OK, I wasn't keeping up with the blogging this past week, but Kansas just sucked the jazz right outta me (really it was all the work I was doing while out there helping my parents get their house ready for the winter). Came home to Springtime in Rochester. . . . at least until tomorrow, that is. Well, here's your listings for jazz in the Roch area over the next seven days, courtesy of the City Paper. A day late, but not a dollah short.
Posts from November 2006
Antonio Cruz, Jr. has dropped me a line because City Newspaper forgot to post an upcoming gig. The "Tony Cruz Latin Jazz Quartet" will be getting your feet on the floor at the Flat Iron Cafe this Saturday, November 25th at 9pm. Tony let me know about this gig awhile ago, but I was waiting until closer to the date (and to see if there was coverage in City Newspaper).
Although I'll be missing a lot of these as I sit here with my parents in the middle of SE Kansas (no there is not a lot of jazz to hear here), here are jazz listings for the next 7 days, courtesy of the City Paper:
Thursday, November 23
Friday, November 24
Saturday, November 25
Sunday, November 26
Monday, November 27
Tuesday, November 28
Wednesday, November 29
Based on the site albanyjazz.com, our state's capital and its nearby environs in and around the Adirondacks have an active jazz scene. Although I ran across this site awhile ago, it gained new significance while traveling recently through Albany, Saratoga Springs, and the Adirondacks. The site is chock full of gig and CD reviews, photos, listings and other features. With the 30,000+ hits it claims, they clearly are tapping into the jazz community surrounding the Capital District. I hope to have a chance to visit Albany sometime and catch some music there. I'll use the albanyjazz.com site as a resource when I do.
I'm not sure whether it was a misprint in the post from Mel Henderson in Jazz 90.1's JazzList or my aging eyes, but contrary to my previous post, it appears that Paradigm Shift's gig at the Flat Iron with the Casa Larga wine is THIS Sunday (perhaps they just like to celebrate and it was last Sunday as well). So head down to the Flat Iron Cafe tomorrow, November 19 from 5-8 p.m. to "relax, and enjoy some foot tapping live jazz while tasting some great wine." I think this is still meant to bid the guys farewell as they depart for a short tour of Germany at the end of the month and to try the wines from Casa Larga Vineyards. The Flat Iron Cafe is located at 561 State St., Corner of Lake, Lyell, Smith, and State St. Unfortunately, I missed the 12th (and perhaps may have shown up to another band....it has happened before) and will be out of town for this one.
- Time: 12:39 pm.
- Order #: 1637.
They're selling fast if that number represents the number actually sold.
I wish I was going to be around for the next seven days as there seems to be a lot of opportunities to hear some good jazz in town. Here are the listings, courtesy of City Paper:
Thursday, November 16
Friday, November 17
Saturday, November 18
Sunday, November 19
Monday, November 20
Tuesday, November 21
Wednesday, November 22
Ok, so I missed posting about it as I was seeing some music last night. . . . so sue me. A couple of days ago the folks over at the Rochester International Jazz Festival announced the dates that RIJF 2007 will run and when the Club Passes go on sale. I was just too tired after Dave Grisman to hop on the laptop and post about it. Day job kept me from it until now.
Once again presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods, the 6th edition of the RIJF will commence Friday, June 8th and run through Saturday, June 16th, so save the dates. Club Passes, which sold out last year well before the start of the Festival, will go on sale Friday, November 17th. There will be two additional venues so that Pass holders won't be turned away as some were last year. The artist lineup will be announced in April. Check the RIJF's site here for more details on getting the Pass. After last year, if you really want to experience the Festival, buy the Pass.
Ever vigilant, my friend Ken over at Fretful Porpentine posted about it in a timely manner. I agree with Ken's thoughts on the value of the Club Pass. My break even is easily met as I'm pretty hardcore—I have tended to see just short of 20 artists during the past couple of RIJFs. The freedom of the Pass allows us hardcore types more opportunities to find those gems that keep us coming back for more, but it also lets those of you who are new to the RIJF discover things that you may never have heard and will forever enjoy. Not a bad ROI for $99 (or $119, but I doubt there will be many left by the time they get to that price anyway).
I meant to post about a recent notice from the Bop Shop, but the weekend got away from me, so this is VERY short notice. The Bop Shop is presenting a solo performance by saxophonist/clarinetist Mantana Roberts is playing tonight in the Village Gate atrium this evening . Mantana Roberts comes out of my former home-town Chicago's AACM (Association for Advancement of Creative Musicians) school. I'll let the write up sent out from the Bop Shop continue the description of Roberts:
Her alto playing is strong, fiery, lyrical and passionate. She has emerged as one of the most distinctive young voices to come out of the AACM in recent years. She's released two excellent recordings with the trio Sticks And Stones (with bassist Josh Abrams and drummer Chad Taylor) and has had a recent limited edition recording (The Calling) by her quartet issued by U-Tech Records. She's also a member of the visionary NYC-based arkestra Burnt Sugar Roberts is a player with scope and vision and seems a willing collaborator with many different musicians. She's shared the stage and recorded with a host of unique and powerful players: saxophone masters Fred Anderson, Steve Lacy, Peter Brotzmann, guitar genius/loony Eugene Chadbourne, original Sun Ra drummer Robert Barry, Canadian avant-rock ensemble Godspeed You, Black Emperor and many others. She feels strongly that her music should not only reflect the many colors and moods of universal human emotions, but that it should also testify, critique, document and respond to the many socio-economic, historical, and cultural inequalities that exist not only in this country but all over the world. She also seeks to expose in her music the mystical roots and spiritual traditions of African American creative expression while at the same time reflecting on the struggles and challenges one must battle in order to be a creative woman of color in the 21st century.
The show begins at 8pm and there is a suggested donation of $8. Please get out and support the Bop Shop's efforts. Tom Kohn and his crew present some great music in that space and at Milestones, including some great jazz.
Jazz 90.1's JazzList has a post from guitarist Mel Henderson inviting folks to come down to the Flat Iron Cafe tomorrow, November 12 from 5-8 p.m. to "relax, and enjoy some foot tapping live jazz while tasting some great wine." Bid local cats Paradigm Shift farewell as they depart for a short tour of Germany later this month, and try the wines from Casa Larga Vineyards. The Flat Iron Cafe is located at 561 State St., Corner of Lake, Lyell, Smith, and State St.
I may just take them up on it as I love listening to these guys play together (Ok, I also have been known to tip a glass of wine from time to time).
I previously lamented Trumba's unfortunate (at least for me) decision to start extracting filthy lucre from what was a free calendar. I'm still milking it for what it's worth, but as I noted elsewhere, I have created a Google Calendar to take its place. I have created it on a separate page to get a "bigger picture." Right now it doesn't have the breadth of functionality (nor the ability to embed my banner image), but I'm sure the functionality will increase as Google develops it out of beta. Please use the comments to let me know what you think.
Local son and vibist Joe Locke with pianist Geoffrey Keeze has a video of a live performance of Gershwin's Summertime during the 2005 Tokyo Jazz Festival. The Joe Locke/Geoffrey Keezer Group will be appearing again here in Rochester December 7th at Water Street, after some great sets at the Montage during the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival. Check out the video on Joe's site here.
Just a quick note to let you know that The Paella Trio will be playing at the Flat Iron Cafe on Friday, November 10th starting at 9 pm. And something else . . . .
A note to artists: I received an email through the blog asking that I add this listing to yesterday's City Paper post of listings. Although I encourage artists to send notice of gigs around town that are not getting media or other attention, there are a couple of ground rules generally: (1) they should be sent with enough lead time for me to get them in a day or two ahead of the gig at least, and (2) I can't add them to existing posts (this has to do with repeating posts for those who have a feeds from the site). This request ran afoul of both. But it's a new band in this area (new to me, at least) and I want to encourage.
A little late (Best of Rochester time only leaves a City Paper webmaster with so much time to update the music listings), here are the jazz sounds for the next week, courtesy of the City Paper:
Thursday, November 9
Friday, November 10
Saturday, November 11
Sunday, November 12
Monday, November 13
Tuesday, November 14
Wednesday, November 15
On Sunday 10am-4pm, the Village Gate at 274 North Goodman St. will be full of dealers from all over the Western New York and other areas selling new and used compact discs, record albums (yes, they used to record music on these 12" vinyl discs that had these funny grooves in them), tapes and other music related collectibles. It's a lot of fun to walk around and see the wares. While you're there, don't forget to stop in at the Bop Shop and buy the hell out of Tom Kohn's eclectic collection of jazz, blues, R&B, rock, and just about anything else that comes to mind. Support your local independent record store! Where else can you buy an LP of Engelbert Humperdink's Greatest Hits LP and also get the new CD from e.s.t.?
With winter cold approaching, there is still some hot jazz around town in the next seven days. Here are the listings, courtesy of the City Paper: