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Exodus to Jazz would like to introduce you to Kate Davis on May 7th

Kate Davis image from siteLocal jazz presenter José DaCosta and Exodus to Jazz are bringing vocalist-bassist Kate Davis and her trio to Rochester on Saturday, May 7, 2011, 8:00 pm at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Davis will be joined by pianist Noah Kellman and drummer Jake Goldbass accompany to close the current Exodus To Jazz season.

A rising star on the national and international jazz scene, Kate Davis is one of growing number of talented female bass players who sing (both on the wider jazz scene and our own local version). Kate Davis began achieving national recognition for her bass and vocal skills while in high school in Portland, Oregon. She was named a National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts "youngARTS" Silver winner, is a four-time Downbeat Magazine Student Award winner, a two-time participant in the Brubeck Summer Jazz Colony, and was bassist in the Grammy Jazz Ensemble. She was selected as a 2009 Presidential Scholar of the Arts, which included a White House visit and a performance at Kennedy Center (YouTube video). Since moving to in New York, Kate has performed at Lincoln Center’s Dizzy's Club Coca Cola and The Blue Note.

Local artist Miché Fambro opens the concert with his unique combination of guitar playing and singing that fuses elements of flamenco, jazz, classical, pop and soul.

Doors open at 7:00 pm.  The Lutheran Church of the Reformation is located at 111 N. Chestnut St. in downtown Rochester. Parking is available in the lot next to the Church. Tickets are available at all Wegmans stores That's the Ticket outlets and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information about the concert, visit the Exodus to Jazz website or call (585) 733-7685.

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

Jazz Around Town: Git yer jazz right here in Rochester...

Live Shots: MOPDTK etc. at The Bug Jar Was nice to finally get into the Bug Jar for the MOPDTK show last week along with the music of Rochester's own Bending & Breaking (including the ditty Nobody Reads Your Blog, which they assured the crowd DID NOT refer to Jazz@Rochester, although I wouldn't be sure about that...) and the Motown and soul sounds of Bitchin' Kitchen. It was great to see a lot of folks, coming out of several different generations old and young, coming out to hear compelling and new jazz music that defies categorization (although I think there were a lot there to hear the Kitchen.... they didn't all leave when their set ended). Now I'll have to get out there to see something that fits their usual musical palette sometime soon. This coming 7 days brings mostly local jazz, although guitarist Mary Halvorsen, whose album Saturn Sings has received a lot of critical praise, joins the Tom Rainey Trio presented by Bop Arts on Tuesday. By the way if you know of anyone coming into town over the next few months (other than the jazz fest of course), let me know so I can add it to the look ahead listings at the end of this post. Hope to see you out there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Ethan Helm @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm

Friday, April 29, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 7:00 pm
  • RIT Performing Artists Concert Series presents the "The History of Ragtime" @ Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology-Student Alumni Union, 8:00 pm
  • Smooth Groove @ The Corner Coffeehouse, 202 East Commercial St, East Rochester, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The Meta Accord @ Monty's Krown Lounge, 9:00 pm
  • Cinnamon Jones @ Tala Vera Cantina, 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 30, 2011

  • John Britton Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Janet Beanman @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • A Night in the Big Easy Fundraiser with Po' Boys Brass Band (for Hochstein) @ Artisan Works, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Uptown Groove @ Pomodoro Pittsford (formerly Brio), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Big Band @ Genesee Community College Center for the Arts, Stuart Steiner Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Fred Stone Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Miche Fambro @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm
  • Po'Boys Brass Band @ Abilene, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 1, 2011

  • 50th Record Show and Sale @ The Bop Shop in the Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman St., Sunday, May 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • The 1923 silent film Jazzmania with music by the Djangoners @ 360/365 Film Festival, Dryden Theatre, Sunday, May 1st, 3:45 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 4:00 pm
  • Moho Collective CD Release Party @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, May 2, 2011

  • Jim Nugent @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Ensemble Concert @ Finger Lakes Community College, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

  • Soul Express @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

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

  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Kate Davis Trio @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, May 7th, 8:00 pm (more on this tomorrow or Friday)
  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fundraising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, Thursday May 19, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 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.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive 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 to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Live Shots: MOPDTK etc. at The Bug Jar

Live shots of Mostly Other People Do The Killing on stage tonight at The Bug Jar. With openers by locals Bitchin Kitchen and Bending & Breaking opening.

Yes, jazz at The Bug Jar...whowouldathunkit?

Live Shots: MOPDTK etc. at The Bug Jar

Live Shots: MOPDTK etc. at The Bug Jar

Bitchinkitchen

Sorry about the last one... there was some alcohol influenced issues that required me to replace it with the actual picture I meant to be here... it was a bit smaller, but not to diminish the band!  

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

Jazz Around Town: The brass isn't the only thing blowing...

With the wind howling outside...again...I'm inside where it is warm and bringing the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester to you. Highlight for me is tomorrow's gig with Mostly Other People Do The Killing at the Bug Jar. The folks at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced schedule updates. The Cedar Walton Trio will be replacing Billy Bang, who died last week; The Ben Allison 3 will be replacing Supersilent, who had scheduling issues. I hope to start my preview coverage of XRIJF soon. That is all... now to the listings:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

  • ECMS Jazz Master Class with Howard Potter @ Eastman School of Music, 2:30 pm
  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing with Bitchin Kitchen and Bending & Breaking @ The Bug Jar, Thursday, April 21st, Doors 7:30 pm, Music at 8:30 pm
  • Nazareth College Jazz Ensemble @ Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth College, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ The Village Rock (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, April 22, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Nightflys @ Rabbit Room Restaurant, Honeoye Falls, 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale , 4400 Nine Mile Point Rd., Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Todd East @ Trinities Restaurant (Executive Building, Main St. Downtown), 7:00 pm
  • Cool Club Trio @ Waterside Wine&Spirits Bar, Phelps, 8:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ The Little Theatre, 8:30 pm (sorry about that...)
  • Soul Express @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 23, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Daniel Bennett @ "Relevent," the Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Alumni Art Exhibition, and the Rabbit Room at The Lower Mill, 61 North Main St., Honeoye Falls, 6:00 & 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Stone Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 24, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, April 25, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Filthy Funk @ Monday Night Live at Elite Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

  • Jim Nugent @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

  • Marco Amadio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Open Rehearsal of New Jazz Ensemble with Ryan Truesdell conducting (and bringing more unheard Gil Evans music with him) @ Eastman School of Music, 6:30 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Johnny Matt Orchestra @ Ontario Beach Park, 7:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

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

  • RIT Performing Artists Concert Series presents the "The History of Ragtime" @ Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology-Student Alumni Union, Friday, April 29, 8:00 pm
  • 50th Record Show and Sale @ The Bop Shop in the Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman St., Sunday, May 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • The 1923 silent film Jazzmania with music by the Djangoners @ 360/365 Film Festival, Dryden Theatre, Sunday, May 1st, 3:45 pm
  • The Tom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, May 3rd, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Kate Davis Trio @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, May 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fundraising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, Thursday May 19, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 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.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive 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 to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Mostly Other People Do the Killing will be killing it at The Bug Jar this Thursday

Is jazz not "fun" enough for you? Do you expect to see it in a venue known for cutting edge music but with a more rock sensibility? Surprise!... unusual jazz will be presented in an unusual place when NY band Mostly Other People Do The Killing hit the stage at Rochester's The Bug Jar this Thursday, April 21st. MOPDTK Bassist Moppa Elliott has written that "[r]ather than settling into one style or historical period, MOPDTK fuses the entire spectrum of Jazz and the various forms of improvised music it has spawned into a single, seamless melange of Uber-Jass." While there is a lot of craziness and free(dom) in what they play, they are also well rooted in the traditions of jazz, similar to the way most of their album covers, like the This is Our Moosic cover here, nods back to Ornette Coleman (and all of them nod to one or another). While MOPDTK go for humor and mashup in their music, these guys are serious players with serious writing and playing chops. As Vern put it in the JazzWrap blog "...don't let their artwork and song titles fool you. Mostly Other People Do The Killing mean business and they do it quite well." While I've yet to see them live, which is how I like to experience jazz anyway (if you haven't guessed), what I've heard reminds me a lot of a band I saw (and one that apparently inspired them some) only a few weeks ago when Bop Arts presented the ICP Orchestra here. Their 2006 album Shamokin!!! began getting them a lot of attention and in 2007 MOPDTK was nominated by the Jazz Journalists' Association for Small Ensemble of the Year and in 2009 won a DownBeat Critics' Poll in the Rising Star category.

MOPDTK will be preceded on stage by local bands Bending and Breaking and The Bitchin' Kitchen. Doors open at 7:30, with the music commencing at 8:30 pm. You can find the details on the Bug Jar's site. I hope to see you there. This is a first for me since moving to Rochester (now quite a long time ago...). I haven't always been mostly a jazzhead. While I used to hang at clubs in Chicago like the Bug Jar (the Lounge Ax was one, later the Hideout), I've not found my way into The Bug Jar to date. So much music, so little time....

Cohimbra Concert image from www.cleanfeed-records.com There is much more info on the band at MOPDTK's label, Hot Cup Records site, reviews of their 2011 debut Clean Feed CD The Cohimbra Concert (yes, that's a nod to Keith Jarrett...) on the Burning Ambulance and JazzWrap blogs. This is a great CD to check out if you want to hear them before the concert as it is a live album and, from what I"ve read, captures them well.  Or you could check out the YouTube videos, like this one from Oslo in 2010 or this one (it's the first of several parts) from the Moers Jazz Festival.

Hope to see you there!

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

Jazz Around Town: Your live jazz listings for the next 7 days

Lynne Arriale at ETJLynne Arriale was fantastic on Saturday at Exodus to Jazz with her killing group of Omer Avital, Johnathan Blake and JD Allen (image). Other than Mr. Gordon with the RPO, we're all local this week. So here are the live jazz listings for the next seven days.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Roberts Wesleyan Jazz Ensemble @ Roberts Wesleyan Cultural Life Center, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, April 15, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Williamson, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Evening of Jazz with the Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Smooth Jazz Trio @ Trinities Restaurant (near Main & State downtown), 7:00 pm
  • Marc Schwartz recital (jazz saxophone) @ Eastman School of Music, 7:00 pm
  • Wycliffe Gordon and the RPO present "The Gospel According to Jazz" @ Kodak Hall, Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Miche Fambro @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Jeffrey McLeod recital (jazz piano) @ Eastman School of Music, 9:00 pm
  • Cinnamon Jones @ Tala Vera, 9:00 pm
  • Jive Street Five @ Lemoncello, 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 16, 2011

  • Record Store Day @ Bop Shop, Record Archive, all day
  • John Britton Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Russell Fielder & Jim Rhody @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Wycliffe Gordon and the RPO present "The Gospel According to Jazz" @ Kodak Hall, Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Fred Stone Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello Band @ Lemoncello, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 17, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Whitney Marchelle with Katie Ernst @ George Eastman House, 3:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, April 18, 2011

  • Brad Batz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Dixieland Evening with Dave Thomas'Lock 52 Jazz Band @ Green Lantern Inn, One East Church St, Fairport, 6:30 pm
  • Pro-Am Jam @ Abilene, 9:00 pm

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

  • Karl Stabnau @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

  • Shades of Gray @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Nostalgic Reunion Orchestra @ Ontario Beach Park, 7:15 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

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

  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar, Thursday, April 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Nancy Kelly @ Tala Vera Cantina, Saturday, April 23d, 9:00 pm
  • Daniel Bennett Group @ "Relevent," the Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Alumni Art Exhibition, The Lower Mill, 61 North Main St., Honeoye Falls, Saturday, April 23rd, 6:00-9:00 pm
  • RIT Performing Artists Concert Series presents the "The History of Ragtime" @ Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology-Student Alumni Union, Friday, April 29, 8:00 pm
  • 50th Record Show and Sale @ The Bop Shop in the Village Gate Square, 274 N. Goodman St., Sunday, May 1st, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • The Tom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, May 3rd, 8:00 pm
  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fundraising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, Thursday May 19, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 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.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive 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 to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Billy Bang loses a different war...

Billy Bang imageWe were all saddened to learn that jazz violinist Billy Bang, who has appeared in Rochester multiple times over the past years, both at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and otherwise, has died after fighting lung cancer. Bang was known for his deeply expressive music that mined his experience in combat during the Vietnam War and the exceptional bands and musicianship he brought with him when he appeared here. 

Bang, who was 63, was to perform on the jazz festival’s opening day on June 10th. It would have been his fourth appearance at the RIJF, having performed here in 2004, 2006 and 2009. Festiaval producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona expressed their deep sadness on Bang’s passing. “Billy was extremely well liked in Rochester and had an exceptionally loyal following,” said Nugent. “We were so looking forward to welcoming him back to the festival. His unique artistry and talent will be missed by us and the jazz world. We extend our condolences to his many friends and family. May he rest in peace.” The festival has indicated that an updated schedule to replace Bang's appearance at the Xerox Auditorium this year will be announced soon. There are profiles by Ron Netsky in City and by Jeff Spevak in the D&C.

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

Jazz Around Town: Comprehensive Rochester live jazz listings for you.... every week

ICP Orchestera image by Greg BellWhile there is live jazz spread across the whole week, I'm focusing my limited time (day job is doggin me) on the two-fer of Antonio Ciacca and Lynne Arriale on Saturday.

Hope you can get out to hear something over the next seven days. And away we go ....

Thursday, April 7, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, April 8, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz at Immanuel with The Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Trio and opening act Bakari Smith @ Immanuel Baptist Church, Park Ave., 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Chilango's Mexican Restaurant, 7:00 pm
  • Dominic Drwal recital (jazz bass) @ Eastman School of Music, 7:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Alana Cahoon Band @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Cinnamon Jones @ Tala Vera Cantina, 9:00 pm
  • Roger Eckers/Fred Costello Duo @ Charlie Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 9:00 pm
  • Michael Pendowski recital (jazz saxophone)@ Eastman School of Music, 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 9, 2011

  • Antonio Ciacca @ Casa Italiana at Nazareth College, 4:00 pm
  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ The Shepherd Home Gala: Black and White Ball @The Lodge at Woodcliff, 6:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Arts Auction & Spring Carnival at the Genesee Center for the Arts, High Falls, 6:30 pm
  • Shawn Williams recital (jazz trumpet) @ Eastman School of Music, 7:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Lynne Arriale Trio with J.D. Allen, Omer Avitel and Johnathan Blake @ Reformation Lutheran Church, 8:00 pm
  • Fred Stone Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Garrett Schmidt recital (jazz trumpet) @ Eastman School of Music, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 10, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • The Ryan Barclay Quintet @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, April 11, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

  • Brad Batz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz & New Jazz Ensembles @ Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

  • The Swooners featuring Kurt Johnson @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Deanna Witkowski with the Webster-Thomas High School Jazz Band (her alma mater) @ Webster-Thomas High School, 800 Five Mile Line Rd, 7:30 pm (profile on City by Ron Netsky)
  • Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

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

  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar, Thursday, April 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Nancy Kelly @ Tala Vera Cantina, Saturday, April 23d, 9:00 pm
  • Daniel Bennett Group @ "Relevent," the Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Alumni Art Exhibition, The Lower Mill, 61 North Main St., Honeoye Falls, Saturday, April 23rd, 6:00-9:00 pm
  • RIT Performing Artists Concert Series presents the "The History of Ragtime" @ Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology-Student Alumni Union, Friday, April 29, 8:00 pm
  • The Tom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, May 3rd, 8:00 pm
  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fundraising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, Thursday May 19, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 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.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive 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 to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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Two-fer next weekend? Second, catch Lynne Arriale at Exodus to Jazz Saturday evening...

Lynne Arriale at the pianoWhether or not you caught Antonio Ciacca Trio earlier in the day at Naz, pianist Lynne Arriale makes a stop on her tour promoting a new Motema disc Convergence at Exodus To Jazz, 8:00 pm on April 9th at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. She will be there with a killing group, joined by saxophonist JD Allen, Omer Avital on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

Arriale was here last summer playing sets at the Xerox Auditorium during the 2010 International Jazz Festival. I enjoyed one of these trio sets and agree with JazzTimes reviewer who noted that Arriale "achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways....[her] emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her".

The Lutheran Church of the Reformation is located at 111 N. Chestnut St, in downtown Rochester. There are three levels of tickets available. "Table ticket holders ($35) sit at round tables of five chairs, closest to the stage and the ticket includes free serving of food and beverage from the food concession at the concert. Ask for "Reserved Theatre" tickets ($25) to sit in the reserved section of theatre seats closest to the stage (however, individual seats in these areas are on a "first come, first seated" basis. "General Admission" ($20) ticket holders sit in the remaining areas of the main floor and the balcony. Tickets are available at all Wegmans stores and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. For concert information, visit Exodustojazz.com or call (585) 733-7685. Tickets are also available at the door when it opens at 7:00 pm.  Parking is available at the church and nearby.

So, if you didn't catch her last year at XRIJF, here's a video of Arriale with a trio doing Paul McCartney's Beatles hit Blackbird at Jazz Open Stuttgart, Germany, showcasing some of the renditions of pop hits she incorporates into her sets of standards and originals:

For more on Arriale as an artist, check out Jason Crane's January interview on the JazzSession podcast.

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Two-fer next weekend? First, spend an afternoon with Antonio Ciaccia Trio at Naz...

Antonio CiaccaTwo impressive jazz pianists who have previously graced the stage of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will be in Rochester on the same day next weekend, April 9th, and it will be possible to see them both if you have a mind to (I'm going to try....). The first of this possible two-fer is being sponsored by XRIJF Executive Director & Co-Producer (and CEO of Simcona Electronics) Marc Iacona and his family who, with Nazareth College's Casa Italiana, are bringing composer and pianist Antonio Ciacca and his Trio to Rochester. Ciacca is currently the Director of Programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has worked with a wide range of artists, including Steve Lacy, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Joe Locke, Wess Anderson and Steve Grossman. Ciacca has been to Rochester several times leading groups at the Jazz Festival.

The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall on the Nazareth College campus. A light reception will follow. Tickets for adults are $25 per person; $35 with reception and opportunity to meet the musicians. Students free with valid id. Reservations can be made by calling the Casa Italiana at 585-389-2468. More event information here

Here's a video from last year of Ciacca with his quintet playing Stardust at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, including some extended playing by the pianist:

 Oh, yeah, the second will be Lynne Arriale, who brings her trio to the Exodus to Jazz stage the evening of the 9th.... More later on that.

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