Joe Albany was a critically acclaimed but little known jazz pianist - one of the few white musicians to play bebop with Charlie Parker. His story is told in the film, Low Down - based on a memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, his daughter.

The film tells the story of a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.

On Monday, September 28th at 7pm Amherst Cinema will present a screening of the film as part of their Jazz a la Mode film series.

  One of the hottest names in jazz is coming back to our region this weekend. The phenomenal 12-year-old Bali-born jazz pianist Joey Alexander brings his trio to Club Helsinki in Hudson, NY on Sunday, August 16th at 8pm.

Alexander’s virtuosity has garnered the attention and support of Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, among others. His Helsinki show comes just weeks after his appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival and a residency at New York City’s Jazz Standard nightclub as well as his gig at Music Haven in Schenectady on 8/2.

Jazz In The Valley 2015

Aug 10, 2015

  The fifteenth annual Jazz in the Valley festival takes place this Sunday - Sunday, August 16th where there will be an outpouring of music on two stages, featuring the likes of legendary bassist Ron Carter along with leading musicians such as pianist Bill Charlap’s trio, saxophonists Javon Jackson and Tia Fuller, percussionist Steve Kroon, and pianist Arturo O’Farrill’s octet.

So, there will be a lot of world-class talent under the big tent with a global food court and marketplace at Waryas Park on the Hudson River shoreline. The festival is presented by TRANSART, a Hudson Valley-based non-profit educational organization.

Greer Smith is President of Jazz in the Valley and joins us this morning.

  The Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice promotes the human voice as an instrument of healing, peace and artistic expression through presenting world class performances in Phoenicia, New York and surrounding areas.

This year’s festival - running July 29-August 2 - will be a Celebration of the Diverse Voices of America. We are joined by world renowned opera singers, Executive Director Maria Todaro and Artistic Director Louis Otey. 


   Jazz vocalist Judi Silvano is celebrating the release of her new album of original songs, My Dance.

  Part of that celebration will include a concert in Marlboro, New York at Live@The Falcon with Joe Lovano's Trio Fascination featuring Doug Weiss and Carmen Castaldi and Judi Silvano with pianist Michael Abene.

  This weekend, two of the area’s best music venues team up for two nights of great jazz music!

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy and The Massry Center for the Arts at The College of St. Rose in Albany present The Bridge Jazz Festival with a concert on Friday at the music hall and a concert on Saturday at The Massry Center.

The performers are the Marcus Roberts Trio, clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen, Heard, the Fred Hersch Trio, Cécile McLorin Savant, and the Gretchen Parlato/Alan Hampton Duo. Here to tell us more are Jon Elbaum, Executive Director of The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, and Salvatore Prizio, Massry Center Programming Manager.

Herbie Hancock

Oct 30, 2014

  Herbie Hancock is a true icon of modern music: a jazz pianist and composer whose illustrious career has spanned seven decades, fourteen Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and most recently, a Kennedy Center Honor.

In his new memoir, Herbie Hancock: Possibilities, he reflects on his life and thriving career. Hancock has had an enormous influence on both acoustic and electric jazz, R&B and hip-hop.

From his beginnings as a child prodigy to his work in Miles Davis’s second great quintet; from his innovations as the leader of his own groundbreaking sextet to his collaborations with everyone from Wayne Shorter to Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder; he tells us what made those possibilites possible.

  New York City based pianist Scott Bradlee has become a bit of a pop sensation, earning millions of views on YouTube for his series of music videos that show him with his group -Postmodern Jukebox- performing reworked versions of 21st century pop hits in a variety of vintage styles - like swing, jazz, bluegrass, do-wop, Motown, and ragtime.

Scott Bradlee and Post Modern Jukebox will perform this coming Saturday night at 8 at The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.

Legendary bassist, musician and composer Tony Levin is in the studio, kicking off a brand new tour with King Crimson this week here in Albany.

  The Jack DeJohnette Trio will be bringing their creative spirits and incredible sounds to the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY on Saturday, August 16 after completing a month-long tour throughout Europe and the U.S.!

In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA and Grammy winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre.