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BEST OF ROCHESTER 2012: Primary Ballot

The Best of Rochester 2012 Readers Poll is NOW OPEN! CLOSED! Visit to vote in the Final Ballot, featuring the top four vote-getters in each category, which will publish in print and online on Wednesday, September 5. ==== Original Article Below ==== CLICK HERE to take the Primary Ballot, which runs exclusively online through […]

Best of Rochester 2012: Campaign Materials

[ Trying to vote in the Final Ballot? Click here for our new website ] Looking for a way to promote yourself, your business, or your organization in Best of Rochester 2012? Our FREE campaign materials are a good place to start! Download the ZIP file for printable 8.5×11 posters, web graphics (for your website […]


It might be a little later than usual, but the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will return Friday, June 22-Saturday, June 30, 2012, turning downtown Rochester into a music-lover’s paradise. The 11th edition of the venerable festival has a slew of big-name headliners (Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Esperanza Spalding, and Steve Martin are just a […]


**Looking for schedules, bios, and more information on the 2012 Jazz Fest? CLICK HERE for City Newspaper’s 2012 Jazz Festival Guide.** Check in every morning of the 2012 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival for our daily blogs, with dispatches from the previous night’s concerts, photos, and a chance for you to post your reviews of […]

JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012 PROFILE: Trombone Shorty

BY FRANK DE BLASE If you’ve been to the last two Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festivals, you may already be well acquainted with Trombone Shorty and his band, Orleans Avenue. This will be the band’s third Jazz Fest appearance in a row. And according to the Jazz Fest brass, Shorty actually called and asked to […]


BY RON NETSKY I can still remember seeing a poster in Philadelphia in the early 1970’s advertising a show by Whole Oats at a small coffeehouse. Within a year, the duo had put out an album with beautiful harmonies and a song by Daryl Hall with a chorus saying “Don’t want to spend another fall […]


BY RON NETSKY When Eliane Elias moved from Brazil to New York City in 1982 she had dreams of breaking into the jazz world as a pianist. “I did not have intentions of becoming a singer,” says Elias. “My whole devotion had been to the piano.” Initially, things went according to plan. She went to […]


BY FRANK DE BLASE Frank Zappa was a musician whose approach to music was unconventional, humorous, free, and consequently maligned by those who clung to the predictable safety of mainstream music’s teat. Zappa explored the fringes as a composer and as an incendiary guitarist. In 1966 he formed The Mothers of Invention and tested the […]

JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012 PROFILE: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars

  BY FRANK DE BLASE With her flame-red titan tresses, sexified on-stage hip-swivel, and throaty purr, Los Angeles’ Kim Lenz is one righteous rockabilly filly. After four albums and roughly 20 years on the scene, Lenz and her band, The Jaguars, continue to barnstorm the States and beyond. Lenz recently gave City a call after […]

JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Full schedule

Friday, June 22 4:30 p.m.: Fairport HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:15 p.m.: Hilton HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Acoustic Alchemy Harro East Ballroom ($20, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Don Thompson & Neil Swainson Hatch Recital Hall ($20, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combo led by […]