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Greg Bell
Legal publishing professional and jazz blogger
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Right here, of course. Please give me a hand in growing a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester during the 356 days of the year that XRIJF is not in town by sharing this post or... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at JazzRochester
It's still kind of light out there this coming week. Post-XRIJF jazz hangover? I hear "hair of the dog" works for that as well, so get out and hear some! Please give me a hand in growing a more vibrant... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Yes, that would be right here. Please give me a hand in growing a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester during the 356 days of the year that XRIJF is not in town by sharing this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2017 at JazzRochester
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I know, I know.... this is way late. But, after beating up my body for 9 days straight, on Sunday morning my body struck back and I came down with a summer cold and, after little sleep Sunday night, arose... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Thelonious Monk, two Steinways, Kilbourn Hall and four of the finest interpreters of his music ... how could I go wrong? Started Day 8 with 4 By Monk By 4 featuring Kenny Barron, Benny Green, George Cables and Cyrus Chestnut.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2017 at JazzRochester
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I write this on the penultimate day of this year's jazz fest. How did that happen? It's all a blur to those of us who "live" down on and around Jazz Street during its nine days. As you can see... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Day 6 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival was one of those nights that epitomizes the festival: Great music, but each uniquely different. Just the way I like it. I flipped my schedule after remembering, well after 4:15, that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2017 at JazzRochester
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The first challenge of Day Five of the Rochester International Jazz Festival came at the first set of Kendrick Scott Oracle in Xerox Auditorium, one of my Picks this year. Amidst the great music from Scott's new CD was a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at JazzRochester
With only four days of XRIJF left to hear the sounds downtown, our eyes and ears turn to the jazz in and around Rochester for the other 356 days of the year. Here are the next seven days of jazz... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2017 at JazzRochester
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My fourth night at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival started out in Kilbourn Hall with Miguel Zenon's Tipico, one of my picks this year. Zenon and his excellent band of Luis Perdomo, Hans Glawischnig on bass and Henry Cole... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2017 at JazzRochester
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This one is going to be short. I may start sounding like a broken record. Again on Day 3 at the XRIJF I hit all my draft plan for the night. Started out in Kilbourn Hall with Bill Frisell and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Started out the second day of the Rochester International Jazz Festival at my first Kilbourn Hall concert this year and one of my 2017 Picks, the Billy Childs Quartet. Childs and his stellar quartet of Dayna Stephens on saxophone, Ben... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Hit all my itinerary on the first night of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. It was a great night of music and I went home last night feeling sated. Started off with the solo piano of Gwilym Simcock at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2017 at JazzRochester
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As I pointed out in a post in early June, during the 2017 XRIJF I intend to focus as I have in more recent years on hearing the music, sharing the great coverage that others are doing and trying to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at JazzRochester
While I’ve already posted about my picks this year, I’ll be hearing a lot more during the next nine days of the 2017 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. It is theoretically possible for me to hear them all. However, once... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2017 at JazzRochester
Despite being "in residence" at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival for the nine days starting on Friday, I still try to do these listing posts during. However, you won't find listings here for the festival, only for those who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2017 at JazzRochester
As JazzRochester’s main focus is the live jazz you can hear in and around Rochester during the other 356 days of the year, I always provide a separate post that lets you know the local jazz musicians and bands who... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Phronesis has appeared at the Made in the UK series of the Rochester International Jazz Festival twice before (2011 and 2013). Discovering this band in these earlier appearances, I am looking forward to hearing how they’ve evolved in the ensuing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Bill Frisell and his guitars have been to the Rochester International Jazz Festival six times since his first appearance in 2003 (most recently in 2014). Often this would be a reason for me to not go hear an artist at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at JazzRochester
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NYC-based, German-born drummer Jochen Rueckert is bringing his working quartet with guitarist Lage Lund, bassist Orlando LeFleming and legendary saxophonist Mark Turner to Rochester for the festival. I’m thinking that the placement in the Nordic Jazz Now series is due... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his band have been in the news recently for being featured on David Bowie’s last album Blackstar (affiliate link), made their debut on the Motéma Music label in October with the release of Beyond Now (affliate... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2017 at JazzRochester
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I’m a sucker for Thelonious Monk. The angular and quirky music of this founder of modern jazz and bebop has always made my ears perk up and I count a number of his LPs and CDs in my collection. The... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2017 at JazzRochester
This blog is devoted mostly to the live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, during the 356 days that aren't the XRIJF, but now it is calm. While I'll be publishing these listings during the festival, like many jazz lovers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2017 at JazzRochester
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Drummer Kendrick Scott notes that the concept for his band Kendrick Scott Oracle was “conceived from the influence of jazz master drummer, Art Blakey and the movie The Matrix” where the main character, Neo, would visit The Oracle for counsel... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2017 at JazzRochester
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I think it was the 2008 jazz festival that turned me on to Miguel Zenón. His was one of quite a few CDs I bought that year either at the fest or shortly after. What drew me is in that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at JazzRochester