Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise Tickets on Sale Now


Colonial-BelleTickets are on sale now for the 2016 Jazz90.1 jazz cruises aboard the Colonial Belle in Fairport. Cruises take place Monday June 13, July 18, August 15 and September 12. The cruises will feature live jazz on board, great food, a cash bar and a two hour cruise on the Erie Canal. Entertainment includes Jon Seiger and the Dixieland All-stars in June, The Bill Tiberio Trio in July, Jimmie Highsmith Jr. in August, and the Mike Melito Trio in September. Tickets are $30.00 and go on sale April 1st. We’ll again offer the cost saving “cruise pack” including two tickets on each cruise for only $220.00. Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you aboard the Colonial Belle! Click “more” for FAQ’s.


Celebrate Int’l Jazz Day with Jazz90.1 & The Little

Miles Davis(w/o) This Saturday April 30, join Jazz90.1 and The Little Theater as we celebrate International Jazz Day with a screening of the new Miles Davis biopic “Miles Ahead,” followed by a discussion. The afternoon will feature live jazz at The Little Theater beginning at 2:30 p.m., a screening of Miles Ahead beginning at 3 followed by Jazz90.1’s Derrick Lucas and entertainment critic Jack Garner discussing jazz in the movies following the film. For more information, including how to get your tickets, click here.

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…)

Win the Jazz90.1 Ultimate Jazz Fan Giveaway!

XRIJF 2016Jazz90.1 is giving you the chance to be the ultimate jazz fan! You could win two club passes for this year’s Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, dinner for two at the Pythodd Jazz Room, an overnight stay for two during the festival at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, and a huge jazz CD prize pack. All you have to do to enter is email contests@jazz901.org with your name, address and phone number. The grand prize winner will be drawn on June 4th. Good luck! (Official WGMC Contest Rules Apply. Registration ends 11:59 p.m. on June 3.)

Jazz90.1 Seeks Musicians for 2016-17 Concert Series

ConcertAre you a local jazz or blues musician? Would you like to perform your music live on the radio? If you are a local musician, and your group plays straight ahead jazz or blues, you can apply to be a part of the Jazz90.1 Live Studio Concert Series for the 2016-17 season. The series features local musicians during a monthly one hour live on-air concert. If you are interested in applying, please send a CD demo of your groups work (No Mp3’s via e-mail accepted); a brief bio of you and/or your group; desired set list for concert; available dates (Wednesday evenings between September – May); website address (if applicable) and contact information. Click here for more information.

Jazz90.1 Seeks Street Team Volunteers

Jazz_90.1_WineandJazz-19-34-49Would you like to volunteer for one of the best radio stations in town? Do you enjoy community relations and getting “out and about” to live music events, summer festivals and more? Jazz90.1 is currently seeking volunteers for our popular Street Team program. Specifically, we need volunteers available for the upcoming Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Park Ave Summer Arts Festival, community parades, concerts and more. If you have some time to donate, please drop us a line and let us know. For more information, you can e-mail jazzinfo@jazz901.org.

Jive Street Five to Headline May Live Concert

Jive StreetJazz90.1 is pleased to announce that Jive Street Five will perform next as part of the Jazz90.1 Live Studio Concert Series. The concert, which was rescheduled from March, takes place on Wednesday May 11 from 7-8 p.m. and includes Todd Yarton – vocals, Bob Viavattine – trumpet, Brian King – drums, Sheldon Tripi – bass and Gregg Herman – piano. Inspired by early Rat Pack entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., as well as modern big band crooners like Michael Buble and Harry Connick Jr. The Jazz90.1 Live Studio Concert Series features local musicians performing LIVE from the Jazz90.1 studios. Another great reason to support Jazz90.1. For more information, including the full series lineup, click here.

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