Arts and Culture

The Legendary Kaye Ballard is on Stage Notes

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

From burlesque to vaudeville to big bands and nightclubs, from movies to television to Broadway, Kaye Ballard has seen it all and done it all.

Duo Vela

Mon, 07/20/2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

Guitarist Daniel Nistico and flutist Marla Smith join host Julia Figueras in studio to perform and share stories of their work.


Diamond Anniversary

Thu, 07/09/2015 - 1:00pm

July marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of David Diamond, and WXXI is honoring the American composer with a special broadcast. LISTEN HERE ON-DEMAND

Pulling Out All the Stops

Sun, 07/12/2015 - 3:30pm

Eastman School of Music student Thomas Gaynor competes in this inaugural organ competition.

Is the Great White Way Gay?

Sat, 06/20/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

A friend of mine was in a lead role in a blockbuster musical on Broadway.

July 2015 Lyric Opera of Chicago

Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

"It seems like Lyric Opera can do no wrong this season"- or so says the Chicago Classical Review. (The Los Angeles Opera season begins July 18th.)

The Jazz Scoop with D&C's Jeff Spevak

Weekdays at 10:30 a.m. on WRUR-FM & WITH-FM

Get the inside scoop on the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with Democrat and Chronicle music critic Jeff Spevak.

Frogs and other Summer Music

Frog songs and links are better than boring apologies. Read on. 

Why this dog looks a little sad . . .


The reason? This handsome dog will be missing owner Bob Sneider, the hardest-working jazz guitarist during The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  He (Bob) hosts jam sessions every night with his Trio, among other things.  I caught up with Bob on the interwebs.

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With the Jazz Festival here again, this must be a crazy and fulfilling time for you.  How do you prepare for those late night jam sessions?

 There is no preparing for the jam sessions. Years of practicing and developing a repertoire of several hundred songs and flexibility to play them in other keys / tempos helps. Physically, I am a gym rat. I go to the gym every day during the fest. Swim and cardio vascular stuff. That helps with endurance. Being mentally alert and thinking about planning the sets and working the list of sitters-in is key. I do not drink at all — just water and coffee.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Season 6 ENCORE

Tue, 06/16/2015 - 8:00pm

Are you ready for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest? This will help!

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