STRUM The Capital Region jazz scene, and fans
and musicians throughout the area, are mourning
the recent loss of two area greats. Pianist Sal
Maida passed away on June 10 after a long
illness. Maida was a fixture on the jazz circuit
for most of his 77 years. And June 12 saw the
sudden passing of Sam Farkas at the age
of 56. He was a respected jazz and classical guitarist,
and a teacher to many young players. Farkas was
perhaps best known as the longtime owner of Central
Avenue mainstay Adirondack Strings. His family
is asking that donations be made in his memory
to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Upstate
New York/Vermont Chapter, 5 Computer Drive West,
Suite 100, Albany, NY 12205.
TO BE The Albany Public Library is
making serious inroads into the live-music market.
The successful monthly program Garage Bands in
the Garage continues for another summer—its third—at
the library’s main branch, on Washington Avenue
(the newly reactivated Charmboy and Beware!
The Other Head of Science play next on July
16). But this year you can add the new Acoustic
Sidewalk series to the schedule. A half-dozen
solo and duo performers bring their tunes to the
entranceways of other APL branches for early-evening
performances (and a pair of nooners) between now
and September. More music in random places? All
for it. More details are available at albanypubliclibrary.org.
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