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Lovano, Sco, DeJohnette & Grenadier @ The Falcon

The Falcon, Marlboro, N.Y.; Aug. 28, 2010

Jack DeJohnette, jazz drummer supreme
Larry Grenadier of Fly at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival 2010

For Manhattanites without a car, getting to The Falcon, a hip new venue regarded as the Village Vanguard of the Hudson Valley, is a bit of a challenge. Located approximately 70 miles north, one can take the Metro North train out of Grand Central Station to the town of Beacon and then take the ferry across the Hudson River to the scenic hamlet of Marlboro. An alternate route is to take the train up to Poughkeepsie and take a cab a mere 6.2 miles to the rustic venue on Route 9W. But on this particular Saturday, hardcore jazz fans from Manhattan would’ve hitchhiked or canoed up the Hudson to get to this gig, a rare summit meeting of the great drummer Jack DeJohnette and friends John Scofield, Joe Lovano and Larry Grenadier.

The occasion for this special one-off concert at The Falcon was a benefit for the Queens Galley, a nonprofit food outreach and soup kitchen in nearby Kingston, where bassist Grenadier resides and where Jack’s wife, Lydia DeJohnette, has volunteered for years. The Falcon’s proprietor, Tony Falco, is an environmental scientist and music lover who began doing private house concerts in 2001 in the barn on his property in the heart of Poughkeepsie. In 2005 he bought a 19th century button factory overlooking Marlboro Falls and began renovating the 3,500 square-foot ground-floor space in earnest. Removing two dropped ceilings revealed an expansive cathedral ceiling in the main performance area. Before opening the rustic-looking venue around Thanksgiving of last year, Falco also built a 24-foot-by-16-foot stage and equipped the club with professional lighting and sound along with a Yamaha C7 grand piano. There’s seating for about 150 and Falco keeps things mellow with the locals by never having a cover charge, though for this benefit the club was taking donations on behalf of Queens Galley.

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