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Oui jazz in Montreal. . .

I'm here in Montreal, Quebec, with my wife attending a business meeting.  Friday night we had on our own and managed to get a table at the Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill to see the Guy Nadon Quartet. According to his website, Guy Nadon:

[B]ecame a fixture on     the Montreal club scene, playing for many international artists     such as Ginette Reno, Charles Aznavour, Lorraine Desmarais, Oliver     Jones, Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Jim Chapin, Elvin Jones, Cozy     Cole, Joe Morello, Phil Woods, Zoot Sims, Sonny Stitt, and Pat     LaBarbara to name just a few. He was also a member of two of     the of the most prestigious Montreal big bands, those of Vic     Vogel and Dennis Christianson.

The band was tight and had a smokin reed player (I say that because his instruments ranged from soprano sax to bassoon).  From my Google research and the pictures on the wall, Upstairs is one of the jazz fixtures in Montreal.  The little club had a wise ass (but good humoured) manager and really great staff.  To our luck, due to some people who were very late for their reservations, we had good seats for the music despite walking in without reservations.  I tried to send a "Live views" photo from the club, but I don't appear to have those enhanced services up here in Quebec. Smoked a Cuban cigar on the walk back along Rue de la Montagne to the Ritz-Carlton (where my meeting is and where we're staying) on Rue Sherbrooke.  Good evening was had by all....

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

Water Street continues its foray into da jazz....

I hear through Pollstar that the David Grisman Quartet will be playing Water Street on November 14th.  Mandolinist Grisman has been playing his "Dawg" music, a gumbo of jazz, bluegrass, latin, jazz and gypsy music for many years.  The show is being presented by Bernunzio Uptown Music.  It's good to see that Water Street continues to pick up the slack where the Montage Grill left off (more on that in a later post) and bring in some more jazz, including artists like Grisman that straddle and bend musical genre, providing a potentially larger audience.  They started off with a huge gush; signing Grisman shows that they are seriously trying to keep it up.  We should applaud that and more of us should make an attempt to go see these shows so that we don't lose another venue (I think that they ended up moving the California Guitar Trio last week into the Club in order to avoid having them playing to a small crowd in the cavernous Hall).
I'm definitely going to see Grisman, if only to try to jump start and inspiration to practice for my own mandolin playing.  A couple of years ago, in a fit of self-indulgence, I trooped down to HOG (House of Guitars for the non-cogniscienti) and plunked down some scratch for a mandolin.  While not a vintage instrument as those found at Bernunzio.  I wanted something I could carry around and just jam on my own or with others I came across.  If you play "Yankee Doodle" V-E-R-Y S-L-O-W-L-Y I may be able to jam with you, too. 

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

Get out there and hear some jazz . . . Listings for you.

Here's another seven days of live jazz music for your ears, courtesy of the City Paper.  Trying to hit at least one club and blog about it from Montreal, where I'll be visiting this weekend for business and a little fun.  Get out and enjoy some music!

Wednesday, October 25

  • Big Band Dance w/Johnny Matt and The Al Bruno Trio w/ Tom Monte Roger Robach Community Center @ Ontario Beach Park, 865-3320, 6-9 p.m., $2
  • Jazz Jam Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8:30-11 p.m., free
  • Jeremy Siskind Trio Java's, 16 Gibbs St, 232-4820, 9 p.m., free
  • Thursday, October 26

  • Alex Collins The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Deborah L Branch Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., free
  • Fred Costello Fedele'sBrookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Mike Cottone & Chris Ziemba Beale Street, 689 South Ave, 271-4650, 7 p.m., free
  • RPO Jeff Tyzik conducts American masters of early jazz, Ingle Auditorium, RIT, 475-4121, 8 p.m., $6-$20
  • Standard Jazz Quartet Starry Nites Café, 696 University Ave, 271-2630, 8-10 p.m., free
  • Sylvia Cuenca Quartet Venu Resto-Lounge & Nightclub, 151 St. Paul St., www.ExodusToJazz.com, 7 & 9 p.m., $17-$20
  • Tony Giannovola Beale Street Café II, 1930 Empire Blvd, 216-1070, 6-10 p.m., free
  • Trio East Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Friday, October 27

  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Jazz happy hour The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Geneseo Jazz and Wind Ensembles Jonathan Kruger conducting, Wadsworth Auditorium, SUNY Geneseo, 245-5824, 8 p.m., free
  • NeoCollage Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N Fitzhugh St, 325-4000, 7:30 p.m., $10
  • Roger Eckers Quartet w/Kimberly Wescott River's Edge Restaurant, 31 Paul Rd, 235-3630, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free
  • Sasha Clark House, 600 Whalen Rd, 385-3700, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Vince Ercolomento ClarissaRoom, 293 Clarissa St, 325-5350, 9 p.m., free
  • Saturday, October 28

  • Bill Dobbins Trio Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Bob Sneider Duo The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 8:30 p.m., free
  • Chris Ziemba The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5-8:30 p.m., free
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Honky Tonk Henry Comix Café, 3450 Winton Place, 424-LAFF, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Roberts Jazz Ensemble Jazz-N-Desert RobertsWesleyanCollege, 2301 Westside Dr, 888-222-1048, 7 p.m., call for tix
  • Sonny Miles and Smiles Organ Trio Café Underground Railroad, 480 W Main St, 235-3550, 9 p.m., free
  • Sean Jefferson Quintet Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., $4
  • Sunday, October 29

  • Bill Slater Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free
  • Jazz Combo Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., 389-2170, 3 p.m., free
  • Monday, October 30

  • The White Hots Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Tuesday, October 31

  • The Eastman Bionic Bones John Marcellus directing, room 120, Eastman School, 100 Gibbs St, 274-1100, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Patrick Brennan Bop Shop Atrium, 274 N Goodman St, 271-3354, 8 p.m., $10 (suggested donation)
  • Wednesday, November 1

  • Jazz Jam Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8:30-11 p.m., free
  • The Margaret Explosion Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

    Trumba, Schmuba....

    For those of you that have been hanging around the new blog, one addition that I thought was nice was the integration of the Trumba calendar into the site.  While I have no idea of how many of you actually took advantage of the calendar's many nice features (like sending you an email or SMS reminder), it helped keep the upcoming shows in order and gave me a way to list those coming from out of town earlier and then post about the show either before or after the fact.  In classic case of bait and switch, although perhaps because I was a late arriver, I recently received notice from the folks at Trumba that I had only 90 days to go on my free calendar account.  After 3 months of enjoying the benefits of the new Trumba, I will have to pay a rather exhorbitant fee (by Web 2.0 standards) to keep using it.  Google Calendar, here I come?  Watch these pages for the changes....

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

    California Guitar Trio disappears!

    Not the Trio itself, just it's image.  Somehow, the image for the "Live views . . . " post that occupied this post on this date disappeared.  Typepad is looking into it and it's not outside the realm of possibility that I somehow engineered its demise.  Sorry CGT!

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

    A week's worth of Rochester jazz . . .

    Here's the live jazz listings for the next seven days, courtesy of the City Paper with a bit of snip-snip from yours truly:

    Thursday, October 19

  • Alex Collins The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Deborah L Branch Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., free, all ages
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Mike Cottone & Chris Ziemba Beale Street, 689 South Ave, 271-4650, 7 p.m., free
  • Russell Fielder Quintet jazz jam session Merchants Grill, 881 Merchants Rd, 482-2010, 8-11 p.m., free/
  • Standard Jazz Quartet Starry Nites Café, 696 University Ave, 271-2630, 8-10 p.m., free, all ages
  • Tony Giannovola Beale Street Café II, 1930 Empire Blvd, 216-1070, 6-10 p.m., free
  • Trio East Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free, all ages
  • Friday, October 20

  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Bill Tiberio Group Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave, 425-8166, 7 p.m., $5-$10
  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Jazz happy hour The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Matt Stuver Trio Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., $4, all ages
  • Rich Holland's Sextet Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Roberts Jazz Ensemble Jazz-N-Dessert, RobertsWesleyanCollege, 2301 Westside Dr, 888-222-1048, 7 p.m., call for tix
  • Roger Eckers Quartet w/Kimberly Wescott River's Edge Restaurant, 31 Paul Rd, 235-3630, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free
  • Sasha Clark House, 600 Whalen Rd, 385-3700, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Tinted Image Clarissa Room, 293 Clarissa St, 325-5350, 9 p.m., free
  • Saturday, October 21

  • California Guitar Trio Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water St, 325-5600, 7 p.m., $20-$22.50
  • Bill Dobbins Trio Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free, all ages
  • Bob DiBaudo Quartet Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Bob Sneider Duo The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 8:30 p.m., free
  • Chris Ziemba The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5-8:30 p.m., free
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Honky Tonk Henry Comix Café, 3450 Winton Place, 424-LAFF, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Roberts Jazz Ensemble Jazz-N-Dessert RobertsWesleyanCollege, 2301 Westside Dr, 888-222-1048, 7 p.m., call for tix
  • Sean Jefferson Trio Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., $4
  • Sunday, October 22

  • Bill Slater Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble & New Jazz Ensemble w/Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 232-1900, 3 p.m., free
  • Monday, October 23

  • The White Hots Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free, all ages
  • Tuesday, October 24

  • Kevin Mahogany Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Wednesday, October 25

  • Big Band Dance w/Johnny Matt and The Al Bruno Trio w/ Tom Monte Roger Robach Community Center @ Ontario Beach Park, 865-3320, 6-9 p.m., $2, all ages
  • Jazz Jam Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8:30-11 p.m., free, all ages
  • Jeremy Siskind Trio Java's, 16 Gibbs St, 232-4820, 9 p.m., free
  • This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

    The Fiddler Returns . . . Billy Bang in Rochester

    As you saw from the previous "Live Views" post (OK, my cell phone camera is just not capable of capturing anything in motion), Billy Bang returned to Rochester to play on Thursday night after his "sold-out" appearances at the Montage Grill during this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival and previous appearances at RIJF and other venues.  Rochester loves Mr. Bang and for good reason. A good size crowd came to Water Street to see Bang's most recent appearance in the Flour City and showed its appreciation over and over.

    Getting out of Buffalo just in time to miss the two foot blizzard, and while the Winter's (it's still Fall, right?) first flurries swirled outside the Water Street Music Hall, Billy Bang and his incredible quartet were hot enough to melt the early snows in Rochester.  Those who have heard Billy Bang play know that he has used his music as catharsis for demons from his experiences in Vietnam. I couldn't help but think that if the members of his stunning quartet—Andrew Bemkey on piano, Todd Nicholson on bass, and Newman Taylor Baker on drums—were also veterans of that war the intensity may have been too much. Starting out with Yo! Ho Chi Minh Is In The House from Bang's Vietnam: The Aftermath and ending with Chan-Chan, a wonderful tribute to the members of the Buena Vista Social Club, the playing throughout the evening was full of blistering solos by all members (especially Bang and Bemkey, whose playing was just off-the-hook at times) interspersed with quiet bits of reflection.

    My earlier foray into jazz at Water Street of course had been Al Dimeola who trended toward the sound of a rock band.  Water Street is such a large venue, I was worried about how the sound of a more traditional quartet would carry in the cavernous space.  It fared quite well, given the aforementioned intensity of the playing and the massive sound system.  The upstairs was cordoned off as the now "necessary" VIP space (OK, I didn't get in as a VIP this time as I did with Al Dimeola), but there was plenty of room.  I understand that Water Street has no need of chairs in general for most of its shows, but my butt and back sure wish that they could afford something more than those cheap plastic folding chairs.  Despite this small annoyance, it was another one of those quintessential Rochester music experiences . . . world class musicians, inexpensive tickets, easy accommodations, and cold beer. 

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

    A week's worth of jazz for you . . . .

    Lots of good jazz over the next seven days, folks.  Here are the listings courtesy of City Paper:

    Thursday, October 12

  • Alex Collins The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Billy Bang Water Street Music Hall, 204 N Water St, 325-5600, 8 p.m., $15-$20
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Deborah L Branch Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., free
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Mike Cottone & Chris Ziemba Beale Street, 689 South Ave, 271-4650, 7 p.m., free
  • Tony Giannovola Beale Street Café II, 1930 Empire Blvd, 216-1070, 6-10 p.m., free
  • Trio East Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Friday, October 13

  • Amanda Stone California Brew Haus, 402 W Ridge Rd, 621-1480, 10 p.m., $3-$5
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Jazz happy hour The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Hard Logic Johnny's, 1382 Culver Rd, 224-0990, 9 p.m., free
  • Harold Pannell ClarissaRoom, 293 Clarissa St, 325-5350, 9 p.m., free
  • Ian Mutch Riffs, 330 East Ave, 325-2010, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Matt Stuver Trio Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., $4
  • Roger Eckers Quartet w/Kimberly Wescott River's Edge Restaurant, 31 Paul Rd, 235-3630, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free
  • Sasha Clark House, 600 Whalen Rd, 385-3700, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Saturday, October 14

  • Bill Dobbins Trio Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Bob Sneider Duo The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 8:30 p.m., free
  • Chris Ziemba The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5-8:30 p.m., free
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Honky Tonk Henry Comix Café, 3450 Winton Place, 424-LAFF, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Ian Mutch Riffs, 330 East Ave, 325-2010, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Second Saturday Jazz Session Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8 p.m., $3
  • Whitney Marchelle & guests tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Starry Nites Café, 696 University Ave, 271-2630, 8-11 p.m., free
  • Sunday, October 15

  • Bill Slater Horizons, The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free
  • Beverly Smoker Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave, 389-2170, 3 p.m., free
  • George Benson w/Raul Midon (Jazz for the Park) Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St, 232-1900, 6 p.m., $35-$100 (See Highlights here)
  • Mansfield University Jazz Ensemble Canandaigua First Congregational Church, 739-1050, 3 p.m., free
  • Monday, October 16

  • The White Hots Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Tuesday, October 17

  • Kevin Mahogany Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Mambo Three Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 N Fitzhugh St, 325-4000, 12:15-12:45, $5
  • Wednesday, October 18

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Quartet Strong Museum, 1 Manhattan Square, 263-2700, 7:30 p.m., $13-$16
  • Big Band Dance w/Music Makers and The Al Bruno Trio w/Tom Monte Roger Robach Community Center @ Ontario Beach Park, 865-3320, 6-9 p.m., $2
  • Jazz Jam Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8:30-11 p.m., free
  • Kevin Mahogany Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • The Margaret Explosion Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free
  • Time In Motion featuring Sabir Mateen, Matthew Hayner, Ben Karetnick Bop Shop Atrium, 274 N Goodman St, 271-3354, 8 p.m., $8 (requested donation)
  • This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

    Blue Movies . . . Monk in Oslo

    From YouTube (soon to be Googled?) comes a great 10+ minute clip from the video "Monk in Oslo," recorded by the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation on April 15, 1966.  It shows Thelonious Monk and his Quartet in all its glory:

    With Monk are Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums.

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

    There's a new gig in town . . . Exodus to Jazz

    A new venue in the "hip" St. Paul Quarter and new jazz promoter (at least new to me) have announced a new series of jazz performances. Exodus To Jazz Productions, a local company that declares that it is "dedicated to expanding the appreciation and support of jazz within the Greater Rochester community" is launching a series of monthly jazz gigs in an "intimate, small club setting energized by the creativity and musicianship of world-class artists."  Lead by Jose DaCosta, Exodus to Jazz Productions apparently wants to capitalize on the excitement created by the Rochester International Jazz Festival, The Commission Project, and other major jazz events in Rochester by presenting artists who are "making major contributions to the body of jazz but who perform below the radar of general public awareness." While not a monthly list (see the Trumba calendar over the next few days for the dates or check out their site), artists currently scheduled include the Sylvia Cuenca Quartet up first on October 26 (some may remember her as the "on fire" drummer for the late Hilton Ruiz when he appeared at Montage Grill during the 2005 Rochester International Jazz Festival), Johnny O'Neal, Dr. Lonnie Smith (who appeared during the RIJF this year), Denise Thimes, and Kristen Korb. The series will be presented at the new club VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub, which is located at 151 St. Paul Street in Rochester. The venue seems intent on presenting these artists in a space and keeping louder patrons from interfering with the music.

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

    Again with the jazz listings . . . .

    Nice crop of new acts have joined the regulars in the jazz listings from the City Paper.  Get out and see something and enjoy!

    Thursday, October 5

  • Alex Collins The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • Concert For Peace w/Eastman School faculty and students First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Rd S, 749-7121, 7 p.m., free, all ages
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Deborah L Branch Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., free, all ages
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Mike Cottone & Chris Ziemba Beale Street, 689 South Ave, 271-4650, 7 p.m., free
  • Tone Collector w/ Tony Malaby, Eivind Opsvik, Jeff Davis Bop Shop Atrium, 274 N Goodman St, 271-3354, 8 p.m., $5 (suggested donation), all ages
  • Tony Giannovola Beale Street Café II, 1930 Empire Blvd, 216-1070, 6-10 p.m., free
  • Trio East Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free, all ages
  • Friday, October 6

  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Bob Sneider/Paul HofmannJazz happy hour The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5:30-7:30 p.m., free
  • A Few Bad Apples Clarissa Room, 293 Clarissa St, 325-5350, 9 p.m., free
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Ian Mutch Riffs, 330 East Ave, 325-2010, 7-11 p.m., free
  • NeoCollage Java's, 16 Gibbs St, 232-4820, 9 p.m., free, all ages
  • Roger Eckers Quartet w/ Kimberly Wescott River's Edge Restaurant, 31 Paul Rd, 235-3630, 6:30-9:30 p.m., free
  • Sasha Clark House, 600 Whalen Rd, 385-3700, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Squeaky Chair Jazz Band Starry Nites Café, 696 University Ave, 271-2630, 8-10 p.m., free, all ages
  • Saturday, October 7

  • Bill Dobbins Trio Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free, all ages
  • Bob Sneider Duo The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 8:30 p.m., free
  • Chris Ziemba The Grill at Strathallan, 550 East Ave, 461-5010, 5-8:30 p.m., free
  • Danny "Knuckles" Sullivan Tournedo's, The Inn On Broadway, 26 Broadway, 269-3888, 9 p.m., free
  • Fred Costello Fedele's Brookhouse Restaurant, 3590 W Ridge Rd, 723-9988, 6-9 p.m., free
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band Horizons @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 7:30 p.m., free
  • Honky Tonk Henry Comix Café, 3450 Winton Place, 424-LAFF, 9:30 p.m., free
  • Ian Mutch Riffs, 330 East Ave, 325-2010, 7-11 p.m., free
  • Jane Monheit Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave, 389-2170, 8 p.m., $35-$40, all ages
  • Jazz Dawgs Starry Nites Café, 696 University Ave, 271-2630, 8-11 p.m., free, all ages
  • Julz A w/ The Bicycats And James Vidos Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8 p.m., $3, all ages
  • Polished Brass Band Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse, 70 Lighthouse St, 1:30-4:30 p.m., free, all ages
  • Sean Jefferson Trio Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 8-11 p.m., $4, all ages
  • Sunday, October 8

  • Bill Slater Horizons, The Lodge at Woodcliff, 199 Woodcliff Dr, 248-4825, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., free
  • Lehman Guitars showcase concert w/ Rodney Jones, Lumiere, Nicholas Goluses, Los Arpegios, Kinloch Nelson Lehman Guitars, 34 Elton St, 461-2117, 1-5 p.m., $10, all ages
  • Paella Flat Iron Café, 561 State St, 454-4830, 5 p.m., call for tix, all ages
  • Monday, October 9

  • The White Hots Little Theatre Café, 240 East Ave, 258-0412, 8 p.m., free, all ages
  • Tuesday, October 10

  • No Jazz Tuesday?
  • Wednesday, October 11

  • Big Band Dance w/ Golden Sounds & The Al Bruno Trio w/Tom Monte Roger Robach Community Center @ Ontario Beach Park, 865-3320, 6-9 p.m., $2, all ages
  • Eastman Chamber Jazz w/ Fred Hersch Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St, 274-1100, 8 p.m., $5 (free w/UR ID), all ages
  • Jazz Jam Daily Perks Coffee House, 389 Gregory St, 271-2340, 8:30-11 p.m., free, all ages
  • This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

    Al Dimeola, VIP wrist band and all...

    Back on the 27th, I got a chance to catch the guitarist Al di Meola at Water Street Music Hall.  The last time I saw AD was back in the 80s while at the University of Chicago where he played a show with John McLaughlin and Paco De Lucia after the release of their Friday Night in San Francisco album.  Opening for them was Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, who appeared at the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival last year.  Both sets were great and, except for a few glitches with the sound and some of the ambient noise in the hall, Water Street appeared to do a pretty good job putting on the jazz (albeit toward the rock end of the spectrum).

    Al di Meola and his band were toward the beginning of a tour for his new album The Consequences of Chaos and there was much of that album in supply during the evening, along with some others from Casino and his other 20+ albums, as well as an quieter, acoustic set on nylon and steel string guitars.  Sticking mostly to a beautiful hardbody electric, AD did not disappoint those there who were there to see his guitar pyrotechnics. It was an interesting crowd.  Di Meola is a guitar god, so it skewed toward a sausage fest, there were few women in attendance, and we were mostly quite a ways past 40 (myself included).  There was a group of apparent AD fan club members at the front of the crowd where I was who were more like a group of tweenage girls at a Teddy Geiger show.

    My path to the AD gig bears some further exposition.  I was there as a guest conguero and all-around percussionist, Gumbi Ortiz, who has been playing with Di Meola for 17 years.   Gumbi has recently released an album, Miami (see an All Music Guide review of the album here) as a leader.  His promoter ran across the blog out there contacted me to see if I'd like to hear the album and, later, to see the show.  He put me on the guest list, which got me in gratis and secured a seat in the front row with the members of the aforementioned fan club and some other "VIPs".  I talked with Gumbi between the sets and found him a gracious and interesting man.  He is also a fantastic percussionist.  Gumbi has Rochester ties (as do so many musicians who come to town)—his grandmother came straight to Rochester from Cuba. Although Di Meola clearly "rules," I noticed he turned to his long time collaborator Gumbi more than once for guidance.  There was a lot of interaction between AD and Gumbi as musicians, and between Gumbi and the rest of the band. In fact at the end of the show, after one encore had been played (without the unnecessary clapfest), when the clapfest for another encore began (Rochester crowds never seem to be satisfied), Al looked over to Gumbi with a "should we?" look.  Gumbi shook his head no, I think so that they could get on with the inevitable CD signing for the fans; it was already pretty late.

    In some ways, this experience shows one way in which this blog opens up paths to new experiences in my life.  In my "regular" life, this opportunity wouldn't have come my way.  I also had a chance to chat before the show and between JFJO  and AD with another Rochesterian, Steve Kiener (I never did get your name while at the show, but have since figured it out since). He works with the award-winning drummer Steve Gadd, who has played with Eric Clapton and countless others (including AD) over the past 30+ years (and apparently also lives in Rochester), in developing his new website. I hope to hear from Steve some time, as I'd like to continue our conversation.

    While I'm perfectly willing to pay my own freight, it was nice to have a bit of the VIP treatment (a green id bracelet and reserved seats in the front row just beneath the stage) for all this work I do on Jazz@Rochester.  I'll keep the bracelet as a souvenir of the serendipity.

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    Yeah, I'm moblogging . . .

    Sorry it took me so long to explain (life's been that way recently), but the previous three posts are the result of an experiment in "moblogging," i.e., posting directly from my mobile phone.  In this case, the three pictures (albeit of middling quality...that's what I get from my 1.3 megapixel camera) from the Al Dimeola gig at Water Street.  These three were taken during the concert and emailed directly to the blog, posting within a couple of minutes of when they were sent.  It was quite a sight, me sitting there amongst the AD fans paying rapt attention, tapping away on my phone to get a quick post out. The text is sparse from the sheer insanity of trying to write anything at length using the methods available on my Motorola Razr.  Now, don't worry, I won't make a major habit of it, but I'll try to post "Live Views" from time to time when I'm sitting close enough for it to make sense and where the artist in question has not prohibited photography. 

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