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Is it over yet? You can still heat up your life with ... Live jazz in ROC, March 29th thru April 4th

Jazz Club sign imageHere's the next seven days of live jazz in Rochester... 

The WGMC Jazz 90.1 pledge drive goes on. You can pledge by calling 585-966-5299 or by clicking here.  Also, tickets are on sale for Jazz 90.1's four Jazz Cruises on the Erie Canal on the Colonial Belle

We collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as we 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! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! 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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This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Exodus to Jazz has returned to Rochester and is bringing a new series of live jazz

Exodus to Jazz at the Penthouse at One East Ave logo

NOTE: Exodus to Jazz has recently announced a change in venue for upcoming ETJ concerts from The Penthouse at One East Avenue to Anthology.  Watch the upcoming events and listings posts for upcoming shows.

Exodus to Jazz, the jazz series that brings musicians to Rochester who usually play the clubs in the Village and other venues in NYC, has returned to Rochester and released a lineup for its 2018 Season.  The teaser show for the series was last month with Johnny O’Neal on February 17th. For those familiar with ETJ, most of the lineup will be familiar favorites from prior seasons.  The Exodus to Jazz series has moved to a great new venue, The Penthouse at One East Avenue, which has become a increasingly popular venue for music. Plus, it is a penthouse and has great views and, after it gets warm (will it ever?), it will be even better. But back to the music... Here’s the lineup:

  • The Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet (Saturday, March 31st). The Sextet was formed in January 2005 and returns to Rochester for their fourth Exodus To Jazz engagement. This band is fun.  The band played last year at the XRIJF and, as heard on the street, gained more fans there as well.  ​(Buy a ticket)
  • The Helen Sung Trio (Saturday, April 21st). Helen Sung returns to the Exodus To Jazz stage after an absence of more than three years. She is a monster on the piano, showing her prowess developed in both the jazz and classical worlds.  Sung always brings a great band with her as well. (Buy a ticket)
  • The Sylvia Cuenca Latin Quintet (Saturday, May 5th). The Sylvia Cuenca Latin Quintet will fuel a Cinco de Mayo celebration with a presentation of fiery Latin themes mixed with up-tempo straight-ahead jazz. A long time member of the late Clark Terry’s band, Sylvia is very dynamic drummer, brings great musicians with her. I look forward to hearing her again as the last time was at ETJ in 2006 when it was in the VENU Resto Lounge on St. Paul (she appeared again at ETJ with Joe Locke in October 2008, but unfortunately I think I was out of town). (Buy a ticket)
  • Cabo Frio Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker (Saturday, May 19th). Another Rochester music jewel, led by founder and original member Curtis Kendrick, Cabo Frio has promised, get out of your seats tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker with arrangements by Kendrick. (Buy a ticket)
  • Paradigm Shift with Special Guest JD Allen (Saturday, July 21st). Rochester-based Paradigm Shift fills clubs in Buffalo, Boston, Germany, Japan and other countries in addition to gigs in its hometown. Led by guitarist Melvin Henderson, the trio includes cofounder/organist Gerry Youngman and drummer Sean Jefferson. Paradigm Shift creates a contagious “funky jazz" rooted in the jazz, gospel and R&B traditions. The addition of top shelf saxophonist JD Allen will be a unique experience, even if you have heard the Shift before. (Buy a ticket)

The set up for the rest of the series will be quite a bit different from the first concert with Johnny O'Neal.  A ticket will get you in for two sets of music.  For all of the shows, the doors will open at 6:00 pm, with the concert starting at 7:00. There will be an intermission at 8:00 pm, with the second set starting at 8:30 and ending at 9:30 pm.  The arrangement of the seats will change too, with the stage along the windows so everyone will be closer to the action whether they are at tables or in general admission seats.

Here are the deets. The Penthouse is found at One East Avenue in the city (go figure from the name....). You can park nearby in a number of parking garages, surface lots and metered spots within walking distance (and parking on the street is free on weekends). Individual pre-purchased tickets are:

  • General Admission $25
  • High Top Tables (in back) $35
  • Tables (closest to stage) $45

Five dollars will be added to tickets purchased at the door, if available. 

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

And it begins again ... Jazz in June and for now ... Jazz in ROC, March 22nd through 28th

XRIJF 2018 presserYesterday, I went to the press conference for the announcement of the lineup for the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Others in the mainstream media have covered the announcement well, including live streams by several.  As I'm not a newspaper or other news outlet, I don't feel a particular need to announce it here  on that day (I did on Twitter and Facebook). Our work on the festival starts after the announcement. Look for more here soon as I parse through the lineup.  My initial thoughts are that there are a lot of opportunities to see some great jazz from artists I know and a host of other interesting artists who I don't. That's what I hope for ... that's what XRIJF usually delivers.  For now, here's the poster and the artist lineup by date.

Unfortunately, those  venues and artists featuring blues and other genres of music who used to send gig info to WGMC have not provided the same to me.  For now, I have removed the separate listings that Jazz 90.1 used to include on their Club Calendar.  I can add it back, but need help.

So back to your regularly scheduled listings... 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! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! 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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This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

As the snow swirls, there is still ... Live jazz in ROC, March 15th to 21st

Find Live Jazz Here imageHere's the next seven days of live jazz in Rochester.  By the way, my partner in listings Jazz90.1 has started its Spring membership campaign. You can pledge by calling 585-966-5299 or by clicking here.

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! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! 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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This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Mapping out the ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, March 8th through 14th

B&W Jazz Club imageJust received notice from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival that the line-up announcement press conference is right around the corner on March 2oth.  I'll be there and I expect that WGMC Jazz 90.1 will be live broadcasting the presser as well.  Looking forward to see who's playing and, like the rest of you veteran XRIJF'ers, map out my 9 days in June!

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! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! 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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This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.