Bill Frisell's Guitar In the Space Age Every time Bill Frisell has appeared here, it's been with his eyes on the sonic future; sounds and progressions rarely, if ever heard. This time around, he's got his eye on the origins of his instrument. Frisell is going to explore seminal six-stringers like Chet Atkins, Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, Link Wray, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, and more. Despite the material's awesome roots, I've got a feeling it'll be out there. (FD) billfrisell.com
Earth, Wind & Fire With infectious melodies, gorgeous harmonies, meaningful lyrics, and the occasional funky beat, Earth, Wind & Fire was the American rhythm & blues answer to the Beatles. You could hardly turn on a radio in the 1970's without hearing great tunes like "Devotion," "Reasons," or "Keep Your Head To the Sky." And when they come on the radio, odds are you'll still turn them up today. (RN) earthwindandfire.com
Ester Rada Taking a page from the powerful neo-soul women of recent years — Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott — Israeli-born Ester Rada's voice soars over her jazz-funk and R&B tracks. With an Ethiopian heritage, pieces of diverse cultures occasionally float up through Rada's music, making it all the more enchanting. (JC) esterrada.com
Harold Danko It takes a lot more than theoretical knowledge to become Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Harold Danko earned his jazz cred as a sideman with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He also staked a claim as a composer; both Baker and Konitz recorded his wonderful tune, "Tidal Breeze." (RN) esm.rochester.edu/faculty/danko_harold
Honey Island Swamp Band See listing for Thursday, June 26.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble See listing for Thursday, June 26.
Ibrahim Electric Guitarist Niclas Knudsen plays with brilliant technique matched by a wonderful sense of adventure. Organist Jeppe Tuxen milks the Hammond B3 for all it's worth. And drummer Stefan Pasborg is endlessly inventive behind the set. Together they are Ibrahim Electric, Denmark's punk-spirited answer to The Bad Plus. (RN) ibrahimelectric.com
John "Papa" Gros Band John Gros started this affair out of musicians he met at a jam session at New Orleans' Maple Leaf Bar. Gros picked the funkiest of the bunch to handle his take on and complement the improvisational jam and boogie of his organ. The band rocks steady with one foot in New Orleans heritage and one on the way to oblivion. (FD) papagrowsfunk.com
Marcus Miller Band Slap-happy bassist Marcus Miller has driven the rhythm sections of R&B giants Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross, rock icons Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton, and jazz giants Dizzy Gillespie and Wayne Shorter. He played on and produced three albums for Miles Davis and has won two Grammy Awards for his own albums. (RN) marcusmiller.com
Mark Lockheart Known for his work with the radical, genre-stretching Loose Tubes in the 1980's, British saxophonist Mark Lockheart has gone on to many more influential projects, such as Perfect Houseplants and Orlando Consort, as well as colabs with notables like recorder virtuoso Pamela Thorby. and Irish composer Michael O'Suilleabhain. (FD) marklockheart.co.uk
Pat LaBarbera Quartet Saxophonist Pat LaBarbera was born in Mt. Morris, New York, to a family that would produce three formidable jazz players, including drummer Joe LaBarbera and trumpeter John LaBarbera. Fresh out of Berklee College of Music, Pat LaBarbera joined the Buddy Rich Band. Influenced by John Coltrane, he toured and recorded extensively with Coltrane's drummer, Elvin Jones. (RN)
Phaedra Kwant See listing for Thursday, June 26.
Rufus Reid Trio The names read like a "Who's Who" of jazz: Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard. Bassist Rufus Reid played with all of them and countless others. In the late 1960's, he started with the hard-bop giants. Through the 1970's to the present day, Reid has adapted to the music's changes and remained at the top. (RN) rufusreid.com
The Deciders Straight out of Boulder comes the hard-rockin' Deciders. And its decision is to get your ass out of your seat and get down as the band puts a big twist on blues, jam, and classic rock. (FD). reverbnation.com/boulderdeciders
The Dirt Daubers Colonel J.D. Wilkes is one of the last of the truly great Southern carnival sideshow performers. Part madman, part contortionist, Wilkes is a sight to behold. As a member of Nashville's Legendary Shack Shakers, Wilkes' on-stage antics were a full-on roots rock demolition derby, often resulting in the spilling of his own blood. His more recent endeavor, The Dirt Daubers, with his Rochester-born wife Jessica, is a bluegrass rave-up with the same intensity, but a lot less blood. Wilkes is by far one of the best harmonica players alive. (FD) thedirtdaubers.net
The Wee Trio Vibraphonist James Westfall, bassist Dan Loomis, and drummer Jared Schonig can certainly swing with the best of them. But the group is also known for reaching well beyond jazz, recording an entire album of David Bowie music. A major force in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz scene, The Wee Trio defies classification. (RN) theweetrio.com
Vince Ercolamento Quartet Saxophonist Vince Ercolamento has had a storied career. He's studied with George Coleman, played with Jimmy McGriff and Bo Diddley, and performed at the Lionel Hampton Jazz club in Paris. Along with leading his own quartet, he is a performer and arranger with local band Prime Time Funk. (JC) vinceercolamento.com
XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 20.
City Newspaper's guide to Rochester's biggest music festival. The 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival runs Friday, June 24, through Saturday, July 2. For more reviews, blogs, photos, and the latest news, check our website every day of the festival.
The 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival runs Friday, June 24, through Saturday, July 2, and City Newspaper will be out every night of the festival, covering multiple shows.