It's a long road back to ... live jazz in Rochester, November 3-9

DriveHomeHitting the road tomorrow morning to return from Wichita, where I've been for the last six months helping to take care of my father, who passed away on September 24th.  It's a long road... but I'm looking forward to being back in ROC!

Hey, we're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music live from time to time. If you want to follow us on Twitter or Like us on Facebook, click on the images above the banner. Or share the post by clicking on the Twitter or Facebook links at the end. To get an email in your inbox when we post, click on the Join Our Email List link above the banner. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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I'm coming back soon, but until then there's ... live jazz in Rochester, October 27-November 2nd, 2016

Jazz 1 Way sign

I'm back in good ole' Rochester at the end of next week, so hope to catch some live jazz again soon!  Until then, here's another week of live jazz in and around Rochester, NY. Here it comes again! The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Three and Nine-day Club Passes Go on Sale Friday October 28 at 10:00 am at early bird prices.

We're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music live from time to time. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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Get your jazz live in Rochester . . . October 20-26, 2016

B&W Jazz sign

We're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music live from time to time. 

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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Look here to find ... live jazz in Rochester, NY, October 13-19

Jazz 1 way sign

 We're trying to build a community of listeners for live jazz here, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with your friends and family who like to get out to hear some of that great music from time to time. 

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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It's time to Fall into some ... live jazz in Rochester, October 6-12

Andy's Jazz Club Sign

Things are picking up a bit this coming week, so check out the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Hope you check out Jazz 90.1's Evening of Jazz, Wine and Art at Artisan Works tomorrow. You can pick up some great art cheap (and help Jazz 90.1 with the scratch).

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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I'm coming home, but while I'm still away there's ... live jazz in Rochester, September 29th to October 5th

Jazz Club Sign

My time in Wichita is coming to a close I'm afraid. On Saturday morning, my father passed away, peacefully, with his wife, my sister and me at his side. He was a wonderful man who touched many during his 80 years on this earth. I'm here for October to help with arrangements and the aftermath. I look forward to getting back to Rochester, but would not have traded the last five months here for anything. 

Click on the link below (if you see one) and you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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Summer ends Friday, but there is ... still live jazz in Rochester, NY, September 22-28

B/W Jazz Sign

There is still some jazz at the far fringe of the Fringe.  The last festival of the summer (as it sashays into Fall).  So I can officially say I missed summer in Rochester this year. That's OK. I'm where I need to be.  Too bad the pickings for jazz here in Wichita are pretty slim....

Click on the link below (if you see one) and you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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Hiccup ...

When I went live with the new design, I told you there might be some hiccups along the way and one suddenly occurred (at least for me) when I updated the last post.  On some browsers the new banner image may be mostly overlaid by the first post.  Looks OK in Safari and appears only to be happening on Google Chrome.  I applied an update to the browser yesterday, so must have broken something...  Just wanted to let you know I'm on it. If this is the only hiccup, I've been lucky!

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Even on the Fringe, there is ... jazz in ROC, September 15-21

Jazz at the Fringe Festival image

Jazz at the Fringe.  Another festival I'm going to regret missing, but I remain in Wichita, KS for the time-being.  There will be jazz and "jazz-like" music presented at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival this year, which I've added below and in the upcoming gigs later occurring after the next seven days covered in this post. Where you see a link for tickets, it'll take you to the Fringe's site to purchase; if not, then the concert should be free (but show up early to guarantee a seat). There is so much more to take in, too, so I encourage you to check it out on my behalf. There's a lot of other live jazz in town, too.  

Click on the link below (if you see one) and you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

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So whaddaya think? Despite all the changes we're still bringing you ... live jazz in Rochester, September 8-14

"Jazz

Well, what do you think?  Over the weekend, JazzRochester got a new look.  For email subscribers, please click through and take a look at the site itself (I ask because sometimes when I hear from you, you say "I get your emails," but appear to have never seen the site itself ... there is a lot more there for you to check out).  Take a look on your smartphone or tablet, too.  Tell me what you think by leaving a comment on the post announcing the reboot or  by clicking on Contact Us at the top of the site (or in the menu for you mobile users...).

Click on the link below (if you see one) and you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

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JazzRochester is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a reboot....

Hard to believe that I started blogging on this URL during the month of September ten years ago (I write "on this URL" because I had been blogging at a different site that no longer exists—Blogsome—from April of 2005, so in reality, I've been doing this for well more than ten years...).  I thought I'd celebrate the 10 year anniversary of this blog by changing the site up a bit. A bit of a reboot or makeover. So what has changed? Here are a few highlights:

  • While I'm keeping the color scheme I've had for the past 10 years, I'm giving the logo and banner a makeover, making it a bit easier to use in other contexts and platforms. You'll see this change incorporated into the other platforms where JazzRochester is found soon. 
  • I am dropping the "@" from Jazz@Rochester.  Thought it was "cute" when I started, but forgot that it could interfere with using the name as a brand on other platforms like Twitter. 
  • I have made the site "responsive."  Awhile back Google made it clear that it would devalue sites that did not have a mobile presence. While Jazz@Rochester had a mobile site, it was through a 3d party and less accessible and than I'd like and didn't really accommodate later changes to posts (which happens sometimes with the listings).  These days the best way to accommodate the types and sizes of screens out there is through using responsive web design, which is is an approach to web design and coding that lets a webpage viewable regardless of the screen size of the device you're viewing it on.  The design of the page should now adapt whether you're looking on your desktop monitor, iPad or other tablet, or smartphone. 
  • I'm moving links to other pages and platforms on which JazzRochester operates to the top ribbon. In mobile, you'll find the same in the menu behind the horizontal lines you'll see on your smartphone.
  • I'm removing the advertisements. While the Google ads did bring in a tiny trickle of $ (I get a $100 from Google, which is the lowest before a check is cut, around every other year), it's not enough to keep using the best real estate in the blog.  
  • I hope that this reboot will also include an expansion in the amount and types of content published on the blog. More on that later as try them out (and, frankly, after I return to Rochester from helping to take care of my father in Kansas). 

As this reboot may help JazzRochester be even more accessible to more people, I'm hoping the makeover will help more Rochesterians, and those visiting the Rochester area, find live jazz in and around our fair city. I also hope that it can become more of a hub for building a community around live jazz in Rochester.

I expect there will be some hiccups along the way as I implement this reboot.  Please let me know if it creates any issues with the way the blog is working for you (happy to hear good things too...). Just click on the Contact Us link in the top ribbon to let me know. Make sure you let me know what device and browser you're using to access the site.

The images below are from early archived pages from both versions that I found on the nifty site The Wayback Machine to show you how the blog has looked over the years.

 

Wayback_April2005 JazzRochester in October 2006
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Changes are a'comin to Jazz@Rochester, but there will still be ... live jazz music in Rochester, NY, September 1-7

Andy's Chicago jazz club sign

I've been working on some changes to the look and feel of Jazz@Rochester. I hope to go live with them over the Labor Day weekend if I can find the time here in Wichita to finish the work. After the switchover, the site will be "responsive" and should be easier to navigate in whatever device that you're checking us out on. One thing you'll notice off the bat is that I'm losing the ampersand. I'll be removing some of the gunk that has built up over the years, too, including the adverts for now (they don't make me much scratch anyway), focusing on the links and other material that help you find new ways to experience jazz here in Rochester and elsewhere. I expect there will be some hiccups along the way, so bear with me. More about the changes later.... let me know what you think!

Wish I was in town to get over to The Bop Shop for their Groovy Sidewalk Sale, September 1st through the 10th. There's always some great jazz sounds for cheap....

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Closing out August there is ... live jazz for you in Rochester, NY

jazz club sign

It's August and I remain in Wichita with my father.  I miss you all in ROC and have missed the summer (although not the heat) and its jazz.  However, it's all good.... So here are the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester. I'm afraid it's a bit light this week. 

I have it on good authority that Tavern 135 has closed its doors, but perhaps we can watch for more jazz programming at the owners downtown location, Tavern 58 at Gibbs? 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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On Clarissa Street and elsewhere there will be ... live jazz in and around Rochester, August 18-24

CSR 2016 image

Clarissa Street Reunion is coming up on Saturday. Help the Reunion Committee raise money for their Vision Fund  for a new Pythodd Club Amphitheater and other things to celebrate the jazz and other history of Clarissa Street and this community in Rochester by contributing to this Indiegogo campaign 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Count yourself lucky that there is ... live jazz in Rochester, August 11-17

B&W Jazz sign

No live jazz for me here in Wichita, Kansas, but you'll find some in and around Rochester this week. 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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You can find some ... live jazz in and around ROC, August 4-10

Jazz with sax

It's a bit light this week. Doldrums of summer in ROC I guess.  Hope you are having a great one. I'm in a jazz desert out here in Wichita...

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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As we slide into August, there is ... live jazz in Rochester, July 28th to August 3rd

b&w jazz sign

Looks like I'm missing the summer in Rochester. Still with my father in Wichita, Kansas. Hope you're all having a great one and getting out to hear some of the live jazz in and around our fine city.  

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Jazz where life is worth living ... live jazz in Rochester and the burbs

Andy's Jazz Sign

The town of Webster's motto is "Where Live is Worth Living."  I guess that leaves the rest of us out in the cold (or the heat this time of year).  This weekend is the annual Webster Jazz Festival. This year they're splitting it up on Friday and Saturday, with Friday being in various venues around the Village of Webster and Saturday on the street. While this time of year usually has fewer gigs in and around Rochester, there's still lots to pick from, so check them out.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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The heat is on in the ... live jazz in Rochester, July 14-20

Jazz SignI hear it's hot in Rochester. I'm sorry, but you don't know hot until you've been in Wichita for June & July. It's been in the 90s (with 100 heat indexes) for it seems a month.  I think you need to get out into some air-conditioned space and hear some hot jazz.  Good thing there is some around town over the next seven days....

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Yes, we're seeing XRIJF's backside, but there's still ... Live jazz in ROC, July 7-11

Jazz Sign

Yes, it is over. Yes, I missed it this year (first time in over 10 years) and don't need reminding how great it was this year (I was watching from Wichita and it was painful enough).  Now that the XRIJF is over for another year, let's focus on the live jazz that's happening all around us throughout the year.  Here's your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester....

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers. 

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Why bother? Despite the XRIJF, there is still [other] ... live jazz in ROC, June 30th to July 6th

Jazz Sign

Before the week covered below ends, the 15th Annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will be history. It looks like it has been fun for those of you who were able to go.  I will continue to watch for special things done by others that I can share here, on Twitter, YouTube and on Facebook (click on the icons in the right in the middle column to check them out).  Also, if you're a Twitter user, you may want to follow my Twitter list for 2016 XRIJF artists. You will not find many listings for the jazz fest here. For that, hit the logo in the middle panel.  

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers. 

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I'm at the XRIJF in spirit if not body....

image from www.jazzrochester.comAs I've said in previous posts, I am not going to be a the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this year.  I'm in Wichita, Kansas, helping to take care of my father, who is on home hospice. While I'll miss the music, I'm there with you in spirit and will continue coverage some ways, including:

  • I will be sharing on Twitter and Facebook throughout the festival. I encourage you to follow the Twitter list I created of this year's XRIJF artists.
  • I hope to post guest posts by some folks who are actually at the festival.  If you'd like to be one of those guest posters, contact me through the Contact Us button above and I'll provide you with the particulars. 
  • Next Wednesday, I will still be doing the post with listings of all the jazz I can find in Rochester that is NOT part of the XRIJF.

Have fun at the festival! I'll see you next year.  If you're looking for more about the festival, check out their website by clicking on the image in the middle column. You can also download their app for your iPhone or Android device.

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Jazz fest starts day after tomorrow, but look here for some other ... jazz in ROC, June 23-29

Jazz Street scene

Hard to believe it's the day after tomorrow. Hard to believe I'm still in Kansas and won't be joining you at XRIJF this year.  As I noted last week, my coverage during this year's festival will necessarily be limited. I will watch for special things done by others that I can share here, on Twitter, YouTube and on Facebook (click on the icons in the right in the middle column to check them out).  Also, if you're a Twitter user, you may want to follow my Twitter list for 2016 XRIJF artists. You will not find many listings for the jazz fest here. For that, hit the logo in the middle panel.  

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers. It is especially important during XRIJF as everything changes (and I don't always hear about it...)

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Even if XRIJF will be here soon, you can get out and see some ... live jazz in ROC, June 16-22

Jazz 1-way sign

There are fewer than 10 days left until Rochester's streets fill up and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival gets underway. I'm still in Kansas with my father, who is on home hospice. I won't be joining you at the festival this year, although due to the reason I'm not going to be in Rochester, I am quite happy about that as it means my Dad is still with us. I'll miss some great music this year. My coverage this year will be necessarily limited.  

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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There is very little ... jazz in ROC (this week), June 9-15

Jazz sign

This happens every year as folks gear up for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.... Part of it is probably that a lot of folks are involved in the festival itself; but for others it may be a time they schedule some time away from ROC as the XRIJF sucks the "jazz" air out of the area. Still some around town, though.... 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Paul Smoker: "In his playing there was a fierce beauty, and in his person a helpful, generous guy"

Having heard Paul Smoker play a number of times since moving to Rochester, I knew the intensity and beauty of his playing and compositions. I felt that his recent passing on May 14th should be noted here in these pages, but I didn't know Paul and there had been some thoughtful pieces on Paul and his music by Jeff Spevak in the D&C and Ron Netsky in City and didn’t feel I had anything more to contribute myself. But Tim Sullivan, Professor Emeritus in the Music Department, who did know Paul, responded to my call out to my email list of local musicians about writing a guest post. Tim's guest post is below:

image from www.paulsmoker.com“A musician is one who travels with $5000 worth of equipment in a $500 car, 100 miles for 50 bucks.” That aging quip is one that many musicians and their spouses know, one to which they respond with grins and grimaces. Paul Smoker was known as a tough traveler, and as a strong player. Those aspects of his presence traveled quickly to our town when he moved here from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, largely to be closer to two members of his band who, by 1990, lived in New York.

What traveled more slowly was a certain deep beauty of his playing and person. Paul and his pianist wife Beverly decided that they would move to the place that provided work for one of them, and that place was Rochester, and that person was Beverly, who became the chief professor of piano at the Music Department of Nazareth College. Paul’s drive to play necessarily directed his energies toward “the city” and as the faculty of the college came to hear the reach of his musical thought we were glad to have him in town, when we could.

It was, I think, during the third year of the Smoker’s life here, the Spring semester of 1992, when an opening of particular beauty appeared: the college big band needed brass players and Paul was asked to identify trumpet students who might play. At the end of a phone conversation he said “well, of course, I could play….” And, when word got out that Paul would be in the band, players emerged from goodness knows where in a sort of re-enactment of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. That semester the band wailed, the band was fun, and Paul, I think relaxing in an environment where his fierce new music drive would not be under scrutiny--after all, one thinks of the Biblical question “What … could come out of Nazareth…?” (paraphrased here)--played for us from his gorgeous cornucopia of the knowledge of bebop. It was bebop superb, bebop beautiful, bebop flowing, bebop nourishing the band. And he was IN the band, swinging, inspiring, and illuminating all.

Around then one discovered a further virtue of the man, his generosity. If one wondered, as I would, about a particular piece of new-music by a composer such as Karlheinz Stockhausen, a cassette of the work would soon appear on one’s desk. (Yes, a cassette, this was during the last millennium … later, CDs, of course). That generosity, an inclusive one, flourished when Paul became the director of the jazz ensemble at Nazareth, as he wrote parts to fit kids into the band. Generous and provident he was.

Yes, effectively and rather famously, he presented the tough guy face. But a lot of us knew better. In his playing there was a fierce beauty, and in his person a helpful, generous guy.

Please feel free to add your own thoughts about Paul Smoker and his music in the Comments.

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As we slide toward the jazz festival, there is still ... live jazz in Rochester, NY, June 2-8

Jazz signHighlighting the jazz at Fairport Canal Days Friday-Sunday, but you won't find it below as it has it's own post below with all the deets. There's not a lot of new stuff out there. As I noted last year the pickins get a little slim in June as we get closer the XRIJF. Some of the repeating gigs below may no longer be around, but I've not heard otherwise, so you should check before heading out the door. I'm hitting the RiverFest here in Wichita on Friday to get a bit of the festing I'm missing out of my system and get a few hours of respite, but no jazz that I know of, although I may catch the Violent Femmes....

Did you hear that Jazz 90.1 is going to start a new streaming station featuring Blues and Big Band. Go here for more on that.  Also, the Pythodd Jazz Room now has it's own website, although I'm afraid as of publication time they haven't updated it to June.  We'll let them get their web-legs... 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Get a pre-XRIJF jazz fix on (and get some sun) at Fairport Canal Days, June 3-5

image from www.fairportcanaldays.comThis year's Fairport Canal Days is coming next Friday-Sunday, June 3-5. The music at FCD continues to skew well toward jazz and featuring local jazz artists. FCD remains committed to featuring local talent—from school bands to emerging local artists and groups, to the very best world-class professionals who call the Rochester area home and those hailing from beyond our area. I've added all of the listings received from the folks at FCD below. As always, FCD is an all volunteer, family-friendly, non-profit festival where all proceeds remain within the community.

While I won't be there to join you (I'm still in Wichita, KS), I hope you get out for it. I went last year and had great time (and got my first sunburn of the season). 

Here (after the fold) is the music lineup for Friday night through Sunday afternoon: 

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I miss you and ... live jazz in Rochester, May 26th through June 1st

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I'm in Wichita, Kansas, indefinitely with my father who is on home hospice. So far have dodged the tornadoes that are hitting this area of the country a bit too much for my taste. A month out now, I am missing Rochester (and my lovely wife, who is missing me..I think...despite loving her "alone" time). While there's some great jazz in and around Rochester this week, I'm already starting to see the inevitable slow down preceding the XRIJF.  I'll try to get some posts out about the upcoming festival, but may be missing attending it this year. You can probably understand why I hope that I will not be able to make it .... But this week, the show must go on, so here's the live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days.

For those local jazz artists who will be playing in town during the festival, I hope you'll let me know about your gigs so I can get them in the listings, which do not include the XRIJF listings since they're covered well elsewhere. Perhaps sign up for my local jazz artists email list if you haven't already so you get my reminders on when I need your gigs?

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Although I'll be missing it, there will be some great ... live jazz in Rochester, May 19-25

Jazz signSorry to start off with bad news, but as I'm sure many of you know, local jazz trumpeter Paul Smoker died Saturday afternoon at 75. He played right up to the end as Jeff Spevak noted in his profile in the D&C yesterday and Ron Netsky's in City. Although I had heard Paul play a number of times, I hope to have a post by someone who knew him better later in the week.

WGMC Jazz 90.1's Jazz Cruise tickets for this summer are on sale now here.  Also, XRIJF has a new app for the festival, which is available for download here.

I'm still out of town, leaving Kansas for a few days to go to my niece's high school graduation in Colorado. Will be back in Wichita by Sunday. Unfortunately missing some great jazz this week.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Are the lilacs in bloom? Even if not, there is ... live jazz in Rochester, NY for May 12-18

Jazz 1 Way signWell, I'm still out of town, but things are pretty good jazz-wise in ROC.  Apologies to my email and feed subscribers for the glitch in the coding last week, which caused the feed not to fire and I didn't notice that the emails didn't go out until Sunday. Then, of course, when we fixed it, the feed fired and the Wednesday post went out on Sunday. Oh well....

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Go hear some more jazz amongst yourselves ... live jazz in Rochester, May 5-11

Jazz Club signI'm out of town for awhile, so you'll have to go out and hear live jazz amongst yourselves for the foreseeable future. But don't worry, I'll still be doing the posts...

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Go hear jazz amongst yourselves ... live jazz in Rochester, April 28th through May 4th

Andys signI'm out of town for awhile, so go hear jazz amongst yourselves. I will be in Wichita, which as you probably know has a thriving jazz scene (irony... although it is not unheard of). But don't worry, I'll still be doing the posts...

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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On Twitter? Follow the 2016 XRIJF Artist List and get the backstory...

TweetFest imageJazz@Rochester has been on Twitter for a long time and is closing in on 11,000 followers. We follow local jazz artists, jazz artists from elsewhere with a local connection, and more than a few of my favorite artists, websites, blogs and other jazz information sources. There are a number of the artists (in jazz and other genres) on Twitter appearing at this year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival and so far I've found 90 of them and added them to a Twitter List. I'm afraid I regrettably have had to leave some off due to the noise their feed creates in the list (Erykah Badu's @fatbellybella account, with over 1M followers, just drowns everything out...).  

It can be fun checking in on what XRIJF artists are doing before and after the festival, sharing relevant insights about them with my followers, and letting the artists know how much I enjoyed their performance at the festival. If you'd like to join that conversation, just click on the "tooting Tweeter" (or is it honking...?) to the right to check out our Twitter List and add it to your favorite Twitter client (or of course follow it directly on Twitter), or just follow the Jazz@Rochester Twitter feed (click on the blue Twitter bird at the top the middle column under Connect with Jazz@Rochester to check that out).

If you're appearing at XRIJF 2016 and are on Twitter and not on the List, please tweet to me (or contact me through the site) and let me know and I'll add you.

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It's late, but I had a good excuse ... live jazz in ROC April 21-27

VV_ACEDStrip_smIt is rare that I don't get the post out on Wednesday night, but I was traveling back from attending a conference for the day job in NYC yesterday and used the hour I planned to write the post at the gate waiting for my plane at JFK last night standing in an hour-plus line to get through security. By the time I got home near midnight, I was too pooped after a three day conference on ediscovery and cybersecurity to even open the computer. Refreshed, I'm taking a break from work this afternoon to bang it out now. I apologize to those with gigs tonight, but will make sure my email subscribers get this as soon after it is published as possible. While in NYC I had a chance to catch a killing first set by the Eric Reed Quartet (no pics allowed during the show, so I just took one outside, tarted it up some, and have spared you the selfie version ....).

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Spring (?) into ... live jazz in Rochester for April 14th through April 20th

B&W Jazz signIt's still pretty cold outside (hopefully to improve soon?), but there's some hot jazz out there over the next seven days. Plus, for those of us who still like to paw through record bins, Record Store Day will be going on Saturday at Bop Shop Records and The Record Archive.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Get jazzed at the 2016 Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony!

Rochester Music Hall of Fame log The Rochester Music Hall of Hame celebrated its first inductees in 2012, recognizing those with ties to Rochester whose talents, efforts, perseverance, and creativity have contributed to the creation of musical excellence. Every year new members are honored through ceremony and celebration and their achievements memorialized to promote an appreciation for the Greater Rochester area’s rich and diverse musical history and culture. Among the class of inductees for 2016 are two musicians who are well-known to Rochester jazz fans: Pee Wee Ellis and Joe Locke. 

PeeWeeEllisAlfred “Pee Wee” Ellis is an acclaimed saxophonist and composer who was the architect of James Brown’s era-defining soul classics of the late 1960s, introducing the dynamic arrangements and rhythm that would define the emerging language of funk. Ellis is considered the inventor of “funk jazz” and together with Brown is credited with giving birth to funk, melding together his jazz influences with Brown’s R&B roots. Born in Florida, Ellis’s family moved to Rochester when he was a teenage, studied at Madison High School and collaborated with fellow fledgling jazz musicians (and past RMHF inductees) Chuck Mangione and Ron Carter. He was given the nickname “Pee Wee” by older jazz musicians he jammed with. At age 24, he began working with James Brown and was his bandleader from 1965 to 1969. With Brown, Ellis co-wrote and arranged several songs including “Cold Sweat,” “Licking Stick,” “Mother Popcorn,” and “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud.” He also performs on many of Brown’s most notable recordings. Other artists Ellis has worked with and composed and arranged for include George Benson, saxophonist Dave Liebman, and rockers Aerosmith, and Van Morrison. Today Ellis lives in the UK where he leads his band The Pee Wee Ellis Assembly, is writing his autobiography, and is developing a project chronicling the history and impact of funk on popular music and culture. Pee Wee Ellis will perform jazz alongside bassist and 2016 Grammy winner Christian McBride and will also be joined by Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley, who together with Ellis were the magic behind the famed James Brown horn section, to perform some of the hits Ellis co-wrote with Brown.

JoeLockeJoe Locke is a jazz vibraphonist with an international reputation as one of the major voices of his instrument. He is very familiar to Rochester jazz audiences and has returned repeatedly over the past years to play at the Rochster International Jazz Festival and elsewhere. Locke has more than 30 recordings to his credit and has performed with a diverse range of musicians, including Grover Washington Jr., Cecil Taylor, Dianne Reeves, Ron Carter, The Beastie Boys, and the Münster Symphony Orchestra. He has mastered an instrument that has catapulted only a handful of players to the forefront of modern jazz. In fact, the Times of London has noted that Locke is “set to become the pre-eminent vibraphonist in jazz” and the Penguin Encyclopedia of Jazz states that “[i]n the select group of contemporary vibes players, Locke has claims to head the list.” He is an Honorary Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he holds the position of International Vibraphone Consultant. Locke’s latest album, Love is a Pendulum, which he brought to Kilbourn Hall at last year's festival, was featured in a number of “Best of 2015” lists, including those of DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Times, and that of critic Jack Garner in the Democrat and Chronicle. Locke’s family moved to Rochester from California when he was young. While he is a self-taught improviser, he mastered his craft while in high school, studying classical percussion and composition at the Eastman School of Music. Joe Locke will perform two songs from his repertoire, backed by members of Prime Time Funk and featuring vocalist Tessa Souter.

The 5th Annual Induction Ceremony of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 24th at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Eastman Theatre box office or at (585) 454-2100 or online. Tickets are priced at $35 to $60, with specially priced $20 seats for students and educators. More ticket information is online on the RMHOF website. The first four ceremonies have drawn near sell-out crowds to Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre, so get them soon. Hope to see you there!

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Diagramming jazz ... a poster for Jazz Appreciation Month

I was recently contacted by LA graphic designer Gage Nguyen who has designed the Evolution of Jazz infographic poster below for Jazz Appreciation Month (that's April if you weren't already aware) and is using Kickstarter to fund its production and distribution.  I like these infographic images and, in the spirit of Jazz Appreciation Month I thought I'd share with my readers.  Now, I realize that one may disagree on where individual artists are placed in the diagram, wish that it went past 1970 (jazz did ...), or believe that jazz has not "evolved" at all from its beginnings (or somewhere else along the timeline). You can put a big red arrow on your copy on where your listening preferences reside... 

If you'd like to either a 18x24" and 24x36" poster of this (or some stickers with the Armstrong quote), then head on over to Gage's Evolution of Jazz Poster page on Kickstarter and help make it a reality. 

 

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Are you appreciating it this month? ... live jazz in Rochester, April 7th through 13th

JAM LogoApril is Jazz Appreciation Month, according to the Smithsonian at least. While I don't think there are any "official" events here in Rochester (tell me if I'm wrong), there is some great jazz out there this week and coming later this month.  Are you appreciating it ...? 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers. [Editor's Note April 8th: I updated the listings for the Pythodd Jazz Room, which has moved to an 8-11:00 pm timeframe.]

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You coming out to hear? ... live jazz in Rochester for March 31st to April 6th

Jazz SignListings are kind of light this week. However, added some things in the Upcoming Events portion below (a number for Bop Shop Records and the Pythodd is going to bring in saxophonist Jim Snidero later. Also, tickets go on sale for the WGMC Jazz 90.1 Jazz Cruises this Friday. They're also still looking for some cash. Help'em out here. Happy jazzin over the next week.  I hope to get out to a couple of shows on this week's roster. See you there?S

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Three months to go before XRIJF #15, but there is still ... live jazz in Rochester, NY for March 24-30

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As you see in the post below, yesterday I attended the press conference for the announcement of the 2016 XRIJF lineup. Jazz in June (and a bit of July) looks pretty good. Lots of new music to check out. But more on that later .... Now we see what's happening now!

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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It's that time again ... XRIJF announces the 2016 festival lineup

image from www.jazzrochester.comIt always sneaks up on me. I'm going along through the Rochester winter (although not so much this year) and all of a sudden, I get the email that the lineup for the XRIJF is coming up soon.  I'm not sure why... it always arrives about the same time ... however, I'm always surprised and realize that Jazz in June is only a few months away.  Jazz in June this year, will venture into July, running from June 24th through July 2nd.

Today's announcement was different mostly in location. A new venue this year is where the wandering Squeezers' stage has moved to in 2016—Anthology, a new 900-person music venue off East Avenue just short of Alexander Street. It will be a great venue and close to the footprint of the rest of the XRIJF. But where new venues show up, others disappear (at least this year) as the Lyric Opera venue on East (a couple blocks past Anthology), where many saw Joey Alexander last year, will not be part of the footprint this year at least. The other new venue will, as expected for some time, be moving the other direction toward our revitalizing downtown, with Trombone Shorty holding court in a July 2nd only venue where the food court at Midtown Plaza used to be. While there were no details at the presser, Kilbourn Hall and Max lines will be handled in such a way that the 3 hour line waits for these popular venues may be a thing of the past.  Additionally, Kilbourn's late concerts will be at 9:00 pm, giving you a chance to catch some more music before you head home, bleary-eyed (OK, I'm talking about me....). 

XRIJFAnnouncement1But saying that today's press conference was not so different from previous years is not to say that the lineup announced was same-old-same-old. Chick Corea (and Joey Alexander) are going to be in the Big House (it's not every year that there is jazz there) and there are some great options in the Club Pass venues. There is a new O'Canada series at the Rochester Club. All in all it is the usual great smorgasbord of music, with some artists from recent years returning, but with new, intriguing artists from all over the globe coming to play here (often for the first time in the states). I'm not going to go into details here, but I already see some "must hear" jazz artists and others that I hope to check out as I definitely won't hear them anywhere else. Over the weeks between now and June 24th I hope to explore the 2016 XRIJF (the 15th year) in these pages. For now, check out the XRIJF website, where you can find all the info, get tickets, and find out all things XRIJF. Here's the grid

After the 2016 XRIJF wraps, this blog will celebrate 10 years of helping you find live jazz in and around Rochester (and covering the XRIJF). Actually, I started it in 2005 at a different location, Jazz@Rochester started in earnest on August 31, 2006. Wow!

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Do you want to hear... live jazz in Rochester, March 17-23?

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Of course you do....  Hope to see some of you out over the next seven days as I'm planning on hitting at least two gigs.

Your local jazz station Jazz 90.1 WGMC's Spring Pledge Drive started on the 14th. You can throw them a few ducats through this link here.

If you want to get these listings posts (and the other posts I do occasionally) in your email, hit the image of Jazz@Rochester coming out of an envelope (yes, that's what it's supposed to be ... not my best effort....) in the middle column and follow the directions.  I won't spam you or share your email with anyone. Or, you can check out the other ways to connect with Jazz@Rochester by clicking on the icons above that image.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Got to get out for some ... Live jazz in Rochester, March 10-16

jazz saxI feel terrible (well not like last week, cold is over)! I keep hearing great things about the reimagined Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte. Lots of folks are really giving the place and the music great reviews and yet I have not been out there yet.  I hope to remedy that at least once this coming week...

If you want to get these listings posts (and the other posts I do occasionally) in your email, hit the image of Jazz@Rochester coming out of an envelope (yes, that's what it's supposed to be ... not my best effort....) in the middle column and follow the directions.  I won't spam you or share your email with anyone. Or, you can check out the other ways to connect with Jazz@Rochester by clicking on the icons above that image.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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So, wanna hear some ... live jazz in Rochester, March 3-9?

jazz club signWell, here you go.... 

Achooo!! Sniff, sniff... I've been under the weather, which is why I couldn't get out for a couple of gigs I really wanted to hear in the past week. I don't get sick often, but it seems to occur when I have already made plans.  

If you want to get these listings posts (and the other posts I do occasionally) in your email, hit the image of Jazz@Rochester coming out of an envelope (yes, that's what it's supposed to be ... not my best effort....) in the middle column and follow the directions.  I won't spam you or share your email with anyone. Or, you can check out the other ways to connect with Jazz@Rochester by clicking on the icons above that image.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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As we get ready to leap into March there is ... Live jazz in Rochester, February 25th to March 2nd

jazz club signYes, it's a leap year and how do we know?  Harold Danko has his quadrennial Leap Year concert.  It's always a lot of fun and is on Monday, of course. Also recommend you come out to Lovin Cup on Sunday to catch the Ethnic Arts Ensemble. I'm so there...  There's some new stuff added to the Heads Up this week to check out, too.

If you want to get these listings posts (and other posts I do occasionally) in your email, hit the image of Jazz@Rochester coming out of an envelope (yes, that's what it's supposed to be ... not my best effort....) in the middle column and follow the directions.  I won't spam you or share your email with anyone. Or, you can check out the other ways to connect with Jazz@Rochester by clicking on the icons above that image.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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After you dig out of the snow in ROC, there is still some ... live jazz in Rochester, February 18-24

Andy's jazz club sign

I managed to miss the big snow (much to my wife's consternation, who had to dig out), but heading back to town now from the relative warmth of Wichita, Kansas. Some extra time in O'Hare, so banging out a post.  While it is pretty light (and has been for awhile), you can find some live jazz out there.  

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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I'm not with you, but there's still ... live jazz in Rochester, February 11-17

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In Kansas for my father's 80th birthday, but wanted to let you all know about what's up in live jazz in and around Rochester. 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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Can't talk about the cold, it's over 50 degrees outside! But there is still ... jazz in Rochester, February 4-10

Jazz Club Sign

Some buzz around the new Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte (I hope to get out there, but it's looking doubtful before a trip to visit my father next week). XRIJF just announced that there would be a new venue at Anthology at 336 East Avenue and that they'd be releasing the full listings for the 15th Annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on March 22nd (at the aforementioned Anthology venue, by the way). Your trusty blogger will be there. 

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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A new club with an old name is bringing more ... jazz in Rochester, January 28-February 3

Jazz Club SignIt's not every day (or year ... or years) that a new club intending to present live jazz comes around in the Rochester area. In fact, I can count them on one hand since I arrived here in 2002. Well, there is a new one, that harkens back to an old one—a legendary jazz club here in ROC, the Pythodd. Once located in Corn Hill on Clarissa Street (alas it is a parking lot now), the Pythodd was, as Alan Morrell put it in the D&C this summer, "a vibrant part of a thriving neighborhood, a stop on the 'jazz circuit' with a scruffy façade and a bona fide bebop vibe" (check out the whole D&C article, as well as Tina DaCosta Chapman's video Remembering the Pythodd, for more of the club's history). It has a deep legacy here in Rochester.

The new Pythodd Jazz Room is located in Charlotte (down near the lake at 4705 Lake Ave, close to Mr. Dominics). The owner Tyrone Ashford is trying to create a similar vibe to the Pythodd of before, with a focus on presenting local jazz musicians. The opening was tonight with a group from Eastman School of Music (Wednesday will regularly present jazz groups from Eastman). There are some more gigs below. All shows are free and start at 7:30 pm. I hope to get out there soon and hope you do, too. Do I have to tell you that we need to support this kind of thing...? 

Yesterday, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announced four of the headliners for its 15th Edition running from June 24th through July 2nd: Chick Corea Trilogy Trio with special guest Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Grace Potter and Erykah Badu. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 29th at 10:00 am through the XRIJF website or by calling (585) 454-2060.

After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

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