Upcoming shows & Events

Musician
  • WhoStu Hamm - Solo Bass Show
  • DateJune 3, 2016
  • Time7:30pm
  • Fee$15 adv/$19 door
Stu Hamm - Song and Stories Tour 2016
 
Having stunned audiences across the world with his innovative playing, Stu Hamm -- the only bassist to win Guitar Player magazine's readers award for both best rock bassist AND best jazz bassist in the same year -- has made a name as the go to bass player for the world’s great musicians. Hamm has performed and recorded with Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Alan Holdsworth, Frank Gambale, and many other well-respected guitarists. It was playing  live on tour with Satriani that brought Hamm's skills to national attention. Subsequent recordings with Satriani and other rock/fusion artists, along with the release of his own solo recordings solidified his reputation as a bassist and performer.
 
Now promoting the release of his newest solo album ‘The Book Of Lies,’ Hamm takes to the road with new music, and a host of stories and anecdotes for musicians and non-musicians alike.  Hamm, who has played some of the largest festivals in the world, showed he is very comfortable in an intimate club setting, as he easily bantered with the audience telling stories and cracking jokes between fits of musical wizardry. In an alternate world he would be excellent as a stand-up comedian or a talk show host or a teacher. He even gave some great advice to the audience, revealing his secret to keeping a long, storied career creatively moving forward: “Hire great musicians and get out of their way.”  - http://sfsonic.com/concerts/stu-hamm-band-brings-chaos-and-calm-to-yoshis/
 
ONLINE TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL CALL AT THE VAN DYCK
 
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6:30
 
TICKET PURCHASE RESERVES A TABLE FOR THE SHOW
 

Musician
  • WhoThe Ralph LeLama/Lee Russo Quartet
  • DateJune 4, 2016
  • Time8pm
  • Fee$15
Join us for an evening of swinging, straight ahead jazz when we pair one of New York City’s top tenor saxophonists, Ralph LaLama, with Capital Region star Lee Russo.  Rounding out the quartet will feature the BOPITUDE rhythm section of Michael Benedict on drums and Mike Lawrence on bass.  Don’t miss this TENOR MADNESS!!
 
Ralph Lalama
Ralph LaLama grew up in West Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, graduated from The Dana School of Music of Youngstown State University (Ohio) and was recognized there for his remarkable talent by the legendary Thad Jones, who encouraged him to come to New York.  Since that time, LaLama has reached a dignified status as a widely respected master of the tenor through his achievements in the big bands of Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Carla Bley and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra - now the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra - with whom he is a featured soloist on Monday nights at New York’s Village Vanguard. His experience is vast and varied and includes appearances with Barry Harris, Harold Danko, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, Tom Harrell and Joe Morello. He has recorded with Joe Morello, the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band and the Joe Lovano nonet. 
 
“Lalama’s playing reveals an enormous depth of musical heart and knowledge”.  All About Jazz
 
Lee Russo
Lee Russo grew up in North Chatham, New York. He became interested in music at a young age. His father, Leo Russo who is also a saxophonist and a longtime Albany legend, inspired Lee by introducing him to the music of Stan Getz.  Russo would go on to fall in love with the music of tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley.  He attended The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY and studied saxophone from Paul Evoskevich and later began improvisation lessons from guitarist Jack Fragomeni.   Russo would go on to study and receive his degree at the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.  He subsequently began teaching music in the Niskayuna Central School District and eventually took a position at Guilderland High School where he currently directs two jazz ensembles and a concert band.  Russo is one of the most in demand jazz musicians in the Capital District and frequently performs with the Empire Jazz Orchestra, Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble and is a first call sideman for countless combos.  Russo currently directs the Empire State Youth Repertory Jazz Ensemble.
 
DOORS OPEN AT 7PM 
TICKET PURCHASE ALSO RESERVES A TABLE FOR THE EVENING
 
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Musician
  • WhoKeith Pray Big Band
  • DateJune 7, 2016
  • Time8:00
  • 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.


Musician
  • WhoCarl Verheyen
  • DateJune 17, 2016
  • Time7 & 9pm
  • Fee$15 adv/$18 door
“One of the Top 10 Guitar Players in the World” Guitar Magazine
“One of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time” Classic Rock Magazine
 
A member of the smash hit British rock group Supertramp since 1985, Carl has played to millions of enthusiastic fans in sold out arenas worldwide.  As the creative force behind the Carl Verheyen Band, he has released an impressive and eclectic discography that showcases his endless talents across a wide array of musical genres.
 
The Carl Verheyen Band’s tour will be a rare chance the East Coast audiences to experience a powerful mix of blues, rock, jazz and even country from three world-class musicians in intimate venues.  The Grammy-nominated Verheyen is joined by renowned bassist Dave Marotta (Phil Collins, Neil Diamond, Bruce Hornsby, Gino Vanelli, Manhattan Transfer, Kenny Loggins, and countless others) along with ace drummer John Mader (Booker T. Jones, Steve Miller, Pat Benatar, Patti Austin, Albert King, Randy Newman, and Bonnie Raitt).
 
Verheyen’s 40+ years of solo, band, and studio guitar work have progressed to where hardly a day goes by during which anyone with access to music, movies, or television doesn’t hear him.  As a first-call studio guitarist, Verheyen is the guitar behind some of the most popular TV shows (Seinfeld, Frazier, Cheers, Happy Days, LA Law, Married with Children, among others) and movies (Star Trek, The Usual Suspects, Ratatouille, The Negotiator, hundreds more) of all time.  In addition to his duties as Supertramp’s guitarist, he has performed and recorded with a who’s-who of music giants, ranging from the great BB King, to Joe Bonamassa, Cher, Brad Paisley, Christina Aguilera, The Bee Gees, and hundreds of others.  
 
He frequently performs in arenas closer to 20,000 in capacity with Supertramp. He has released 13 of his own CDs, mixing band music with solo efforts such as his 2015 recording “Alone,” a solo acoustic improvisational release. 
 
ONLINE TICKETS WILL BE HELD AT WILL AT THE VAN DYCK
 
DOORS WILL OPEN AT 6pm FOR EARLY SHOW, AND AT 8:30pm FOR THE LATE SHOW
 
TICKET PURCHASE WILL RESERVE  A TABLE FOR THE SHOW
 
 
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