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Jazz@Rochester calling in . . .

Click on the bar below to hear a live moblog from a jazz gig in and around Rochester, New York. It may just be to let you know it's out there, an interview of one of the artists, or just some ponderous mental meanderings by someone who should stick to writing--you decide.

This one is just me checking in from Harold Danko's Quadrennial Event at the VENU Resto Lounge on St. Paul St. in downtown Rochester.

Live Jazz@Rochester Updates from RIJF

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

As March comes in like a lion, go out for some jazz in Rochester....

This is a little late as I was out catching Medeski, Martin & Wood at The German House tonight (well, now it is last night). My lovely wife, Dianna, helped out with the listings and made it possible for me to get them to you before Thursday night....Thanks, Dianna.

Thursday, February 28th

  • Shades of Grey featuring Mike Pallini @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Stone Spoon Baboon @ Spot Coffee, 8:00 pm
  • New Jazz Ensemble with Dave Rivello, conductor @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • McCoy Tyner Trio and Savion Glover @ UB Center for the Arts, Mainstage Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Swing Dance with DJ @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 8:30 pm
  • Benvenuto/Russo Duo @ The Club at Water Street, 9:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Julie Ketchum @ The Rabbit Room, contact venue for time

Friday, February 29th

  • Freddy Colon's Latin Jazz Quartet @ Pazzo's, 7:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Clark @ Tasteology, 5:00 pm
  • Devon Trammell & Nick Morray @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • Harold Danko's Eighth Quadrennial Leap Year Event, Exodus to Jazz @ Venu Resto-Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Eddie Israel & Thatt Group @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 1st

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Charles Lindner @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala and Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Jam Night @ Finger Lakes Community College, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster with John Nyerges, Miles Brown, and Rich Thompson @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • The Po' Boys Brass Band @ Boulder Coffee Company, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Spinner @ Brio Mediterranean Bistro, contact venue for time

Sunday, March 2nd

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Musicale Sundays hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00 pm
  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30pm

Monday, March 3rd

  • The White Hots @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Wolter Wierbos @ Bop Shop Atrium, 8:00 pm
  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, March 4th

  • Joe Santora and Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, contact venue for time

Wednesday, March 5th

  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • University of Rochester Wind Symphony and Jazz Ensemble @ UofR River Campus, 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 and from the artists themselves, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know if something is wrong and I'll get the change up on the site as soon as possible. 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.

Jazz@Rochester calling in . . .

Click on the bar below to hear a live moblog from a jazz gig in and around Rochester, New York.  It may just be to let you know it's out there, an interview of one of the artists, or just some ponderous mental meanderings by someone who should stick to writing--you decide.

This one's from the Respect Sextet at the Bop Shop Atrium. . .

Live Jazz@Rochester Updates from RIJF

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

Harold Danko's Got the Four Year Itch . . . Join him Friday at Exodus to Jazz

This Friday, February 29th, Exodus To Jazz will be presenting jazz pianist and composer Harold Danko’s Quadrennial Leap Year event, a concert that provides both the motivation and opportunity for Danko to present his original music every four years. Harold Danko’s inaugural Quadrennial Leap Year Event started in 1980 at the Jazz Gallery in New York City and has been presented at legendary New York City jazz clubs including Birdland and the Five Spot. Most recently it was found at Rochester’s Little Theatre Café in 2000 and 2004. Exodus to Jazz logo

This year the event is being presented at VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub on Friday, February 29, 2008 with two shows (7:00 & 9:00 PM). Billed by Danko as the "slowest-growing cult event of modern times," he will be leading a quintet comprised of guest saxophonist Rich Perry and Danko’s fellow Eastman School of Music professors Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Jeff Campbell (bass) and Rich Thompson (drums). Several other musicians have been invited to make an appearance. For more information, you can contact Danko via email or by telephone at (585) 218-9732) or Exodus To Jazz Productions (by telephone (585) 325-9162). The VENU Resto-Lounge & Nightclub is located at 151 St. Paul Street, Rochester, N.Y. Tickets are $ 10.00 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 585-325-9162 or through ExodusToJazz. Student tickets are $ 5.00 with a current ID.

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

So it's not Amazon, but every little bit counts right? . . . The Jazz@Rochester store

So, you may have noticed a new badge I created in the left column. Click on it and you'll be magically transported to the Jazz@Rochester online store. The store has been there for awhile and a few of you have found it through the text link I used to have there. This post is really a shout out to the local artists out there to send me some links and album art for your new releases so I can add them to the store.   

CDI tried the Amazon A-Store thing for awhile, but it really wasn't doing it for me, and I'd rather give local artists the chance to link to the online source that provides them the biggest payback (I know that Amazon doesn't).  I may add an Amazon link (if one exists) to give people who prefer to buy from them the opportunity to do that. 

Artists and groups . . . SEND ME YOUR STUFF!  I need something to replace some of the current occupants, which are now not really "new releases".

I reserve the right to take my own damn time in getting a particular CD up on the Store and in deciding whether or not to put one up there.

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

Testing out a new Jazz@Rochester calendar . . . tell me what you think

Before I install it permanently, I'm posting a link here to a Jazz@Rochester Calendar widget that I created using this great little widget building site, Sprout. It's a work in progress and I don't have a lot of content in it yet, but it is a lot more customizable than earlier things I was able to create to interface with the Google Calendar I was previously using on this site.  At least for now this calendar will not be replacing my listings post, but we'll see how it works.  I'll be putting listings for upcoming gigs in and around Rochester by out-of-town artists and groups, some choice gigs elsewhere in some other Western, N.Y. , and jazz events that may warrant more advance notice than you might get in my weekly listings post.

Check it out and let me know what you think by leaving a comment. If there isn't much in there now, wait a few days and check it out again.

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

Live jazz in Rochester . . . The listings

In addition to Medeski Martin & Wood and the Respect Sextet coming into town over the next seven days there will be a lot more live jazz music out and about in Rochester, so check it out. I aim for these to be the most complete listings for jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if I left anything out....

Thursday, February 21st

  • Shades of Grey with Mike Pallini @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Devin Kelly Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:30 pm
  • Project2Trio @ Spot Coffee, 8:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Merchant's Grill
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (East Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, February 22nd

  • Bob Sneider and Dino Losito @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Kerry Hoffman Jazz Trio @ New York Wine and Culinary Center (Canandaigua, NY), 7:00 pm
  • Footnote@ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Lyrical Grooves, a benefit for the Rochester Fatherhood Resource Initiative, with the sounds of spoken word accompanied by Jimmie Highsmith Jr. with an all-star smooth jazz/R&B Band) @ Clarissa's, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • John Stetch @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Nancy Kelly with the Steve Curry Trio @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 23rd

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Clark@ Tasteology, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Spinner @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Steve Greene and Tina Albright @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge When: Saturday February 23, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
  • DubbleStuff @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Prime Time Funk @ High Fidelity, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff. 7:30 pm
  • Devon Trumell @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Just In Time Quartet @ Leaf & Bean Coffee (3240 Chili Ave.), 8:00 pm
  • John Stetch with Bob Sneider Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Tom Pesciotta @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Tom Monte Trio @ Pomodoro's, no time given

Sunday, February 24th

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Musicale Sundays hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00-5:00 pm
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 pm

Monday, February 25th

  • The Little Big Band @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 26th

  • Deborah Branch @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt swing dance @ Edgerton Community Center, 7:30 pm
  • Respect Sextet @ Bop Shop Atrium at Village Gate, 8:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, no time given

Wednesday, February 27th

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 and from the artists themselves, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know if something is wrong and I'll get the change up on the site as soon as possible. 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.

Jazz is the music that "represents the heart of America . . . ."

Herbie Hancock's win of the Best Album Grammy for River: The Joni Letters was more than just another Grammy for Herbie, who has a few of them already. It was only the second time in 50 years that a jazz album had won that award. In a recent interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS, Hancock riffed on that subject, saying:

. . .if I were to win this award, this would be a win for jazz, which is not only just the music that I personally love, but it's the music that represents the heart of America. And really, I believe the heart of the spirit of the human being because the music contains characteristics that are the best of what a human being has to offer, which is that it's nonjudgmental, that it's about sharing, not about competition. That it's about being in the moment, and it's totally creative, and also the music is eclectic, and it borrows from other genres of music, and it lends itself to other genres of music. And there are just so many characteristics that really talk about the human spirit. So I wanted to win so that people would begin to pay attention to this music, which I think is a great music.

I agree. . . . Here's the whole interview:

Do you have anything to add?

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

A serving of jazz listings for your listening pleasure....

There is some jazz out there in the coming seven days. Get out there and check it out!

Thursday, February 14th

  • Phil Freeman @ Bistro 135, 5:00 pm
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 5:30 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Brio (3400 Monroe Ave, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Project 2 Trio @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Alec Wilder Memorial Concert @ Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, 8:00 pm
  • Swing Dance w/DJ @ St. Thomas Episcopal Church (2000 HIghland Ave., Rochester), 8:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill, no time given

Friday, February 15th

  • Bob Sneider and Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Steve Curry Trio @ Brio 135, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Kerry Hoffman Jazz Trio @ New York Wine and Culinary Center (Canandaigua, NY), 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Squeaky Chair Jazz Band @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Glasser with the Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Latin Jazz Quartet @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith,Jr. & Friends @ Clarissa's, 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 16th

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Kinloch Nelson @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill, 7:00 [time added]
  • Rich Thompson Trio @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Tiempo Libre @ Nazareth College Arts Center, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Glasser with the Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Tom Pesciotta Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm [added]
  • Paradigm Shift @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Sunday, February 17th

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Musicale Sundays hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00-5:00 pm

Monday, February 18th

  • The Little Big Band @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Filthy Funk's Funky Soul Breakdown w/Danielle Ponder and guests Where: Dub Land Undergroud When: Monday February 18, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

Tuesday, February 19th

  • George DeMott @ Penfield High School, 7:30 pm
  • Charlie Hunter Trio @ High Fidelity, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, no time given

Wednesday, February 20th

  • Steve Curry Trio w/ Todd East @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ 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 and from the artists themselves, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know if something is wrong and I'll get the change up on the site as soon as possible. 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.

Like a deer in the headlights, Herbie Hancock accepts a Grammy for Best Album of the Year

Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni LettersSo, were you as surprised as Herbie Hancock was on last night's 2007 Grammy Awards show when it was announced that his album of Joni Mitchell music River: The Joni Letters had won the Best Album award? Damn! A jazz album getting a Grammy for Best Album? As the stunned Hancock pointed out, this was the first time that it had happened in over 40 years. While I dutifully report the Grammy nominations, I've often disagreed with and sometimes outright guffawed at their choices for Best Album and other categories. Who woulda thunk that they'd actually pick a jazz album and a pretty damn good one to boot! While River: The Joni Letters was seen by some as just another in a number of lesser works that have been appearing on the jazz scene trying to cadge some sales out of tributes to this or that artist's music, with the obligatory appearance by Norah Jones, it is unlike those albums in a number of ways that distinguish it and, I think, make it a great jazz album, despite receiving a Grammy. First, Joni Mitchell's music and lyrics have always struck me as full of jazz sensibilities. Listening to her music and her forays into jazz, such as 1979's Mingus (where, by the way, she was joined by Hancock and Shorter, as well as Jaco Pastorius), I've always thought that Joni Mitchell could have been (or is?) a great jazz vocalist and composer. Second, Hancock has assembled a killer group of musicians, including Shorter and Dave Holland, and they all bring something to the recording—they're not just going through the motions to get paid. His choice of vocalists also adds another layer of flavors to Shorter and Holland's (I especially loved Tina Turner on "Edith and the Kingpin" and Leonard Cohen was perfect for "The Jungle Line". My second (or was it third) time through River: The Joni Letters confirmed that I just enjoy listening to it.

Grammy AwardThe winners of the Jazz categories (including another for River):

Leave a comment and tell us what you think.  If you'd like to buy the albums on Amazon click on the links (or on the picture for River). Apparently, there is a special Amazon only version of River: The Joni Letters that has two bonus tracks, including "All I Want" by Sonya Kitchell, whom some of you may have heard at the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival.

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

Some exciting developments for the Exodus to Jazz Series!

If you've reading this blog for the past couple of years, you'll know that I'm a big supporter of the great Exodus to Jazz series of shows brought to you over the past two years by Jose DaCosta, who brings in top notch artists, both new and established. Jose has made a major announcement about the 2008 Season for this exciting Series and I wanted to share it with you now.

Exodus to Jazz Series of concerts logo After one more show at the VENU Resto Lounge and Club, beginning with the March 14th show, the Exodus To Jazz series will be moving to the Clarion Riverside Hotel downtown! Jose has made the move to accommodate anticipated growth while providing with several enhancements for patrons of the series, including:

  • Free parking with access through sheltered pathways between the garages and hotels.
  • "ETJ Value Packages" will be made available, including tickets to the show and overnight hotel accommodations.
  • Buffet dinner options served by hotels at each show (at a reasonable additional cost).

Jose has also announced the Winter/Spring lineup of jazz and its got both new names (well, new to Rochester) and old friends:

  • February 29, 2008: Harold Danko’s Eighth Quadrennial Leap Year Event, will be the last show at VENU. Jazz pianist and composer Harold Danko will be playing with a quintet of stellar musicians, with guest saxophonist Rich Perry and fellow Eastman School of Music professors Clay Jenkins (trumpet), Jeff Campbell (bass) and Rich Thompson (drums).
  • March 14, 2008: The Freddy Cole Quartet (The Clarion Hotel Riverside). Pianist and jazz vocalist Freddy Cole will be inaugurating the new ETJ venue with Curtis Boyd on drums, Randy Napoleon on guitar and Elias Bailey on bass.
  • March 28, 2008: The Helen Sung Quartet (The Clarion Hotel Riverside). Recipient of the 2007 Mary Lou Williams award, Helen Sung showed us her chops on the piano as part of Denise Thimes trio in a December 2007 ETJ performance.
  • April 12, 2008: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio (The Clarion Hotel Riverside). Can you say Hammond B3 with a growling (and whispering and everything in between) Leslie box? The good Doctor comes back to Rochester and ETJ with guitarist Mel Henderson and drummer Ulysses Owens. Check out his recent cover story in Down Beat.
  • April 25, 2008: Cyrus Chestnut Trio (The Clarion Hotel Riverside). Chestnut will be featuring tunes from his newest JazzWeek chart topper recording “Cyrus Chestnut plays Evis Presley," with Dezron Douglas on Bass and Neal Smith on drums.
  • May 16, 2008: Bobby Watson & The Live and Learn Sextet (The Clarion Hotel Riverside). Watson a former member and later musical director of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers from 1977 to 1981 bops into town.
  • May 23, 2008: The Andy Bey Quartet (The Clarion Hotel Riverside ). Andy Bey arrives in Rochester on the crest of his popular CD “Ain’t Necessarily So," which marked his returned to the jazz scene after a 22 year hiatus.
  • The Fall Season: The ETJ 2008 fall season, which will be announced in March, will run from September and through December with shows at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on September 19th and September 26th. I've heard some of the possibles and it is going to be hot!

Jose believes that the new venues represent an opportunity to enhance the live jazz experience for both partrons and artists.  I hope you check out these shows and support this series. Knowing Jose, he's only getting started!

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

Just one of those nights . . . .

Last night I got home from work and before I had moved completely into a post work week stupor, I got a call from my friend saxophone player Jimmie Highsmith Jr. While I knew Wycliffe Gordon, the fantastic trombone player with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and former veteran of the Wynton Marsalis Septet, was in town to play a concert with the kids out in Hilton, Jimmie told me that he might show up later at Jimmie's gig with members of Filthy Funk at the new Club Network over on Central Street near the old Post Office. Getting to hear Wycliffe blow live is always a treat, and I enjoy hearing Jimmie and Filthy Funk's jams so I headed downtown. Typical for a lot of venues in Rochester, Jimmie and the Filthy Funk were playing to a house of maybe ten, most of whom weren't paying too much attention. As they played a second set, still no Wycliffe, the place started filling up and people started noticing the funky sounds coming from the back of the room (really liked the version of Wayne Shorter's Footprints and Mr. PC, a Coltrane tune off of Jimmie's most recent album, It Is What It Is.

A third set started and it seemed that the fates had kept Mr. Gordon from joining us on this night. About a half hour before the end of the final set, in walked Wycliffe Gordon. He set up and then blew incredible solos and fills during the two last songs. I'm sure some of the folks in Club Network that night didn't know that they had just heard one of the best jazz trombone players in the world blow.  And boy did he blow . . . .

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

Seven days of jazz in Rochester . . . served with a smile (well if you could see me, I'm smiling)

Serving up some live jazz around Rochester, but not nearly enough this week. Why you say? I'm seeing a trend in some of the sources I turn to (City Newspaper, Freetime, etc.) of not finding a listing for a number of venues that where live jazz is sometimes or often heard. Could be the time of year, the cold, the rain, a whole bunch of things. I just hope it's not less music. Freetime's site calendar was down altogether (I may be adding some stuff from that if they get their act together.

Thursday, February 7th

  • An Evening of Smooth Sophisticated Jazz with Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. and Friends @ Merchant's Grill, 7:00 pm

Friday, February 8th

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann Duo @ Grill at the Strathallan, 5:00 pm [added]
  • Winter 2008 Jazz Concert with over 60 student musicians from Fairport High School and Minerva DeLand School @ Minerva DeLand School (140 Hulburt Road, Fairport), 6:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Hilton Evening of Jazz with Wycliffe Gordon @ Merton Williams Middle School (Call 585-392-1000 x2293 for more information and reserve tickets), 7:00 pm
  • Terell Stafford @ Penfield high School (25 High School Drive, Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., and Filthy Funk @ Club Network (420 Central Ave, Rochester 14605), 8:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Swing Dance w/Dave Davies and the Hot Foot Club @ Rochester Museum and Science Center, 8:00 pm
  • Clay Jenkins (trumpet)  with the Bill Dobbins Quartet @ Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm [added]

Saturday, February 9th

  • Chris Ziemba @ Grill at the Strathallan, 5:00 pm [added]
  • Rick Wahlers and the Boogiemen @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Terell Stafford @ Penfield High School (25 High School Drive, Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ Grill at the Strathallan, 8:30 pm [added]
  • Tom Pesciotta Quartet w/ John Nyerges @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm [added]
  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Steve Greene Trio with Tina Albright @ Equal Grounds Coffee House (750 South Ave, Rochester), 9:00 pm [added--Thanks Tracy]
  • John Viviani & Filthy Funk @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 10:00 pm

Sunday, February 10th

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Annual Valentine's Day Gift Baskets Raffle Party and Wine Tasting Event with Mike Cottone Quartet @ Flat Iron Cafe, 5:00 pm
  • Musicale Sundays hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00-5:00 pm

Monday, February 11th

  • Eastman Chamber Jazz (composer/percussionist Roland Vasquez with guest Walt 
    Weiskpof with Bill Dobbins, conductor @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 12th

  • Len Hawley Swing Dance @ Edgerton Community Center, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, February 13th

  • Chris Ziemba ESM Senior Recital @ Kilbourn Hall, 3:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Bill Dobbins, conductor @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm

Some of above below were sent direct to me by the artists or venues. Artists and groups, if you don't already do so, feel free to do so if you don't get something up on one of the aforementioned sources or let me know where your placing listings of your gigs so I can find out where you're playing (other than your website--I just can't check all of those).

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 and from the artists themselves, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know if something is wrong and I'll get the change up on the site as soon as possible. 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.

Jim Allen's jazz images at Arts & Cultural Council gallery

Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester logo Jim Allen, a Rochester photographer who is known for his pictures of jazz musicians both here in Rochester and elsewhere, is showing his work in  Jazz: The Spirit of the Moment at the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester gallery. The show is opening tomorrow, February 5th and runs through February 28th. If you've seen the cover of the most recent issue of the Arts and Cultural Council's Metropolitan magazine, you'll see one of his images of Sonny Rollins.

There is an opening reception this Friday, February 8th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the gallery.  The gallery is located in our offices at 277 N. Goodman Street. Call (585) 473-4000 for more information.

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