BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Brothers Michael and David Doucet began touring Louisiana in 1986. Since then their cajun dance music has earned them Grammy nominations and even a Super Bowl performance. Michael (fiddle) and David (guitar) are joined by percussionists Billy Ware and Tommy Alesi, Mitch Reed on fiddle and bass, and Don Vappie on mandolin and banjo. (AC) rosebudus.com/beausoleil
Bill Tiberio Band Bill Tiberio is a superb local educator, leading jazz bands and other ensembles at Fairport High School for more than two decades. He's also a sax man with a funky, honking sound reminiscent of Maceo Parker. Over the years he's shared the stage with Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, and The Four Tops. (RN) billtiberioband.com
Christine Tobin When listening to Irish-born songstress Christine Tobin, you can debate which of her many genre facets are there to color the rest. Is it the singer/songwriter depth that gives dimension to her airy jazz? Or is it the Brazilian and West African influences that blow the doors wide open? The answer is simple: yes. (FD) christine-tobin.com
Christian Wallumrod Ensemble Harp, cello, trumpet, and harmonium are some of the instruments employed by Norway's Christian Wallumrod Ensemble. When that eclectic aural combination tackles Wallumrod's progressive arrangements, the result is a sound somewhere between contemporary classical, jazz, and folk music that's as gorgeous as it is ethereal. (RN) christianwallumrod.com
Dave Rivello Ensemble Trained by the great Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Rivello is a superb writer, arranger, and conductor. Grammy-winning jazz orchestra director Maria Schneider declared his writing "compelling and beautiful." With adventurous harmonies recalling composers ranging from Charles Mingus to Igor Stravinsky, Rivello's band can blow you away with dynamics or seduce you with subtlety. (RN) daverivello.com
Jack Allen Big Band Tenacious trumpeter and big-band leader Jack Allen has been blowing his horn since the age of 5, playing gigs since 12, and touring the United States with assorted combos since he was out of high school. He took over the Chick Edmond band in 1993 and continues to swing with the kind of elegance only a big band can bring. (FD) thejackallenbigband.com
Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band To say that the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band is merely a send-up to Satchmo would just be scratching the surface. This sweet and swingin' Big Easy-based ensemble celebrates this jazz pioneer's outlook on life and the joy his music continues to conjure. (FD) larmstrongsoc.org
Marti Brom See feature on page 14. myspace.com/martirockabilly
Mike Brignola and Friends Mike Brignola graduated from our own University of Rochester, where he played baritone sax in the Eastman jazz ensembles. He has played with legends like Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Bill Perkins. Brignola also spent seven years playing with Woody Herman in his big band. He will return to Rochester with his own band as part of this year's fest. (AC)
Paul Hofmann Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Eastman Community Music School and one of the most beloved piano teachers in Rochester, Paul Hofmann is also a gifted composer and interpreter of standards, not to mention one of the finest jazz pianists in upstate New York. (RN) mhrrecords.com
Rafael Zaldivar When Cuban pianist Rafael Zaldivar begins a classic like "La Comparsa," it's as if he were playing a Chopin nocturne. But as the piece progresses, the rhythms and harmonies grow increasingly complicated, matching the complexity of his improvisations. Over the years Zaldivar has shared the stage with greats like Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano. (RN) rafaelzaldivarmusic.com
Ritmo Seis Ritmo Seis is a local band that is bound to get even the most no-nonsense jazz fan dancing. The four Gonzalez brothers mix salsa, merengue, and bachata music. Freddy Gonzalez directs the band and plays guitar, Jose plays the bass, Angel plays bongos, and Eddie is the lead singer. (AC) reverbnation.com/ritmoseis
Shuffle Demons See listing for Saturday, June 22.
Sneider Brothers New York trumpeter John Sneider has played with old-school heroes like Max Roach and Clark Terry and contemporary artists like Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings. His brother, Rochester guitarist extraordinaire Bob Sneider has toured extensively with Chuck Mangione and played with many of the top names in jazz. (RN)
Stretch Orchestra They're long and tall and swing like a wreckin' ball. These tall (almost 20 feet when stacked end to end) Canadian stalwarts — multi-instrumentalist Kevin Breit of Norah Jones and Sisters Euclid fame; Matt Brubeck, who, if you don't recognize that name, perhaps you should take five; and Jesse Stewart — play a loosely brilliant instrumental music that offers frequent fractured detours to keep it lively and weird. (FD) stretchorchestra.com
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.