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While at the 2019 RIJF check out the artists who play live jazz in and around Rochester the other 356 days of the year...

Rocjazz411For nine days in June the Rochester International Jazz Festival will also be presenting local musicians, Eastman jazz faculty & students, and our great local high school jazz bands.  This year is no different.  As I have in previous years I wanted to bring them to you in one post so you can see the wealth of talent (and talent to come) available for us to hear the other 356 days of the year after the RIJF (watch these pages for that...). I will continue my regular Wednesday posts tomorrow and next Wednesday if you don't get enough at the festival (or want to hear someone else who isn't appearing at the RIJF this year). It's not all jazz, but they're all Rochester....  

Friday, June 21st

  • West Irondequoit High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Teagan and the Tweets, 4:30 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • Brockport High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Laura Dubin Plays West Side Story, 6:00 & 10:00 pm (The Wilder Room)
  • The All-In Brass Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Directed By Colin Gordon and Charlie Carr + Special Guest, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Steve Gadd Band, 8:00 pm (Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre) (yes, he no longer lives here, but he is pretty connected to ROC)

Saturday, June 22nd

  • Webster Schroeder High School Jazz Band, 3:45 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Honeoye Falls-Lima High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Brighton High High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Dawn Thomson's Imagine That, 6:00 & 10:00 pm (The Wilder Room)
  • 78 RPM Big Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Eastman-RCSD Jazz Ensemble & Mike Kaupa Junior Jazz Workshop, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

Sunday, June 23rd

  • Greece Olympia High School Jazz Band, 3:45 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Webster Thomas High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Zion Hill Mass Choir, 4:30 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • School of the Arts Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Bill Dobbins, 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm (Hatch Recital Hall)
  • Penfield Rotary Big Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • ESM Jazz Honors Performance Unit 1, Würtzburg Ensemble, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • The Campbell Brothers, 7:00 & 8:45 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)

Monday, June 24th

  • Escape Terrain, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Fred Costello, 4:30 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • Greece Arcadia High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Gates-Chili High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Brockport Big Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • ESM Jazz Honors Performance Unit 2, Ethan Cypress and the Eastman Trombones, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Sonidos Unidos, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)
  • Jazz Scholarship Concert with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins and guest Dave Glasser, 8:00 pm (Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre)

Tuesday, June 25th

  • Billy Petito, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Soul Passenger, 4:30 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • Bloomfield High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Greece Athena High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • New Horizons Big Band, Priscilla Todd Brown, Dir. 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Bill Tiberio Band, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

Wednesday, June 26th

  • Ryan Barski, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Eastridge High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Herb Smith Freedom Trio, 4:30 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • Spencerport High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Harold Danko, 5:45 pm & 7:45 pm (Hatch Recital Hall)
  • Prime Time Brass Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band, Don Sherman, Dir., 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Funknut, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)
  • Music Educators' Jazz Ensemble, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)

Thursday, June 27th

  • Mike Melito, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Waterloo High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • The Buddahood, 4:30 pm (M&T Pavillion Squeezers Stage)
  • Pittsford-Mendon High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Gary Versace with Scott Robinson, 5:45 & 7:45 pm (Hatch Recital Hall)
  • Junior High Jazz Ensemble, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Syndicate Jazz Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Grupo IFE, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)

Friday, June 28th

  • Mike Kaupa, 12:00 pm (Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County)
  • Fairport High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Penfield High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Bob Sneider's ECMS Jazz Performance Workshops, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Greece Jazz Band, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr., 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)

Saturday, June 29th

  • Harley School Jazz Band, 3:45 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Greece Odyssey High School Jazz Band, 4:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • Canandaigua High School Jazz Band, 5:15 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • ESM Jazz Honors Performance Unit 3: Aidan O'Connor, 6:00 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • New Energy Jazz Orchestra, 6:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)
  • Dirty Bourbon Blues Band, 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm (Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Baclay Damon Fusion Stage)
  • Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk, 7:30 pm & 9:30 pm (Jazz Street Stage)
  • The Klick, 8:30 & 10:00 pm (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

All 9 nights, Bob Sneider and Karl Stabnau will be leading a late night jam session with local artists, students and amateur players at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. You never know who will join in (the artists are staying at the Hyatt and many come up to play. The jam sessions start at 10:30 pm each night and go until whenever they close down. There is no cover and food and beverages are available at The Street Craft Kitchen and Bar. There is free parking from 10:30 p.m. in the South Avenue Garage (connected to the Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel) courtesy of the City of Rochester. Bring your ticket to The Street Craft Kitchen and Bar for validation. There are discounts for Club Pass and ticket holders. Show your Pass or RIJF headliner ticket stub/receipt.

See what I mean?  To learn more about some of these musicians and bands, see if you can access their websites on JazzRochester's Rochester Jazz Artists & Groups page, which is also available from a link at the top of the site above the banner.  Remember that some of them (and the rest) will be playing outside of the XRIJF. Check out my Wednesday posts on June 20th and 27th for listings during the festival.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

JazzRochester at the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

Every year, I make a “grand plan” for JazzRochester's coverage of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Most years, the amount of time I have to implement these plans falls short of my grand plan. This year has been no different. But as I noted last year, over the 12+ years that I’ve been doing JazzRochester, and covering the jazz festival in these pages, the success of the festival has changed my relationship with it. When I started this blog, there was not very much coverage of the Rochester jazz festival in the major media in Rochester and the traffic to JazzRochester would triple or better during the festival. Now, the media market is saturated with coverage and my little old JazzRochester blog is just another voice among the many news and other outlets that have much louder "voices." While I hope to gain new readers, the reduced traffic on the site itself (I'm focused elsewhere) is fine with me as it shows the success of the festival, and I hope that success may translate into an expanded audience for live jazz in and around during the other 356 days of the year. So, what can you expect from JazzRochester during the nine days of the RIJF? Here’s what I plan to do:

  • Increasingly over the past years I have been focused on getting out and hearing a broad spectrum of music during the festival, and … frankly… enjoying myself. The lineup this year has the usual mix of those artists of whom I'm familiar with and those I have never heard. As with last year, there are no artists at the 2019 festival who are on my “bucket list.” But as I’ve said before, it just makes it likely that my “picks” will morph during the festival and that I’ll create opportunities to discover new sounds and artists in real time. As John Nugent has said over and over, “it’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know” that matters. I plan on hearing as much of the latter as possible, so my “itinerary” will be in flux … on purpose. 
  • During the RIJF, I will use the other JazzRochester channels, especially Twitter (currently at over 11.7K followers), the JazzRochester Facebook Page and JazzRochester on Instagram, to connect festival goers with the artists as they communicate about the festival and their music, as well as sharing images from the RIJF. In addition, I have created a Twitter list of a number of the jazz artists at RIJF that I’ll be checking out for that purpose (let me know of any more artists you find on that platform). I’ll also use these channels to share the information about the festival being put out by RIJF and other ROC coverage of the festival in real time. Follow us if you’re on those platforms.
  • I will try to do a "recap" post each day of what I ended up hearing the night before.
  • I will continue to do the Wednesday listings post to let you know about other live jazz in and around Rochester.  
  • I'll try to stay healthy (see 2018's last XRIJF post to see why I'm adding this to the list....).

I hope that you will let people know about JazzRochester during the festival, including those you chat with in line, so more people  who are discovering the wonderful music and community at this year's RIJF, and especially that played by the many local artists and bands and musicians who will be participating this year, are hip to where to find the most complete listings for live jazz during the rest of the year. Watch for a post about the local artists playing during RIJF that will publish later this week. 

Hope to see you on Jazz Street!  Say hi if you see me....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

June is here and it's time to start our coverage of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival!

It is now June and I think I’ve procrastinated enough in starting my coverage of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.... The festival will overtake the streets of the East End of Rochester and beyond from June 21st through June 29th, bringing us nine days of jazz and other music. It will offer music of artists from all over the world and from the artists you can hear around Rochester the other 356 days of the year. Of course, not all of it is "jazz" as you may define it, but there is so much to hear and I hope you'll use the RIJF, like I do, as an opportunity to open your ears to new sounds. 

Although HOW I will be covering it is still a work in progress, I have a few thoughts on this year’s festival that I’ll share now:

  • While there are no “bucket list” artists that I’m looking forward to this year, the festival has its usual assortment of artists and groups who I’m not familiar with that I hope will again provide me with a rich tapestry of music to check out. Not that I don’t have some “must see” artists in my preliminary list of acts I intend to catch (I’ll try to share those between now and the start of the festival). John Nugent’s oft-repeated catch line of “it’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know” still make sense. I’m a voracious explorer of music and don’t require that it be rooted in the jazz of any genre. As you can see from the concerts I share here and elsewhere, I don’t have any trouble stretching my ears. I look forward to a good stretch this year.
  • After a number of years of sponsorship by Xerox, I look forward to how new name sponsor CGI will bring its new media savvy to the festival and to working with them to bring the festival to you through all of the channels through which I share the festival.
  • There will be 1500+ artists from around the world at this year’s festival, with 320+ separate shows, including a record 100+ free shows. While the Xerox Auditorium will no longer be part of the festival, I’m looking forward to some of the shows that will be presented at the Geva Theatre (although I’ll probably be using the shuttle more as that hike is a bit longer than the one to Xerox in years past). Also, the new tent and stage at Parcel 5 will be an interesting addition to the festival.

For a huge amount of information on the festival, you should check out their press release of the Guide to the 2019 RIJF and if you have a smart phone, download the RIJF app.  Hope to see you on Jazz Street!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.