Although he's a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, these days, Jorma Kaukonen's music is much more down-home acoustic. It's a whole lot more akin to the Appalachian strain than that found in Haight-Ashbury as Kaukonen weaves around in an amazing fingerstyle attack.
A few years ago, at a flea market in Des Moines, Iowa, I bought an old turntable that besides the requisite RPMs of 33, 45, and 78, had a fourth speed: 10. My buddy Jason was ecstatic.
Sibley's department store was once the center of Rochester's holiday shopping, and this Sunday afternoon, the building, for a third year, becomes a center for holiday music, dancing, and charity with "A City Sings for the Season." This celebration of holiday music and dance is presented by the Rochester Oratorio Society, which will sing under director Eric Townell.
While some bands take a decade's worth of albums to figure out what exactly makes them special, others only require one to make a point. After that, the ones worth remembering fondly tend to fade quietly into the night, leaving a singular and lasting testament to their importance.
The folks who run the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival are transplanting that summer jazz vibe to the snowy winter in Rochester. Past festival favorites, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, will bring its distinctive strain of Dixieland jazz to the Kodak Hall stage for a "Wild and Swingin' Holiday Party."
Saxophonist David Murray is among the greatest improvisers in jazz today. When he joins master percussionist Kahil El'Zabar and top Chicago bassist Harrison Bankhead in the Ritual Trio, the chemistry should be explosive in the most positive sense of the word.
When Maura and Pete Kennedy decided to go out on a first date, she was in Texas and he was in Colorado, so they had to meet half way.
Detroit's more recent musical exports have largely carried a dark and nihilistic aura. Hip-hop's resident goth kid, Danny Brown, has spent the better part of a decade begging to fall into a "kush coma."
Revolver Revolver was a popular band in Rochester starting back in the mid-1970's.
Burn Every genre of music has those few, beloved records that are considered must-listens for newcomers.
McKinley James Watching Mckinley James play guitar is like watching a time-lapse film loop; every goddamn time I see him, I swear he gets better and better.
Her voice is sometimes transformed into a saxophone, sometimes a flute, and sometimes a trumpet, but Nancy Kelly is in complete control. She's obviously studied great singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and she knows how to get the most out of a standard while taking the lyrics and the melody for an evocative, emotional ride.
As much A Tribe Called Quest as it is The Dap Kings, West End Blend is a beautiful amalgam of funky soul, R&B, and hip-hop. And although it gets lumped in under the jam band idiom, this 10-piece kick-in-the-butt from Hartford, Connecticut, is infinitely more cool and rockin'.
On Sunday, the Ying Quartet will be joined by jazz and classical pianist and composer Billy Childs for a concert of music both cherished and new. A joint presentation of the Eastman Ranlet Series and the Eastman Piano Series, the program features the world premiere of Child's Piano Quintet.
Bug Jar booking impresario Tim Avery is fighting the good fight against cancer. And it ain't cheap.
There is a sense of expectation and wonder that comes with the quickly approaching holiday season. On Friday and Saturday, that magic arrives early when the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director, Ward Stare, present Cirque de la Symphonie in the appropriately grand Kodak Hall.