Tickets go on sale August 1 for the annual Jazz90.1 Evening of Wine, Jazz and Art, presented by Greece Community Broadcasting Inc. This event is a gala fundraiser to benefit Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM and will take place Thursday, September 25 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at Artisan Works – located at 565 Blossom Road in Rochester. There will be wine and beer tasting, live jazz by the Mike Melito Trio, great food, desserts, chocolate tasting, and a silent auction. All proceeds from an Evening of Wine, Jazz and Art 2014 will benefit member supported Jazz90.1, one of the last full time jazz radio stations in the country. The station is owned by the Greece Central School District; however, it must raise all operating funds annually through member and business donations, as well as special events.
Jazz90.1 is pleased to announce that we have met our fundraising goal for the 2013-14 year ending June 30th. With the help of our members, business and community partners, we raised over $200,000 to keep great jazz, blues and specialty programs on the air! Each year, Jazz90.1 must raise all of its operating expenses through pledge drives, business underwriting and special events. The station is owned and operated by the Greece Central School District, however it receives no funds from the district, grants or any state or federal dollars. “I am so pleased that our members and business partners continue to see how important it is to support one of the nation’s last 24/7/365 jazz radio stations,” said Station Manager Rob Linton. “Their support truly means the world to us.” While many jazz radio stations have gone off the air all across the country, Jazz90.1 continues to fight to keep this great art form on the air locally, and world wide via our web stream. We continue to need everyone’s help each year to ensure Jazz90.1 stays on the air. Thank you to all of our members and business partners for your support!
Sound Bytes – America’s longest running computer talk show is about to celebrate their 25th anniversary! Join Nick Francesco, Dave Enright and Steve Rea for a live broadcast and celebration on Saturday August 30th from 12-2 p.m. at Lovin’ Cup located at Park Point at RIT. The show will be broadcast live, and listeners are welcome to stop by and join the fun. You can also ask computer questions live on air, and meet Nick, Dave and Steve in person. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at Lovin’ Cup , and we’ll have great giveaways throughout the show. The event is free, and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
If you’re a fan of big bands and swingin’ singers, don’t miss the newly expanded program “Big Band Friday.” The expanded show will continue to be hosted by Phil Dodd and Rob Linton and will now include Lynda Wildman. Big Band Friday will air each Friday from 12-6 p.m. This great big band program has been featured on Jazz90.1 for over two years, and due to popular demand will now air six hours each week beginning July 11th. From Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to artists such as Gordon Webster, Dave Slonaker, Snarky Puppy, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Gordon Goodwin and more. Catch Big Band Friday every Friday afternoon from 12-6 p.m., only on Jazz90.1.
If 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. Jazz90.1 (WGMC 90.1) will present live on-air performances by The Bob Sneider Trio on September 17, The Dave Rivello Ensemble on October 15, Quintopus on November 12, The Greece Jazz Band on December 10 for a special holiday performance, The Half Ton Horns on January 21, Music Makers Band on February 4, The Brockport Big Band on March 18, The Alexa Tarantino Quartet on April 29, Ann Mitchell Jazz on May 20 and The Bill Tiberio Band on June 3. Each concert is held on a Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m., and 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.
Be sure to join Jazz90.1 at this year’s Park Ave. Summer Arts Festival – August 2nd and 3rd. Jazz90.1 is supported in part by our members, and by the Annual Park Avenue Summer Art Festival. The festival features over 300 artists, food, live entertainment & kid-friendly activities. As a reminder, no pets, bikes or drinking are allowed at the festival. There’s plenty of parking behind Gleason Works on University and Monroe Square on Monroe Avenue, with shuttles to and from the festival. Jazz90.1′s booth will be located on the corner of Park Ave. and Meigs St.
Be sure to follow Jazz90.1 on all of our social media pages for the latest news, information and interviews from this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival!
Local Rochester filmmaker Dave Esposito has released a documentary showcasing Jazz90.1. “School for Jazz” celebrates the station’s 40th anniversary. Esposito and Agricola Media spent nearly four months shooting the project in an effort to showcase Jazz90.1’s history, and important place in the Rochester and international jazz scene. “School for Jazz” takes viewers on a tour and shows the history of Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM – one of the nation’s last remaining 24/7/365 public jazz stations. The short film can be viewed by clicking the link above this article.