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I was pleased to play several times for the Peekskill Music Series last year and have done so a bunch over the years/ It just doesn't get old! I love to see all the people with us right there on North Division St (bet. Park and Main) and I look forward to opening the calendar for this year! On May 9th, the street will be closed to traffic, and open to 4 participating restaurants. There will be tables and chairs with diverse menu's and great service and you! You'll be sure to find a great dinner or you can hang and listen. We start the Jazz at 7:00 and I am honored to play with the same stellar players I had last gig. The copy below will look familiar but these guys deserve the praise. Before that though, I want to congratulate Joe Tranchina on the Release of his latest album, “Completely Composed”. I hope you get it and support this wonderful musician. Congratulations Joe!

Again, let me brag about the guys in the band a minute…..

Waldron Ricks was introduced to me by the late great Rahn Burton and I have been fortunate to play with him many times over the years. He is a Grammy nominee, has his own leader-driven albums, plays the circuit with many greats and also teaches at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. He will bring his special brand of heat up from “Downtown” that evening and I am psyched to play with him again!

I am so happy that Lew Scott (bass) has become a regular crowd pleaser with me. He is also a mainstay and called-for, as a recording artist and a live performing bassist. Lew has many credits and they include heavies such as Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, Conti Condoli and Herb Ellis, to name a few. If you've seen Lew before, you know what you're in for and I hope you can make it!

Once again, Joe Tranchina will perform on the keys. Joe has 25 ASCAP awards to his name (25!), been voted as the Hudson Valley Jazz Musician of the Year, and has an extensive list of credits that include Jimmy Heath, James Spaulding, David Fathead Newman, Sheila Jordan, and Mark Murphy to highlight but a few.

I'll have the best seat in the house as it is always my pleasure to collaborate with these fine artists and YOU- ‘our 6th band member’.

This concert will be rain or shine so if the weather is inclement, we'll be on stage inside Rubens, at 12 North Division Street, Peekskill, NY 10566. See you there either way!

As always, thank you for your support and I hope to see you!


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The Quartet takes the street back (along with table service from 4 restaurants and room to hang) for the Peekskill Music Series. John Castleman-trumpet/flugelhorn, Lew Scott- bass, Joe Tranchina-keys, you, and yours truly on the best seat in the house! Use 12 North division St., Peekskill, NY 10566 for your GPS. I hope to see you!

NEXT GIG. Quartet Jazz back at the Peekskill Music Series! August 31st at 7:00 PM. North Division between Park and Main. The street will be closed but open for the Jazz and great vibe we've come to enjoy there. Restaurants, outdoor seating and table service, and the Jazz, as I present John Castleman- trumpet/flugelhorn, Lew Scott-bass, Joe Vincent Tranchina- keyboards, and yours truly- on the best seat in the house! I hope you can join us!

Once again, I am happy to be part of the Peekskill Music Series on June 29th at 7:00PM. The street will be closed to traffic and replaced by table service from 4 restaurants and on that night, Jazz! Join John Casteman (trumpet/flugelhorn), Michael Goetz (bass), Joe Tranchina (keybaords) and yours truly on the drums. Food, libations, and Jazz = the great vibe that I look forward to sharing that evening!

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Andy Polay - Bandleader/ Drummer

 I have been playing for decades. I started out playing rock music where I grew up in Brooklyn, NY. The musicians I played with were great and so was the music. Eventually I gravitated to Jazz and Jazz/Rock Fusion, where I was influenced by the likes of Billy Cobham, Lenny White and Tony Williams.

 Music, like life itself, moves us to different places, both spiritually and geographically. Over the years, I refined my tastes and honed my skills, studying at Drummer's Collective in NYC, and later with great drummer, and now, longtime friend Frank Marino. These experiences opened my mind, and made me thirst for more! My studies continued when I met the great Adam Nussbaum. We spoke several times, became acquainted, and having been so impressed with his playing and experiences, I asked him to take me on as I wanted further growth and edge.

This is a special story unto itself, as when we got together, we were able to bond as he shared his wisdom with me. This bond continued as we saw each other several times a year, and we have indeed become friends. Drumming in terms of musicality and playing ‘for the music’ is always the cornerstone of his teachings and in my playing. This relationship has been, well, ‘instrumental’.

 After being hired for a Jazz band north of New York City, I knew I had a new direction to travel in. Again, as life and the business sometimes dictate, I moved on to form my own ensemble as I met with the great Jazz Icon keyboard player Rahn Burton. I met Rahn, we played that night and a beautiful bond formed. Our kinship and collaboration grew and we continued our journey together for about 5 years before he passed.  Rahn played with some of the all time greats including Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Stanley Turrentine, Buddy Guy, Jack Bruce, Max Roach, Philly Jo Jones, Roy Haynes, and many, many more.

 Like Adam, his influence represents a bridge to Jazz as it was formed, evolved, and is shared between musicians. Unfortunately, such a bridge was, in my opinion, severely damaged when the likes of Miles, ‘Trane, Monk, and so many more of that ilk went away. The concept of carrying, sharing, and the handing off the torch is something that had become a casualty of the modern era and I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to grow as those before me did.

 The thirst for more continued and along the way, it was my privilege to play with many other great pro’s including Bill Crow, Bill Davis, Rick Kriska, John Castleman, Mark Tonelli, Christopher Brellochs, Kim Clarke, Derrick James, Waldron Ricks, and many more.  

 The evolution continues. Personally and as a group, experiences and credits include festivals, clubs, and gigs of all sizes. Some examples are The Rainbow Room, City of Peekskill Jazz and Blues Festival, Newburgh Jazz Series, and of course, New York City. Some of the best satisfaction has also come from bringing the music to venues that never thought they’d have Jazz- and especially at this level. I am happy to say that some long term relationships have been formed with these venues as well.

 But evolution is just that. And Jazz, by design, captures the very essence of the spirit of evolution and musical freedom- as long as it is done properly, for the song and for the people who join the experience. On a regular basis, I get to sit in the best seat in the house as I play with great musicians and bond with the audience. I watch them smile, sway, close their eyes and flow with us, and react. This sharing is the essence of why I do this. Whether playing background in a dinner club, or in front of thousands at a festival, it’s all about the bond and enjoyment that always captures the spirit.


Rahn Burton- I Will Always Remember - Piano, Keyboards

A fine pianist who began playing professionally in Louisville during the '50s. He started with Rahsaan Roland Kirk in 1953, and toured with him through the Midwest for six years. One of Kirk's earliest Argo albums included a Burton composition. Burton toured with George Adams playing organ in the mid-'60s, following engagements in New York, Syracuse and Louisville, then worked in Atlanta with Sirone. Burton rejoined Kirk in the late '60s, playing with him until the mid-70s and making several recordings. He formed his own band, the African-American Connection, in the early '70s and continued heading them at various points. He's played and recorded with Michael Carvin, Stanley Turrentine, Leon Thomas, Carlos Garnett, Hannibal Marvin Peterson, Charlie Rouse, Adams and Beaver Harris.

 We played together on a regular basis from 2008 until 2012, when he hired me to join his Quartet at Cleopatra's Needle in NYC. It was a wonderful night and that was the last time we were together before his passing. He was truly a bridge to Jazz- past, and that bridge is now gone. Along the way, though, he helped teach me how to swim in rough waters. It was quite a trip.