Serving up some ... Live jazz around ROC, December 1-7

Michael Musillami Trio at The Bop ShopAfter the fold you will find the listings for live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus through December and what I've been told about in January. I've also added a space for some special gigs even further out.  Congratulations to Tom Kohn, Jann Nyffeler and the team at The Bop Shop for completing 40 concerts to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of this Rochester music institution. The 40th was last night and I was there to hear the fantastic Michael Musillami Trio (pictured here)!

We compile these gig and event listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in and around Rochester. Click on the links where available in the post for more information on the gig or tickets where needed, or check out the venue's website in the right panel if there. Only music start times are listed, call the venue or visit their website for more details about when the doors open, how long the band will be playing, etc. If tickets are required there is usually a link to buy. Let me know if I have missed anything or have something wrong. 

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When you come out of your food/football/travel coma, perhaps go hear some ... Live jazz around Rochester from Thanksgiving to November 30, 2022?

black and white jazz club sign imageAlthough there is understandably nothing on Thanksgiving itself (jazz musicians have families too!), below you will find the listings for live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus through December, and what I know about in January. I've also added a space for some special gigs even further out.

We compile these gig and event listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in and around Rochester. Click on the links where available in the post for more information on the gig or tickets where needed, or check out the venue's website in the right panel if there. Only music start times are listed, call the venue or visit their website for more details about when the doors open, how long the band will be playing, etc. If tickets are required there is usually a link to buy. Let me know if I have missed anything or have something wrong. 

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Capturing the moving target of jazz and its artists, one at a time: Ron Netsky's Jazz Snapshots

In the years since I moved to Rochester from Chicago, I've enjoyed reading (and often linking to) Ron Netsky's articles in Rochester's City Newspaper profiling the jazz musicians or groups playing at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, various programs at the Eastman School of Music, The Bop Shop, the former Exodus to Jazz series of concerts, and other venues around Rochester. So, it was great to receive a copy of Ron's new book, Jazz Snapshots, which assembles over 150 of those articles behind a cool cover by Rochester artist David Cowles, whose work you'll recognize from RIJF posters. As Ron describes the thought behind the title in the Introduction to the book:

The title is based on the premise that I wrote about these musicians at particular points in their careers and short articles are far from complete pictures. They are, rather, snapshots of moving targets. Every life is full of twists and turns; jazz musicians don't even know where their next solo is going.

The profiles and interviews in Jazz Snapshots include giants of jazz, major U.S. and international jazz artists from ragtime to straight-ahead to avant-garde who have played in Rochester over the years (some of whom have ties to Rochester), and some of the local jazz musicians who you love to go out to hear throughout the year. These thoughtful "snapshots" are not "so-and-so has played with X, Y, and Z" profiles, but rather dig much deeper into the artists to reveal more about who they are and and their craft. Ron sets out a few examples from the book of these revelations in the sheet he included with the book, like Ron Carter talking about his delight in making saxophonists inhale, McCoy Tyner recalling the moment John Coltrane decided to record My Favorite Things, and CĂ©cile McLorin Salvant explaining why she doesn't mind making audiences squirm. There are many more. 

The nearly 500 pages of articles are mostly arranged by instrument (you all have your favorites...) and then chronologically once you are in a category, noting where they were playing at the time. Ron also provides a few miscellaneous articles on artists who don't quite fit the other categories (like Tom Lehrer) and from genres that have always had a close association with jazz like blues, R&B, and soul. After publishing JazzRochester for so many years, it reminded me that Rochester had provided me the opportunity to hear so many (if not most) of these artists play. I'm looking forward to re-reading many of these articles. If you have a favorite article (either from the book or City), leave a comment on this post.

You can buy Jazz Snapshots and check out some of the book in print or Kindle by selecting the Amazon links underneath the cover image in this post. Full disclosure, if you choose to purchase the book after clicking the "Buy" link, JazzRochester may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you or the author.  

Ron Netsky is currently a Professor and the Director of the Studio Art Undergraduate Program at Nazareth College (or should I say "University"?) and still writes occasionally for City about music.

 

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The lake effect does not affect the ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, November 17-23

Neon jazz club sign imageBelow you will find the listings for live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus through the rest of November, December, and into January. I've also added a space for some special gigs even further out.

We compile these gig and event listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in and around Rochester. Click on the links where available in the post for more information on the gig or tickets where needed, or check out the venue's website in the right panel if there. Only music start times are listed, call the venue or visit their website for more details about when the doors open, how long the band will be playing, etc. If tickets are required there is usually a link to buy. Let me know if I have missed anything or have something wrong. 

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Even though the snow isn't flying, there is ... Live jazz in and near Rochester, NY, November 10-16

live jazz 1-way sign imageBelow you will find the listings for live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus through the rest of November and through December. We compile these gig and event listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in and around Rochester. Click on the links where available in the post for more information on the gig or tickets where needed, or check out the venue's website in the right panel if there. Only music start times are listed, call the venue or visit their website for more details about when the doors open, how long the band will be playing, etc. Let me know if I have missed anything or have something wrong. 

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How about some more ... Live jazz around ROC, November 3-9

Live ROC Jazz over keyboard imageBelow you will find the listings for live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus through the rest of November and into December. We compile these gig and event listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in and around Rochester. Click on the links where available in the post for more information on the gig or tickets where needed, or check out the venue's website in the right panel if there. Only music start times are listed, call the venue or visit their website for more details about when the doors open, how long the band will be playing, etc. Let me know if I have missed anything or have something wrong. 

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