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How to support TEDxFlourCity, jazz and the arts

  • Posted on: 27 February 2014
  • By: Irene

The Eastman School held its first Jazz Café event of the year last Friday on February 14th, Valentine’s Day, at the Miller Center. On the wintery evening the event gave the feel of a warm, summer Jazz Festival performance. The Eastman School will put on two more Jazz cafés. TedxFlourCity will be at both and if you attend and mention us, some of the proceeds will benefit our organization. We appreciate your support in helping us to find and spread powerful ideas locally and connect the Rochester community. To hear more about the event read on:

On Valentine’s Day last Friday the Eastman School of Music put on their first Jazz Café event, holding two live jazz performances by a locally acclaimed Jazz guitarist Gabe Condon and Eastman students Gomeh Barak  (on trumpet), Jacob Dupre (on piano), Emiliano Lasansky  (on bass), Erik Stabnau  (on tenor saxophone) and Kevin Urvelek  (on drums). The 7pm and 10pm shows happened on the ground floor of the Miller Center, a building opposite Java’s café on Gibbs Street that houses Eastman’s Sibley Music Library, several offices and shops and the farm to table fine dining restaurant Max of Eastman place (also on the ground floor). The band performed in the Sproull Atrium, an open area, slightly lowered, between Max’s restaurant and its bar.

Luxury and romance are the words that come to mind to describe the evening. The crowd was small, lights were lowered and the sound was rich and full. The band played in front of a wall of glass windows that reached from floor to high ceilings and allowed a view of the night sky and snow covered courtyard, and festively lit trees. Behind them, the tall buildings of the Eastman School, and the city.

Rochester Jazz fans off all types attended; families, couples, both old and young, and several parents with anxious students who had just auditioned to attend the school in the fall. Men and women in ties and dresses wandered in and out of Max’s throughout the evening.

The 7 pm show I attended provided jazz gratification. The set was a balance of upbeat and subdued songs, and included several well known tunes including, appropriately, "My Funny Valentine." The musicians played off each other beautifully; highlighting both their individual sounds and their ability to follow each other’s leads.

Honestly, the event felt like a private, VIP Jazz Festival performance. For a $10 ticket, that’s not half bad.