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  Jazz Fest 2017, Day 1: Daniel reviews Jacob Collier and Gwilym Simcock Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

English phenomenon Jacob Collier may be the most immensely talented musician I have ever seen live.…

  Jazz Fest 2017, Day 1: Frank reviews Barbra Lica, Joss Stone, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Well, the 16th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival took off its clothes and did a cannonball.…

  Jazz Fest 2017, Day 1: Ron reviews Roberta Picket, Yggdrasil, and Tierney Sutton Sat, 24 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Roberta Piket began her set at Hatch Hall, Friday night, with a kind of call and response between her right hand and her left on the Steinway grand piano. The dialog ranged from sparse melodies answered by blunt chords to lush clusters answered by pounding bass.…

  Film review: 'The Exception' Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400
Set in the early years of World War II, "The Exception" is a glossy, romantic melodrama loosely inspired by Alan Judd's novel, "The Kaiser's Last Kiss." Set in the early years of World War II, "The Exception" is a glossy, romantic melodrama loosely inspired by Alan Judd's novel, "The Kaiser's Last Kiss." Jai Courtney ("Suicide Squad") plays Captain Stefan Brandt, an officer of the S.S. assigned to the safety detail of Kaiser Wilhelm II (a typically stellar Christopher Plummer), former German emperor, now living exiled in Holland. It's made quite clear to Brandt by his superiors that if anything happens to the Kaiser on his watch, he'll be paying with his life.…
  Jazz Fest 2017: Favorite Jazz Fest moments Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Vagabonds invade Max

  Jazz Fest 2017: Music around the fest Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

If the XRIJF's more than 320 shows isn't enough to quench your jazzy thirst, several other Rochester venues not affiliated with festival will host their own performances Friday, June 23, through Saturday, July 1. If you need a break from the Jazz Fest crowds, or want to catch one more show late night, keep an eye on Abilene Bar and Lounge (153 Liberty Pole Way), Joe Bean Coffee Roasters (1344 University Avenue), The Little Cafe (240 East Avenue), Downstairs Cabaret (20 Windsor Street), and Victoire (120 East Avenue).…

  Jazz Fest 2017: What's FREE at the fest Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

If you want to see live jazz but don't want to shell out the extra cash for a Club Pass, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest will feature around 100 shows across the nine-day event that are free of charge. Everyone likes free stuff, though, so be sure to get there early -- good vibes are boundless, but space gets crowded.…

  Jazz Fest 2017: Meet the writers covering the XRIJF Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 -0400

Ron Netsky

My real job is Chairman of the Art Department at Nazareth College and my main work is in the field of printmaking, but I love music and I've been writing about jazz for CITY since the 1990's.…

  A matter of trust Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:00:00 -0400
The police, the public, and the use of force Controversies like the death of Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, keep thrusting actions by police officers into the news, nationally and locally. But conflict between police officers and parts of the community they serve has a long, troubled history, in Rochester as elsewhere.…
  Album review: 'Uncharted Waters' Wed, 21 Jun 2017 01:00:00 -0400
Michael Rabinowitz "Uncharted Waters"…