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.
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.
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!
Jim McGrath, host of the Blues Spectrum on Jazz90.1 will present a special Blues and Rock program on Labor Day weekend – Sunday August 31st from 5-9 p.m. Jim McGrath has always asked the question: “what if commercial rock radio paid attention to the Blues?” This coming Labor Day weekend Jim will have four hours to answer that question. Don’t miss this great “rockin’ blues” special, and be sure to like the Blues Spectrum on Facebook! For more information on our complete program schedule, click the link at the top of this page.
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.
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.
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.
Like any business, Jazz90.1 spends thousands of dollars per year on equipment and office supplies that keep the station going. In these tough budget times for us, we are always looking for ways to save money, without affecting what you hear on air each day. Now, you can help Jazz90.1 in more ways than just cash contributions. We’re pleased to present the Jazz90.1 “wish list” – which is a list of everyday items we need, but can’t quite afford out of our operating budget. If you can help by donating something off of this list, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. On the “wish list” page, you will find items that we need, with a desired quantity. If you’re only able to do one or two of something, no worries! Every item helps us in our efforts to “take jazz further” in Rochester. If you do donate a product below, Jazz90.1 will provide you with a donation letter that you could use for a possible tax deduction*. Thank you for your help!
At Jazz90.1, we believe that jazz is a living music. That’s why half our broadcast hours are focused on current artists who are committed to moving the music forward. Jazz90.1 plays more new music than any radio station in the U.S. On the flip side, we also play a heaping portion of the classics, names like Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and many more. When you listen to Jazz90.1, you get the best new jazz, and the best jazz of all time.