Nipper’s News: Brian Patneaude, Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen, Ramblin Jug Stompers

Albany’s premier sax master Brian Patneaude recently brought his band – David Caldwell-Mason on piano and Fender Rhodes; Mike DelPrete on acoustic bass; and Danny Whelchel on drums and percussion – to Cotton Hill Studios in Albany. The upcoming album – Patneaude’s fifth as a bandleader – is titled “All Around Us” and features a half dozen original compositions, as well as arrangements of Wayne Shorter’s “Juju” and Bronislaw Kaper’s “Invitation.” The album was mixed at Bender Studios in Delmar and will be mastered by Scott Petito at NRS Studios in Catskill. It’s slated for release on WEPA Records, and Patneaude and his band will celebrate the release of the new album with a high-profile concert at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center in Albany at 7:30pm on Saturday, March 3. Tix are $10.

Meanwhile, from 8am-12noon on Saturday (January 14), Patneaude will also pay tribute to his main musical influence when he hits the airwaves for the fifth annual Michael Brecker memorial radio show on Bill McCann’s “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz” on WCDB-FM.

The host band of the Americana Tuesday concert series at Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany has been refining their sound all throughout 2011, and now they’re finally recording those tunes in the studio. Bassist Pete Murphy, drummer Max Figarsky and mandolin man Dan Johnson have also slipped into Bender Studios in Delmar to record a dozen original songs with engineer Sten Isachsen at the board. The band is looking at a May release for their debut disc. The Americana Tuesday series continues at Valentine’s at 8pm on Tuesday (January 10) with the fierce, funny and fearless Hamell On Trial as special guest for the evening. Admission is $5. You can also catch the band in action at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs at 8pm on Friday as part of “Celebrating a Century of Bill Monroe: A Mandolin Tribute to the Father of Bluegrass.” Tix are $20.

Nippertown’s premier (and only) jug band celebrates their sixth anniversary with a free show at McGeary’s Pub in Albany at 7pm on Monday (January 16). And they said it wouldn’t last…

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