Cobb’s So What Band
anyone born this side of the last century, it’s difficult
to properly understand just how important Miles Davis’ Kind
of Blue was upon its release in 1959. The record is
now virtually synonymous with jazz itself, but there’s probably
only one person left living who can explain the essence
of that record—not to mention, still play all the fills—and
that’s drummer Jimmy Cobb.
One by one, Davis’ legendary ensemble has succumbed to the
passage of time, and now Cobb, in his 80s, has decided to
revisit the most important recording of his career (and
the best selling jazz record of all time) with a new ensemble
that is specifically geared to it. Dubbed the So What Band,
for the album’s most famous cut, the group features Larry
Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Vincent Herring
and Javon Jackson on saxophones, and Jeremy Pelt in Davis’
Jimmy Cobb’s So What Band comes to the Egg (Empire State
Plaza, Albany) tonight (Feb. 10) at 7:30 PM. Tickets are
$34.50. Call 473-1845 for more info.
Region Wine Festival
enthusiasts, gourmands and art lovers will unite at Proctors
this weekend for Romancing the Grape, the Captial Region
Wine Festival. The gala event features an international
array of reserve wines and delicacies from the Electric
City’s top restaurants—all to benefit Proctors and “continue
the dream of bringing art, entertainment and education to
Friday evening begins with wine, hors d’oeuvres and smooth
jazz from Sonny and Perley in the historic theater. Following
the reception, festivalgoers can indulge in a dinner package
from the Schenectady restaurant of their choice: Bangkok
Bistro, Cella Bistro or Waters Edge. Tickets are going fast
(the reservation book at Aperitivo has already filled up),
so snap them up while you can.
The festivities continue Saturday with a Grand Tasting,
featuring tastings from a full house of wineries, more restaurant
samplings, a silent auction and a complimentary wine seminar.
Romancing the Grape, the Capital Region Wine Festival kicks
off at Proctors (432 State St., Schenectady) tomorrow (Friday,
Feb. 11) at 6 PM and continues into the evening at area
restaurants. The Grand Tasting takes place Saturday (Feb.
12) from 1 PM to 4 PM. Admission to the opening reception
is $40; tickets for the reception and the Romancing the
Grape dining package, which includes dinner at the restaurant
of your choice, are $75 plus gratuity. Tickets to Saturday’s
Grand tasting are $55, $25 for a wine-free, designated driver
pass. For more info, or to make reservations, call the Proctors
box office at 346-6204.
Proof, David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play
about faith, fact and the delicate boundary between genius
and madness, opened on Broadway a decade ago it swept the
major awards and won the hearts of theatergoers and critics
Chicago, the bright and troubled Catherine dropped out of
college and spent years caring for her mathematician father.
On the eve of her 25th birthday, following his death, she
is forced to face down love, family, her own volatility—and
103 notebooks containing the unexplored details of her father’s
brilliant work and excruciating instability.
about its ballyhooed higher mathematics than the fragility
of life and love,” wrote the New York Observer, this
“fine and tender play . . . surprises us with its aliveness
and intelligent modesty.”
The intimate script gives the cast and crew of ACT stalwarts
a chance to shine with the material they do best—character-driven
stories that explore the understated complexity of human
relationships and individual spirit.
opens at Albany Civic Theater (235 2nd Ave., Albany) tomorrow
(Friday, Feb. 11) at 8 PM and runs through Feb. 27. Tickets
are $15, $10 for students; government workers can purchase
two tickets for $15 with valid ID. For more info, or to
purchase tickets, call the ACT box office at 462-1297.