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Jazz Fest 2008

Kevin BreitBeginning with the final show, the final song, of the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Fest, I'll be revisiting some of the more curious and memorable performances from this year's festival. Along the way I'll mix in shows from the 2007 RIJF, as well.

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Gothic coolness

I finally made it to the Rochester International Jazz Festival last night.

It was cloudy and chilly. A few hundred people milled around Gibbs Street, and most wore jackets or sweatshirts. Smoke from vendors’ booths drifted down past Eastman Theatre, and a line snaked around the corner for David Murray's Black Saint Quartet in Kilbourn Hall. The sight of the crowds made me happy.

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Appreciating Jazz

During the Jazz Festival last year, a secret society formed here at WXXI. In order to join, you had to be a little bit sick of hearing about the Jazz Festival. It was a small group, to be sure, and I cannot reveal the participants. I think they bonded in part because they felt left out of the daily who-did-you-see-last-night-and-who-are-you-seeing-tonight conversations.

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Our "secret" podcasts e-mail address?

Testing something here. Here's an email address that we use with our podcasts that we normally wouldn't want to post online in the clear. We'd like to hide it so that the spam doesn't come pouring in. reCAPTCHA Mailhide is supposed to take care of this for us, now. The e-mail address is: podcasts@wxxi.org. Notice the ... in the middle of the address, you can click that to reveal the address... That is, if you're human! See my other post: http://interactive.wxxi.org/blogpost/recaptcha-stop-spam-rea... to learn more about this.

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News Aggregator under testing

We're testing the "news aggregator" feature of the site with our own WXXI News feeds. It's open for anyone to check out, just click the "News aggregator" link under Featured Content on the left-hand side of the page. It contains nearly all articles in our WXXI Public Newsroom in a single reverse-chronological list. Click any story for the full version.

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