With your leftover turkey and stuffing, you can have some ... live jazz in ROC, December 1-7

Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  By the way, we're trying to build a community of those who love to go out to hear live jazz here in Rochester, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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How do YOU want your JazzRochester? Here are the ways to find us...

JazzRochesterPageJazzRochester has gone through a number of changes of the more than 10 years I've been publishing this blog.  I like to try and provide readers with as many different avenues to access what we do here on JazzRochester. To that end, you can get your JazzRochester in a number of ways:

  • Email. Over 350 of you get the posts on JazzRochester delivered via email. In addition to the posts on JazzRochester, I also may send an occasional email (VERY occasional) regarding special projects I launch for the blog or Rochester's live jazz scene. I use MailChimp to manage email subscriptions. To get us via email, click on the link at the top of the blog and fill out the form to get started. Click on the link in the email that you will be sent to confirm your email address and make sure it is not getting put into your spam folder. I will not sell, spam or otherwise use the email addresses entered in there without your permission and you can unsubscribe any time.
  • RSS Feed. A number of you have put the feed for JazzRochester in a feed reader, such as Feedly. To do that, you can click on the orange RSS feed icon at the top of the blog or just paste the URL for the blog into your feed reader and it should be autodiscovered.
  • Twitter. JazzRochester is on Twitter under the handle @jazzrochester. Almost 11,000 Twitter users are following us there from here and all over the world (really, I only need about 15 more as of this posting....). In addition to tweets of every post published on JazzRochester, I occasionally share other information about jazz in Rochester and beyond. I follow as many local jazz artists, artists with connections to Rochester, and folks in the local jazz community as I find on Twitter (I maintain a list). Local Rochester artists and jazz venues should let me know their Twitter handles. You'll also find that I follow a vibrant jazz community of artists, jazz bloggers and jazz organizations from all over the world. I occasionally share interesting jazz links and information about local jazz and jazz artists, and jazz around the world. You can access the feed on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter icon at the top of the blog.  You can also share individual posts by clicking on the Twitter icon at the bottom of the post.
  • Facebook. About 770 folks have "liked" the JazzRochester page on Facebook.  The posts published on the blog are posted there, plus I share other jazz links and information about local jazz events. Feel free to add your own two cents about the Rochester jazz scene. Rochester artists can feel free to do so as well and add their events to the page. If you're on Facebook, I'd appreciate it if you'd head over to the page and "like" us there, even if you're getting the content some other way. Click on the Facebook icon at the top of the page to check it out.  Like or share the blog by clicking the links in the right panel under the Search box. Share individual posts by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the post.
  • YouTube Channel. On the JazzRochester channel I'm trying to collect video of Rochester jazz artists performances and performances from the Rochester International Jazz Festival. I also subscribe to several jazz-related video feeds.  Feel free to let me know about video you've found that can be added there.  Not much, but it's a start. Help me out by pointing me to your favorites.
  • Or just come back here. There are some I meet around Rochester who are long time readers, but say "I get your emails" and apparently have never been to the blog itself to see all the other information to find here that don't show up in the other platforms you can consume our content through. I encourage you to visit us here anytime! The site should adjust to fit whatever device or screen size you're viewing it on. 

Here are some other notes on how we roll here at JazzRochester:

  • More about Rochester jazz artists, groups and venues.  So you can find out more about local jazz artists or groups, or even listen to some of their music, I have a page with links to their websites. Just click on the ROC Jazz Artists Links link at the top of the blog. I also link to venues that regularly present jazz in our area.  Anyone missing?  Let me know.  
  • Are you a ROC area jazz artist or venue?  I am trying to reach out directly to local jazz musicians and venues that regularly present jazz through email lists.  You can sign up by clicking on the For Local Jazz link at the top of the blog. 
  • Rochester sounds. I'm trying to hook you up with CDs from local Rochester artists or artists with deep ties here.  Just click on the ROC Jazz CDs link at the top of the blog.
  • Links. Over the years, I've collected a number of links to jazz information, media and other resources here in Rochester and beyond.  I also try to add other resources that feed links to other jazz-related information. 
  • Looking backward. JazzRochester can be searched by using search box in the right panel to find posts that include a particular artist or click on a category or monthly archive link in the right column to browse through posts.
  • Check out the About link at the top of the blog to learn more about JazzRochester and find the "legalities."

Feel free to comment on any post, but keep it nice and try to connect it to the post itself (for example, on the weekly listing posts if you went to see one of the listed gigs, let us know what you thought...). Let me know about what works and doesn't work by sending a question via email through the "Contact Us" link above. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask... here, via email, on Twitter, on Facebook, by commenting on a post, or even if you see me at a gig.

So subscribe, "like," or otherwise consume JazzRochester any way that works for you.  I won't judge... I'll just try to focus on getting you more information about live jazz in Rochester and beyond. 

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After the turkey gets cold, go get something hot ... jazz in Rochester, November 24-30

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.  It is good to be home, just me and the missus this year.  We're having turkey (in lasagna, though...).  If you want to stay away from the malls on Friday, check out Record Store Day Black Friday events at Bop Shop Records and the Record Archive. While there will be no live jazz that I know of, there's plenty of jazz vinyl to be had cheep. 

We're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music live from time to time. If you want to follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, click on the images above the banner. Or share the post by clicking on the Twitter or Facebook links at the end. To get an email in your inbox when we post, click on the Join Our Email List link above the banner. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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Cool outside, cooler inside with ... live jazz in Rochester, November 17-23, 2016

It's good to be home.  I'm starting to get back into the groove here, so looking to get out to hear some music soon. If you're having the same thought, then here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.

We're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music live from time to time. If you want to follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, click on the images above the banner. Or share the post by clicking on the Twitter or Facebook links at the end. To get an email in your inbox when we post, click on the Join Our Email List link above the banner. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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A noted passing ... some words on Tom Hampson

image from mediad.publicbroadcasting.netI wanted to note the passing of one of the voices and long time advocates for the Rochester jazz community, Tom Hampson, who died this week at the age of 87.  While I was acquainted with Tom and listened to his WXXI Jazz from the Cellar program from time to time, I never had an opportunity to get to know him so don't feel qualified to say much more. Instead, I've gathered a few thoughts from local jazz musicians who knew him much better: 

  • So sad to hear the news that Tom Hampson has passed away. He was a treasure to the Rochester community and music community at large. Tom was a very successful constitutional and corporate attorney @ Harris-Beach, jazz DJ at WXXI and all around great friend to so many. He was a champion of the Rochester Jazz scene and Eastman Jazz. He was the caretaker of the legal side of Alec Wilder's music and a close personal friend of Marian McPartland. His show 'Mostly Jazz' on WXXI would profile an artist for an entire show. He would tell the stories behind the music and personal anecdotes of his experiences hearing and meeting the greatest artists in the history of jazz. He was a dear friend that cared about people, not just because they played the music he loved. I'll remember him forever. —Bob Sneider
  • RIP Tom Hampson. Tom was an amazing guy who had a show on WXXI 1370 for many years. He was one of the most supportive guys to all us jazz musicians in Rochester often dedicating shows just playing our music. Tom also wrote for City Newspaper back in the day and would review gigs and concerts in town. Most importantly he was a great person to talk with. He will be dearly missed. —Mike Melito

You can also read (or listen) about Tom here on WXXI's website.

I encourage others in the jazz community who knew Tom to share their memories of Tom and jazz in Rochester in the comments to this post. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Given what I've been through for the past six months that I've mentioned in previous posts, you know mine does. 

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Elect to listen to ... live jazz in Rochester, November 10-16

OK, the election is over (finally). I'm stunned, but I expect we'll survive the next four years. Whether you're in a celebratory mood or, like me, want some music to soothe your mood, there's probably some live jazz out there for you over the next seven days that'll fit the bill.  See below to find it...

Hey, we're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music live from time to time. If you want to follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, click on the images above the banner. Or share the post by clicking on the Twitter or Facebook links at the end. To get an email in your inbox when we post, click on the Join Our Email List link above the banner. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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