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Time to Take Five ... 5 more jazz links

TakeFiveFriday logoSorry I missed last week. Couldn't be avoided ... just ran out of steam by Friday (after returning from Kansas). Well, without much more ado, let's Take Five:

  • Bret Primack, the Jazz Video Guy notes that one part of Blue Note Records' 70th Anniversary was the creation of the Blue Note 7, a septet featuring Nicholas Payton, Steve Wilson, Ravi Coltrane, Bill Charlap, Peter Washington and Lewis Nash playing new workings of classic BN repertoire. Before a concert in Tucson, the group allowed Jazz Video Guy to make a video of them performing Wilson's arrangement of Thelonious Monk's Criss Cross.
  • I don't know if you've tried the virtual world Second Life. I have an avatar (while not female or some weird cross between a hippo and aardvark, he doesn't look anything like me, of course), who is sitting on a bench on the Thomson Reuters (my employer) island waiting for me to drop in and take him somewhere else. Although it has already taken place, I was intrigued by this Virtual Jazz Festival site announcing a virtual Toronto Jazz Festival last May. Not sure it actually happened...but I wish I had been able to attend (or my avatar, that is...).
  • Take some classes on jazz from the nation's museum, the Smithsonian on their jazz site.
  • I unfortunately missed saxophonist and composer Rudresh Mahanthappa when he appeared with his Indo-Pak Coalition at the Bop Shop Atrium this year. He recently wrote a guest post on the Destination...Out blog offering insights into his art and serving as primer on Indian music. Throughout the post are peppered some of the music that influenced Rudresh's music and life. For those not familiar with Rudresh’s recordings, the post has some tunes of his at the end.
  • Jazz Backstory is a blog with a collection of writing based on the blogger's position as Jazz Archive Director at Hamilton College, a position he has held since 1995. The Archive has collected individual videotaped interviews with about 300 musicians, writers, producers and spouses all intimately involved in the jazz world. Jazz Backstory shares writings based on those interviews. Here's a post relating to the recently-passed saxophonist Gerry Niewood.

So take five and explore. Let me know what you think in the comments ....There will be five more next week.

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

Some local jazz listings for your listening pleaure....

Your Rochester jazz listings, served up hot with a side of symposium (on Sunday). We look a little light early next week, so let me know if I missed something.

Thursday, February 26th

  • The Westview Project @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:30
  • Aaron Goldberg Trio @ University of Rochester-Interfaith Chapel, 9:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, February 27th

  • Bobby Dibaudo Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Clark Trio @ Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • John Stetch Trio @ Jazz 90.1 live studio concert, 6:00 pm
  • Elle Jazz Quartet @ WXXI, 7:30 pm (I could find no other information on this gig, not even at WXXI's website, so call first).
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • John Stetch Trio @ School of the Arts, 8:00 pm
  • The Wind Symphony and the Jazz Band @ Strong Auditorium, University of Rochester River Campus, 8:00 pm
  • Pat Bianchi Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara 4 Piece Saxs & Vocals @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Larry Garlington Group @ Jack's Place, no time given

Saturday, February 28th

  • Steve Greene & Tina Albright @ Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Tony Giannavola @ PARE Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Pat Bianchi Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Hard Logic @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm
  • Tony Padilla & Tumbao @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 11:00 pm

Sunday, March 1st

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Byron Stripling & the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (Jeff Tyzik, conducting) play the music of New Orleans @ Eastman Theatre, 2:00 pm Added image
  • Mulgrew Miller @ Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), 3:00 pm
  • Nazareth University Jazz Ensemble (Paul Smoker, Dir.), Bop Arts "The Making of a Music Community: Perspectives on New Music from Performers and Listeners" (Bop Shop Atrium), 3:00 pm
  • Open Panel Discussion, Bop Arts "The Making of a Music Community: Perspectives on New Music from Performers and Listeners" (Bop Shop Atrium), 4:00 pm
  • Kevin Norton's Counterpoint, Bop Arts "The Making of a Music Community: Perspectives on New Music from Performers and Listeners" (Bop Shop Atrium), 7:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Triphammer Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Night & Jam Session w/ Mike Allen & Nick Weiser @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • The Adam Caine Trio, Bop Arts "The Making of a Music Community: Perspectives on New Music from Performers and Listeners" (Bop Shop Atrium), 8:15 pm

Monday, March 2nd

  • No jazz for you!

Tuesday, March 3rd

  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 4th

  • Margaret Explosion AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Jam Session w/Mike Allen & Troup Street @ Clarissa's, 9:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). 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.

Bop Arts to start a dialogue on "The Making of a Music Community"

Bop Arts logoThis coming Sunday, March 1st, Tom Kohn, owner of the Bop Shop record store and the nonprofit he created to promote improvised and innovative music in Rochester, Bop Arts Inc. (website coming soon), are taking an ambitious step and have put together a benefit and symposium on "The Making of a Music Community: Perspectives on New Music from Performers and Listeners." Of course, since it is coming from the Bop Shop and Tom, there will be lots of music. "The Making of a Music Community" is intended to be:

[A] reflective and participatory discussion about the meanings and motivation behind our desire to create, perform, support and disseminate new and original music. How did we get here? Why do we do it? And what does it mean to us? Join us for this first Bop Arts symposium and help celebrate and reflect on the creation, growth and re-creation of this musical community. Hear some amazing music, share your thoughts, and join fellow artists and supporters of new and original music.

In fact, while starting this conversation in Rochester is very important, much of this symposium will be about the music itself and to benefit Bop Arts, not discussion. Here's the lineup:

  • 3:00 pm: THE NAZARETH UNIVERSITY JAZZ ENSEMBLE under the direction of PAUL SMOKER
  • 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm: An open panel discussion on New Music from Performers and Listeners.
  • 7:00 pm: KEVIN NORTON'S COUNTERPOINT
  • 8:15 pm: THE ADAM CAINE TRIO

Kevin Norton, percussionist and composer Kevin Norton has performed and recorded with a wide array of musicians, from Anthony Braxton and David Krakauer to Milt Hinton and Fred Frith. His compositions are featured on several recordings, both with his own as well as other ensembles. Norton has served on the faculty of several schools including the University of Maryland and is currently on the faculty of William Paterson University. After composing music for a number of projects across a wide spectrum of genres, Norton has turned to a decidedly jazz orchestration. Like trios led by Steve Lacy, Sonny Rollins  or Ornette Coleman he chooses to have a trio with a lead melody instrument with bass and drums (functioning on a higher level of interaction, rather than subordinate accompaniment roles), whichfeatures a new transparency of sound, yet is connected to Norton's other composition work by counterpoint: both emotional and technical.

Adam Caine is a guitarist, improviser and composer. Adam fronts the Adam Caine Trio with Tom Blancarte and John Wagner and the Adam Caine Quartet with Nick Lyons, Adam Lane and John Wagner. Adam also plays in Johnny Butler's Scurvy and Eric Eigner's Mysterium. He grew up in Rochester and studied music at the University of Rochester. Since 2000, Caine has lived in Brooklyn, New York and has played in New York City and throughout the United States with the likes of Connie Crothers, Paul Smoker, Daniel Carter, Ken Filiano, Phil Haynes, Glen Branca, Haale, and the New York Soundpainting Ensemble. As a composer for video art, Adam's music has been featured in over 20 international festivals since 2006.

The Bop Arts symposium will run on Sunday, March 1st from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Bop Shop Atrium. If you attend, please make a donation (any size is welcome) to the Bop Arts Music fund. Give something to keep the innovative music that Tom and Bop Arts brings to Rochester flowing. My experience on Sunday with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble just emphasizes for me how important it is to support Bop Arts and this music. You could probably drop in and by some CDs or vinyl from the Bop Shop as well....   I'm sure Tom wouldn't mind.

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

Back home and jonesin' for some jazz ... Your Rochester jazz for the next seven days

Finally back in town after a trip to Kansas to help my mother out. In addition to the piles of work on my desks at work and home, I thought I might try to get out to catch some jazz in town. Here's what's happening over the next seven days.

Thursday, February 19th

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, February 20th

  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Filthy Funk & The Funky Soul Break Down @ Dub Land Underground, 10:00 pm
  • Herb Smith Group @ Jack's Place, no time given

Saturday, February 21st

  • Noa Bursie @ Record Archive, 6:00 pm
  • The Jimmie Highsmith Group @ Clarissa's, 7:00pm
  • Andy Calabrese Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz Guitar Showcase: Ben Bishop with the Bob Sneider Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Jazz Recital: Erica Seguine, Composition Jazz Recital: Erica Seguine, Composition @ Killbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, 9:00 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, February 22nd

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Mardi Gras Nawlins' Style with The Smugtown Stompers @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (near Eastman Theatre), 3:00 pm
  • Jazz Night @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Bop Arts Jazz in the Atrium Series, Bop Shop Atrium in Village Gate, 8:00 pm
  • Masters Degree Recital: Chris Teal, Drum Set @ Eastman School of Music, Room 120, 9:00 pm

Monday, February 23rd

  • No jazz for you?  Say it ain't so!

Tuesday, February 24th

  • Jazz90.1 Fat Tuesday Celebration (Mardi Gras-themed fundraising event) @ Lovin' Cup, 5:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Po Boys Brass Band @ Abilene, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 25th

  • Jazz Forum: Harold Danko @ Eastman School of Music, Room 120, 11:30 am
  • AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Jam Session w/Mike Allen & Troup Street @ Clarissa's, 9:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). 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.

Bop Arts Jazz in the Atrium Series begins on Sunday with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

Chicago drummer/percussionist and bandleader Kahil El'Zabar and Rochester are no strangers. He appeared at the Bop Shop in February 2000 with the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble (with sax player Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and trombonist Joseph Bowie) and then came to play in a couple of duo configurations, once with violinist Billy Bang and once with saxophonist David Murray, which was recorded and issued on the Delmark label as We Is: Live At The Bop Shop. In 2005 the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble played two exciting sets in Kilbourn Hall as part of the Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Ethnic Arts Ensemble, Khalil El'ZabarEthnic Arts Ensemble, Corey WilkesEthnic Heritage Ensemble, Ernest Dawkins

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble—with the line up from the Jazz Festival of El'Zabar, Dawkins and the newest member, trumpeter Corey Wilkes—is returning again to play at the Bop Shop on Sunday, February 22nd at 8pm, at the Bop Shop Atrium to kick off the 2009 Jazz in the Atrium series put on by Bop Arts, Inc., a non-profit formed by Bop Shop owner Tom Kohn. A $10 donation is requested. The Bop Shop Atrium is at 274 N. Goodman St., at the Village Gate.

Come on out to see these innovative musicians in what is likely to be one of the jazz highlights of the year and to support Bop Arts and Tom Kohn in presenting unique artists and groups like EHE in Rochester. You can find out more about the EHE and its members on the Bop Shop's website.

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

Rochester loses another jazzman . . . Gerry Niewood joins the 2009 fallen

image of Gerry NiewoodGerry Niewood—jazz saxophonist and flutist, band leader and long-time sideman to Chuck Magione, Eastman graduate—was a victim of the February 12, 2009, crash of Flight 3407 near Buffalo (along with Coleman Mellett of Mangione's band). He was scheduled to perform with Mangione's band Friday in Buffalo. He came to play in Rochester pretty often; I heard him at the Strathallan in 2007.

Others have already written so much about him, I'll just point you to them (and the many comments that accompany them) and some other places you can go:

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

It's Friday, so let's Take Five . . . more jazz links for you

TakeFiveFriday logoI've been too crazy busy and traveling to get this out in the past couple of weeks or check my "jazz feeds" for more Take Five post material. I've got a few, though. Five, to be exact:

  • Last month, jazz website All About Jazz put up its top 20 interviews of 2008 and Jason Crane had two on the list.
  • For those of you who missed (or who caught) Gabriel Alegria's Sextet at the Exodus to Jazz Series on January 30th, here's Doug Ramsey's take in Rifftides.
  • Some notes taken by saxophonist Steve Lacy of advice given by Thelonious Monk have been floating around the Internet. One of my favorites: "A note can be a small as a pin or as large as the world, it depends on your imagination." I found them on the blog The Adventures of an Accordian Man in the 21st Century.
  • Have been starting to read Kellen Yamanaka's Song with Orange blog.
  • Jazz.com now has a group on Facebook.

So take five and explore. Let me know what you think in the comments ....There will be five more next week.

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

Only prairie winds here...but there's jazz in Rochester

No jazz here in Kansas where I'm at right now (tornadoes, yes...), but you'll find some here and there in Rochester over the next seven days.

Thursday, February 12th

  • Henry Kearse @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, February 13th

  • Madeline Forster @ Boulder Coffee Co at Brooks Landing, 5:30 pm
  • The Jimmie Highsmith Group @ Charlie Browns on the Green, 6:00pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Jen Heiek @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Robin McKelle @ Nazareth College Arts Center, 8:00 pm
  • Shared Genes with Ted Nicolosi @ Mona Lisa Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 14th

  • A Few Bad Apples @ Charlie Browns on the Green, 6:00 pm
  • Tony Giannavola @ PaRe and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Phillip Freeman 4 piece Jazz @ Bistro 135, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Mike Allen w/The Greg Wachala Band @ The Mez, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Nate Rawls Band @ Triphammer Grill, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, February 15th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Jazz Night & Open Jam Session w/ Mike Allen @ Lovin Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, February 16th

  • Flower City Jazz presents an Evening of Dixieland Jazz by Jon Seiger and the All Stars at Green Lantern Inn, One East Church St, Fairport, 6:30pm

Tuesday, February 17th

  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 18th

  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Jam Session w/Mike Allen & Troup Street @ Clarissa's, 9:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). 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.

Remembering one of the first fallen of 2009 .... bassist Ralph Ortiz

image of Ralph OrtizIn posting the list of the jazz fallen of 2008 (which I did from a conference in NYC) on February 2nd, I was unaware that a bass player Rafael "Ralph" Ortiz, beloved by many in Rochester, had just passed away Monday after a short battle with cancer discovered only weeks ago. I had heard that Ortiz was in the hospital at the Exodus to Jazz gig on January 30th and was told at that time that his time was short, but hadn't heard about his death from anyone and have been traveling.  Ralph was most recently associated with Prime Time Funk, but also played with Cabo Frio, Chet Catallo & The Cats, and a host of other bands.

Although I'm a bit late (apparently the wake was on the 4th), due to the number of folks who have already left comments elsewhere (and elsewhere on this blog), I thought I'd add a quick post to provide another place for musicians who worked with or loved Ralph Ortiz to write their thoughts on his passing.  You can find other thoughts on the City obit and on Jeff Spevak's article in the D&C and read comments there as well. Added imageTracy Kroft remembers on Rochester Music Scene (and Heard).

Please click on the comment link at the bottom of this post if you'd like leave your thoughts here.

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

Don't need no gopher to tell me there's more winter to come ... here's some jazz to warm you up...

I'm finally getting back into town after being down in NYC since Sunday. Unfortunately, my dreams of jazz nights in the Big Apple were limited to the Iridium gig seen in the Live Shot on Sunday. Work, work, work....

Thursday, February 5th

  • Art & Jazz Reception with Jimmie Highsmith and the art of David Haygood, presented by the City’s Black Heritage Committee @ City Hall Link Gallery and Atrium, 30 Church St., 5:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Mike Z @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, February 6th

  • Paradigm Shift @ "Emotive Moments by Jiyeon Yim a Solo Exhibition," Booksmart Studio, 250 North Goodman St., Rochester, 6:00 pm Added image
  • Tom Gravino @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • The Jimmie Highsmith Group with Art Beaty @ Pazzo Cucina, 7:00pm
  • Jazz Fund Raiser Concert featuring Regina Carter @ Fairport High School Auditorium, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Aaron Goldberg Trio @ "Jazz Day" at SUNY Brockport, 7:30 pm
  • Henry Kearse @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Café, 8:30 pm
  • Nancy Kelly with Dino Losito Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Filthy Funk @ Lovin' Cup, 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 7th

  • Kinloch Nelson @ Bodhi's Cafe & Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • An Evening of Jazz with Mambo Kings @ Spencerport High School, 2707 Spenceport Rd, Spencerport, 7:00 pm
  • An Evening of Jazz w/Al Chez @ Merton Williams Middle School, 200 School Lane, Hilton, 7:00 pm
  • Mark Marko @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Fund Raiser Concert featuring Regina Carter @ Fairport High School Auditorium, 7:30 pm
  • Tom Monte Trio @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Nancy Kelly with Dino Losito Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Gordon Webster Trio with Brianna Thomas @ The Keg, on Saturday, 9:00 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, February 8th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Westview Project @ Lovin Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, February 9th

  • Big Apple Mondays Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm These are now held on the first Monday of every month...
  • No jazz for you...?

Tuesday, February 10th

  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 11th

  • AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz Jam Session w/Mike Allen & Troup Street @ Clarissa's, 9:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). 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.

Remembering the jazz fallen of 2008...

saxophone imageI don't generally note the passing of jazz greats on a one-by-one basis, choosing instead to note the passing of those who have had a connection to the Rochester area. However, local jazz bassist Fred Stone forwarded this list of 40 who were associated with jazz and died in 2008, as compiled by Stephen D. Harris of Pasadena. As harris notes, it may not be entirely complete (and that is inadvertent), but since it brings it all into one, I thought I'd share it with my readers, some of whom may have known these artists and, perhaps, may not have known of their passing:

  • Gene Allen: baritone saxist, 79
  • Norm Baltazar: trumpeter ('61 Kenton mellophonium orch.), 76
  • Joe Beck: guitarist, 62
  • Mike Beisner: Four Freshmen vocalist-trumpeter (1982-88/90-92), 53
  • Sid Bulkin: drummer, 83
  • Ozzie Cadena: record producer (Savoy label), club manager (Lighthouse), 83
  • Pete Candoli: trumpeter (largely big band lead player), 84
  • Dave Carpenter: bassist, 48
  • Page Cavanaugh: pianist-singer-combo leader, 86
  • Arnie Chycoski: trumpeter (lead with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass), 72
  • William Claxton: photographer, 80
  • Jimmy Cleveland: trombonist, 82
  • Leo Curran: Kenton band (1947-53), 81
  • Bobby Durham: drummer, 71
  • Ray Ellis: tenor saxophonist-arranger-conductor, 85
  • Bill Finegan: pianist/big band comp-arranger, co-leader of Sauter-Finegan Orch., 91
  • Bob Florence: pianist-bandleader-composer-arranger, 75
  • Jimmy Giuffre: tenor saxist-clarinetist-composer, 86
  • Johnny Griffin: tenor saxist, 80
  • Earle Hagen: trombonist-turned composer (largely for TV and movies), 88
  • Connie Haines: big band singer, 87
  • Neal Hefti: big band trumpeter-composer-arranger, 85
  • Freddie Hubbard: trumpeter, 70
  • Peter J. Levinson: author (books on T. Dorsey, H. James, N. Riddle), 74
  • Humphrey Lyttelton: British trumpeter (later radio game show host), 86
  • Teo Macero: record producer (Columbia Records, etc), 82
  • Ronnie Mathews: pianist, 72
  • Jimmy McGriff: blues organist, 72
  • Dave McKenna: pianist, 78
  • Wilfred Middlebrooks: bassist, 74
  • Charlie Ottaviano: jazz club owner (Charlie-O's since 2000), 66
  • Earl Palmer: drummer, 83
  • Gene Puerling: vocal arrranger-leader of the Hi-Lo's & Singers Unlimited quartets, 78
  • Bob Popescu: jazz club owner (Hollywood Catalina Bar & Grill since 1986), 77
  • Ray Reed: alto sax-flute (1965-68 Kenton lead player), 66
  • Joe Romano: alto-tenor sax/flute, 76
  • Jo Stafford: big band-pop singer, 90
  • Phil Urso: tenor sax, 82
  • Gerald Wiggins: pianist, 86
  • Lee Young: drummer, 94

Feel free to add others you may know of who were omitted in the comments.

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