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And the festivals begin with ... Live jazz in (and around) ROC, June 1-7

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Big thing this coming Friday-Sunday is the Fairport Canal Days festival.  If the weather is good, this is a great place to see some of the best of local jazz and other music.  Another one I intend to be at is the David Murry & Khalil El'Zabar Duo at the Bop Shop on Monday.  May even get out somewhere else... who knows?

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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.  You can get more information about the venue by following the links in the right column of the site (if I have one... if I don't I'll try to provide one or an address). The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

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Jazz by the Canal ... check out next weekend's Fairport Canal Days!

Fairport Canal Days 2017 logoOne of the first summer festivals in and around Rochester, Fairport's Canal Days, is again going to feature jazz during its 3 days, June 2nd through June 4th. While not all jazz, the festival folks  have assembled a lineup that is dedicated to some of the Rochester area’s best talent and emerging artists.  I hope to get out on Sunday at least.  Here's hoping for some great weather (the last time I went in 2015 it was great!). 

Here's the full lineup (jazz and not; I'll try to update the TBDs as I find out about them):

Friday, June 2nd:

Fairport Junction Stage

  • Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, 5:30 pm
  • Allegro with Bill Tiberio, 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 3rd

Kennelley Gazebo

  • Skylark, 10:00 am
  • Mike Melito Quartet, 11:20 am
  • Madeline Forster, 12:30 pm
  • Alan Murphy Trio, 12:00 pm
  • Trio East, 3:30 pm
  • Watercolors, 5:00 pm

Fairport Junction Stage

  • SOTA MS/JH/SH Jazz Bands, 10:00 am
  • Fairport Fire Department Band, 12:15 pm
  • Vanishing Sun, 1:30 pm
  • ERHS Jazz Band, 3:00 pm
  • Teagan and the Tweeds, 7:00 pm
  • The Tommy Brunett Band, 9:00 pm

Village Hall Stage

  • TBD, 10:00 am
  • Rochester Rhapsody, 11:30 am
  • RCSM Ensembles, 1:30 pm
  • Hochstein Dixieland, 3:30 pm
  • Hochstein Jazz Combo, 4:00 pm

Fairport Brewing Company Stage

  • TBD, 10:00 am
  • TBD, 12:00 pm
  • Jon and the Jakes, 1:30 pm
  • The Crooked North, 3:00 pm
  • Mark Fantasia, 4:30 pm

First Baptist Church (new venue)

  • Rochester Rhapsody, 10:30 am
  • Janus Duo, 11:15 am
  • Women of Note, 12:00 pm
  • Eastman Community Music School, 1:00 pm
  • Lentz Flute Studio, 2:00 pm
  • Mellifluous Saxophone Quartet, 3:00 pm
  • Churchville-Chili HS Chamber Ensemble, 4:00 pm
  • Pablo & Jason Wiley-Bustos, 5:00 pm

 

Sunday, June 4th

Kennelley Gazebo

  • Blake Pattengale, 10:00 am
  • Max Greenberg, 11:30 am
  • Mark Kellogg Quartet,  1:00 pm
  • Vince Ercolomento, 2:30 pm
  • Dave Mancini Quartet, 4:00 pm

Fairport Junction

  • TBD, 10:00 am
  • FHS Day Jazz, 11:30 am
  • Paradigm Shift, 1:00 pm
  • Spencerport HS Jazz, 2:30 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Band, 3:30 pm

Village Hall Stage

  • TBD, 10:00 am
  • Blake Pattengale, 11:30 am
  • FHS Alumni Band, 1:00 pm
  • FHS Jazz Combo, 2:00 pm
  • MCC Jazz Combo, 4:00 pm

Fairport Brewing Company

  • TBD, 10:00 am
  • Spencerport Jazz Combo, 11:30 am
  • Ted Fennell & Max Greenberg, 1:00 pm
  • The Department, 2:30 pm
  • Nate Coffey & The Good Vibes, 4:00 pm

First Baptist Church

  • DuoMo, 1:00 pm
  • Ted Fennell & Oscia Miles, 2:00 pm
  • Baroque Trombone, 3:00 pm
  • Spencerport Chamber Ensembles, 4:00 pm


So come down and check it out.  I hope to....

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

Not much, but there's still some ... Live jazz in ROC, May 26-31

Live jazz this way

Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester, such as they are.  Yes, we're getting into the pre-XRIJF slump, perhaps?  

Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester the other 356 days of the year?  Please give me a hand in helping out with that and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Sign up to receive our posts via email! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out 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.  The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

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A man, a horn, a graphic novel: Dave Chisholm's Instrumental

I’m going to do something different here. A review of sorts, which is something I don’t do very much on JazzRochester. Why? Because one of Rochester’s jazz musicians, trumpeter Dave Chisholm, has pulled together a project that brings together sight and sound in a unique and compelling way and I wanted to share it with you. I’ve been acquainted with Dave since he was a student a the Eastman School of Music. He used to play with the pick up band of ESM jazz students who had a regular hit years back at Havana Moe’s (my local haunt due to an affinity for the occasional cigar). I remember Dave “trading fours” one night with trumpeter Jeremy Pelt when he came by Moe's after a gig in town (and the sidelong glances of admiration Dave got on his playing….). 

Instrumental_coverThe project is Instrumental, a graphic novel and accompanying CD of music that Dave wrote and recorded with a great band, which accompanies the story as it unfolds on the panels. As the publisher's squib for Instrumental sets out, the story is about Tom, who is:

A solid, but not great, musician. While his bandmates are happy to play gigs for themselves at their own clubs, drinking free beer and shooting the breeze, Tom aches for the next level, whatever that is. And as musicians are wont to do in magical fables, he meets a mysterious stranger with a seemingly simple offer: take a battered old trumpet for free, and just enjoy it, no exchanges and no strings. Whenever Tom plays it, the extraordinary music blows away his growing throngs of fans, and deadly mishaps start to follow. Tom may not have sold his soul for the music of the heavens, but he seems to have bargained away something much more serious. Created by jazz musician Dave Chisholm, Instrumental is a high-spirited, suspenseful, formally inventive, visually musical graphic novel, an epic yet intimate riff on our longing search for what’s next.

I never was much of a comic book reader in my youth (except for Mad Magazine, I guess).  I’ve known about graphic novels since 1986’s Maus by Art Spiegelman, but somehow had never actually experienced one. I say “experienced” as my encounters with novels have been a text-only experience (sometimes with a few accompanying images). I’m an editor in real life, a recovering lawyer working with authors who write books for other lawyers, which are decidedly text-based, and are often quite a boring experience. As a graphic novel (I hesitate to use the word “comic” as the story is not comedic), Instrumental takes the genre one step further by including a CD of music that is meant to be listened to while reading the text and seeing images.

After receiving a review copy from Dave’s publisher Z2 Comics, I sat down to “read” it. I consumed Instrumental in a couple of hours on a Saturday afternoon and the experience was new and compelling. The story is dark, the images full of motion, becoming dream-like as Tom plays the horn and his playing becomes more like what he's hearing in his head, the crowds come out to hear. It turns supernatural and lethal to some of those who hear the horn, who start coming apart in a Salvador Dali sort of way, leaving Tom with a choice.

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In addition to the great images (see a panel of the band playing below and the aforementioned melting listener), the story and accompanying jazz “soundtrack” written to go with those images made the experience come together through every sense but touch (other than turning the page...).  It is a unique reading experience. Instrumental is coming out in late May and in the Rochester area, you should be able to get it at Comics Etc. or Pulp Nouveau in Canandaigua, or you can order it on Amazon (affiliate link).  Check it out!

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

Get the 411 on ... Live jazz in ROC, May 18-24

There Is Jazz Out There

XRIJF coverage coming soon ... really.  Until then, here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.

Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester the other 356 days of the year?  Please give me a hand in helping out with that and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out 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.  The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

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Yes, it's again time for ... Live jazz in ROC, May 11-17

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I'm hoping to start my XRIJF coverage soon (I always say that, but this time I mean it... really!), so check back soon.

Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester the other 356 days of the year?  Please give me a hand in helping out with that and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out 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.  The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

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Eastman Jazz Musicians Win 2017 DownBeat Student Awards

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The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble under Dave Rivello and Eastman School of Music students Theresa Chen, George Darrah, and Jon Rarick have received DownBeat honors in the magazine’s 40th annual Student Awards competition.

The Eastman New Jazz Ensemble was recognized in the Outstanding College Performance Large Jazz Ensemble category for its March 2, 2016, concert in which the musicians performed Bob Brookmeyers’s unreleased work Running in Place/Verticals and an unrecorded piece by Bill Holman titled The Big Izzy. Chen won the award for Outstanding Original Composition for Small Ensemble. Her work, Ilha Formosa (“Beautiful Island”), written for a piano trio, tenor and soprano saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and string quartet. Chen is currently a second-year DMA student in jazz piano performance. Darrah, a jazz composition major who will receive his master’s degree this month, won Outstanding Arrangement for Too Close for Comfort. Rarick was recognized for Outstanding Arrangement for his arrangement of J. Russell Robinson’s Portrait of Jennie, the title song for a movie of the same name. Rarick, a second year master’s degree student in jazz writing who is graduating this month, is from Grayslake, Ill.

The Student Music Awards were announced in the June issue of DownBeat. The issue was mailed April 25 (I have mine... although this info is from ) and will be on newsstands on May 16.  

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

Scouring the interwebs for ... Live jazz in ROC, May 4-10

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I've scoured the interwebs and labored heavily to read all the 10s of emails I receive from artists to aggregate all the live jazz in and around ROC into this one post.  

Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester the other 356 days of the year?  Please give me a hand in helping out with that and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out 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.  The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

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