Goal: $50,000 | Raised: $40,627 | Left to Goal: $9,373

Updated 3/27/15 @ 1600

Spring Pledge Drive Underway

DonateThe Jazz90.1 spring membership campaign is underway a goal of $50,000 to keep the great jazz, blues and specialty programs on the air. There are many great thank you gifts offered like the enhanced MemberCard, CD’s, DVD’s, Jazz90.1 clothing and more.  Remember, Jazz90.1 is supported by our listeners that become members. Please keep in mind how great it is to have the choice of a full time local jazz station on your radio as well as online.  When you renew your membership or become a new member of Jazz90.1, you make sure that choice continues to be there. Please help keep the jazz going on Jazz90.1 by calling — 966-JAZZ, 966-5299 or toll-free 1-800 -790-0415 now, or during our pledge drive. You can also pledge online by clicking here. Thank you for supporting one of the nation’s last 24/7/365 jazz radio stations.

Tarantino and Terefenko Featured in April Concert

Tarantino_TerefenkoJazz90.1 is pleased to announce that Alexa Tarantino and Dariusz Terefenko will be featured in our April live concert on Wednesday April 29th from 7-8 p.m. Tarantino/Terefenko presents fresh takes on jazz standards and re-inventions of classical works, along with original music and creative improvisation. The saxophone/piano duo released their first album, Crossing Paths this year.  The concert will be broadcast live on Jazz90.1 and online at Concert Series features local musicians performing LIVE from the Jazz90.1 studios. Another great reason to support Jazz90.1. For more information, click here.

SOHO Show Takes Place April 1st in Rochester

SOHO(w/o) Premiere Promotions is presenting their 14th annual Small Business Show – SOHO Rochester 2015, Wednesday April 1st from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. This show is a networking opportunity for a small business owner, manager or entrepreneur. Attendees will see over 100 display booths with a varied cross-section of companies providing products, services and resources to small business. Plus you can network with other attendees. You’ll be able to gain valuable information for their businesses as well with a variety of free presentations, by some of our sponsors, on small business topics at the show. For show tickets and information, you may visit

Tickets on Sale April 6th for Jazz90.1 Cruises

colinial belleAlexaVinceJazz90.1 is pleased to announce the return of our popular jazz cruises in 2015 aboard the historic Colonial Belle in Fairport. Next season, the cruises will take place on Monday May 18th, June 8th, July 13th and August 17th. The cruises provide a two hour boat ride along the historic Erie Canal including live jazz, food and a cash bar on board. Tickets for the cruises are $27.00 each, and will go on sale Monday April 6th. Jazz90.1 will again offer our “cruise pack” which includes one pair of tickets to EACH cruise for $195.00 – a savings of $21.00. Cruises in 2013 and 2014 sold out within weeks, and we anticipate a complete sell out of these as well. Entertainment on board includes The Alexa Tarantino Trio on May 18th, Smugtown Stompers on June 8th, Vince Ercolamento Trio on July 13th and the Bill Tiberio Group on August 17th. We look forward to welcoming you on board the Jazz90.1 jazz cruises in 2015!

Our Mission

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.

Breaking Through Barriers

Jazz90.1 is also an important outlet for music and voices that don’t make it onto commercial radio. Our longest-running show is Polka Bandstand. We also feature the Lithuanian-language program Dainos Aidas; The German Radio Program; and Esencia Latina, a four-hour program of Latin music (broadcast in Spanish). You don’t need a plane ticket and passport to expand your horizons…all you need is a radio or computer tuned to Jazz90.1. (Check out our program schedule for more information.)

It’s YOUR Station!

The great thing about Jazz90.1 is that it’s YOUR station. We’re a community jazz station, supported by thousands of members from Rochester and elsewhere who believe in jazz, and who believe that it should occupy a place of honor on the airwaves. Are you one of those people? Then support Jazz90.1! Click here for more information on becoming a member. If you’d like to become a Jazz90.1 underwriter, call (585) 966-2660.

The WGMC-FM transmitting facilities are located in Greece, New York. For a coverage map, including “fringe” reception areas, click here.

Jazz News


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    1 2 1 Russell Malone Love Looks Good On You (HighNote) 333 285 +48 6 61 1 3 2 4 2 Eddie Henderson Collective Portrait (Smoke Sessions) 309 282 +27 0 55 1 7 3 3 3 Steve Turre Spiritman (Smoke Sessions) 287 284 +3 8 59 3 3 4 1 4 Jacky Terrasson Take This! (impulse!)...
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    April 14 - CD Release Low Ridin' on ZOHO This debut CD of Chris Washburne and The SYOTOS Band for ZOHO showcases Latin Jazz instrumental versions of 1960s and 70s Classic Rock songsa€'called Acid Mambo by its musicians. Afro-Latin jazz on a psychedelic trip! Zeppelin, Hendrix, the Doors etc.a€'meet Tito Puente! The band's name "SYOTOS" is a word coined by Chris Washburne in 1992, created as an acronym for "See You On The Other Side"a€'a term which has subsequently been widely used as military jargon among computer gamers...
  • AWARD / GRANT: Berklee Honors Puerto Rico Heineken Jazzfest Producer Luis Alvarez with George Wein Impresario Award at the Festivala€(TM)S 25th Anniversary

    Berklee College of Music will present Luis Alvarez, vice president of Mendez and Company, Inc., and executive producer of the Puerto Rico Heineken JazzFest, with the George Wein Impresario Award at the festivala€(TM)s 25th anniversary on March 29. Named after Newport Jazz Festival founder Wein, the award recognizes individuals who bring music to life through their dedication to discovering, mentoring, presenting, and promoting creative musicians and their music. Larry Simpson, senior vice president for Academic Affairs/Provost, will present the award with Wein on the festivala€(TM)s main stage...
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    The e: Love Supreme Festival, which returns to Glynde Place in East Sussex this July, has announced a second raft of names, which includes a broad selection of superstar international acts and outstanding emerging talent from the worlds of jazz, soul, R&b, pop and beyond. joining an adventurous line-up, that already features the likes of chaka khan, van morrison, candi staton, submotion orchestra, m: the bad plus with m: joshua redman, m: gogo penguin and ginger baker, are chart-topping uk soul singer lisa stansfield, sly and the family stone co-founder larry graham, rebecca ferguson, who will perform music from her recently released m: billie holiday tribute lady sings the blues, and grammy-nominated, brit award-winning singer neneh cherry, who once again teams up with london duo rocketnumbernine to perform songs from her extensive back catalogue as well as from 2014a€(TM)s acclaimed album Blank Project...
  • EVENT: Jazz Appreciation Month at the Nash in Downtown Phoenix

    APRIL INTERNATIONAL JAZZ APPRECIATION MONTH Jam Packed Calendar Includes Jazz Picnic and BBQ in Phoenix Civic Space, Bobby Broom and The Thelonious Monk Institute, and Centennial Celebration of the Legendary Billy Strayhorn Phoenix, AZ: April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and The Nash joins celebrations around the world with a jam packed calendar of events to showcase the best of America's original art form. Highlights include a free concert in the Phoenix Civic Space on April 12th, workshops, classes and student Master classes with performances including Thelonious Monk Institute, and an all-out centennial celebration for Billy Strayhorn on April 30th, International Jazz Day...