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I'm in Wichita, Kansas, indefinitely with my father who is on home hospice. So far have dodged the tornadoes that are hitting this area of the country a bit too much for my taste. A month out now, I am... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Jazz@Rochester
Sorry to start off with bad news, but as I'm sure many of you know, local jazz trumpeter Paul Smoker died Saturday afternoon at 75. He played right up to the end as Jeff Spevak noted in his profile in... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Well, I'm still out of town, but things are pretty good jazz-wise in ROC. Apologies to my email and feed subscribers for the glitch in the coding last week, which caused the feed not to fire and I didn't notice... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
I'm out of town for awhile, so you'll have to go out and hear live jazz amongst yourselves for the foreseeable future. But don't worry, I'll still be doing the posts... After the "fold" (click the link if there is... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
I'm out of town for awhile, so go hear jazz amongst yourselves. I will be in Wichita, which as you probably know has a thriving jazz scene (irony... although it is not unheard of). But don't worry, I'll still be... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Jazz@Rochester has been on Twitter for a long time and is closing in on 11,000 followers. We follow local jazz artists, jazz artists from elsewhere with a local connection, and more than a few of my favorite artists, websites, blogs... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
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It is rare that I don't get the post out on Wednesday night, but I was traveling back from attending a conference for the day job in NYC yesterday and used the hour I planned to write the post at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
It's still pretty cold outside (hopefully to improve soon?), but there's some hot jazz out there over the next seven days. Plus, for those of us who still like to paw through record bins, Record Store Day will be going... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
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The Rochester Music Hall of Hame celebrated its first inductees in 2012, recognizing those with ties to Rochester whose talents, efforts, perseverance, and creativity have contributed to the creation of musical excellence. Every year new members are honored through ceremony... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
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I was recently contacted by LA graphic designer Gage Nguyen who has designed the Evolution of Jazz infographic poster below for Jazz Appreciation Month (that's April if you weren't already aware) and is using Kickstarter to fund its production and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
April is Jazz Appreciation Month, according to the Smithsonian at least. While I don't think there are any "official" events here in Rochester (tell me if I'm wrong), there is some great jazz out there this week and coming later... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Listings are kind of light this week. However, added some things in the Upcoming Events portion below (a number for Bop Shop Records and the Pythodd is going to bring in saxophonist Jim Snidero later. Also, tickets go on sale... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
As you see in the post below, yesterday I attended the press conference for the announcement of the 2016 XRIJF lineup. Jazz in June (and a bit of July) looks pretty good. Lots of new music to check out. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
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It always sneaks up on me. I'm going along through the Rochester winter (although not so much this year) and all of a sudden, I get the email that the lineup for the XRIJF is coming up soon. I'm not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Of course you do.... Hope to see some of you out over the next seven days as I'm planning on hitting at least two gigs. Your local jazz station Jazz 90.1 WGMC's Spring Pledge Drive started on the 14th. You... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
I feel terrible (well not like last week, cold is over)! I keep hearing great things about the reimagined Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte. Lots of folks are really giving the place and the music great reviews and yet I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Well, here you go.... Achooo!! Sniff, sniff... I've been under the weather, which is why I couldn't get out for a couple of gigs I really wanted to hear in the past week. I don't get sick often, but it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Yes, it's a leap year and how do we know? Harold Danko has his quadrennial Leap Year concert. It's always a lot of fun and is on Monday, of course. Also recommend you come out to Lovin Cup on Sunday... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
I managed to miss the big snow (much to my wife's consternation, who had to dig out), but heading back to town now from the relative warmth of Wichita, Kansas. Some extra time in O'Hare, so banging out a post.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
In Kansas for my father's 80th birthday, but wanted to let you all know about what's up in live jazz in and around Rochester. After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
Some buzz around the new Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte (I hope to get out there, but it's looking doubtful before a trip to visit my father next week). XRIJF just announced that there would be a new venue at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
It's not every day (or year ... or years) that a new club intending to present live jazz comes around in the Rochester area. In fact, I can count them on one hand since I arrived here in 2002. Well,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
OK, I admit it, the headline is a bit aspirational given there are no jazz clubs in Rochester proper (that's why it's in parens). After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
As cold as it is, you'll still find a lot of live jazz around the Rochester area. After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester
It's still light, but we're still getting out of our holiday stupor, I expect. If you haven't heard about the new, community radio station in Rochester called WAYO, which started broadcasting yesterday on 104.3 FM, you should check them out.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2016 at Jazz@Rochester