Jazz Fest

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Jazz Fest 2016: What's FREE at the fest

100 free concerts at 7 venues

Posted By on Wed, Jun 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The Xerox Rochester International JazzFestivalis already great because of the musicians that will be there, but it's even better when some of those shows are free. Although tickets are required for admission into the Club Pass shows and Kodak Hall, there are seven venues and 100 shows open to the public at no cost -- other than maybe letting your shorter friends sit on your shoulders.

These venues do tend to fill up quickly, so be sure to arrive early (and also be kind to those aforementioned smaller crowd-goers). For the most up to date information on schedules and lineup changes, check out the festival's website at rochesterjazz.com, and keep up with City Newspaper on our Twitter page @roccitynews.



Venues

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (115 South Avenue) Free shows June 27-July 1

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (Gibbs Street at East Avenue) Free music daily

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Free shows June 24-25, July 1-2

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (corner of Main Street and Gibbs) Free shows daily at 6 p.m.

City of Rochester Midtown Stage (corner of East Main Street and Andrew Langston Way) Free shows July 2

Avangrid Foundation / RG&E Fusion Stage (corner of East Ave. & Chestnut St.) Free shows June 26-30

Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown (70 State Street) Free jam sessions nightly at 10:30 p.m.




Friday, June 24

3:45 p.m.: Harley School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Pittsford Mendon HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Hilton HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Prime Time Brass (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Latin Jazz & Junior Jazz (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Toronto Community Soul Project (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: John Mooney & Bluesiana (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Fitz & The Tantrums (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: John Mooney & Bluesiana (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Saturday, June 25

3:45 p.m.: Gates-Chili HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Honeoye Falls Lima HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: 78RPM Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combo W/ Bob Sneider & Mike Kaupa (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: John Mooney & Bluesiana (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Toronto Community Soul Project (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Toronto Community Soul Project (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Sunday, June 26

3:45 p.m.: Penfield HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Pittsford Sutherland HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ESM Honors Performance Unit 1 (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Penfield Rotary Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Madeleine McQueen and the Breeze (RG&E Fusion Stage)

7:30 p.m.: CNY Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Madeleine McQueen (RG&E Fusion Stage)

9:30 p.m.: CNY Jazz Orchestra (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Monday, June 27

12:00 p.m.: Mel Henderson Trio (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshop for Young Music Students with Gwyneth Herbert (Eastman School of Music Room 120)

3:45 p.m.: Greece Olympia HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Newark HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Canandaigua HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ESM Honors Performance Unit 2 (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Brockport Big Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band (RG&E Fusion Stage)

7:30 p.m.: RIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance Directed by Jeff Campbell (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band (RG&E Fusion Stage)

9:30 p.m.: RIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance Directed by Jeff Campbell (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Tuesday, June 28

12:00 p.m.: Karl Stabnau (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshops for Young Music Students with Christine Tobin (Eastman School of Music Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: Greece Athena HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Bloomfield HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: New Energy Jazz Orchestra (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: New Horizons Big Band (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Marc Silver (RG&E Fusion Stage)

7:30 p.m.: ESM Youth Jazz Orchestra + Music Educators Big Band + New Horizons Big Band (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Marc Silver (RG&E Fusion Stage)

9:30 p.m.: ESM Youth Jazz Orchestra + Music Educators Big Band + New Horizons Big Band (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)





Wednesday, June 29

12:00 p.m.: Rod Blumenau (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshops for Young Music Students with Mammal Hands (Eastman School of Music Room 120)

3:45 p.m.: 12 Corners Middle School Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Eastridge HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Webster Thomas HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ESM-XRIJF Scholarships Alumni (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: EYOJ (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Danielle Ponder (RG&E Fusion Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Nikki Hill (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Danielle Ponder (RG&E Fusion Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Nikki Hill (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Thursday, June 30

12:00 p.m.: Hannah Walpole (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshops for Young Music Students with LeuwenSteffan (Eastman School of Music Room 120)

3:45 p.m.: Buckman Heights Elementary Band (Jazz Street Stage)

4:30 p.m.: Brockport HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:30 p.m.: Spencerport HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Saxology 1 & 2 Jazz Bones (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Calle Uno (RG&E Fusion Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Soul Stew (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Calle Uno (RG&E Fusion Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Soul Stew (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Friday, July 1

12:00 p.m.: Herb Smith (Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshops for Young Music Students with Matthew Halsall (Eastman School of Music Room 120)

4:30 p.m.: Fairport HS Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: Monroe Community College Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Greece Jazz Band (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combo with Mike Kaupa & Paul Hofmann (Jazz Street Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Denis Parker & the Modern Saints (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Los Lonely Boys (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Denis Parker & the Modern Saints (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)




Saturday, July 2

4:30 p.m.: Nazareth College Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

5:15 p.m.: School of the Arts Jazz Band (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: ESM Honors Performance Unit 3 (Jazz Street Stage)

6:00 p.m.: Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra (Rochester Regional Health Big Tent)

7:00 p.m.: Lucky Chops (Midtown Stage)

7:00 p.m.: Denis Parker & the Modern Saints (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

7:30 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap (Jazz Street Stage)

9:00 p.m.: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue (Midtown Stage)

9:00 p.m.: The Wood Brothers (East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage)

9:30 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap (Jazz Street Stage)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown)


Get more reviews and information with CITY's Daily Jazz Blogs, updated every day of the festival!




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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jazz Fest 2016: Meet City's jazz bloggers

Get to know Ron, Frank, Daniel, and Jake

Posted on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Ron Netsky

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My real job is chairman of the art department at Nazareth College, but I've been writing about jazz for City since the late-1990's. My love of music can be traced to the people I grew up with: my uncle was a Broadway composer; my twin brother, Steve, is a songwriter; and my younger brother, Hankus, is a jazz and Klezmer musician. I can still hear the sound of Hankus playing "Mode For Joe" on the alto saxophone in our house in Philadelphia.

I love all kinds of music, but one of my most favorite is hard-bop jazz. So during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, I'm looking forward to artists like John Scofield and Joe Lovano (as the Scofield-Lovano Quartet), Russell Malone, and Helen Sung. But I also love the mystery of some of the more out-there acts who can usually be found at the Lutheran Church, so Mikkel Ploug Equilibrium and Ikiz Cabin Crew are also on my list.

Frank De Blase

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My name is Frank De Blase and I write about music for City -- been doing it for 16 years. It's rather tricky, I tell ya. Frank Zappa once said, "Writing about music is like dancing to architecture."

I shy away from the title "critic" because I see my job as more instigating a conversation: opening a dialogue with people from the passionate to the die-hard, from the gonzo to the rabid. Where do you fit in to that list? I don't just love music and what it means to us all, I need it; I gotta have it, man. So for me the Jazz Festival is a kind of downtown junky parade of people wallowing in each other's soundtrack, sharing, debating, and lapping it up.

This year I've intentionally set my focus on those I know little about. I've got some preliminary background and such, but other than that, I'm in their hands. I'm looking to add a few new favorites to the merry-go-round in my head. We all look and listen to music differently and my view certainly isn't the only one, so I invite you to start a dialogue with a stranger.

Feel free to comment on my daily blog -- agree, disagree, tell me I'm full of shit, or how much you liked my Hawaiian shirt collection I plan on showing off. Of you can simply come down and enjoy what I like to refer to as the most wonderful time of the year. Happy Jazz Fest.

Daniel J. Kushner

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What I love most about experiencing live music is the ability to embrace revelatory moments: discovering a new artist, or hearing clever combinations of style and aesthetics that challenge my thoughts about genre.

The Jazz Festival offers a seemingly infinite number of these moments. I tend to gravitate to the venues where formal composition can collide with free improvisation and classical and jazz meld in unexpected ways, which is why you'll be able to find me at Christ Church for Alexander Hawkins Group and Mammal Hands, and checking out at the consistently intriguing Nordic Jazz series at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation.

I'm particularly looking forward to hearing prolific sonic auteurs and upright bassists Avishai Cohen and Mats Eilertsen in their individual sets. And if you're interested in funky party bands that incorporate healthy doses of Afrobeat and North Indian music, respectively, Emefe and Red Baraat are not to be missed.

This is my second consecutive year covering the Jazz Festival for City Newspaper, and I'll be live-tweeting from the shows @danieljkushner.

Jake Clapp

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As City's Arts & Entertainment editor, I'll spend a lot of my time in the next week coordinating coverage -- and burning the midnight oil posting the great blogs our reviewers send in. But I'm hoping to squeeze in as many Jazz Fest shows as I possibly can.

This will be my third Jazz Fest, and if the last two summers have taught me anything, it's to soak up as much music as nine days will allow. While Ron, Frank, and Daniel carry the majority of City's coverage, I'm excited to fill in the cracks with a diverse group of artists, from a little Cajun and Zydeco -- I need a taste of my home state, Louisiana -- with The Revelers and Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers to gypsy jazz bands like Rhythm Future Quartet. If you have any tips on who I should check out this year, connect with me on Twitter @jake_clapp.

I'll be up until the wee hours of the morning posting all of our Jazz Blogs and photos, so that you have something to read while enjoying your coffee and bagel in the morning. But we want to know what you think. Join the conversation by leaving your comments on the blogs, posting them to Facebook, or Tweeting us at @roccitynews.

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Jazz 101

Ron Netsky offers a crash course into the world of jazz

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 4:00 AM

Now in its 15th year, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival has become the most highly anticipated yearly musical orgy in Upstate New York. We have nine days to indulge in every kind of music, from free street concerts by national acts to $100-plus seats at the ritzy Kodak Hall.

During the course of the larger event, there are actually several festivals going on: the avant-garde festival at the Lutheran Church; the get-up-and-dance festival in the Big Tent; and the pop festival on the outdoor stages. But what about the music at the very core, the music in the XRIJF's name: jazz?

Even hip comedians like Bill Maher make jokes about the ability of jazz to put people to sleep, but if you learn to appreciate it, jazz is about as fascinating as music can get.

The are similarities between jazz and classical music. Composers like Beethoven and Mozart surely improvised during the composing process. When they found a great melody they wrote it down, but when performing at the piano, Beethoven and others were known for playing improvised cadenzas.

Jazz artists dare to improvise right on the stage, right in front of an audience. They find great melodies all the time but they don't write them down; they just move on. In fact, legend has it that when someone transcribed a John Coltrane solo created in the moment, and later, put the written music in front of Coltrane, he couldn't play it.

The similarities continue in the rock world. Artists like the Doors, known for long and imaginative solos on guitar and organ, acknowledged that they were influenced by the modal chord structures and improvisation of jazz players like Coltrane, Miles Davis, and others. When Prince played his famous guitar solo on "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was improvising over George Harrison's chords.

Jazz players are every bit as virtuosic as classical pianist Evgeny Kissin and rock guitarist Jimmy Page. In fact, they seem to weave their solos so beautifully, you might think it's easy. There are the rare Mozart-level geniuses -- like Joey Alexander, the 12-year-old wunderkind who dazzled us at last year's festival and will open for Chick Corea at this year's -- but most jazz players not only know their theory inside and out, they practice for countless hours to achieve mastery.

Up on that stage all of that knowledge and practice is put to work as the piece unfolds. There's usually a head -- a melody to start things off and maybe end with -- but the middle section is filled with chorus after chorus of improvisation. Even seasoned players want to explore new territories in their solos. And, while it might not always equal the cut-throat sessions of a 1950's after-hours jazz club, there is still a healthy competition between players.

Here's how saxophone great Sonny Rollins described soloing to me when he played at an earlier festival: "I learn the melody," Rollins says. "Then I also learn the chords, the harmonic structure of the song. I learn everything about the words, the way the song goes. Then I forget it. You never really forget it, but what I'm trying to say is you don't really think about it because in the art of improvisation there's no time to think. Things are happening too fast.

"Sometimes when you start playing, you may be distracted by the audience -- there's a pretty girl in the front row or something. But when I get into it everything goes and you are sort of in a trance-like state. This is the state where one wants to be. This is where you want to let the music play itself."

In the spirit of an improvised solo, jazz has never stood still. To vastly oversimplify it, the ragtime of the early 20th century gave way to boogie-woogie and other styles. By the 1930's, swing was king only to be supplanted by bebop in the 1940's. Cool jazz and hard bop ruled the 1950's while the avant-garde and soul jazz emerged in the 1960's.

Since the advent of jazz-rock fusion in the 1970's, the music has moved in many different directions including world music, afrobeat, smooth jazz, jazz-rap, electronic jazz, and so on. In any given year, almost all of the above can be found at the XRIJF.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jazz Festival announces 2016 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The Rochester International Jazz Festival today announced new details and the full lineup of its 2016 festival, including 235 shows in its Club Pass series, six headliner shows, and a record 99 free shows and events. The festival's 15th edition will take place June 24 through July 2 in Rochester's East End.

Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue was announced as the festival's final headliner, performing a free show on Saturday, July 2, at 9 p.m., on a new City of Rochester Midtown stage, located in the Midtown redevelopment site. Trombone Shorty joins previously announced headliners Chick Corea with Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Gregg Allman, Erykah Badu, and Grace Potter.

Other free shows include Fitz & The Tantrums (Friday, June 24), Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen (Saturday, June 25), Los Lonely Boys (Friday, July 1), and The Wood Brothers (Saturday, July 2), all performing on the East Avenue and Chestnut Street stage.

Additions and changes to this year's festival include a new "Oh, Canada!" series at The Rochester Club featuring bands and performers from across Canada; the Squeezers Stage will now be located at Anthology Music Hall (336 East Avenue); a 3-day Club Pass option is available; and a line process will be implemented to reduce wait times at Kilbourn Hall and Max of Eastman Place.

In the first price increase in eight years, admission to Club Pass venues at the door will be raised to $30, and $35 for Kilbourn Hall.

Club Passes and tickets for headliners are available online at rochesterjazz.com, or by calling 454-2060. The Festival Ticket Shop will open in early June at the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street. The 9-day Club Pass is $204 (plus service charges); the 3-day Club Pass, which offers access to shows on any three days of choice, is $154 (plus service charges).

Check back to City Newspaper as more details become available. And look below for the full list of this year's Rochester International Jazz Festival performers.

Friday, June 24

3:45 p.m. Harley School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

4:30 p.m. Pittsford Mendon HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. Hilton HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Brecker Brothers Band Reunion Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Paul Hofmann Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. Rhythm Future Quartet Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. Catherine Russell Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Quinn Bachand's Brishen Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:00 p.m. Prime Time Brass Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. ECMS Latin Jazz & Junior Jazz City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:15 p.m. Sarah McKenzie Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Scofield - Lovano Quartet Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Lorna Reid Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Driftwood Little Theatre

7:00 p.m. Toronto Community Soul Project City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health &

7:15 p.m. Brecker Brothers Band Reunion Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. MikkelPloug Equilibrium Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. John Mooney & Bluesiana City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:45 p.m. Davina and The Vagabonds Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Paul Hofmann Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:00 p.m. Grace Potter Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre

8:30 p.m. Polyrhythmics Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Lorna Reid Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Catherine Russell Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:00 p.m. Fitz & The Tantrums City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health &

9:00 p.m. Scofield - Lovano Quartet Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:15 p.m. Driftwood Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. MikkelPloug Equilibrium Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:30 p.m. John Mooney & Bluesiana City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:45 p.m. Davina and The Vagabonds Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Polyrhythmics Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Quinn Bachand'sBrishen Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:00 p.m. Rhythm Future Quartet Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Sarah McKenzie Max of Eastman Place

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Saturday, June 25

3:45 p.m. Gates-Chili HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

4:30 p.m. Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. Honeoye Falls Lima HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Kandace Springs Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Jon Ballantyne Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. Makoto Ozone & Tommy Smith Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:00 p.m. 78RPM Big Band Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. Alicia Olatuja Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. ECMS Jazz Combo W/Bob Sneider & Mike Kaupa City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:15 p.m. Quinn Bachand'sBrishen Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Sarah McKenzie Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Phil Robson Trio Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Roses & Revolutions Little Theatre

7:00 p.m. John Mooney & Bluesiana City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Wegmans

7:15 p.m. Kandace Springs Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Mats Eilertsen Trio Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. Toronto Community Soul Project City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:45 p.m. Junior Brown Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Jon Ballantyne Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:00 p.m. Erykah Badu Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre

8:30 p.m. The Congress Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Phil Robson Trio Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Sarah McKenzie Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Makoto Ozone & Tommy Smith Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:00 p.m. Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Wegmans

9:15 p.m. Roses & Revolutions Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Mats Eilertsen Trio Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:30 p.m. Toronto Community Soul Project City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:45 p.m. Junior Brown Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Alicia Olatuja Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Quinn Bachand's Brishen Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. The Congress Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Sunday, June 26

3:45 p.m. Penfield HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

4:30 p.m. Pittsford Sutherland HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Eric Lindell Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Eldar Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. ESM Honors Performance Unit 1 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Penfield Rotary Big Band ochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. John Abercrombie Organ Trio with Gary Versace & Adam Nussbaum Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. Pedrito Martinez Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Jon Ballantyne Trio Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:15 p.m. Charles Ruggiero's "As Heard on TV" Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Elio Villafranca Trio Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Alexander Hawkins Group Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Julia Vari RG&E Spirit Stage

7:00 p.m. The Majestics Little Theatre

7:15 p.m. Eric Lindell Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Arild Andersen Trio Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. CNY Jazz Orchestra City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundatio

7:45 p.m. Eldar Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

7:45 p.m. Kandace Springs Squeezers Stage at Anthology

8:30 p.m. Velvet Caravan Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Alexander Hawkins Group Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Pedrito Martinez Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:00 p.m. Elio Villafranca Trio Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Julia Vari RG&E Spirit Stage

9:15 p.m. The Majestics Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. CNY Jazz Orchestra City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:30 p.m. Arild Andersen Trio Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:45 p.m. Kandace Springs Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. John Abercrombie Organ Trio with Gary Versace & Adam Nussbaum Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Charles Ruggiero's "As Heard on TV" Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. Velvet Caravan Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Jon Ballantyne Trio Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Monday, June 27

12:00 p.m. Mel Henderson Trio Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

3:45 p.m. Greece Olympia HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

4:30 p.m. Newark HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. Canandaigua HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Lizz Wright Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Elio Villafranca Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. ESM Honors Performance Unit 2 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Rodriguez Brothers Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. Brockport Big Band Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. Nicholas Payton Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Elizabeth Shepherd Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:15 p.m. Lafayette Suite Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Moscow Jazz Orchestra Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Gwyneth Herbert Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Scott Neumann Spin Cycle Little Theatre

7:00 p.m. Bill Tiberio Band RG&E Spirit Stage

7:15 p.m. Lizz Wright Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Mika Pohjola Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. RIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance Directed by Jeff Campbell City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:45 p.m. Judith Hill Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Elio Villafranca Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:30 p.m. The Revelers Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Gwyneth Herbert Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Nicholas Payton Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:00 p.m. Moscow Jazz Orchestra Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Bill Tiberio Band RG&E Spirit Stage

9:15 p.m. Scott Neumann Spin Cycle Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Mika Pohjola Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:30 p.m. RIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance Directed by Jeff Campbell City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:45 p.m. Judith Hill Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Lafayette Suite Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. The Revelers Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Elizabeth Shepherd Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:00 p.m. Rodriguez Brothers Montage Music Hall

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Tuesday, June 28

12:00 p.m. Karl Stabnau Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

4:30 p.m. Greece Athena HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. Bloomfield HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Bria Skonberg Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Robert Rodriguez Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. New Energy Jazz Orchestra Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. Nacka Forum Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Mike Murley Trio Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:00 p.m. New Horizons Big Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Igor Butman Quartet Montage Music Hall

6:15 p.m. Gwyneth Herbert Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Dan Brubeck Quartet Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Christine Tobin Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Pete McCann Quartet Little Theatre

7:00 p.m. Marc Silver RG&E Spirit Stage

7:15 p.m. Bria Skonberg Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. ESM Youth Jazz Orchestra + Music Educators Big Band + New Horizons Big Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:30 p.m. Ikiz Cabin Crew Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:45 p.m. Djabe Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Robert Rodriguez Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:00 p.m. Chick Corea "Trilogy" Trio with special guest Joey Alexander Trio Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre

8:30 p.m. Major & the Monbacks Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Christine Tobin Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Dan Brubeck Quartet Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Marc Silver RG&E Spirit Stage

9:00 p.m. Nacka Forum Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:15 p.m. Pete McCann Quartet Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Ikiz Cabin Crew Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:30 p.m. ESM Youth Jazz Orchestra + Music Educators Big Band + New Horizons Big Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:45 p.m. Djabe Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Mike Murley Trio Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:00 p.m. Igor Butman Quartet Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Gwyneth Herbert Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. Major & the Monbacks Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Wednesday, June 29

12:00 p.m. Gabe Condon Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

3:45 p.m. 12 Corners Middle School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

4:30 p.m. Eastridge HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. Webster Thomas HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Avishai Cohen Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Bruce Barth Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. ESM-XRIJF Scholarships Alumni City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Tia Brazda Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. Russell Malone Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Marianne Trudel Trio + Special Guest Ingrid Jensen Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:00 p.m. EYOJ Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:15 p.m. Jumaane Smith Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Djabe Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Mammal Hands Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Danielle Ponder RG&E Spirit Stage

7:00 p.m. Trio East Little Theatre

7:15 p.m. Avishai Cohen Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Nacka Forum Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. Nikki Hill City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:45 p.m. Bruce Barth Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

7:45 p.m. Soil & "Pimp" Sessions Squeezers Stage at Anthology

8:00 p.m. Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre

8:30 p.m. Johannes Linstead - Guitar of Fire! Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Mammal Hands Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Russell Malone Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:00 p.m. Djabe Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Danielle Ponder RG&E Spirit Stage

9:15 p.m. Trio East Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Nikki Hill City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:30 p.m. Nacka Forum Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:45 p.m. Soil & "Pimp" Sessions Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Tia Brazda Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Jumaane Smith Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. Johannes Linstead - Guitar of Fire! Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Marianne Trudel Trio + Special Guest Ingrid Jensen Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Thursday, June 30

12:00 p.m. Hannah Walpole Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

3:45 p.m. Buckman Heights Elementary Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

4:30 p.m. Brockport HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Lenny White's Present Tense Harro East Ballroom

5:30 p.m. Spencerport HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:45 p.m. Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. Jacky Terrasson Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. ECMS Saxology 1 & 2 Jazz Bones City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Jamison Ross Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. Jeff Johnston & Friends Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:15 p.m. Lauren Sevian Quartet Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Claudia Quintet Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Lleuwen Steffan Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Dave Rivello Ensemble Little Theatre

7:00 p.m. Calle Uno RG&E Spirit Stage

7:15 p.m. Lenny White's Present Tense Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Soul Stew City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:30 p.m. Cortex Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:45 p.m. Rai Thistlethwayte Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:00 p.m. Chris Botti Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatr

8:30 p.m. Emefe Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Lleuwen Steffan Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Jamison Ross Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:00 p.m.Claudia Quintet Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Calle Uno RG&E Spirit Stage

9:15 p.m. Dave Rivello Ensemble Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Soul Stew City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:30 p.m. Cortex Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:45 p.m. Rai Thistlethwayte Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Jacky Terrasson Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Lauren Sevian Quartet Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. Emefe Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Jeff Johnston & Friends Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Friday, July 1

12:00 p.m. Herb Smith Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County

4:30 p.m. Fairport HS Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. Monroe Community College Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Red Baraat Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Helen Sung Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. Curtis Stigers Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:00 p.m. Pugs and Crows Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:00 p.m. Greece Jazz Band Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. ECMS Jazz Combo W/Mike Kaupa & Paul Hofmann City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Emefe Montage Music Hall

6:15 p.m. Cyrille Aimee Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Flat Earth Society Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Mingo Fishtrap City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health &

7:00 p.m. Ben Monder Little Theatre

7:15 p.m. Red Baraat Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Tord Gustavsen Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. Denis Parker & the Modern Saints City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:45 p.m. Orgone Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Helen Sung Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:00 p.m. Gregg Allman Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre

8:30 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Flat Earth Society Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Los Lonely Boys City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health &

9:00 p.m. Curtis Stigers Kilbourn Hall, ESM

9:15 p.m. Ben Monder Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Tord Gustavsen Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:30 p.m. Denis Parker & the Modern Saints City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:45 p.m. Orgone Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Pugs and Crows Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:00 p.m. Emefe Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Cyrille Aimee Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

Saturday, July 2

4:30 p.m. Nazareth College Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:15 p.m. School of the Arts Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

5:30 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m. Brian Dickinson Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

6:00 p.m. Mike Herriott Quartet Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

6:00 p.m. ESM Honors Performance Unit 3 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

6:00 p.m. Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

6:00 p.m. Helen Sung Quartet Montage Music Hall

6:00 p.m. Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience Kilbourn Hall, ESM

6:15 p.m. Tia Fuller Quartet Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m. Laura Dubin Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

6:45 p.m. Oli Rockberger Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

7:00 p.m. Lucky Chops City of Rochester Midtown Stage Presented By Rochester Regional Health & Heluva Good!

7:00 p.m. Denis Parker & the Modern Saints City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health &

7:00 p.m. Jacob's Cattle Little Theatre

7:15 p.m. Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m. Flat Earth Society Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

7:30 p.m. Mingo Fishtrap City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

7:45 p.m. Takuya Kuroda Squeezers Stage at Anthology

7:45 p.m. Brian Dickinson Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:30 p.m. Orgone Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

8:45 p.m. Oli Rockberger Christ Church - Made In The UK Series

9:00 p.m. Laura Dubin Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

9:00 p.m. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue City of Rochester Midtown Stage Presented By Rochester Regional Health & Heluva Good!

9:00 p.m. The Wood Brothers City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health &

9:00 p.m. Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience

9:15 p.m. Jacob's Cattle Little Theatre

9:30 p.m. Flat Earth Society Lutheran Church of the Reformation - Nordic Jazz Now Series

9:30 p.m. Mingo FishtrapCity of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation

9:45 p.m. Takuya Kuroda Squeezers Stage at Anthology

10:00 p.m. Helen Sung Quartet Montage Music Hall

10:00 p.m. Tia Fuller Quartet Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m. Orgone Rochester Regional Health Big Tent

10:00 p.m. Mike Herriott Quartet Rochester Club - Oh Canada! Series

10:30 p.m. Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Jazz Fest announces last two headliners

Bruce Hornsby and Gregg Allman join the 2016 festival

Posted By on Tue, Feb 23, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The Rochester International Jazz Festival announced today the last two headliner acts for the 2016 festival. Bandleader and pianist Bruce Hornsby and Southern rocker Gregg Allman have joined the 15th edition of the festival, which will take place June 24 through July 2.

Hornsby -- who will perform with his band, The Noisemakers, on Wednesday, June 29 -- and Allman, who will perform on Friday, July 1, round out the headliner lineup that was announced in January. Grace Potter, Erykah Badu, Chris Botti, and Chick Corea will all perform in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets for Hornsby and Allman go on sale Friday, February 26, 10 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com, or by phone at 454-2060. Tickets for Hornsby are $55-$95, and prices for Allman are $65-$105.

Tickets to performances by the other headliners are already on sale.

The full Rochester International Jazz Festival lineup, including the Club Pass Series and free shows, will be announced on Tuesday, March 22.

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Jazz Fest announces four headliners

Festival's 15th edition will start June 24

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 4:00 AM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival this morning announced four headliners for its 15th edition. The 2016 festival will take place across nine days, June 24 to July 2.

Singer-songwriter and Nocturnals frontperson Grace Potter will headline the festival's opening night. Neo-soul icon Erykah Badu will perform Saturday, June 25. Jazz pianist and 22-time Grammy winner Chick Corea will perform Tuesday, June 28, with his "Trilogy" trio and special guest Joey Alexander -- the 12-year-old pianist who appeared at the 2015 festival. And trumpeter Chris Botti will return to the festival on Thursday, June 30.

All above headliner performances will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs Street. Tickets for these performances will go on sale Friday, January 29, at 10 a.m. Online at rochesterjazz.com, or by calling 454-2060.

Tickets for Grace Potter are $55-$95; Erykah Badu is $70-$105; Corea's performance with Alexander is $40-$75; and tickets for Chris Botti are $55-$105.

Club Passes -- both the new 3-day passes (for $154) and traditional 9-day passes (for $204) -- are now on sale.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

XRIJF announces full 2015 lineup

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 4:00 AM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival today announced the full lineup for its 2015 festival, which will run June 19 through June 27.

More than 1500 artists will perform during the festival's 14th edition, including The Steve Gadd Band, which was announced as the final headliner show. Drummer Steve Gadd is a Rochester native and will celebrate his 70th birthday with a performance in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday, June 26, at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 27, at 10 a.m. Go online at rochesterjazz.com or call 454-2060. Prices range from $64 to $104 plus service charges.

The festival previously announced its other headliners: Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson, Gary Clark Jr., Herb Alpert with Lani Hall, Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Other major artists on this year's lineup include Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (back for a fifth appearance, and a free performance), Stanley Clarke, Antonio Sanchez, Cecile McLorinSalvant, Saxofour, Wood Brothers, Grace Kelly, The Mavericks (free performance), Blood Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice (free performance), and Los Lonely Boys (free performance).

This year's festival will include a record 93 free shows and events across its nine days.

XRIJF also announced a new Club Pass venue for this year's festival: in the First Church of Christ, Scientist building on East Avenue. The 1000-capacity concert venue will feature acoustic-only, solo shows daily, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., from Sunday, June 21, through Thursday, June 25.

New this year as well is the Squeezers Roots & Americana Stage at the Sibley Building, which the Festival announced last October. The Club Pass venue, on the building's second floor, will feature two shows nightly (7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.).

Other changes this year: Harro East Ballroom will be open for two additional nights with two shows nightly all nine days. Rochester Regional Health System Big Tent will host free 6 p.m. shows with regional big bands (8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows are still $20 at the door or accessed with a Club Pass). A new smartphone app will be released in May. The Gerry Niewood Scholarship Concert is free on Monday, June 22, at 8 p.m. and will feature the Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins.

Due to construction of the Inner Loop, there is no stage at Alexander Street and East Avenue, and those concerts have been added to the Chestnut Street Stage. And there will be a series of five structured jazz workshops for grade school and high school students on June 22 through June 26.

For more information or to purchase tickets and Club Passes, go to rochesterjazz.com.

A list of the 2015 artists follows. All performances are part of the Club Pass schedule unless otherwise noted as a free show or a ticketed headlining show:

Friday, June 19 Schedule

5:30 p.m.: The New Mastersounds Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Plays Strayhorn Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Cecile McLorin Salvant Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: The Rad Trads Montage

6:00 p.m.: David Gibson's Boom Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Prime Time Brass RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Kavita Shah Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Ranee Lee & Strings Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Anthony Strong Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Goodbyemotel Little Theatre

7:00 p.m.: Spectra East Ave & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:15 p.m.: The New Mastersounds Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Music Music Music Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: The Hillbenders Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Plays Strayhorn Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Diana Krall Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Jelly Bread RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Anthony Strong Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: The Mavericks East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:00 p.m.: Ranee Lee & Strings Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Goodbyemotel Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Music Music Music Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: The Hillbenders Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Cecile McLorin Salvant Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Kavita Shah Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: The Rad Trads Montage

10:00 p.m. David Gibson's Boom Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Jelly Bread RRHS Big Tent



Saturday, June 20, Schedule

5:30 p.m.: Grace Kelly Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Joey Alexander Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Benny Green Trio Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Jeremy Pelt Quartet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Nancy Kelly Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: 78 RPM Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Eric Revis Trio Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Andrew McCormack Christ Church

7:00 p.m. Goodbyemotel East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:00 p.m.: Chet Catallo & The Cats Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Grace Kelly Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: The Splendor Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: The Honeycutters Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Joey Alexander Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Herb Alpert & Lani Hall Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: The Rad Trads RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Andrew McCormack Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Eric Revis Trio Xerox Auditorium

9:00 p.m.: Blood Sweat & Tears with Bo Bice East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:15 p.m.: Chet Catallo & The Cats Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: The Splendor Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: The Honeycutters Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Benny Green Trio Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Jeremy Pelt Quartet Montage

10:00 p.m. Nancy Kelly Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: The Rad Trads RRHS Big Tent



Sunday, June 21, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Joey Alexander Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Soul Rebels Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Benny Green Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Tessa Souter Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: New West Guitar Group Montage

6:00 p.m.: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Penfield Rotary Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Kneebody Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Raul Midon Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Brian Molley Quartet Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Soul Rebels Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Nils Berg Cinemasope Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Shannon & Barrett Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Benny Green Hatch Recital Hall

8:30 p.m.: Stephane Wrembel RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Brian Molley Quartet Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Raul Midon Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Nils Berg Cinemasope Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Shannon & Barrett Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Tessa Souter Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Kneebody Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: New West Guitar Group Montage

10:00 p.m. Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Stephane Wrembel RRHS Big Tent



Monday, June 22, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Raul Midon Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Jon Regen Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Bob Albanese Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Joe Locke Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Montage

6:00 p.m.: Harkness Herriott Duo Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Jack Allen Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Such Sweet Thunder Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Trio Red Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Saxofour Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Jon Regen Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Eivind Opsvik Overseas Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Blue Highway Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Bob Albanese Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: "Miles Davis Electric Project" Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Free)

8:30 p.m.: Soul Rebels RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Trio Red Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Such Sweet Thunder Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Saxofour Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Eivind Opsvik Overseas Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Blue Highway Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Joe Locke Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Montage

10:00 p.m. Harkness Herriott Duo Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Soul Rebels RRHS Big Tent



Tuesday, June 23, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Kenny Werner Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Holly Cole Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: George Colligan Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Fred Hersch Trio Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Moutin Factory Quintet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Gap Mangione Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: New Energy Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Trio Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Harry Allen Quartet Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Cloudmakers Trio Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Interzone Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Holly Cole Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Julia Hulsmann Trio Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Rob & Trey Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: George Colligan Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Gary Clark Jr. & Beth Hart Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Dirk Quinn Band RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Cloudmakers Trio Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Harry Allen Quartet Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Interzone Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Julia Hulsmann Trio Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Rob & Trey Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Fred Hersch Trio Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Trio Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Moutin Factory Quintet Montage

10:00 p.m. Gap Mangione Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Dirk Quinn Band RRHS Big Tent



Wednesday, June 24, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Fred Hersch Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Antonio Sanchez & Migration Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Mitch Froman Latin Jazz Quartet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Igancio Berroa & Hilario Duran Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Brockport Community Big Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Julia Biel Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Omer Avital QuintetXerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Troyka Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Roddy Elias Trio Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: High Definition Quartet Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Seldom Scene Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Aaron Diehl Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Jennifer Hudson Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Dana Fuchs Band RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Troyka Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Omer Avital Quintet Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Roddy Elias Trio Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: High Definition Quartet Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Seldom Scene Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Antonio Sanchez & Migration Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Julia Biel Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Mitch Froman Latin Jazz Quartet Montage

10:00 p.m. Igancio Berroa & Hilario Duran Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Dana Fuchs Band RRHS Big Tent



Thursday, June 25, Schedule

4:00 p.m.: Bill Charlap Theatre at 440 East Avenue

5:30 p.m.: Dave Douglas & High Risk Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Theo Croker Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Halie Loren Montage

6:00 p.m.: Pilar Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Ali Jackson Trio Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Stanley Clarke Band Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Julia Biel Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Tedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

7:00 p.m.: Mama Corn Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Dave Douglas & High Risk Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Obara International Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Peter Rowan Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall

8:30 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Julia Biel Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Stanley Clarke Band Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Mama Corn Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Obara International Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Peter Rowan Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Theo Croker Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Ali Jackson Trio Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Halie Loren Montage

10:00 p.m. Pilar Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers RRHS Big Tent



Friday, June 26, Schedule

5:30 p.m.: Yellowjackets Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Emmet Cohen Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown Montage

6:00 p.m.: Kirk McDonald Quartet Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Greece Jazz Band RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Duchess Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Arstidir Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Denys Baptiste Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Robin McKelle & The Flytones East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:00 p.m.: Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio Little Theatre

7:15 p.m.: Yellowjackets Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Chatham County Line Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Emmet Cohen Hatch Recital Hall

8:00 p.m.: Steve Gadd Band + Surprise Special Guest Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

8:30 p.m.: Freshly Ground RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Denys Baptiste Christ Church

9:00 p.m.: Los Lonely Boys East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:00 p.m.: Arstidir Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Chatham County Line Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Duchess Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown Montage

10:00 p.m. Kirk McDonald Quartet Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: Freshly Ground RRHS Big Tent



Saturday, June 27, Schedule

3:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

4:00 p.m.: Steep Canyon Rangers Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (Ticketed)

5:00 p.m.: Ikebe Shakedown East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

5:30 p.m.: The Wood Brothers Harro East Ballroom

5:45 p.m.: Champian Fulton Hatch Recital Hall

6:00 p.m.: Clifton Anderson Quintet Kilbourn Hall

6:00 p.m.: Renee Rosnes Quartet Montage

6:00 p.m.: Alex Pangman Rochester Club

6:00 p.m.: Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra RRHS Big Tent (Free)

6:15 p.m.: Katie Ernst Max of Eastman Place

6:30 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Xerox Auditorium

6:45 p.m.: Gogo Penguin Christ Church

7:00 p.m.: Culture Clash Little Theatre

7:00 p.m.: Freshly Ground East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

7:15 p.m.: The Wood Brothers Harro East Ballroom

7:30 p.m.: Arstidir Lutheran Church

7:45 p.m.: Bobbie Henry & The Goners Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

7:45 p.m.: Champian Fulton Hatch Recital Hall

8:30 p.m.: The California Honeydrops RRHS Big Tent

8:45 p.m.: Gogo Penguin Christ Church

9:00 p.m. Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue East Avenue & Chestnut Street Outdoor Stage (Free)

9:00 p.m.: Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen Xerox Auditorium

9:15 p.m.: Culture Clash Little Theatre

9:30 p.m.: Arstidir Lutheran Church

9:45 p.m.: Bobbie Henry & The Goners Squeezers Roots & American Stage at The Sibley Building

10:00 p.m.: Clifton Anderson Quintet Kilbourn Hall

10:00 p.m.: Katie Ernst Max of Eastman Place

10:00 p.m.: Renee Rosnes Quartet Montage

10:00 p.m. Alex Pangman Rochester Club

10:00 p.m.: The California Honeydrops RRHS Big Tent

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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Concert Announcement: 2014 Jazz Fest announces Steve Martin, Earth Wind & Fire

Posted on Tue, Feb 4, 2014 at 9:24 AM

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival has announced the first two headliners for its 2014 edition.

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers return after a successful appearance at the 2012 XRIJF. This year's concert will also feature special guest Edie Brickell. The show will take place on Saturday, June 21, at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets cost $65-$105, with an $8 service charge.

R&B superstars Earth, Wind & Fire will perform at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Friday, June 27. Tickets cost $85-$155 with an $8 service charge.

Tickets to these shows go on sale Friday, February 7, at 10 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com, or by phone at 585-454-2060. There will also be one-day-only in-person sales on Friday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Kodak Hall Box Office lobby.

Club Passes for the 2014 are also currently on sale for $194, plus service fees.

In its release the Jazz Fest suggested that four more headliners are yet to be announced. This year's festival will run June 20-28.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynn and the Gunshow

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 9:28 PM

With just two shows to officially cover I hit the Jazz Fest scene amidst a sea of people. The streets were teeming with eager bodies, but the fun stopped there. Now perhaps I’m showing my ass here, and heating up my self-perceived cool, but I thought Tim Berne SnakeOil at Montage was the worst thing calling itself music I have heard in my life. I know the importance of improvisation and the application of noise in jazz — at least I thought I did — but these guys took the stage with music written down. It was ridiculous, it was insulting. There’s no way anyone wrote that down. It was just random, screeching note generation with no logic at all. It sounded like a gaggle of geese fucking or an ambulance demolition derby. It was shrill, it was loud, it was utterly awful. Call me a heretic if you want, but I wasn’t the only one leaving with "WTF" written across my face. Maybe I didn’t get it, or maybe it was truly snake oil.

At the other end of the spectrum was the Big Apple’s Amy Lynn and the Gunshow’s delightfully cool cabaret at the Little Theater. The material was extra fun with a wry twist, and the bari sax’s odd, clickity-clackity rhythmic mouthpiece attack was different and tres cool. The music came off like a less-abrasive Bette. They weren’t show tunes, but they could’ve been. Lynn's voice was beautiful, sassy, and sexy, and the horn-centric Gun Show was tight, alright, and outtasite.

So there you have it, another Jazz Fest down. I think we’ve reached cruising altitude with this one and don’t think they should make it any bigger. Logistically it’s already quite a sprawling affair. I would like to see more local bands plugged in to the mix and perhaps more free show stages — that seems to bring out the masses and really stir the social pot. And of course, I’m still holding out for Tom Waits. But for now it’s no jazz for me for a coupla days...right now it’s chocolate milk and my wife and my cats and Motorhead in my headphones. G’night.

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JAZZ FEST 2013, DAY 9: Ron reviews Gwilym Simcock, Five Play, Torben Waldorff

Posted By on Sun, Jun 30, 2013 at 3:22 AM

Five Play performed Saturday, June 29, at Max of Eastman Place as part of the 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. - PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
  • PHOTO BY MARK CHAMBERLIN
  • Five Play performed Saturday, June 29, at Max of Eastman Place as part of the 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Pianist Gwilym Simcock brought just the right mix of tradition and experimentation to Christ Church Saturday night. He played mostly straight-ahead, but occasionally went under the hood to spice things up. At one point he played totally inside the piano, strumming the strings percussively as if they were on a mandolin.

Simcock took care to talk to the audience about his music. He explained that he’d had classical training before falling for jazz, and he still loved the second movement of Grieg’s Piano "Concerto in A Minor," so he made a jazz tune out of it. It was a good tune, but much better given the introduction.

His song “Northern Smiles,” he said, was prompted by his move to London after spending time in smaller cities in the north of England. He wanted to capture the small-town friendliness that he missed. But, it’s a lot more difficult to do with only music, compared to a song like “Penny Lane,” in which Paul McCartney used words to convey a similar idea. Simcock’s introduction made it interesting to search for what he was trying to say within the more abstract context of the song.

Simcock played mostly originals but, in one of his extended improvisations, he threw in tunes like “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” and a rousing rendition of “On Broadway,” in which he seemed to have about four different musical ideas going simultaneously.

Earlier in the evening I heard Five Play at Max of Eastman Place. If jazz wasn't so dominated by men, it wouldn’t matter that Five Play is an all-female band. But their concert left no doubt that these women were on a par with their male contemporaries.

The first among many outstanding solos came from multi-reedist Janelle Reichman on clarinet during a Latin-flavored tune. Trumpeter Jami Dauber followed with an outstanding flugelhorn solo on “Que Sera, Sera.” If you’re wondering what that tune was doing in a jazz concert, the band’s leader, drummer Sherrie Maricle explained that it was popular in Vietnam where the group recently toured. If it wasn’t jazz before, it is now. Maricle and bassist Noriko Ueda provided solid support (not to mention their own strong solos) throughout the set. And Tomoko Ohno lit up the room every time she soloed at the piano.

Torben Waldorff brought an excellent band to the Lutheran Church, featuring Gary Versace on keyboards, Orlando le Fleming on bass and Jon Wikan on drums. Unfortunately, the band was so loud that the music sounded better out in the hall. Waldorff is a superb guitarist in the high, liquid, Pat Metheny tradition. He often plays beautifully in the spaces between the lines that would normally be the verse. Because of the sound problem, my favorite tune was a ballad near the end of the set. Waldorff is a top-notch composer and it was nice to be able to hear one of his compositions without the filter of earplugs half-way in.

Over the last nine nights, the highlights never seemed to let up. It was great to hear straight-ahead artists like Anat Cohen and Kurt Rosenwinkel at Xerox Auditorium, Christian McBride’s Inside Straight at Kilbourn Hall and Terell Stafford at Montage.

I love the opportunity the festival provides to hear and see (they tend to be just as fascinating visually) edgier artists like the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius at the Lutheran Church. And it’s a treat to have brilliant musicianship showcased at Hatch Hall where I was stunned night after night by pianists like Matt Herskowitz, Geoffrey Keezer, and Alfredo Rodriguez.

Looking over the above names it’s clear that the international aspect of the festival remains one of its greatest qualities. And, of course, despite my complaints about how loud some things are (I seem to be from a different planet when it comes to volume) there is no denying that the XRIJF is the best thing that’s happened to Rochester in the four decades I’ve been living here. For nine days Rochester is truly alive.

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