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Diversity shines bright at Bridge Jazz Festival

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Jazz is large and its expansion continues. It pushes outward in style, ideas and geography, as we saw Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, where the three acts drew influences from Africa, the Middle East, and its native home the U.S.
 
New Bridge Jazz Festival will span the Hudson over 2 nights, 2 venues

New Bridge Jazz Festival will span the Hudson over 2 nights, 2 venues

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival in late June offers tough choices with simultaneous music on two stages over two days. But the new Bridge Jazz Festival offers a more manageable menu: shows on two stages on two nights, Friday at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and Saturday at the Massry Center at The College of Saint Rose.
 
Gospel Gala 2015 to celebrate the good news

Gospel Gala 2015 to celebrate the good news

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
When gospel singers share the good news, they hope to lift spirits by lifting voices, honoring tradition and celebrating African-American heritage. That celebration takes place Friday at Gospel Gala 2015, which will be held at the Palace Theatre in Albany.
 
Steve Landes fills big shoes in Beatles tribute
SCHENECTADY

Steve Landes fills big shoes in Beatles tribute

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Steve Landes portrays Lennon in “Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles,” which plays the Proctors Mainstage this weekend.
 
Punk band Kill Matilda fights zombies
ALBANY

Punk band Kill Matilda fights zombies

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
Members of Canadian punk rockers Kill Matilda — Dusty Exner, Mykel Exner and Marcus Luk — are into zombie culture, beer and dancing until you sweat through your shirt.
 
Chamber Artists to play black composers’ music

Chamber Artists to play black composers’ music

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
The Capital Chamber Artists play music of popular in the time of George Bridgetower, a virtuoso violin player who was a contemporary of Beethoven.
 
Montgomery County teen follows dream to L.A.
GLEN

Montgomery County teen follows dream to L.A.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015
Sawyer Fredericks appeared on the pre-recorded, two-hour season premiere of NBC’s “The Voice” Monday night, wowing the panel of four celebrity coaches and earning a spot in the next round of the competition.
 
British pianist Grosvenor thrills with challenging program
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British pianist Grosvenor thrills with challenging program

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
On Sunday, British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor played an interesting program of several meaty pieces that offered an array of challenges to entertain him on his three-week North American tour.
 
Umphrey’s McGee finds having families provides new impetus to perform

Umphrey’s McGee finds having families provides new impetus to perform

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Members of Umphrey’s McGee are calming down. “We’re all getting into our mellow years and having kids, and storks are flying and dropping babies off everywhere,” said Jake Cinninger, one of the jam band’s two guitarists.
 
MacMaster, Leahy will unveil more modern sound at The Egg

MacMaster, Leahy will unveil more modern sound at The Egg

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Fiddlers Natalie MacMaster and her husband, Donnell Leahy, are planning to give a powerhouse show on Wednesday, when they perform “Visions from Cape Breton and Beyond” at The Egg in Albany.
 
Eck to celebrate music of Woody Guthrie
ALBANY

Eck to celebrate music of Woody Guthrie

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
Musician and writer Michael Eck will share the music and story of Woody Guthrie Friday night at WAMC’s The Linda.
 
Vanilla Ice charged with burglary in Florida

Vanilla Ice charged with burglary in Florida

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Vanilla Ice has been charged with breaking into and stealing from an abandoned home that is in foreclosure in Florida.
 
ASO to kick off next season with Emanuel Ax
ALBANY

ASO to kick off next season with Emanuel Ax

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015
Emanuel Ax will perform with the Albany Symphony Orchestra in the 2015-16 season, and Maestro David Alan Miller couldn't be happier.
 
Zorman’s flawless technique displayed at Union concert
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Zorman’s flawless technique displayed at Union concert

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Violinist Itamar Zorman's effortless brilliance, natural versatility, and sensitive artistry easily enticed the audience to listen. His pianist, Kwan Yi, provided superb assistance
 
'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68
NEW YORK

'It's My Party' singer-songwriter Lesley Gore dies at 68

Monday, Feb. 16, 2015
Singer-songwriter Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in 1963 at age 16 with her epic song of teenage angst, "It's My Party," and followed it up with the hits "Judy's Turn to Cry," and the feminist anthem "You Don't Own Me," died Monday. She was 68.
 
 

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