Sunday, September 7, 2014

River Side Story

 The Handsome Husband and I headed south on Saturday for the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival.

 Due to the iffy weather forecast, the performances were moved from Jennings Landing overlooking the river (formerly Albany Riverfront Park) to an unlikely location under a highway overpass. It seemed like a better site for a rumble between the Sharks and the Jets than for a jazz concert.

You would think that between sitting under a highway ....
.. and being right next to an active railroad bridge, you wouldn't be able to hear any of the music.
Yet, surprisingly, it wasn't a problem and it turned out to be a very enjoyable show. Kudos to the sound engineer.

 We encountered some friends there and settled in for the afternoon.

 My personal favorite was Professor Cunningham and His Old School, pictured above and below.
Their choice of music was traditional New Orleans-type jazz played by some very talented young musicians.

 There is a pleasant walkway along the Hudson and despite the threatening clouds, lots of people (and geese) were picnicking and otherwise enjoying the river.
 We stayed for three acts and liked them all. We have seen Catherine Russell before, last year at A Place for Jazz in Schenectady.  I like my men like I like my whiskey Mmm, aged and mellow!
 We encountered Tim Coakley, host of The Tim Coakley Jazz Show at WAMC.  When Tim isn't cuttin' a rug, you might see him performing locally as a drummer either with his own trio or with Skip Parsons' Riverboat Jazz Band.  Tim is also involved with A Place for Jazz , which I notice has a concert planned for this Friday night.  You should check it out.

My Handsome Husband also blogged about the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. See his take on it here at Planet Albany.