Sale in aisle 22 on ... Live jazz in ROC, May 12-18

Image with Live ROC Jazz superimposed over piano keys

Below are the listings for live jazz (and some blues) gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days of your life, plus thoseI know about through the rest of May and into June. Please let me know about anything I may have missed or that you know has been cancelled or changed. I suggest you call venues before heading out (the websites for some of them are available in the right panel of the blog... for those of you reading the email you have to come to the site to find the "right panel"). 

Please note that I will not be adding Rochester International Jazz Festival appearances in these listings. As in the past, I will do a special preview post prior to the festival that will bring together all of the appearances at RIJF by local jazz musicians and groups. 

 

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Join the Jazz Rochester "Street Team" ... the first JazzRochester "merch"

JR_Tshirt_meinTJust before the pandemic shut everything down, I had over 400 JazzRochester T-Shirts created with dreams of building a "street-team" out there during the Rochester International Jazz Festival and throughout the other 356 days of the year. Friends of the site could let others know where they could find their live jazz around Rochester.  You know the rest of the story (or have similar stories yourselves)... They've been sitting in bins in my closet ever since.  So... can I interest you in taking one or more of these things off my hands?  
 
Don't let my poor choice in models stop you ... Get more information on the t-shirts and maybe purchase one on the JazzRochester Merch page at the top of the site.  I'd really appreciate your support (and need the closet space)!

 

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There's got to be some more ... Live jazz in Rochester, May 5-11, 2022

Image with Live ROC Jazz superimposed over piano keys

It's kinda light out there, I'm afraid.... Still too early for it to be a pre-RIJF slump. Below are the listings for live jazz (and some blues) gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days of your life, plus a bunch I know about through the rest of May and into June. Please let me know about anything I may have missed or that you know have been cancelled. I suggest you call venues before heading out (the websites for some of them are available in the right panel of the blog... for those of you reading the email you have to come to the site to find the "right panel"). 

Please note that I will not be adding Rochester International Jazz Festival appearances in these listings. As in the past, I will do a special preview post prior to the festival that will bring together all of the appearances at RIJF by local jazz musicians and groups. 

 

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There is only one way to ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, April 28th to May 4th

One-way sign in front of wall with Live Jazz written on the wall to the left

Well, there are many ways, but coming here is a good idea... Below are the listings for live jazz (and some blues) gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus a bunch I know about through the rest of May. I'm still considering how I will do these listings in June due to the RIJF and as things change pandemic-wise, but for now anticipate I will start adding June gigs next week, assuming I find some.  

Please let me know about anything I may have missed or that you know have been cancelled. I suggest you call venues before heading out (the websites for some of them are available in the right panel of the blog... for those of you reading the email you have to come to the site to find the "right panel"). 

 

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Believe it or not, but there is ... Live jazz around Rochester, April 21-27, 2022

Jazz sign in black and white

Below are the listings for live jazz (and some blues) gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus a bunch I know about through the rest of April and into May.  Please let me know about anything I may have missed or that you know have been cancelled. I suggest you call venues before heading out (the websites for some of them are available in the right panel of the blog... for those of you reading the email you have to come to the site to find the "right panel"). 

 

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Dynamic jazz vocalist Veronica Swift to perform in Rochester May 14th

As announced recently by the Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Ann and Marc Iacona Foundation will be presenting An Evening with jazz vocalist Veronica Swift on Saturday, May 14th at 7:30 p.m. at the Theater at Innovation Square in Rochester located at 131 Chestnut St., downtown (you my remember it as the Xerox Auditorium). Tickets are $40 to $60 plus $4 service fee and are on sale online now.

Veronica_Swift_jrVeronica Swift has emerged as rising star on the international jazz scene. The daughter of a jazz pianist and a jazz vocalist, Ms. Swift has been singing jazz for much of her life, recording her first album at the ripe old age of nine. Since winning second place at the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, she moved to New York City and has performed or toured with a number of jazz stars, including Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Benny Green, Michael Feinstein and Emmet Cohen. Swift has released two albums on Mack Avenue, including this year's This Bitter Earth, which she will be performing selections from at this concert along with a wide range of other songs. As Will Friedwald wrote in an March 2021 article about Swift's new CD in the Wall Street Journal,  she "has a miraculous voice, musical ability and technique, as well as an innate gift for entertaining a crowd." She is also known for her mastery of vocalese and scat, and as Friedwald noted "might be the best scat singer since Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Tormé." According to the announcement of the concert, Swift remarked recently, “These shows at the Theater at Innovation Square are not only a comeback after a year long hiatus of no gigs, but it is a rebirth…. The songs I’ve picked for this show encompass some of This Bitter Earth’s message, but also we have included new songs that mix classical with rock and roll and funk as well as jazz. I now know, my purpose as an artist is to break down these genre barriers and fully immerse the audience in what to me is just simply: music.”

Marc Iacona is the producer and executive director of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, at which Swift performed in 2017 and 2019. His family foundation is donating hundreds of tickets to this concert to the doctors and nurses and other health care heroes at Rochester Regional Health. "Ann and I have supported Rochester Regional Health in many ways over the years," said Marc Iacona. "At this concert, we wanted to do something special to say thanks to the dedicated health care workers there who have worked so tirelessly to help patients who have depended on them over the past two years during this difficult pandemic."  

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