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Learning, blowing . . . a jazz clinic at Hochstein

The Hochstein Music School, The Advocacy Center and Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. are hosting a one-hour music clinic for 70 teenage and young adult student musicians who are interested in learning more about jazz. The clinic will be held at Hochstein, 50 North Plymouth Avenue, on Saturday, May 5, 2007 from 4:00-5:00 pm. Jimmie will talk about the history of jazz and the difference between jazz and other types of music, after which there will be time for questions and answers, and then Jimmie and the students will end the clinic with a jam session. The event is open to student musicians, instrumental or vocal, age 14 and older. Students are encouraged to bring their instruments with them. If you or your child would like to participate, please contact Joyce Steel at The Advocacy Center at 546-1700 ext. 234 by Wednesday, May 2, 2007.

This event is billed as a warm up for “A Night of Hot Jazz and Cool Art,” a benefit for the Advocacy Center on Saturday, May 12, 2007 from 8:00 to 10:00 pm at the Memorial Art Gallery and will feature the music of Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., and Tyler Owens, as well as a silent auction and light refreshments. To purchase tickets for the May 12th event, contact Anna Costalas at the Advocacy Center at 546-1700 ext. 265.

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

Get your jazz artist info at JazzCorner.com

I found another great site for the jazz-inclined, JazzCorner.com, brought to you by Lois Gilbert.  In addition to being the "largest portal for the official websites of more than 180 jazz musicians and organizations", the site includes a number of other resources, including video sharing where you can upload and share jazz and blues videos, a jazz jukebox, and the JazzCorner Speakeasy, the busiest bulletin board for jazz. I found that there is a thread for Upstate NY.  I'm going to try to be on there more often to find out more about what's going on in Central and Western NY.  There is also a great podcast series called Innerviews (which I've added to my podcasting links), with interviews of established and new to the scene jazz artists.

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

Live jazz in Rochester, but not 24/7

Here are listings for the coming seven days. Artists and groups, please feel free to let me know if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post.

Thursday, April 26

  • Alex Collins @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Kristin Korb @ VENU Resto-Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Mike Cottone & Chris Ziemba @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Vince Ercolamento Quartet @ Friday Jazz at Immanuel Series, Immanual Baptist Church , 815 Park Ave., 7:00pm.
  • Nazareth College Jazz Ensemble w/Paul Smoker @ Nazareth College Arts Center, 7:30 pm
  • Open jazz jam session w/The Russell Fielder Quartet @ Merchants Grill, 8:00 pm

Friday, April 27

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 500 pm
  • The Phat Kats @ Pineapple Jacks, 5:30 pm
  • Tom Passamonte and Special Blend @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Mark Casey w/Jones/Kemp @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa Qtet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 28

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Tom Passamonte and Special Blend @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Group with vocalist Harold Pannell @ McCool's Music Room in Geneva, NY
  • Fred Stone & Company @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Sunday,  April 29

  • No jazz...? Say it ain’t so....

Monday, April 30

  • Steve Lippia @ Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center, 7:30 pm (this event was actually on April 20th...Thanks, Lori)
  • The White Hots @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 1

  • Nada, zilch, zippo . . . .?

Wednesday, May 2

  • The Jack Allen Big Band w/The Al Bruno Trio w/Tom Monte @ Roger Robach Community Center, 6:00 pm
  • Bill Horvitz Band @ Bop Shop, 8:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

All things Jazz@Rochester

If you're looking for something specific here on the site, check out the search box toward the bottom of the right panel in the blog.  It's been there for awhile, but I thought I'd point it out again.  It is a Google Custom Search Engine that searches only this and the earlier incarnation of Jazz@Rochester.

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

Swing has sprung . . . Victor Goines Quartet brings on some heat at VENU

On Thursday, April 19th, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis Septet saxman Victor Goines brought his quartet to the Exodus to Jazz series at VENU Resto-Lounge & Niteclub Victor Goines at Exodust to Jazz and they really heated up the place.  Dianna and I made the late show with some friends. Goines and crew, which included fellow LCJO member Dan Nimmer (piano), Matt Rybicki (bass) and Ulysses Owens (drums), really tore it up.  All but Nimmer were former students of Goines at Julliard, where he is head of jazz studies, and their performances clearly showed that Mr. Goines has some skills in the teaching area, especially Owens.  Nimmer's piano at times sounded orchestral and he in places would go to almost a whisper before announcing a swinging climax with a pounding chord. 

Jose DaCosta, the man behind the Exodus to Jazz series is serious about the music. Where other music promoters might be working the crowd and making sure of the details, DaCosta was with the rest of us, lost in the swinging groove that Goines and his crew were digging.  He didn't have to enforce his "whisper-only" policy as everyone in the house was listening, interrupted only by drink orders and exclamations when a solo became particularly exciting or the emotions brought up by the music became a bit too much to bear (my wife was especially vocal in her approval).  This series is consistently one of the best things going in Rochester, jazz-wise, and I recommend that you check it out.   DaCosta brings in top-notch artists and the venue is well suited for what his series is all about—enjoying jazz and those who make it.

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

Yes, I still have a turntable (and a CD player), but what's playing on it?

So, recently I quietly added a new "feature" in the left column, "On the Jazz@Rochester turntable..." that will contain a few of the jazz albums I'm currently listening to on the turntable (yes, I still have one and several hundred jazz, classical and rock albums).  These will include those that are in my collection (or ones I wish were in my collection)—new and old.  I'll change them periodically (a little less often than I change the CDs in my car or albums on my turntable). 

Click through and buy one and I'll make a few pennies.  Now this is my first foray into the commercial side of the blogging.  I'm not quitting my day job anytime soon, though, that's a fact....

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

Get out there and hear some live jazz . . .

Here are the "base" listings of jazz in and around Rochester for through next Wednesday. For more information most of the venues listed are linked to in this blog:

Thursday, April 19th

  • The Phat Kats @ Pineapple Jacks, 5:30 pm
  • Alex Collins @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Victor Goines @ VENU Resto-Lounge, 7:00 and 9:15 pm
  • Mike Cottone & Mike Ziemba @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Wilbert De Joode @ The Bop Shop, 8:00 pm
  • UR Jazz Ensemble @ University of Rochester-Strong Auditorium, 8:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Van Allen & Pinto Jazz @ Johnny's Irish Pub, 8:30 pm

Friday, April 20th

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • The Phat Kats @ Pineapple Jacks, 5:30 pm
  • Phil Freeman Trio @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Mark Casey w/ Jones/Kemp @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 21st

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Stone & Company @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Sunday, April 22nd

  • Bill Slater Jazz Brunch @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am

Monday, April 23rd

  • The White Hots @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, April 25th

  • Music Makers w/The Al Bruno Trio and Tom Monte @ Roger Robach Community Center, 6:00 pm
  • Kristin Korb @ VENU Resto-Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Artists should send me any additional gigs that are not listed here and I'll try to add them to this post throughout the week.

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

Support local jazz radio and get aload of this space, while sipping wine and eating crudites, and buying art: Art Loves Jazz at Artisan Works.

Our local 24/7 jazz radio, WGMC Jazz90.1 has announced the date of its fundraising party at Artisan Works—Art Loves Jazz. It was a great time last year. This year's shindig will be held on Thursday, May 17, from 7-10 P.M., will combines art and jazz, including  local jazz artists (including Bob Sneider, Mike Melito and DubbleStuff) to benefit Jazz90.1. This event will feature live art and silent auctions, gourmet food and live jazz throughout out the 60,000 SF gallery, which is really a sight to behold in case you haven't checked it out before. Tickets are $30.00, and can be purchased by calling (585) 966-2660. Only a limited amount of tickets will be sold, so if you want to go, better give them a call ASAP (Dianna and I plan to). Artisan Works is located at 565 Blossom Road.

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

Hey . . . isn't that you bobbing your head over at the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival!! We're on TV!

In case you haven't heard, last year WXXI taped a number of performances at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in High Definition and will be presenting the six part series to premiere May 27 at 7 p.m. with an hour-long program on WXXI-TV and WXXI-HD.  The series will continue on June 7th, the day before the 2007 RIJF at 8 p.m., where five Festival concerts will broadcast in a special evening. The program includes five half hour performance programs featuring Karrin Allyson, Mose Allison, Cedar Walton, The Charlie Hunter Trio and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Each half hour program was recorded at the Eastman School of Music’s Kilbourn Hall in Rochester, New York. The first one hour special program was recorded over the full nine days of festival in June 2006, which should be a great overview of the 5th Annual Rochester International Jazz Festival. With nearly 600 artists and more than 200 concerts in multiple venues, the upstate city of Rochester, New York is a world jazz capital. The series will also air on over 75 PBS station across the country, with more to follow, spreading the sights and sounds of Rochester a little further than the airwaves carry WXXI.

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

Friday the 13th and beyond . . . some listings

Some listings for you for this weekend.

Friday April 13th

  • Mike Kaupa/Jeremy Siskind Duo @ The Grille at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa Qtet @ The Grille at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday April 14th

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grille at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Fedele's Brook House, 3290 W Ridge Rd, 6:00 pm
  • Jersey Band @ High Fidelity, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Trio Tarana feat. Ravish Momin, Sam Bardfeld, & Brandon Terzic @ Bop Shop Atrium in Village Gate, 8:00 pm (City Newspaper article by Ron Netsky on the Trio here)
  • Fred Stone @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Gordon Webster @ The Grille at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Sunday, April 15th

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am

Monday, April 16th

  • Dixieland, Floyd Hughes' Stompers, All That Jazz @ Country Party House, 321 Linden Ave, 6:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

I'd like to encourage you to check out the Best of Brockport Dance, a performance of dance by the students and faculty of the SUNY Brockport Department of Dance.   I'm involved with the Friends of Brockport Dance and built a blogsite for them, which will explain it all in much more detail than I should go into here.  OK, it's dance, but there will be SOME jazz....

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

Jimmie Highsmith and Wycliffe Gordon playing benefit for the Advocacy Center...

Jazz trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis's other groups, is joining local favorite saxman Jimmie Highsmith Jr. and vocalist Tyler Owens at the Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday, May 12, 2007 from 8 pm to 10 pm at "A Night of Hot Jazz and Cool Art," a benefit for The Advocacy Center. The Advocacy Center provides information, support and advocacy to individuals with disabilities and their families. Jimmie Highsmith will also be celebrating the release of his third CD, "It Is What It Is," which features Wycliffe on several tracks (tracks I had the opportunity to see being recorded). The benefit will also include an art auction, with proceeds benefiting The Advocacy Center's programs. Lia Lando from Fox Rochester and News 8 Now will serve as Host for the event. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts will be provided by local restaurants and bakeries. Sponsors include Wachovia, Faraci Lange LLP, Preferred Care, and WROC Channel 8. Advance tickets for "A Night of Hot Jazz and Cool Art" are $35 person and can be purchased by calling The Advocacy Center at 546-1700. Tickets will be $40 at the door. One of the standout things about my friend Jimmie Highsmith Jr. is how he tries to give back to the community through his music.  This is his second year playing for The Advocacy Center's event (and my second year trying to help them connect with you), and he is happy to be involved again: "I wanted to some way benefit a cause that I really felt strongly about," said Highsmith. "I've seen the struggles individuals with disabilities and their families go through to create quality lives. There are a lot of children, adults, and families who need help to break down the barriers that keep them from realizing their goals." Go get'em Jimmie.

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

City Newspaper's Guide to the Rochester International Jazz Festival

Cityjazzfestguide_2There is some interesting bio material here.  Hope to see more as we get closer.  I think there will be based on the tag line.

Keep checking it out (you can click on it now to take you there). I will be, too.

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

The listings go on . . . in abbreviated form

Sorry about my failure to get something up here regularly, but my life has been particularly busy these days. Right now, I'm just identifying what's out there from the City Newspaper's events calendar and adding in some stuff from other sources, including the artists themselves when I can.  Artists, if this doesn't have your gig on it, send it to me and I'll try to add it in.  If you don't get stuff on the City Newspaper calendar I suggest you do (it is the most complete source right now) or, if you can't or won't, then let me know by Wednesday of each week and I'll try to get it in a post like this on Wednesday or Thursday evening. Those that come later may not make it up. Well, here goes:

Friday April 6th

  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Mark Casey w/Jones/Kemp @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Open jazz jam w/The Russell Fielder Quartet @ Merchants Grill, 8:00 pm
  • Peter Bernstein w/Bob Sneider @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday April 7th

  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Stone & Company @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm (Fred Stone is there every Saturday in April).
  • Peter Bernstein w/Bob Sneider @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Urban Transit @ Six Pockets (yes, Six Pockets, according to one of the band members they are attempting to break out and present all kinds of music), 9:45pm - 1:30am

Monday April 9th

  • Pierre Dorge & The New Jungle Orchestra @ German House Theatre, 8:00 pm (see the writeup on the Upcoming Events page at The Bop Shop site and Ron Netsky's article in City Newspaper.

Thursday April 12th

  • Laurence Juber & Alex Skolnick Trio @ Water Street Music Hall, 7:30pm
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

It's On . . . Rochester International Jazz Festival artist lineup goes live!

RIJF logo A few minutes ago, the artist lineup for the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival went live on the RIJF site.  June 8-16 looks like another RIJF full of mixing up a wonderful stew of new and tried and true names.  There are two new venues: Harro East Ballroom, which provides some additional large space; and the Reformation Lutheran Church, which will be used to present a series of Nordic jazz artists.  There is a new outdoor stage sponsored by the City at East and Alexander.  Montage and the former Milestones, now High Fidelity, return as venues (although only High Fidelity has hosted any jazz since last year's RIJF). 

There's some killer jazz and other interesting other music in store for us. Highlights (for me at least) include:

Friday, June 8

  • Geri Allen Trio featuring Jimmy Cobb
  • Mike Mainieri & Steps Ahead
  • King Solomon Burke & Raul Midon

Saturday, June 9

  • Randy Brecker Quintet Featuring Ada Rovatti
  • Tiempo Libre
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (this is actually just a nod to him being this year's Woody Allen of the fest—more like James Brown—I don't plan to see him, but not for snobbish jazz reasons)

Sunday, June 10

  • Fred Hersch Trio
  • Benny Golson + Antonio Ciacca Trio (Ciacca was here a few years back)

Monday, June 11

  • Mamadou Diabate Ensemble (his performance in 2005 was mesmerizing)
  • Robin Eubanks EB3
  • Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Tuesday, June 12

  • Harry Allen Quartet
  • Trio Beyond featuring John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Goldings
  • Jean Luc Ponty
  • Kyle Eastwood Band

Wednesday, June 13

  • Christian Scott Band
  • Hilario Duran Trio
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Bettye Lavette

Thursday, June 14

  • James Moody & Friends
  • Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
  • Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra W/Wynton Marsalis Play Congo Square
  • The Latin Side of Miles Davis w/Conrad Herwig & Bryan Lynch
  • Corey Harris

Friday, June 15

  • Don Byron’s Ivey Dyvey
  • Soul Rebels
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Maceo Parker
  • Toots & The Maytalls
  • Olu Dara

Saturday, June 16

  • Bill Frisell Trio (Bill was here in 2005's RIJF)
  • Avishai Cohen Trio
  • Rusted Root

Local artists who will be appearing during the festival, include: Dave Rivello Ensemble, Gap Mangione Quintet, Mambo Kings, Smugtown Stompers, Urban Transit, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Paradigm Shift & Special Guests Gray Mayfield, Marcus Printup & Wycliffe Gordon, assorted high school and Eastman bands and groups, and of course the Bob Sneider Trio holding court at the State Street Bar & Grill.

There is much to explore on the RIJF site and I suggest you go there to start mapping out YOUR festival.  If you don't have your pass yet, you better get one soon as they are likely to sell out.  I've heard that the festival is expecting up to 120,000 folks this year—a big leap in attendance.  I've added a lot of the names to the Technorati tags below.  Click on the links and you may find more information about them through that site from other blogs.

I will be there every day (at least if my body, and my lovely wife, let me).  In addition to blogging from the festival, Jazz@Rochester and some of my friends in blogging (Seth and Ken) have some plans for this year's fest that we're going to try.  We'll try to have some interesting looks at the festival as it approaches and maybe even some scoops.  I'll also be watching what others are saying around town.  So leave some comments and let me know what you think.  What are the killer acts that you're going to see?  Who didn't make my Highlights that should have?  Let's start a conversation....

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

April is Jazz Appreciation Month . . . Smithsonian is reaching out to Rochester

Apparently, April is Jazz Appreciation Month—who woulda thunk it?  Well, the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History did and recently contacted me as a community jazz advocate to do what I can to promote their new cultural initiative "intended to draw public attention to the glories of jazz as both an historical and a living treasure." The idea is to encourage musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges, museums, libraries, and public broadcasters to offer special programs on jazz every April.

Jazzappmonthlogo_2 This is the sixth annual Jazz Appreciation Month, although it's the first I've heard of it. While they contacted me (and hopefully others in the community who are advocates of jazz...say WGMC?) a bit late to affect events for this year, perhaps this would be an opportunity those of us who want to broaden the opportunities to hear jazz in Rochester to bring the music we love to more.  It would also dovetail nicely with the announcement of the lineup for the Rochester International Jazz Festival, which is in April.  [Note to other jazz advocates in Rochester:  If you didn't receive the Smithsonian's email, send one to me and I'll forward it to you.]  Anyone out there want to start working on this should contact me by the email link this site and I'll start putting you together.

Smithsonian Jazz has a Jazz Appreciation Month site with more information about the initiative, a jazz discussion board, and other goodies.  Check out the PDF availalbe here of ideas of how to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month. Go check it out and let's start planning for next year!  I encourage you to leave a comment with your ideas.

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