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Best of 2015: Jazz

Best of 2015: Jazz

This year saw the death of Capital Region pianist Lee Shaw after a long and inspirational career. Along with the late saxophonist Nick Brignola, she was one of the pillars of the jazz community for decades, and will be sorely missed.

Best of 2015: Classical music

Best of 2015: Classical music

Classical music had a fantastic year with most organizations reporting double-digit increases in subscriptions, attendance figures, and ticket buyers.

Best of 2015: Pop/Rock/Blues

Best of 2015: Pop/Rock/Blues

Gazette writers Michael Hochanadel, David Singer and Kirsten Ferguson reviewed nearly 70 shows during 2015, a year of few superstars except for homegrown Sawyer Fredericks but abundant talent in rock, folk, blues, country and R&B/soul.

Yang performs new Torke piece in lively ASO concert

The Albany Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday night concert at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall was the kind of concert music director David Alan Miller rejoices in.

Squeeze founders Difford and Tilbrook treat full house to hits, new songs

TROY

Squeeze founders Difford and Tilbrook treat full house to hits, new songs

Squeeze founders Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook played a two-man show at Troy’s Music Hall Wednesday night, filling the two-set show with Squeeze hits, songs from their solo lives and from a recent new record together, their first since 1998.

Baritone Meglioranza gives passionate performance

Baritone Meglioranza gives passionate performance

The wonderfully plummy baritone of Thomas Meglioranza enchanted a large crowd Sunday afternoon at Union College’s Memorial Chapel as part of the Union College Concert Series. It was his debut on the series.

ALBANY

Figgs in fine form for annual holiday season concert

The Figgs’ annual Christmastime show at the Low Beat in Albany is a tradition especially cherished by local fans, and Saturday night’s performance left no one disappointed.

Wildly skilled Punch Brothers elevate bluegrass at Music Hall

Wildly skilled Punch Brothers elevate bluegrass at Music Hall

The Punch Brothers played at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Thursday night, most of the time the five guys crowded around one microphone, sometimes so tightly packed that they barely had elbow room.

Singer Eric Owens fills hall with lustrous voice

TROY

Singer Eric Owens fills hall with lustrous voice

Bass-baritone Eric Owens gives superb recital Friday at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall stage.

Smooth as silk, Boz Scaggs in fine voice at Egg

ALBANY

Smooth as silk, Boz Scaggs in fine voice at Egg

Boz Scaggs is one smooth dude. His show Friday night at The Egg’s Hart Theater was a class act of wide-ranging songs with a band as slick and efficient as his “silk degrees” sound.

Gordon Lightfoot, at 77, still delights reverent crowd

TROY

Gordon Lightfoot, at 77, still delights reverent crowd

Regardless of weary voice, Gordon Lightfoot’s songs are timeless and convey great empathy, possessing an emotional depth that resonates despite the delivery and a lyrical richness that creates whole worlds within each song.

Explosive Buddy Guy offers history lesson in blues

ALBANY

Explosive Buddy Guy offers history lesson in blues

Buddy Guy, the 79-year-old, six-time Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, played for two explosive hours, backed by his truly excellent four-piece band.

Dazzling Bronfman thrills in concert of Prokofiev

SCHENECTADY

Dazzling Bronfman thrills in concert of Prokofiev

From the sweet, gentle melodies to the exuberant sweeps of sound throughout each of the five very different sections, pianist Yefim Bronfman was sensitive Prokovief's to every nuance.

Music Review: Staples, Osborne offer solidly soulful show

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Music Review: Staples, Osborne offer solidly soulful show

Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne brought their Solid Soul tour to Proctors on Friday in a satisfying survey of inspirational Gospel, earthy R&B and, well sure, solid soul.

SARATOGA SPRINGS

Music Review: Indonesian music, dance is front and center at Skidmore

A window into the exotic and often complex music and dance of Indonesia was offered Friday night at Skidmore College’s Zankel Music Center as part of the Sterne Virtuoso Series.

Bold Munich Symphony delights Music Hall crowd

The big, bold sounds of the Munich Symphony Orchestra debuted Wednesday night at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to open the 119th season of the Troy Chromatic Concerts series.

Paul Anka delights fans with decades of hits

Paul Anka delights fans with decades of hits

Paul Anka, now in his early 70s, sang with a strong voice and moved well around the stage for a full two hours.

Dead & Company mine the '80s at TU Center

ALBANY

Dead & Company mine the '80s at TU Center

Dead & Company, the latest version of the ever-shrinking Grateful Dead, began its tour at the Times Union Center Thursday night with a quintessential mid-‘80s set-list.

ALBANY

Music review: Subdudes give solid show with signature sound

The Subdudes played their typically cool, folky, roots rock Saturday night at the Egg’s Swyer Theater to a mostly filled and feisty crowd.

Adventurous sax-harp duo opens SCCC chamber series

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Adventurous sax-harp duo opens SCCC chamber series

Inspired by the launching into flight of Admiral butterflies, the Admiral Launch Duo — saxophonist Jonathan Hulting-Cohen and harpist Jennifer Ellis — propelled an audience of enthusiasts into an evening of adventurous listening on Thursday at the Carl B. Taylor Auditorium at the Schenectady County Community College. The concert opened the SCCC Chamber Music Series.

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