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Dianne Reeves

by The Staff October 17, 2014


  There’s no dispute. Dianne Reeves is one of the great singers today—and we’re not qualifying this with “great jazz singer.” She’s coming to the Mahaiwe on Sunday night with a band including Gerald Clayton, Romero ...

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

The Bad Plus Joshua Redman

by The Staff August 8, 2014


  The jazz trifecta of Ethan Iverson, Reed Anderson and David King has always been a sturdy example of the classic piano-trio formula. But their name—the Bad Plus—has always felt a bit incomplete. For a current run ...

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

by The Staff June 26, 2014


  It’s time again to hang on the lawn. The 37th annual Saratoga Jazz Festival returns to SPAC this weekend. As always, two days and two stages will deliver a dense and diverse roster of acts, both ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Lou Donaldson

by Alexander M. Stern May 30, 2014

  Lou Donaldson brought the funk to Schenectady on a Friday night. His extraordinary quartet features Akiko Tsuruga on the Hammond B-3 organ, Randy Johnston on guitar, and Fukushi Tainaka on drums. Each musician is a star ...

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Journey Into the Past

by B.A. Nilsson May 8, 2014


  In previous centuries, popular and classical music in America tried to ignore one another, but significant composers explored and encouraged an overlap. Such was the case with Louis Moreau Gottschalk, a piano virtuoso who thrived ...

GE Theatre at Proctors

Come Together (Over Robots)

by Jeff Nania March 27, 2014


  “We’ve all had cool gigs in Schenectady,” guitarist Pat Metheny said when he first addressed the crowd. After making the album Unity Band in 2012 with saxophonist Chris Potter, drummer Antonio Sanchez, and bassist Ben ...

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Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue

by The Staff January 9, 2014


  Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has come a long way since his major-label debut in 2010. Standout sets on the festival circuit catapulted the New Orleans funkateer to the cover of Downbeat and a fleet of ...

The Egg

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

by The Staff November 20, 2013


  Preservation Hall is, of course, an actual building: the legendary jazz listening room in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Since 1961, audiences have been able to hear the city’s best Dixieland jazz musicians play traditional tunes ...

Bearsville Theater

Diana Krall

by The Staff September 26, 2013


  The chords struck by her piano have hit the emotional epicenters of hearts all over the world. Diana Krall has generated a career that spans two decades, during which she's scored many accolades including two ...


Freihofer’s Jazz Festival

by The Staff June 26, 2013


  The annual SPAC jazz festival has been dubbed “The Hang” and rightly so. Sure, the lineup is packed with legendary headliners and internationally significant up-and-comers, but the two-day event is best taken in at a ...

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Peter Evans Quintet

by The Staff March 28, 2013


  Jazz musicians have, from the start, tried to evoke other sounds with their instruments: a train, a thunderstorm, a human voice. . . Computers have only made the practice easier. Trumpet player Peter Evans continues ...


Joe Lovano “Us Five”

by The Staff January 17, 2013


  Grammy-winning sax man Joe Lovano is reason enough to wander over to the Swyer Theatre at the Egg on Sunday evening, but his “Us Five” collaboration make this show a can’t-miss. The other musicians who make ...

The Egg

Ben Allison Band

by The Staff November 15, 2012


  Once every couple months, the stars seem to align and the region gets treated to a couple of big jazz shows in the same weekend span. It’s happened again and, as has been the case, ...

Picotte Recital Hall

Stanley Jordan

by The Staff November 15, 2012


  The jazz guitar tradition is peppered with Pizzarellis, Halls and Montgomerys—dudes who wouldn’t exactly merit the title “shredder.” But, ever since he broke out in the mid-’80s, virtuoso Stanley Jordan has earned the tag at ...

The Van Dyck

Jeff “Siege” Siegel

by Jeff Nania September 27, 2012

  The abstract world of spontaneous sound created by drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel and Finnish saxophonist Esa Pietila is not for the faint of heart. These two go anywhere and everywhere, and they do so with ...

The Hot Club of San Francisco

by The Staff April 19, 2012


The Hot Club of San Francisco will bring “gypsy jazz” to downtown Troy this Saturday night. Dark and romantic, this type of music is credited to Django Reinhardt, the European jazz guitar legend who co-founded ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Colin Stetson and Tyshawn Sorey

by The Staff April 4, 2012


Colin Stetson (pictured) has found a fan base in the young and hip, mostly because of his close association with hipster demigod Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, but his musical chops are for all ages. ...


Alan Holdsworth Band

by The Staff March 22, 2012

Musician magazine lists Alan Holdsworth near the very top of its ranking of the greatest guitarists of the century—and most, if not all, jazz critics and enthusiasts are in agreement. A seminal innovator within, and ...

The Van Dyck

SF JAZZ Collective

by The Staff March 1, 2012


What happens when a nonprofit jazz organization on the West Coast brings together eight highly acclaimed jazz musicians and unleashes them onto the world as one supergroup? The result is the SFJAZZ Collective. SFJAZZ launched more ...

The Egg

Catherine Russell

by The Staff February 16, 2012


David Bowie, Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Levon Helm, Cyndi Lauper, Roseanne Cash. . . . Vocalist Catherine Russell spent many years backing pop music’s biggest stars before cutting out on her own in 2006. The ...

Branford Marsalis

by The Staff February 1, 2012


To jazz connoisseurs, the surname “Marsalis” is akin to what “Barrymore” means in the acting world. Saxaphonist and multi-instrumentalist Branford Marsalis is the first born in one of New Orleans’ biggest jazz families. When he’s not ...


Dee Dee Bridgewater

by The Staff January 12, 2012


Dee Dee Bridgewater is an electrifying singer—we’re thinking of her set at the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival a few years ago—and she’s coming to the Troy Music Hall on Saturday evening to perform her tribute ...

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall

Lee Shaw Trio

by The Staff December 21, 2011

Lee Shaw after performing at Jazzland, Vienna, Austria November 2007

The main object of the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve is simple: Keep that wonderful, happy holiday feeling going strong. One proven way to maintain happiness is music. And on Tuesday evening, the nexus ...

A Place for Jazz

Tanglewood Jazz Festival

by The Staff August 31, 2011


It was unfortunate that the Boston Symphony Orchestra had to cancel their last concert of the season, but the 2011 Tanglewood summer will still end on a happy note (or notes) with the annual Tanglewood ...

Tanglewood Ozawa Hall

The Royal Family Affair

by Jeff Nania August 17, 2011

Soulive has come a long way. They are the epitome of a group that took their sound and made it a brand. Furthermore, their funk, soul, jazz and hip-hop stylings have branched off into a ...