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2016 see ya! Now I wonder whether there will be ... live jazz in ROC December 29th to January 4, 2017?

As you know, for me 2016 hasn't been the best year.  I'm looking forward to 2017 and here it comes.  As this is a holiday, please take some of the listings below with a grain of salt. Call the venue first to make sure.  I'm sure there's some jazz out there at various New Years Eve parties, but have listed the ones I'm aware of. 

Listen on January 3d (starting early, like 6:00 am) to our local jazz radio spot, Jazz90.1, as they bring you the Top 40 CD’s from the Top 100 of 2016, as voted on by their staff and volunteers.  Also, check out their lineup changes for 2017.

Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to build one here. If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. They can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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Eastman Jazz Musicians Featured at Annual Jazz Education Network Conference  

FYI from an Eastman School of Music Press Release, December 22, 2016:

image from www.esm.rochester.eduJazz students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music will perform on the first night of the 8th Annual JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference, being held in New Orleans Jan. 4 to 7, 2017. JEN is an international organization that promotes and advances jazz education, performance, and development of new audiences.  The annual conference features workshops, panel discussions, research presentations, clinics, and concerts.

The Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemblewill be joined by Grammy- and Emmy-winning keyboardist, singer, and composer David Paich to perform the music of West Coast arranger Marty Paich, who arranged music for such singers as Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and many others.

David Paich, who is a founding member of the band Toto and the son of Marty Paich, is working with Eastman’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department to house and perform his father’s music at the school. In 2014, the Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble under Jeff Campbell received a DownBeat award for its performance of the music of Marty Paich with David Paich and drummer Dennis Mackrel.

Performing in the ensemble at the JEN conference are Eastman students Luke Norris, C.J. Ziarniak, and Orlando Madrid, saxophone; Charlie Carr, trumpet; Abe Nouri and Tanner Jackson, trombone; and Rebekah Lorenz, horn. Faculty members joining the ensemble are Charles Pillow, saxophone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Harold Danko and Jeffrey Benetar, piano; Jeff Campbell, double bass; and Rich Thompson, drums.

The Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble is a select ensemble which has performed both locally and internationally, including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Saint Peter’s Church in New York City, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

Congratulations!

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Ho, ho, ho, there is... Live jazz in ROC, December 22-28

Christmas is coming and there will be jazz. Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Of course it is pretty light this week (they have families too!).  Additionally, around any holiday it is a good idea to call ahead to the venue to make sure, especially on the gigs below that repeat.  Hope you and yours have a great holiday!

Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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Frazzled by the holiday rush? Go out and relax to some ... Live jazz in ROC, December 15-21

So no one has a favorite jazz holiday album?  Come on people, I reach out and ... crickets (here and on Facebook)!  I understand, though.  You all have a lot on your plate for the holidays. Well, to help you calm down here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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You like a bit of jazz with your holidays? What are your favorites?

Last night I took up Karl Stabnau's offer of a couple of tickets for his 6th annual Charlie Brown Christmas show at the Little Theatre. As Karl's quartet of former Eastman students, who are now professional musicians all over the country, did their interpretations of a number of holiday classics, plus a set of the tunes from Vince Guaraldi's classic  recording, I was it reminded of how much I enjoy holiday tunes reimagined through a jazz lens.  We decorate for the holidays with jazz on the turntable. 

In addition to the one pictured in this post, I have the following holiday jazz albums. They're all compilations I've gathered over the years:

  

So where do your favorite holiday jazz sounds come from? Have any favorite jazz CDS, either compilations or by your favorite artists.  Let us know in the comments (click on the link at the bottom of the post to add one), or join the conversation on the JazzRochester Facebook page or on Twitter.  

By the way, if you want some of these sounds in your own home, click on one of the images above to buy on Amazon (affiliate links). 

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Do you go out to hear? ... Live jazz in ROC, December 8-14

Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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