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Jazz Around Town: Where to find jazz in Rochester over the next seven days

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Here are the listings for the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 8:00 9:00 pm (bad info, sorry)

Friday, October 2, 2009

  • Mike Allen, AKOS @ Starship Night Club, 6:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Richie Vitale Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Deborah Magone @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 3, 2009

  • Madeline Forster @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Richie Vitale Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Stone Progressive Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Roger Ekers Trio @ Don's Original Pub, 2055 Fairport-Nine Mile Point Rd, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, October 4, 2009

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

Monday, October 5, 2009

  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Gala at Memorial Art Gallery, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Allen, AKOS @ Starship Night Club, 7:00 pm
  • Watkins & the Rapiers @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Quinn Lawrence & Anna Reguero (swing dance instruction) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

  • Freddy Colon Latin Jazz Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

  • Patty Powers @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Open Jazz Jam Session with Cinnamon Jones @ Clarissa's, 9:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs in the Future

  • Coung Vu Trio (Bop Arts Presents) @ Bop Shop Atrium, October 9th, 8:00 pm
  • Lee Konitz/Harold Danko Chamber Jazz @ ESM Kilbourn Hall, October 12, 8:00 pm (Lee Konitz B-Day on Oct 13) Added image
  • Eastman Salutes the Musical Legacy of Gerry Niewood with Chuck Mangione, Pat Labarbera, Lew Soloff and Adam Niewood and Eastman Jazz Ensembles, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins and Bob Sneider @ Eastman Theatre, October 14th, 8:00 pm
  • Branford Marsalis @ Benefit for Lifetime Assistance Foundation at Eastman Theatre, October 18th, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Johnny O’Neal @ Radisson Riverside Hotel, October 23, 8:00 & 10:00 pm
  • Canada Day (led by Harris Eisenstadt) presented by Bop Arts @ Bop Shop Atrium, October 29, 8:00 pm
  • Steve Davis @ Strathallan Hotel, November 21, 8:30 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.

Jazz Around Town: Gigs here and there around Rochester

As you can see below, there's a lot going on over the next seven days in the clubs, restaurants, hotels and concert halls around Rochester that feature jazz. Here are the listings through next Wednesday:

Thursday, September 24, 2009

  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Mambo Kings @ Finger Lakes Community College, 7:00 pm
  • Alan Whitney @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Alyssa Coco, JMB, Filthy Fun Trio @ Lovin' Cup, 9:00 pm

Friday, September 25, 2009

  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • David Grisman Quintet @ Water Street Music Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Louis and Ella @ Performing Arts Series at Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology, 8:00 pm
  • Marco Amadio @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Eldar Djangirov Trio (Exodus to Jazz series) @ Radisson Riverside Hotel, 8:00 & 10:00 pm
  • AudioInFlux @ Dub Land Underground, 10:00 pm
  • Shade of Gray @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 26, 2009

  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Whitney Marchelle Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Kinloch Nelson Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 27, 2009

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • The Saoco Project @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Russel Fielder @ Merchants Grill, 9:30 pm

Monday, September 28, 2009

  • Brad Batz Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland's Uptown Swing Orchestra @ Lovin Cup, 8:00 pm
  • Open Jazz Jam Session with Cinnamon Jones @ Clarissa's, 9:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs in the Future

  • Richie Vitale @ Strathallan Hotel, October 2-3, 8:30 pm
  • Coung Vu Trio (Bop Arts Presents) @ Bop Shop Atrium, October 9th, 8:00 pm
  • Lee Konitz/Harold Danko Chamber Jazz @ ESM Kilbourn Hall, October 12, 8:00 pm (Lee Konitz B-Day on Oct 13!)
  • Eastman Salutes the Musical Legacy of Gerry Niewood with Chuck Mangione, Pat Labarbera, Lew Soloff and Adam Niewood and Eastman Jazz Ensembles, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins and Bob Sneider @ Eastman Theatre, October 14, 8:00 pm
  • Branford Marsalis @ Benefit for Lifetime Assistance Foundation at Eastman Theatre, October 18th, 7:00 pm
  • Canada Day (led by Harris Eisenstadt) presented by Bop Arts @ Bop Shop Atrium, October 29, 8:00 pm
  • Steve Davis @ Strathallan Hotel, November 21, 8:30 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.

I'm late to the party, but #jazzlives in Rochester and on Twitter

As I sat listening last night to a rotating group of Eastman School of Music jazz studies students jam at Havana Moe's on East Avenue, swinging their way into better chops through some standards (although most chops were in pretty good shape already), I noticed that, of the folks packed into the bar, there were more under 30 than older. The enjoyment I experienced last night going out to hear some jazz (I also hit the Strathallan for Nancy Kelly's first set with Dino Losito, Bob Sneider and Mike Melito, where more than a few "youngsters" had come to listen) reminded me that I still needed to jump on the #jazzlives bandwagon, despite it being well underway. Let me explain.

At the end of August, in anticipation of all of the jazz festivals that would kick into high gear around Labor Day (Chicago, Detroit, Tanglewood, etc.), jazz writer and blogger Howard Mandel (Jazz Beyond Jazz) started a social networking experiment using Twitter to show that contrary to popular belief and the Wall Street Journal's arts writer Terry Teachout, jazz is not destined for the grave, nor are its listeners all in their late 40s or older (OK, this listener is). The brouhaha caused in the jazz world by Teachout's article is collected on NPR's A Blog Supreme here. While I think the initial idea was to end the campaign after the end of the Labor Day holiday, it appears to have grown feet of its own and goes on. Twitter jazzlives image

Suggesting that listeners use what in Twitterspeak is called a "hashtag," #jazzlives," Mandel and a chorus of other bloggers, jazz activists, musicians, festivals, journalists, and of course listeners have been keeping up a steady stream of tweets on Twitter that show folks who love live jazz enough to "raise their hands by tweeting about WHO they heard and WHERE they heard it." Although not a scientific poll (and some say Twitter is actually used by us older folks more than the young), the idea is to show the rich and varied audiences out there for live jazz music and give us some hope that Teachout and others who are walking down the street bellowing "... ring out yer dead!" are wrong.  Based on the stream of tweets I've seen, there may have been thousands since the campaign started before Labor Day. I think it's a great thing to keep up as it provides yet another source of what's going on in the wider world of jazz.

So if you're at a jazz gig here in Rochester or elsewhere and are on Twitter, give a shout out about who you're hearing and where you're seeing them by adding "#jazzlives" to your tweet. Please no promotion. You can check out the #jazzlives stream directly on Twitter here. Unfortunately, the widget that is available through Mandel's site and AllAboutJazz.com is a size my side panels can't support (yet...), so I've also added the #jazzlives hashtag stream as a panel on my Twitter widget that can be reached by clicking on the little blue bird with a sax in the right panel and selecting that tab.

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

Jazz Around Town: Listings for jazz in and around Rochester

Victor Goines imageI know, I know ... one listings post after another. Seems like it is becoming a trend. I'm in a bit of a rut and, at some point, I'll get out of it. Anyway, here are the listings. They're always going to be here. Wednesdays... be there.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

  • Jazz90.1 Evening of Wine and Jazz 2009 (gala fundraiser to benefit Jazz90.1 WGMC FM) @ Memorial Art Gallery, September 17th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Birthday bash for Jimmie Highsmith Jr. (& live recording with Funkbox featuring Nick Murray and Devon Tramell) @ Merchants Grill, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 8:00 pm

Friday, September 18, 2009

  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Smooth Jazz Birthday Bash @ Club Elite (398 W. Main St., Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Bill Watson Quartet @ Immanuel Baptist Church, 7:00 pm
  • Nancy Kelly with the Dino Losito Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 19, 2009

  • Debbie Sorensen Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Sofrito @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Janet Beaman @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:30
  • Nancy Kelly with the Dino Losito Organ Trio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Filthy Funk Trio @ Clarissa's, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 20, 2009

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Greece Performing Arts Society Jazz Band @ Greece Town Hall, 2:00 pm
  • Chasin' Voodoo @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, September 21, 2009

  • Brad Batz Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm (missed this one somehow) Added image
  • Bill Dobbins solo recital (music of Claire Fischer) @ ESM, Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm Added image

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

  • Brad Batz Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Making American Music series with "King of Swing, a tribute to Benny Goodman" led by percussionist John Beck, with Rod Blumenau (piano), Dave Zaskoda (bass), Brax Paxton (vibes) and Peter Ferran (clarinet) @ Strong National Museum of Play, 7:30 pm
  • Todd East @ Pub 511, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Jazz Showcase @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Open Jazz Jam Session with Cinnamon Jones @ Clarissa's, 9:00 pm Added image

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs in the Future

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.

Jazz Around Town: Rochester's jazz over the next seven days

Tom Harrell - trumpetCatch some jazz around Rochester in the next 7 days. The photo of trumpeter Tom Harrell here is  one of the  images you'll find on the Jazz@Rochester image pool on Flickr (this one is one of the many added by Tom Marcello). Feel free to join and add your own images of jazz in Rochester. Here are the listings:

Thursday, September 10, 2009

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

Friday, September 11, 2009

  • Sofrito Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Steve West Trio @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 12, 2009

  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Nick AKOS Show @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Kinloch Nelson Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm Added image
  • Westview Project @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 13, 2009

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Rick Holland Little Big Band @ Lovin Cup, 7:00 pm Added image
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm (sorry folks, bad info)

Monday, September 14, 2009

  • Brad Batz Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Paul DeLoria @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Todd East @ Pub 511, 8:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Faculty @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs in the Future

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.

Exodus to Jazz series brings the dynamic Eldar Djangirov to Rochester

Eldar Djangirov Trio imageEldar, the talented (and so damn young) pianist who has made popular appearances here at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in past years will be coming to town on Friday, September 25th, when The Eldar Djangirov Trio kicks off the Fall series of Exodus to Jazz gigs, brought to you by Jose DaCosta. Leader-pianist Eldar Djangirov comes here with bassist Armando Gola and drummer Ludwig Afonso, the trio will perform two shows 8:00 and 10:00 pm in the Radisson Riverside Hotel’s Frontier Hall. Eldar is a great addition to the list of talented pianists that DaCosta has brought to the ETJ stage over the years. He returns to Rochester to promote his recently released CD entitled Virtue.

Known for keyboard pyrotechnics and his complete immersion in the bebop tradition, Eldar has established himself as a contemporary jazz pianist, receiving accolades from many legendary jazz masters (including Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Dave Brubeck, Michael Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock). The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that Eldar is “...a musician with the aesthetic maturity of a well-traveled jazz veteran…from the torrential, two-handed cascades of Oscar Peterson to the lush, rarefied harmonic language of Herbie Hancock ... startling technical command and improbable improvisational flair...." Did I mention that he is just 22 years old?

The Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside is located at 120 East Main St., Rochester New York, 14604. Tickets (reserved seating - $25; general admission - $20) are available through TicketWeb.com (search for “Eldar Djangirov” or “Exodus To Jazz”). General admission tickets can be purchased for $20 at the door on the night of the show; student tickets are $ 10.00 with a current ID. The Ticketing / Will Call desk will open at 7:00 PM on show night. For more information visit ExodusToJazz.com after September 8th, or call (585) 733-7685.

Added image Check out Anna Reguero's article on Eldar in the September 20th Democrat & Chronicle.

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

Jazz Around Town: Disregard those listings that appear in the post below... Here are the new ones

Sorry, but the week was difficult and the posts were few (OK there were no posts since last Wednesday). Please disregard the listings in the next post as they are already gone. Here's where you'll find the jazz gigs from September 3-9. Pickins are a bit slim as we slide into Labor Day weekend and start to feel that nip in the air....

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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

Friday, September 4, 2009

  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Annie Wells @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Filthy Funk Trio @ University of Rochester-Wilson Commons, 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 5, 2009

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Coppergrass Bistro, 6:30 pm
  • The Gabe Condon Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 6, 2009

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Moondance Jazz Band @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, September 7, 2009

  • Brad Batz Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Quinn Lawrence & Anna Reguero (swing dance to jazz) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Todd East @ Pub 511, 8:00 pm

Heads Up on Upcoming Jazz Gigs

  • Jazz 90.1's Evening of Wine and Jazz @ Memorial Art Gallery, September 17th, 7:00-10:00 pm
  • Eldar Djangirov Trio @ Exodus to Jazz (Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside), 8:00 & 10:00 pm Added image
  • Coung Vu Trio (Bop Arts Presents) @ Bop Shop Atrium, October 9th, 8:00 pm
  • Eastman Salutes the Musical Legacy of Gerry Niewood with Chuck Mangione, Pat Labarbera, Lew Soloff and Adam Niewood and Eastman Jazz Ensembles, Harold Danko, Bill Dobbins and Bob Sneider @ Eastman Theatre, October 14, 8:00 pm
  • Branford Marsalis @ Benefit for Lifetime Assistance Foundation at Eastman Theatre, October 18th, 7:00 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.