Jazz90.1’s Top 15 “Don’t Miss” List for XRIJF

tia fullerEldarWith over 1,500 artists performing in over 325 shows over nine days, it may be hard to figure out exactly who to see and hear at this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Jazz90.1 Music Director Derrick Lucas has picked his top 15 shows not to miss. They are: 1) Takuya Kuroda 2) Chick Corea ft. Christian McBride and Brian Blade 3) Helen Sung4) Charles Ruggiero 5) Lauren Sevian 6) Nicholas Payton 7) Russell Malone 8) Orgone 9) Tia Fuller Quartet 10) The Claudia Quintet 11) Arild Andersen Trio 12) Eldar 13) Scofield – Lovano Quartet 14) Catherine Russell. 15)Kandace Springs. Be sure to also check out a special Spotify playlist created by our friends at City Newspaper highlighting their top XRIJF picks. You can find that by clicking here.

Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise Tickets on Sale Now


Colonial-Belle**Please note – the July and August cruises are now sold out** Tickets are on sale now for the 2016 Jazz90.1 jazz cruises aboard the Colonial Belle in Fairport. The final cruise takes place Monday September 12. The cruise will feature live jazz on board, great food, a cash bar and a two hour cruise on the Erie Canal. Entertainment includes The Mike Melito Trio. Tickets are $30.00 and are on sale now. Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you aboard the Colonial Belle! Click “more” for FAQ’s. (more…)

Join Jazz90.1 on Jazz Street for Annual XRIJF

jazzfest_2 (17 of 67)Jazz90.1 is your one source of information for the annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival which runs from June 24 – July 2. Join Jazz90.1 as we broadcast live each day from Jazz Street in downtown Rochester – just outside of Kilbourn Hall. We’ll have live artist interviews, commentary, giveaways and much more. Jazz90.1’s Rob Linton and Derrick Lucas bring you the most in-depth coverage of the XRIJF each year, live from Jazz Street. You can also stop by the Jazz90.1 booth to meet on air DJ’s from your favorite Jazz90.1 programs, and register to win great prizes. Be sure to follow Jazz90.1 on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat for all of the latest updates throughout the festival. We’ll see you on Jazz Street!

Polka Host Ray Serafin Celebrates 35 Years on Jazz90.1

Ray SerafinOn August 2, polka radio history will be made in Rochester as the host of The Polka Bandstand Show, Ray Serafin, celebrates 35 years on the air at Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM. The show, which first aired on August 2, 1981, has provided thousands of hours of polka music entertainment on the air in Rochester and world-wide on the internet. Serafin “grew up with polka” in Rochester and remembers hearing polka music everywhere. Ray took up the accordion and put his first polka band together at age 15. He’s recorded several polka albums and formed the band, Brass Magic. Ray is an avid collector of polka recordings. His collection includes more than 7,000 albums. (more…)

Jazz90.1 Presents New Airmen of Note Special July 4th

StefonIf you dig swingin’ big bands, Jazz90.1 has got an afternoon for you, presenting the broadcast of the complete Jazz Heritage Series featuring the United States Air Force’s Airmen of Note Big Band with special guests Stefon Harris in the first hour, Marvin Stamm & Bill Mays in the second hour, and Walt Weiskoph in the third. All of these special guests are also alumni of The Eastman School of Music! No matter where you are, don’t miss these outstanding jazz broadcasts. July 4th from 12-3, only on Member Supported Jazz90.1.

Jazz90.1 Announces Live Concert Series for 2016-17

Mike KaupaAaron StaebellIf you enjoy listening to Jazz90.1 and live jazz around town, be sure to check out the next season of the Jazz90.1 Live Studio Concert Series. This year, the series will highlight many local young musicians keeping jazz alive while also featuring some of Rochester’s hottest jazz and blues groups.  Jazz90.1 (WGMC 90.1) will present live on-air performances by Steve Grills and the Roadmasters on September 14, The Russell Scarbrough SOUL-JAZZ Big Band on October 12, The Rita Collective on November 2, The Brockport Big Band on December 14 for a special holiday performance, The Greece Olympia Jazz Ensemble on January 18, Aaron Staebell on February 8, The Erik Stabnau Group on March 8, The Greece Athena High School Jazz Band on April 12, The Spencerport High School Jazz Ensemble on May 10 and The Kaupa/Greene/Vock Group on June 7. Each concert is held on a Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m., and is broadcast live from the studios of Jazz90.1. The only way listeners can hear these great groups is to tune in to Jazz90.1, or listen live at www.jazz901.org. (more…)

Jazz90.1 to Launch New Blues and Big Band Station

Big Band 2Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM is pleased to announce they will launch a brand new internet radio station beginning this summer. The new stream, “Jazz90.1 Swing & Blues”, will feature 108 hours of classic and new blues music each week from 6 a.m. Monday – 6 p.m. Friday, and big band music all weekend long from 6 p.m. Friday – 6 a.m. Monday. The new internet station is expected to launch by Aug. 1, streaming live on www.jazz901.org and via its free mobile app for iPhone and Android. The station will include rebroadcast programs already enjoyed on Jazz90.1 FM, such as Sinatra and Co., Dick Robinson’s American Standards by the Sea, Big Band Friday, Blues Spectrum, Big Road Blues and more. (more…)

Jazz90.1 Presents ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ Summer Concerts

Lindsey and Rick HollandGreece Jazz BandJazz90.1 WGMC-FM is pleased to announce two free summer jazz concerts to be held on the grounds of Greece Olympia School – 1139 Maiden Lane. The series will include performances by The Rick Holland 4tet featuring vocalist Lindsey Holland on Thursday, July 28 and The Greece Jazz Band on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Both concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. Rick Holland is a versatile musician and veteran performer. He has played with musicians and organizations such as the Louie Bellson Big Band (Chicago Based Band), Jimmy Dorsey, Hendrik Meurkens, Buddy De Franco, Natalie Cole and the Terry Gibbs Big Band. Rick Holland brings a wealth of experience and musicality to each performance. Holland has now recorded seven albums as a leader and co-leader with national and international labels. (more…)

Jazz90.1 Faces Budget Shortfall – Donations Needed

FundraisingJazz90.1 is completely member and business supported. That means that we rely on the financial kindness of our members and business underwriters. Our fiscal year ends on June 30, and we’re not quite to the finish line. We’re projecting a budget shortfall of roughly $10,000, and we need your help to reach our annual goal by the close of the fiscal year. To find out more visit the Station Manager Blog page. To make a donation to support Jazz90.1, you can call 585-966-5299 or click on the “donate now” button at the top of this page. Thank you for supporting one of the nation’s last 24/7/365 jazz radio stations.