I must be getting old! There was a time when I didnt care about the price of a concert ticket, as long as I got to “bang my head”. Thats how I became a fan of Alex Skolnick back when he was in Testament. They played in a small Heavy Metal venue in Buffalo thats no longer there promoting “The Ritual” CD. What an amazing talent! After he left Testament, he then joined my favorite band at the time, Savatage and from there, my new favorite band Trans-Siberian Orchestra, where I saw them perform at the new HSBC Arena in Buffalo. When I saw he was going to be joining Stu Hamm at the Iridium a few months back, I had to check it out. Alex has certainly come a long way and his talent cant be overlooked. From the days of Testament up to and including his Jazz Trio, his playing has matured and has come to a whole new level. He has a knack of showcasing such classics as Aerosmith’s “Dream On”, Deep Purple’s “Lazy” and The Scorpion’s “Still Loving You” and making them his own. He also paid tribute to Tom Petty; a huge loss in today’s music industry. He was joined by saxophonist, Ofer Assaf, for a couple of songs who is coming into his own right and has collaborated on a song or two with Alex in the studio. Here is a small gallery highlighting The Alex Skolnick Trio at The Iridium where the volume couldve been a little louder!
Equipment used-Canon 6D MKII, 70-200mm f/2.8L II, 24-105mm f/4, Post production-DPP 4, Photoshop Elements 11.
Its always great to get the chance to photograph artists that you’re a fan of, and that chance came the other night when Indigenous finally came to town. Ive been a long time fan and have seen them first perform at the Tralf in down-town Buffalo, NY when Mato’s brother and sister were still in the band. Unfortunately I missed him when he performed for the Nammies 2 years ago which featured the Plateros, Levi and Douglas. Heres an abbreviated gallery from their performance at B. B. Kings including Mato Nanji and Bronson Begay.
Its been quite a few years since Ive had the opportunity to attend the Salamanca Pow Wow, much less have the opportunity to photograph it. Here is a gallery featuring some highlighted dancers from this years event. To fully enjoy the photos, click on the thumbnail which will take you to the photo you chose; from there click again which will give you the screen size. Just hit your back button to navigate back to the gallery.
Its been since the early 90’s when I saw both Stu Hamm and Alex Skolnick. The first time I saw Stu was when he was backing Joe Satriani at the Sunrise Theater on the “Flying In A Blue Dream” Tour in Florida. I actually still have the pick from that show. A year or two later, I saw Alex leading Testament in Buffalo. I don’t recall the tour of venue. Heres a small gallery highlighting their performance at the Iridium including Tenor Saxophonist Ofer Assaf.
Second time around seeing one of my guitar heroes, this time a more intimate show. I have always been a fan of Eric’s acoustic work and his new album, EJ does not disappoint. Here’s a small gallery from his performance at the Highline Ballroom, here in NYC, October 25, 2016