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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 3 days ago 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
Trumpeter Mike Kaupa recently threw a couple of YouTube videos over Jazz@Rochester's virtual threshold. First up is one with the Institute for Creative Music as Mike shows his chops in the DIY community: Next up is a questionable clip advertising... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Well, things appear to be picking up on the live jazz scene around Rochester, despite the snow and cold that are holding us in their clutches. I was beginning to worry... Lots of great stuff around, so check something out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Not much out there in the way of live jazz for you over the next seven days. Just look at Sunday through Wednesday. However, the fact that these run from February 1st to 4th is a clue. Several of my... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I know that I don't want to head out into the cold these days and realize that it is having its effect on how much is out there. However, I know there's more out there ... somewhere ... but I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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In thoughts printed in the program for the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote eloquently on the role that music, and jazz in particular, played in the Civil Rights movement and, more universally, as a "stepping stone"... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
What looks to be a full set of great music with the second Quintet in 1967 with Miles Davis joined by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams: If you know where this concert was filmed, let us... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Thanks, Mike! Let me know via email of any gigs you have. Also, please check out the tab for Rochester Jazz Artists and sign up for my separate email list.
I don't know, but City, one of the sources that I use in addition to direct communication from the artists for jazz listings is really drying up, with mostly repeating gigs (who knows if some of these gigs are still... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Jazz at Lincoln Center has just started up a new series of its "Night in the Life" videos, which are short webisodes following a jazz artist or group around for a day. A new one started up with bassist Christian... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester