LATE GREAT Saxophone and
clarinet virtuoso Al Gallodoro passed away peacefully
on Oct. 4 at the age of 95. Gallodoro was one of the longest
continually active performers in any discipline—he last
performed as recently as Sept. 20, just days before his
death. He had resided in Oneonta since 1981, after stints
in Alabama, New Orleans, and New York City. Capital Region
jazz aficionados would recognize him from his frequent
appearances with accompanist Joanne Chmielowski at Justin’s
and Caffe Lena; jazz lovers around the world knew him
as a soloist with Paul Whiteman, with whom he was associated
for nearly 40 years, and from his dozens and dozens of
recordings. When I spoke with him a few years ago, he
offered what may have been the secret of his longevity:
“I eat all foods,” he said. “You name it, I’ll eat it.”
Gallodoro will surely be missed. His Web site remains
up in his memory: algallodoro.com.
OF HIDING? Our pick for Best Band Who Never Play Out
(in this year’s Best of the Capital Region issue) are
actually playing out. Indie-poppers Brent Gorton and
the Tender Breasts have been missing from the local
club scene for some time (hence our designation), but
they’ve announced their return for Saturday, Oct. 25,
at Valentine’s. According to Gorton, they’ll also debut
a long-in-the-making new album, called Loud Ness,
which will be available on good, old-fashioned vinyl.
Regarding their absence from the stage, Gorton says it
“will probably be a while until the next one (if ever),”
so go see what you’ve been missing before it’s too late.
Visit brentgorton.com or valentinesalbany.com for more
CIRCULATION One of Albany’s most popular acts, Sirsy,
will take their music to newsstands nationwide this month.
The hard-touring rock duo have been chosen as featured
artists in the November issue of the long-running magazine
Relix. Sirsy will not only be featured within the
magazine’s glossy pages, but on the accompanying compilation
CD, where their track “Revolution” will appear alongside
folks like Joan Osborne and Lucinda Williams. The band
have a Halloween-night show lined up at Revolution Hall,
where fans will have the chance to win an acoustic guitar,
or enter a costume contest for a shot at a cash prize.
For more on all things Sirsy, visit sirsy.com.
THE NAME HAS CHANGED The Sarah Pedinotti Band
are no longer. That is to say, the band—singer Pedinotti,
bassist Tony Markellis, guitarist Chris Kyle, and drummer
Chris Carey—have taken on a new, more democratic moniker:
Railbird. To celebrate their newfound codependence,
the band will release their first CD as Railbird this
week with a CD-release show at Manhattan venue the Living
Room. An upstate release show is scheduled for Nov. 22
at Revolution Hall. More on the show can be found at revolutionhall.com,
and the band have their own brand-spanking-new Web site
HIGH FIDELITY Capital Region audiophiles, take note:
Your ship has landed. The Bose Showcase Store at
Colonie Center will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday
from 1 to 3 PM. This will be the first foray into the
area for Bose, one of the nation’s leading home-audio
retailers, and they’ll be offering up refreshments and
specials to lure shoppers into their lair this Saturday.
Additionally, award-winning, Virginia-based singer-songwriter
Julie Clark will be on hand to provide live music,
and the store will give away 100 copies of Clark’s CD
as part of the festivities. For more on the store, call
Colonie Center at 459-9020; Clark’s Web site is julieclark.net.
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