Live at Linda: “518 Jazz”

Rock plays three chords for 10,000 people and jazz plays 10,000 chords for three people.

Sid Caesar on Your Show Show said, “Jazz is the sound of the wind in a storm, Jazz is a wild wave crashing against the shore, Jazz is a mountain, Jazz is a swaying desert , jazz is a flying purple bird, jazz is a pencil sharpener, jazz is a frying pan, jazz is a caught handball…Jazz. Watch it on You tube, you won’t regret it.

Either way, 518 has its share of a rich, deep and thriving jazz community and it’s a treat when we get to record this family at The Linda. And no more thanks to anyone other than WAMC’s Tim Coakley. The Tim Coakley Jazz Show has been a staple of WAMC and here in the Capital District for 35 years this year, and we’re hosting a very special event Birthday party at Linda on Saturday, November 12e at 1:30 p.m. This one-night-only concert and live recording session will feature the Skip Parsons Memorial Band, ft. Tim Coakley – a Dixieland band paying tribute to one of Coakley’s longtime musical collaborators. For the second set, we welcome The Peg Delaney Quartet with Colleen Pratt. Finally, the best jazz musicians in the region will participate in a jam session to close the evening.

And best of all… It’s FREE! So you have no excuse, just to come to Linda.

To celebrate tonight we will be listening to concerts tonight from Wayne Hawkins Quartet 2022, Colleen Pratt & Peg Delany Trio 2022, Lee Shaw 2007 and Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble 2008

Versatile pianist and keyboardist, Wayne Hawkins performs across the country, collaborating with artists from a variety of musical styles. As a composer and arranger, Hawkins has written for a variety of films, commercials and artists.

Additionally, his discography includes over 40 recordings with a wide variety of artists. As a frontman, his recordings include the critically acclaimed Wayne Hawkins Trio and his recently released solo work.

As a teacher, Hawkins served on the faculty at the University of Kansas for eight years and most recently taught at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Wayne Hawkins is joined by Matt Steckler (sax), Erik Johnson (bass) and Bob Halek (drums).

Acclaimed voice stylist Colleen Prat and musical partners Peg Delaney, Bill Delaney and Bob Halek collect songs from the Great American Songbook and add their own patina. Colleen devotes her full, rich voice to the idioms of swing and jazz, and enjoys singing contemporary ballads, pop and Motown. Peg, who draws inspiration from American, Latin and Brazilian styles, plays in many different settings, from solo piano to large bands. Accompanying singers has been Peg’s favorite role and with Bill Delaney on double bass and the versatile Bob Halek on drums, she provides a musical cushion for Colleen’s vocals.

This concert was from our ‘Jazz Open House’, last summer in 2022. Here is the Wayne Hawkins Quartet followed by Colleen Pratt and the Peg Delaney Trio live at the Linda.

Lee Shaw was an American jazz pianist and composer. Born Londa Lee Moore in Cushing, Oklahoma, but raised in Ada. Shaw would listen to the radio and then play the piano the songs she heard, as well as learn songs from the Great American Songbook. Shaw studied classical piano at Oklahoma College for Women and earned a master’s degree at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. It was there that she met drummer Stan Shaw in 1961. They were married within six months and formed the Lee Shaw Trio, playing pop standards in Chicago restaurants and nightclubs. She claimed to have never heard the term “jazz” before attending a Count Basie concert. She studied with Oscar Peterson, who offered her tutelage after hearing her play.

The Lee Shaw Trio performed across the country, including in her native Oklahoma, where she was inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame in June 1993. With Stan’s health declining in the late 1990s and his death in 2001, the trio was reformed and, each year from 2007 to 2009, toured Europe. A concert in Austria, recorded by the ORF, served as the basis for the 2008 album and DVD, Live in Graz.

In 2013, filmmaker Susan Robbins began working on a documentary about Shaw, titled Lee’s 88 Keys, after meeting her. The documentary was released in April 2015. Shaw attended and accepted the 2015 Jazz Hero Award from the Jazz Journalists’ Association.

We lost Lee Shaw in 2015 but his music lives on. This is Lee Shaw from 2007 live at the Linda.

keith prays is a versatile saxophonist and organist, who explores the frontiers of traditional jazz, blues, avant-garde and gritty funk as a performer, bandleader, composer and educator.

Keith has traveled from the West Coast to Europe making music of many styles with hundreds of gifted musicians including some of the giants of the industry. For eight years he resided in New York, performing with artists from multiple disciplines including jazz, R&B, blues, Latin and big band.

Keith is an in-demand jazz educator, having led numerous counties, masterclasses, clinics, run the Proctors Summer Jazz Institute for 9 seasons and most recently co-founded All Ears Jazz, which develops jazz education workshops.

This concert dates from 2009, Here is Keith Pray’s Big Soul Ensemble live at the Linda.

Thank you for staying with us this week. Join us next week as we travel back a decade and hear sets from November 2012. For more The Linda news or any upcoming events, follow us on Twitter, Facebookand instagramor visit thelinda.org.

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