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Saturday, June 20 - Musician Bios 

Saturday, June 20 - Musician Bios

78 RPM Big Band A 16-piece band based out of Dansville, 78 RPM brings big band music all through Western New York. The band has been playing since the 1970's, performing classic jazz orchestra music as well as original arrangements of contemporary tunes. (NP) 78rpmband.com

Andrew McCormack Quartet Hailing from England but now based in New York, Andrew McCormack has absorbed the technique and style of generations of jazz pianists and emerged with his own gorgeous sound. McCormack, who has worked with Eric Alexander, Kyle Eastwood, and many others, will be joined by Lucas Pino on sax, Peter Slavov, bass, and Colin Stranahan, drums. (RN) mccormackmusic.com

Benny Green Trio In his teen years, pianist Benny Green was already playing in a band with veteran bassist Chuck Israels. After moving to New York, he lent his talents to Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Freddie Hubbard, and others. In 1993 the great Oscar Peterson recognized his prowess when he selected Green as the first recipient of the City of Toronto's Glenn Gould International Protégé Prize in Music. (RN) bennygreenmusic.com

Blood, Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice Bo Bice ranks heavy on his own. He was runner-up on season four of "American Idol" and charted number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. He joined brass-heavy rockers Blood, Sweat and Tears (named after a Johnny Cash record) in 2005 and now belts out the band's hits like "You've Made Me So Very Happy," and "Spinning Wheel." (FD) bloodsweatandtears.com

Chet Catallo & the Cats You can rant and rave all you want about Spyro Gyra and its smooth guitar thanks to Chet Catallo, but have you heard this cat play the blues? This Grammy-nominated guitar player plays mean and means it whether he's burning down a concert hall or rockin' a beer joint. (FD) chetcatallo.com

Dontae Winslow & Winslow Dynasty Dontae Winslow is on the frontline of young talents in modern jazz. As a trumpeter, producer, and rapper he has racked up a slew of high-profile credits with the likes of Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, and so on. As a bandleader in his own right, Winslow has proven deft at presenting a myriad of musical influences in a cohesive package. A longtime performer, Winslow's confidence is apparent in his musicianship and artistic reach. (NP) facebook.com/dontae.winslow

Eric Revis Trio A versatile bassist of remarkable dexterity and sensitivity, Eric Revis has enhanced the bands of Betty Carter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, and many others. He may be best known for his work with Branford Marsalis, but Revis has demonstrated his ability to bring the bass into the spotlight on four albums as a leader. (RN) ericrevis.com

goodbyemotel See listing for Friday, June 19.

Grace Kelly In the middle of her solo during a festival appearance, guitarist Russell Malone took out a handkerchief and used it to fan saxophonist Grace Kelly. She was 15 at the time, and the solo she was unwinding was definitely smokin'. Now 23, she's got nine albums under her belt. In addition to multiple woodwinds, Kelly is an excellent singer. Aside from jazz standards, she's just as likely to throw in an original or a tune by the Beatles or Stevie Wonder. (RN) gracekellymusic.com

Herb Alpert with Lani Hall See feature on page XX.

The Honeycutters This here is sawdust floor and longneck honky-tonk. The band swings gentle to and fro with the knockout punch of steel guitar and a rhythm section that adheres gloriously to the 2/4. And country purity gets redefined by vocalist Amanda Anne Platt. All around beautiful. (FD) honeycutters.com

Jeremy Pelt Quartet When jazz aficionados debate who is the heir-apparent to the hard bop trumpet throne once occupied by Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Lee Morgan, one name is sure to come up: Jeremy Pelt. After playing in the Mingus Big Band, the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, and the Roy Hargrove Big Band, Pelt has emerged as one of the most fiery trumpet players on the scene. (RN) jeremypelt.net

Joey Alexander It's not unusual to start playing piano at 6, but Joey Alexander is now wowing audiences at the ripe old age of 11. He's capable of gorgeous sensitivity on songs like "Over the Rainbow" and furious intricacy on no less a tune than "Giant Steps." Originally from Jakarta, Indonesia, Alexander has been called a genius by Wynton Marsalis. (RN) joeyalexandermusic.com

Nancy Kelly For a career that spans over 40 years, this lady is a study in jazz's cool; its phrasing, its nuance, and its sophistication. A Rochester native, Kelly has wowed 'em all over the globe with her timeless, classic swing and elegance (FD) nancykelly.com

The New Mastersounds See listing for Friday, June 19.

The Rad Trads See listing for Friday, June 19.

The Splendor There is a healthy amount of splendid Swedish reserve in The Splendor's splendiferousness. The band explores and innovates with its collective ear to the ground as much if not more than the audience, that way, everyone is surprised. (FD) thesplendor.nu

XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 19.

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    Friday, June 19 - Schedule

    Friday, June 19 3:45 p.m.: Buckman Heights Elementary School Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Friday, June 19 - Musician Bios

    Friday, June 19 - Musician Bios Anthony Strong Fortified with an acclaimed live show, a tailored suit, and a grand piano, the Anthony Strong wears the "English Gentleman" role well.

    Saturday, June 20 - Schedule

    Saturday, June 20 3:45 p.m.: Gates-Chili High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Raul Midon

    When I reached Raul Midon by phone he had just returned from a tour of Europe. With a vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bassist, percussionist, and trumpet player in tow, it could have been a complicated tour.

    Sunday, June 21 - Schedule

    Sunday, June 21 3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios Benny Green Solo See listing for Saturday, June 20.

    Herb Alpert

    It's 9 a.m., Pacific Time when Herb Alpert gave us a jingle-jangle a few weeks ago. He'd been up for hours recording "Whatever pops into my head," the 80-year-old jazz and pop trumpeter says.

    Monday, June 22 - Schedule

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Kaupa Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios Blue Highway With more than 20 years together and 11 albums to show for it, Blue Highway is at the top of the bluegrass heap.

    Jane Bunnett

    What is it about Afro-Cuban music that makes it the very embodiment of joy? Is it the dance of the exuberant polyrhythms as they weave in and out of one another?

    Tuesday, June 23 - Schedule

    Tuesday, June 23 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Danny Ziemann Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Tuesday, June 23 - Musician Bios

    Tuesday, June 23 - Musician Bios Aaron Diehl Aaron Diehl turned more than a few heads with his gorgeous keyboard work when he played last year's XRIJF with Cecile Mclorin Salvant.

    Wednesday, June 24 - Schedule

    Wednesday, June 24 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mel Henderson Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Wednesday, June 24 - Musician Bios

    Wednesday, June 24 - Musician Bios Aaron Diehl Solo See listing for Tuesday, June 23.

    Fred Hersch

    Growing up in Cincinnati, Fred Hersch noticed that there was a piano in his house, so, at the age of 4, he sat down and started to pick out tunes. That precocious beginning led Hersch to a career as a sideman with greats like Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer; as a leader on more than 40 albums; and an innovator who has expanded jazz into multimedia and the classical realm.

    Thursday, June 25 - Schedule

    Thursday, June 25 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Doug Stone Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Thursday, June 25 - Musician Bios

    Thursday, June 25 - Musician Bios Ali Jackson Trio The son of bassist Ali Jackson Sr., drummer Ali Jackson had strong encouragement at an early age from stars like Max Roach, Milt Hinton, and Aretha Franklin.

    Sharon Jones

    Sharon Jones was scheduled to sing at the 2013 Rochester International Jazz Festival when her career was abruptly put on hold due to a bout with cancer. Consequently, the following feature article was also put on hold.

    Friday, June 26 - Schedule

    Friday, June 26 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Melito Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Friday, June 26 - Musician Bios

    Friday, June 26 - Musician Bios Arstidir Iceland's Arstidir has spent the last six years touring in more than 30 countries.

    Ingrid Jensen

    If instruments have personalities, trumpet has to be the most audacious and in your face. Maybe that's why not many budding female musicians are handed one.

    Saturday, June 27 - Schedule

    Saturday, June 27 3:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios

    Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios Alex Pangman Regarded as Canada's "sweetheart of swing," Alex Pangman has proven herself a talented and learned student of the classic jazz singers.

    Steep Canyon Rangers

    To the untrained ear, bluegrass tunes tend to run into each other, the patterns and loops of notes both picked and plucked can be a confusing barrage. That's not to say bands like this aren't accessible, you've just gotta be on your toes.

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