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Go hear jazz amongst yourselves ... live jazz in Rochester, April 28th through May 4th

Andys signI'm out of town for awhile, so go hear jazz amongst yourselves. I will be in Wichita, which as you probably know has a thriving jazz scene (irony... although it is not unheard of). But don't worry, I'll still be doing the posts...

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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

On Twitter? Follow the 2016 XRIJF Artist List and get the backstory...

TweetFest imageJazz@Rochester has been on Twitter for a long time and is closing in on 11,000 followers. We follow local jazz artists, jazz artists from elsewhere with a local connection, and more than a few of my favorite artists, websites, blogs and other jazz information sources. There are a number of the artists (in jazz and other genres) on Twitter appearing at this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and so far I've found 90 of them and added them to a Twitter List. I'm afraid I regrettably have had to leave some off due to the noise their feed creates in the list (Erykah Badu's @fatbellybella account, with over 1M followers, just drowns everything out...).  

It can be fun checking in on what XRIJF artists are doing before and after the festival, sharing relevant insights about them with my followers, and letting the artists know how much I enjoyed their performance at the festival. If you'd like to join that conversation, just click on the "tooting Tweeter" (or is it honking...?) to the right to check out our Twitter List and add it to your favorite Twitter client (or of course follow it directly on Twitter), or just follow the Jazz@Rochester Twitter feed (click on the blue Twitter bird at the top the middle column under Connect with Jazz@Rochester to check that out).

If you're appearing at XRIJF 2016 and are on Twitter and not on the List, please tweet to me (or contact me through the site) and let me know and I'll add you.

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

It's late, but I had a good excuse ... live jazz in ROC April 21-27

VV_ACEDStrip_smIt is rare that I don't get the post out on Wednesday night, but I was traveling back from attending a conference for the day job in NYC yesterday and used the hour I planned to write the post at the gate waiting for my plane at JFK last night standing in an hour-plus line to get through security. By the time I got home near midnight, I was too pooped after a three day conference on ediscovery and cybersecurity to even open the computer. Refreshed, I'm taking a break from work this afternoon to bang it out now. I apologize to those with gigs tonight, but will make sure my email subscribers get this as soon after it is published as possible. While in NYC I had a chance to catch a killing first set by the Eric Reed Quartet (no pics allowed during the show, so I just took one outside, tarted it up some, and have spared you the selfie version ....).

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Spring (?) into ... live jazz in Rochester for April 14th through April 20th

B&W Jazz signIt's still pretty cold outside (hopefully to improve soon?), but there's some hot jazz out there over the next seven days. Plus, for those of us who still like to paw through record bins, Record Store Day will be going on Saturday at Bop Shop Records and The Record Archive.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Get jazzed at the 2016 Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony!

Rochester Music Hall of Fame log The Rochester Music Hall of Hame celebrated its first inductees in 2012, recognizing those with ties to Rochester whose talents, efforts, perseverance, and creativity have contributed to the creation of musical excellence. Every year new members are honored through ceremony and celebration and their achievements memorialized to promote an appreciation for the Greater Rochester area’s rich and diverse musical history and culture. Among the class of inductees for 2016 are two musicians who are well-known to Rochester jazz fans: Pee Wee Ellis and Joe Locke. 

PeeWeeEllisAlfred “Pee Wee” Ellis is an acclaimed saxophonist and composer who was the architect of James Brown’s era-defining soul classics of the late 1960s, introducing the dynamic arrangements and rhythm that would define the emerging language of funk. Ellis is considered the inventor of “funk jazz” and together with Brown is credited with giving birth to funk, melding together his jazz influences with Brown’s R&B roots. Born in Florida, Ellis’s family moved to Rochester when he was a teenage, studied at Madison High School and collaborated with fellow fledgling jazz musicians (and past RMHF inductees) Chuck Mangione and Ron Carter. He was given the nickname “Pee Wee” by older jazz musicians he jammed with. At age 24, he began working with James Brown and was his bandleader from 1965 to 1969. With Brown, Ellis co-wrote and arranged several songs including “Cold Sweat,” “Licking Stick,” “Mother Popcorn,” and “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” He also performs on many of Brown’s most notable recordings. Other artists Ellis has worked with and composed and arranged for include George Benson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, and rockers Aerosmith, and Van Morrison. Today Ellis lives in the UK where he leads his band The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, is writing his autobiography, and is developing a project chronicling the history and impact of funk on popular music and culture. Pee Wee Ellis will perform jazz alongside bassist and 2016 Grammy winner Christian McBride and will also be joined by Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, who together with Ellis were the magic behind the famed James Brown horn section, to perform some of the hits Ellis co-wrote with Brown.

JoeLockeJoe Locke is a jazz vibraphonist with an international reputation as one of the major voices of his instrument. He is very familiar to Rochester jazz audiences and has returned repeatedly over the past years to play at the Rochster International Jazz Festival and elsewhere. Locke has more than 30 recordings to his credit and has performed with a diverse range of musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, and the Münster Symphony Orchestra. He has mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz. In fact, the Times of London has noted that Locke is “set to become the pre-eminent vibraphonist in jazz” and the Penguin Encyclopedia of Jazz states that “[i]n the select group of contemporary vibes players, Locke has claims to head the list.” He is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he holds the position of International Vibraphone Consultant. Locke’s latest album, Love is a Pendulum, which he brought to Kilbourn Hall at last year's festival, was featured in a number of “Best of 2015” lists, including those of DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Times, and that of critic Jack Garner in the Democrat and Chronicle. Locke’s family moved to Rochester from California when he was young. While he is a self-taught improviser, he mastered his craft while in high school, studying classical percussion and composition at the Eastman School of Music. Joe Locke will perform two songs from his repertoire, backed by members of Prime Time Funk and featuring vocalist Tessa Souter.

The 5th Annual Induction Ceremony of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24th at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Eastman Theatre box office or at (585) 454-2100 or online. Tickets are priced at $35 to $60, with specially priced $20 seats for students and educators. More ticket information is online on the RMHOF website. The first four ceremonies have drawn near sell-out crowds to Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, so get them soon. Hope to see you there!

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

Diagramming jazz ... a poster for Jazz Appreciation Month

I was recently contacted by LA graphic designer Gage Nguyen who has designed the Evolution of Jazz infographic poster below for Jazz Appreciation Month (that's April if you weren't already aware) and is using Kickstarter to fund its production and distribution.  I like these infographic images and, in the spirit of Jazz Appreciation Month I thought I'd share with my readers.  Now, I realize that one may disagree on where individual artists are placed in the diagram, wish that it went past 1970 (jazz did ...), or believe that jazz has not "evolved" at all from its beginnings (or somewhere else along the timeline). You can put a big red arrow on your copy on where your listening preferences reside... 

If you'd like to either a 18x24" and 24x36" poster of this (or some stickers with the Armstrong quote), then head on over to Gage's Evolution of Jazz Poster page on Kickstarter and help make it a reality. 

 

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Are you appreciating it this month? ... live jazz in Rochester, April 7th through 13th

JAM LogoApril is Jazz Appreciation Month, according to the Smithsonian at least. While I don't think there are any "official" events here in Rochester (tell me if I'm wrong), there is some great jazz out there this week and coming later this month.  Are you appreciating it ...? 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers. [Editor's Note April 8th: I updated the listings for the Pythodd Jazz Room, which has moved to an 8-11:00 pm timeframe.]

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