for good measure photos by Wanda Callagy

No foreign adventures as of late for me but look at who I have heard and seen recently!  I will share my viewpoint when I show you young musicians performing at Trick Shots Billiards in Clifton Park, my visit to  a new venue (for me) called  The Towne Crier in Beacon, and then some recent highlights of my favorite haunt in Albany at the Capital Region Blues Network jam..

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Jim Wright of Funk Merchant at a Capital Region Blues Network jam.
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Michael Torsone on the Hammond in Beacon
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David Laks and Sal Miccio in Woodstock
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Joey Lowry of Band No.2
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Bernard Purdie on drums in Beacon.
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Appreciated stipend.
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Check out the slide on this!
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A happy reaction.




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A smoky shot of Band No.2 at Trick Shots Billiards in Clifton Park. Adam Winne, Neil Laya, Joey Lowry and Greg Hemmis here.
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Leslie Barkman on the keys.
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Steve Smith and Sharon White at the Roadhouse
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Michael Torsone , Bernard Purdie, and Bill Holoman at the Towne Crier Café.
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Chris Vitarello with Michael Torsone in Beacon, NY.
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Jacob Konisky of Band No.2.
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Gus Mancini, David Laks, James Curtin and Ruperto Ifil in Woodstock.
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Sharon White at a CRBN jam with that bluesy voice.
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Is there a musician in the house?
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Gregory Nash recently in Clifton Park.
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Willie Smith on that sax at the CRBN jam on Fuller Road
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Zen Reinhardt and Bailey Quinn share their talents at the recent MVBS fundraiser. The event also honored their member the late Alan B. Nathan.
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Jim Nicotera and Daniel Stone.

Oh, and there was a real nice fundraiser held by the members of the Mohawk Valley Blues Society, too.


And, Happy Birthday, Dad.


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Members of the Mohawk Valley Blues Society at their recent fundraiser in Utica. The proceeds go toward their festival in June.
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Bill Holoman with Michael Torsone in Beacon.
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Patiently waiting.



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Some crowd interaction with Jim Wright and the Funk Merchant Band at the Fuller Roadhouse Grille on a Sunday night in Albany

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