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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 2 days ago 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 5 days ago 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 6 days ago 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
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Congratulations are in order.... The Student Music Awards announced in the June issue of DownBeat magazine included four students at the Eastman School of Music: Garret Reynolds was recognized for Undergraduate College Outstanding Composition for his work Our Time. The... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
The prodigal jazz blogger has returned with a belly full of Chicago jazz and blues and a little R&R in Wichita. We seem to already be dwindling as we head toward our jazz in late June, so better start some... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I've been visiting my father in Wichita, KS for the past week ... no jazz here in Brownbackistan so back to the regularly scheduled pictures. Coming home soon, so hope to see you out and about and listening to some... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Those who have Liked the Jazz@Rochester page on Facebook will know that I'm in Chicago and over the past week have hit several of my "stations of the [jazz] cross" hear in the Windy City, including Chicago favorite Dee Alexander... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I'm out of town so doing this remotely, so listen amongst yourselves to the stuff around town. Not much else to report... but maybe some live jazz here in Chicago later (Herbie and Chick are a few blocks north of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
While it is still somewhat light, I'm beginning to hear from more local jazz musicians about gigs, so here's to hoping it will pick up as we wait for the 2015 XRIJF (which, surprisingly enough, doesn't actually suck ALL of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Despite the (finally) rising temperatures, it seems to be getting a bit cold out there for live jazz in town. What with the apparent closing of Bistro 135 and just an all round paucity of live gigs in town. Here's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Every year it sneaks up on me and then I get the "media alert" setting the time. And it is here again.... Yesterday morning at Hatch Hall in the Eastman School of Music, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announced... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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Quick note to let you all know that I will be working on redesigning the site to use a more of a responsive design so that it will display better in all manner of screens from big ass monitors to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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Bop Shop Records, Bop Arts, Inc., and the Institute for Creative Music (IfCM) are presenting a day-long music festival and symposium on Saturday, April 4th at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Ave., from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm. This benefit... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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With a full house, the Levin Brothers--Tony Levin and his brother Pete, with Eric Lawrence and Jeff Siegel--were only two into the first set when the fire alarm went off. I guess the cool jazz they were playing was a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
We're still working on the weather, but with the passing of St. Paddys the coming months that we here in ROC live for are within sniffing distance. Just a few more weeks ... I hope! Tonight I'm hitting the Levin... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
We're melting, we're melting ...! I'm very happy to see it gone as I (like I expect you) am just DONE with winter. Of course, it's only March 11th.... It may not be here yet, but it is coming! We... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Can you see the light at the end of this winter tunnel we've been in? I'm starting to.... Coming later this month is the announcement of the Club Pass lineup for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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I've been meaning to catch The Rita Collective for awhile and the weather gods (barely) and my schedule finally aligned. Anyone who knows me knows I like music coming from many influences. Rita Collective revels in that. Starting with a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Going to (try to) brave the cold and snow over the next week to get out and hear some music... been a hermit too long! In some local news, the Rochester Music Hall Of Fame today announced its class of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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I don't know about you, but I have no claim to give anyone grief for not getting out to hear some jazz around town. I'm sure there are many of you who are doing much better than I! Hope to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Our Point of View, a supergroup of contemporary Blue Note Records artists—including Robert Glasper, Lionel Loueke and Ambrose Akinmusire—gathered together at Le Poussin Rouge in NYC for a program of originals and Blue Note classics, and NPR captured it for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Well, I almost have a ski-able mountain on our parkway here in the city (OK for little GI Joe skiers, but you know what I mean...). I am finding it increasingly difficult to get out to do anything. But try... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester