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Jazz Trio features guest drummer at La Casbah gig

(as published in the Racquette Newspaper)

Jazz studies professor Brett Zvacek takes a solo at La Casbah on Thursday night.

Jazz studies professor Brett Zvacek takes a solo at La Casbah on Thursday night.

Sometimes it can be hard to find something fun and interesting to do in Potsdam on a weeknight. Potsdam isn’t exactly a bustling metropolis. However, this doesn’t stop some extremely cool gigs from going down in the 13676.

La Casbah played host to such an event on Thursday, January 22, 2009. They have been consistently bringing in solid local and traveling musicians. This particular evening featured a jazz trio including two professors from The Crane School of Music. The trio was comprised of jazz studies professor Brett Zvacek on trombone, adjunct string bass professor John Geggie on bass and well-known guest artist Matt Wilson on drums.

The trio played through a variety of tunes including standards and some more obscure repertoire. Thursday was the first of several gigs up in the North Country and Canada for the trio.

Brett Zvacek brought an added element to the trio through the use of a small DigiTech multi-effect pedal. Zvacek’s microphone was routed through the pedal, which was used tastefully for its delay and harmonizer capabilities. The technology was not at all out of place, and actually added a very pleasing element to the trombone lines.

Matt Wilson played virtually every surface of the drum set throughout the evening. From the shell of the floor tom with plastic brushes to the rims of drums to the cymbal stands, Wilson left no surface untapped.

After an hour-long set, sophomore pianist Max Howard and his band played a set while the trio rested. Wilson sat off to the side for the set and seemed to thoroughly enjoy the ensemble. The trio returned to finish off the evening with another set.

Whether you were at the show or you couldn’t make it out, be sure to keep your eyes (and ears) open for more live music throughout Potsdam. Local bars and restaurants showcase live music every week. But, you don’t have to leave campus to enjoy Potsdam’s live music scene. Hurley’s (under the Lehman Dining Center) hosts live music every weekend. The funk organ group Left Ear Trio will be performing at Hurley’s Nightclub on the SUNY Potsdam campus on Friday, January 30th. Doors are at 7 p.m. Entry is free for SUNY Potsdam students and just $3 for the public.




As a side note, the Max Howard band will be performing with Third Rail @ Hurley’s Nightclub on the SUNY Potsdam Campus on 2.6.09. More info here.


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