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Article: Album Review

Lars Scherzberg: Top Floor Encounter

Read "Top Floor Encounter" reviewed by John Chacona


The first phase of jazz was characterized by melodic improvisation. In its second phase improvisers dealt with harmony and, in the current phase, density is the improviser's concern. So says Anthony Braxton—if I understand him correctly (if anyone does). If so, then Top Floor Encounter may be as characteristic of our time as Armstrong's “Weatherbird" was ...

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News: Festival

Rochester International Jazz Festival Wraps Up 9 Days Of Harmony With Record-setting Attendance Of 210,000

Rochester International Jazz Festival Wraps Up 9 Days Of Harmony With Record-setting Attendance Of 210,000

Save the Date for the 20th Anniversary Edition June 23 to July 1, 2023 The 19th Edition CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz festivals in the world, four times postponed because of the pandemic, wrapped up nine days of harmony and 325 shows June 25 with an all-time record-setting attendance of 210,000. ...

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News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Fest Starts In 2 Weeks! 325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 19 Venues – Headliner Shows Free!

CGI Rochester International Jazz Fest Starts In 2 Weeks! 325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 19 Venues – Headliner Shows Free!

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival returns for the 19th Edition in less than two weeks! The nine-day Festival starts Friday, June 17, and continues through Saturday, June 25. It all takes place at 19 diverse open-air and indoor venues in downtown Rochester, New York. From legendary performers and familiar favorites to rising stars and new ...

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Article: History of Jazz

Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights

Read "Groove Town: Buffalo Jazz And Its Legacy - Historical Insights" reviewed by Barbara Ina Frenz


From early on, Buffalo attracted musicians as a place to live and pursue their artistic endeavors—and they were excellent ones: Lil Hardin Armstrong, Jimmie Lunceford, Pete Johnson, and Stuff Smith. Dodo Greene, two masters of polyrhythm, Frankie Dunlop and Clarence Becton, as well as pianist and bassist Wade Legge grew up here. Two distinctive voices on ...

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News: Festival

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest Returns to Playhouse Square in 2022

At jny: Cleveland's Tri-C Jazz Fest, everything new is old again. That might sound retrogressive in a culture that valorizes novelty, but the announcement that the 43rd edition of the festival will return to the historic theaters of Playhouse Square is instead a comforting, Biden-era byword after the disruptions of the past two years. ...

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News: Festival

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Is Back June 17-25! Lineup Announced, Headliner Shows All Free!

325 Shows – 1750+ Artists – 20 Venues – Record Number of Free Shows – Limited Number of Club Passes Now On Sale The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! After a two-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the long-awaited 2022 nine-day ...

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News: Performance / Tour

The Spring Season Brings Guest Artists and Premieres for Eastman Jazz

The Spring Season Brings Guest Artists and Premieres for Eastman Jazz

Two of Eastman’s top jazz ensembles will kick off the Spring season with incredible performances, Eastman Jazz Lab Band and Eastman Jazz Workshop Ensemble perform March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall. As the season continues there will be guest appearances by John Clayton, Carmen Bradford, Maria Schneider and more as well as world premieres ...

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News: Event

Eastman School of Music's Keystone Centennial Event - Opens the Doors

Eastman School of Music's Keystone Centennial Event - Opens the Doors

On March 4, 1922, the Eastman School of Music officially opened its doors to the community. On that date, all the main building’s floors had been completed, including the Main Hall (now Lowry Hall), the Cominsky Promenade, and the stunning Kilbourn Hall. A chamber music concert was given that evening to dedicate the concert space that ...

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Article: Chats with Cats

The Educator: Rich Thompson

Read "The Educator: Rich Thompson" reviewed by B.D. Lenz


Jazz is a tradition and traditions can't be possible without the people who pass along its knowledge . That's why I really wanted to speak to an educator on the front lines of teaching the new generations of musicians who's hands this tradition will be passed to. In it's earliest days, jazz education happened on the ...

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News: Event

Eastman School of Music Centennial Celebration Hosts Conferences, Festivals, and Artists-in-Residencies

Eastman School of Music Centennial Celebration Hosts Conferences, Festivals, and Artists-in-Residencies

The Eastman School of Music, of the University of Rochester, is proud to announce three major festivals, multiple national academic conferences, and several artists-in-residencies during its three-semester-long centennial celebration. Beginning in fall 2021 and continuing throughout 2022, Eastman will feature numerous performances by world-renowned artists—including composers, vocalists, instrumentalists, and quartets—both alongside student groups and as part ...


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