Jazz90.1 Presents Free Jazz on the Lawn Concerts

Jazz90.1 WGMC-FM is pleased to announce a free summer jazz concert to be held on the grounds of Greece Olympia School – 1139 Maiden Lane. The series will include a performance by The Greece Jazz Band on Tuesday August 22. The concert begins at 6:30 p.m., and will be moved indoors if there’s rain. Delicious food will be available for sale during the event from Mr. V’s Street Style Vending. (Check out the menu here!) The Greece Jazz Band has been performing in the greater Rochester area since 1997, this volunteer big band has developed a varied repertoire of familiar standards, dance tunes, and modern high-energy jazz charts. The band’s growing performance schedule includes holiday concerts at area malls, several dance nights, numerous summer festivals and events.


Join Jazz90.1 at The Park Ave Festival

The annual Park Ave. Summer Arts Festival takes place this year Saturday and Sunday August 5-6, and features over 300 artists, food, live entertainment & kid-friendly activities. Jazz90.1 will again be on hand all weekend on the corner of Park Ave. and Meigs St. Stop by to win great prizes and to meet many of our DJ’s. As a reminder, no pets, bikes or drinking are allowed at the festival. Public parking can be found behind Gleason Works on University, Monroe Square on Monroe Avenue and a lot on Atlantic Ave between Culver and the Railroad underpass with shuttles to and from the festival. 

Win Tickets for a Whirlpool Jet Boat Tour!

How would you like to take the ride of your life? Register to win a pair of tickets to Whirlpool Jet Boat Tours on Niagara Lake! Passengers can choose between two types of trips — wet or dry. Guests in open-topped jet boats are guaranteed to return to the dock soaking wet, doused with gallons of water while their boat pilot powers them through the rapids at high speed and expertly spins them through the chop in a complete 360-degree turn. Passengers in the covered Jet Dome get the same thrill ride, minus the splash, and return as dry as they were at the outset. Wrap up your summer with a ride to remember! Register by August 4 by e-mailing contests@jazz901.org with your name, address and phone number. The winner will be contacted by August 7. Official WGMC contest rules apply. Good luck!

Jazz90.1 Launches “Smooth Grooves” Sunday Mornings

Jazz90.1 is pleased to announce a new smooth jazz program to be heard on Sunday mornings. Rankin Shaver will host “Smooth Grooves,” and will feature artists like Larry Carlton, Jeff Lorber, Chuck Mangione, Anita Baker, Michael Franks, Dave Koz, The Crusaders, Patti Austin, Grover Washington Jr., Al Jarreau and many more. Be sure to listen to “Smooth Grooves” every Sunday morning and then rebroadcast on the following Saturday at midnight only on member supported Jazz90.1. 

Tickets On Sale Now for Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruises

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(The July 10 and August 14 sailings are now sold out) Tickets are on sale now for the 2017 Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruises. We round out the season with a new blues cruise featuring Steve Grills and the Roadmasters on Monday September 11. Tickets for these cruises are on sale now for $30.00 ea. We hope to see you aboard the Colonial Belle in Fairport! Click “more” for important information and FAQ’s. Thank you to Canandaigua National Bank and Trust for sponsoring our 2017 jazz cruises! (more…)

Javier Rivera and The Latin Essence Return to Jazz90.1

Veteran radio host Javier Rivera returns home to Jazz90.1 to share the music he loves every Saturday morning on Esencia Latina (Latin Essence). Javier joined Jazz90.1 in 2003 and has been involved with the local Latin Music scene for more than 20 years either as master of ceremonies in many festivals, promoter of many music events, and as a DJ all over New York State and Canada. A graduate of St. John Fisher College, Javier’s passion for radio began at age of 12, listening to Casey Kasem’s Top 40 countdown, a huge influence in his style. A Latin music collector and history buff, Javier’s goal is to make Esencia Latina a program not only to enjoy listening salsa music but also to learn about the behind the scenes, the history of the many songs and the contributions of this genre to Latino Culture. Hear The Latin Essence every Saturday morning from 6-9 a.m. beginning Saturday July 15. 

Swing & Blues Radio Available on TuneIn App

tunein_logo_2000pxDo you enjoy swing and blues music? Do you have the TuneIn Radio app for your mobile device? Now you can hear both Jazz90.1 AND Jazz90.1 Swing and Blues Radio via the popular mobile app. Don’t forget to also download the free Jazz90.1 app for your iPhone or Android device, allowing you to stay on top of everything happening at Jazz90.1. Take the best in jazz, blues and big band music with you everywhere you go with Member Supported Jazz90.1! For more information, click here.

Jazz90.1 Presents Swing & Blues Radio

Swing&Blues_Logo_Final.inddJazz90.1 Swing and Blues features the best of classic and new blues music all week, as well as big bands and swingin’ singers all weekend long. Programs include the rebroadcast of The Blues Spectrum, Big Road Blues, Sinatra and Company, Big Band Friday, American Standards by the Sea and more. This channel also features tons of great blues and big band music not found anywhere else. Listen to Jazz90.1 Swing and Blues NOW by clicking here, and via our free mobile app. Jazz90.1 Swing and Blues radio is another great service of Member Supported Jazz90.1. Check out the Swing and Blues Radio program schedule.

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