Jazz lives in Rochester, New York. Downtown Rochester hosts the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in late June, which due to its intriguing programming and innovative use of indoor and outdoor venues, is quickly becoming one of the great jazz festivals in the United States and a place top line jazz artists want to play. You can hear live jazz in concert halls and a few clubs in and around the city, and a number of local restaurants also present jazz regularly. In addition, with all of the jazz faculty and students from the Eastman School of Music, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, and other educational institutions in the Rochester area are a fertile ground and seed for growing jazz and live music in the community. This blog started as an attempt to tie all that together. It’s never hard to find, but there’s still a lot of work to be done to get this music heard more, especially in the city. I have been publishing Jazz@Rochester in one form or another since 2005 in an effort to do some of that work. The blog will always be a work in progress, but my aim is to to do the following:
- Provide listings for upcoming live jazz here in and around the Rochester metropolitan area (extending sometimes to Buffalo and Syracuse). Right now, I publish this on Wednesday evenings, covering the next day through the following Wednesday.
- Provide coverage before, during and after the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.
- Provide links to other blogs, websites, and other information about jazz music and artists, both in Rochester and throughout the world.
- Hook readers up with selected CDs from Rochester jazz artists and groups.
- Make the content of Jazz@Rochester available to you in the way you want it by making it (and sometimes additional content) available on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ (see the icons at the top of the middle panel).
- Promote local jazz concerts, promotions and venues that present live jazz.
- Advocate for increased opportunities to hear live jazz (and other music) in Rochester.
- Make connections between the various jazz communities in Rochester and its environs.
With my busy life, I don’t get out to hear live jazz and other music as much as I’d like, but I love the music and don’t want the scene to die here. I hope that you will provide me with feedback on where I’m going or what I’ve written. Just click on the comment link to a post or send me an email. Hope to meet you out at a club or at the XRIJF some day. If you see me, come up and say hello!