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Get it? Well, anyway, there is some live jazz out there in the heat we're experiencing, including at the Park Ave Arts Festival down the street from where I live. Putting up the Don't Park Here/Park Here signs for my... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Jazz@Rochester
Do you love a new jazz CD you've heard been listening to recently? Would you like to write a guest CD review for Jazz@Rochester? Please click on the Contact Us button above and let's talk about sharing it with my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I know there is more out there, but this time of year it's hard to keep track. Please help me get the word out about Jazz@Rochester. Let those you know love live jazz in and around Rochester about the site... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
I suspect that a lot of live jazz gigs around Rochester in the next week are at festivals in the area or beyond (other than the Corn Hill fest here in Rochester, which I've included), or private gigs. As always,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
Image by Studio MIchaelino Now that we've reached the first Wednesday after the Rochester International Jazz Festival is done, it's back to your regular programming here on Jazz@Rochester. If you want to check out my posts from the festival, click... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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 Jun 28, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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 Jun 27, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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 Jun 26, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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 Jun 25, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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 Jun 24, 2015 at Jazz@Rochester
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 Jun 23, 2015 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
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
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
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
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
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
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