3 picks for February: Double jazz, a black play, brothers rock (via Times Union)

As seen in Times Union:

“Twofer jazz

Now, here’s a cool idea for the cool months: a joint jazz effort created by two regional venues with great acoustics spanning two days, two counties, two cities and two sides of the Hudson River. For fans of live jazz and promoters of regionalism, the fact of the fest alone is a step in the right direction.

But the weekend’s scheduled performers are even more cause for excitement. On Friday night, Feb. 27, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall is offering a slate of acts that features local outfit Heard (at 7:30 p.m.), clarinetist-saxophonist Anat Cohen (at 8:30 p.m.) and, rounding out the evening, the Marcus Roberts Trio (at 9:30 p.m.). Pianist-composer Roberts is known for a few things, among them his fluid, imaginative takes on Gershwin (search out the trio’s Concerto in F on YouTube) and the deft independence of his left and right hands. Who knows what’ll come out of them that Friday.

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 28, the Massry Center for the Arts at The College of Saint Rose will host a lineup that includes Grammy-nominated Fred Hersch Trio, which got the nod in two Grammy categories this year: best jazz instrumental album (“Floating”) and best improvised jazz solo (Hersch’s bit on “You & The Night & The Music,” a track off of same). The awards are Sunday, Feb. 8. Depending on the outcome, pianist-composer Hersch may well own a gilt statue or two by the time he performs at the Massry.

Hersch’s set is slotted for 8:45 p.m. Also in the Saturday lineup are singer-bass duo Gretchen Parlato and Alan Hampton at 6:30 p.m. and French-American vocalist Cecile McLorin Savant at 7:30 p.m.

The Bridge Jazz Festival: Main public concerts are Friday, Feb. 27., at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, 30 Second St., Troy; and Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Ave., Albany. Call for full details on the weekend’s educational programming, including a Friday morning concert for students. Admission to the evening concerts is $28, $36 or $42 for Friday’s; $40 general admission for Saturday’s, or $30 for students. Festival pass, with admission both nights, is $60 for the general public, $40 for students. 273-0038; troymusichall.org.

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