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Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios 

Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios

Benny Green Solo See listing for Saturday, June 20.

Brian Molley Quartet When Brian Molley picks up his tenor saxophone, he hits the ground running with a full-throttle, muscular sound. Based in Scotland, Molley is the go-to guy for jazz bands ranging from small groups to the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra. He's also been enlisted by top UK pop groups, not to mention the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. (RN) brianmolley.co.uk/BrianMolley/Home.html

Hard Logic Since 2001, Hard Logic has been on the a-typical side of jazz fusion. Combining energy and improvisation with a contemporary sound, the group appeals to a wide audience. Throughout their 14 years, the band has produced three full-lengths, and in 2008 their songwriting won first place in Billboard's World Songwriting Competition with the cut "Crudites." (NP) hardlogic.net

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque See feature on page XX.

Joey Alexander See listing for Saturday, June 20.

Kat Edmonson What were you doing when you were nine years old? Kat Edmonson was writing music. The young lady is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for classic songs. She's done duets with Lyle Lovett, appeared on "American Idol," and has landed in the Top 20 Billboard Jazz Charts. (FD) katedmonson.com

Kneebody With gorgeously strange harmonies and wild flights of fancy, Kneebody is bound to offer one of the festival's most adventurous musical journeys. The instrumentation may be typical — trumpet, saxophone, keyboard, bass, and drums — but Kneebody sets itself apart by drawing inspiration from artists ranging from Ornette Coleman to John Cage, from Frank Zappa to Radiohead. (RN) kneebody.com

New West Guitar Group What separates this guitar trio from other ensembles is the application of both electric and acoustic guitars on recognizable pop hits, from artists like Tears For Fears, to its own sparkling originals. Throughout the bands harmonious blend, the tree components remain creating its own delicate space. (FD) newwestguitar.com

Nils Berg Cinemascope Whether he's playing various saxophones, bass clarinet, or a world of electronics on the laptop, Nils Berg paints a vivid aural picture. His evocative soundscapes greatly enhance the imagery on the screen behind the band, which also features Josef Kallerdahl on (sometimes arco) double bass and the innovative Christopher Cantillo on drums. (RN) nilsbergcinemascope.com

The Rad Trads See listing for Friday, June 19

Raul Midón See feature on page XX.

Shannon & Barrett A cross-Canadian tour in support of Chris Isaak led Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith to realize that the songs they were selecting for a mixtape happened to be songs they both wanted to record themselves. They later converged at a studio in Asheville where they and their musician friends recorded the set, crafting an elegant tribute to their favorite songs and songwriters. (NP) barrettsmith.com; shannonwhitworth.net

Stephane Wrembel To conjure up the early decades of the 20th century in "Midnight in Paris," Woody Allen used winding cobblestone streets, magnificent boulevards, and the Django Reinhardt-like music played by guitarist Stephane Wrembel. But that's only one facet of Wrembel's oeuvre. His distinctive brand of world music ranges from rock to flamenco. (RN) stephanewrembel.com

Soul Rebels The Soul Rebels are so revered in its native Crescent City that its was asked to record the official soundtrack for the 2015 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. It's a parade on stage that rapidly sends the crowd into a shrimp boil. (FD) thesoulrebels.com

Tessa Souter A favorite at the XRIJF from the beginning, Tessa Souter will be bringing her gorgeous voice to the festival for the fifth time. Whether she is singing standards, original compositions, or great classical works by Beethoven, Ravel, and others that she has set lyrics to, Souter can be counted on for an ethereal performance. (RN) tessasouter.com

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

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    Jazz Festival Guide 2015

    City Newspaper's guide to Rochester's biggest music festival. For more reviews, blogs, photos, and the latest news, check our website every day of the festival.

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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)

    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.

    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)

    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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