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Jazz is Ugly ... Jazz is Beautiful: Save April 4th for this benefit concert and symposium at Bop Shop Records

Jazz Is Ugly...Jazz is Beautiful

Bop Shop Records, Bop Arts, Inc., and the Institute for Creative Music (IfCM) are presenting a day-long music festival and symposium on Saturday, April 4th at Bop Shop Records, 1460 Monroe Ave., from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

This benefit is to celebrate the IfCM’s mission of promoting improvisation in music education through performance, a participatory workshop, and a panel discussion.  

Music throughout the day will feature prominent local and regional professionals playing original and improvised music. Student groups of up-and-coming jazz talents from the Rochester area will also play at the event.  

Here is the full schedule for "Jazz is Ugly... Jazz is Beautiful":

  • 2:00 pm-2:45pm: Laura Dubin and Antonio Guerrero Duo
  • 2:55-3:40pm: Bill Tiberio Band
  • 3:50-4:20pm: School of the Arts Jazz Combo, directed by Doug Stone
  • 4:30-5:15pm: Doug Stone & Friends
  • 5:25-6:10pm: IfCM Collective (a showcase sextet of teaching artists from the Institute for Creative Music)
  • 6:15-7:00pm: Symposium (Bop Arts, Inc. will facilitate a panel discussion including Tom Kohn from Bop Shop Records and special guests Angie Sanchez and Omar Tamez, who are appearing at the Bop Shop on April 3rd, giving insight into creating and performing jazz in the 21st century)
  • 7:10-7:40pm: Fairport HS Combo, directed by Bill Tiberio
  • 7:50-8:35pm: Aaron Staebell (“Energized and eclectic, a weirdo you won’t want to miss.” —Toronto Star)
  • 8:45-9:15pm: Harley School Combo, directed by Mike Kaupa
  • 9:30pm to end: - Nick Finzer's Ten Year Suite (a new dectet work by trombonist and composer Nick Finzer commissioned by the IfCM)

"Jazz is Ugly... Jazz is Beautiful" will also provide an opportunity to sample an improvisation workshop like those that the IfCM provides for students around the Rochester area and beyond through drop-in workshops and multi-day residencies.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested, with all proceeds going directly to the Institute for Creative Music in order to provide school and community groups with opportunities to participate in creative music-making. For more information, call Chris Teal (509-230-0688) or visit the IfCM's website

For detailed information on all of the performers, visit the IfCM's page for the event here. For more about the Institute, check out this video:


 I hope to see you there... come up and say hello!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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