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It's Wednesday, it must be the Jazz@Rochester listings . . .

There's a lot of jazz out there in Rochester over the next seven days, including some special out-of-town guests like Mulgrew Miller and the Willem Breuker Kollektief, as well as a lot of local talent. Get out and see some live jazz music. Oh yeah . . Happy Halloween!.

Thursday, November 1st

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Jam Session with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Trio @ Merchant's Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Lumiere @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Yuganaut @ Bop Shop, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (East Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, November 2nd

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill (60 Browns Race at High Falls), 6:00 pm [added]
  • Latin Jazz meets R&B/Soul with Damaris Rivera, Timothy Mitchum and Freddy Colon and the Latin Jazz Quartet @ Club Pazzo (36 W. Main St, Rochester), 7:00 pm [added]
  • The Westview Project @ Pane Vino Ristorante, 175 N. Water St., Rochester @ 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Stone & Co. @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Legends of Jazz Piano w/Rod Blumenau, Dariusz Terefenko, Jeff Campbell @ Rochester Institute of Technology-Ingle Auditorium, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins/Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Tony Cruz & Friends @ Salenas (Village Gate Square), 10:00 pm
  • Filthy Funk @ Dub Land Undergroud, 10:00 pm

Saturday, November 3d

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello and Co. @ Red Fedelle's Brook House, 6:00 pm
  • Mulgrew Miller @ VENU Resto-Lounge, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Phil Freeman and Co. @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Steve Greene Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Paul Hofmann Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Graham Keir Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Sunday, November 4th

  • After Hours Jam Session with the Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1:00 am
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am

Monday, November 5th

  • Willem Breuker Kollektief @ The Bop Shop Atrium, 8:00 pm
  • Swing Dance Class (taught by D&C reporter Anna Reguero) and live jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, November 6th

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Willem Breuker Kollektief play music for the film "Faust" @ The Dryden Theatre (George Eastman House), 8:00 pm

Wednesday, November 7th

  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken were changes found after initial publication of the post. 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 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).

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

Bop Shop brings back the Willem Breuker Kollektief

Tom Kohn of the Bop Shop record store is bringing back one of Bop Shop's favorite bands from up over (aka the Netherlands . . . pardon my feeble attempt at a joke)—the Willem Breuker Kollektief. Breuker has been here numerous times since 1991. Tom is bringing them back for two separate and unique nights of music this year:

  • On November 5th, members of the Kollektief have agreed to play an impromptu set in the atrium at the Bop Shop in the Village Gate on Goodman in Rochester. The band is comprised of some of Holland’s finest musicians in a casual setting.
  • On November 6th, in conjunction with the Eastman School of Music, Brueker and the Kollektief will be playing at the Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman House to accompany F.W. Murnau’s silent film classic Faust. During the band’s 2005 performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, some may remember a preview of this music, which they fashioned into a performance suite. According to Kohn, they have performed with the movie all over Europe and have received rave reviews.

Get out and hear the unique musicianship of this ensemble.  By the way, you should also check out the Bop Shop's new website and event calendar while you're at it.  [Added later] If you want to make it a trifecta, check out the 44th Record Show and Sale Sunday hosted by the Bop Shop on Sunday, November 4th. Over 40 dealers will set up over 60 tables of merchandise ranging from rare and collectible records, tapes, and CDs to autographs, posters and other music related memorabilia.

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

Here it comes again! Club Passes for the Rochester International Jazz Festival will be available on November 2nd

As previously announced, the Rochester International Jazz Festival will return for its 7th edition in 2008 from June 13 to 21, 2008. The RIJF is quickly becoming one of the premier jazz festivals in the country and increasingly worldwide. Attendance in 2007 topped a record-setting high of 121,000. Club passes for the festival, which get you into many of the venues. In 2008, the Festival will present more than 240 concerts featuring a diverse and international lineup of legendary Grammy award-winning artists and critically-acclaimed jazz and contemporary groups and emerging artists. The lineup and schedule for the Festival's Club Pass Series, the Senator Jim Alesi Eastman Theatre series, and free concerts on outdoor stages will be announced in April 2008.

According to a press release released today, Club Passes will go on advance sale on Friday at 10 a.m. at the special holiday discount price of $105 + $4 service charge, good through December 31. The Pass increases to $115 plus $4 service charge January 1 through March 31, and $125 plus $4 service charge April 1- May 31, and $135 plus $4 service charge June 1 through the end of the festival if any passes remain. The Club Pass sold out last year just before the festival began. A limited number of passes is available. Club Passes may be purchased online at www.rochesterjazz.com, at any Ticketmaster/Ticket Express outlet or online at www.ticketmaster.com. There will be more than 150 Club Pass concerts, including those at the new Club Pass venue for 2008--Christ Church on East Avenue.

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

This is a big one . . . Mulgrew Miller comes to Exodus to Jazz!

Mulgrew Miller is coming to Rochester and continues the outstanding Exodus to Jazz Series on Saturday, November 3rd. Miller is one of the leading jazz pianists out there today, having been on more 400 recordings as a leader or sideman. We're very lucky he's coming to Rochester. Back in April 2006, I had an opportunity to see Miller at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in Chicago (there's a good profile of Miller in support of that gig on the Jazz Police site) my old stomping grounds, and what a treat it was.  Come out and support this series and keep jazz artists like Miller coming to Rochester.

True to his blues-tinged upbringing, he's a bop intellectual with an unabashed gift for populism. That explains both the thundering jabs in his sparkling runs and the sleekness in his writing and arranging
-Time Out NY

Mulgrew Miller was motivated to play jazz piano after watching a television performance of his idol Oscar Peterson when he was young. He has worked with a number of jazz legends across a broad spectrum, including Art Blakey, Benny Carter, Benny Golson, Wallace Roney, Freddie Hubbard, Kenny Garrett, Joe Lovano, Johnny Griffin and Tony Williams. His style is constantly evolving. Like ETJ, Joe Segal's was an intimate setting. I remembered being in awe as I listened to him at Joe's as I had great seats that afforded me a view of his hands. His style moves easily from swing to a post-bop rhythmic melange, swiftly switching tempos and attacks. I've heard pieces of his most recent releases on MaxJazz, Live at Yoshi's (#1 and #2) and with his Wingspan quartet. There's some great examples of his playing on his site and some videos (it's flash so couldn't link directly). He'll be back at Exodus to Jazz in December appearing with Johnny O'Neal in a "dueling pianos" faceoff that's bound to be a night to remember.

Miller will be leading a dynamic trio with bassist Ivan Taylor and drummer Ulysses Owens. Both of these cats are top notch. Taylor was with Miller back in April 2006 when I saw him in Chicago, where Ivan hails from and from the early age of 9 has been playing bass. including with the Illinois All-State Jazz Band, the Grammy Band, and jazz masters Orbert Davis and Von Freeman. He was a star performer at the 2002 Essentially Ellington competition where he met Wynton Marsalis, which led him to enroll at Julliard. In addition to touring with Miller, Ivan plays with Soul Cycle, the Julliard Jazz Orchestra, and studies with Ron Carter. Ulysses Owens was here earlier this year as part of the Victor Goines Quartet earlier this year. In addition to performing with Goines and being a regular member of Miller’s Wingspan, Owens has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Eric Reed. I believe both of them played with one or more of the artists at recent Rochester International Jazz Festival performances.

There will be two separate sets at 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm at VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub, located at 151 St. Paul Street, Rochester. Tickets for each set may be purchased in advance for $ 17.00 through TicketWeb.com (search for “Mulgrew Miller” or “Exodus To Jazz”). Tickets purchased at the Club VENU on the night of the show, if available, are $ 20.00. Student tickets are $ 10.00 with a current ID.

[added 10-31-2007]Check out Anna Reguero's article about Miller in the Democrat & Chronicle (link will self-destruct in seven days...).

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

Performing Artists Concert Series at RIT continues November 2nd with program honoring the Legends of Jazz Piano

On November 2nd, the Performing Artists Concert Series at Rochester Institute of Technology continues with Rod Blumenau and Eastman School of Music pianist Dariusz Terefenko, along with Jeff Campbell on bass and Brad Paxton on drums, will play in the styles of over fifteen legends of the jazz piano from Fats Waller to Thelonious Monk to Keith Jarrett. As an added bonus, there will be a special cameo performance on the piano by former RIT President Al Simone. The concert will commence at 8:00 pm at Ingle Auditorium on the RIT campus (map). Tickets for general seating are $6 (Students), $14 (Faculty/Staff/RIT Alumni) and $20 (General Public) and can be purchased at the SAU candy counter or at the door on the night of performance, if available. To charge tickets, call the field house box office at 585-475-4121. There will also be $50 tickets available as fund raiser for the Performing Artists Concert Series, which will include special seating and an after-concert reception at the Fireside Lounge.

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

It's Wednesday night . . . do you know where your jazz is?

Right here on Jazz@Rochester, that's where. Here are the next seven days of jazz in Rochester as collected from various sources. Get out and hear some!

Thursday, October 25

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • The Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Jay Spinner @ The Rabbit Room (no time given)

Friday, October 26

  • Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Bob DiBaudo @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Tony Caramia @ First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 21 Church St, Pittsford, 7:30 pm
  • Lisa Winter @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Squeaky Chair Jazz Band @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Kerry Hoffman Jazz Trio @ New York Wine and Culinary Center (Canandaigua, NY), 8:00 pm
  • Frank Strazzeri w/ Bob Sneider Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm (profile by Ron Netsky here)

Saturday, October 27

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello and Co. @ Red Fedelle's Brook House, 6:00 pm
  • Fresh Spin @ Stonecutters @ Belhurst Castle (Geneva, NY), 7:00 pm
  • 15th Annual Fairport High School Jazz Charity Benefit Concert (Over 60 FHS musicians, comprised of the Afternoon Jazz Ensemble and the Day Jazz Band, directed by Bill Tiberio will be featured along with special guests, The Bow Ties, a six-member a cappella men's ensemble, and featured guest The Bill Welch Band) @ Minerva DeLand Auditorium, 140 Hulburt Rd. Fairport on Saturday, 7:00 PM
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Maggie Mullen Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Kerry Hoffman Jazz Trio @ New York Wine and Culinary Center (Canandaigua, NY), 8:00 pm (oops)
  • Sylvia Cuenca Quartet (celebrating the first anniversary of the Exodus to Jazz Series) @ VENU Resto-Lounge, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
  • Tom Monte @ Pomodoro's (no time given)

Sunday, October 28

  • After Hours Jam Session with the Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1:00 am
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Nazareth College Jazz Combo @ Nazareth College Arts Center, 3:00 pm
  • Pat Metheny Trio (Benefit for Commencement Park) @ Eastman Theatre, 6:00 pm
  • The King Bees @ Little Theater Cafe, 7:30 pm

Monday, October 29

  • This no jazz on Mondays is becoming a trend . . .
  • Big Apple Mondays with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, swing dance lesson at 8:30 and dancing 9:00 pm (listening all the time) [added]

Tuesday, October 30

  • Tony Giannavola @ Beale St II, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emiy Kirchoff @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Bending and Breaking @ Boulder Coffee Co., 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 31

  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello directing (they will be performing an original composition by Tom Pesciotta) @ Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken were changes found after initial publication of the post. 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 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).

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

Sylvia Cuenca comes to lead us in a round of "Happy Birthday" for the Exodus to Jazz series

Leading a new quartet, drummer Sylvia Cuenca is returning to the Exodus to Jazz series to help ETJ promoter Jose DaCosta and ETJ celebrate its first anniversary at Club VENU on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, for two shows. It was one year ago that Ms. Cuenca and her previous group appeared in the first Exodus To Jazz show on Oct. 26, 2006. As noted in a recent article by Anna Reguero in the D&C (link will probably "dissolve" in a few days, but if you get there fast...), Sylvia Cuenca's repeated returns to Rochester (she played here with the late Hilton Ruiz during the 2005 RIJF—I saw that show and was really impressed by her intensity and range—and with Tessa Souter this year) have resulted in a "nice buzz" surrounding her appearances here.  That's good as she has pretty impressive chops.

Although Sylvia Cuenca isn't a household name, she is an accomplished and prolific drummer with an amazing resume. She has spent over 17+ years playing with legendary trumpeter Clark Terry, and has appeared with other jazz majors like Billy Taylor, Frank Foster, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Michael Brecker, Hilton Ruiz, Marion McPartland, Diane Reeves, Houston Person and Etta Jones, as well as rising stars like Souter and Denise Thimes. Her companions in the quartet are no slouches either. David Gilmore has performed with Wayne Shorter, Dave Douglas, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sam Rivers, Steve Coleman, Don Byron, Cassandra Wilson, Uri Caine, Randy Brecker and David Sanborn and has sat in on over 50 recordings. Seamus Blake is a long-term member of the Mingus Big Band and has performed with the Victor Lewis Quintet, Bill Stewart and Kevin Hays, Franco Ambrosetti, Billy Drummond, Darrell Grant and Kevin Hayes, John Scofield. Jared Gold, who played in Cuenca's prior group, and will be returning playing his Hammond B-3, has performed with Bill Goodwin, John Snyder, Ralph Bowen, Ralph Peterson, John Swana, Javon Jackson, and Tony Reedus.

The VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub (Club VENU) is located at 151 St. Paul Street in Rochester, NY. Tickets are $ 17.00 through TicketWeb (search for “Sylvia Cuenca” or “Exodus To Jazz”), or purchased at the door or by calling 585-325-9162 (phone number for tickets) for $ 20.00. Student tickets are $ 10.00. For more information visit the website or call 585-733-7685 (phone number for information).

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

Support your local jazz station . . . become a member of Jazz 90.1

I enjoy listening to the local jazz station WGMC, Jazz 90.1 and often stream it at work and home (at work because I don't have a radio in my office and at home because the nearby Cobbs Hill plays havoc with the signal of the stations on the lower end of the dial. On October 17th, the station kicked off its fall 2007 membership campaign. Jazz90.1 has set a goal of $50,000 for the drive, which runs through October 26th.

One of the last 24-hour jazz radio stations in the country, WGMC Jazz 90.1 relies on donations to survive financially each year. The DJs and staff promote jazz throughout the community and at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. During this year's pledge drive there will be guest celebrity DJs and artist interviews, as well as plenty of "thank you" gifts to go around, including Jazz90.1 clothing, "best of" CDs, DVDs, and more.

Become a member or make a pledge by calling (585) 966-5299 or 1-800-790-0415 toll-free, or you may pledge securely online, where you can also listen live in stereo any time, anywhere. Past pledge drives have enabled Jazz90.1 to grow to a 15,000 watt station that can be enjoyed throughout the Rochester area, and worldwide on the Internet. Your continued support will help keep 24-hour jazz available in Rochester and help pay for stronger signals and the streaming that makes it possible to hear Jazz 90.1 near Cobbs Hill or anywhere else. I think I need to renew my membership this time.

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

Your next seven days of live jazz in Rochester

Although I've been out of town for a few days, I'm still taking care of business here on the blog. While I didn't get to hear any jazz while I was in Pennsylvania (but Gettysburg was pretty cool), there is some live jazz in and around Rochester over the next week. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 18

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Evening of Smooth Sophisticated Jazz with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Merchant's Grill, 7:00 pm (this jam session is to celebrate the 50th birthday of guitar player Arthur Beaty, who will be jamming with Jimmie)
  • The Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Westview Project w/ Nick Brust @ Boulder Coffee Co., 8:00 pm
  • Burton Greene Trio +1 @ The Bop Shop at Village Gate, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Jay Spinner @ The Rabbit Room (no time given)

Friday, October 19

  • Paul Hofmann Duo @The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Jazz-n-Dessert @ Roberts Wesleyan College Cox Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Kinetik-Flo @ Club Pazzo, 7:00 pm [added]
  • Tom Passamonte & Special Blend @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Dr. Howard Potter with the Eastman Community School Ensemble @ Immanuel Church, 815 Park Ave., Rochester, 7:00 pm
  • Todd Coolman w/ Bob Sneider and Friends @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm (See Ron Netsky's profile here. Coolman will also be playing with Tamir Hendelman in the Exodus to Jazz Series at VENU on December 1st)
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill (no time given)
  • Tom Monte @ Pomodoro's (no time given)

Saturday, October 20

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan,5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello and Co. @ Red Fedelle's Brook House, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz-n-Dessert @ Roberts Wesleyan College CoxHall, 7:00 pm
  • Maggie Mullen Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe,8:00 pm
  • Tom Passamonte & Special Blend @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Todd Coolman w/ Bob Sneider and Friends @ The Grill at Strathallan,9:15 pm

Sunday, October 21

  • After Hours Jam Session with the Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1:00 am
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff,11:00 am
  • The Birth of Jazz (RPO anad Jeff Tyzik), The Rochester Magazine & Strong Health Casual Sunday Matinee Series @ Eastman Theatre, 2:00 pm [added]
  • The King Bees @ Little Theater Cafe, 7:30 pm

Monday, October 22

  • Say it ain't so . . . no jazz on Monday?

Tuesday, October 23

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

Wednesday, October 24

  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Joe Kozlowski Quartet @ Flat Iron Cafe, 7:00 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken, if any, were changes found after initial publication of the post. 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 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).

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

Come to the next Exodus to Jazz and get toasty with Jazzbery jam

The Exodus To Jazz series continues with Jazzberry Jam!, who will be making their first Rochester appearance on Saturday, October 20, 2007 at Club VENU with two shows at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. In addition to highly successful national and international tours, Jazzberry Jam! was featured in the award winning 1999 French documentary film entitled “Les Femmes du Jazz”. As described on their site, "[t]his forceful group of women dares to be personable without compromising their remarkable cohesion on the bandstand. They evoke standing ovations from loving audiences everywhere they go."

VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub (or Club VENU) is located at 151 St. Paul Street, Rochester, NY. Tickets for Jazzberry Jam! are $17 and available through TicketWeb (search for “Jazzberry Jam!” or “Exodus To Jazz”). Tickets purchased at the door or by calling 585-325-9162 (phone number for tickets) are $ 20.00. Student tickets are $ 10.00. For more information visit the Exodus to Jazz website or call 585-733-7685 (phone number for information).

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

Quinn Lawrence and the Flat Iron Cafe's after hours jam gets a nod. . .

Frank DeBlase over at the City Newspaper has written a profile of Quinn Lawrence, who holds down a job on the real swing shift with his trio at the Flat Iron Cafe at an after hours jam starting at 1:00 am on Saturday nights (OK, Sunday morning...it all depends on your perspective). Quinn is a multi-instrument jazz man (Frank, you left out the saxophone...) who is comfortable playing all across the spectrum of jazz. If you're out on the town and not quite ready to head home to the bed, Quinn and his trio will keep that head bobbing for awhile longer. There's some great jazz at the Flat Iron at other times, too. Flat Iron Cafe owner Tom LaBue would love to help you get some caffeine into those veins (or beer and wine) and get a bit more than a "modest crowd" out to support the jazz. Check out the story and the jam . . . it's worth staying up late.

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

How much Rochester jazz can you fit in?

My parents are in town and jazz is not currently on our menu of things to do, but Rochester has jazz for the next seven days and here is where you'll find it.

Thursday,October 11

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan,6:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Russell Fielder Quintet @ Merchants Grill,8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 213 Main St., East Rochester, (585) 586-1640, 9:00 pm
  • Standard Jazz Quartet @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • The Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Julie Ketchum @ The Rabbit Room (no time given)

Friday,October 12

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Fred Costello w/ Kimberly Westcott & Bobby Blandino @ Red Fedelle's Brook House, 7:00 pm [added]
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Kerry Hoffman Jazz Trio @ New York Wine and Culinary Center (Canandaigua, NY), 8:00 pm
  • John Nugent @ The Grill at Strathallan,8:30 pm

Saturday,October 13

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Spiritus Christi Mental Health Center Benefit w/Bob Sneider, Bill Welch Band, Bill Tiberio @ Spiritus Christi Church, 121 N Fitzhugh St, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello and Co. @ Red Fedelle's Brook House, 7:00 pm
  • The King Bees @ Little Theater Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Big Tree Inn, 46 Main. St., Geneseo, NY, 8:00 pm
  • Maggie Mullen Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • The Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 8:00 pm [added]
  • John Nugent @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Graham Kerr Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 10:00 pm [added]
  • Brad Batz Group @ Pomodoro Grill (no time given)

Sunday, October 14

  • After Hours Jam Session with the Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 1:00 am [added]
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:00 am

Monday,October 15

  • The Chicago Hot Six @ Country Party House, 321 E Linden Ave., 6:30 pm
  • Eastman Chamber Jazz @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16

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

Wednesday,October 17

  • Tamir Hendelman @VENU Resto-Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Cindy Miller @ Strong National Museum of Play,7:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe,7:30 pm

Those with "[added]" or struck out were changes found after publication. Check the venue sites or call them for more information if you need it. I've compiled these from other sources so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. Artists 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).

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

The next week in Jazz@Rochester...

OK, summer's holding on just a little bit longer. . . .There is some great cool jazz music around in the next seven days in Rochester. Go out and hear some of it!

Thursday, October 4th

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • The Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Evening of Smooth Sophisticated Jazz with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Merchant's Grill, 7:00 pm (also a jam session, so bring your instruments)
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 213 Main St., East Rochester, (585) 586-1640, 9:00 pm

Friday, October 5th

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius, with Joe Chiappone @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Kerry Hoffman Jazz Duo @ New York Wine and Culinary Center (Canandaigua, NY), 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Chris Botti with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra @ Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo

Saturday, October 6th

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Maggie Mullen Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Sunday, October 7th

  • Phil Bridenbaugh benefit w/Matt Valerio Quartet featuring Art Fulluca @ Flat Iron Cafe, 5:00 pm

Monday, October 8th

  • Nothing, nada, zilch?

Tuesday, October 9th

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

Wednesday, October 10th

  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Adam Niewood and the Rabble Rousers @ The Bop Shop Atrium, 8:00 pm

Check the venue sites or call them for more information if you need it. I've compiled these from other sources so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. Artists 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).

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Diggin the B3 . . . Jimmy Smith Trio on "The Jazz Scene" in 1962

I'm a sucker for Hammond B3 organ and Jimmy Smith is a master of that soulful machine.  Ran across this edited video on YouTube of Jimmy Smith and his trio appearing on the TV program "The Jazz Scene" in 1962, presented by Oscar Brown Jr. Now that's cooooool . . . .

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