Verdes CD Release Bash
June 6. It’s been just over a year since New Paltz rockers Verdes stepped into Marcata Recording Studios in Gardiner, producing five hard-earned new tunes and a gaggle of archived material. To celebrate, the band is throwing its own festival/party at the faboo Oasis Cafe and bringing along some personal faves, including The Crooks, Frankie and His Fingers, Titus Andronicus, and The Pelican Project. Expect rock ‘n’ roll sparks to fly with so much energy in one room at the same time. To make sure the fans don’t miss out, Verdes performs sets early and late in the evening. Preview the group’s new tracks at www.myspace.com/verdesspace. 7pm. $5. New Paltz. (845) 255-2400. www.myspace.com/oasiscafeinnewpaltz.
Dewey Redman Tribute Project
June 7. Saxman Dewey Redman (dad of Joshua) was from the “Texas tenor” school of bandleaders, which also includes David “Fathead” Newman and Arnett Cobb. Redman steered away from traditional music early in his career, connecting more with avant-garde players like Don Cherry, Ed Blackwell, and Charlie Haden in the legendary band Old and New Dreams. Redman was regularly on the road until he passed away in 2006, and his last band featured Hudson Valley players John Menegon (bass), Frank Kimbrough (piano), and Tani Tabbal (drums). To those names, this tribute at the Kleinert/James Arts Center adds Jane Monheit’s saxophonist, Joel Frahm. 8pm. $25, $20. Woodstock. (845) 679-2079. www.johnmenegon.com.
Pete Levin Organ Trio
June 14. Regular readers of this space know my affinity for classic organ jazz trios, and few front a better such band than Woodstock’s Pete Levin. His 2007 CD, Deacon Blues (Motema Music), extends the boundaries of traditional organ jazz into rock, and word is he’s about to drop a new trio CD. For this date at the Rosendale Cafe, Pete pulls in an all-star crew (John Carridi on guitar and Harvey Sorgen on drums) to hopefully break us off a piece of the new album. His regular set list always embraces rock, jazz, and soul while keeping the “fun” in “funky.” 8pm. $10. Rosendale. (845) 658-9048. www.petelevin.com.