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Welcome to Jazz Fest

Rochester International Jazz Festival 2006 

Welcome to Jazz Fest

The 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival is heavy on greats who are carrying on legacies. McCoy Tyner emerged from John Coltrane's classic quartet. Wayne Shorter was part of Miles Davis' greatest septet. And Phil Woods, who, as a teenager, got to know Charlie Parker, will revive some of the master's music.

On the funk side, James Brown is not called the Godfather of Soul for nothing; he is the legacy. And Etta James is the First Lady of the Blues. Woody Allen carries on a tradition of Dixieland jazz and reminds up of the music's New Orleans roots.

An equally important part of any RIJF is the emergence of new talent, the chance to hear a rising star like Robert Glasper before he's a household name. It's also about expanding your horizons as a listener. Catch Billy Bang or the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey and open your mind to the diverse paths jazz can take.

Here are previews of all of the acts to help you plot your festival schedule.

--- Ron Netsky

Click here to check out City's guide to the festival here!

The details

Eastman Theatre Series: Headliner shows are held in the Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs Street). These are ticketed shows; a ClubPass doesn't work here. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets, which range from $27.50 to $95, are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com, 232-1900) or at the Auditorium Theater Box Office (885 East Main Street).

ClubSeriesPass: A ClubPass is your ticket to the Club Series: You can go to as many concerts as you'd like (100-plus) at smaller clubs and venues. A ClubPass is $95. If you don't have a ClubPass you can still buy tickets ($15-$25) to the Club Pass Series concerts at the door, if space is available. But be advised that ClubPass shows tend to sell out. Even if you have a Pass, you should get there early. Admission is space-limited.

The best thing about the pass is the sense of freedom and serendipity it affords. You can walk from venue to venue, sampling everything until you find an act that you like. Some of the best are bound to be acts you've never heard of. If you're going to more than four or five shows, get the pass.

The Club Pass is available at www.rochesterjazz.com (service charges apply), at Ticketmaster (232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com), or in person at the Ticket Express Box office (885 East Main Street) or the Jazz Fest Info Center & Store (10 Gibbs Street, weekdays through June 8, daily June 9-17).

ClubPass venues:

Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street

RIJF Club Pass Big Tent, the corner of Main and Gibbs Streets

Max of Eastman Place, 387 East Main Street

Milestones, 170 East Avenue

Montage Grille, 50 Chestnut Plaza

Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue

Free shows: The 2006 RIJF features three free show series. The East Avenue Stage (corner of East Avenue and Chestnut Street) hosts shows in the evenings on June 10, 16, and 17.

The Rochester Area Community Foundation's Museum & Gallery Family Series features shows at 4 p.m. June 9-11 at Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Avenue) and June 12-14 at George Eastman House (900 East Avenue), plus 3 p.m. Dixieland cruises on the Mary Jemison Riverboat on the Genesee River June 15-17 (board at Corn Hill Landing).

The Jazz Street Stage (corner of Gibbs Street and East Avenue) goes daily this year, with shows starting at 5p.m. There is food and drink to buy, the street is blocked to traffic, and there's music in the air.

Parking

Parking for all East End venues can be found in the East End parking garage at the corner of Scio Street and East Avenue.

More info

There are two websites for information on RIJF: www.rochester-citynews.com and www.rochesterjazz.com. Or visit the JazzFestStore & InfoCenter, 10 Gibbs Street, 234-2002, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., through June 8; and daily, 10 a.m. to midnight, June 9-17.

In This Guide...

    Godfather of the revolutions

    James Brown's primal scream still echoes, and always will
    Rock 'n' roll's primal scream can be traced back to James Brown. It came from within this man. And at 73 years old it's still in his soul, in his throat, and in your face.

    Keys to greatness

    Robert Glasper debuts on a legendary label
    Up-and-coming pianist Glasper is one of the few true jazz artists signed to Blue Note in recent years.

    From Brussels with love

    Toots Thielemans embraces America's art form
    At the age of 84 Toots Thielemans has lived through much of the history of jazz. You can hear it in his playing.

    Taking flight

    Phil Woods rides on the wings of Charlie Parker with "Bird Lives"
    When Phil Woods steps onto the Eastman Theater stage at the Rochester International Jazz Festival he will be carrying on a tradition that has enriched his career for six decades. As a young man Woods idolized Charlie "Yardbird" Parker.

    Perpetual motion

    Out of the gate running, McCoy Tyner never stopped
    Talk about starting at the top. McCoy Tyner was barely 20 in 1960 when he was tapped by John Coltrane to become part of arguably the greatest quartet in jazz history.

    Spotlight on

    Asylum Street Spankers Austin, Texas' The Asylum Street Spankers are Tin Pan Alley ragged and beat poet sharp. They're Dixieland with a pre-war jazz jump.

    The cats on stage

    Our guide to picking and choosing at the RIJF
    To take full advantage of all the RIJF has to offer, you have some planning to do. Read this section for short descriptions of nearly every act in the festival.

    Jazz Fest Schedule

    Friday, June 9 Eastman Theatre

    City Newspaper's Jazz Blogs

    Starting Saturday, June 10, check in every day to see our writers' takes on the previous night's shows at the 5th Annual Rochester International Jazz Festival. With more than 600 musicians performing in 170 concerts, they'll have plenty to dish about.

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