78 RPM Big Band This group originated in the early 70's as an Oktoberfest band in Western New York. Over the years it has traded the oom-pa-pa-oom for some sweet swing a la Glenn, Tommy, and Artie. (FD) 78rpmband.com
Bruce Barth & Steve Wilson Two of the most sought-after musicians on the jazz scene today are pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Steve Wilson. Barth has lent his distinctive keyboard talents to Tony Bennett, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, and others. Wilson's sinuous sound has enhanced the work of Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, and Joe Henderson. (RN) brucebarth.com, stevewilsonmusic.com
Coupe De Villes Rochester blues cruisers The Coupe De Villes have been rockin de ville for more than 30 years. The band is as much a classic rock 'n' roll outfit as is a straight-up blues group. Humble and swingin,' low down and stinging. (FD) coupedevilles.com
Delbert McClinton Delbert McClinton has one of the most recognizable voices in rock — or should we say blues? After four decades in the biz, this rockin' Texan has the audacity to release one of his best records to date. "Room to Breathe" is a righteously raucous platter full of Texas shuffle, swamp boogie, and straight-up jump 'n' blues. (FD) delbert.com
Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio There are several doctors in the house this year. They call Dr. John The Nite Tripper, but they could just call B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith a trip. From humble doo-wop beginnings in Buffalo in the Supremes (long before Ms. Ross and crew had the name), to setting the world on fire with George Benson, to becoming the de-facto godfather of acid jazz. Dr. Smith is so cool, he'd make an Eskimo shiver. (FD) drlonniesmith.com
Halie Loren Trio Oregon-born Halie Loren's rich, warm voice has covered everything from jazz standards to original songs. Loren's vocal talents have earned her awards from Billboard International and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She'll perform with Matt Treder on piano and Mark Schneider on bass. (AC) halieloren.com
John Mooney & Bluesiana As a resident Rochesterian in the early 70's, slide-guitar wizard John Mooney used to sit and watch Son House play on house's porch (Mrs. House reportedly didn't allow the blues in the House house). In 1976 Mooney split for swampier pastures in New Orleans, and released his first album in 1979. This will be the first appearance of the original band in several years. (FD) facebook.com/JohnMooneyLive
Loren and Mark These two guitarists have very different backgrounds. Loren Barrigar has written songs for TV shows "E.R.," "The Young and the Restless," and has played with B.B. King and Patti LaBelle. Mark Mazengarb is a New Zealander who studied classical guitar and learned from Tommy Emmanuel. Together, the acoustic guitarists combine into a flawless duo. (AC) lorenandmark.com
Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck From Bach to Brubeck is not too far a stretch when Matt Herskowitz sits down at the piano. Herskowitz is a virtuoso performer in any genre, and he doesn't mind mixing them up. By the time he's finished you'll be swinging to Schumann and dancing ballet to Brubeck. (RN) mattherskowitz.com
New York Voices New York Voices is a seamless blend of tonsils; a matrimony of gorgeous vocal buoyancy. The Grammy Award-winning quartet must be doing something right, since 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of this musical marriage and all its jazz, pop, and r&b overtones. (FD) newyorkvoices.com
Robin McKelle & The Flytones See listing for Friday, June 21.
Shuffle Demons Going to a Shuffle Demons concert gets you somewhere between a jazz show, a comedy act and a subway performance. Picture five Canadians wearing funny suits, dancing with the audience and playing some very catchy music. The band consists of saxophonists Richard Underhill, Kelly Jefferson, and Perry White, with George Koller on bass and Stich Wynston on drums. (AC) shuffledemons.com
Sienna Dahlen Sienna Dahlen's music is a gentle soundtrack to a movie too precious to make. So this Canadian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist's sonic beauty will have to take up residence in the theater of the mind. Gentle and picturesque to the max. (FD) siennadahlen.com
Terell Stafford Quartet So enthusiastic were the fans at Montage Grille during the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival, that they would hardly allow Terell Stafford to leave the stage. It's easy to see why Stafford is the trumpeter of choice for Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, who has called him, "one of the great players of our time." (RN) terellstafford.com
Trondheim Jazz Orchestra See listing for Friday, June 21.
Willie Nelson & Family At 80 years old, Willie Nelson is an American icon, a national treasure, a living legend, and a legacy. He's done everything from penning uber hits like Patsy Cline's "Crazy" to doing duets with unlikely cats like the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg. Nelson has recorded more than 60 studio albums, 10 live albums, and has been featured in numerous comps and soundtracks. On the road again? Hell, he's never come off. (FD) willienelson.com
YolanDa Brown Saxophonist YolanDa Brown was born in London, but her Jamaican heritage adds a twist to her music. It's jazz saxophone with a reggae beat. Brown has worked with greats like Monty Alexander, Hilario Duran, Otis Williams, and The Temptations. She is regarded as one of the U.K.'s premier saxophonists. (AC) yolandabrown.co.uk
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.