Save the date! "Jazz is Ugly... Jazz is Beautiful" Showcase and Panel Discussion


A benefit festival supporting the Institute for Creative Music

Saturday, April 4th 2:00pm–10:00pm

Bop Shop Records

1460 Monroe Avenue

Bop Shop Records, Bop Arts, Inc., and the Institute for Creative Music (IfCM) present a day-long music festival and symposium on Saturday, April 4th. This benefit event celebrates the Institute for Creative Music’s mission of promoting improvisation in music education through performances, a participatory workshop, and a panel discussion.  

Featured ensembles will showcase prominent local and regional professionals playing original and improvised music.  Student groups of up-and-coming jazz talents from the Rochester area will also play at the event. 

For detailed information on all of our performers, visit the detail page.

Full Event Schedule:

2pm-2:45pm - Laura Dubin and Antonio Guerrero

Piano and Drums Duet

2:55-3:40pm - Bill Tiberio Band

Musical selections that straddle the divide between straight-ahead and pop-oriented jazz

3:50-4:20pm - SOTA Combo

Directed by Doug Stone

4:30-5:15pm - Doug Stone & Friends

Original music by saxophonist Doug Stone

5:25-6:10pm - IfCM Collective

A showcase sextet of Teaching Artists from the Institute for Creative Music

6:15-7:00pm - Symposium

Bop Arts, Inc. will facilitate a panel discussion including Tom Kohn from Bop Shop Records and special guests Angie Sanchez and Omar Tamez, giving insight into creating and performing jazz in the 21st century.

7:10-7:40pm - Fairport HS Combo

Directed by Bill Tiberio

7:50-8:35pm - Aaron Staebell

“Energized and eclectic, a weirdo you won’t want to miss.” —Toronto Star"

8:45-9:15pm - Harley School Combo

Directed by Mike Kaupa

9:30pm - Nick Finzer's Ten Year Suite

A new dectet work by trombonist and composer Nick Finzer commissioned by the IfCM


"JAZZ is UGLY...JAZZ is BEAUTIFUL" will also provide an opportunity to sample an improvisation workshop like those that the Institute for Creative Music provides for students around the Rochester area and beyond through drop-in workshops and multi-day residencies.

A minimum donation of $10 is requested, with all proceeds going directly to the Institute for Creative Music in order to provide school and community groups with opportunities to participate in creative music-making.  For more information, call Chris Teal (509-230-0688) and visit

Contact: Chris Teal, IfCM co-Director (509) 230-0688

Tom Kohn, Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts, Inc (585) 271-3354