Benedikt Jahnel Trio With titles of tunes like "Equilibrium" and "Modular Concepts," you might think the Benedikt Jahnel Trio is too cerebral to enjoy the wonder of jazz. On the contrary, the German-born pianist is a joyous player, with a shimmering, melodic sound and a dynamic touch. His trio — with Owen Howard on drums and Antonio Miguel, bass — builds a large enough sound to match the grandeur of Jahnel's playing. (RN) benejahnel.de/en/index.html
Bill Tiberio Band A top local music educator at Fairport High School, Bill Tiberio is also a masterful saxophone player with a funky, honking sound recalling the style of Maceo Parker. Over the years, Tiberio has lent his talents to artists ranging from Fred Wesley to Lou Gramm and The Four Tops. (RN) billtiberioband.com
Brubeck Brothers Featuring two cats (drummer Dan and bassist-trombonist Chris) from one of jazz's royal families, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is rooted in straight-ahead jazz but isn't afraid to take on time signatures less traveled, just like their namesake. Elegant, effortless, and even a bit romantic. (FD) brubeckbrothers.com
Cécile McLorin Salvant See feature on page X. cecilemclorinsalvant.com
Dave Glasser & Friends Alto saxophonist Dave Glasser has performed with some of the greatest players in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Barry Harris, and Clark Terry. As a leader, Glasser keeps the hard bop tradition alive with a sound that recalls the melodic shaping of Paul Desmond and the tone of Sonny Stitt. (RN) daveglasser.com
Euan Burton Quartet Born in Scotland, Euan Burton started playing the bass at the age of 10. Once he discovered jazz in his teens, he won the Jazz Course Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire. After honing his skills under teachers like bassist Dave Holland and trumpeter Dave Douglas, Burton became a top player capable of crossing over from folk to rock and jazz. (RN) euanburton.com
Flat Earth Society See listing for Saturday, June 21.
Gerald Clayton Gerald Clayton was literally born into the jazz family. His father is bandleader John Clayton; his uncle, saxophonist Jeff Clayton. A formidable pianist, at the age of 22, he placed second in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition, where he impressed judges like Herbie Hancock, Billy Taylor, and Randy Weston. (RN) geraldclayton.com
Grupo Calle Uno If you've ever found yourself ferociously shaking a tail feather to salsa or merengue in Rochester, chances are Latin powerhouse Calle Uno was on the bandstand. The music is pure polyrhythmic bliss, with each beat and subsequent counter rhythm targeting specific body parts — some you forgot you had or haven't moved in years. (FD) grupocalleuno.com
Harris Eisenstadt Golden State Originally from Toronto, progressive percussionist Harris Eisenstadt has performed with Yusef Lateef, Butch Morris, Sam Rivers, and many others. His new group, Golden State, plays a highly contemporary form of chamber jazz with co-conspirators Nicole Mitchell on flute, Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon, and Mark Dresser, bass. Eisenstadt not only plays drums, but he also writes all of the compositions. (RN) harriseisenstadt.com/bands/goldenstate
Hot Club of Detroit This red-hot quartet sets a Django-centric groove with images of cocktails, cafes, and Cuban-heeled nylons. Maybe it's the triple-guitar shuck 'n' jive, or the prestidigious accordion that'll grab you. Looking for love? This is its soundtrack. (FD) hotclubofdetroit.com
Jon Ballantyne Trio After winning the grand prize of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 1986, Canadian pianist Jon Ballantyne moved to New York City to study with Barry Harris and Kenny Barron. After tours with the Woody Herman Big Band, Clark Terry, and Joe Henderson, Ballantyne won a Juno award for his 2007 album, "Avenue Standard." (RN) jonballantyne.com
Les Doigts de L'Homme Les Doigts de L'Homme simply means "fingers of man" in French. In this case, the fingers belong to guitarist Olivier Kikteff. With Gypsy jazz as a platform, Les Doigts de L'Homme travel beyond the genre with Kikteff's incorporation of oud and banjo as well as the guitar. (FD) soundcloud.com/les-doigts-de-lhomme
Rachel Brooke Band Yeah, yeah, I know; they're all femme fatales, but not since Neko Case have I heard the noir in a country singer's soul like I do in Rachel Brooke's killer voice. Her music, though rooted in country, has so much more, like lounge, exotica, and a casual Southern gothic gallows swing. Look out. (FD) rachelbrookemusic.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.