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Has it been a year already? ... XRIJF for live jazz in June, this post for live jazz in ROC for the next 7 days

XRIJF logo

Every year it sneaks up on me and then I get the "media alert" setting the time. And it is here again.... Yesterday morning at Hatch Hall in the Eastman School of Music, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announced its lineup for this year's festival, which will take place June 19-27. As usual it is a great smorgasbord of music, with a lot of new sounds that I'm looking forward to tasting during those 9 days in June.

There are new venues and some other changes, plus the last of the headliners, Steve Gadd with a special guest (do you think it might be Chuck?). As the media is all over this, I would check out the XRIJF's site and the D&C's Jeff Spevak's coverage of the presser(with a video of Music Director John Nugent's announcement of the lineup). 

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I would like to be responsive in more ways than one....

image from www.jazzrochester.com
Quick note to let you all know that I will be working on redesigning the site to use a more of a responsive design so that it will display better in all manner of screens from big ass monitors to iPhones and Androids (not quite ready for the Apple Watch...). I have been using a separate service for my mobile readers for quite a while and will keep that until I'm happy with how mobile display is working.

As I move things around and try out different design elements, 2 vs. 3 columns, font sizes, etc., I would love it if you would provide feedback on how you're seeing it out there. Just click on the Contact Us button (or link or, whatever it ends up being as I redesign, it should be up top) to send me an email. Wish me luck as these things never go without a hitch! 

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

Jazz is Ugly ... Jazz is Beautiful: Save April 4th for this benefit concert and symposium at Bop Shop Records

Jazz Is Ugly...Jazz is Beautiful

Bop Shop Records, Bop Arts, Inc., and the Institute for Creative Music (IfCM) are presenting a day-long music festival and symposium on Saturday, April 4th at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Ave., from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

This benefit is to celebrate the IfCM’s mission of promoting improvisation in music education through performance, a participatory workshop, and a panel discussion.  

Music throughout the day will feature prominent local and regional professionals playing original and improvised music. Student groups of up-and-coming jazz talents from the Rochester area will also play at the event.  

Here is the full schedule for "Jazz is Ugly... Jazz is Beautiful":

  • 2:00 pm-2:45pm: Laura Dubin and Antonio Guerrero Duo
  • 2:55-3:40pm: Bill Tiberio Band
  • 3:50-4:20pm: School of the Arts Jazz Combo, directed by Doug Stone
  • 4:30-5:15pm: Doug Stone & Friends
  • 5:25-6:10pm: IfCM Collective (a showcase sextet of teaching artists from the Institute for Creative Music)
  • 6:15-7:00pm: Symposium (Bop Arts, Inc. will facilitate a panel discussion including Tom Kohn from Bop Shop Records and special guests Angie Sanchez and Omar Tamez, who are appearing at the Bop Shop on April 3rd, giving insight into creating and performing jazz in the 21st century)
  • 7:10-7:40pm: Fairport HS Combo, directed by Bill Tiberio
  • 7:50-8:35pm: Aaron Staebell (“Energized and eclectic, a weirdo you won’t want to miss.” —Toronto Star)
  • 8:45-9:15pm: Harley School Combo, directed by Mike Kaupa
  • 9:30pm to end: - Nick Finzer's Ten Year Suite (a new dectet work by trombonist and composer Nick Finzer commissioned by the IfCM)

"Jazz is Ugly... Jazz is Beautiful" will also provide an opportunity to sample an improvisation workshop like those that the IfCM provides for students around the Rochester area and beyond through drop-in workshops and multi-day residencies.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested, with all proceeds going directly to the Institute for Creative Music in order to provide school and community groups with opportunities to participate in creative music-making. For more information, call Chris Teal (509-230-0688) or visit the IfCM's website

For detailed information on all of the performers, visit the IfCM's page for the event here. For more about the Institute, check out this video:

 

 I hope to see you there... come up and say hello!

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

Live Shots: Levin Brothers at Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews

With a full house, the Levin Brothers--Tony Levin and his brother Pete, with Eric Lawrence and Jeff Siegel--were only two into the first set when the fire alarm went off. I guess the cool jazz they were playing was a bit too hot....

After a short "cooling off" period outside, we found our way back to our seats and the music--originals in the cool Jazz vein--began again.

Live Shots: Levin Brothers at Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews

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

Yes, you've found the ROC jazz for the next seven days (Live jazz in ROC, March 19-25, 2015)

jazz sign

We're still working on the weather, but with the passing of St. Paddys the coming months that we here in ROC live for are within sniffing distance.  Just a few more weeks ... I hope!  Tonight I'm hitting the Levin Brothers at Lovin Cup, so got this out early.

Next week the media we'll be hearing about the full lineup for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Watch for more on that in these pages.... 

Jazz 90.1 is working on their Spring Pledge Drive on Monday. Send them a few ducats to keep the lights on and the jazz flowing. 

Open the link below (if not an email subscriber) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days....  

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It's right around the corner ... really! (Live jazz in ROC, March 12-18, 2015)

jazz club

We're melting, we're melting ...!  I'm very happy to see it gone as I (like I expect you) am just DONE with winter.  Of course, it's only March 11th.... 

It may not be here yet, but it is coming! We should be hearing about Club Pass and other music coming to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival ... it's not that far away now (and there was much rejoicing....). 

Jazz 90.1 is in the middle of their starting their Spring Pledge Drive on Monday. Send them a few ducats to keep the lights on and the jazz flowing. 

If anyone knows what's up with Bistro 135, drop me a line through the Contact Us button above and let me know.  I tried contacting them through their site, but just crickets since.

Open the link below (if not an email subscriber) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days....  

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Melt away the ice with some music... (Live jazz in ROC, March 5-11, 2015)

jazz with sax imageCan you see the light at the end of this winter tunnel we've been in?  I'm starting to.... Coming later this month is the announcement of the Club Pass lineup for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which is a sign that winter is almost at an end.

In the jazz news, radio station Jazz 90.1 is starting their Spring Pledge Drive on Monday. Send them a few ducats to keep the lights on and the jazz flowing.

Open the link below (if not an email subscriber) to find the live jazz in and around the ROC for the next seven days....  

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The Rita Collective @ The Lovin Cup

The Rita Collective @ The Lovin Cup

I've been meaning to catch The Rita Collective for awhile and the weather gods (barely) and my schedule finally aligned.

Anyone who knows me knows I like music coming from many influences. Rita Collective revels in that. Starting with a transcription of a Rage Against The Machine ditty, followed by a song based on one by a Tunisian oud player by Tunisian oud master, Anouar Brahem (the title of which led to the band's name) and then one by Bela Fleck, the group lives up to the eclecticism that drew me in the first place. It was more eclectic as the night progressed....

Tonight they were joined in the second set by Mark Collins on trumpet. Collins is from White Plains and currently teaches at SUNY Geneseo.

This was their first night at Lovin Cup. Good venue for them. Check them out ....

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