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A new look for Jazz@Rochester....

image from www.jazzrochester.com I think I finally have come to the place that I can "unveil" a new look for Jazz@Rochester. It will be coming along a bit later today, I hope.

Things are in different places (check out the buttons, for example) and I've tried to modernize the look and, hopefully, help the content to load faster. Just wanted to let you know before I "flip the switch" as there may be some issues over the next few days....

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

A "jazz passenger" on the XRIJF tour: Where we'll be on June 12 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival

We go from the Ohio and NYC of Joe Henderson (a celebrated by Henderson's former collaborator, Canadian-born New Yorker Jon Ballantyne) to the Denmark of Nikolaj Hess, to London's Soho, and back here to the States for a reunited Jazz Passengers. Although I've been on wider flung trips around the world in a single night at prior Rochester jazz festivals, it really shows the diversity. PassengersThis will be a night where I will be living the statement of XRIJF Music Director John Nugent (who is, by the way, playing on June 12th)..."it's not  who you know, it's who you don't know," which is not uncommon at Rochester's festival, but such a great way to find new friends to spin when you get home.

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. Where available, I've mined a few additional sources and video of the artists from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) during my perambulations during the third evening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 12th:

  • Celebrating Joe Henderson with Jon Ballantyne & Friends @ Xerox Auditorium, 6:30 pm (also at 9:00 pm): Never got a chance to see Henderson, who died in 2001, but Juno-winning Canadian jazz pianist Jon Ballantyne played with Joe Henderson and is offering this celebration of his music at this year's XRIJF.  Listen to him at his MySpace page and this music video of "Round Again" (not live performance).
  • Nikolaj Hess Global Motion + @ Nordic Jazz Now Series at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 7:30 pm (also at9:30 pm): Danish pianist Nikolaj Hess's Global Motion + group includes some folks from this side of the ocean. The group's sound (from what I'm hearing on their 2009 album, at least...) is full of intricately interwined acoustic instruments, which will sound fantastic in the space at the Reformation Lutheran Church. Listen a bit on Hess's MySpace page, one of his music on Soundcloud, and on this video of stills with music posted by group member Mark Mommaas. 
  • Ronnie Scotts All Stars "A Foggy Night in London Town" @ Made In the UK Series at Christ Church, 8:45 pm (also at): I got to hear a bit of this "house band" in a live feed from the famed Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho, London, during the XRIJF lineup announcement in March. The Ronnie Scott's All Stars with Natalie Williams on vocals are a good group who back up the many international jazz stars who pass through the club each year. You can find out some on pianist James Pearson's Myspace page from the AllStars page at the club's website. Lots of video from Ronnie Scotts, but not much to highlight this band. 
  • The Jazz Passengers @ Kilbourn Hall, 10:00 pm (also at 6:00 pm): This recent reuniting of a band started in 1987 by former Lounge Lizards Roy Nathanson and Curtis Fowlkes is one that was completely off my radar but from what I've heard and seen are likely to be on my radar going forward. I like a lot of the more exploratory side of jazz and any band that is described as "a hard-bop group as imagined by Frank Zappa", as Bob Blumenthal described the Jazz Passengers in the Boston Globe in 1989, pricks up my ears. The Jazz Passengers have often brought in high profile vocalists in front at their gigs, ranging from Mavis Staples to Deborah Harry (yes, of Blondie...), and Elvis Costello. The Passengers appear to never take themselves too seriously, although from all accounts they are deadly serious about the music. Here's a performance of the reunited group last year at the Saalfelden Jazz festival (one of many recorded at this festival) and backing Ms. Harry and Elvis Costello in a ballad on the David Letterman show (Elvis is not going to be in the building until the 17th, by the way).

Sunday's are traditionally a laid back day for me at the festival. I may move from one venue to another a bit more or change up on my original intended itinerary depending on what I'm hearing on the street. There's a lot of great stuff around to choose from other than the above, including Davell Crawford (he plays again at Montage if I don't end up there on the 11th in Max), bluesman Lucky Peterson, a bit of that old-timey bluegrass from the Tussey Mountain Moonshiners or the Gypsy jazz of Stephane Wrembel Trio to name a few.

Additionally, as this blog exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have here and around Rochester, I'm also going to be highlighting the local and regional artists for each day. You can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page):

Let me know what you're going out so see on June 12th in the comments, or on the Jazz@Rochester pages on Twitter or Facebook.

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

Jazz Around Town: A sweet sixteen days until we begin days of music at the XRIJF

It's coming and I'm, of course, no where near ready for it.  Watch for changes here at the blog over the coming weekend (I hope).  You should check out TV WHAM13's program at 8:00 pm on Thursday about the last 10 years of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Please come back and check out the live jazz around town here, though. If you're on Twitter, check out the growing list of artists who will be appearing at 2011's XRIJF who "tweet". Finally, local artists who are NOT appearing at the XRIJF should make sure I know about your gigs during the festival as this Wednesday post will, as usual, continue.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

  • Gap Mangione Jazz Trio @ Pittsford Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Amy Montrois @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Harold Pannell with Tenaj @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Friday, May 27, 2011

  • Alexandria Bay Ragtime Jasstime Festival @ The Bonnie Castle Resort, Alexandria Bay (1000 Islands)
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • School Without Walls Scholarship Benefit with the Bill Tiberio Band @ School Without Walls, 480 Broadway, Rochester, 7:00 pm
  • Adrian DiMatteo @ Hogan's Hideaway, 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
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Blues Band @ Lodge at Woodcliff, 8:30 pm
  • Annie Wells @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 28, 2011

  • Alexandria Bay Ragtime Jasstime Festival @ The Bonnie Castle Resort, Alexandria Bay (1000 Islands)
  • Bob DiBaudo Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 6:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara "Just for Dinner" @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione Solo Piano Series @ Pier 45 at the Port, 6:30 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes Acoustic Alchemy Review @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Green @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 29, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Deborah Branch (piano) or Nate Coffey (guitar) @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Sunday Jazz Presents: The Suite Unraveling @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 30, 2011

  • I got nothing....

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

  • ECMS Nights of Jazz @ Eastman School of Music-Kilbourn Hall, 5:00 pm (also June 2nd)
  • Soul Express @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ McGraw Public Library, 7:00 pm
  • The Bowties @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events 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.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.

A triple of Trios ... My picks for June 11th of the XRIJF

For some reason, my second night at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival full of trios, although they will be quite diverse in their sounds. I have found in past years that some days will abound in trios as the preferred grouping at the XRIJF. But I intend to make up for it by checking out a larger ensemble (talking 3-4 times larger) and, possibly, even catching some something that clearly won't be on anyone's jazz listings to reduce my trio load.

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. Where available, I've mined a few additional sources and video of the artists from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) during my walkabout at the second evening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 11th:

  • Bill Charlap Trio @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm (also at 10): Bill Charlap trio with Peter Washington and Kenny Washington is one of the premier small groups in jazz and they are tight in only the way that a group that has been playing together for many years can be (which you can hear in this video from a 2007 Village Vanguard date). He is best known for his interpretations of American songs such as those of Gershwin.
  • Arild Andersen Trio @ Nordic Jazz Now at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 7:30 pm: Although still a trio, the sounds that will fill the great sonic space of the Church will be very different not only due to the change in instrumentation (a saxophone for a piano), but also because bassist Arild Anderson, who started out in the 1970s with the Jan Gabarek Group, is more free in its explorations with his regular trio of Tommy Smith on sax and Paolo Vinaccia on drums. Here's a couple of videos to give you a taste: At Duc des Lombards in 2008 and at Musica sulla Bocce in Italy last year.  
  • Ensemble Denada @ Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 9:00 pm (also at 6:30 and they're playing in the Nordic Jazz Now series on June 10th): According to the Ensemble Denada's website, the idea behind this project of the East Norway Jazz Center is finding a small-band dynamic within a much larger ensemble which adds contrabass clarinet, quadraphonic electronics, 10 horn players to a piano quartet in its lineup and merges European tradition with jazz and native Norwegian material in its diverse blend. You can listen to some recordings on the group's MySpace page and and tastes on video from a 2008 concert in Syria, at the Oslo Jazz Festival in 2009, and three more (here, here and here) from a concert in New Delhi last year (there is a fourth on the XRIJF's site).
  • Gary Versace Trio @ Viva Italia Series at the The Rochester Club, 10:00 pm (also at 6:00): Perhaps it is because of his instrument—the Hammond B3—or maybe it's that I heard last year you can get some great food in the joint he'll be playing, but I've seen Versace play with several other artists and it would be interesting to see him leading his own group.

I may, depending on my mood, lines and a host of other factors, try instead to catch Black 47 at the Abilene Roots & Americana Stage at 9:45, the NOLA jazz of Davell Crawford at Max of Eastman Place, or the specifically not gypsy jazz of Les Doigts de L'Homme @ Montage in the 10:00 pm slot.  

Additionally, as this blog exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have here and around Rochester, I'm also going to be highlighting the local and regional artists for each day. You can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page):

Of course, you be catching some fake Beatles (or should I say "faux"?) or some Jersey boys sounds on Saturday night but, if not, let me know what sounds you're planning on hearing in the comments. See you on Jazz Street....

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

Jazz Around Town: Rain, rain, go away! Perhaps some hot jazz will dry it up?

So, with the Lilac Festival possibly a wash, why don't you head over to Artisan Works and give up some support for one of the only radio stations left that focuses on jazz, our own WGMC, Jazz 90.1 FM when the get into their Sixth Annual Art Loves Jazz benefit at Artisan Works. Look for me and say hi as I'm hoping to drop in. Why go to the next "starving artist" show at the mall when you can get some great art and help out Jazz 90.1?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ The Pittsford Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fund-raising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • New Horizons Jazz Band & Big Band @ Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, 7:00 pm
  • The Meta Accord @ The Blue Room, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, May 20, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45 at the Port, 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 & Shared Genes @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents the Penfield High School Monday-Wednesday Jazz Band @ Bop Shop Atrium, 7:30 pm
  • Annie Wells Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm
  • Roger Eckers & Fred Costello @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 21, 2011

  • Reid Poole & Radiocraft @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45 at the Port, 6:00 pm
  • Frank's Rat Pack @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Kinloch Nelson Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Roger Eckers & Fred Costello @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 22, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Events at 111 and Strings & Things presents the BT&F Big Band with the Bill Tiberio Band (Benefit for Music After Skool, a music program for inner-city youth) @ Reformation Lutheran Church, 4:00 pm 
  • Deborah Branch (piano) or Nate Coffey (guitar) @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Easy On The Ears @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Triple Dueces Bar & Grill, 7:30 pm

Monday, May 23, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

  • John Britton Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Tala Vera Tuesday (presented by Monday Night Live! Smooth Jazz and R&B @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Al Bruno Trio with Tom Monte @ Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario State Beach Park, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Music Makers Orchestra @ Roger Robach Community Center, Ontario State Beach Park, 7:15 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

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.

Let's get this party started ... My picks for June 10th of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Here's the first of nine posts in which I'll outline my "itinerary" for the nine days of the Tenth Anniversary version of the Xerox  Rochester International Jazz  Festival. As I noted in the kickoff post for this year's coverage, I encourage you to add your thoughts on each night's choices, as well as your own choices, in the comments on the post itself or on Twitter and Facebook (although I request some degree of civility please). Just remember that I fully subscribe to RIJF musical director John Nugent's favorite chestnut: "It's not who you know, it's who you don't know..."

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. Where available, I've mined a few additional sources and video of the artists from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...). I'll add a set of links to these posts in the right panel under the XRIJF logo after I get a couple published.

So on June 10th, the first day of the Tenth Anniversary of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the following gigs will be where you'll probably find me (but not necessarily...):

If I can somehow fit it in, I'll catch some of the old school of Mingo Fishtrap at the Jazz Street stage on Gibbs, perhaps only in working my way through the crowd to get from one venue to another.   

Additionally, as this blog exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have here and around Rochester, I'm also going to be highlighting the local and regional artists for each day. You can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page):

  • Rochester Area High School Jazz Bands @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, 4:30 and 5:15
  • Bob Sneider & Friends @ Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent, 6:00 pm
  • Vince Ercolamento Quartet @ The Rochester Club (Viva Italia Series), 6:00 pm
  • Filthy Funk @ RG&E-Xerox Stage, 7:00 & 9:00 pm (this is a new stage in the parking lot on East and Chestnut next to the RG&E building that will be having free music by local and regional artists).

So whattayawaitinfor? Let me know what you think!  If not, I hope to see you on Jazz Street....

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

So much music, so little time: Picking the Jazz@ Rochester itinerary for XRIJF 2011 begins

XRIJF LogoSince less than a month lays between now and the Tenth Anniversary of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks into gear, I'd better start kicking into gear on this blog's XRIJF coverage as well. As I've done in the past, I'm going to do a series of posts over the next few weeks to set up my "itinerary" for each day of the XRIJF, going into more detail on my picks for each day and why I picked them. The posts make handy-dandy guide for each day of the (for me at least...the XRIJF's guides are pretty good, too). On my picks, I try to do a little digging in the Interwebs to get more of the skinny on the artists (in addition to that prepared for the XRIJF website) so you can decide for yourself whether you'd like to join me (figuratively, that is...) or seek your music elsewhere that night. I don't suffer from illusions that my choices are somehow "better" than yours... just perhaps different? My itinerary is at best rough sketch as I ALWAYS end up changing my mind on the fly after hearing word on the street, being too ambitious in making it from one venue to another, lines, or just deciding that I'd rather spend more time with friends who are hitting a particular artist who wasn't on my "list".  

Jazz Street imageReading the posts here on the blog is not the only place to find our material about the Festival. You can also find it on Jazz@Rochester on Twitter and Facebook, where you will find additional links and other material (dare I say  bonus?). Speaking of Twitter, I've started building a Twitter List of artists who will be appearing at the 2011 XRIJF, so hope you check it out and follow that (please let me know if you know of any of the other artists who will be at XRIJF who are on Twitter). Of course, I can't be sure that they'll tweet or that it's actually them doing the tweeting.... I'll also be posting links about this year's XRIJF artists and retweeting things posted elsewhere about the festival on Twitter. For those of you who are already on Twitter, I encourage you to get into the conversation about this year's festival by using the hashtag #XRIJF. Let's start a conversation about the festival and generate some buzz beforehand, eh? Those who aren't on Twitter, I hope to have a widget prepared to highlight the "tweets" about XRIJF so you can get a taste. On Facebook, we'll share some of the same links that are going to Twitter, but hope you use it to engage each other in a conversation about the festival, the artists, etc. with each other as well.

See you soon with the first post of "picks" for Day One, June 10th! I encourage you to engage me on my picks and let me know in the comments what you think and what you've decided to do with that evening's possibilities (be nice, however...). 

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

Jazz Around Town: Ever notice how quiet it gets around Festival season... ?

LilacsWhile there is still a lot of live jazz around over the next week, as it warms up and the festivals start up (can anyone believe it's already time for the Lilac Festival?) there is a lot less live jazz and a lot more karaoke. Still there's some around, so get out to check it out. Perhaps they'll even be playing outside....?

Hey jazz artists, please let me know where you're playing in terms of the festivals!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Todd East Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Melcher & Drew Moore @ Rabbit Room Restaurant (Honeoye Falls), 7:00 pm
  • Chris Wilson @ Lemoncello, 8:30 pm

Friday, May 13, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Eastway Wegmans, 5:30 pm
  • Katie Ernst Trio @ Pittsford Wegmans, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Mancini Trio @ Pittsford Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione Solo Piano @ Pier 45 at the Port, 6:30 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
  • John Britton Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar (University Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Annie Wells Quintet with Jenna Weintraub and Stephanie Sacco @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm
  • Roger Eckers & Fred Costello @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Bob Sneider @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione Sextet @ Rochester Area Community Foundation's An Evening Out at Home Memorial Art Gallery, evening
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Rt 250, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Greene @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Co. @ Don's Pub, 2055 Nine Mile Pt., Penfield, 8:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 15, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Lilac Festival, 2:30 pm
  • Deborah Branch (piano) or Nate Cofey (guitar) @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Family Big Band @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 16, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

  • W. Thomas School Jazz Band @ Lilac Festival, 1:00 pm
  • W. Thomas School Jazz Titans @ Lilac Festival, 1:30 pm
  • Sofrito @ Lilac Festival, 4:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

  • Kurt Johnson & The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Al Bruno Trio with Tom Monte @ Ontario Beach Park, Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd Floor, 6:00 pm
  • Remembering Ralph (Ortiz) with Prime Time Funk and The Campbell Brothers @ Lilac Festival, 7:00 pm
  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra @ Ontario Beach Park, Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd Floor, 7:15 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Holland-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

  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fund-raising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 pm.
  • An Evening of Art and Jazz (6th Annual Fundraiser for the Advocacy Center) with performances by Annie Wells on the Landing and by Wycliffe Gordon and Jimmie Highsmith @ George Eastman House, Saturday, June 4th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.

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.

Only one month to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival? The Jazz@Rochester coverage begins ...

XRIJF logoIt's getting warm outside (finally!) and the mind of Jazz@Rochester turns to thoughts of nine days of live jazz and other music in downtown Rochester—the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which in about one month will begin its June 10-18 run.

It's high time we start our coverage here...This post previews what's coming here over the next weeks until June 10th when the XRIJF begins. As I can't possibly cover it all (and there are others who cover it), my usual course each year prior to the festival is to lay out my own itinerary for each of the days. I will write a series of posts with my picks for each of the nights, the ones I wish I could work into the schedule, etc., and expanding on the material regarding these artists found at the Festival's own site. In addition to setting up a handy guide for myself during the festival, I hope to provide you with some opportunities to hear and find out more about the artists to guide your own choices during the festival. I will gather these posts into a set of links that will be displayed under the XRIJF logo in the panel to the right to make them easy to find.  I should get going on these shortly after Wednesday's live jazz listings post. 

Let's get to talking about the 2011 Jazz Fest! I encourage you to be vocal in the comments to this and the following XRIJF posts (although please be nice...). What do you think about my choices and what are you going to try to see?  I hope also to start conversations about this year's lineup and artists on the Jazz@Rochester page on Facebook and on the Jazz@Rochester Twitter account (use the hashtag #xrijf to help us all to follow the conversation on the latter). I will be gathering as many of the artists coming to the festival who have Twitter accounts onto a XRIJF 2011 Twitter list (follow the list between now and the festival and please let me know if you know of any I have missed, although I'm just getting started with that). If you're going to be writing about the festival on your own blog, let me know so I can give you some link love and further expand the conversation.

So, go ahead... talk amongst yourselves... We'll see you later on these pages and on Jazz Street!

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

Jazz Around Town: Just flew in from NYC and ....

Jazz club ImageSorry, I know it's Thursday, but my plane got in late last night and I just didn't have any steam left to write the post (so, no lunch for me!). Was in NYC for a conference yesterday on social media at the offices of my employer Thomson Reuters on Times Square. Had a wonderful night in NYC Tuesday. Got into town in time to head over to the Village to catch Omar Sosa Afri-Lectric Quintet with special guest Lionel Loueke at the Blue Note. Great blend of jazz, African and Afro-Cuban sounds.... I've heard them separately at various RIJFs, but it was a treat to see them together and the band was on fire!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

  • 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
  • Cinco de Mayo with the Mambo Kings @ Lovin Cup, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, May 6, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band w/Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 6:00 pm
  • Nate Rawls Band @ Trinities Restaurant, 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
  • The Cool Club @ Waterside Wine and Spirits Bar, Phelps, 8:00 pm
  • Annie Wells @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 7, 2011

  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra @ United Church of Christ in Irondequoit, 4:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Pete Malinverni Trio @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Kate Davis Trio @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, May 7th, 8:00 pm (Ron Netsky profile in City) (by the way, Jazz@Rochester is a sponsor of Exodus to Jazz).
  • Smooth Groove @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Roger Eckers & Fred Costello @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 8:00 pm
  • Kinloch Nelson Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 8, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Katie Ernst & Gabe Condon @ Brighton Memorial Library Sunday Serenades, 2:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 4:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Little Big Band @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, May 9, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Miche Fambro Variety Show @ MuCCC, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm (OK, this is a pattern... am I going to have to add Wegmans as jazz venue now?
  • Mark Viavattine @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Monday Night Live presents the Local Smooth Jazz and R&B @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

  • Marco Amadio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Al Bruno Trio with Tom Monte @ Ontario Beach Park Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd Floor, 6:15 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Nate Rawls Orchestra @ Ontario Beach Park Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd Floor, 7:15 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

  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fund-raising 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.