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Can't believe it! Nine days have already passed. Like almost every other of the nine days of the Rochester International Jazz Festival provided me both new sounds and great experiences I started out at Montage with the Renee Rosnes Quartet.... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
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As I start preparing to go down to Gibbs Street for the final day of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, I'm thinking back to last night as a study in contrast. I started out in Kilbourn Hall with the... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
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To start out Thursday, Day 7 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, I caught Dave Douglas High Risk early to make sure I heard this new project for a trumpeter I have been following for awhile. I caught most of... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
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Last night was one of those nights at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival where, for me, it was impossible to see all of the shows that I wanted to check out due to timing. I didn't have a "middle"... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
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Rather than write a second post about Day 5 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, I'll do a limited one here with the thing I do all year round. As I hit day five, the wear and tear of days... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
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For most of this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, I've been avoiding artists whom I've heard before, especially those I've heard multiple times. Such is not the case with vibist Joe Locke, who grew up in Rochester before heading... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
As I noted before, I gave my blistered foot a rest last night, but still got in a lot of great music. Started at the 4 pm premiere of the new Lyric Theatre venue on East Ave with Joey Alexander.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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As the third day of the XRIJF begins, it looks like the rain has passed and we'll be clear and comfortable tonight. I'm taking it easy. While there's a lot of great music out tonight, I need to limit the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
One down, eight more to go.... and unfortunately, I started out this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with a blister on the ball of my right foot. This is not a good thing at the beginning of XRIJF. You... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Rochester is blessed with a number of things that serve as a foundation for the fact that you can go out and hear great live jazz throughout the year, not just at the XRIJF, including a very large number of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Following an interview with XRIJF producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona, there is short segment on the climate for jazz around Rochester with yours truly and bassist (and ESM prof) Jeff Campbell on this vidoe from WXXI-TV's Need to Knowprogram,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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That oboe or keyboard may be gathering dust in a closet or gathering knick-knacks as a makeshift table. Wherever that used musical instrument resides, the Rochester Education Foundation wants you to donate it this year while you're at the Rochester... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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I I dropped by the "Jazz Street" area on my way home from work to check out the progress on setting up for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which starts up on Friday (can't believe it is here...). As... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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As in past years, the XRIJF will be presenting a Jazz Starts Here series of noon concerts at the Central Library of Monroe County with great local jazz for you to eat with your lunch. Here's the lineup for this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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The music was great at Fairport Canal Days over the weekend, with great weather on Sunday, and the great trio to the right of Bill Dobbins, Frank Pullara and Mike Melito. Lots of great sounds all around.... XRIJF has announced... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
As I noted in my "introduction post" recently, I am sharing a complete list of the artists I'm thinking about checking out during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, rather than separate posts on each of the dates as I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I have already written about being in a quandary about how Jazz@Rochester will cover the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this year. Now that I've had some time to digest the rich smorgasbord of new and familiar artists who are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Despite the fact that they've been slowing down overall, the inevitable slump of live jazz in and around ROC preceding the jazz festival is in effect, so things are a bit light, but there's some great stuff, especially the Fairport... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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This year's Fairport Canal Days is coming next Friday-Sunday, June 5-7. The music at FCD has continued to skew toward jazz and featuring local jazz artists. This year's lineup at almost 90% jazz, which includes Saturday night headliner Louis Prima... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Just applied for my 2015 credentials to the XRIJF, which puts the dwindling number of days until the Rochester jazz festival begins in stark relief. Lots to do before I jazz.... Who are you looking forward to hearing. Go to... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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Late in the summer of 2014, the Rochester & Monroe County Central Public Library presented a series of musical performances. Featuring a keyboard and saxophone, one of the performances highlighted the importance of the duet format in jazz, which is... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
The official Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival smartphone apps for Android and iPhone are now available for download. I have downloaded mine and it is a real improvement over previous versions. The 2015 app has a number of new features,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I can't believe that the 2015 XRIJF is only one month way, but isn't that they way it always happens. The nine days of non-stop music just sneaks up on you! I've started my coverage, which you can see in... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Now that I’ve had a chance to pore over the schedule a bit, I thought I’d write something to get Jazz@Rochester’s coverage of the Rochester International Jazz Festival started. I’ve been procrastinating (what else is new…?) as I wasn’t sure... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
OK, I'm giving up and taking the Bistro 135 off my list of venues. Their site remains up, but there is no indication of status. If anyone has heard the skinny on what happened (I've heard several different stories...), send... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester