I like to try and provide as many different avenues for you to access Jazz@Rochester and what I hope is useful information about live jazz in and around Rochester and jazz. You can get the content of this blog in a number of ways, including:
- The site itself. You may have reached this blog by searching for "jazz in Rochester" or for a gig you've heard about it, via word of mouth, or merely reached it by accident through your favorite search engine. You may just check in once in awhile or check on Wednesday or Thursday to see what's coming in the next seven days.
- About 250 of you get your Jazz@Rochester via email. By doing so, you receive every post that we publish via an email, with links and, usually, the image. Some of you actually think that I send those emails out, but they are syndicated from the feed for the blog via a service called Feedburner. If you'd like to receive the posts via an email, enter the email address you'd like to receive it on in the box to the right under "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" that is labeled "Enter your email address:". I do not sell, spam or otherwise use the email addresses that are entered in there.
- Nearly 200 of you have put the feed for Jazz@Rochester in a feed reader like Google Reader and also receive the feed of posts as they are published. To do that, you can click on the orange RSS feed icon directly under the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" heading. Choose the reader you use and it will pull the feed as they are published.
- Jazz@Rochester is on Twitter at @jazzrochester (go figure...) and over 2,600 people are following us there. In addition to "tweets" that have a link to the posts published on the blog, I follow the jazz artists locally who are on Twitter (at least those who I know are on Twitter) and others in the jazz community here. They are in the Rochester Jazz Artist Twitter list that I have created. There is also a vibrant jazz community on Twitter with artists, jazz bloggers and jazz organizations from all over the world and I try to bring them to you as well. If you'd like to join the conversation and discuss Rochester jazz. Please let me know if there are other Rochester jazz artists who "tweet" so I can add them to the list and follow them. If you're not on Twitter and want to follow these two streams, you can click on the "Jazz@Rochester on Twitter" button at the top of the page under the banner. You can access it on Twitter by clicking on the Twitter icon in the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" area in the center column.
- Jazz@Rochester is on Facebook with over 425 people fans who have "liked" us there. I was hoping that this would be a place where those of you who find Facebook your platform of choice would have access to the posts published on the blog as well as jazz links and for the local artists on FB to let you know what's going on with them. Feel free to add your two cents in about the Rochester jazz scene. I'd appreciate it if you'd head over to the page and "like" us there, even if you're getting the content some other way. You can get to the page by clicking on the Facebook icon in the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" area in the center column.
- There is also a Jazz@Rochester YouTube channel where I'm beginning to collect video of Rochester jazz artists and performances from the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Feel free to let me know about video you've found that can be added there. Access it by clicking on the YouTube icon in the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" area in the center column.
- Feel free to send us a question or information via email by "Contact Us" button at the top of the blog under the banner.
- You can use the search box just under the "Connect with Jazz@Rochester" to find posts that include a particular artist or click on a category or monthly archive link in the left column to browse through posts.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask... here, via email, on Twitter, on Facebook, by commenting on a post, or even if you see me at a gig. In essence, I've been trying to build a community around live jazz here in Rochester, which has made and is making so many contributions to jazz and will slowly fade away if not supported. I love the music, so I can't sit by and let that happen. I encourage you to join the community.