CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Canceled With Hope For Fall Reschedule

Producers and city representatives came to the conclusion that the 19th year of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival scheduled for June 19-27 should be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a distributed letter, producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced the cancelation Thursday, citing an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19 […]

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Jazz At Home: Live Streaming Takes Over

The daily news is disconcerting and can cause us all to experience anxiety.  Jazz is feeling the pain of loss as we have notices of deaths due to COVID-19.  A time, though, for all of us to be joined by a cause to save lives.  The imperative to stay home has never meant more than […]

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Jazz Guitarist Legend Bucky Pizzarelli Has Died At The Age Of 94

Early news last night reported that Bucky Pizzarelli, the legendary jazz and pop guitarist, who was a lifelong New Jersey resident and performed with many jazz and pop luminaries, has died at the age of 94. Pizzarelli performed and collaborated with the likes of Benny Goodman and Stephane Grappelli as well as was a member […]

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Patriarch Of Marsalis Family, Ellis Marsalis, Has Died At The Age Of 85

From the Associated Press: Ellis Marsalis, jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of a New Orleans musical family that includes famed musician sons Wynton and Branford, has died. He was 85. New Orleans Mayor LaToya Campbell announced Marsalis’ death in a news release Wednesday night. In a statement, Mayor LaToya Cantrell said of the man who […]

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Thana Alexa, SIRINTIP, and Owen Broder Launch ‘Live From Our Living Rooms’ Jazz Festival April 1-7

When the jazz scene, particularly in New York City, came to a grinding halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it left many jazz musicians with canceled dates and tours. With many facing difficult days ahead with lost income. Enter three musicians, Thana Alexa, SIRINTIP, and Owen Broder along with the non-profit organization Music Talks, who […]

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Legendary Jazz Trumpeter Wallace Roney Dies From COVID-19 Complications

The heralded jazz trumpeter Wallace Roney, who studied with Miles Davis and other legendary players, has reportedly died today from “complications of COVID-19.” “I am saddened to confirm that the iconic trumpeter and jazz legend Wallace Roney passed away due to complications of COVID-19 this morning just before noon,” publicist Lydia Liebman said in a […]

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7 Jazz Music Documentaries To Watch While Quarantined

Now is as good a time as any to catch up on jazz music documentaries you may have heard about. Documentaries that offer a glimpse into the lives of jazz musicians as well as pop musicians who have touched the fringes of jazz. A window into compelling stories that fill the air with intrigue and […]

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Jazz In Town: Discovering New Ways To Enjoy Jazz

The effort in our community and state to stay at home continues to be of the highest priority.  We are entering a difficult period of weeks ahead whereby COVIC-19 will put enormous stress on our healthcare system and our daily lives.  Through perseverance, faith, and grace we will endure through the crisis. In the safety […]

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How Jazz Artists In Buffalo Are Coping During The COVID-19 Pandemic

For many jazz musicians in the Greater Buffalo region, the sudden halt to independently performing has meant loss on many levels. Loss of “gig” income has been the hardest to experience. But also the loss of performing in an ensemble setting, camaraderie with band members, and the improvisational experience integral to jazz. Many jazz events […]

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Carina And The Six String Preacher Release New Song And Video

Carina and the Six String Preacher have been entertaining the Greater Buffalo region and beyond since 2013. Carving out a unique space in the hearts and minds of their growing fan base. Their music, a signature blend described as jazz noir, is a modern twist on multiple styles. Blending pop and jazz into a versatile […]

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