While at the Fringe Festival or elsewhere, may we interest you in listening to some ... Live jazz in Rochester, September 13th through 19th?

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 Looking for jazz at the Rochester Fringe Festival next week?  You won't find it in this post, but I've detailed that earlier this week

Every Wednesday, every week, you'll find  your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester right here on JazzRochester. Sign up for our email list to get your jazz goodness every week (plus, whatever else I publish). 

Start here, but if you hear about something that I haven't added below, please drop me a line (use the Contact Us link above),  give me the deets and I'll add it. As always, let me know if any gigs below are not happening or if I got something wrong. Sh*t happens and I sometimes get it wrong.  

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Building the ROC jazz community with a new jam session ... a guest post by Karl Stabnau

This is a guest post by Rochester jazz musician Karl Stabnau. Leave your thoughts in the Comments below and I'll make sure Karl sees them to continue the conversation:

HyattJazzJamI’ve been a jazz musician in Rochester all of my musical life and know that we as Rochesterians are very fortunate to have such strong community support for the arts. From public school music programs through area colleges to professional organizations like the Rochester International Jazz Festival and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, our community is surrounded by institutions and opportunities to both listen to and perform music. On any given night there can be a dozen small clubs and restaurants that have live music around town that contribute to a musical culture that is rare a find outside of bigger cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Nashville.

We are also very fortunate to have a thriving jazz scene in Rochester with so many great musicians, listeners, and one of the country’s last full 24-7 jazz stations, Jazz 90.1 FM. As a part of this community I’ve been fortunate to perform with many different musicians and catch different artists and club shows all over town. While we are unique in our support for jazz in Rochester, I believe one of the things that we need to continue to strive for is a greater sense of community. Jazz is a very delicate art form. Its existence relies on collaborations between musicians from diverse backgrounds as well as inclusion of the community as a whole. I’ve seen quite often that both musicians and listeners tend to fall into their own familiar “circles” and miss out on great music happening outside that "circle." I’m always surprised that even though I’ve lived in Rochester my whole life I’m still coming across local musicians and jazz lovers I’ve never met before!

While we are all bound by the three certainties of this world (death, taxes, and more concerts than we can ever hope to attend), I also believe that as jazz lovers it is our duty to support a unified musical community. This means that in addition to going out and hearing your favorite Rochester jazz artists, set aside time to hear someone new or experience a new venue that is supporting music. If you are a musician, go to other musicians shows and invite musicians you haven’t played with before to sit in on on your shows (historically this is way most of the jazz greats got their start!). The well-being and longevity of this music requires that each of us invest a little of our time and energy into working to knit together the various “jazz-factions” into a unified community supporting live jazz.

This Fall, I am excited to announce the beginning of a Thursday night jam session series at the Hyatt Downtown from 7:30 to 10:00pm at the Kraft Kitchen and Bar (overlooking Main Street on the lobby level). Instead of having the same band, each week will feature a different Rochester jazz artist where they will perform their own music as well as serve as the “house band” for a jam session. There is no cover charge and Jazz 90.1 and JazzRochester will be onsite for what I hope will be a true bi-weekly coming together of the Rochester jazz community. If you are a musician, I encourage you to come and sit in and meet other musicians in the community. If you are just looking to hear great jazz, the series will serve as both a portrait of the many great artists in town as well as a chance to hear and discover new ones.

You can watch these pages for new events in this series.  I hope to see many new faces this Thursday as the series kicks off and look forward to continuing to help build a thriving Rochester jazz community! 

Downbeat award winning baritone saxophonist Karl Stabnau currently lives in Rochester where he teaches jazz and music business at SUNY Brockport College. With musical styles spanning from jazz and blues to soul, funk, gospel and R&B he has made a name for himself as both a soloist and sideman. He has performed throughout the US and overseas sharing the stage with artists that include: Phil Woods, Lew Soloff, Chuck Mangione, Adam Niewood, Marvin Stamm, Pat LaBarbera, the Gil Evans Centennial Project, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra. In addition to being an active performer, Karl is director of Sonic Era where he oversees concert promotion and artist management in Western, NY. You may also recognize Karl as one of the managers of the "After-Hours" jazz jam sessions during the Rochester International Jazz Festival the past two years. 

 

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

There will be a Fringe of jazz at the Rochester Fringe Festival.... September 12th through the 22nd

Fringe Festival Jazz While there is so much else to hit the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival for, there is also jazz.  I've compiled the jazz at the Fringe for the next seven days, plus all of the other live jazz in and around Rochester.  Most of the acts have second sets later, so if you can't make it over  the next week, check the link to see when else the group will be playing.  As with the Fringe in general, I'm taking a broad view of what is "jazz at the Fringe" here.  You may not agree, so I suggest you look them up on the Fringe's site to make sure it's something you really want to check out.  I wish I was going to be here for the Dave Rivello Ensemble's "plugged-in" RED performance on Saturday. On my regular listings posts during the Fringe Festival, I'm going to refer to this post rather than list them, so bookmark this post if you want to hear some jazz at the Fringe

Wednesday, September 12th

  • Sinatra: "Straight Up" with Daniel Henry @ Java's Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play (about Josephine Baker) @ School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre, 9:00 pm

Friday, September 14th

  • La Muralla @ Parcel 5, 6:00 pm
  • Vanishing Sun @ Parcel 5, 7:00 pm
  • Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play (about Josephine Baker) @ School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre, 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 15th

  • Norm & The Outliers @ The Little Theatre Cave, 6:00 pm
  • DRE/Red (Dave Rivello Ensemble) @ Eastman School of Music, Kibourn Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Leah and the Upheaval @ Java's Cafe, 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 16th

  • Ann Mitchell's Fabulous Females (music of Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, and more) @ Lyric Theatre, Cabaret Hall, 5:00 pm
  • Sinatra: "Straight Up" with Daniel Henry @ Java's Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • DRE/Red (Dave Rivello Ensemble) @ Eastman School of Music, Kibourn Hall, 7:00 pm

Monday, September 17th

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, September 18th

  • Ann Mitchell's Fabulous Females (music of Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, and more) @ Lyric Theatre, Cabaret Hall, 5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 19th

  • Ann Mitchell's Fabulous Females (music of Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, and more) @ Lyric Theatre, Cabaret Hall, 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 20th

  • Leah and the Upheaval @ Java's Cafe, 7:00 pm

Friday, September 21st

  • The Uptown Groove @ Gibbs Street Main Stage, 5:00 pm
  • Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play (about Josephine Baker) @ School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre, 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 22d

  • Al Biles and GenJam @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • The Saplings @ Gibb Street Main Stage, 8:10 pm
  • Josephine, a burlesque cabaret dream play (about Josephine Baker) @ School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre, 9:00 pm
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

At the fringe of the Fringe, there is ... Live jazz in ROC, September 6th through 12th

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Fringe festival starts next week.  I'll try to get the jazz there here or in a separate post. Always check out what Dave Rivello is doing, though! 

Every Wednesday, every week, you'll find  your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester right here on JazzRochester. Sign up for our email list to get your jazz goodness every week (plus, whatever else I publish). 

Start here, but if you hear about something that I haven't added below, please drop me a line (use the Contact Us link above),  give me the deets and I'll add it. As always, let me know if any gigs below are not happening or if I got something wrong. Sh*t happens and I sometimes get it wrong.  

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