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As we slide toward XRIJF, there is ... Live jazz around Rochester, May 31st to June 6th

Live jazz here imageIt's June! just over 20 days until the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival begins. Until then, feast your ears on the jazz you can hear throughout the year! Lots of it out in Fairport this weekend....

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.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

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

Sun (we hope), Erie Canal, Jazz ... Fairport Canal Days

image from www.fairportcanaldays.comThis year's Fairport Canal Days is coming up Friday-Sunday, June 1-3. FCD prides itself as being the "jazz festival before the jazz festival," with the vast majority of its music during the three day event being local jazz musicians on 4 stages spread across Fairport's downtown area near the canal.  When the weather cooperates it's a great place to hear them. 

According to the website, this year the music lineup has a broader spectrum, including bluegrass, barbershop quartet, and an extraordinary elementary school jazz band.  You can get the music schedule for Canal Days here (and here for Canal Nights on Saturday).  

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

While at the XRIJF, hear some of the jazz you can enjoy in Rochester the other 356 days of the year ....

Rocjazz411For nine days in June the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival highlights a number of local musicians, Eastman jazz faculty & students and our great local high school jazz bands.  This year is no different.  I wanted to bring them into one post so you can see the wealth of talent we have available to us the other 356 days of the year.  They don't all play jazz (most do), but they're all Rochester....

Friday, June 22nd

  • Greece Arcadia High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Bob Sneider's ECMS Jazz Performance Workshops, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Prime Time Brass, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

Saturday, June 23rd

  • Harley School Jazz Band, 3:45 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Penfield High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Webster Schroeder High Smith, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • 78 RPM Big Band, 6:00 (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Doug Stone Quartet featuring Josiah Williams, 6:00 pm & 10:00 pm (The Wilder Room)
  • Eastman-RCSD Jazz Ensemble with Mike Kaupa, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Charlie Linder Trio & Friends, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Squeezers Stage at Anthology)

Sunday, June 24th

  • West Irondequoit High School Jazz Band, 3:45 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Pittsford Mendon High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Hilton High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Bill Dobbins, 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm (Hatch Recital Hall)
  • Colin Gordon, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Penfield Rotary Big Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Triocity, 6:00 pm & 10:00 pm (The Wilder Room)
  • Sonidos Unidos, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)
  • Paradigm Shift and the PShift Horns, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

Monday, June 25th

  • Hanna PK, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Greece Odyssey High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Fairport High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Brockport Big Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • BuJazz Orchestra & ESM Jazz Ensemble, Gerry Niewood Scholarship Night, 6:00 pm (Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre)
  • Nathan Kay Quintet, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Teagan and the Tweeds, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)

Tuesday, June 26th

  • Mike Melito, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Greece Athena High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Spencerport High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Gary Versace Trio, 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm (Hatch Recital Hall)
  • New Horizons Big Band, Priscilla Todd Brown, Dir. 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Bill Tiberio Band, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

Wednesday, June 27th

  • Brendan Lanigan, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
  • Victor High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Webster Thomas High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Harold Danko, 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm (Hatch Recital Hall)
  • Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Orchestra, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band, Don Sherman, Dir., 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Tempest, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)
  • Music Educators Big Band, 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

Thursday, June 28th

  • Bobbie Henrie & Djangoners, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Bloomfield High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • School of the Arts Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Junior Jazz Ensemble, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Syndicate Jazz Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Jazz Goes to the Movies with Mark Watters, 7:00 pm & 9:15 pm (Temple Building Theater)
  • Quinn Lawrence Band, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)

Friday, June 29th

  • Ryan Johnson Project, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Canandaigua High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Brockport High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Doug Stone Dir., 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Greece Jazz Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Rochester Jazz Allstars (Bill Dobbins, Danny Vitale, Mike Melito, Bob Sneider, Vince Ercolamento & Mike Kaupa), 6:00 pm & 10:00 pm (The Wilder Room)
  • The Klick, 7:00 pm (East & Chestnut Stage)

Saturday, June 30th

  • Hobart and William Smith Jazz Band, 3:45 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Newark High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • MCC Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Abe Nouri, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • New Energy Jazz Orchestra, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Gap Mangione and the New Big Band, 6:30 pm & 9:00 pm (Xerox Auditorium)
  • Joe Beard, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

See what I mean?  To learn more about some of these musicians and bands, see if you can access their websites on JazzRochester's Rochester Jazz Artists & Groups page, which is also available from a link at the top of the site above the banner.  Remember that some of them (and the rest) will be playing outside of the XRIJF. Check out my Wednesday posts on June 20th and 27th for listings during the festival.

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

Jazz in June is coming, but is there ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, May 24th through 30th?

Jazz 1 way imageYes, there is! XRIJF is right around the corner (and as a result gigs are thinning out a bit). 

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.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

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

Where can you find ... Live jazz in ROC, May 17th to 23rd?

Right here!  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).  

I'm hearing from some of the artists who play blues and other genres that used to be on WGMC's Club Calendar, so will continue with that portion of the post below for as long as I continue to get gig info.  

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.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

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

Exodus to Jazz press release on the change in venue

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In case you aren't on the Exodus to Jazz mailing list, I thought I'd share their press release on their recent decision to change the venue for upcoming Exodus to Jazz shows from The Penthouse at One East Avenue to Anthology.  Here's the release:

Hello Friends of ETJ,

Exodus To Jazz is pleased about relocating to Anthology; this exciting venue offers considerable flexibility in terms of the groups being considered for concerts following Saturday's Cabo Frio Tribute to "Earth, Wind & Fire" and "Anita Baker".

In addition to the Cabo Frio concert, several groups soon to be announced typically draw audiences larger then The Penthouse can comfortably accommodate without requiring audience "turnover" during intermission. This "turnover" would have compromised the interactions between patrons, musicians and the Friends of ETJ volunteers that are highly valued by everyone.

In addition featuring vocalist Becca Feder on several tunes, the Cabo Frio concert will open with vocalist and ukulele player Cammy Enaharo. We plan to present Rochester's amazing locally-based talent as opening performers for all future concerts.

Thank You for the positive feedback you have given us. The Friends of ETJ volunteers and I look forward to welcoming you to Exodus To Jazz at Anthology. Click if you still need to purchase your tickets; if tickets remain available, they can be purchased at the Anthology box office when the doors open at 6 pm Saturday.

If you have any questions, send a text message to (585) 733-7685 or an email to jose@exodustojazz.com.

Keep Swinging!
Jose

Watch the upcoming events and listings posts for upcoming Exodus to Jazz concerts!

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

Is there ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, May 10th to May 16th? Yes!

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).  

I'm hearing from some of the artists who play blues and other genres that used to be on WGMC's Club Calendar, so will continue with that portion of the post below for as long as I continue to get gig info.  

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.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

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

Got a smartphone? Get XRIJF 2018 on it!

XRIJFappThe Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival app for iPhone and Android smartphoneswas made available for download at the end of April. With the 17th Edition starting in in less than eight weeks from June 22 to June 30, the app is a great way to set up your schedule for the festival, which features 1,500 artists from around the world performing in 300-plus shows and events at 20 venues. The free app allows festival-goers to experience the festival anytime, anywhere.  The schedule in the app includes all of the music, including the great high school bands and free shows at the library by local artists.  It's a great resource for us XRIJF fanatics.  

Features include:

  • Artist bios, audio excerpts, links to artist web sites and more.
  • Plan your own customized schedule with the Favorites tool, which will send you alerts reminding you that shows are about to start (you have to enable push notifications to do that)
  • Share your favorites with friends by connecting the app to your Facebook account. You can also send your schedule of favorites to your email to copy into the spreadsheets I know a lot of you use as a matrix to figure out how much you can squeeze into your 9 days (or less if you're less of a fanatic than I am....).
  • Multimedia section will feature videos posted during the festival.
  • Easily find venues with Google map links.
  • Browse by artist, day or venue.
  • Convenient search function allows you to search for concerts and artists.
  • Buy tickets and Club Passes. 
  • Get instant alerts of any schedule change, sell-outs or special news. (again, you'll have to enable push notifications.)
  • Get info on getting around the fest, parking, shuttle service, food, street closings, FAQs, travel, sponsor activities and more.
  • Connect to our latest social media latest posts including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all in one place.

The 2018 XRIJF app may be downloaded free of charge for either device here or in through the Apple Store or Google Play Store by searching on "Rochester International Jazz Festival."  See you on Jazz Street!

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

Where can I find? ... Live jazz in ROC, May 3rd through May 9th

Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Qt, Jazz Showcase ChicagoFound it in Chicago last week. While there on business, I had a chance to see the Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Quartet at Jazz Showcase (see image).  Eric will be here on Monday, June 25th at the XRIJF with the Joe Farnsworth Quartet (Joe was his excellent drummer on Friday). 

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).  

I'm hearing from some of the artists who play blues and other genres that used to be on WGMC's Club Calendar, so will continue with that portion of the post below for as long as I continue.  

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.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

Continue reading "Where can I find? ... Live jazz in ROC, May 3rd through May 9th" »

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