Jeff Spevak

CoronaVirtual concert a dream deferred; where's your show?

For this moment, a dramatic response was called for. It was time to come up big. Matt Ramerman had what he calls a local "power roster" of musicians...
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Wed, 03/25/2020 - 7:22am
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Rochester jazz festival suspends ticket sales while evaluating coronavirus situation

Citing the uncertainty created by the coronavirus pandemic, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival announced Wednesday that it is suspending...
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Wed, 03/18/2020 - 1:05pm
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Joywave's 'Possession,' found and lost again

Coronavirus' vast, leathery bat wings are slowly encircling the planet, casting a shadow across the globe, choking out light, our culture. Go home, draw...
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Wed, 03/18/2020 - 2:58am
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With Trombone Shorty and a full lineup, jazz fest is on, for now

Most years, by this point in the story, John Nugent, the producer and artistic director of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, generally...
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Tue, 03/17/2020 - 10:50am
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Women take charge at Blackfriars’ 2020-21 season

Artistic and managing director Danny Hoskins calls the Blackfriars Theatre 2020-21 season “a journey.” If so, the men will be left standing on the wharf...
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Tue, 03/10/2020 - 7:32am
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Songwriting and the art of distraction; Ethnic Heritage Ensemble returns

No square on the calendar seems to have escaped. "Extraterrestrial Abduction Day" is March 20. Entire months have been claimed. November is NaNoWriMo....
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Wed, 02/19/2020 - 7:46am
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Hubby Jenkins, drinking from the giant stream

What Hubby Jenkins was hearing on a cable TV news show had reached an obscene level of sanctimonious nonsense. At a rally in Virginia, attended by 22...
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Wed, 02/05/2020 - 8:48am
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The rock, twang, jazz and tango of 'No One Will Ever Know'

January is Jeff Riales' month. He's in the midst of a monthlong residency, every Thursday night at Abilene Bar & Lounge. And Friday night at...
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Wed, 01/08/2020 - 7:14am
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The eternal feel-good of 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Here is more proof that the world of movies can be a surreal experience: when we catch up with Karolyn Grimes, who memorably played the 6-year-old Zuzu...
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Tue, 12/10/2019 - 6:48am
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