Tickets are now on sale 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.
The Jazz90.1 MemberCard just got better! We’re pleased to announce the addition of lodging discounts as well as even more dining options. Whether you’re looking for a Bed and Breakfast to get away for the weekend, a cafe for a quick cup of coffee, delicious desserts, cocktails, or maybe a classy night out on the town with dinner, Jazz90.1 has you covered with our enhanced MemberCard program offering great 2-for-1 discounts. All you have to do to receive these great discounts is become a member of Jazz90.1 at the $90.10 level and above. You can support great jazz on the radio while enjoying tons of discounts around town. For a complete list of MemberCard businesses, click here.
Jazz90.1 is pleased to announce that Music Director and DJ Derrick Lucas was awarded the Bobby Jackson Programmer of the Year Award – medium market – for the second time. The award was given during the 2014 JazzWeek Summit in San Jose, California Thursday. Lucas also received this prestigious award in 2006, and had been nominated five other times previously. Winners of this award are nominated by professionals from the jazz radio, record and promotion industries from all over the country. Derrick’s life-long obsession and passion for jazz started when he bought his first jazz album – Spectrum by drummer Billy Cobham – at age 4. When not at the station he often can be found at various times and places around the Flower City sharing and spreading his passion for great music, especially during the Jazz Festival. In addition to his work as a broadcaster, Derrick volunteers at The Northeast Block Alliance, Camp Good Days and Special Times as well as The Mary Cariola Center.
Jazz90.1 is pleased to announce that The Bob Sneider Trio will be featured as part of the live studio concert series on Wednesday September 17th from 7-8 p.m. kicking off the 2014-15 season. The group features Bob Sneider on guitar, Mike Melito on drums, and Dan Vitale on bass. The concert will be broadcast live on Jazz90.1 and online at www.jazz901.org. Jazz90.1 is dedicated to bringing our listeners unique programming that they won’t hear anywhere else on the radio or Internet. To this end, we are proud to present the Jazz90.1 Live Studio Concert Series. This Concert Series features local musicians performing LIVE from the Jazz90.1 studios. Another great reason to support Jazz90.1. For more information, click here.
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.