Of course, you can find some ... Live jazz in ROC, February 16-22

Jazz sign

Here are the next seven days of live jazz in and around our fine city.  I call your attention to the Bill Tiberio CD release tomorrow and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble gig on Sunday. Hope you can get out to enjoy some!

Would you like to hear more jazz outside of June? Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?   I'm trying to help to build one here, so please give me a hand and share this site.  Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  

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 so I can add it. 

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Yes, in addition to a garbage plate, you can get ... Live jazz in Rochester, February 9-15

There is jazz out there

 Here are the next seven days of live jazz in and around our fine city, despite how short this  weekly post is becoming.  Hope you can get out to enjoy some!

Would you like to hear more jazz outside of June? Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?   I'm trying to help to build one here, so please give me a hand and share this site.  Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  

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 so I can add it. 

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It's now February and there is ... Live jazz in ROC, February 2-8

Jazz 1-wayI don't have much else to say this time, other than it's nice to see the Dave Rivello Ensemble back in the listings.  You'll find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester below. Plus the usual stuff I say in all these posts, which follows...

Would you like to see a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to help build one here, so please give me a hand. I'd love it if you'd share this site.  Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you. I'd also like to call your attention to my pretty new sharing buttons that are floating on the left of your screen. Please share the blog on your favorite platform with those buttons, or share a particular post with the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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 so I can add it. 

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Believe it or not, there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 26-February 1

Jazz with SaxDon't have much else to say this time, other than you'll find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester below. Plus the usual stuff I say in all these posts, which follows...

Would you like to see a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to help build one here, so please give me a hand. I'd love it if you'd share this site.  Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you. I'd also like to call your attention to my pretty new sharing buttons that are floating on the left of your screen. Please share the blog on your favorite platform with those buttons, or share a particular post with the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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 so I can add it. 

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Is winter over yet? Of course not, but there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 19-25

Jazz club signThe listings are still kind of light this week, but that's not too unusual this time of year. It's cold out there! I'm still recovering from a concussion after last week's icy Tuesday (amazed I was able to do the post last week... much better today!). I'm hoping to get out on Sunday to hear Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at Lovin Cup. Say hi if you see me!

Would you like to see a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to help build one here, so please give me a hand. I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined to go out to hear some live jazz. They can find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you. I'd also like to call your attention to my pretty new sharing buttons that are floating on the left of your screen. Please share the blog on your favorite platform with those buttons, or share a particular post with the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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 so I can add it. 

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Ice, ice baby, but there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 12-18

Jazz 1-way sign

It's light this week. Good thing as I'm limited due to a bump on my noggin after a fall on yesterday's ice and staring at the computer screen is no fun. By the way, last week I was too optimistic about the transition of ownership of the Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte being sold. Since then I've heard that the space is probably going to become a Mexican restaurant and likely will not be presenting jazz.  Oh well... like I said then, perhaps more about this later... Let me know if you've heard differently.

Would you like to see a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to build one here so give me a hand. I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. They can find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  I'd like to call your attention to my pretty new sharing buttons that are floating on the left of your screen. Please share the blog on your favorite platform with those buttons, or share a particular post with the buttons at the bottom of the post. 

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 so I can add it. 

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A little less, a little more ... Live jazz in ROC, January 5-11

Jazz sign

While right after the holidays is often light, the few gigs around over the next seven days reminds me how hard it is out there to present live jazz. We're seeing less and possibly more of it around ROC right now (perhaps more about this later).  Some of you may have heard that the Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte has closed. While that is true (explaining why there are no listings below), it appears from a note on their website that there are new owners of the club and the closure may be temporary.  On the plus side, the Brass Bar & Lounge on Alexander and East in the city is starting a Friday jazz happy hour beginning this Friday. Support live jazz by getting out to hear some (OK, OK, I have to get out more too....).

Jazz 90.1 top has listed its 100 top Cds for 2016 (pdf). What was your favorite new jazz CD in 2016?  

Eastman School of Music has announced that jazz keyboardist Gary Versace has joined the faculty of their  Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department. Hope to hear more from this great musician in ROC as a result?

Would you like to see a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to build one here so give me a hand. I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. They can find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  

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 so I can add it. 

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2016 see ya! Now I wonder whether there will be ... live jazz in ROC December 29th to January 4, 2017?

As you know, for me 2016 hasn't been the best year.  I'm looking forward to 2017 and here it comes.  As this is a holiday, please take some of the listings below with a grain of salt. Call the venue first to make sure.  I'm sure there's some jazz out there at various New Years Eve parties, but have listed the ones I'm aware of. 

Listen on January 3d (starting early, like 6:00 am) to our local jazz radio spot, Jazz90.1, as they bring you the Top 40 CD’s from the Top 100 of 2016, as voted on by their staff and volunteers.  Also, check out their lineup changes for 2017.

Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to build one here. If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. They can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  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 so I can add it. 

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Eastman Jazz Musicians Featured at Annual Jazz Education Network Conference  

FYI from an Eastman School of Music Press Release, December 22, 2016:

image from www.esm.rochester.eduJazz students and faculty from the Eastman School of Music will perform on the first night of the 8th Annual JEN (Jazz Education Network) Conference, being held in New Orleans Jan. 4 to 7, 2017. JEN is an international organization that promotes and advances jazz education, performance, and development of new audiences.  The annual conference features workshops, panel discussions, research presentations, clinics, and concerts.

The Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemblewill be joined by Grammy- and Emmy-winning keyboardist, singer, and composer David Paich to perform the music of West Coast arranger Marty Paich, who arranged music for such singers as Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and many others.

David Paich, who is a founding member of the band Toto and the son of Marty Paich, is working with Eastman’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department to house and perform his father’s music at the school. In 2014, the Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble under Jeff Campbell received a DownBeat award for its performance of the music of Marty Paich with David Paich and drummer Dennis Mackrel.

Performing in the ensemble at the JEN conference are Eastman students Luke Norris, C.J. Ziarniak, and Orlando Madrid, saxophone; Charlie Carr, trumpet; Abe Nouri and Tanner Jackson, trombone; and Rebekah Lorenz, horn. Faculty members joining the ensemble are Charles Pillow, saxophone; Clay Jenkins, trumpet; Harold Danko and Jeffrey Benetar, piano; Jeff Campbell, double bass; and Rich Thompson, drums.

The Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble is a select ensemble which has performed both locally and internationally, including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Saint Peter’s Church in New York City, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.

Congratulations!

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Ho, ho, ho, there is... Live jazz in ROC, December 22-28

Christmas is coming and there will be jazz. Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Of course it is pretty light this week (they have families too!).  Additionally, around any holiday it is a good idea to call ahead to the venue to make sure, especially on the gigs below that repeat.  Hope you and yours have a great holiday!

Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  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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Frazzled by the holiday rush? Go out and relax to some ... Live jazz in ROC, December 15-21

So no one has a favorite jazz holiday album?  Come on people, I reach out and ... crickets (here and on Facebook)!  I understand, though.  You all have a lot on your plate for the holidays. Well, to help you calm down here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  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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You like a bit of jazz with your holidays? What are your favorites?

Last night I took up Karl Stabnau's offer of a couple of tickets for his 6th annual Charlie Brown Christmas show at the Little Theatre. As Karl's quartet of former Eastman students, who are now professional musicians all over the country, did their interpretations of a number of holiday classics, plus a set of the tunes from Vince Guaraldi's classic  recording, I was it reminded of how much I enjoy holiday tunes reimagined through a jazz lens.  We decorate for the holidays with jazz on the turntable. 

In addition to the one pictured in this post, I have the following holiday jazz albums. They're all compilations I've gathered over the years:

  

So where do your favorite holiday jazz sounds come from? Have any favorite jazz CDS, either compilations or by your favorite artists.  Let us know in the comments (click on the link at the bottom of the post to add one), or join the conversation on the JazzRochester Facebook page or on Twitter.  

By the way, if you want some of these sounds in your own home, click on one of the images above to buy on Amazon (affiliate links). 

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Do you go out to hear? ... Live jazz in ROC, December 8-14

Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  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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With your leftover turkey and stuffing, you can have some ... live jazz in ROC, December 1-7

Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  By the way, we're trying to build a community of those who love to go out to hear live jazz here in Rochester, so I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  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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How do YOU want your JazzRochester? Here are the ways to find us...

JazzRochesterPageJazzRochester has gone through a number of changes of the more than 10 years I've been publishing this blog.  I like to try and provide readers with as many different avenues to access what we do here on JazzRochester. To that end, you can get your JazzRochester in a number of ways:

  • Email. Over 350 of you get the posts on JazzRochester delivered via email. In addition to the posts on JazzRochester, I also may send an occasional email (VERY occasional) regarding special projects I launch for the blog or Rochester's live jazz scene. I use MailChimp to manage email subscriptions. To get us via email, click on the link at the top of the blog and fill out the form to get started. Click on the link in the email that you will be sent to confirm your email address and make sure it is not getting put into your spam folder. I will not sell, spam or otherwise use the email addresses entered in there without your permission and you can unsubscribe any time.
  • RSS Feed. A number of you have put the feed for JazzRochester in a feed reader, such as Feedly. To do that, you can click on the orange RSS feed icon at the top of the blog or just paste the URL for the blog into your feed reader and it should be autodiscovered.
  • Twitter. JazzRochester is on Twitter under the handle @jazzrochester. Almost 11,000 Twitter users are following us there from here and all over the world (really, I only need about 15 more as of this posting....). In addition to tweets of every post published on JazzRochester, I occasionally share other information about jazz in Rochester and beyond. I follow as many local jazz artists, artists with connections to Rochester, and folks in the local jazz community as I find on Twitter (I maintain a list). Local Rochester artists and jazz venues should let me know their Twitter handles. You'll also find that I follow a vibrant jazz community of artists, jazz bloggers and jazz organizations from all over the world. I occasionally share interesting jazz links and information about local jazz and jazz artists, and jazz around the world. You can access the feed on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter icon at the top of the blog.  You can also share individual posts by clicking on the Twitter icon at the bottom of the post.
  • Facebook. About 770 folks have "liked" the JazzRochester page on Facebook.  The posts published on the blog are posted there, plus I share other jazz links and information about local jazz events. Feel free to add your own two cents about the Rochester jazz scene. Rochester artists can feel free to do so as well and add their events to the page. If you're on Facebook, I'd appreciate it if you'd head over to the page and "like" us there, even if you're getting the content some other way. Click on the Facebook icon at the top of the page to check it out.  Like or share the blog by clicking the links in the right panel under the Search box. Share individual posts by clicking on the icon at the bottom of the post.
  • YouTube Channel. On the JazzRochester channel I'm trying to collect video of Rochester jazz artists performances and performances from the Rochester International Jazz Festival. I also subscribe to several jazz-related video feeds.  Feel free to let me know about video you've found that can be added there.  Not much, but it's a start. Help me out by pointing me to your favorites.
  • Or just come back here. There are some I meet around Rochester who are long time readers, but say "I get your emails" and apparently have never been to the blog itself to see all the other information to find here that don't show up in the other platforms you can consume our content through. I encourage you to visit us here anytime! The site should adjust to fit whatever device or screen size you're viewing it on. 

Here are some other notes on how we roll here at JazzRochester:

  • More about Rochester jazz artists, groups and venues.  So you can find out more about local jazz artists or groups, or even listen to some of their music, I have a page with links to their websites. Just click on the ROC Jazz Artists Links link at the top of the blog. I also link to venues that regularly present jazz in our area.  Anyone missing?  Let me know.  
  • Are you a ROC area jazz artist or venue?  I am trying to reach out directly to local jazz musicians and venues that regularly present jazz through email lists.  You can sign up by clicking on the For Local Jazz link at the top of the blog. 
  • Rochester sounds. I'm trying to hook you up with CDs from local Rochester artists or artists with deep ties here.  Just click on the ROC Jazz CDs link at the top of the blog.
  • Links. Over the years, I've collected a number of links to jazz information, media and other resources here in Rochester and beyond.  I also try to add other resources that feed links to other jazz-related information. 
  • Looking backward. JazzRochester can be searched by using search box in the right panel to find posts that include a particular artist or click on a category or monthly archive link in the right column to browse through posts.
  • Check out the About link at the top of the blog to learn more about JazzRochester and find the "legalities."

Feel free to comment on any post, but keep it nice and try to connect it to the post itself (for example, on the weekly listing posts if you went to see one of the listed gigs, let us know what you thought...). Let me know about what works and doesn't work by sending a question via email through the "Contact Us" link above. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask... here, via email, on Twitter, on Facebook, by commenting on a post, or even if you see me at a gig.

So subscribe, "like," or otherwise consume JazzRochester any way that works for you.  I won't judge... I'll just try to focus on getting you more information about live jazz in Rochester and beyond. 

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After the turkey gets cold, go get something hot ... jazz in Rochester, November 24-30

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday.  It is good to be home, just me and the missus this year.  We're having turkey (in lasagna, though...).  If you want to stay away from the malls on Friday, check out Record Store Day Black Friday events at Bop Shop Records and the Record Archive. While there will be no live jazz that I know of, there's plenty of jazz vinyl to be had cheep. 

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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Cool outside, cooler inside with ... live jazz in Rochester, November 17-23, 2016

It's good to be home.  I'm starting to get back into the groove here, so looking to get out to hear some music soon. If you're having the same thought, then here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.

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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A noted passing ... some words on Tom Hampson

image from mediad.publicbroadcasting.netI wanted to note the passing of one of the voices and long time advocates for the Rochester jazz community, Tom Hampson, who died this week at the age of 87.  While I was acquainted with Tom and listened to his WXXI Jazz from the Cellar program from time to time, I never had an opportunity to get to know him so don't feel qualified to say much more. Instead, I've gathered a few thoughts from local jazz musicians who knew him much better: 

  • So sad to hear the news that Tom Hampson has passed away. He was a treasure to the Rochester community and music community at large. Tom was a very successful constitutional and corporate attorney @ Harris-Beach, jazz DJ at WXXI and all around great friend to so many. He was a champion of the Rochester Jazz scene and Eastman Jazz. He was the caretaker of the legal side of Alec Wilder's music and a close personal friend of Marian McPartland. His show 'Mostly Jazz' on WXXI would profile an artist for an entire show. He would tell the stories behind the music and personal anecdotes of his experiences hearing and meeting the greatest artists in the history of jazz. He was a dear friend that cared about people, not just because they played the music he loved. I'll remember him forever. —Bob Sneider
  • RIP Tom Hampson. Tom was an amazing guy who had a show on WXXI 1370 for many years. He was one of the most supportive guys to all us jazz musicians in Rochester often dedicating shows just playing our music. Tom also wrote for City Newspaper back in the day and would review gigs and concerts in town. Most importantly he was a great person to talk with. He will be dearly missed. —Mike Melito

You can also read (or listen) about Tom here on WXXI's website.

I encourage others in the jazz community who knew Tom to share their memories of Tom and jazz in Rochester in the comments to this post. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. Given what I've been through for the past six months that I've mentioned in previous posts, you know mine does. 

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Elect to listen to ... live jazz in Rochester, November 10-16

OK, the election is over (finally). I'm stunned, but I expect we'll survive the next four years. Whether you're in a celebratory mood or, like me, want some music to soothe your mood, there's probably some live jazz out there for you over the next seven days that'll fit the bill.  See below to find it...

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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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.

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

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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

Jazz sign

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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