Upcoming shows & Events
- WhoBeatles '64 USA Arrival Anniversay
- DateMarch 14, 2014
- Fee$10 Advance, $15 Day of
It was 50 years ago this year that a British rock band called The Beatles gave its first American TV performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." That introduction on Feb. 9, 1964 kicked off a worldwide phenomenon that has never really ended. Even after 50 years and the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison, The Beatles remain the biggest thing in rock and roll.
Local Phenom Guitarist Graham Tichy has put together a crackerjack band to pay tribute to the Moptops in a night sure to be long remembered.
Guitar, vocals: Graham Tichy
Tichy has lit up stages across the U.S. and Europe for such Rockabilly legends as Wanda Jackson and Robert Gordon. He now is an emerging legend in his own right as the leader of the Graham Tichy Trio and guitarist in Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys.
Favorite Beatle: Paul, because of his musical versatility.
Guitar, vocals: Johnny Rabb
Albany's own King of Rock & Roll, Johnny Rabb is one of the Capital Regions most respected and well loved musicians. Rabb has had a varied career with international recognition. He has performed with Stevie Ray Vaughn, Southside Johnny, The Rascals, Bo Diddley, The Tubes,The Shirelles, The Shangri-Las, Marshall Crenshaw, Rick Derringer and NRBQ.
Favorite Beatle is John Lennon because he put the A in The Beatles
Guitar, vocals: Steven Clyde
Steven Clyde has toured and performed with Richie Havens, Commander Cody, Eddie Angel, Lustre Kings and many others. He is the guitarist with the Ramblin Jug Stompers, the Cap Region's premier jug band.
Favorite Beatle is John Lennon, because of the originality and depth of John's songwriting, combined with his unique vocal style.
Bass, vocals: Dave Maswick.
As a member of the ‘80’s group Blotto you may have seen him in the video for the hit song "I Wanna Be a Lifeguard" on MTV’s very first day on the air. Dave went on to play, write and produce with many of the finest musicians in the U.S. and Europe, and is a charter member of the seminal country metal bluegrass band, the Stony Creek Band.
Favorite Beatle: Paul McCartney. "How could you not like a sophisticated musical genius who has written some of the most famous love songs all time *and* can sing "Long Tall Sally" as well as Little Richard?
Drums, vocals: Pete Vumbaco
Longtime member of Blue Hand Luke, Scotty Mac and the Rockin' Bonnevilles, Graham Tichy Trio, Doc Scanlon's Rhythm Boys. The most solid rock-R&b drummer in the Capital District.
Favorite Beatle: Ringo, because he says "I like Beethoven…especially the poems!"
- WhoColleen Pratt and Friends
- DateMarch 20, 2014
- FeeNo Cover
Colleen Pratt and Friends is a dynamic four piece band that lays down some swinging grooves and serves up some beautiful ballads. Colleen often devotes her full, rich vocals to swing and jazz idioms, but also enjoys singing contemporary ballads, pop and Motown.
- WhoThe Chronicles
- DateMarch 21, 2014
The Chronicles are a 6-piece high energy band that brings together Jazz, Funk, Soul, and HipHop into one genre-bending sound. The group was formed in 2009 and is the brain child of Bryan Brundige and Jeff Nania. The band consists of Bryan Brundige (trombone), Jeff Nania (saxophone), Paul Philippone (keys/organ), Justin Henricks (guitar), Daniel Lawson (bass), and Andrae Surgick (drums). The Chronicles have just released their 2nd full length album called "Spanning the Gap". It was produced and mixed by Alan Evans (Soulive). The Chronicles hail from Albany, NY and have had the opportunity to play at several theaters, music festivals and venues in the northeast, such as: the Massry Center for the Arts, Proctor's GE Theater, the NH Jazz Center, Riverfront Jazz Festival, LarkFEST, Backwoods Pondfest, Bella Terra Festival, Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, African American Heritage Day, Tulip Fest, Beatshot Music Festival and many more. They have shared the stage with: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Pedrito Martinez, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Alan Evans Trio, Melvin Seals and JGB, J-Live, Oddisee, Bernie Worrell, Turkuaz, and many more.
The group have stayed on the front edge of progressive jazz since their inception, incorporating plenty of funk and hip-hop along the way. And going on the expanded geographic reach of their touring, the sound is catching on.
----The Staff, Metroland Best Of 2012
DOORS OPEN AT 6:30
- WhoHoward Alden All-Star Trio featuring Warren Vache and Jon Burr
- DateMarch 22, 2014
- Time7pm & 9:30
- Fee$20 Advance, Day of $24
HOWARD ALDEN (guitar), http://howardalden.com/ha4/
Howard began playing at age ten, inspired by recordings of Armstrong, Basie and Goodman, as well as those by guitarists Barney Kessel, Charlie Christian, Django Reinhardt and George Van Eps. He has won accolades from critics and his work with legendary musicians alike, such as Benny Carter, Flip Phillips, Mel Powell, Bud Freeman, Kenny Davern, Clark Terry, Dizzy Gillespie and George Van Eps, as well as notable contemporaries such as Scott Hamilton, Ken Peplowski and violinist Mark O’Connor’s Hot Swing. Howard Alden has been a Concord Jazz recording artist since the late '80s where his prolific recorded output as leader, co-leader, and versatile sideman, has captured an artist of consistently astonishing virtuosity and originality. Howard can be heard on the soundtrack to the 1999 Woody Allen movie "Sweet and Lowdown", starring Sean Penn. Howard not only played all the guitar solos, but also coached Mr. Penn on playing the guitar for his role in the film.
WARREN VACHE (trumpet), http://www.warrenvache.com/
Vaché has been astounding audiences worldwide for decades with his superb cornet, trumpet and flugelhorn stylings. Through live performances and recordings, along with stage, screen, radio and television appearances, Warren conveys incredible warmth through his burnished tone and intelligent improvisations. He has performed and recorded with such luminaries as: Benny Goodman, Rosemary Clooney, Benny Carter, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, Woody Herman, Ruby Braff and Bobby Short to name but a few. Warren Vaché has performed at every major jazz venue and festival throughout the globe from NYC to the Newport Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival and Perugia in Italy, and concerts at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Vienna Opera, and the Royal Festival Hall in London.
JON BURR (bass), http://www.jonburr.com/
Bassist Jon Burr has toured and recorded with many great jazz masters, including Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Horace Silver, Hank Jones, Art Farmer, Stephane Grappelli, Sir Roland Hanna, Dorothy Donegan, and Buddy Rich. He toured with Tony Bennett, Lainie Kazan, Rita Moreno, Barbara Cook, and Eartha Kitt. Jon was a founding member of violinist Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio, with guitarist Frank Vignola. Performances include Carnegie Hall for the JVC Jazz Festival, at the Cafe Carlyle with Eartha Kitt and Rita Moreno, as well as at the Django Reinhart Festivals at New York's Birdland, appearing on the Atlantic Records release of that event, guested with Les Paul at Iridium, and appeared as a featured guest with the New York Pops Orchestra (also at Carnegie Hall), performed onstage with Barbara Cook in her solo show Mostly Sondheim at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theater, the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Feinsteins' at the Regency, the Cafe Carlyle, and other venues around the US.
- WhoSchenectady County Community College Jazz Showcase
- DateMarch 26, 2014
- FeeNo Cover
The Van Dyck will present two groups of up and coming musicians on Wednesday, March 26th at 7:30pm. The evening will feature performances by the Schenectady County Community College Jazz Ensemble directed by Dr. William Meckley as well as the five-piece Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo, directed by Brian Patneaude. There is no cover for this show, please call ahead to reserve a table.
The Schenectady County Community College Jazz Ensemble is comprised of students enrolled in the SCCC Performing Arts: Music Degree or Music Business degree programs. Members come from school districts throughout New York State. The ensemble is acclaimed for its performance of classic and contemporary scores for big band. The ensemble regularly performs at jazz festivals and has presented concert tours in Europe and Canada. Alumni of the SCCC Jazz Ensemble have gone on to perform with many noted professional ensembles including the U.S. Air Force's Airmen of Note, the U.S. Army Jazz Knights, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Glen Miller Band, Paul Anka, Ray Vega, Broadway shows and tours, and many others. The SCCC Jazz Ensemble was recently selected as the featured performing group for the New York State Band Directors Symposium, held in Syracuse. Schenectady County Community College is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music
Dr. William Meckley is Dean of School of Music at Schenectady County Community College. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he studied advanced jazz ensemble direction with Rayburn Wright and conducting with David Effron. He is Music Director of the Empire Jazz Orchestra, a professional jazz repertory ensemble in residence at SCCC. As Director of the EJO he has conducted concerts featuring such renowned artists as Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, David “Fathead” Newman, and many others. Dr. Meckley has recorded with the Albany Symphony, Alex Torres and his Latin Orchestra, and the Empire Jazz Orchestra. He is a recipient of the State University Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
The Schenectady County Community College Jazz Combo was formed in the spring of 2011 to give students the opportunity to learn to play jazz music in a small group setting. Members of the combo are all students in SCCC's nationally accredited music program. During its brief existence the combo has performed at the Van Dyck, Glen Sanders Mansion, Schenectady County Public Library and the Hoosac School.
Repeatedly cited as “Best Jazz” by Metroland magazine, saxophonist Brian Patneaude maintains an active performance schedule with his critically acclaimed quartet, the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra, the seventeen piece juggernaut Big Soul Ensemble and drummer Michael Benedict's hard-bop quintet Bopitude. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast including an eight and a half year weekly residency at Albany's premiere jazz club - Justin's. Patneaude currently teaches at Schenectady County Community College, the College of Saint Rose and Blue Sky Music Studios.
- WhoRay Veg & Keith Pray: The Boogie Down 2.0
- DateMarch 29, 2014
- Fee$12 Advance, Day of $15
- WhoKeith Pray Big Band
- DateApril 1, 2014
- FeeNo Cover
The Big Soul Ensemble is a lot of band with a lot of soul. Comprised of over a dozen of the Capital Region's finest musicians, the Big Soul Ensemble pays homage to the past while playing material specifically written or arranged for the band, by its own members.