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No jazz for you? Only a little (Jazz in ROC, January 29 to February 4, 2015)

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Not much out there in the way of live jazz for you over the next seven days.  Just look at Sunday through Wednesday.  However, the fact that these run from February 1st to 4th is a clue. Several of my sources had not uploaded February gigs and I didn't have anything to fill them in from other sources. Come back and I'll try to fill them in later (or let me know if you know of one I don't have below ... or if one below is no longer around).

Open the link below (if you're not reading this in an email) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days...

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It's cold out there! .... In more ways than one (Jazz in ROC, January 22-28, 2015)

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I know that I don't want to head out into the cold these days and realize that it is having its effect on how much is out there. However, I know there's more out there ... somewhere ... but I'm a busy guy with a demanding day job. I rely on you, my readers, to spread the word that we're here and trying to help get more live jazz out there for you. So when you're at a venue that has live jazz, let them know about us. OK? Now back to your regularly scheduled programming ....

Open the link below (if you're not reading this in an email) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days...

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Martin Luther King had a dream for jazz, too ....

In thoughts printed in the program for the 1964 Berlin Jazz Festival, Dr. Martin Luther King wrote eloquently on the role that music, and jazz in particular, played in the Civil Rights movement and, more universally, as a "stepping stone" in the universal struggles of modern man to find peace, meaning, love, happiness and faith. On this day on which we celebrate Dr. King's life, I thought I'd share these words:

On the Importance of Jazz

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God has wrought many things out of oppression. He has endowed his creatures with the capacity to create—and from this capacity has flowed the sweet songs of sorrow and joy that have allowed man to cope with his environment and many different situations.

Jazz speaks for life. The Blues tell the story of life's difficulties, and if you think for a moment, you will realize that they take the hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.

This is triumphant music!

Modern jazz has continued in this tradition, singing the songs of a more complicated urban existence. When life itself offers no order and meaning, the musician creates an order and meaning from the sounds of the earth which flow through his instrument.

It is no wonder that so much of the search for identity among American Negroes was championed by Jazz musicians. Long before the modern essayists and scholars wrote of racial identity as a problem for a multiracial world, musicians were returning to their roots to affirm that which was stirring within their souls.

Much of the power of our Freedom Movement in the United States has come from this music. It has strengthened us with its sweet rhythms when courage began to fail. It has calmed us with its rich harmonies when spirits were down.

And now, Jazz is exported to the world. For in the particular struggle of the Negro in America there is something akin to the universal struggle of modern man. Everybody has the Blues. Everybody longs for meaning. Everybody needs to love and be loved. Everybody needs to clap hands and be happy. Everybody longs for faith.

In music, especially this broad category called Jazz, there is a stepping stone towards all of these.

Hat tips to the NextBop and Lubricity blogs who turned me on to this speech in 2011 (the latter updating us to some work by historians showing these words were the festival program and not a speech, since MLK was not at the festival).

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

Sit back, turn up the sound and watch the Miles Davis Quintet ...

What looks to be a full set of great music with the second Quintet in 1967 with Miles Davis joined by Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter and Tony Williams:

 

If you know where this concert was filmed, let us know in the comments. 

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Hey, there's gotta be more jazz out there? (Jazz in ROC, January 15-21, 2015)

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I don't know, but City, one of the sources that I use in addition to direct communication from the artists for jazz listings is really drying up, with mostly repeating gigs (who knows if some of these gigs are still going on.... of course you can let me know!) and less than one page of new listings. I hope this is temporary not a reflection of the new reality! I would welcome a comment below if you know different...

Open the link below (if you're not reading this in an email) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days...

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A night in the life of the Christian McBride Trio ...

Jazz at Lincoln Center has just started up a new series of its "Night in the Life" videos, which are short webisodes following a jazz artist or group around for a day. A new one started up with bassist Christian McBride and his trio mates pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ullyses S. Owens (BTW, USO will be here in February with some Friends for a special Valentine's Day concert for Exodus to Jazz). Here's the first of the new series of videos to start you off:

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Temps and snow may be falling, but we've got some hot jazz for you (Jazz in ROC, January 8-14, 2015)

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My 5 minute commute took about 1/2 hour today (and I'm a lucky one!) and I'm still a bit numb in places walking from the office to my car. Now cozy in my apartment, listening to some Afro-Cuban jazz, and writing a post.  While it's still a bit light after the holidays, the live jazz around ROC is beginning to pick up.  Let me know if you hear of anything.... 

 Open the link below (if you're not reading this in an email) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days...

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