Previous month:
August 2012
Next month:
October 2012

Posts from September 2012

Different night, same great jazz: Exodus to Jazz brings Tom Harrell this Thursday

Tom Harrell imageReturning to Rochester soon after the great performance of his Debussy/Ravel project in Kilbourn Hall during the 2012 Rochester Jazz Festival, Exodus to Jazz is briging Tom Harrell to town this week on Thursday night at Hochstein Performance Hall. Harrell will be appearing with his group TRIP, including Mark Turner on tenor sax, Adam Cruz on drums and Ugonna Okegwo, his bassist of 13 years, before moving on to the Festival of New Trumpet Music at the Jazz Standard in NYC.

Playing trumpet and flugelhorn, Tom Harrell is recognized as one of the most creative and uncompromising jazz instrumentalists and composers around with a discography that spans over 260 recordings and more than four decades. A quote on Harrell's site from music and arts critic Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune sums up my experience of Harrell's approach to jazz:

Neither aggressively avant-garde nor focused on the past, neither steeped in the language of bebop nor entirely free from it. Harrell's music simply celebrates sonic beauty for its own sake.

His music is always fresh, innovative, and often quite beautiful.  I have never been disappointed. Neither have others. Tom Harrell is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee. Harrell also has been nominated for Trumpeter of the Year two years in a row for the 2010 and 2011 Jazz Journalists Association Awards. Harrell's appearance here at the Rochester jazz festival in 2006 and again this year with his Debussy/Ravel project were highlights of each year.  I encourage you to come out for this performance, which will likely soar in the great sonic space that is Hochstein Performance Hall. 

The skinny on Thursday night:

  • Venue: Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester
  • Concert Time: 8:00 PM, doors at 7:00 PM. Two one-hour sets with 20-minute intermission 
  • Ticket Prices: Advanced Sales: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25 At the Door: Patron - $42; Premium - $32; General Admission - $27 
  • Buy tickets: Advances Sales: Onsite at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse); Online at Brownpapertickets.com; At the Door: At each venue beginning 7:00pm, night of concert.

 

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

Live Shots: Last call in ROC for the William Breuker Kollektief

The late Dutch saxophonist, composer & bandleader Willem Breuker had been here many times to play, mostly in concerts sponsored by Tom Kohn and The Bop Shop. Breuker passed away in July 2010 and his band the Kollecktief is touring one more time before moving on.

A broad, intense and intricately layered sound .... we're going to miss their stops by ROC.

Live Shots: Last call in ROC for the William Breuker Kollectief
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Jazz Around Town: Got yer jazz listings rightchere!

Jazz1 way image

No more festivals, my friends. That's even though we had a couple extra after the usual end with the Clothesline. Fringe Festival was a big success; hope to see more music (and, of course, jazz) next year! I'm afraid that now t's time to start battening down the hatches for the winter months.

To that end, here are the listings of live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days, perhaps you can figure it out....

And now for a bit of ask... I'm walking in the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk this coming Sunday and hope that some of you can help me beat my modest goal. This terrible disease has touched both friends and family for me ... plus I need the exercise!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Roncones Italian Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Jon Greeno Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Showcase @ Eastman East Wing EEW 415, 8:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 8:30 pm
  • Sonny Brown Band @ Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls), call for info

Friday, September 28, 2012

  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Holiday Band @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville,7:00 pm
  • Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series featuring Dr. Carl Atkins and Culture Clash @ Baobab Cultural Center, 7:00 pm
  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio@ Cornell Concert Series, Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, 8:00 pm
  • The Bowties @ The Little Theatre, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Duo @Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 29, 2012

  • Andy Calabrese Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Cool Club Jazz@ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 6:30 pm
  • Special Blend @Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm

Sunday, September 30, 2012

  • Bill Slater Solo Piano @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, brunch
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 5:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Curtis Kendrick @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Monday, October 1, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Watkins & the Rapiers @ Little Theatre, 7:30 pm
  • Jeff Slutsky @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

  • CNY Jazz is sponsoring Co-founder of GRP Records Larry Rosen will discuss music entrepreneurship @ CNY Jazz Central (441 East Washington St., Syracuse), 4:00 pm (See CNY Jazz's site in the right panel underr Jazz Near Rochester) added image
  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Penfield Rotary Big Band Swing Dance @Penfield Community Center 1985 Baird Rd., Penfield, 7:30 pm
  • Beau @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Open Jazz Jam with Mike DiMartino @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Vince Ercolamento & Joe Chiappone Jazz Quartet @ Murph's, 705 Titus Ave., Irondequoit, 8:00 pm

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

  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Tom Harrell Quintet @ Hochstein Performance Hall, Thursday, October 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Gordon Webster (part of 15th Annual Steven and Virginie Lindy Hop Workshop Weekend @ Eisenhart Auditorium, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Friday and Saturday, October 5th & 6th, 8:30 pm added image
  • Spyro Gyra @ The Tralf 30th Anniversary Celebration, The Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, Friday, October 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz90.1 Open House @ Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane, Greece,Friday, October 19th, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the E.J. Strickland Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, October 27th, 8:00 pm

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 (see the Comment link at the bottom). I want to hear from you! Please share the post with your friends who love jazz.

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 of the venues 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 "Contact Us" button above). 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.

Jazz Around Town: Jazz in the Fringes and beyond...

Jazz at the Rochester Fringe FestivalThe First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival (now the bookend festival of the Rochester festival season?) begins its run through Sunday tonight. I'll try to get all the jazz and jazz.  Let me know if I miss anything because I haven't seen the listing (or it's "beyond the Fringe").

According to WXXI, Wynton Marsalis and Rochester's Garth Fagan are teaming up again and Marsalis is in town this week to rehearse the new composition he has written for Lighthouse Lightning Rod, a new dance by Fagan.  The music will be performed by his septet.  Now if he or the band were going to sit in anywhere, where would that be . . . .?  Here are the listings of live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days, perhaps you can figure it out....

Thursday, September 20, 2012

  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Roncones Italian Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Sixth Annual Evening of Wine and Jazz, a fundraiser to benefit Jazz 90.1 WGMC-FM @ Waterside Room, Pier 45 at Port of Rochester, Charlotte, 6:30 to 9:30 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Faculty Concert @ Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall, 8:00 pm
  • John Bolger/Holiday Band @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm added image

Friday, September 21, 2012

  • Todd East Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, 7:00 pm
  • On Tap: Original Music (including some jazz) and Dance @ Fringe Festival, Sproull Atrium (outside Max at Eastman Place), 7:00 pm
  • Friday Jazz with the Bill Tiberio Band @ Immanuel Baptist Church, Park Ave., 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • A Smooth Jazz Birthday Bash for Jimmie Highsmith with Footnote and The Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Experience @ Vibe Lounge in The Historic Village Gate, 8:00 pm
  • Trombonanza @ Ingle Auditorium, RIT, 8:00 pm
  • Vanessa Mangione Quartet @ First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival, Eastman School of Music, East Wing EEW 415, 8:00 pm
  • The Bowties @ The Little Theatre, 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 22, 2012

  • Al Biles & Genjam @ Fringe Festival at The Little Theatre Cafe, 1:00 pm
  • Michael Vadala Trio @ Fringe Festival at George Eastman House Terrace Garden, 2:00 pm
  • RIT Jazz Combo @ Fringe Festival at The Little Theatre Cafe, 5:00 pm
  • Culture Clash Jazz Quartet @ Fringe Festival at The Little Theatre Cafe, 5:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • John Nugent and Friends featuring Dawn Thomson, Bob Sneider, Dan Vitale and Mike Melito @ 6th Annual New York State of Mind, NY Wine & Culinary Center, Canandaigua, 6:30 pm added image
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @  Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Bucky Pizzarelli Trio @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Norman Tibbils @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • Meg Gehman, Lisa Bigwood, Bill Welch @ Tango Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Peach Preserves @ Fringe Festival, Eastman School of Music, East Wing, EEW 415, 8:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Sunday, September 23, 2012

  • Bill Slater Solo Piano @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, brunch
  • Rhythm 'N Tap @ Rochester Association of the Performing Arts (RAPA), 12:45 pm
  • Bill Evans and Company: Modern Jazz, Modern Tango and Contemporary Dance @ Fringe Festival, Eastman School of Music, East Wing EEW 415, 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm
  • Andrea Folan and Jonathan Feldman perform the Great American Songbook @ Wilmot Hall, Nazareth College, 3:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Curtis Kendrick @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Monday, September 24, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Howard Alden with Bob Sneider @ Bernunzio's on East, Monday, September 24th, 7:00 pm (Master Class @ Hatch Hall at Eastman School of Music, 4:30 pm)
  • Watkins & the Rapiers @ Little Theatre, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Kyle Vock Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Steve Bartolotta @ Lemoncello, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

  • El Rojo Jazz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Savoia Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents a The Willem Breuker Kollektief “A Tribute to Willem” @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 8:00 pm
  • Vince Ercolamento & Joe Chiappone Jazz Quartet @ Murph's, 705 Titus Ave., Irondequoit, 8:00 pm

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

  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio @ Cornell Concert Series, Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, Friday, September 28th, 8:00 pm
  • The Rippingtons, Featuring Russ Freeman @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Bears Den, Saturday, September 29th, 3:00 & 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Tom Harrell Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Thursday, October 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the E.J. Strickland Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, October 27th, 8:00 pm

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 (see the Comment link at the bottom). I want to hear from you!  Please share the post with your friends who love jazz.

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 of the venues 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 "Contact Us" button above). 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.

The Buck(y) stops here in Rochester: Bucky Pizzarelli that is....

Guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli is one of those cats that has been at it for over 50 years, keeping that mainstream and traditional jazz alive for audiences around the world. Exodus to Jazz is bringing Bucky here a rare Rochester appearance this Saturday, September 22nd, at the Hochstein Performance Hall. Pizzarelli brings his trio of bassist/vocalist Nicki Parrott and vibraphonist/drummer Chuck Redd for the ETJ concert.

image from benedettoguitars.comIn addition to work on television, Bucky Pizzarelli has has worked with a long list of musicians Pizzarelli over his career, including Les Paul, Stephane Grappelli, and Benny Goodman. Bucky is the father of jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli and bassist Martin Pizzarelli, whom he also works with from time to time. Pizzarelli looks to Django Reinhardt, Freddie Green, and George Van Eps as influences on his style of playing his seven-string guitar (the extra string is used to play a bass line on his solos). Although known for his playing an archtop, Bucky is also an accomplished classical guitarist.

Even well after passing the age of 85, Bucky Pizzarelli maintains an active tour schedule and ,as Jose DaCosta wrote in his release about the concert, the "joy with which he plays and shares stories of his journey ensures a memorable experience for the Exodus To Jazz audience." Here's the skinny on Saturday's performance:

  • Venue: Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester, NY
  • Concert Time: 8:00 PM, doors at 7:00 PM; 2 one-hour sets with a 20-minute intermission 
  • Tickets
    • Advanced Sales: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25  
    • At the Door: Patron - $42; Premium - $32; General Admission - $27 
    • Ticket Outlets: Advances Sales: Onsite at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse); Online at Brownpapertickets.com At the Door: At each venue beginning 7:00pm, night of concert

And here's a recent video of Bucky at the Atlanta Jazz festival in April doing These Foolish Things:

 

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

Jazz Around Town: Rochester jazz sorted for you ...

jazz signTomorrow I'm going to check out Cyrille Aimée and Diego Figueirdo at the Memorial Art Gallery. This is one in a new "Jazz at the MAG series" of performances and they've brought in some very interesting artists. Well as some of you may have noticed (and fewer cared) I managed not to make my "trifecta" of jazz gigs that I promised to catch in last week's post. Serves me right for making promises my body refuses to keep...

Here are the listings of live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days. As usual, let me know about anything I may have missed or have something wrong....

Thursday, September 13, 2012

  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz At The M.A.G. Series with Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo @ The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, 7:30 pm (doors at 6:30 pm)
  • Eastman Jazz Faculty Concert @ Eastman East Wing Hatch Recital Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 8:30 pm

Friday, September 14, 2012

  • The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Funknut with Greg Townson @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, 7:00 pm
  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Nitefall @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • Tia Fuller Quartet @ Cornell Concert Series, Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, 8:00 pm
  • Marco @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 8:30 pm
  • The Bowties @ The Little Theatre, 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 15, 2012

  • Various @ Greentopia EcoFest, High Falls Festival site, (see site for groups, times and venues)
  • Greg Wachala, Chet Catallo with special guests Bob Sneider and Glen Cummings and others @ Greg Wachala Guitar Studios Grand Opening Celebration, 2680 West Ridge Road, Greece, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 9 Mile Point Rd, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Pomodoro (Monroe Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • The Gateswingers @ Tower Fine Arts Center SUNY Brockport, 180 Holley St., 7:30 pm
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Roberts Weslyan College, 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @  Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Ramsey Lewis Electric Band @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Bears Den, 8:00 pm
  • Marcus Miller @ Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, Saturday, September 15th, 8:00 pm
  • Norman Tibbels @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Sunday, September 16, 2012

  • Various @ Greentopia EcoFest, High Falls Festival site (see site for groups, times and venues).
  • Bill Slater Solo Piano @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, brunch
  • Standard Deviations with Paul Smoker & Bill Dobbins @ Wilmot Recital Hall (Nazareth College), Sunday, September 16th, 3:00 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Towpath Cafe (Fairport), 4:00 pm
  • The Conlon Brothers @ Boulder Coffee Co., Brooks Landing, 960 Genesee St, Rochester, 4:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 5:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Diverse Threads @ Lovin Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge, 321 Clinton St., Syracuse, 9:00 pm added image
  • Joe Santora & Curtis Kendrick @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Monday, September 17, 2012

  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • The Morgan Street Stompers @ Green Lantern Inn, Fairport, 6:30 pm
  • Jeff Slutsky @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Tony Giannavola @ The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar-South Ave., 7:00 pm
  • Watkins & the Rapiers @ Little Theatre, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Steve Bartolotta @ Lemoncello, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

  • Various @ Rochester Fringe Festival, September 19-23 (see site for groups, times and venues)
  • Kieran Hanlon Trio @ Fine Tastings of Fall with Al Sigl Community of Agencies, Locust Hill Country Club, 5:30 to 8:00 pm added image
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Vince Ercolamento & Joe Chiappone Jazz Quartet @ Murph's, 705 Titus Ave., Irondequoit, 8:00 pm

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

  • Sixth Annual Evening of Wine and Jazz, a fundraiser to benefit Jazz 90.1 WGMC-FM @ Waterside Room, Pier 45 at Port of Rochester, Charlotte, Thursday, September 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Tickets go on sale on August 6th)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Bucky Pizzarelli Trio @ Hochstein Performance Hall, Saturday, September 22nd, 8:00 pm
  • Howard Alden with Bob Sneider @ Bernunzio's on East, Monday, September 24th, 7:00 pm (Master Class @ Hatch Hall at Eastman School of Music, 4:30 pm)
  • Bop Arts presents a The Willem Breuker Kollektief “A Tribute to Willem” @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Wednesday September 26th, 8:00 pm 
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio @ Cornell Concert Series, Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, Friday, September 28th, 8:00 pm
  • The Rippingtons, Featuring Russ Freeman @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Bears Den, Saturday, September 29th, 3:00 & 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Tom Harrell Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Thursday, October 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the E.J. Strickland Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, October 27th, 8:00 pm

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 (see the Comment link at the bottom). I want to hear from you!  Please share the post with your friends who love jazz.

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 of the venues 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 "Contact Us" button above). 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.

Jazz@Rochester: A menu of choices...

Jazz@Rochester imageI like to try and provide you with as many different avenues for you to access Jazz@Rochester and what I hope is useful information about live jazz in and around Rochester.  You can get the content of this blog in a number of ways, including:

  • Visiting the Site Itself. You may have reached this blog by searching for "jazz in Rochester" or for a gig you've heard about, via word of mouth, an image, or merely by accident through your favorite search engine.  You may just check in once in awhile or check on Wednesday or Thursday to see what's coming in the next seven days. However, it is not the only way to visit. 
  • Jazz@Rochester via Email. About 300 of you get your Jazz@Rochester via email. By doing so, you receive every post that we publish via an email, with links and, usually, the image. Some of you actually think that I send those emails out, but they are syndicated from the feed for the blog via a service called Feedburner. If you'd like to receive the posts via an email, enter the email address you'd like to receive it on in the box to the right under "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" that is labeled "Enter your email address:" I do not sell, spam or otherwise use the email addresses entered in there. You will receive an email to confirm your email address. Click on the link and you're subscribed. You can quit your subscription at any time by clicking on a link at the bottom of each email.
  • Jazz@Rochester via a Feed. Nearly 200 of you have put the feed for Jazz@Rochester in a feed reader like Google Reader and also receive the feed of posts as they are published. To do that, you can click on the orange RSS feed icon directly under the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" heading. Choose the reader you use and it will pull the feed as they are published.
  • Jazz@Rochester on Twitter. I tweet under the handle @jazzrochester (go figure...) and almost 3,700 Twitter users are following the blog there. In addition to "tweets" that have a link to the posts published on the blog, I follow the jazz artists locally who are on Twitter (at least those who I know are on Twitter) and others in the jazz community here. They are in the Rochester Jazz Artist Twitter list that I have created. There is also a vibrant jazz community on Twitter with artists, jazz bloggers and jazz organizations from all over the world and I try to bring them to you as well. Please let me know if there are other Rochester jazz artists who "tweet" so I can add them to the list and follow them. You can access the feed on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter icon in the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" area in the center column.
  • Jazz@Rochester Page on Facebook. Nearly 500 folks have "liked" the Jazz@Rochester page on Facebook. I added this for the many of you who find Facebook your platform of choice, so you could would have access to the posts published on the blog as well as jazz links and for the local artists on FB to let you know what's going on with them. Feel free to add your two cents in about the Rochester jazz scene. I'd appreciate it if you'd head over to the page and "like" us there, even if you're getting the content some other way. You can get to the page by clicking on the Facebook icon in the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" area in the center column or the link above.
  • Jazz@Rochester YouTube Channel. On this channel I'm beginning to collect video of Rochester jazz artists performances and performances from the Rochester International Jazz Festival. I also subscribe to several jazz-related video feeds.  Feel free to let me know about video you've found that can be added there.  Access it by clicking on the YouTube icon in the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" area in the center column. 
  • Jazz@Rochester is Mobile. The site is mobile enabled and it should send you to the mobile site if you connect from a smartphone.  If not, point it to m.jazzrochester.com.  Please note that this sometimes does not update as quickly as the page itself.
  • Rochester Jazz Artists & Groups.  I try to link to the websites of local jazz artists and groups. Just click on the tab at the top of this post.
  • Links. I've collected a number of links over the years to jazz information, media and other resources.  I also try to add other resources that feed links to other jazz-related information. 
  • Looking Backward? You can use the search box just under the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" to find posts that include a particular artist or click on a category or monthly archive link in the left column to browse through posts.

So subscribe, "like," or consume the content here any way that works for you.  I'll just focus on getting you information about live jazz. 

Feel free to send us a question or information via email by "Contact Us" button at the top of the blog under the banner. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask... here, via email, on Twitter, on Facebook, by commenting on a post, or even if you see me at a gig. In essence, I've been trying to build a community around live jazz here in Rochester, which has made and is making so many contributions to jazz and will slowly fade away if not supported. I love the music, so I can't sit by and let that happen. I encourage you to join the community.

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

Jazz Around Town: What jazz are you going out to hear? It's a trifecta for me this week...

Dave Liebman sax imageAs the full house that attended can attest, the Pat Metheny Unity Band at German House on Saturday was outstanding! No more than catching my breath after that and Labor Day my week is thick with music I want to hear: No Fast Food at Lovin Cup tomorrow; Dave Rivello Ensemble with Bending & Breaking and Quintopus on Friday; and Exodus to Jazz on Saturday with the Wallace Roney Septet at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Hope to see some of you along the road...

Here are the listings of live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days. As usual, let me know about anything I may have missed or have something wrong....

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

  • Mark Cassara Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Funknut with Greg Townson @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • The Dave Rivello Ensemble with Quintopus & Bending and Breaking @ Montage Grille (yep, that Montage Grill), Doors at 8:00 pm, music, 8:40-11:00 pm
  • The Bowties @ The Little Theatre, 8:30 pm

Saturday, September 8, 2012

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 6:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone & John Nyerges @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 7:00 pm
  • Captain Marvel @ Lemoncello, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Wallace Roney Septet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 8:00 pm (see my earlier post below)
  • The White Hots @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Sunday, September 9, 2012

  • Bill Slater Solo Piano @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, brunch
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Towpath Cafe (Fairport), 4:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 5:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Pane Vino Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Curtis Kendrick @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Pultneyville, contact for time

Monday, September 10, 2012

  • The Westview Project @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Watkins & the Rapiers @ Little Theatre, 7:30 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Lemoncello, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Kyle Vock Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nelson @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Wind Down Wednesdays with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Vibe Lounge at the Village Gate, 6:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Sidesteppin' with Joe Chiappone, Vince Ercolamento, Paul Mastroiani and Peter Chwazik @ Murph's, 705 Titus Ave., Irondequoit, 8:00 pm

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

  • Jazz At The M.A.G. Series with Cyrille Aimee & Diego Figueiredo @ The Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Thursday, September 13th, 6:00 pm
  • Tia Fuller Quartet @ Cornell Concert Series, Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, Friday, September 14th, 8:00 pm
  • The Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Roberts Weslyan College, 7:30 pm
  • Various @ Greentopia EcoFest, High Falls Festival site, Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th (see site for groups, times and venues).
  • Ramsey Lewis Electric Band @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Bears Den, Saturday, September 15th, 8:00 pm
  • Marcus Miller @ Tralf Music Hall, Buffalo, Saturday, September 15th, 8:00 pm
  • Standard Deviations with Paul Smoker & Bill Dobbins @ Wilmot Recital Hall (Nazareth College), Sunday, September 16th, 3:00 pm added image
  • Various @ Rochester Fringe Festival, September 19-23 (see site for groups, times and venues)
  • Sixth Annual Evening of Wine and Jazz, a fundraiser to benefit Jazz 90.1 WGMC-FM @ Waterside Room, Pier 45 at Port of Rochester, Charlotte, Thursday, September 20th, 6:30 to 9:30 pm (Tickets go on sale on August 6th)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Bucky Pizzarelli Trio @ Hochstein Performance Hall, Saturday, September 22nd, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents a The Willem Breuker Kollektief “A Tribute to Willem” @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Wednesday September 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio @ Cornell Concert Series, Bailey Hall, Cornell, Ithaca, Friday, September 28th, 8:00 pm
  • The Rippingtons, Featuring Russ Freeman @ Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, Bears Den, Saturday, September 29th, 3:00 & 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Tom Harrell Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Thursday, October 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the E.J. Strickland Quintet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, October 27th, 8:00 pm

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 (see the Comment link at the bottom). I want to hear from you!  Please share the post with your friends who love jazz.

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 of the venues 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 "Contact Us" button above). 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.

Exodus to Jazz starts its 2012-2013 season Saturday with the Wallace Roney Septet

Kicking off the exciting and diverse 2012-2013 lineup of the Exodus to Jazz concert series is trumpeter Wallace Roney with his septet on Saturday, September 8th at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation at 8:00 pm (see the 411 below for more details or the Exodus to Jazz website).

Wallace Roney imageWallace Roney established himself in the mid-1980s, succeeding Terence Blanchard in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers in 1986. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was an integral part of Tony Williams's quintet. In 1991, Roney played with Miles Davis at the Montreux Jazz Festival and after Davis's death that year, toured in memorial tour with former Miles collaborators Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Williams and recorded with them the Grammy-winning Tribute to Miles record. Roney has worked with Art Blakey, Elvin Jones, Philly Joe Jones, Walter Davis Jr., Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Jay McShann, David Murray and McCoy Tyner, as well as appearing as a featured soloist with Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Curtis Fuller, Carole King, Joni Mitchell and Dizzy Gillespie. He won the 1990 Downbeat Critic's Poll as Best Rising New Trumpeter. 

After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Wallace Roney learned much of his craft directly Miles Davis, studying with him from 1985 through his death in 1991. Roney is capable of a perfect imitation of Davis, fooling seasoned jazz listeners andcritics have taken him sounding too similar. However, Roney has his own sound and relationship with the music. As critic Ron Wynn wrote in Rovi, "[Roney's] trumpet tone, timbre, approach, phrasing, and sound so closely mirror that of Miles Davis in his pre-jazz/rock phase that he's been savaged in many places for being a clone and unrepentant imitator... It's a classic no-win situation; he does sound tremendously like Davis and can't be completely absolved from critical charges of imitation. But he's also a fine, evocative player on ballads and can be fiery and explosive on up-tempo tunes."  His albums are fully within the hard bop/post-bop tradition, but he mixes a lot of other influences in as well.  Now recording for the HighNote label, Roney's most recent CD is Home (affliate link).

Here's the 411 on the concert:
  • Location: Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut St., Rochester, NY 14604
  • Date & Time: Saturday, September 8th, 8:00 pm, doors at 7:00 PM. Concert will be two one-hour sets with a 20-minute intermission.
  • Tickets: Advanced Sales: Patron - $40; Premium - $30; General Admission - $25. At the Door: Patron - $42; Premium - $32; General Admission - $27. Advance sales tickets can be bought at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse) and online at Brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.

Found a few videos for you to check out, including a short documentary with Dr. Billy Taylor discussing Roney, Roney with some students in May of this year, one from 1994 Warsaw concert with his quintet (including Roney's younger brother Antoine and now ex-wife pianist Geri Allen), and another from the Miles tribute band's tour in 1996:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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