Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013
Duke Robillard has loosened up a lot since his natty area debut with Roomful of Blues at J.B. Scott’s, and that’s not a bad thing. He brings his band to the Van Dyck on Friday.
Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013
Marshall Crenshaw seems so comprehensively capable I wouldn’t have been surprised to see him solve the fiscal cliff mess all by himself, step in for RG3 and win Sunday’s NFC wild card game for the Redskins and stop global warming.
Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013
The newly launched A Place for Folk series resumes on Friday with Everest Rising.
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012
Who knew jazz could do that, before Dave Brubeck did it?
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012
Soulful bluesman Robert Cray stands out, performing at The Egg tonight.
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
Intellectually, culturally, even scenically, Union College helps make Schenectady far from the worst college towns.
Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012
Nostalgia rules at Thanksgiving, so it’s perfect that artists from decades past parade across our stages.
Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012
Here comes a big weekend for jazz at the Van Dyck in Schenectady. On Saturday, guitarist Stanley Jordan returns after too long an absence, to play two shows.
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
When David Bromberg brings a big band, he means it.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012
Hats off to The Eighth Step for presenting fine folk music for 45 seasons — and celebrating its durability and range with a weekend full of shows.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
Going to see Dick Hyman at A Place for Jazz last Friday as a civilian — a paying customer with no deadline, notebook or laptop — was great fun; especially watching piano players sit behind him, to watch his hands, over his shoulders.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
The Egg has hatched an unprecedented string of shows this week; astounding even for this place, one of our top venues for quality and quantity. Cellist Zoe Keating plays on Saturday The Egg.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
“Turning Pages” is a 90-minute documentary that premiered at Proctors on Saturday during the 50th reunion of the Niskayuna High School Class of 1962.
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012
Performers popping up in unexpected places, that’s the story this week.
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012
While I’ve been urging many musical road trips on you, my own latest highway run was to see my daughter last Saturday near Bard, while she visited her pianist/drummer boyfriend from her new home in Boston. So, my road trip wasn’t necessarily for music. But it was perfect for listening, for catching up on CDs.
Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012
Versatility, power and lyricism: Tom Harrell has the whole package, and a cool band. Saxophonist Wayne Escoffery, pianist Danny Grissett, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Johnathan Blake will be with him at A Place for Jazz on Friday; and they play on his new album “Number Five.”
Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012
How do you choose among three music festivals in Albany: the Restoration Festival all weekend at St. Joseph’s Church, Local Legends Live at the Empire State Plaza and the Riverfront Jazz Festival?
Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012
Country acts Bucky Covington and Diamond Rio should be right at home when they appear this weekend at the Columbia County Fair in Chatham.
Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012
Hearing OK after seeing Def Leppard and Poison? I SAID, “HEARING OK?” OK, good — here comes some more major guitar noise, and I mean that in a good way.
Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012
’Tis prime time for rocking road trips; and you’ll see why my Irish is up in a minute.