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Our man Crane gets his props . . . .

Jason Crane has two interviews that were named among the Best Interviews of 2007 over at AllAboutJazz.com. Click on over to The Jazz Session to check out those interviews and the rest of his jawboning with jazz artists (over 40,000 served . . . ).  I know how difficult it is. You make it look sound easy, Jason.

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The good Dr. Lonnie Smith at Exodus to Jazz . . . Some of the live jazz from last year in Rochester

I loved this little "ditty" from Dr. Lonnie Smith's performance at the Exodus to Jazz series during 2007 with our own Mel Henderson on guitar with Yoron Israel on drums.  I was there for this one. He started out with a whisper, almost like he was trying to get some keys on his B3 to quit sticking, but as you'll see he gets a funky groove going soon thereafter keeps at it with help from Mel (from whom you will be hearing more from in this blog) and Yoron. 

Sorry you missed it? Get out and see some of the live jazz like this that we have right here in Rochester during 2008.  If you don't, they may just quit coming down the Thruway.

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A few "best jazz albums of 2007" lists . . . aw come on, it's traditional!

While doing these lists at the end of the year isn't my cup of tea, that doesn't mean that I can't link to the "best of" posts by friends of Jazz@Rochester and others I've run into in my meanderings on the net over the past few days. I like these lists if only that it sets me to listening to some sounds I may never have been exposed to. Perhaps you'll find something you like here? And away we go . . . .

In my CD buying and listening this year I've been focused on the "backlist" and not so much new releases, so I don't have much to contribute. I sure did like the set of CDs released by Concord Jazz Group in conjunction with the Monterey Jazz Festival, the first set of releases mining tapes of legendary sets from that venerable festival, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year. One of the marketers for the series sent me the set to listen to (THANKS!). Included in this first release by were performances at Monterey by Louis Armstrong (1958), Miles Davis (1963), Dizzy Gillespie (1965), Thelonious Monk (1964) and Sarah Vaughan (1971). While also documents of an era (and sometimes suffering from the fact that they were recorded more than 40 years ago, these recordings really capture the essence of live sets. Dizzy Gillespie's set is extra fun as he and his band mates banter between songs.

If I find more in the next week or so, I'll share them as well. Hope you had a great time hearing jazz in 2007—I know I did.

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Yes . . . there is jazz Christmas music. Like me it involves a round-headed kid . . .

Here's a bit of the tree (O Tannenbaum, that is...) from the Vince Guaraldi Trio, with a video someone  made from images culled from "A Charlie Brown Christmas". Due to my age and seeing this program say 15 times in the past 40+ years, this music has taken a prominent place in my holiday pantheon of song.

We at Jazz@Rochester hope you have a wonderful holiday!

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Freedom Jazz Dance . . . with a beat (box)

Flute player Greg Pattillo has built quite a following out on YouTube with his breathy, beatbox interpretations of jazz and other music.  Here he is doing Eddie Harris' Freedom Jazz Dance:

Tracy over at Rochester Music Scene (and Heard) has linked to another of Pattillo's videos. For more of Pattillo's music, check out his Project on CD Baby.

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Support your local jazz station . . . become a member of Jazz 90.1

I enjoy listening to the local jazz station WGMC, Jazz 90.1 and often stream it at work and home (at work because I don't have a radio in my office and at home because the nearby Cobbs Hill plays havoc with the signal of the stations on the lower end of the dial. On October 17th, the station kicked off its fall 2007 membership campaign. Jazz90.1 has set a goal of $50,000 for the drive, which runs through October 26th.

One of the last 24-hour jazz radio stations in the country, WGMC Jazz 90.1 relies on donations to survive financially each year. The DJs and staff promote jazz throughout the community and at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. During this year's pledge drive there will be guest celebrity DJs and artist interviews, as well as plenty of "thank you" gifts to go around, including Jazz90.1 clothing, "best of" CDs, DVDs, and more.

Become a member or make a pledge by calling (585) 966-5299 or 1-800-790-0415 toll-free, or you may pledge securely online, where you can also listen live in stereo any time, anywhere. Past pledge drives have enabled Jazz90.1 to grow to a 15,000 watt station that can be enjoyed throughout the Rochester area, and worldwide on the Internet. Your continued support will help keep 24-hour jazz available in Rochester and help pay for stronger signals and the streaming that makes it possible to hear Jazz 90.1 near Cobbs Hill or anywhere else. I think I need to renew my membership this time.

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Diggin the B3 . . . Jimmy Smith Trio on "The Jazz Scene" in 1962

I'm a sucker for Hammond B3 organ and Jimmy Smith is a master of that soulful machine.  Ran across this edited video on YouTube of Jimmy Smith and his trio appearing on the TV program "The Jazz Scene" in 1962, presented by Oscar Brown Jr. Now that's cooooool . . . .

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An old friend . . . Kurt Elling singing The Waking in Poland

One of the jazz singers I would love to see play here, at RIJF or otherwise, is Kurt Elling. Kurt is a friend of one of my oldest friends.  They met when he was just starting out on the singing career after a stint as a seminary student at the University of Chicago, my alma mater (in fact singing folk music at the time).  The first time I saw Kurt perform was at Andy's jazz club near my office at the time in downtown Chicago. He had just signed with Blue Note at the time. I was floored by his vocalese, something I hadn't heard much of before (at that time I was more of a jazz novice).  I saw him a number of times thereafter in Chicago clubs, especially the Green Mill (a former hangout of Capone on the North Side that was just a hop from my apartment in Evanston).  On more than one occasion, I shared a table with my friend and Kurt between sets while he worked out the next set list and talked about jazz. It was an early exposure to why and how people do this music.

Here is a video off YouTube of Kurt singing The Waking in a live perfomance at the Fabryce Trzciny in Poland in 2005. 

Kurt is always exploring; that's one of the things I like about his music.  Not sure why we haven't seen him here (he played SUNY Potsdam earlier this year, I think), but perhaps RIJF 2008?

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Live jazz from Rochester....A moblog

Thought I'd try a live moblog from the Flat Iron Cafe, which has live music most nights and is one of the only places in town to catch after hours jazz.  Watch my listings for dates and times, or check out their website for the calendar.  Sorry for the sound quality, but I'm still experimenting with how much "ambient noise" (which in this case was actually the great sounds of Coltrane interpreted by local group Sonic Duality).

Live Updates from Jazz@Rochester

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What, Giant Steps again! Some new visualizations for you....

Jazzsign1 I love finding stuff that tries to visualize something else and have been trying to share them with you over the past few years.  Here are a couple of other things that visualize jazz music in different ways that I've recently run across out there:

  • A way cool visualization (again) of Coltrane's Giant Steps, although this time you get to follow the musical notation in real time (from Thought Bucket).
  • History of Jazz Albums in a timeline form.  Still a work in progress, but the site is pretty cool. Hey start your own timeline (perhaps history of Rochester Jazz?).

Hope you like them.

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Flash! Jazz Pianist Geri Allen Does Interview with Rank Amateur!

On June 8th, the first evening of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, I conducted my first "jazz interview" with pianist Geri Allen. It was a wonderful experience.

Ms. Allen invited us into the "green room" at Kilbourn Hall in the Eastman School of Music, where she had performed a killer early set in Kilbourn kicking off the 6th Annual RIJF.  While I've edited out an interruption toward the end, and made a few other adjustments to try to make it easier to hear me or Ms. Allen, it is pretty much as we recorded it.  I left it as is as I think it is a true document of the experience.  Clearly, my interview style could use some work but I think that Ms. Allen more than made up for that with her thoughtful responses. This is an artist that knows herself and where she is going.

In addition to Ms. Allen's voice and mine, the other voice you'll hear on the podcast is my wife Dianna.  She promised me going in that she'd just take notes . . . but anyone who knows Dianna knows that when she hears something that moves her, it is impossible for her to contain herself. I think you'll agree that her participation was invaluable in making the interview a unique document. 

Pardon the sound quality, but my "professional" equipment was a Griffin iTalk microphone plugged into my iPod Nano. The delay in posting this interview is my bad timing . . . it took me a week after the end of the festival to have the time to do the editing (and learn the Audacity software I used to do the editing). By that time, Ms. Allen was near to leaving for a European tour and I had promised I'd send her a copy to hear before publishing it on the blog. We finally connected over the weekend and she wrote it was "good to go".  So, here it is ... a bit over 11 minutes:

Jazz@Rochester Interview with Geri Allen

I note one thing . . . Geri Allen indicated all she needs to come back to play in Rochester is an invitation.  Someone going to step up?

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"Take Five" to the limits of absurdity . . . .

Doug Ramsey, who knows a thing or two about Paul Desmond's "Take Five", located yet another odd performance of the Desmond tune made famous by Dave Brubeck.  This video is VERY odd, with up to 12 Japanese ladies playing the well-worn tune on an assortment of Japanese instruments.  I don't know if "enjoy" is the word I'd use, but just remember when you start watching it isn't actually that long:

For those of you that want it in a more "traditional" way (and what isn't more traditional than koto?), here it is with Desmond himself:

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Song of My Heart . . . I know there's someone watching over me

Yvonne has tagged me again with a meme about the songs that make your heart sing (actually, she tagged me back on June 19th, but somehow it passed by me that I'd been touched; not following the old traffic as closely in the past week).  As you might expect, my choice is something in the jazz vein, although there are quite a few songs in other genres that pull at the ole heart strings.

Ella Sings GershwinYou can never go wrong with Ella Fitzgerald when looking for music to warm your heart and soul, so my choice (as there must be a choice made) is "Someone to Watch Over Me" from the album Ella Sings Gershwin. The lyrics are simple and touching:

There’s a saying old, says that love is blind

Still we’re often told, "seek and ye shall find"
So I’m going to seek a certain lad I’ve had in mind

Looking everywhere, haven’t found him yet
He’s the big affair I cannot forget
Only man I ever think of with regret

I’d like to add his initial to my monogram
Tell me, where is the shepherd for this lost lamb?

There’s a somebody I’m longin’ to see
I hope that he, turns out to be
Someone who’ll watch over me

I’m a little lamb who’s lost in the wood
I know I could, always be good
To one who’ll watch over me

Although he may not be the man some
Girls think of as handsome
To my heart he carries the key

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me

(bridge)

Won’t you tell him please to put on some speed
Follow my lead, oh, how I need
Someone to watch over me

Someone to watch over me

Music and Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin. © 1926 WB Music Corp. (renewed).

While the gender's wrong in application, the sentiment is there.  I know I have someone to watch over me (love you, Dianna). My only complaint is that I have this on vinyl and my turntable is out (iTunes, here I come...). And now it's my turn. Tag, you're it Ken, Seth, and Annie.  If you wish to continue this meme, tag three of your friends and ask them to trackback to your post and to this post when they in turn continue it (oh. . . I'm asking that now)

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Wynton Talks About Congo Square on Tavis Smiley

PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley's online publicist has dropped me a line that Smiley recorded an interview with the Wynton Marsalis, who is promoting the CD for Congo Square, which we heard during the Rochester International Jazz Festival. In addition to talking about Congo Square, Marsalis talks about his teaching in the Jazz at Lincoln Center program. went further and talked about the influence he has on kids that he teaches and what he is trying to accomplish through the Jazz at Lincoln Center Program. You can see the full interview and what Wynton Marsalis had to say on the ‘Tavis Smiley’ tonight, which airs in Rochester on WXXI at 12:30 am. If you can’t watch tonight it audio will be available at Tavis Smiley's site on KCET in Los Angeles.

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And Now For Something Completely Different . . . Jazz & Film Anyone?

Coming back down to the day-to-day jazz in Rochester, I just received an email from Tony Cruz of the group Saborajazz letting me know that his group will be helping the Little Theater kick off the Second Annual Foreign Film Festival on Friday, June 22nd at 5 p.m., with a festive dinner party in The Little Courtyard feature foods and flavors from around the world, and the live music from Saborajazz. Cost is $20.00. During the seven-day festival, audiences will have 18 opportunities to view 14 films from around the globe. 

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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And Then There Was None . . . The Perils of Technology

After last night's last set by Jason Moran and the Bandwagon, I sat down with Seth and Ken to record a podcast about what we've been up to the past few days.  Our day jobs and lives had taken a toll, so we had three days of the Rochester International Jazz Festival to cover.  We recorded a 21+ minute epic podcast that I think would have been one of our best.  But we'll/you'll never know . . . .

When I tried to download it this morning from my iPod (we've been using an iPod Nano with a iTalk stereo microphone to record these podcasts), I found that somehow it was wiped clean (or at least its software thinks so).  Sh*t happens. . . . Unfortunately, I was relying on that podcast serving as my "record" of the last few days of the festival.  I'll try to write something up as I've had some terrific musical experiences over the past 3 days. 

Our new blogging, podcasting and moblogging friend at the RIJF, Jason Crane over at The Jazz Session has offered to loan us some of his extra equipment so we can wrap this baby up (Jason, I should have taken you up on your earlier offer . . . .).  Thanks, Jason.

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY. Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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"Da Jazz" . . . Days Three and Four of the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival

Here's the third (and fourth!) edition of Da Jazz for June 10th and 11th, wherein my friends and fellow bloggers Seth (Cup O' Books) and Ken (Fretful Porpentine) join me to just sit around and talk about our experiences at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  No great jazz criticism here—just three guys sitting around a table.  This one was recorded at the Montage just before we saw the 10pm set by Robin Eubanks' EB3. Let us know what you think about your 3d and 4th day of the RIJF in the comments.

So here it is...the third (and fourth) issue of Da Jazz...

"Da Jazz", No. 3

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Take a Look at What's in the Fridge . . . Another Great Source for the Jazz Festival in Rochester

Despite knowing of its existence for several years and the great pictures and commentary that are put up during the Rochester jazz fest, I've been remiss in reminding you to check out local website The Refrigerator.net, the "coolest spot in virtual Rochester" and their coverage of the RIJF.  It's always a great source to get a flavor of this festival.

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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Moblogging Gains Another Convert . . .

Jason Crane, most recently of the podcast show The Jazz Session, has jumped on the moblogging train and is posting news updates via phone over at The Jazz Session while he gathers interviews and material for his great podcasts from the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Jason is a pro at this sort of stuff, so you should check him out.  Of course, feel free to continue to come back here for the somewhat rawer mental meanderings of this rank amateur.

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"Da Jazz" . . . Day Two of the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival

Here's the second edition of Da Jazz for June 9th, wherein my friends and fellow bloggers Seth (Cup O' Books) and Ken (Fretful Porpentine) join me to just sit around and talk about our experiences at the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  No great jazz criticism here—just three guys sitting around a table (in this case on the floor at the Crowne Plaza Hotel just outside the State Street Bar & Grill where the after hours sets are underway). Let us know what you think about your second day of the RIJF in the comments.

So here it is...the second issue of Da Jazz...

"Da Jazz", No. 2

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF, No. 1

Live Update from RIJF, No. 2

Live Update from RIJF, No. 3

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an observation or interview on the street, suggestions for later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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Inaugural podcast of "Da Jazz" . . . Day One of the 2007 RIJF

My friends Seth and Ken, whom I met through blogging the Rochester International Jazz Festival, and I are pretty much just some regular guys who like to write and are geeky enough to do it online.  Last year we came up with an idea to just sit around and talk about our experience of the RIJF and record that and put it up on the blogs as a podcast.  In our minds we were going to be something like Bill Swerski's Super Fans for jazz.  Just three guys sitting around a table—let us know what you think about your first day of the RIJF in the comments.

Da Jazz!, No. 1

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY.  Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an interview on the street, suggestions for the later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY. Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an interview on the street, suggestions for the later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Update from RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY. Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an interview on the street, suggestions for the later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here.

Live Updates from the RIJF

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Ring, Ring . . . Moblogging from the RIJF

This is a live update from from the Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY. Click on the bar to find out . . . it may be an interview on the street, suggestions for the later shows, updates on crowds and lines, and other things to allow you to experience some of the RIJF even if you're not here. Live from RIJF

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Art Loves Jazz (Take Two) . . . Angela Rossi Exhibit at the Baobab Cultural Center

Just a reminder that the "Jazzed emotions beyond time and space…" exhibit continues at the Baobab Cultural Center, at 728 University Avenue in the Art Walk neighborhood has opened and will be presenting a series of artworks by Italian artist Angela Rossi entitled Icons of Jazz, is a collection of 41 works on Plexiglas depicting jazz artists from Miles Davis to Lady Day.  This week there are two events for this exhibition:

  • Tomorrow, June 5th starting at 7 PM there is a lecture on the history of Jazz by a Rochester jazz aficionado, composer and musician, and RIT faculty member, Carl Atkins. This is open to the public, although seating will be limited.
  • On Thursday, June 7th from 7 pm-9 pm there will be a talk by the artist. By invitation only.
  • There are other events later in the month until the show closes on June 30, which are detailed in my earlier post here.

    Gallery hours are 1-5 pm Wednesday to Sunday, or by appointment. Community partners of the Baobab in this presentation of Rossi's work are The Commission Project, Casa Italiana, Nazareth College, The Italian American Community Center (IACC),  Provincia dell'Aquila. For details and to RSVP, contact Moka Lantum at 585.820.6403 or via email at baobab.center AT yahoo.com.

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    Some Previews of What's to Come . . . Promoters of Rochester Jazz Festival Interviewed on the Jazz Session

    Just listened to Jason Crane's interview of Rochester International Jazz Festival Producer and Artistic Director John Nugent and and Co-Producer and Executive Director Marc Iacona on The Jazz Session, Crane's podcast that I've featured before.  John and Marc go over some of the lineup and highlights for this year's festival, some of the new venues and times that will give festival goers even more choice.

    They also address some of the commentary that has been leveled at the Rochester jazz festival lineup from the jazz purists.  As you'd know if you've been reading my posts about this and previous RIJFs, I feel that Nugent's programming is a great approach that will help build bridges to audiences that have never explored jazz. If Nugent and Iacona kept the festival "pure" (and that is such a subjective term), then you could fit the whole audience in Kilbourn or, perhaps, Eastman each night, and would not experience the wonderful sight and sounds of tens of thousands (this year it may be over 100,000) in the streets of downtown Rochester enjoying themselves; that's right in downtown Rochester at night AND they're spending money.  As Jason John Nugent notes in the podcast, would those who care about this city rather "see 10,000 that know all the obscure facts or 100,000 who dig music and are helping our city".  The fact is that over 85% of the music being played this year will be improvisational music that can be squarely placed in one of the many "jazz" columns.  One additional piece of information tells that the approach of Nugent et al. is on the right track—as of the date of the podcast, May 23rd, only a few hundred of the Club Passes were available. 

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    Missed the Fest Last Year? Rochester International Jazz Festival on the Tube Tomorrow

    Well, this will be the first in a number of posts that will explore this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival and, in this case, the 2006 RIJF.  I just wanted to remind you all again that the a six-part television series produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York, kicks off tomorrow, May 27th, with a one-hour program airing at 7 p.m. (EST) on WXXI-TV 21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD 21.1 (digital cable 1011).

    The series will include tomorrow's program and another five half-hour episodes. The hour-long broadcast features performances by Karrin Allyson, Mose Allison, Cedar Walton, the Charlie Hunter Trio and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I saw many of these shows last year and you're all in for a treat, especially if you can watch it in high definition.  Additionally, there are interviews with some of the artists, street scenes, and concert highlights from other festival artists including James Brown, Etta James, Susan Tedeschi, Woody Allen, Dickey Betts, Red Stick Ramblers, Phil Woods and Sliding Hammers.

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    DJ Bang spinning discs...Billy Bang takes a turn on WGMC

    Jazz violinist Billy Bang will join Jack Mindy as guest DJ on Thursday (May 3rd) drive time from 5-6 pm EST on the radio at WGMC Jazz 90.1 or on streaming on their website.  Bang is in town with his Quartet to back Garth Fagan Dance this weekend for their first spring performance in years at the Greece Athena Performing Arts Center. According to WGMC's announcement, Billy Bang will bring along some of his favorite jazz selections to share with listeners.  As I'm already involved with promoting dance in the area, Dianna and I already plan to go (hope the tickets are still available as we're going to buy them tomorrow) and will be tuning in.

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