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Singer/Trombonist Natalie Cressman to bring her band to Burlington and Lake Placid

Coming from a very musical family, a life in the arts was inevitable almost from day one for Natalie Cressman. That's why, still in her early 20s, she has a long list of musical accomplishments, including the recent release of her second CD, "Turn The Sea," and five years as trombonist for Phish guitarist Trey Anastasio. She talked with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge" about her new CD and her musical milestones so far.  Go to full article
Brian McCarthy. Photo: Courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com
Brian McCarthy. Photo: Courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com

Saxophonist Brian McCarthy proves Vermont's jazz scene alive and well

Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy grew up in Vermont, went to college near New York City, then returned to Vermont to help ensure that jazz is alive and well in his home state. His latest CD is called "This Just In" and he's bringing the same fine quintet that plays on the CD to Lake Placid on February 21 and Middlebury on February 22.  Go to full article
Brian McCarthy (courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com)
Brian McCarthy (courtesy brianmccarthyjazz.com)

This Just In....Burlington Saxophonist Brian McCarthy to bring his quintet to Lake Placid

Jazz saxophonist Brian McCarthy grew up in Vermont, went to college near New York City, then returned to Vermont to help ensure that jazz is alive and well in his home state. His 2013 CD, "This Just In," has garnered excellent reviews in national jazz publications and websites, and he's bringing the same fine quintet that plays on the CD to Lake Placid on February 21st. He talked about the CD with Joel Hurd on "The Bridge."  Go to full article
Gregory Porter at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival (photo by Joel Hurd)
Gregory Porter at the 2013 Ottawa Jazz Festival (photo by Joel Hurd)

Chart-topping jazz singer Gregory Porter to perform in Potsdam this week

Since it was released in September 2013, Gregory Porter's Blue Note Records debut, "Liquid Spirit" has been at the top of the jazz charts worldwide. His non-stop travel schedule has a stop in Potsdam on January 23rd. He talked with Joel Hurd on The Bridge about his music, new-found fame, and how his art was influenced by growing up the son of a minister.  Go to full article
Ellis Paul performing at The Depot in Norman, OK> Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:EllisDepot.JPG">Kmzundel</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Ellis Paul performing at The Depot in Norman, OK> Photo: Kmzundel, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Preview: Ellis Paul in Cadyville

Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will be making a brief swing through New York State this weekend, and one of his stops will be an intimate house concert Friday at 7:30 pm in Cadyville, NY, just a few miles west of Plattsburgh. Joel Hurd has a preview.  Go to full article
Neil Rossi and Tom Akstens
Neil Rossi and Tom Akstens

Local musicians celebrate 50 years of playing together

For the last year musicians Tom Akstens and Neil Rossi have been traveling around the region celebrating their 50th year of performing together. They first started playing together as high school students in Massachusetts, heavily influenced by the Cambridge folk revival of the early 60s. They'll play their last gig of 2013 this Sunday afternoon in North Creek. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Israeli pop star to conclude U.S. tour in Potsdam Wednesday

Idan Raichel is an Israeli pop star whose band, The Idan Raichel Project, has band members from five continents. He has been touring the United States for the last three weeks and wraps up his tour on October 30, 2013 in Potsdam. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble
Canal Street String Band. Photo: Bill Gamble

Preview: Canal Street String Band

The Canal Street String Band features three musicians, 55 strings, and music spanning a couple of centuries. This Buffalo-based group will be playing three shows here in the North Country beginning this weekend. Joel Hurd spoke to band member Dave Ruch..  Go to full article
Kellylee Evans. Photo courtesy <a href="http://www.kellyleeevans.com">kellyleeevans.com</a>
Kellylee Evans. Photo courtesy kellyleeevans.com

Juno Award winner Kellylee Evans takes the stage in Norwood

The Juno Award-winning singer is very popular in Canada and France, but not too well known (yet) in the U.S. She'll be bringing her unique blend of jazz and soul to the Norwood Village Green Concert Series June 20 at 7 pm. Joel Hurd tells us more.  Go to full article

Saxophonist Tim Green reveals life's many seasons in an outstanding debut CD

Baltimore native Tim Green's debut CD, Songs From This Season, showcases writing and playing way beyond his 30 years. Joel Hurd thinks it's the best CD he has heard in at least a year, and he talked with Tim Green about it on The Bridge.  Go to full article

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