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After the melting, there is ... Live jazz in ROC, March 1st-7th

Jazz Club imageIs winter over? I doubt it, but it sure is nice that the snow has melted. Check out the live jazz in and around Rochester over the next seven days to get some additional heat. 

We need to build a wider community of jazz in Rochester.  Help us out! Join our mailing list or following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram....I collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as I can find so you don't have to do it yourself ... right here, every Wednesday in JazzRochester. I really need your help to grow a more vibrant community for live jazz here in Rochester by sharing this post or this site with those you know who love live jazz.  Share with the buttons! Sign up to receive our posts via email (there's a link at the top of the site).  

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 that I can add.   NOTE: An alert reader noticed my not so alert mislabeling of the dates below (I do realize it is not possible for a date to repeat... I hope there was no confusion).

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

We have the ... live jazz in Rochester, February 22nd to 28th

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Our partnership with WGMC  is still a work in progress, but it is already starting to work. We need to build a wider community.  Help us out! Join our mailing list or following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram....I collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as I can find so you don't have to do it yourself ... right here, every Wednesday in JazzRochester. I really need your help to grow a more vibrant community for live jazz here in Rochester by sharing this post or this site with those you know who love live jazz.  Share with the buttons! Sign up to receive our posts via email (there's a link at the top of the site).  

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 that I can add.   NOTE: An alert reader noticed my not so alert mislabeling of the dates below (I do realize it is not possible for a date to repeat... I hope there was no confusion).

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How I Learned to Love Jazz ...A guest post by Frank A. Salamone

Image by Frank A. Salamone
Golden Grill, Lake Avenue, Charlotte

I must have been about 10 or 11 when I first caught the jazz bug. I had heard jazz on the radio, of course. It was still the 1940s and jazz and jazz-influenced music was still on the air. You could hear Gerry Mulligan, for example, on an afternoon music show Gerry and Chet Baker might be squeezed in between Frank Sinatra and Doris Day but they were heard as part of the music scene.

But I had no idea that there was a whole genre of music called jazz. However, one Sunday my uncle Jake asked me if I wanted to go with him to the Golden Grill to pick up a relative. I said why not. I think I was flattered that my dad’s youngest brother asked me to tag along with him and some other people. I was never sure whether my uncle liked me or not. Although he had a heart of gold, he could appear formidable. It was only a few years back that he was a decorated sergeant in army.

I went along for the ride, little knowing it would lead to another ride that has lasted almost 70 years, the jazz train, which has been the ride of my life. We drove down to Charlotte and the Golden Grill. I was told to wait in the lobby because only adults could enter. When my uncle said stay, you did not question him or ask why. So, I stayed.

But then he opened the door and the most glorious music I had ever heard poured out from the open door. I had heard big bands in person in movie theaters, but this was different. It was wild, exuberant, mind numbing – and, yes, transformative. I was never the same. I asked my uncle what that music was. He said, “It’s jazz. It is Dixieland.”

The group was the Dixieland Ramblers. They had a steady gig at the Golden Grill in those days. It was earthier than swing or bop, both of which, especially bop, I have come to love. But at that time, it hit me heard, like a gut punch. I was quiet, for once. I was lost in thought. I wanted to hear more, and even more after that. Indeed, I have never been able to get enough jazz, never hear enough, know enough, or understand enough.

Because I love jazz, I have learned more about European classical and romantic music as well as African music and various forms of American music. I still don’t know enough. I have written books and articles about jazz, and other forms of music, but I still do not know enough.

As I grew older, I began to go to the Golden Grill and its successor, the Mardi Gras. I met many of my heroes. I even interviewed them and wrote about them. So many were so generous with their time and ideas. I studied music with one or two. I did so to know more about what they were doing. I never could come close to their skills. And it all began at the Golden Grill on Lake Avenue.

Frank A. Salamone was born and raised in Rochester. He lived on the east side on Noth St. and then Clifford Ave., near Goodman St. Frank attended 25 School and Holy Redeemer, and went to high school at East High and Aquinas. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher (BA), the University of Rochester (MA) and SUNY-Buffalo (Ph.D). Frank left Rochester for many years but returned in Dec 2017. He has interviewed numerous jazz musicians over the years and has seen most of the greats. He has written articles and books on the music, including  Music and Magic: Charlie Parker, Trickster Lives! (affiliate link) and The Culture of Jazz: Jazz as Critical Culture (affiliate link), plus several volumes on The Italians of Rochester, and a number of anthropological studies and other books.

Note from Greg: Keep this conversation going by adding a comment below (either in the box if it's visible or click on the Comment link to get to it). This is just the first (in a long while) of what I hope will be many guest posts. I would love to get more voices into JazzRochester, writing about Rochester, its jazz history and future, the current jazz scene here, or the music in general. I'm wide open to ideas.  If you're interested in being a guest author, just contact me through the Contact Us link at the top of the blog (or in the menu if you're on mobile).  I look forward to hearing from you!

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

Welcome WGMC'ers to our comprehensive listings of ... live jazz in Rochester, NY, February 15-21 (now with more...)

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This is the first post after WGMC Jazz 90.1 and JazzRochester launched a partnership where their Club Calendar is now a direct link to JazzRochester.  For new visitors from Jazz 90.1, here's the deal.  JazzRochester, as implied by its name, has for more than a decade published these weekly listings focused on live jazz in the city and surrounding area (plus some selected acts appearing in and near Buffalo, the Finger Lakes, Ithaca and Syracuse).  WGMC, however, also included some other types of music in its Club Calendar--blues and some roots music.  As I don't want to leave those Jazz 90.1 patrons in the dark, I'll work to add listings for those as well. They'll be in a separate section you'll see below. Please bear with me as we adjust to that new area and note that for now I cannot be as comprehensive in those areas as I am for the live jazz in the area.  I'm looking forward to our partnership with Jazz 90.1. When you're ready to go back to Jazz 90.1 site, just click on their logo in the right panel.

Join our mailing list or following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram....I collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as I can find so you don't have to do it yourself ... right here, every Wednesday in JazzRochester. I really need your help to grow a more vibrant community for live jazz here in Rochester by sharing this post or this site with those you know who love live jazz.  Share with the buttons! Sign up to receive our posts via email (there's a link at the top of the site).  

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 that I can add.   NOTE (2/15): As a lot of the venues repeat (and some of the artists), I tend to copy last week's post and use that as a basis for the new post.  On Wednesday there was a glitch and, due to an observant reader commenting below ... what Laura Dubin's doing that Eastman House gig I saw last week again?... I found out that many of the items that I had deleted had returned to the listings post.  I was focused elsewhere apparently and didn't notice.  I think I've caught them all below and hang my head in shame (at least all of them are in the future...).  Thanks, Tom!

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JazzRochester is partnering with Jazz 90.1 WGMC Jazz Radio

Jazz 90.1 WGMC logoAs announced on the Jazz 90.1 website earlier this week, JazzRochester is working with WGMC Radio, Jazz 90.1, in our shared purpose of promoting live jazz in our community. Our first collaboration is that Jazz 90.1 is no longer doing their club calendar and instead is now forwarding those who select that on their website (and in their app) to JazzRochester and our weekly listings of jazz gigs in and around Rochester (always found at the top of the page). There may be some changes in the post to accommodate this, but they will be minimal and you'll still find the most comprehensive listings of live jazz.  I'm looking forward to other collaborations in the future as together we try to build a vibrant jazz scene and community in and around Rochester, New York. 

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

There's one place to find all of the ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, February 8th to 14th

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Welcome! You have found the best place to find live jazz in Rochster.  Please support us by joining our mailing list or following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram....I collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as I can find so you don't have to do it yourself ... right here, every Wednesday in JazzRochester. I really need your help to grow a more vibrant community for live jazz here in Rochester by sharing this post or this site with those you know who love live jazz.  Share with the buttons! Sign up to receive our posts via email (there's a link at the top of the site).  

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 that I can add.

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