Passing it on
It doesn't really matter what happens in the music industry.
Musicians -- real ones, not the types hoping to use music as a springboard to fame, fortune and a house full of flat-screen TVs -- don't live in a world governed by businessmen, at least not when it comes to their relationship with the music itself. This is why you can see better musicians than the ones on television, or often, on the stages of huge venues and summer sheds, in humble little clubs in cities no more prepossessing than our own. It's also why music is passed on via channels the industry bigwigs know absolutely nothing about: from musician to musician.
Although the profound power of music is available to everyone with a pair of ears and a means of playing records, tapes, discs, or whatever, sometimes that power is transferred via blood. Certainly, that's at least partly the case with Murali Coryell, son of jazz guitar legend Larry Coryell. Murali is not a jazz musician, but his penchant for soul, R&B and deep electric blues has earned him a serious reputation as his father's equal in these genres. Tours with B.B. King and Buddy Guy, a series of independently released blues and soul albums, and a stable of material including interpretations of timeless tunes by Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sam Cooke and the legends of the Chess label, combine to make the arc of Murali's first 10 years as a touring and recording musician nothing short of meteoric.
The truest musicians are always mentors in addition to creating their own work, however, and Murali has clearly fulfilled this mandate. One budding musician fortunate enough to have felt Coryell's pedagogical influence is Western New Yorker Ian Adelstein-Herrmann. The young guitarist is graduating from Olean High School this weekend and is poised to continue on to study music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
As a way of thanking the musicians in his hometown who've inspired him, and the nonmusicians who've supported him, Adelstein-Herrmann will appear together with his mentor Coryell -- among others -- at the Hickey Tavern, 96 W. Main St., Allegany, starting at 11 p.m. Saturday. Additional information on this show can be found by calling the Hickey Tavern at 372-9657.
Jeff Martin arrives for a gig inside the Town Ballroom, 681 Main St., Thursday evening. Martin, in town for one of only two North American shows he'll play this year, will take the stage roughly around the time that Joan Osborne is wrapping up her set at Thursday at the Square.
Advance tickets for Martin and guests are available now through Tickets.com and the Town Ballroom box office, for $18. Admission at the door will be $20. For more information, visit www.jeff-martin.net.
Saliva plays an all-ages show inside the Town Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. Saturday. Tickets for that show are available now through the club's box office or Tickets.com, for $18.50. Admission at the door on the night of the show will be $22.