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Jazz Around Town: Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month by getting out to hear some jazz

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, which was started by the Smithsonian Institution to highlight the history and future of jazz music. While we don't have any JAM events going on around Rochester (I'd organize something if I could find some spare time, but alas that is not to be...), a friend I've connected with on Twitter is doing some great things on her new blog Elements of Jazz related to JAM, so check it out there. Go out and celebrate JAM this year by hearing some live jazz in and around Rochester! Here are the listings for the next seven days:

Thursday, April 8, 2010

  • Jazz90.1 Presents Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Performances (two special one hour performances from the 2009 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, including performances by the Monty Alexander Trio in the first hour, and the Sun Ra Arkestra in the second hour) @ Jazz 90.1 radio, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Dawn Thomson & Special Guests @ Max at Eastman Place, 7:00 pm
  • The Miche Fambro Show @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble and New Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall (Eastman School of Music), 8:00 pm

Friday, April 9, 2010

  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Babik @ SUNY Brockport-Seymour College Union, 7:30 pm
  • Mike Allen & the Avatars @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Watkins & the Rapiers @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Giacomo Gates Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 10, 2010

  • Poetry and Jazz with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Mood Makers Books, Village Gate, 4:00 pm
  • Bowties @ Bagel Bin (Brighton), 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Nick Brust @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Giacomo Gates Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Nancy Perry @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 11, 2010

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Michael Sinicropi Sextet @ Rochester Central Public Library, 2:00 pm
  • Latin Jazz Jam @ Tango Cafe, 4:00 pm
  • Nick Finzer Group @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • An Evening with Gap Mangione & Cindy Miller @ Our Lady of Mercy Church, 36 Armstrong Rd., 7:00 pm

Monday, April 12, 2010

  • Brad Batz Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Konk Pack (featuring Tim Hodgkinson, Thomas Lehn, & Roger Turner) @ Bop Shop Atrium, 274 N Goodman St. in the Village Gate, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

  • Brad Batz Group @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

  • Matt Valerio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 7:30 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs in the Future

  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Record Store Day at the Record Archive, April 17, 2010
  • Christian McBride and Inside Straight @ Cornell Concert Series, Cornell University, Bailey Hall, April 23, 2010 at 8 pm
  • Art Loves Jazz 2010 to support Jazz 90.1 @ Artisan Works, May 20, 2010, 6:30-9:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). 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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