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An old friend . . . Kurt Elling singing The Waking in Poland

One of the jazz singers I would love to see play here, at RIJF or otherwise, is Kurt Elling. Kurt is a friend of one of my oldest friends.  They met when he was just starting out on the singing career after a stint as a seminary student at the University of Chicago, my alma mater (in fact singing folk music at the time).  The first time I saw Kurt perform was at Andy's jazz club near my office at the time in downtown Chicago. He had just signed with Blue Note at the time. I was floored by his vocalese, something I hadn't heard much of before (at that time I was more of a jazz novice).  I saw him a number of times thereafter in Chicago clubs, especially the Green Mill (a former hangout of Capone on the North Side that was just a hop from my apartment in Evanston).  On more than one occasion, I shared a table with my friend and Kurt between sets while he worked out the next set list and talked about jazz. It was an early exposure to why and how people do this music.

Here is a video off YouTube of Kurt singing The Waking in a live perfomance at the Fabryce Trzciny in Poland in 2005. 

Kurt is always exploring; that's one of the things I like about his music.  Not sure why we haven't seen him here (he played SUNY Potsdam earlier this year, I think), but perhaps RIJF 2008?

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

There's live jazz out there . . . go hear it!

There's jazz around Rochester over the next seven days, which I've found in various places or been notified by the artists. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality.

Artists and groups, please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

Thursday, August 30th

  • Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Russell Fielder Quintet @ Merchants Grill, 8:00 pm

Friday, August 31st

  • Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Jimmy Highsmith Jr. @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • [New] Herb Smith Quartet with the Mambo Kings @ Genesee Riverwalk at Corn Hill Landing, Exchange Blvd. and Plymouth Ave. in Rochester, 7:00 pm (this is the last of the Friday Nights at the Landing series, a well-kept secret if you ask me)
  • Bob DiBaudo @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 1st

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ The Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Tom Pesciotta Jazz Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Herb Smith Quartet @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Sunday, September 2nd

  • After hours jam w/Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1:00 am
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • The King Bees @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Monday, September 3rd

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Tuesday, September 4th

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II, 6:00 pm
  • Dick Stacy an the Penfield Rotary Band @ Penfield Community Center Gymnasium, 7:30 pm
  • Bending and Breaking @ Boulder Coffee Co., 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 5th

  • No jazz yet.  Let me know if you find some . . . .
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Oh no, you didn't . . . Why you're seeing ads

As you may have noticed, I recently placed a small Google AdSense ad block and created an "aStore" on Amazon.com.  I'll keep this to a minimum, but wanted to explain my reasons:

  • The obvious one is that I need some scratch to pay my bar tab at the various jazz clubs I try to frequent (although I don't get out as much as I want, I do so much for frequently than the average Joe).  I will NOT be making much scratch from the level of advertising and "monetization", probably enough for a few beers here and there.  Everyone needs some filthy lucre now and then.
  • One part of the business my wife and I are building involves building blogs for businesses and other organizations. This blog itself was started to help me learn about blogging; I turned one of my passions into a fairly strong local blog.  Adding Google Adsense ads and building an Amazon aStore is now teaching me some lessons on how these aspects of blogging can be implemented, how the tools to build them work, etc.
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Live jazz from Rochester....A moblog

Thought I'd try a live moblog from the Flat Iron Cafe, which has live music most nights and is one of the only places in town to catch after hours jazz.  Watch my listings for dates and times, or check out their website for the calendar.  Sorry for the sound quality, but I'm still experimenting with how much "ambient noise" (which in this case was actually the great sounds of Coltrane interpreted by local group Sonic Duality).

Live Updates from Jazz@Rochester

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

Get out and hear some jazz in Rochester...The next seven days

Here are the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester that I've found in various places or been notified by the artists. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources so forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality.

Artists and groups, please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

Thursday, August 23

  • Nostalgic Reunion @ Corn Hill Gazebo, Frederick Douglass St, 6:00 pm
  • Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Johnny's Irish Pub, 8:00 pm
  • Lumiere @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm

Friday, August 24

  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Derrick Lucas of Jazz 90.1 spinning LPs in vigil/memorial for Max Roach @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • The Steve Greene Trio featuring Tina Albright,The Smugtown Stompers, Friday Nights at the Landing Series @ Corn Hill Landing, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Squeaky Chair Jazz Trio @ Starry Nites Cafe 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • [NEW] Phat Cats @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm
  • Sonic Duality tribute to John Coltrane @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Saturday, August 25

  • After hours jazz jam w/the Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1:00 am
  • Jimmie Highsmith @ the Sankofa Music and Arts Festival, @ 1:00 pm [New--well actually, I missed it...sorry Jimmie]
  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Paul Hofmann Trio @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • KInloch Nelson @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 9:30 pm
  • Saborajazz (celebrating the life and music of the legendary Puerto Rican
    salsa singer Héctor Lavoe) @ Salenas Mexican Restaurant, 302 North Goodman St., 11:00 pm

Sunday, August 26

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Anne Mitchell @ Spencerport Gazebo by the Canal, 6:30 pm

Monday, August 27

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, August 28

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 29

  • No jazz on Wednesday? Say it ain't so . . . .
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Jazz for the Park benefit features Pat Metheny with Christian McBride

The Jazz for the Park concert to benefit Wilson Commencement Park on October 28th will feature Grammy-award winning jazz guitarist Pat Metheny and his Trio, including bassist Christian McBride and drummer Antonio Sanchez.  The show will begin at 6 p.m. at the Eastman Theatre.  Tickets are $35 for general seating; $45 for preferred seating; $85 for patron tickets, which includes a reception at Max of Eastman Place immediately following the concert. To order tickets call Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or contact Wilson Commencement Park at 263-7934.

Proceeds from Jazz for the Park enhance the programs and services at Wilson Commencement Park in Rochester. The Park has 50 townhouse apartments where single-parent families transition from poverty to self-sufficiency. Family support services help adults achieve personal and professional goals, while an accredited early learning center helps children achieve success in school and in life.

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

Take the next Exodus to Jazz Series . . .

Jose DaCosta, promoter of the Exodus to Jazz series, has announced the second season of this great series. DaCosta has been bringing rising stars and established jazz artists to Rochester to play in the intimate setting at the VENU Resto Club since 2005. This year's Series continues the tradition of great jazz with some returning artists as well as some new names and will end with a piano “heavyweight” match on December 8, 2007 that will be a major highlight of the season.  Here's the lineup (you can read more about the artists and the series at the Exodus To Jazz site):

This year almost all of the shows in the Series are on Saturdays. All shows have two sets, with the first starting at 7:00 pm and second at 9:15 pm and will again be in the intimate setting downstairs at the VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub, located at 151 St. Paul Street, Rochester. Tickets can be purchased in advance are through www.TicketWeb.com (search for “Artist’s Name” or “Exodus To Jazz”) or purchased at the door, night of show.

I saw Mulgrew at Joe Siegel's Jazz Showcase in Chicago last year and look forward to seeing him, twice, and the other artists in this great series. Come out and support this series and keep them coming to town!

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

Congrats, Jason! The Jazz Session reaches a milestone . . . .

The Jazz SessionFor those of you who haven't checked out local jazz guy Jason Crane's The Jazz Session podcast and blog, Jason has just passed 15,000 downloads of The Jazz Session podcast. I count myself as one of those listeners through iTunes

Jason's a great interviewer and has a lot of insight into what's happening in jazz here and elsewhere.  We had a great time hanging with Jason during this year's RIJF (and thanks to a loan . . . I know, I know you want them back). Check him out and add yourself to the ever-growing fans of The Jazz Session.

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

Your Rochester jazz for the next 7 days…

Here are the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester that I've found in various places or been notified by the artists. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources so forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality.

Artists and groups, please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

Thursday, August 16

  • Jazznik @ corner of Park Ave. and Berkeley, 5:30 pm
  • Loose Change @ Corn Hill Gazebo, Fredeick Douglass St, 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio (Solo Piano) @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Devon Trumell Group @ Starry Nites Café, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Boulder Coffee Co., 8:00 pm

Friday, August 17

  • Bob Sneider/Dawn Thomson Guitar Duo @ The Grill at the Strathallan,  5:00 pm
  • Squeaky Chair Jazz Group @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge (in the courtyard of Village Gate), 6:00 pm
  • Brass Magic @ Sagawa Park, Downtown Brockport, 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Pat Bianchi (B3 organist) Trio w/ Bob Sneider & Mike Melito @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Ben Britton and Sonic Duality @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 9:00 pm
  • Steve Green Trio @ Starry Nites Café (no time given)
  • Tom Monte @ Pomodoro's (no time given)

Saturday, August 18

  • 12th Annual Clarissa Street Reunion w/Pat Bianchi, Nate Rawls Big Band, Kinetik Flow, Sonny Miles and Smiles, Janet Beaman & Te-Naj, GT Express, Joe Beard, Darnell Pope, John Cole Blues Band, Joe and the Jam Factory, Akoma, Sons Of David, Mt Vernon Mens C @ Clarissa Street in Corn Hill between Troup Street and Bronson Avenue, beginning at 10:00 am
  • Chris Ziemba (Solo Jazz Piano) @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 5:00pm
  • Fred Costello @ Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Big Tree Inn, 46 Main. St., Geneseo, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Filthy Funk @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 9:30 pm
  • Brad Batz Group @ Pomodoro's (no time given)

Sunday, August 19

Monday, August 20

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

Tuesday, August 21

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 22

  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Keep them on the Air! An evening of Wine & Jazz to benefit WGMC Jazz 90.1

Tickets are now on sale for An Evening of Wine and Jazz to benefit local jazz radio station Jazz90.1 takes place on Thursday September 20th from 7 to 10 p.m. at The Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester. The event includes wine tasting from three area wineries, great food, a silent auction, and live jazz from Rochester band DubbleStuff, as well as Bob Sneider, Mike Melito and Phil Flanigan.

Tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased by calling 585-966-2660, or 585-966-5299. Only a limited number will be sold. Jazz90.1 is one of the last 24/7/365 jazz stations in the country. Although owned by the Greece Central School District, the station must raise all operating funds annually through member and business donations, and fundraisers. For more information, visit www.jazz901.org or call (585) 966-2660.

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

Finding the Jazz Beyond Jazz . . . in a blog

As you can see by the number, I don't add jazz blogs to my links willy-nilly. While there are a lot of them out there, the good ones are harder to come by.  Another one of the Arts Journal weblogs has caught my eye. I have been reading Doug Ramsey's RiffTides for awhile. A little closer to home (in N.Y.C. and written by Howard Mandel, a Chicago-born and New York-based writer, editor, author, arts producer for National Public Radio as well as president of the Jazz Journalists Association.), I've added Jazz Beyond Jazz to my feed reader.  His first post, excerpted below, tells you a lot about where he's heading and why I'm adding him:

What if there's more to jazz than you suppose? What if jazz demolishes suppositions and breaks all bounds? What if jazz - and the jazz beyond, behind, under and around jazz - could enrich your life?

What if jazz is the subtle, insightful, stylish, soulful, substantive guide to successful navigation of today's big and little challenges? What if jazz is more than a tune in the background, the cult of the cool, an old hipster cliché - but rather a window on and mirror reflecting society as understood by artists who regard individuality, originality, innovation, integrity, virtuosity, collaborative skills and community concerns as essentials, fundamentals? What if jazz is an infallible bs. detector and transmitter, as immediate as the Internet, of beauty and truth?

Jazz Beyond Jazz is of the mind that jazz as we know it is fine, but what's happening right now - and escaping most notice -- is jazz beyond jazz.

So far, the twelve posts he's done reflect the catchline of the blog—they are a "freelance urban improvisation" ranging from selected his thoughts on the recently released box set of Miles Davis's The Complete On the Corner Sessions, to a much deserved dig at Keith Jarrett's recent meltdown at the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy. I'm happy to see another jazz journalist join the blogosphere.  Let's see where Mandel's further explorations take him....

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

Shuffle off to Buffalo to catch some jazz . . . and get all artsy to boot!

Tickets are now on sale for the ninth season of the Art of Jazz series presented by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo.  The 2007-2008 series has a stellar lineup of international artists, many of which you may have seen at a Rochester International Jazz Festival near you.  Here's the line up:

  • Saturday, October 13: The Carl AllenRodney Whitaker Project—pre-Concert Conversation or Performance, 7 pm; Concert, 8 P.M. (Tickets $12 for students 18 and under).
  • Saturday, November 10, 2007: The Tord Gustavsen Trio—pre-Concert Conversation, 7 pm. on The Sound and the Story of ECM with Series Producer Bruce Eaton; Concert, 8 pm.
  • Sunday, January 27, 2008: The Lionel Loueke Trio—pre-Concert Film, 2  pm, African Guitar: Solo Fingerstyle Guitar Music from Uganda, Congo/Zaire, Central African Republic, Malawi, Namibia, and Zambia; Concert, 3 pm.
  • Saturday, February 9, 2008: James "Blood" Ulmer solo performance—pre-Concert Conversation, 7 pm, The Geography of The Blues with Jim Santella; Concert, 8 pm.
  • Sunday, March 16, 2008: The Vijay Iyer Quartet—Concert, 3 pm
  • Saturday, April 26, 2008: The Russell Malone Quartet—pre-Concert Conversation, 7 pm, The Life and Legacy of Charlie Christian, The Father of Modern Jazz Guitar with Series Producer Bruce Eaton; Concert, 8 pm and on Sunday, April 27, 2008, pre-Concert Conversation, 2 pm, The Life and Legacy of Charlie Christian, The Father of Modern Jazz Guitar with Series Producer Bruce Eaton; Concert, 3 pm ($12 tickets for students 18 and under).

I really have to try to get over to Buffalo to see one or more of these this season.  Good chance to see some great art as well (I believe the concerts are right in the gallery).  Check here for additional or revised information as these dates get closer.

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

I hear there is some jazz being played around Rochester . . . Check here for the listings

Here are the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester that I've found in various places or been notified by the artists. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources so forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality.

Artists and groups, please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

Thursday, August 9

  • Bill Tiberio Group @ Corn Hill Gazebo, Fredeick Douglass St
    When: Thursday August 9, 2007 @ 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio (solo piano) @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Julie Ketchum (solo piano) @ The Rabbit Room, Honeoye Falls, 7:00 pm
  • The Bar-Room Buzzards @ Sagawa Park, Downtown Brockport, 7:00 pm
  • Lumiere @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm

Friday, August 10

  • Bob Sneider Duo @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 5:30 pm
  • Music Makers @ Irondequoit Gazebo, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Ben Britton and Sonic Duality @ Daily Perks Coffee House, no time given

Saturday, August 11

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio with special guest @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm (some say the special guest will be Rachel Z, who many of you saw in 2006 at the RIJF).
  • The Westview Project Jazz Quartet @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Sunday, August 12

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio @ After hours at Flat Iron Cafe, 100 am
  • Seneca Point Jazz Masters @ Granger Homestead, Canandaigua, 11:30 am
  • Finger Lakes Jazz @ Irondequoit Gazebo, 2:30 pm
  • Rachel Z with Bobby Rae and Maeve Royce @ The Grill at the Strathallan, 8:00 pm .

Monday, August 13

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 14

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II (Webster), 6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 15

  • Sunset Serenades Concerts: The Music Makers Big Band @ Meridian Centre Park, 700 Meridian Centre Boulevard, 6:30 pm
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

What, Giant Steps again! Some new visualizations for you....

Jazzsign1 I love finding stuff that tries to visualize something else and have been trying to share them with you over the past few years.  Here are a couple of other things that visualize jazz music in different ways that I've recently run across out there:

  • A way cool visualization (again) of Coltrane's Giant Steps, although this time you get to follow the musical notation in real time (from Thought Bucket).
  • History of Jazz Albums in a timeline form.  Still a work in progress, but the site is pretty cool. Hey start your own timeline (perhaps history of Rochester Jazz?).

Hope you like them.

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

"Again from the top. . . ."—IAJE partners with ClickForLessons site to provide jazz educators an online link to new students

Lori over at ClickForLessons.com, a new online community for music professionals and other creative people sent me an email with the company's press release on the partnership they have made with the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE), which negotiated a deal with them so that its members will have free access to ClickForLesson's suite of web services.  Given the musical character of this town what with Eastman, Hochstein and the great music education programs in many of the area's high schools, I clearly thought I should pass this information on to my readers.  ClickForLessons services help independent musicians and instructors connect with each other and with students to grow their music business. Steven Cox, www.clickforlessons.com CEO and founder, describes the company's role in the partnership as:

Helping IAJE members find new local students, exhibit their musical art, gain coveted business references, and network with a community of over 250,000 like-minded people. By harnessing the power of the internet, we've been able to help instructors increase their income by as much as 67% per year.

IAJE members can access the partnership login from a special portal on the IAJE website. Through this special partnership, IAJE and Click for Lessons expect that members may increase business and their independence as instructors and working artists.

The website and its services are not limited to music instruction, but include dance, voice, acting, language, educational tutoring. There are over 82,000 member instructors at this time.  The site also maintains a blog for announcements about the site and other information of value to its members.

I'm a wannabe musician who played and took piano lessons when I was a kid, but was not too disciplined in the practice area.  I bought a mandolin on a whim a couple of years ago and it, sadly, sits in a corner of the living room calling out "play me . . . play me" in its sweet, dulcet tones.  I put my zip code into a search for mandolin lessons on ClickForLessons.com and found quite a few possible local teachers who I may be able to take lessons from. I may be following up with before I forget the stuff I've already learned (OK, I only have one tune that I could play in any recognizable way. . . Yankee Doodle).  The site is simple and it works (OK you'll believe me when I actually make the call . . . .).

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

Hey . . . where did it go?

A few (very few) of you may have noticed that the link to a Google Calendar where I was keeping track of upcoming out-of-town artists and events has disappeared from the blog.  Due to the lack of traffic going to that page, I decided that it just wasn't doing it for my readers.  I'm looking into a similar thing using the Eventful calendaring site, but will have to decide whether what I can do with it is worth the effort.  Let me know what you think in the comments. 

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

Live jazz in Rochester . . . It's out there, so go git some!

Here are the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester that I've found in various places or been notified by the artists. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources so forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. [I'm republishing this post because I missed some stuff, mostly on Saturday, that I had heard of . . . just wasn't thinking]

Artists and groups, please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

Thursday, August 2nd

  • Fred Costello and Co. @ Corn Hill Gazebo, Fredeick Douglass St, Rochester, 6:00 pm
  • Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Standard Jazz Quartet @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Russell Fielder Quintet @ Merchants Grill, 8:00 pm
  • Tom Monte Group @ Pomodoro's (no time given)
  • Jay Spinner (solo piano) @ The Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls) (no time given)

Friday, August 3rd

  • Bob Sneider/Dawn Thomson Guitar Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Footnote @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 4th

  • Footnote @ Park Ave Fest, 11:45 am
  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:30 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Phat Kats @ Pane Vino Ristorante, 155 Water St., Rochester, 8:30 pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm
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  • Freddie Colon Latin Jazz Quartet @ Flat Iron Cafe, 11:00 pm
  • Hard Logic @ Smokin Joe's Bar & Grill (no time given)
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Rochester A.B.O.V.E. First annual African-American Festival at Genesse Valley Park

Sunday, August 5th

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1 am (after hours Sunday). City Newspaper's listings appear to have this on the wrong date as this is the time/date on Flat Iron's website.
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am

Monday, August 6th

  • The White Hots @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, August 7th

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, August 8th

  • Concerts By The Shore Series w/Krazy Firemen @ Gazebo, Ontario Beach Park, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.