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This Year's Jazz Festival is Here!

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is in full swing and whether you spend one night or all nine there, you can be sure that WXXI will have you all jazzed up!

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This Year's Jazz Festival is Almost Here!

This year's Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off this Friday and whether you spend one night or all nine there, you can be sure that WXXI will have you all jazzed up! From concert previews during Morning Edition to performance reviews during All Things Considered we'll have you all set whether you're coming or going.

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A bit of a rant

I was sitting at my desk the other day when, over my shoulder, I heard a tour group coming down the hall.  The visitors passed the WXXI newsroom and stopped a few feet away.

“And this,” announced their guide (a smart and lovely woman who works in another department), “is Classical 91.5.  Classical music is very soothing, very relaxing!”

Tough times for our city's great orchestra

You’ve probably heard the news.  In a comprehensive front page story published in Sunday’s Democrat and Chronicle, Stuart Low reported the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra may be facing an operating shortfall in excess of $700,000.  

But it could be much worse. 

News and views

You may see less arts coverage in the Democrat and Chronicle. The daily paper’s classical music, jazz and dance reporter and critic, Anna Reguero, is leaving to pursue her doctorate in musicology.  (You can hear our conversation about changes she’s seen in Rochester by clicking here.)  She will not be replaced.  In a city with a widespread affinity for music of all kinds, the decision by Rochester’s daily paper to not hire a new music writer is troubling but not surprising.

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