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Jazz Around Town: Yes there is ....

Joe Locke talking to ROC crowd

If you went to the Exodus to Jazz gig with Joe Locke, you know what a treat it was. Joe really had several heart-to-heart talks with his ROC peeps. One of them is to the right... more later, I hope.

Although there is not much in the way of jazz in this year's inductees (OK, I'm not from around here from back in the day, so please correct me if I'm wrong...), the Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is this week on the 28th.

Additionally, the WGMC Jazz 90.1 Online Auction continues hrough May 3rd. Give'em your support. Every little bit helps. 

Here's what live jazz gigs I found in and around Rochester over the next 7 days, plus some things coming up in the near future:

Thursday, April 25, 2013

  • Jon Seiger All-Stars Trio @ Market Cafe at Wegmans on Calkins Road, 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan from El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Duo Project @ Monroe's Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Roncones Italian Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Spotlight on Faculty: More Jazz It Up! @ Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall, 7:00 pm (highlight video from last year)
  • Nazareth College Jazz Ensemble @ Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth College, 7:30 pm
  • Nitefall @ The Beale New Orleans Grille and Bar (South Ave., Rochester), 7:30 
  • Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio with Cabo Frio's Curtis Kendrick & Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:30 pm

Friday, April 26, 2013

  • Bobby DiBaudo Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ Pultneyville Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill  (Williamson), 6:30 pm
  • Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series: The Jazz Vocalist @ Baobab Cultural Center, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • The Midnight City @ Bistro 135, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Litttle Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Joel Harrison with Steve Greene & Dave Arenius @ The Bop Shop, 9:00 pm
  • Prime Time Funk: 17 Years & Counting @ Taylor's, 9:30 pm

Saturday, April 27, 2013

  • Vanessa Mangione Quartet @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • White Hots @ Pultneyville Grill (Williamson), 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Honor Flight Rochester Benefit Concert @ Callahan Theater, Nazareth College Arts Center, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • AudioInflux @ Richmonds Tavern (Rochester), 9:00 pm

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Monday, April 29, 2013

  • Kyle Vock Duo @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Todd Anderson and Vibe Lounge Present "Monday Night Live" with the Jimmie Highsmith Experience @ Vibe Lounge, 302 N. Goodman St (Village Gate), Rochester, 8:00 pm  added image

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

  • Jack Allen @ Big Band Dance Spring Series, Charlotte Beach, Roger Robach Community Center, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Roses & Revolutions (you may know them as Tinted Image) @ 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

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 websites 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: Spring has sprung? I certainly hope so... get outside and hear some jazz!

Jazz Sign image

OK, it is still "inside" music weather, but the festival season is just around the corner! Jazz 90.1's Spring Pledge Drive is underway and they're getting close to their $50K goal.  Help them get over the top by pledging what you can. The online auction begins on April 22nd and goes through May 3rd. Tell'em Jazz@Rochester sent you.... 

I also suggest you check out the Girls in the Band, about the women in this music, which will be one of the opening films at the High Falls Film Festival tomorrow. Read more and get tickets here.

Here's what live jazz gigs I found in and around Rochester over the next 7 days, plus some things coming up in the near future:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

  • Jon Seiger All-Stars Trio @ Market Cafe at Wegmans on Calkins Road, 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan from El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Duos with Reuben Allen @ Monroe's Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Roncones Italian Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Gilmore & Steve Santini @ The Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls), 7:00 pm
  • Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio with Cabo Frio's Curtis Kendrick & Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, April 19, 2013

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz with Michael VanAllen and Bob DeRosa @ Wegmans Cafe, 3175 Chili Ave, Rochester, 5:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ Pultneyville Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Prime Steakhouse (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Quartet @ Friday Jazz at Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave., Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Pomodoro's Wine Bar & Grill (University Ave., Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Cool Club 3 @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble and New Jazz Ensemble (Dave Rivello and Bill Dobbins, Directors) @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Marco Amadio @ Pane Vino Ristorante, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Litttle Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 20, 2013

  • Boyd Lee Dunlop @ Record Store Day at the Bop Shop, 1:00 pm
  • John Nyerges @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • White Hots @ Pultneyville Grill (Williamson), 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale (Fairport), 7:00 pm
  • Shades of Blue @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents The Joe Locke Group with Culture Clash @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 8:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

  • No jazz for you?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

  • Jim Nugent  @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

  • Johnny Matt @ Big Band Dance Spring Series, Charlotte Beach, Roger Robach Community Center, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Night Trane @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Pomodoro's Wine Bar & Grill (University Ave., Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rod Blumenau Quartet with guest Doug Stone, "Old Wine, New Bottles" @ Ingle Auditorium, Rochester Institute of Technology, 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

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 websites 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.

Coming home ... Exodus to Jazz brings Joe Locke back to Rochester on April 20th

Joe Locke press imageComing home again, Rochester-area native Joe Locke is playing two sets for Exodus to Jazz at the Hochstein Performance Hall on Saturday, April 20th at 8:00 pm. 

Locke is one of the pre-eminent musician playing the jazz vibraphone, performing and recording with a very wide range of musicians, including (to name just a few) Grover Washington Jr, Kenny Barron, Eddie Henderson, Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, and the Münster Symphony and Lincoln, Nebraska Symphony orchestras. I've seen Joe play at least five times and he brings new and exciting groupings and approaches every single time I hear him.  This time will be no different...

Joe appears this time with his “Blues & Ballads” project with Ryan Cohan on piano, Jaimeo Brown on drums, and Lorin Cohen on bass. This is a pre-release concert to support Joe's a new disc, Lay Down My Heart (affiliate link), which is available for pre-order on Joe's online store). Here's a post on Joe's own blog about the concert and the album that you should check out.

Joe Locke will play two one-hour sets with 20-minute intermission. The festivities will begin shortly after the doors open at 7:00 pm with local group Culture Clash, led by noted saxophonist and RIT professor Dr. Carl Atkins, who will welcome everyone with jazz arrangements influenced by a range of world cultures.

Here's the skinny on Saturday:

  • Venue: Hochstein School of Music, 50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester
  • Ticket Prices: Advanced Sales: Patron - $40(includes “Meet & Greet” reception); Premium - $30; General Admission - $25 At the Door: Patron - $42 (includes “Meet & Greet” reception); Premium - $32; General Admission - $27
  • Ticket Outlets: Advances Sales:
  • Onsite at all Wegmans stores (Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse); Online at Brownpapertickets.com; and at the door
This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Jazz Around Town: Almost made three nights of jazz in a row last week, but regretting what I missed ....

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Although I missed the gig with 3 bands at the Montage on Friday, Hal made it and told us all about it on Saturday.  As you can see below, I did make two of the three gigs celebrating Tom Kohn and Bop Shop putting on 25 years of great music (with pics here and here)  Monday night's show at the store that ended with a killing set by Paul Smoker et al., whetted my appetite for more tonight at the Lovin Cup. But then reality crept in ... an early morning appointment on Wednesday, a trip to Ithaca that afternoon (unfortunately I have to be back to work on Thursday or I'd be catching Jason and Alicia Hall Moran at Cornell), and this post (which I usually write on Wed., but had to start on Tuesday to get done), plus some pretty deep fatigue on these old bones conspired to convince me that I needed to stay home instead of hearing The Engines tonight at the Lovin Cup. I'll probably regret it... as I did on Friday. 

Well, we're back from Ithaca, nothing additional in the hopper, so I'm posting what I wrote last night.  Here's what live jazz gigs I found in and around Rochester over the next 7 days, plus some things coming up in the near future:

Thursday, April 11, 2013

  • Jon Seiger All-Stars Trio @ Market Cafe at Wegmans on Calkins Road, 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan from El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Duos @ Monroe's Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Roncones Italian Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Steve Melcher @ The Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls), 7:00 pm
  • Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio with Cabo Frio's Curtis Kendrick & Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Cornell Concert Series and JazzSpacesIthaca present Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran @ Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, 8:00 pm 
  • Eastman Jazz Lab Band (Rich Thompson, Dir.) @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Audioinflux with Consider the Source @ Sticky Lips Juke Joint, 8:00 pm
  • The Phat Kats @ Pane Vino Ristorante, 8:00 pm

Friday, April 12, 2013

  • Greg Wachala with Mark Kraszewski @ Towpath Cafe (Fairport), 11:30 am
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Mendon House (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Marco Amadio @ Pane Vino Ristorante, 8:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill (Williamson), 6:30 pm
  • Michael Vadala Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Champagne & The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Litttle Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • RPO presents the Music of Stan Kenton and Artistry of Tony DeSare @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • AudioInflux @ Temple Bar and Grille, 10:00 pm

Saturday, April 13, 2013

  • Frank's Rat Pack @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • White Hots @ Pultneyville Grill (Williamson), 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Experience @ Tajze's Wine and R&B Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Sanibel Cottage (Webster), 7:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents the Century Ballroom Fundraising Ball @ Tango Cafe Dance Studio (3rd Floor Ballroom), 7:00 pm
  • Gary Chudyk @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • RPO presents the Music of Stan Kenton and Artistry of Tony DeSare @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Sultans of String @ Greece Baptist Church, 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 14, 2013

  • Rhythm Dogs @ 'Smokin' Joe's Bar & Grill, call for info

Monday, April 15, 2013

  • Kyle Vock Duo @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Kathryn Cufari @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Barroom Buzzards Plus 2 @ Green Lantern Inn (Fairport), 6:30 pm

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

  • Julie Ketchum Duo  @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

  • Gateswingers @ Big Band Dance Spring Series, Charlotte Beach, Roger Robach Community Center, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Ben Waara @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jon Greeno's Spirits Rising with Jon Greeno, Mike Kaupa, Matt Ramerman, Sam Snyder, and Bill Tiberio @ Lovin Cup, 7:00 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

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 websites 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!6

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

Live Shots: Bop Shop 25 Year Celebration

Tonight Mike Kaupa started it out solo horns, with effect(s)... followed by solo guitar works by Adam Caine, and wrapped up by a killing set from Paul Smoker with Vinny Golia, Phil Haynes & Adam Lane ... Opening the ears and mind a bit, but so fitting for this celebration of the music Tom Kohn & the Bop Shop have brought ROC over the past 25 years.

Live Shots: Bop Shop 25 Year Celebration

Live Shots: Bop Shop 25 Year Celebration

Live Shots: Bop Shop 25 Year Celebration

Live Shots: Bop Shop 25 Year Celebration

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

Three new bands hit the stage at the new "Jazz Night" @ The Montage Grill...

Below is a guest post I received over the transom from Hal Schuler, who was able to attend the last night's outing of the Montage Grill's new "Jazz Night." Well, it was "new" to me as I don't remember hearing from anyone before the first. (Musician's please let me know about your gigs, don't expect me to check all your sites or that the venue's will take care of it.) Drummer Aaron Staebell says this was the second of these "jazz nights," which he curates, in what he hopes will be a series attempting to bring jazz that tests borders back to the Montage. Hal, whom I often see out at the gigs on the edge of the jazz envelope, has provided some words and pictures from the gig last night. If you have any comments you want to share click on the link at the end of the post and leave one, I'll see that Hal gets them. Take it away Hal:

Doug Stone QuintetThe Saturday April 6th Jazz Night at Montage presented three dynamic groups. The show opened with Doug Stone’s new quintet. The group was formed as a vehicle to perform Doug's compositions, which ranged from modern straight-ahead swing to group improvisation. The group was propelled by a hard driving rhythm section and strong solos from a front line of Dave Chisholm on trumpet and Doug Stone on tenor.

Aaron Staebell's new group Normal People was up next. As pointed out in the intro, the leader has many friends that aren't jazz fans so he wanted to do some music for them. Consisting of three guitars, alto/soprano saxophone, bass guitar and drums it features Staebell's arrangements of popular music from several generations. Normal People imageThe songs were played without interruption with brief interludes between songs. The melody was carried by the alto/soprano saxophone with the guitars as accompaniment. There weren't solos in the jazz sense and most retained fragments of the melody. The group was a big hit with the audience. At Montage some people referred to the music as atmospheric but I think of it more as moody, melody driven and propelled by a gentle but insistent swing. You should hear the group and come up with your own description. After the set I learned it consisted of about a dozen songs. While I recognized about half the melodies the only song I could name was "The Tennessee Waltz" an early 1950's hit by Patti Page. That should tell you something. [You can hear some sample sounds from Normal People on Aaron's Soundcloud]

Colossus imageLast up was Colossus, a big band that made its public debut last December at the Bug Jar. The music can be heard at the Colossus Bandcamp site. Co-led by Mike Conrad, Levi Saelua and Dave Chisholm, the band plays their arrangements and compositions and consists of a rhythm section including guitar, five reeds, four trumpets and four trombones. The band is big, brash and has a great sound and many fine soloists. Most people like to hear a few familiar tunes but here the original compositions were so interesting and involving the standards were not missed. Later this month they will be recording a CD. I'm sure they will be doing some gigs around town in support of the disc. Don't miss them. You won't be disappointed.

I should point out that the lighting and sound were first rate something that is often missing at musical performances. On the minus side a few more seats would have been helpful.

This blog is about building the jazz community in Rochester. So, if you're out there at a show and want to share your experience of a live jazz gig with Rochester (and, frankly, the rest of the world, as my readers are from all over), feel free to add your voice to Jazz@Rochester. Use the Contact Us button above and we'll see what we can do.  The time limits I have make it impossible for me to hear as much as I'd like or to write about it w'hen I do (just getting the listings out is sometimes all I can do in a week), so I welcome guest posts. I just reserve the right not to publish and to edit posts and images to further the purpose of this blog.

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

Jazz Around Town: Celebrating live music and live jazz for nearly 7 years doesn't compare to 25, but it's a start....

I'm going to try to help Tom Kohn and the Bop Shop celebrate the 25 years of great music that he has presented to Rochester this week (I've been doing it since 2006 here, but Tom works much harder). Hope you get out there too (see my post below). Well, here are the live jazz gigs in and around Rochester that I was able to find (and there are not that many, actually...) over the next 7 days, plus some things coming up in the near future:

Thursday, April 4, 2013

  • Jon Seiger All-Stars Trio @ Market Cafe at Wegmans on Calkins Road, 5:30 pm
  • Andy Calabrese Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Duos with Ben Bishop @ Monroe's Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Sonny Brown Band @ The Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls), 7:00 pm
  • Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • JazzSpacesIthaca presents Nancy Kelly @ Carriage House Cafe (Ithaca), 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, April 5, 2013

  • Greg Wachala with Mark Kraszewski @ Towpath Cafe (Fairport), 11:30 am
  • Jazz Masterclass: Guillermo Bazzola and Steve Brown (Ithaca College) @ ESM Main Building 305, 1:05 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Mendon House (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Prime Steakhouse (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Michael Vadala Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Litttle Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2013

  • Reuben Allen (Student Degree Recital, jazz composition) @ Eastman School Ray Wright Room, 1:30 pm
  • Mike Conrad (Student Degree Recital, jazz composition) @ Eastman School Ray Wright Room, 3:30 pm
  • Andy Calabrese @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • White Hots @ Pultneyville Grill (Williamson), 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Vino Lounge (Webster), 7:00 pmJasmine's Asian Fusion (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Jazz at the MAG with Stephane Wrembel @ Memorial Art Gallery, Saturday, 7:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers @ Charlie Browns, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Night presenting Aaron Staebell's Normal People, with the Doug Stone New Band and Colossus @ Montage Music Hall, 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 7, 2013

  • Bop Shop & Bop Arts present Conference Call  @ Lovin Cup, 8:00 pm (see the preceding post below for details)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

  • Ben Waara @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes  @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Bop Shop & Bop Arts present The Engines @ Lovin Cup, Tuesday, April 9th, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

  • Music Makers with Al Monte Trio @ Big Band Dance Spring Series, Charlotte Beach, Roger Robach Community Center, 6:00 to 9:00 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

  • Cornell Concert Series and JazzSpacesIthaca present Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran @ Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, Thursday, April 11th, 8:00 pm 
  • RPO presents the Music of Stan Kenton and Artistry of Tony DeSare @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Friday-Saturday, April 12-13, 8:00 pm
  • JazzSpacesIthaca presents Vincent Herring  @ The Carriage House, Ithaca, Thursday, April 18th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents The Joe Locke Group with Culture Clash @ Hochstein Performance Hall, Saturday, April 20, 8:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm)
  • JazzSpacesIthaca presents Anat Cohen  @ The Carriage House, Ithaca, Thursday, May 2nd, 8:00 pm
  • Gretchen ParlatoAlbright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, Saturday, May 4th, 7:00 pm (coming to XRIJF in June)
  • Art Loves Jazz (Benefit for WGMC Jazz 90.1) @ Artisan Works, Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30-9:30 pm (tickets)

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 websites 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.

Celebrating 25 years of celebrating music, Tom Kohn, Bop Arts and the Bop Shop are throwing a party!

Bop Shop 25 year imageStarting this Sunday, Tom Kohn, Bop Arts and the Bop Shop are celebrating a major milestone. Twenty-five years ago, Kohn and the Bop Shop hosted its first jazz concert. The band was the Pierre Dorge Quartet featuring Morton Carlson, Irene Becker and a relatively unknown drummer named Hamid Drake, and played in a little hallway behind the Bop Shop. Tom has gone on to produce more than 400 concerts, including bringing many jazz artists and groups whose creative music otherwise would not have been heard in Rochester.

The celebration will, of course, be through more music. Festivities will begin on April 7th at the Lovin Cup in Henrietta near the campus of RIT  and end there on April 9th, with a stop at the store in between. Here's the lineup:

  • April 7th: Conference Call, featuring Gebhard Ullmann, George Schuller, Joe Fonda & Michael Jefry Stevens. This will be a Lovin’ Cup event at 8:00 pm
  • April 8th: Paul Smoker, Vinny Golia, Phil Haynes and Adam Lane, plus solo sets by Adam Caine & Mike Kaupa, This is a Bop Shop event at 6:00 pm
  • April 9th: The Engines, featuring Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler & Tim Daisy. This will be a Lovin’ Cup event at 8:00 pm

Tickets for each of these shows are $12 in advance & $15 at the door, a special $30 pass for all 3 shows is available. Tickets are on sale at both Lovin Cup and the Bop Shop for the Lovin Cup events; for the 8th, tickets are available at the store.

Dave Liebman Image: Gregory BellFor those of us like yours truly who try to be explorers in the world of music, the jazz and other music presented by Tom Kohn and Bop Arts is creative and challenging, in a good way, providing a refreshing alternative to more commercially "safe" sounds in jazz and other genres. I asked Tom Kohn "What drives you to present the types of jazz you present?" His response is telling and knowing the wide range of music that Tom listens to and raves about, made perfect sense to me:

I like all kinds of jazz music, I need the music to talk to me, to stimulate me like a good meal. I like interesting food as well as comfort food. And then I want to share it with everybody.
And good meals they have been .... I asked Kohn for the five standout concerts (or, I guess, "meals") for him during the 25 years of concerts he has presented:
  • Tom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson
  • Pierre Dorge & the New Jungle Orchestra
  • "Any one of the 15 Willem Breukker Kollektief shows I put on" (of the three I was at, I'd have to agree
  • "First time I had Billy Bang play for me, he would play for us 4 times before he went on the Jazz fest here."
  • Solo show with Joe McPhee

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at Bop Shop iamgeAs I hope you all know, Tom and the Bop Shop left their longtime home at the Village Gate and moved to a new space at 1460 Monroe Ave in Rochester. I asked Kohn "what has changed since your move to the Monroe Street store?" Kohn noted that "in store concerts are more difficult to orchestrate in the store," which is why he has turned to the Lovin’ Cup for some of the shows, but he does "miss the Atrium and the courtyard." And what else is currently in the works? Tom notes that so far he's working on bringing the Barry Altcshul Trio, Larry Oaks of ROVA, Respect Sextet, and Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and I'm sure much more.

And don't forget Record Store Day at the Bop Shop on April 20th!

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