Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Lizanne Knott Brings An “Excellent Day” To Folk/Americana Fans

Lizanne Knott, who is well known in folk circles for her magnetic songwriting and infectious, smoky vocals, is poised to release her latest album Excellent Day on April 8.  The collection of love, loss and redemption songs are delivered via a mix of Americana, Delta Blues, New Orleans soul and echoes of vintage Nashville; and serve as a much-anticipated follow-up to her award-winning 2013 set, Standing in the English Rain. Recorded in Philadelphia with Grammy Award-winning producer Glenn Barratt, Excellent Day remains true to Knott’s artistic style and vision, while exploring her latest creative sparks.

“The inspiration for these songs came from my long time friend and guitarist, Jef Lee Johnson, who passed away unexpectedly three years ago,” Knott explains. “It made me dig really deep and go back to my roots in blues and jazz flavored Americana. I hear his influence in almost every song.”

Indeed, Knott chose to honor Johnson by choosing to cover one of his songs — the title track of the album. “He’d always told me to record it so I’m happy I was able to do that.” Another standout on the set is a Janis Ian cover, “Sometimes,” which Ian granted Knott exclusive rights to.

The album is being released by Proper Music in the UK; with extended distribution to all of Europe in order for more fans to hear Knott’s artistry.

Knott has stamped her name in the music worlds of Philadelphia, Nashville and the UK – her overseas work having been championed by London’s famed Bob Harris, who has been a staunch supporter since first hearing her debut release in early 2002. In addition to various BBC stations, she also receives airplay on AAA radio throughout the US. Her music has been used in independent films, TV movies, documentaries and by national non-profit organizations.

She will be performing a slate of tour dates in the United States and UK throughout 2016. For more information, please

Lizanne Knott

Lizanne Knott

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Willie Nile To Perform In Ossining’s Budarz Theater on May 20

Anyone who’s paid attention to his recent output knows that Willie Nile is currently in the midst of a creative renaissance that’s produced some of the most compelling music of his 35-year career. His 2013 release, American Ride, won an independent music award for best rock album of the year. Willie’s 6th studio album since 2006 is due out this Spring.wile nile post

Willie’s live performances with his full band – Alex Alexander on drums, Matt Hogan on guitar & Johnny Pisano on bass – are high energy rock shows that showcase the full spectrum of his body of work.

The Ossining based punk rock power trio All My Friends will open the show with a set of original material.

Tickets are $30 for General admission seating and can be purchased online at:

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2485213

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Maurice White, Founder of Earth Wind & Fire Dead at 74

The founder of Earth Wind & Fire has died.

Maurice White

Maurice White

Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles Thursday morning.  He suffered from Parkinson’s Disease.

The singer-songwriter was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1992 but his condition was reported to have gotten worse in recent months.His band had a series of hits including September, Boogie Wonderland, Shining Star and After the Love has Gone.

Earth, Wind & Fire were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000, and Maurice was individually inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. White was 74.

 

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Jay Collins & The Kings County Band To Perform At The Falcon February 5

Jay Collins and the Kings County Band will be performing on Friday, February 5 at The Falcon in Marlboro (7pm). The band mixes up Soul, New Orleans rhythms, Classic Rock, and Blues into a funky stew that surprises and satisfies.

The saxophone player of choice for famous artists like Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, and Donald Fagen, Jay Collins played on 2 Grammy-winning recordings with Mr. Helm, and a platinum-selling DVD with the Allman Brothers Band (Live at the Beacon Theater). Jay has also been “moon-lighting” as a singer-songwriter for years, but the secret is leaking out:  His songs are being admired and recorded by young musicians in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. And on vocals, his granite pipes prompted Time Out NY to note that, “His soulful ‘croak’ definitely deserves to be heard!” and Blues Revue said, “Jay Collins plays a hot saxophone, but he covers a lot more ground than that….”

Jay Collins

Jay Collins

Fronting his “Kings County Band” on gigs throughout the NY area, as well as continuing to perform and arrange with the horn section at Levon Helm’s Ramble in Woodstock NY, Jay also recently toured with The Dukes of September, a collective featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald, and is currently the horn arranger and saxophonist for the Gregg Allman Band.

“He has a killer tone…”-Gregg Allman.

Jazz is a huge part of what I learned about music, but it’s just a small piece of what I do,” says singer-songwriter, saxophonist, flautist, pianist and bandleader Jay Collins. With his Kings County Band, Collins mixes up blues, Afro-Cuban rhythms and classic soul into a modern patchwork of root-bound sound.

One of the most sought-after touring musicians in American music, Jay is perhaps best known for his saxophone and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band), Donald Fagen and the Dukes of September (w/ Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs), James Hunter and jazz greats such as the late Andrew Hill, Jacky Terrasson, and the late bassist LeRoy Vinnegar. In recent years, Mr. Collins has also become recognized for his gritty singing and his singular songwriting.

“Collins’ soulful croak definitely deserves to be heard” – Time Out, NYC

Coming up as a young player on the late ’80s and early ’90s music scene in Portland, Oregon, Collins caught what he considers to be the city’s last wave of a golden age.

“Lots of jazz musicians from L.A. had migrated there in the ’80s for the quality of life,” he explains. “You could still learn to play just by hanging around with older musicians, and learning “on the job.” Collins played some of his first sax gigs with Portland jazz mainstays Ron Steen and Mel Brown then went on to play with West Coast bassist Leroy Vinnegar and to record with hard bop drummer Dick Berk.

After cutting his teeth in Portland, Jay Collins made the move to New York City and quickly became a force to be reckoned with. His focus was hard-hitting instrumental jazz. By 1993 Collins had established himself in New York’s East Village, assembled a band, and by the end of the ’90s had recorded three CD’s: Uncommon Threads, Reality Tonic and Cross Culture, all on small independent labels. He recorded and toured with French pianist Jacky Terrasson on Blue Note Records as well as the legendary pianist and composer Andrew Hill, whom he’d first met in his Portland days. “In the East Village in the ’90s there was all kinds of music going on….little places with live bands every couple of blocks.”

During his time on New York’s Lower East Side, Collins also immersed himself in the rhythmically charged world of Latin music. He spent 1996-2004 leading local sensation Mambo Macoco (with master percussionist Eddie Bobe’), playing with Nuyorican percussionist Bobby Sanabria Y Ascension, and touring Cuba and the Caribbean. “Learning about Afro-Cuban rhythms and their connection to American and New Orleans music are the keys to what I’m doing now,” says Collins.

“This robust tenor saxophonist is a great example of a player whose varied experiences nurture a deeper musical personality.” – Village Voice, NYC

In 1999 Collins felt the pull to change musical direction; he formed a new band and began to move beyond the boundaries of instrumental jazz. “I needed something more…. I wanted to express myself more fully with words. I was into experimental jazz and had always liked words and poetry so at first I tried putting my poetry to music,” he says, though he didn’t actually sing a note until he was 30 years old. ”
At first, my idea was to write the songs and have someone else sing them, but then I decided to take singing lessons and get into it.” Collins also kept up his sax and flute chops as a sideman while working out his own songs on piano. Ironically it was while playing a jazz gig that he was recommended for a spot with legendary rocker Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. “I knew the songs of Robert Johnson, Freddie King, B.B. King and the Allman Brothers because I grew up hearing them,” he says.

“My stepfather is a guitar player, he’s African-American, and his record collection was heavy on the blues. Working with Gregg sent me back in that blues and roots direction. It’s also really informed my singing. I’ve learned a lot just from being onstage, night after night, standing next to that caliber of singer.” In 2004, the first album by the Jay Collins Band, Poem For Today (Hipbone Records) featured Collins on sax and vocals, Dred Scott on piano and Diego Voglino on drums and Moses Patrou on percussion and backing vocals. “I was still transitioning from instrumental jazz. The vocal influences are mostly Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Dr. John,” says Collins. At the recording sessions, Collins met vocalist Amy Helm (Ollabelle), and since then, Collins has gone on to tour and record with Amy’s dad, Levon Helm, the drummer and lead-singer from The Band, Jay had the pleasure of playing on Levon’s Grammy-winning CD, “Electric Dirt” in 2009.

While continuing to tour with Gregg Allman, and front Jay Collins and The Kings County Band, Jay has also worked during the last few years with British neo-soulman James Hunter, singer Ray LaMontagne, drummer Jaimoe’s Jazz Band, guitarist/singer Chris Bergson, jazz guitarist Ed Cherry, and toured from 2010-2012 with the Dukes of September (featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald). Jay’s arranging, musical directing, and horn playing skills are featured on Gregg Allman Band’s 2015 DVD/CD release, “Back to Macon, GA” on Rounder Records. playing skills are featured on Gregg Allman Band’s 2015 DVD/CD release, “Back to Macon, GA” on Rounder Records.

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Maybrook Wind Ensemble

The Maybrook Wind Ensemble is an intergenerational wind band based in Maybrook, NY.

Under the direction of Kevin Scott, the MWE performs a varied repertoire including original contemporary compositions, transcriptions of orchestral works, selections from Broadway and Hollywood, recent popular songs, jazz, classical and holiday music.

The group holds several concerts each year at the Maybrook Senior Center, as well as perform in communities around the Hudson Valley.

If you are a musician and would like to join the band, please contact the group at maybrookwindensemble@gmail.com. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Maybrook Senior Center, Maybrook, NY (Orange County).

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Jay Collins & The Kings County Band To Perform At The Falcon February 5

Jay Collins and the Kings County Band will be performing on Friday, February 5 at The Falcon in Marlboro (7pm). The band mixes up Soul, New Orleans rhythms, Classic Rock, and Blues into a funky stew that surprises and satisfies.

The saxophone player of choice for famous artists like Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, and Donald Fagen, Jay Collins played on 2 Grammy-winning recordings with Mr. Helm, and a platinum-selling DVD with the Allman Brothers Band (Live at the Beacon Theater). Jay has also been “moon-lighting” as a singer-songwriter for years, but the secret is leaking out:  His songs are being admired and recorded by young musicians in the Hudson Valley, New York City, and beyond. And on vocals, his granite pipes prompted Time Out NY to note that, “His soulful ‘croak’ definitely deserves to be heard!” and Blues Revue said, “Jay Collins plays a hot saxophone, but he covers a lot more ground than that….”

Jay Collins

Jay Collins

Fronting his “Kings County Band” on gigs throughout the NY area, as well as continuing to perform and arrange with the horn section at Levon Helm’s Ramble in Woodstock NY, Jay also recently toured with The Dukes of September, a collective featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald, and is currently the horn arranger and saxophonist for the Gregg Allman Band.

“He has a killer tone…”-Gregg Allman.

Jazz is a huge part of what I learned about music, but it’s just a small piece of what I do,” says singer-songwriter, saxophonist, flautist, pianist and bandleader Jay Collins. With his Kings County Band, Collins mixes up blues, Afro-Cuban rhythms and classic soul into a modern patchwork of root-bound sound.

One of the most sought-after touring musicians in American music, Jay is perhaps best known for his saxophone and flute work with many artists including Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band), Donald Fagen and the Dukes of September (w/ Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs), James Hunter and jazz greats such as the late Andrew Hill, Jacky Terrasson, and the late bassist LeRoy Vinnegar. In recent years, Mr. Collins has also become recognized for his gritty singing and his singular songwriting.

“Collins’ soulful croak definitely deserves to be heard” – Time Out, NYC

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KA9VxiRl5KU

Coming up as a young player on the late ’80s and early ’90s music scene in Portland, Oregon, Collins caught what he considers to be the city’s last wave of a golden age.

“Lots of jazz musicians from L.A. had migrated there in the ’80s for the quality of life,” he explains. “You could still learn to play just by hanging around with older musicians, and learning “on the job.” Collins played some of his first sax gigs with Portland jazz mainstays Ron Steen and Mel Brown then went on to play with West Coast bassist Leroy Vinnegar and to record with hard bop drummer Dick Berk.

After cutting his teeth in Portland, Jay Collins made the move to New York City and quickly became a force to be reckoned with. His focus was hard-hitting instrumental jazz. By 1993 Collins had established himself in New York’s East Village, assembled a band, and by the end of the ’90s had recorded three CD’s: Uncommon Threads, Reality Tonic and Cross Culture, all on small independent labelsHe recorded and toured with French pianist Jacky Terrasson on Blue Note Records as well as the legendary pianist and composer Andrew Hill, whom he’d first met in his Portland days. “In the East Village in the ’90s there was all kinds of music going on….little places with live bands every couple of blocks.”

During his time on New York’s Lower East Side, Collins also immersed himself in the rhythmically charged world of Latin music. He spent 1996-2004 leading local sensation Mambo Macoco (with master percussionist Eddie Bobe’), playing with Nuyorican percussionist Bobby Sanabria Y Ascension, and touring Cuba and the Caribbean. “Learning about Afro-Cuban rhythms and their connection to American and New Orleans music are the keys to what I’m doing now,” says Collins.

“This robust tenor saxophonist is a great example of a player whose varied experiences nurture a deeper musical personality.” – Village Voice, NYC

In 1999 Collins felt the pull to change musical direction; he formed a new band and began to move beyond the boundaries of instrumental jazz.  “I needed something more…. I wanted to express myself more fully with words. I was into experimental jazz and had always liked words and poetry so at first I tried putting my poetry to music,” he says, though he didn’t actually sing a note until he was 30 years old. ”
At first, my idea was to write the songs and have someone else sing them, but then I decided to take singing lessons and get into it.” Collins also kept up his sax and flute chops as a sideman while working out his own songs on piano. Ironically it was while playing a jazz gig that he was recommended for a spot with legendary rocker Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band. “I knew the songs of Robert Johnson, Freddie King, B.B. King and the Allman Brothers because I grew up hearing them,” he says.

“My stepfather is a guitar player, he’s African-American, and his record collection was heavy on the blues. Working with Gregg sent me back in that blues and roots direction. It’s also really informed my singing. I’ve learned a lot just from being onstage, night after night, standing next to that caliber of singer.” In 2004, the first album by the Jay Collins Band, Poem For Today (Hipbone Records) featured Collins on sax and vocals, Dred Scott on piano and Diego Voglino on drums and Moses Patrou on percussion and backing vocals. “I was still transitioning from instrumental jazz. The vocal influences are mostly Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Dr. John,” says Collins. At the recording sessions, Collins met vocalist Amy Helm (Ollabelle), and since then, Collins has gone on to tour and record with Amy’s dad, Levon Helm, the drummer and lead-singer from The Band, Jay had the pleasure of playing on Levon’s Grammy-winning CD, “Electric Dirt” in 2009.

While continuing to tour with Gregg Allman, and front Jay Collins and The Kings County Band, Jay has also worked during the last few years with British neo-soulman James Hunter, singer Ray LaMontagne, drummer Jaimoe’s Jazz Band, guitarist/singer Chris Bergson, jazz guitarist Ed Cherry, and toured from 2010-2012 with the Dukes of September (featuring Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, and Michael McDonald). Jay’s arranging, musical directing, and horn playing skills are featured on Gregg Allman Band’s 2015 DVD/CD release, “Back to Macon, GA” on Rounder Records.

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Maybrook Wind Ensemble

The Maybrook Wind Ensemble is an intergenerational wind band based in Maybrook, NY.

Under the direction of Kevin Scott, the MWE performs a varied repertoire including original contemporary compositions, transcriptions of orchestral works, selections from Broadway and Hollywood, recent popular songs, jazz, classical and holiday music.

The group holds several concerts each year at the Maybrook Senior Center, as well as perform in communities around the Hudson Valley.

If you are a musician and would like to join the band, please contact the group at maybrookwindensemble@gmail.com. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Maybrook Senior Center, Maybrook, NY (Orange County).

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Inaugural Uptown Boogaloo Craft Beer Festival At BSP Kingson This Saturday

On Saturday, January 30 Radio Woodstock 100.1 and Swim King will host the inaugural Uptown Boogaloo Craft Beer Festival at BSP in Kingston. The festival will feature 60+ craft brews from 40+ local, regional, and national breweries as well as local Hudson Valley food, activities and some of the best Hudson Valley based bands that will perform live music.

Participating breweries:

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Live music, curated by Radio Woodstock 100.1:

ADRIEN REJU

With years of sharing the stage with artists like Neko Case, Rachael Yamagata, Nicole Atkins, Gillian Welch, Linda Rondstadt, and Amos Lee, Woodstock, New York singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Adrien Reju continues to build an evolving and impressive career in music.

Adrien Reju

Adrien Reju

BEARQUILT

Bearquilt is a 4 piece indie rock band based out of the Catskill mountains. Their songs allude to the 1990’s, both in sound and material. Their heavily-effected guitar sounds give an ambient overtone, while their soft / innocent vocal parts lend comfort to the ear. Combined, it sounds like you took Dinosaur Jr. and the Gallagher brothers; threw them in a blender with a rusty metal file, add Duane Allman and a few cute guitar licks, maybe some vintage drum machines- and you get Bearquilt.

Bearquilt

Bearquilt

LA FAMILIA

La Familia is a fun, upbeat Hudson Valley swing & blues operation with a ton of soul and a touch of class. Five friends from various Hudson Valley bands united in the summer of 2015 to play the hoppin’, juke jivin’, and danceable music they find so magnetic. Their repertoire includes original swing and swinging blues songs, in addition to fresh and energetic renditions of the classics. 

La Familia

La Familia

 

Local Hudson Valley-based food vendors will be on hand to serve up their delicious creations.

Yum Yum Noodle Bar

Yum Yum Noodle Bar

Diego's taquiera

Diego’s Taquirera

Fleishers craft butchery

Fleisher’s Craft Butchery

 

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For more information and to purchase tickets, visit UptownBoogaloo.com

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David Spero Management and 360 Degrees, Inc. Announce Joint Venture

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360 Degrees, Inc., a New York based artist management, booking and marketing agency founded and run by Ann Henningsen,  has announced their new co-management agreement with noted rock manager and radio pioneer, David Spero and his firm David Spero Management, Inc. for the Connecticut based Americana roots rock artist Chris Berardo and his band. (www.chrisberardo.com)

Spero is currently the personal manager for Dickey Betts, Richie Furay, Ted Neeley, Mark Farner, Simon Kirke and The Empty Pockets.

In his storied career, Spero has handled the careers of Yusuf (Cat Stevens), Joe Walsh, Michael Stanley, Ian Hunter, Harry Nilsson, Nicky Hopkins, Survivor, Billy Bob Thornton, Eric Carmen and Nelson among many others.

Spero formerly served as Vice President of Education and Programming for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame from 2000-2003.

“I was blown away by Chris and his music,” says Spero “and for the first time in my career agreed to co-manage an artist. I was approached by Ann Henningsen, who I had collaborated with and advised for some time. I noticed after having Chris support many dates with Dickey Betts that Berardo has a rare ability to reference the roots of our musical history, while making each song uniquely his own”.

Henningsen, whose boutique agency has been representing Berardo and his band (currently known as “The DesBerardos”) for the last few years, reached out to her mentor, determined to get this artist, his band, and his music the attention deserved. “I am absolutely thrilled to now be managing Chris’s career with David … 360 is always focused on elevating our artists and there is no question that having David on board is a major elevation” says Henningsen.

Silvermine, CT’s Chris Berardo & The DesBerardos have spent the last several years touring much of the country, playing hundreds of shows with the likes of The Doobie Brothers, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Marshall Tucker Band, Reckless Kelly, America,  Band of Heathens,  David Allan Coe, Levon Helm, Little Feat, NRBQ, Molly Hatchet, Badfinger, Blue Rodeo, Brave Combo, Enter The Hagiss, and many others, as well as countless appearances as headliners and support everywhere from America’s finest theaters and respected listening rooms to beer-soaked bar rooms.

Their Lamon Records release, “Ignoring All The Warning Signs” rose to #49 on the Billboard Americana Chart, #15 on The Roots Music Report and was in rotation on over 100 stations in the U.S.

It also sat in the Top Ten at XM Radio’s X Country channel for two straight months, peaking at # 4 for two weeks, and appearing as the # 34 CD for the entire year. No less an authority than Robert K. Oerman called it, “as good a country rock record as you will hear this year!” in Music Row Magazine. Their previous release “Pure Faith” (Lamon Records) burned up College, AAA and Americana radio.

With a new album completed and being slated for release Chris Berardo is excited to be working with his new management team :  “This new music means a lot to me and a lot to the band and  we are really looking forward to David and Ann combining their experience, talents, and efforts to bring it, and us, into our next chapter … We’re gonna have some fun …”.

Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos

Chris Berardo and The DesBerardos

 

 

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Front Street Gallery In Patterson To Host Tribute To David Bowie Jan. 31

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A David Bowie Tribute Show will be held at the Front Street Gallery in Patterson on January 31 from 3-6pm.

According to the Front Street Gallery, the tribute show is for Bowie fans and musicians alike. All are welcome.

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Reverie Caffe, located next door will be open as well, with a full menu.

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For more info, contact the Front Street Gallery at  info@frontstreetgallery.org

The Front Street Gallery is located at 21 Front Street in Patterson (adjacent to the Patterson Metro North station).

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