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Exodus to Jazz blows into town for the beginning of its Fall season

Exodus to Jazz logoTo kick off the third season of the great Exodus to Jazz concert series on September 5th local guitarist Mel Henderson and Paradigm Shift will be getting together with Wycliffe Gordon on trombone, Marcus Printup on trumpet and Grey Mayfield on sax, playing music from the recent CD Street Expressionism, on which they joined Paradigm Shift and generally funking the place up (in a good way...). 

This one will be at the The Clarion Riverside Hotel. Paradigm Shift will be playing two sets at 8:00 & 10:00 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm.  Tickets for premium reserved seats are $25, general admission tickets are $20. Advance purchase tickets online at TicketWeb.com or email your order directly to Exodust to Jazz. Check out the Exodus to Jazz website schedule for the rest of the season (for those of you who saw the hand cards ETJ handed out during the jazz festival, you may want to check it out as the schedule has changed somewhat).

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

ICP Orchestra does some instant composition here in Rochester

ICP OrchestraJazz improvisation is about the moment, it is "instant composition," a phrase coined by guitarist Jim Hall as recounted in the history of the band of the Instant Composition Pool Orchestra. As the history continues:

A quiet manifesto, those two English words countered notions that improvising was either a lesser order of music-making than composing, or an art without a memory, existing only in the moment, unmindful of form. Misha's formulation posited improvisation as formal composition's equal (if not its superior, being faster).

The ICP Orchestra, founded by Misha Mengelberg, who has been a major figure on the Dutch jazz scene since the 1960s, will be appearing on Wednesday, September 3rd in a  Bop Arts production the Bop Shop Atrium in Village Gate. To support Bop Arts, the nonprofit created to fund these and other music events, a $20 donation is requested. 

  • Read more about ICP in the write up about the gig on the Bop Shop website.
  • Check this video (or the videos on their site).
  • Jeff Spevak had an article with an interview ICP perscussionist Han Bennink in the Democrat & Chronicle on Thursday.
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Readin and writin jazz...JazzFirst Books

Jazz First Books image Ted Hodgetts of JazzFirst Books in Millbrook, Ontario, Canada, contacted me recently about the new site for his online bookstore. JazzFirst carries used, first edition books and ephemera with a specialty in jazz and blues. While I'm not a collector of anything but the music (heck, I haven't even been able to get to read all the books I already own on jazz-related subjects), I thought I'd pass the link along to you since I know some of you have an "unhealthy" obsession with all things jazz and this may be another place you can get your fix.

Looks like Ted has a pretty up-front policies about his books, their provenance, the shipping costs, and how he does business.  Seems to be a stand-up operation, but let me know if you have any issues with JazzFirst and I'll remove the links.

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

Some jazz for your transition into September... and a Wordle!

Wordle of this pageSome jazz out there for you in the clubs and other venues in and around Rochester while we begin the inexorable move out of summer and into....wait for it...Fall (you thought I was going to write "winter" didn't you...admit it).  Here are the live jazz listings for the next seven days, plus a new feature—the "Listings Wordle"!

Thursday, August 28th

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm

Friday, August 29th

  • Margaret Explosion @ Bop Shop's 14 Fridays, Village Gate, 6:00 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Café Vas, 546 Merchants Rd, Rochester, 7:30 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Spinner (Solo Piano) @ The Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls), no time given

Saturday, August 30th

  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill, 5:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen (solo) @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Kind of Blue @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Bob Dibaudo Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moe's (East Ave.), 9:30 pm
  • All Funk'd Up! Featuring Dubblestuff, The Legend and The Po'Boys Brass Band @ Water Street Music Hall, 10:00 pm (doors 9:00 pm, $8 Advance, $10 door)
  • Noel Colon and Orchestra @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 11:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Group @ Pomodoro's, no time given

Sunday, August 31st

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

Monday, September 1st (Labor Day)

  • Jazz Dawgs @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm
  • Big Apple Mondays Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Café, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, September 2nd

  • No jazz for you!
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm Added image

Wednesday, September 3rd

  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra @ Hobart and William Smith College (Scandling Center), Geneva, 6:30 pm Added image
  • Madeline Forster w/ Chris Ziemba @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • The Gateswingers @ Roger Robach Community Center. 7:15 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm
  • Instant Composers Pool (ICP Orchestra) @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate, 8:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and from other sources. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality; feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible. Any list items that contain an Added image or struck-through text reflect corrections implemented after initial publication of this post. Email subscribers should check the listings post online for updates or revisions before making decisions based on the information in this post. For additional information regarding a particular performance (where I haven't previewed it in a separate post in advance) you may want to check the artist or venue links in the right panel of this weblog. If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Come out to hear some jazz with teeth...the Bop Arts fall season of jazz is coming!

Bop Shop logoBop Arts, the nonprofit that local independent record store The Bop Shop owner Tom Kohn put together to support presenting jazz and other music that you won't hear much elsewhere in Rochester. This is music that may push you into places you haven't been before, but it is always the best there is—Tom makes sure of that.

There will also be a great show at the German House presented by Bop Arts on September 22nd, with the the F.A.B. Trio of Billy Bang, Joe Fonda and Barry Altschul. Show at 8:00 pm, Tickets are $22 advance & $25 at the door and are available now (head on down to the Bop Shop and pick up some CDs while picking up your tickets.

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

Your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester....

This summer is slipping away, but there is some jazz in town. Here are the listings for the next 7 days.

Thursday, August 21st

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Boilermaker Jazz Band @ Garden Vibes at George Eastman House, 6:30 pm
  • Jon Sieger and the All-Star Band @ Henrietta Senior Center, 6:30 pm
  • Ann Mitchell @ Canal Front Welcome Center, Brockport, 6:30 pm 
  • Madeline Forster @ Rabbit Room Restaurant, 7:00 pm
  • Violet Mary @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm

Friday, August 22nd

  • Mike Kaupa Duo Jazz Happy Hour @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Squeaky Chair Trio @ The Bop Shop 14 Fridays, 6:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Rich Thompson Trio @ Hedges Nine Mile, 1290 Lake Road Websterpoint, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara 4-piece @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Abby Payne @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Brad Batz Group @ Pomodoro's Grill, no time given

Saturday, August 23rd

  • Bill Tiberio Band @ Fairport Food & Music Fest, Fairport, 12:30 pm Added image
  • Madeline Forster @ Fairport Food & Music Fest, Fairport (performing on the Colonial Belle, proceeds to benefit Golisano Children’s Foundation),tours at 3:00 and 4:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Bodhi's Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen (solo piano) @ PARE Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ T. C. Hooligans, Webster Woods Plaza, 809 Ridge Rd, Webster, 6:00 pm
  • Rich Thompson Trio @ Hedges Nine Mile, 1290 Lake Road Websterpoint, 7:00 pm
  • Madeline Forester @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Jed Curran @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, August 24th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • George Collichio @ Spencerport Canal Park, 6:30 pm

Monday, August 25th

  • Big Apple Mondays Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, August 26th

  • Dubblestuff @ Java's Cafe, 9:00 pm

Wednesday, August 27th

  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and from other sources. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality; feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible. Any list items that contain an Added image or struck-through text reflect corrections implemented after initial publication of this post. Email subscribers should check the listings post online for updates or revisions before making decisions based on the information in this post. For additional information regarding a particular performance (where I haven't previewed it in a separate post in advance) you may want to check the artist or venue links in the right panel of this weblog. If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Another heads up...Check out who's coming for the Fall Exodus to Jazz series!

Exodus to Jazz logoJust wanted to give you a heads up that José DaCosta, who has been bringing us the excellent Exodus to Jazz series of gigs for the past two years is firming up his exciting third season. We've previewed it here before, but there have some changes since and may be more as artists own schedules firm up. So, instead putting the dates and times here, I'm going to suggest you head on over to Jose's Exodus to Jazz website where it will always be up-to-date. But first, check out the lineup which will be coming here in September through January ("teaser" lines provided by José):

  • Mel Henderson & Paradigm Shift @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Led by Mel Henderson, Paradigm Shift reunites with Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup and Gray Mayfield for an engagement that will feature tunes from their recent CD release entitled Street Expressionism.
  • Mulgrew Miller vs. Johnny O’Neal @ The Hyatt Regency Hotel. "The return match of premier pianists Mulgrew Miller and Johnny O’Neal promises to open at the same virtuosic level on which their initial face-off ended in a draw. Drummer Rodney Green and bassist Ivan Taylor comprise the rhythm section for this memorable rematch."
  • The Henderson/Owens Trio + 1 @ The Hyatt Regency Hotel. "The Mel Henderson/Ulysses Owens Trio will provide the musical backdrop for one of the jazz world’s fastest rising, internationally acclaimed vocalists." [See, what'd I tell ya]
  • Ulysses Owens & the USO Project @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Ulysses Owens Jr. returns as leader of the talent rich quintet of emerging jazz artists comprised of pianist Sullivan Fortner, saxophonist Tim Green, bassist Ben Williams and vocalist Alicia Olatuja."
  • Seamus Blake Group @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Seamus Blake returns as group leader after two previous appearances as a sideman in which he affirmed his recognition as one of the finest, most creative young players emerging in jazz."
  • "Exodus Weekend at the Clarion" A wild weekend with two separate monster acts:
    • Sylvia Cuenca Group with Joe Locke @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Sylvia Cuenca, the hard driving drummer long associated with Clark Terry, returns again as group leader to mark the anniversary of the Exodus To Jazz series which she initiated in October 2006. This swinging quartet is comprised of guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Essiet Essiet and Rochester’s renowned native son, vibraphonist Joe Locke."
    • Jeff “Tain” Watts & Ebonix @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Critically acclaimed as the foremost percussionist carrying forward the mantel of jazz drumming, “Tain” appears on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis."
  • Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Sabor Brasil, one of the most popular Brazilian ensembles in the New York area, fuses traditional Brazilian styles with contemporary jazz."
  • Freddy Colón’s Jazz Quartet featuring the legendary Candido Camero @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Recently recognized as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, legendary Cuban-American percussionist Candido Camero joins Rochester’s popular Freddy Colon Jazz Quartet to generate serious Latin-jazz heat."
  • Gabriel Alegria Sextet @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "With a fascinating polyrhythmic formula, Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet continues to generate popular responses much like that achieved by Brazilian and Afro-Cuban musicians. This return engagement will keep you warm in January!"

As those who have been reading this blog for the past few years know, I went to many of the ETJ shows over the past couple of seasons and always come away with another "keeper" musical experience. So please on over to the Exodus to Jazz website, and check out the dates and times and get them into your calendar. There's going to be some terrific music again and I hope you get out and support the music so that they keep coming back.

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

Kurt Elling is coming to town in October...Jazz for the Park

2008 Jazz for the Park poster imageAs he was a friend of a friend (and Chicagoan, where I lived for more than 20 years), I have had loved the singing of Kurt Elling since nearly when he started singing in the Green Mill and other of jazz haunts in Chicago and had ample opportunities to catch him live. I first heard him sing at Andy's just after he signed at Blue Note and many times thereafter. His rich voice and the way he takes jazz singing in new directions while staying deeply rooted in the tradition has made him my favorite male jazz vocalist for years. However, I haven't had a chance to see him live since I moved here...until now. 

Kurt Elling will be appearing on October 19th at the Eastman Theatre at 7:00 pm at the annual Jazz for the Park concert to benefit the Wilson Commencement Park. Elling is appearing with saxophonist Ernie Watts in a commemoration of another of my favorite albums, the incredible John Coltrane collaboration with singer Johnny Hartman (on which the classic Lush Life is my one of my favorite cuts). He will be joined by his regular trio, led by pianist Laurence Hobgood.

Tickets will go on sale next week on August 22nd.  Regular tickets are $22.5010.00 Preferred $32.5015.00, and Patron $85 (includes post concert reception). To order tickets call Ticketmaster at (585) 232-1900 or Wilson Commencement Park at 263-7938. Added image Ticket prices dropped as of October 10, 2008.

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.

It's time for listings already? Here is your jazz for the next seven days...

Come out to Clarissa Street Reunion on Saturday or check out some of the other great jazz in and around Rochester over the next seven days.

Thursday, August 14th

  • Mike Cottone Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:30 pm
  • Vas Jazz Quartet @ Cafe Vas, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Renier Eschbach @ Starry Nites Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, August 15th

  • Jazz Ensemble Camp Performance @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 4:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Elle Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Happy Hour with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Club Network, 6:00 pm
  • The Flower City Society Orchestra @ Gazebo @ Honeoye Public Library, 8708 Main St, Honeoye Falls, 7:00 pm
  • Ancient Youth Jazz Trio @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra @ Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 8:00 pm
  • Footnote @ New York Wine & Culinary Center, Canandaigua, 8:00 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Al Jarreau performs @ Turningstone Event Center, Verona, NY, 8:00 pm
  • Nancy Kelly and Don Menza with the DIno Losito Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Filthy Funk @ Dub Land Underground, 10:00 pm

Saturday, August 16th

  • Footnote @ Clarissa Street Reunion, 1:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione Jazz Sextet in Concert @ Clarissa Street Reunion, 2:45 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ G.R.U.B. (Greater Rochester Urban Bounty) Vineyard, 4:00 pm (Black August at 6:00 pm) Added image
  • Nate Rawls @ Clarissa Street Reunion, 4:30 pm
  • Sonny Miles @ Clarissa Street Reunion, 6:30 ish (couldn't find a schedule and Sonny doesn't have a website)
  • Deborah Sorensen @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Janet Beaman & Te´Naj @ Clarissa Street Reunion, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Don Menza with the Bill Dobbins Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Jennifer Heieck @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Nancy Kelly with Dino Losito, Mike Mellito, and Bob Snieder @ Clarissa Street Reunion, 9:30 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm
  • Deep Blue Dream @ Dr's Inn Grill & Tap Room, 10:00 pm

Sunday, August 17th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Ken Navarro with the Bill Tiberio Group @ Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee, NY, 2:00 pm
  • The After Party: Jazz on the Water @ Glenora Wine Cellars, 6:00 pm

Monday, August 18th

  • Joe Cavallaro's Dixieland Band @ Green Lantern Inn, 1 Church St, Fairport, 6:30 pm
  • Big Apple Mondays Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, August 19th

  • GateSwingers Big Band @ Tom Wahl's Pavilion, Avon, 7:00 pm Added image

Wednesday, August 20th

  • Todd East @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Deep Blue Dream @ Mickey Finn's, 8:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and from other sources. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality; feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible. Any list items that contain an Added image or struck-through text reflect corrections implemented after initial publication of this post. Email subscribers should check the listings post online for updates or revisions before making decisions based on the information in this post. For additional information regarding a particular performance (where I haven't previewed it in a separate post in advance) you may want to check the artist or venue links in the right panel of this weblog. If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Some more wishes for 2009's RIJF from a new (to me) site...

RIJF logoI have searches that look for references to the Rochester International Jazz Festival and other jazz stuff of interest out there on the World Wide Web and, unfortunately only recently, Mark Grube's blog over at local public television station WXXI's interactive site popped up in my feed. It was for a post Mark wrote in late June, just after this year's festival, setting out who he'd like to hear in 2009, so to augment my recently reported "results" (here and here) from the survey reported on this site, I thought I'd call attention to that post (also you should read the comments). I want to add a bit "here, here" to his suggestions for next year...all of them...although I'll confirm the comment that Kurt Elling will be appearing here at the Eastman Theater on October 19th at the annual Jazz for the Park benefit for Wilson Commencement Park, appearing with saxophonist Ernie Watts and Ellings's regular band, the Laurence Hobgood Trio.

WXXI garland logoMark Grube is the host on WXXI (and WRUR) radio of What's New, showcasing new jazz releases and other recordings by those artists from the station's record library. He also writes some great posts on jazz (including this recent one on Ken Vandermark), music and other stuff. I'm glad I ran across Mark's blog...just wish it had happened before the jazz festival.

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

Your jazz gigs for the next seven days in Rochester...

It's a bit light this week, folks.  But here are your listings for the next seven days of jazz in Rochester, NY.

Thursday, August 7th

  • ECMS Middle School Jazz Concert @ Kilbourn Hall, 10:30 am
  • Mike Cottone Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs Jazz Quartet@ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Big Band @ Fairport Public Library Gazebo, 1 Village Landing, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Standard Jazz Quartet @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm

Friday, August 8th

  • Bob Sneider Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Steve Greene & Friends (part of 14...er 13 Fridays) @ Bop Shop, 6:00 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Pane Vino, 7:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio@ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Group @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Tom Passamonte & Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Rob Miller @ The Mez, 8:00 pm
  • Kinetik-Flo @ Club Pazzo, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara 4 Piece @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • The Lauren Faggiano/Jimmie Highsmith Project @ Clarissa's, 9:30 pm

Saturday, August 9th

  • Ben Britton Band @ Bodhi's Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Brad Batz Group @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Todd East Band @ Bistro 135, 7:30 pm
  • Tom Passamonte &  Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Footnote @ Rush Creekside Inn, 6071 East Henrietta Rd., 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • The Deep Blue Dream @ Shamrock Jack's, 9:00 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, August 10th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Music Makers @ Irondequoit Gazebo, 2:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., and Lauren Faggiano Jazzy Ice Cream Social @ Netskins Ice Cream, 290 Culver Pkwy., Irondequoit, 5:00 pm Added image

Monday, August 11th

  • Big Apple Mondays Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, August 12th

  • Jim Nugent Trio @  Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Intro to Swing Dance Class @ Tango Cafe Dance Studio, 389 Gregory Street, South Wedge, 8:00 pm
  • Dubblestuff @ Boulder Coffee Company, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 13th

  • Madeline Forster with Bob Sneider @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and from other sources. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality; feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible. Any list items that contain an Added image or struck-through text reflect corrections implemented after initial publication of this post. Email subscribers should check the listings post online for updates or revisions before making decisions based on the information in this post. For additional information regarding a particular performance (where I haven't previewed it in a separate post in advance) you may want to check the artist or venue links in the right panel of this weblog. If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Survey says . . . a few of my readers' thoughts on the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival (Part Two)

This second post on the RIJF survey is a bit more difficult as the responses were so diverse that I think it's best to paint it with a broader brush, highlighting some of the areas where several people had something to say, but not providing a verbatim account (I will use quotes where I am, however). As far as the question about suggestions for the RIJF to see, I will be sending the full responses on to the RIJF staff, both positive and negative (so as not to lose any of their, shall we say, direct and sometimes earthy expression).  I appreciate the kind words many of you had about Jazz@Rochester and will take to heart some of your suggestions regarding our RIJF coverage.

If you would change one thing about the RIJF, what would it be?

QuestionnaireWhile some couldn't limit themselves to just one suggestion, there were some themes in the responses to this questions, including:

Comments on the strategy of selecting artists:

  • I liked the response from one reader who wrote that the RIJF should "...keep balancing the old and the new...need big names for the draw, and build a reputation as the "Cannes" of new discoveries who are just turning the corner into notoriety."
  • Several people thought there should be more local talent included in the festival. More than one suggested a secondary series of shows, like the Nordic Jazz Now series, dedicated exclusively to Rochester area musicians. As one wrote, "[i]f this were the Chicago Int'l Festival, say, then most likely there would be many Chicago-based musicians on the bill.The RIJF is a fantastic opportunity to put some of our best local musicians in the spotlight."
  • Several spoke to specific artists or genres of artists they'd like to hear at future RIJFs. One was looking for more "elite" headliners, naming Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin, Joni Mitchell, Chick Corea, Asleep at the Wheel, or Taj Mahal and adding "hang the expense." Another spoke to the lack of emphasis on "contemporary jazz & R&B artists such as Lee Ritenour, Fourplay, Bobby Caldwell, Ivan Lins, Patti Austin, Dave Grusin ,Brian Auger, Tower of Power. Another, a fan of artists like John Hollenbeck and John Zorn and the more abstract scene felt there was virtually nothing from that area to check out this year and would like to see more.
  • One reader thought there should be bands roving the streets a la New Orleans. 
  • Another reader wrote of wanting to know the artist roster much more earlier than just one month before the festival begins. The reader wrote that "once the artists have been secured then the blog and various media could start the buzz around Rochester and choices could be made well in advance as to what shows are the most interesting to prospective patrons" (this comment was really on the Jazz@Rochester question, but I thought it fit here).

Comments on the sound:

  • "Fix the sound at Christ Church--it was a nearly unlistenable venue this year"  (I have to agree with this assessment).
  • One reader questioned whether all venues or artists need amplification, including Kilbourn Hall (recalling hearing an acoustic set of the Phil Woods Quartet at Red Creek without mikes years back finding the sound great). Also had words about the tent. Another found that Harro East's sound so bad that "the music suffers greatly."

Comments on the Club Passes, food & other logistical issues:

  • There were some who thought that RIJF should try different types of Club Passes, including passes good for the weekends to make it easier for someone visiting from out of town to get all there was to get out of the fest for a particular day and day passes.
  • Several had suggestions regarding the food and other offerings of vendors at the RIJF, including: providing more vegetarian options ("vendors were too meat centric and we ended up eating dinner before we left for the festival.  If there was a good veggie alternative we would have spent more money at the festival and just ate there"); serving beer brewed by Rochester's High Falls Brewery (OK, the reader said Genny...); and a wider wine selection at Max's.
  • Of course, there were issues with the lines and scheduling conflicts (although on the latter, the reader noted that this is a good problem to have).  One reader suggested that the times for performances be alternated so that there is no dead/down time; for example 6:00, 7:30; 9, 10 or 10:30.  Another suggested having more artists appear on more than one day.
  • There was a suggestion for more afternoon concerts.
  • One reader says that RIJF needs to "[g]et a different artist to do the poster. What was originally artistic has become a series of cliches."

Comments on the jazz vs. non-jazz:

  • On reader wrote that "[m]y worst memories of this year's festival are leaving a wonderful jazz concert and stepping into the street to hear blasting, pounding non-jazz. From the sublime to the ridiculous, literally. It's the RIJF, for crying out loud, not some drunken East End Fest." He also had a problem with the "slobs putting their feet up in Kilbourn Hall."
  • Another reader wrote "[p]lease leave the Jerry Lee Lewis shit at home. There's no justification for that as he and others (FS jr. for ex.) are not showing up at the hipper more revered jazz fests across the land and certainly not in Europe."
  • However, another wrote "I would like RIJF attendees to stop whining when there are 'other than mainstream jazz' acts at the fest. The RIJF allows us the opportunity to come together as a community and experience musical art that we may not otherwise be exposed to during the course of the year. Just like TV there are some 800 channels to choose from—if you don't like one channel then change it."

What kind of coverage would you like to see more of in Jazz@Rochester during the festival?

QuestionnaireWhile a lot of responses to this question were complimentary, there were several observations and suggestions for coverage of future RIJFs that I'd like to share and solicit your further comment:

  • Several spoke to wanting to see more daily coverage and to hear more voices. One reader wrote "[m]ore contributors so broader and timely daily coverage is achieved." Another wrote "[i]t would be neat if you had multiple reporters feeding live updates of various performances so, for instance, someone could've written a rave at the first set of Timo Lassy  and folks could rearrange their plans to catch the second set." Another suggesetd that "[I] could rely on more local musicians, especially younger people, for guest reports and things of that nature. I noticed that happened a bit before the festival on your site, but during, you seemed to be flying solo... [] more opinions=better coverage to me." The more voices I was working on, but just didn't get it in place beforehand. I recognize the need for more help and will be recruiting some more during the year so we're prepared next RIJF. Let me know if you'd like to contribute.
  • One reader remembered an earlier interview of pianist Geri Allen from last year and suggested doing more of that. Interviews are hard work and I just couldn't swing a credible shot at them this year, but perhaps more next year?
  • Someone suggested more "DaJazz" podcasts (our inaugural issue from last year is here). Seth, Ken and I just didn't get to it this year. We tried to record one, but it sounded pretty lame, so we didn't inflict it on you.
  • Someone suggested more video. I don't have a camera, but I'm happy to post more of it if someone else takes some quality footage and wants to send it my way (or send me a link on YouTube or other video aggregator).  There is quite a lot of video of the RIJF available out there and I have been thinking of doing a series of posts highlighting them.
  • One person suggested there be less promotion of alcohol. This was one of the surprise comment, but in looking back over my posts, I can see the reader's point. Jazz is often found in close proximity to the stuff, and I do like my beer and other spirits. While I don't like the idea of censoring myself, there is no need to waive the stein in people's faces quite so much.

So there it is.  I really got a lot out of this exercise and intend to do this every year.  As I noted in the companion to this post yesterday, if you missed adding your voice to the poll itself, feel free to add your two cents in the comments below on this post (I'd ask that you add it to the one that includes the questions you want to comment on). 

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

Survey says . . . a few of my readers' thoughts on the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival (Part One)

QuestionnaireFor the past month, I've been collecting the thoughts some of you had about the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival through an online survey.  I asked my readers 5 questions, including:

  • Who was your favorite artist or group at this year's jazz festival?
  • What artist of group would you like to hear at next year's RIJF?
  • What level of RIJF fanatic were you? (giving you a few choices, including "All 9 days, baby...")
  • If you would change one thing about the RIJF, what would it be?
  • What kind of coverage would you like to see more of in Jazz@Rochester during the festival?

I'm finally getting around to setting out the results of this informal and very unscientific poll of about 25 of my readers. Eight who responded had been to all 9 days of the festival.  All but three of the rest had been "onsite" 5 or more days. In this first post, I'll cover the first three questions. In one published tomorrow, we'll look at some of the suggested changes to the RIJF and to my coverage of it in Jazz@Rochester. My survey did not record any information about who thought these other than their responses, but in almost all cases their responses seemed genuine.

Who was your favorite artist or group at this year's jazz festival?

The responses here were across the wide spectrum of music that was found at this year's RIJF.  Some who received more than one vote included:

  • Billy's Band (3)
  • Bad Plus (2)
  • Beady Belle (2)
  • Blake Tartar (2)
  • Dr. Lonnie Smith with Mel Henderson and Ulysses Owens (2)
  • Timo Lassi Band (2)
  • Wilbirds & Peacedrums (2)

Others who received a vote included (in alphabetical order):

  • Richard Bona
  • Djabe
  • Al Foster
  • Gillespiana
  • Dave Liebman
  • Joe Locke
  • Carmen Lundy (at the Jazz at the Philharmonic)
  • Ola Kvernberg Trio
  • Stephanie McKay
  • Rochester Jazz at the Philharmonic
  • Boz Scaggs
  • John Scofield
  • Jacky Terrason
  • Sachal Vasandani
  • The Buddhahood
  • Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil

What artist of group would you like to hear at next year's RIJF?

This question brought a wide assortment of artists and groups in response as well, including some we've seen before at the RIJF and some who haven't been in Rochester for quite some time. Here they are in alphabetical order (there were no repeats):

  • Karrin Allyson
  • Jane Ira Bloom
  • Renato Braz
  • Capital Bones
  • James Carter
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Chick Corea and Return to Forever
  • Dena DeRose
  • Allan Holdsworth
  • Keith Jarrett
  • Diana Krall
  • John Legend
  • Carmen Lundy
  • Pink Martini
  • Pat Martino
  • Sergio Mendes
  • Marion McPartland
  • Diane Reeves
  • Jake Shimabikuru
  • Aaron Staebell (local)
  • Scott Whitfield (West Coast trombonist)
  • Sex Mob
  • John Zorn & Masada

If you missed adding your voice to the poll itself, feel free to add your two cents in the comments below on this post and tomorrow's (I'd ask that you add it to the one that includes the questions you want to comment on).

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