Bridge Jazz Fest a mighty tasty treat (via Times Union)

At the Troy Music Hall, Friday night’s half of the Bridge Jazz Festival was a very tasty round of hors d’oeuvres and spicy appetizers. But Saturday’s half of the fest — having moved across the bridge to The College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center for the Arts — was a hearty three-course dinner, and the meat-and-potatoes portion of the meal featured the exquisite New Orleans father-and-son team of Ellis and Delfeayo Marsalis.

Trombonist Delfeayo led the quartet — also featuring bassist Eric Wheeler and drummer McClenty Hunter — through a smorgasbord of jazz styles, opening with a slow, lazy stroll through Louis Armstrong’s classic “Tin Roof Blues” and then sliding right into a skittering up-tempo take on Kurt Weill’s “Speak Low.” Meanwhile at the Steinway grand piano, Ellis, the 81-year-old patriarch of the Crescent City’s First Family of Jazz, held court on the ballads “Nancy With the Laughing Face” and “Emily.”

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