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Survey says . . . a few of my readers' thoughts on the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival (Part One)

Dog days of summer doesn't mean you can't jazz it up...

Vintage dapper dogAs we enter the dog days of summer the opportunities are dwindling a bit as even jazz musicians take some time off from time-to-time. The economy is getting to the venues around town that serve up jazz. Last week I went to Tasteology and sampled their beer, food and some great trio jazz with Rich Thompson, Fred Stone and Bill Dobbins. There were only a handful of folks in the space (it is such a great space, too), which I'm afraid was a fateful portent as I now hear that they may not be having music on anything like a regular basis.  Let's hope they can bring it back some other time but can't blame them.  It's rough out there.  Well, here's your listings.

Thursday, July 31st

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Nate Rawls @ Triphammer Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • John Viviani & Filthy Funk w/ Audio Influx @ High Fidelity, 10:00 pm

Friday, August 1st

  • RPO in the City - Marimba Band @ Corn Hill Landing, Exchange Blvd, 5:30 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen Trio @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Janet Beaman @ Port of Pittsford Park, 7:00 pm
  • Lyrical Grooves (3d Edition), an eclectic blend of music of Jimmie Highsmith Jr. and friends, slam poetry and art @ Clarissa's, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm, $10)
  • Herb Smith Quartet @ Corn Hill Landing, Exchange Blvd, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 2nd

  • Shared Genes @ Park Avenue Festival, 11:00 am
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 12:00 pm
  • Footnote @ Park Avenue Festival, 2:45 pm
  • Madeline Forster with Dino Losito and Mike Kaupa @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Mona Lisa Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Gene Bertoncini Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, August 3rd

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Timepiece with Bill Tiberio @ Perinton Center Stage, 6:00 pm

Monday, August 4th

  • No jazz for you!  Someone prove me wrong (I just didn't find any...)

Tuesday, August 5th

  • Jack Allen Big Band @ Henrietta Senior Center, 6:30 pm
  • Gateswingers Big Band @ Buckland Park Pavilion, 6:30 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Intro to Swing Dance Class @ Tango Cafe Dance Studio, 389 Gregory Street, South Wedge, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, August 6th

  • Two days without jazz?   Come on folks...we're jonesin here.

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and from other sources. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality; feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible. Any list items that contain an Added image or struck-through text reflect corrections implemented after initial publication of this post. Email subscribers should check the listings post online for updates or revisions before making decisions based on the information in this post. For additional information regarding a particular performance (where I haven't previewed it in a separate post in advance) you may want to check the artist or venue links in the right panel of this weblog. If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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