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.
Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012
Diego Garcia: Does the guy live here now? The love-song singer-songwriter headlined LarkFEST last September, returned to play WAMC’s The Linda this January and comes back around to play Music Haven in a free show on Sunday.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
I was sorry to see that as late as Tuesday, July 17, we were still reporting on unfortunate fallout from Camp Bisco — in drug arrests, injuries and car crashes.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
World music seems far too scarce here these days, so last Sunday’s Music Haven bust-out by Congolese guitarist Diblo Dibala erupted as a welcome surprise, bringing fans from all ethnic and cultural quarters and age cohorts to Schenectady’s Central Park.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
On Sunday, the Music Haven series starts in Congo with Soukous guitarist Diblo Dibala, nicknamed “Machine Gun” and a stalwart of numerous central African bands before starting his own.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Jazz fans keep coming back year after year to the Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. So do many performers, some with long local track records. Here are some of my picks. At left is Esperanza Spalding.