JAM: Jazz Appreciation Month


You don’t have to wait for the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival to celebrate your love of this music. April is Jazz Appreciation Month. Every April, Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) highlights the glories of jazz as both a historical and a living treasure. Here is one special month to draw greater public attention to the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz and its importance to American culture. Musicians, concert halls, schools, colleges , museums, libraries and public broadcasters are encouraged to offer special programs during this month. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History (which operates the world’s most comprehensive set of jazz programs) leads this initiative in concert with a distinguished roster of federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations and broadcasting networks.

The Arts, Music, & Recreation Division has an extensive collection of Jazz recordings and books documenting the history of Jazz and Jazz musicians. Jazz lovers can also celebrate with Jazz Rochester.




Fashion: From Jazz to Vogue’s Eye

Two new fashion books have arrived in the Art Division. One covers the glamorous world of 1920s fashion and the other celebrates the role the fashion editor has played at Vogue for 120 years.


Vogue: The Editor’s Eye, retraces the work of Vogue’s legendary fashion editors including Pally Mellen, Babs Simpson, and Grace Coddington. These women collaborated with photographers, designers and stylists to create the fantasy world (for most of us anyway) of fashion. The book focuses on Vogue‘s dazzling archive of images that have had an impact on fashion, music, and culture. This book is lavish in its design and photographs. These editors had and still do have a vision when it comes to presenting the world of high fashion.


The 1920s was one of the most stylish and influential fashion periods full of feathers, beads, sequins, and anything to over indulge in. After all this was a time of highly decorated Erte dresses and Art Deco.

Dressed to Kill: Jazz Age Fashion, brings us into that legendary elegant world of the 20s. This collection of photographs comes from Virginia, the most fabulous renowned antique clothing store in London. Many stylists, designers, models and museums use this store as their go to place for dresses, coats, and accessories from this time period. All are carefully preserved offering inspiration from this glittering time to all who are looking for the craftsmanship and ornamentation of this important fashion period. This is a lavish book, full of exquisite photographs. Indulge!


Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festval


Tickets on Sale Friday January 25!!
Rochester, NY – January 22, 2013 – Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced five headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 12th Edition, which will be held June 21-29. Tickets go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com.

Tickets are from $40 to $125 and go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com. Tickets will also be on sale for one day only at the Kodak Hall Oval Lobby Box Office, located at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets in Rochester, on Friday January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. John Nugent will be overseeing box office operations. There is a $7 service charge for all headliner tickets. To have printed tickets mailed to you, the service charge is $9.

The fastest way to order tickets is online at rochesterjazz.com with the festival’s e-ticketing system. Customers who don’t have computer access may order by calling 585-454-2060.

The Jazz Starts Here!

It’s that time of year again when the city’s highly anticipated Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival brings jazz lovers out of the woodwork and onto the streets and into the many venues that will feature over 200 musicians and bands.

The Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County at 115 South Avenue in Rochester NY 14604 celebrates XIRJF 2012 with free noon lunchtime concerts daily from Monday June 25 to Friday June 29!! No tickets are required! Join us at the library for performances by:

Monday, June 25th
Dan White Group

Tuesday, June 26th
Doug Stone Group  

Wednesday, June 27th
Sean Jefferson Group 

Thursday, June 28th
Bob Sneider & Friends    

Friday, June 29th
Bill Tiberio Band    

The Arts Division also celebrates XIRJF 2012 with displays of jazz books, CDs and albums. Our recorded jazz music collection is the largest in the Monroe County Library System. For those looking for great vintage sound recordings on vinyl, we have pulled out some classics that we hope you will enjoy.

For a playlist of Jazz Festival recordings that are available at the library visit our playlist blog BiblioPod.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival iPhone App

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank

Find the entire festival line-up and the schedule for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 2012

This application carries the full schedule, list of artists, venues, maps and links to buy tickets online. You’ll find concert descriptions and artists, their bios, and you can select your favorite artists and make your own agenda in the application. A search tool allows you to browse easily through concerts files or artist profiles. Download the app here.

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Magazines and Journals

The Central Library subscribes to hundreds of magazines and journals.  Current issues are shelved in the subject departments;  older issues (some going back to the nineteenth century) are kept in storage, where they are easily retrieved when requested.  Most of our magazines don’t leave the building, so the issue you need should always be here.

Click here to see a listing of the magazines in the Arts, Music and Recreation Department.

Popular titles such as  Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, Better Homes and Gardens,  and Bride’s are here, but we also have some titles that might be a surprise.

Here are some glimpses of recent issues, plus a gem from the vaults.

Artforum, January 2012. “Dark Matter” article about Chinese artist Liu Wei.

Guitar Player, April 2012. Find out what Fender Machetes and Badcat Bobcats are and why they are some of the best guitar gear of 2012.

Antiques Roadshow Insider, April 2012. Features an article on collectible comic books.

Outside, April 2012. The “wanderlist” includes a visit to Sweden’s treehotel.

Vogue January 15, 1914 featured “The latest refinements of the motor car- the liveries and duties of the chauffeur.”
Vogue January 2012 features actress Meryl Streep.