Beads of Sweat” by Laura Nyro with Duane Allman on Youtube, I sat hypnotized by these geniuses who left us too soon. Late into that night, I listened to Laura Nyro music; thought about her, remembered her and loved her. Apart from Dylan, the 60s strongest singer-songwriters were Laura Nyro and … Continue reading FROM The Record Shelf: Loving Laura Nyro (especially “New York Tendaberry”) →
Rejoice! Listen up, WAY up! Anywhere! Before (and after) the plague, New Orleans hosts its annual Jazz and Heritage Festival on the last weekend in April and first weekend in May. On 12 stages, music rings out across the Racetrack Fairgrounds in the Gentilly neighborhood from late morning to dinner time. Obviously, not this year…except, … Continue reading A DIFFERENT JAZZ FEST →
It came in a flat box, as vinyl albums did for decades. One day, YEARS ago, I got 29 albums in the mail on the same day. But the one that landed Saturday was the first new album I’d seen in years. The return address was Terry Adams’s P.O. box. Inside was: “Blue Ice of … Continue reading TO The Record Shelf #4 – “Blue Ice of Winsted” by Steve Ferguson →
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