It’s impossible to calculate the numbers of aspiring—and experienced professional—musicians who’ve learned from and been inspired by the veteran players who’ve shared their skill and knowledge via Homespun’s lovingly produced products and kept musical traditions alive for future generations. In recognition of their contributions to culture and the music industry, the Traums were recently presented with the National Association of Music Merchants’ Milestone Award.
Here’s a link to a 2007 feature I wrote about Happy and Jane to commemorate Homespun’s 40th anniversary:
In this classic Homespun clip, the late, great Doc Watson teaches how to play the folk standard “Salt Creek”:
Happy anniversary to Homespun Music from all of us here at Chronogram, Happy and Jane, and thanks for your essential and important work. Here’s to 50 more!
For more information, visit https://www.homespun.com/.
Topping the bill this year is local boy done good Sawyer Fredericks, who rocketed to fame in 2015 by winning the eighth season of TV’s “The Voice.” Other acts set to appear are July Talk, Joceyln and Chris Arndt, Mister F, Alchemystics, Shinobi Ninja, Bad Mothers, DJ Y2J, Sun Voyager, Craving Strange, Bathrobe Robots, and many more.
Here’s one by July Talk:
The MOVE Music Festival will take place at venues in Albany, Cohoes, and Troy, New York, on April 27, 28, and 29. For a full schedule, tickets, and other information, visit http://www.movemusicfest.com/.
The band is comprised of guitarist Jerry Adler (Wave Sleep Wave, the Blam, Flugente) and sitarist Mustafa Bhagat (Biryani Boys) and creates compelling, drone-heavy, experimental ambient sounds. “We call them ‘sonic ragas’” says Adler, quite fittingly, as a spin of the self-titled, four-cut disc reveals. To celebrate the release, the pair will perform on April 20 at Smolen Observatory on the SUNY New Paltz campus tonight at 7:30pm. The event is free. For more information, call (845) 257-1110 or visit http://www.meetup.com/mhastro/events/229425211/.
Meanwhile, get a taste of the twosome’s mind-expanding art below:
Hugh Abdullah Rashid Brodie was born in Warren County, North Carolina, in 1933. A cousin of the great Ella Fitzgerald, he played clarinet, flute, and sang but was mainly known for his work on the tenor and soprano saxophones. His discography is, regrettably, thin, and the few records he made are misguided commercial jazz funk exercises instead of the robust hard bop he’s known for; hopefully, some more representative archival recordings will emerge in the years to come. Brodie played for a time in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band and lived in Monticello, was a regular presence on the Hudson Valley jazz scene. He leaves behind a wife, three daughters, a granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.
Here he is leading his Cosmic Ensemble at the Falcon in 2007:
A celebration of Hugh Brodie’s life and music will take place at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on a future date. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.
“Transcendental Geometry” presents four world premieres of large-scale new music written by composers Kyle Gann, Shawn Jaeger, Kristofer Svennson, and Katherine Balch, all of which utilize non-traditional tunings. “Not often do audiences have the opportunity to hear radically new, precise, and beautiful harmonies created by such a large ensemble,” says the group. “By commissioning and performing new works using non-Western tunings, Contemporaneous seeks to expand our vision for what music can be, down to the very notes themselves.”
Here, the group performs Andrew Norman’s “Try” at the Bang on a Can Marathon in 2014:
Contemporaneous will present “Transcendental Geometry” at Murray’s in Tivoli on April 15 at 8pm. Admission is $20. For more information, call (845) 757-6003 or visit http://murraystivoli.com/.
In addition to Lovano, the evening’s ensemble includes trombonist Roswell Rudd, the focus of last Tuesday’s Daily Dose; Lovano’s wife, vocalist Judi Silvano; pianist Marilyn Crispell; drummer Susie Ibarra; guitarist Bruce Arnold; and bassist and Jazzstock copresenter John Menegon. With a lineup like this, jazz nuts, you simply can’t go wrong.
Since there isn’t any footage—yet—of this once-in-a-lifetime configuration, how about a solo performance by Lovano as a teaser?
“The Moment of Now! A Night of Improvised Music!” will take place on April 15 at 7:30pm at the Senate Garage in Kingston, New York. Tickets are $25. For more information, call (914) 388-7657 or visit http://jazzstock.com.
The alma mater of the beloved Woodstock-area duo Mike & Ruthy AKA Michael Merenda and Ruth Ungar, the Mammals are well known for their topical songs, and “Culture War” continues the tradition—a tradition greatly informed by protest folk heroes Woody Guthrie, Utah Philips, and, most directly, the group’s mentor Pete Seeger (the late legend’s grandson, Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, is an erstwhile Mammal). “Culture War” was composed by Merenda, who says the group is working on a new album for 2018, calls the song “an earnest wake-up call but with a distinctly triumphant energy.” The tune also features Sarah Lee Guthrie, Woody's granddaughter, on harmony vocals.
Take a listen and read the lyrics here:
The Mammals will perform at the Philipstown Depot Theater in Garrison, New York, on April 8 at 7pm; a harmony-singing workshop will be held at 4pm. Concert tickets are $25; workshop tickets are $20. For more information, call (845) 424-3900 or visit http://www.philipstowndepottheatre.org/.
“Awesome and Gruesome” represents an unexpected, and highly amusing, foray into rap (!) by the 81-year-old trombone icon and his long-time companion that deals with the ups and downs of aging and illness in a fearlessly lighthearted way. The recording also features Gov’t Mule keyboardist Danny Louis, guitarist Matt Finck, and drummer T. Xiques.
Dig it here (but be forewarned: blue language within):
For more information, visit http://www.sunnysiderecords.com/.
Dubbed “Rock n Roll Resort v7: Feast of Fools” for this installment, the three-day, jam-band-leaning event promises performances by Pink Talking Fish, the Nth Power, Midnight North, Jen Durkin’s “Steal Your Funkin’ Birthday Blackout” featuring Doug Wimbish of Living Colour, Lespecial, Madaila, Hayley Jane and the Primates, the Primate Fiasco, Gang of Thieves, Beau Sasser Trio, Ben Silver (Orchard Lounge), Formula 5, Bearly Dead, Swift Technique , Tweed, Craig Brodhead (Turkuaz), and many more.
Here’s Pink Talking Fish, doin’ what they do:
“Rock n Roll Resort v7: Feast of Fools” will take place April 31 through May 2 at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson. Weekend passes for all entertainment are $85; Friday-only passes are $48 and Saturday-only passes are $50. (Meals, beverages, and lodging not included.) A full weekend RV parking pass is $100. For the full lineup and schedule, room information and packages, additional artist announcements, activities, directions, and other event information, visit www.RocknRollResort.com or call (845) 626-8888.
The five-piece Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks include the leader on guitar and vocals, Brad Hubbard on baritone sax, Jay Nicholas on bass, Sarah Terrell on keyboards and vocals, and J. Why on drums and vocals. The project has a new album in the chamber for a spring release, and for the show will perform both older and brand-new songs by Clair.
Here, Clair and group play “Long Lost Friend”:
Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks donation is requested. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.