Silenced, but not forgotten... Jazz in June is gone
June 28, 2020
JazzRochester, the blog at least, has been on "radio silence" for over 2 months. Of course, I don't need to tell you why. I've been sharing global live streams from AllAboutJazz on a tab above, and other global and local content on Facebook and Twitter (if you haven't "liked" or followed, there are links at the top of the right panel), but with everything else that was going on in the world I just didn't see the point? But today I would have started recovering from the nine days of live music, friends, street food, beer, crowds, lines and more live music that is the Rochester International Jazz Festival, which would have ended yesterday had the pandemic not caused its cancellation. I couldn't let that pass without comment here.
For Rochester jazz fans of all stripes the RIJF is a chance to discover new sounds, to meet new friends and reconnect with our old "jazz fest" friends, and to soak up the scene of thousands of other fans from all over the world experiencing these things together. I sorely missed Jazz in June and expect many of you did, too. I'm wondering what is coming? Will RIJF happen in October as it is currently scheduled? Should it? If it does come in October how will it be different in these times? How are you getting your jazz fix? As live jazz in the other 356 days of the year starts up, will you be getting out to hear any?
What do you think? Leave a comment to this post and let us know ... I hope to see you on Jazz Street again!
I definitely missed the Jazz Festival this year. I have my doubts that it will happen in October.
I've been watching some concerts on Youtube, and I follow a band that performed at the RIJF a few years back, Gabriel Alegria's Afro-Peruvian Sextet. Gabriel actively communicates with the fans via email. They have a live-streaming concert coming up July 12, 7PM. Tickets at Eventbrite
They were one of the highlights from that year's festival, and have been in Rochester at least one other time, for Exodus to Jazz.
Posted by: Brian Morath | June 30, 2020 at 11:53 AM