Jam Sessions led by Karl Stabnau & Bob Sneider

Late night jams start at 10:30 and go until...You never know who will show up to play! Led by Karl Stabnau and Bob Sneider.

  • No cover charge.
  • Food and beverages are available at The Street Craft Kitchen and Bar.
  • Free parking  from 10:30 p.m. in the South Avenue Garage (connected to the Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel) courtesy of the City of Rochester. Bring your ticket to The Street Craft Kitchen and Bar for validation. 
  • Discounts for Club Pass and ticket holders. Show your Pass or RIJF headliner ticket stub/receipt. 

Bob Sneider

Bob Sneider (Eastman School of Music Asst Prof Jazz Guitar / Sr. Instr. Eastman Community Music School)

Before joining the Eastman faculty in late 1997, Sneider toured for several years with two-time Grammy Award winner Chuck Mangione. Other notable performers with whom Sneider has performed, toured or recorded include: Nat Adderley, Joe Locke, Don Menza, Lou Donaldson, Joey Defrancesco, Pat Bianchi, Gary Versace, Pat Labarbara, Grant Stewart, Ken Peplowski, Gerry Niewood, Chris Potter, Roy McCurdy, Eric Alexander, David Hazeltine, Frank Strazzerri, Jon Faddis, Keeter Betts and frequent appearances with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops(guitar/banjo). Sneider has performed in major festivals, concert halls and jazz clubs throughout South America, Central America, North America and Europe. Sneider is a graduate of the University of Rochester where he studied with Bill Dobbins and Ramon Ricker. Growing up in Brockton, MA, Sneiders mentor and teacher was Chet Kruley - a veteran of the Fletcher Henderson, and Nat Pierce bands.

Sneider has several solo and co-led cd projects that have received rave reviews and international airplay: Introducing Bob Sneider(self produced), Out of the Darkness(Sonsofsound), duo projects with pianist Paul Hofmann - Interconnection(Sonsofsound) and Escapade(Sonsofsound) and Serve & Volley(Origin), The Bob Sneider/Joe Locke Film Noir Project - Fallen Angel(Sonsofsound) and Nocturne for Ava(Origin), All Through The Night(RIJF). Several of his students have won major jazz competitions and attended renowned institutes: YoungArts, DownBeat, Grammy National Band, The Brubeck Institute, Kennedy Center / Jazz Ahead. Bob's newest CD is co-led with his brother John: The Sneider Brothers "The Brockton Beat" - featuring Gary Versace(hammond organ), Mike Melito(drums) and Curtis Stigers(guest vocalist). Bob enjoys making music with his son Ben (trombone) and daughter Emily (French horn). 

Karl Stabnau

Award winning, jazz baritone saxophonist Karl Stabnau is hailed as a “highly versatile and valuable musician…well versed in the tradition and future of the music.” He has made a name for himself as a both a leader and a sideman having toured nationally with his own groups as well as internationally with the Grammy winning “Gil Evans Centennial Project.” Karl’s many accolades include being named “Outstanding Jazz Soloist” by DownBeat Magazine, as well as being a finalist in the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition, and leading his group “Saxophonics” to a berth in the finals of the Rochester Jazz Star competition.

Karl has been a featured performer in the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Cleveland Jazz Festival, Lewiston Jazz Festival, and the Umbria Jazz Festival in Perugia, Italy.  He has also appeared as a sideman with Lou Christie and Bobby Rydell, Tito Allen, Johnny Rivera, N’Klabe, Lalo Rodriguez, and Frankie Negron.

Growing up in Rochester, NY, Karl played both alto and tenor saxophone before discovering his love for the baritone saxophone. His early influences spanned everything from big band jazz to gospel and R&B to classic oldies. During this time he earned numerous state-wide solo performance honors, was a featured artist with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and a member of the national award winning “Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra.” He went on to receive a Bachelor of Jazz Performance and a Master’s in Music Education from the renowned Eastman School of Music before completing a Master’s in Music Business from Syracuse University.

Karl has studied with Ray Ricker, Walt Weiskopf, Jose Encarnacion and Chien-Kwan Lin, Bruce Johnstone and Joe Temperley. While at Eastman, Karl was a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble, Studio Orchestra and Eastman Jazz Ensemble where he performed with Marvin Stamm, Gary Foster, Jeff Beal, Dave Glasser, Dick Oatts, Pat LaBarbera, Adam Niewood, Lew Soloff, and Chuck Mangione.

Besides being recognized as a “gifted improviser” on alto, tenor and baritone saxophone, Karl is in demand as a woodwind specialist adding flute, clarinet and bass clarinet to his impressive list of instruments. He has played in numerous professional and community theatre productions including West Side Story, Babes in ArmsDamn YankeesBeauty and the Beast, and The Music Man.

In addition to his active performing career, Karl also enjoys teaching. He maintains a private studio, teaching both classical and jazz saxophone, and is on faculty at SUNY Brockport College as director of jazz ensembles. During the summer, Karl teaches saxophone and improvisation at the Birch Creek Summer Jazz Camp in Egg Harbor, WI.