John Nyerges orchestrates a life in jazz

John Nyerges orchestrates a life in jazz

If you've seen pianist John Nyerges in concert over the last three decades, chances are you were in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre. Nyerges has occupied the jazz piano chair in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's Pops concerts for 27 years.

Foster the People feels the spirit

There’s a certain kind of magic that connects a band with its music, and in the case of Foster the People, the inspiration behind the tunes is indefinable. “When writing, what we call 'the spirit' enters the room,” says Isom Innis, the band’s keyboardist.

Black Violin’s Wil Baptiste on hip-hop, classical music, and race

It's not hard to understand the appeal of the Florida duo Black Violin. Violist Wil Baptiste and violinist Kev Marcus have created a hip-hop, classical hybrid that you can feel immediately, with infectious hooks and indelible beats that resonate from your ear drums all the way to the bottoms of your feet.

Folk phenoms of Auld Lang Syne focus on family life

For a group that isn't actually based in the city anymore, Auld Lang Syne simultaneously remains one of Rochester's most beloved bands — particularly among area musicians — and arguably the city's best-kept musical secret. The songwriting vehicle of married couple Kathy and Timothy Dick, who first met while studying music at Roberts Wesleyan College, Auld Lang Syne has quietly released four full-length albums plus a collection of unreleased songs over the course of a decade.

These Yuppies care

How can a band be introspective and yet so un-self-aware? How can that band come out on top in the "Is it punk?" argument?

Cavalcade is a band that’s not afraid of genre

Cavalcade is an indie rock outfit of little restraint or convention. Come to think of it, that's the definition of most indie bands, isn't it?

Brian Wilson kinda, sorta talks about 'Pet Sounds'

There’s no other way to say it, The Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” is one of the greatest, most influential works in rock ‘n’ roll history. With its symphonic, psychedelic leanings and lush vocal orchestration, “Pet Sounds” was initially met with a lukewarm response in the US when it was released in May 1966, but its underlying beauty, musical insight, and unconventional instrumentation — barking dogs, a train, bicycle bells, and so on — was clearly ahead of its time.

Highsmith chronicles

Jimmie Highsmith Jr.'s ninth release, "Indigo Chronicles Chocolate Brown Eyes," finds the Rochester saxophonist channeling interpretations of love, loss, and life through his instrument. In particular, through an alto sax he calls "Indigo."

Bloodshot Bill leads a one-man boogie

Straight out of Quebec, Bloodshot Bill is a howlin', snarlin', croonin' great ball of fire. As a frenetic and frantic one-man-band, the Montreal madman captures the essence of primitive rock 'n' roll in between hiccups and some vicious slapback.

Tom Hanney schools us on the harmonica

Tom Hanney and his harmonica prowl the stage and the classroom with a cool nonchalance. As a member of several bands — The White Hots jazz combo, acoustic outfit The Fog, and rock 'n' rollers Open G — as well as a senior lecturer at RIT, Hanney has developed a fascination for the blues harp, the tin sandwich, the original tweet.

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