No public gigs on tap for me and GenJam, but we continue to perform for receptions and other private events. I’ve been steering inquiries to The Mid-Century Modern Jazz Quartet.
Past Gigs and Venues
Lunch Concert & Lecture
Thursday, September 23, 2021, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
Penfield Community Center, 1985 Baird Rd.
To kick off the fall Lunch & Lecture series for DEAR, we played a mini-concert, followed by an explanation of how GenJam works, including an “annotated performance” that described what GenJam was doing in real time as it interacted with Al.
Rochester Maker Faire 2019
Friday, November 22, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Saturday, November 23, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Rochester Convention Center
We once again played our annual 8-hour gig on Saturday, and this year we also did Friday’s Student S.T.E.A.M. Fest. We’ve played all the Rochester Maker Faires, going back to the first one in 2014.
Saturday, October 26, 2019, 7:30-9:30 PM
100 Alexander Street at Clinton
Starry Nites Cafe
Saturday, October 5, 2019, 7:30-10:30 PM
Saturday, June 1, 8:00-11:00 PM
696 University Avenue at Atlantic
KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival, 2019
Saturday, September 21, 5:00-6:00 PM
Little Theatre Cafe, 240 East Avenue
We’ve played at the Little for every Fringe Fest in Rochester. Al also played 2 other non-GenJam shows again this year: one with the Al Biles Quartet and the other in One Frogless Evening.
Park Avenue Arts Festival
Saturday, August 3, 2019, 10:15 AM, Oxford & Park
Sunday, August 4, 2019, 10:30 AM, Somerton & Park
We’ve been doing the Park Ave Fest for several years, and this year they once again invited us for 2 sets.
Saturday, April 27, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
GenJam & I played our last ImagineRIT, as I retired from RIT shortly thereafter. We played at every ImagineRIT from the very beginning in 2008.
Tuesday, March 26, 6:00-6:55 PM
Penn State, Behrend Campus, Erie, PA
We still get invited to give concert/lectures at academic events. Over the years we’ve done similar events at U of Rochester, Dickinson & Hamilton Colleges, Susquehanna University, Onondaga CC, and several others.
Friday, October 5, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:00-9:00 PM
100 Alexander Street at Clinton
Little Theatre Cafe
Thursday, April 14, 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM
Friday, March 4, 8:00-10:00 PM
Wednesday, February 10, 7:00-9:00 PM
240 East Avenue
RIT Admissions Open Houses
8:00-9:00 AM, Gordon Field House
We played before every open house for about 20 years, which, at 8 events per year adds up to around 150 performances. Using a wireless setup, Al wandered around playing tunes through the house sound system, and he enjoyed sitting down next to folks durning a GenJam solo and then staying there to trade fours. Talk about audience engagement! I’ll miss playing for up to 3500 folks, but I won’t miss 8:00 AM – too early for jazz.
We’ve played dozens of concerts – around Rochester, around the US, and around the world. We’ve performed in London, Milan, Aarhus, Tokyo, Toronto, Banff, Hartford, Ann Arbor, San Diego, Vegas, Frisco, Seattle, DC, and IBM’s Thomas J. Watson Research Center, to name just a few. The picture at right is from the Bad Objects concert at Rochester’s Visual Studies Workshop in 2016.
We played for Bill Destler’s presidential inauguration in 2007 and for Dave Munson’s in 2017, which made this a steady, if infrequent gig. We also played for lots of Brick City Homecomings, including the Presidential Ball, three STARfest Sci Fi conventions, and scores of receptions for graduations, conferences, alumni and other events. We even went on the road and played RIT receptions in San Jose, Palo Alto and Newark.