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. At the age of 12 his percussion skills stood out to Wynton Marsalis, who was visiting his high school. Today Jackson occupies the drum chair in Marsalis's prestigious Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. (RN) alidrums.com
Bill Charlap Bill Charlap is the son of legendary Broadway composer Moose Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart, so it's no surprise that several of his recent albums have paid homage to songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. When it comes to new readings of the Great American Song Book, Charlap has few equals. (RN) billcharlap.com
Dave Douglas & High Risk Dave Douglas is not only an excellent trumpet player, but he is also a leading promoter of his instrument as director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City. A tireless innovator, Douglas has formed a new group delving into electronics. He'll be joined by beatmaker Shigeto, electric bassist Jonathan Maron, and drummer Mark Guiliana. (RN) davedouglas.com
Halie Loren Over the course of eight well-received albums, Halie Loren has proven herself a force as an independent artist. She has played in concert halls around the world, maintained top sales spots in Canada and Japan, and received the Independent Music Award's Vox Populi poll for best jazz song of the year in 2010. (NP) halieloren.com
Harold Danko Before becoming a professor at the Eastman School of Music, Harold Danko earned his jazz cred as a sideman with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. Danko, who has recorded more than 30 albums, is a formidable composer; both Baker and Konitz recorded his great tune, "Tidal Breeze." (RN) http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/danko_harold
Julia Biel See listing for Wednesday, June 24.
Mama Corn They call it Allegheny mountain bluegrass. This five-piece whirling dervish of old time fun is at the top of the bluegrass game with nods from the Bluegrass Preservation Society as well as countless fans getting turned out for the very first time. (FD) mamacornbluegrass.com
Obara International Maciej Obara is a progressive saxophonist and composer from Poland who is making a splash on the international jazz scene. A top award winner in his native country, Obara can play melodically with beautiful tone, but he is also capable of explosive avant-garde improvisation. skopjejazzfest.com.mk/obara_international.html
Peter Rowan After playing under bluegrass legend Bill Monroe in the 1960's, Peter Rowan went onto a successful solo career in the 70's. During that time he penned the song "Panama Red," which was made into a hit by the New Riders of the Purple Sage. (NP) peter-rowan.com
Sonny Knight and the Lakers See listing for Wednesday, June 24.
Soul Stew Back in the day (as they say) there was James, Marvin, and Teddy. Now there's Soul Stew to keep your backfield in motion. Oww! (FD) myspace.com/torontosoulstew
Stanley Clarke Band Though he rubbed elbows with myriad jazz greats like Art Blakey, Pharoah Sanders, and Dexter Gordon, to name a few, Stanley Clarke's legacy will no doubt be linked with his work with the seminal jazz fusion group Return To Forever with Chick Corea and Al di Meola. Stanley Clarke is the master of the electric bass slap and thump. (FD) stanleyclarke.com
Teagan and the Tweeds Rochester band leader and singer Teagan Ward is a red-headed powder keg with a short fuse. With a voice easily twice her size, Ward leads the 6-piece Tweeds in blowing the lid off joints wherever they play. By the way, that fuse? Yeah, well it's lit. (FD) teaganandthetweeds.com
Tedeschi Trucks Band Fronted by the husband and wife team of guitar slingers, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, this is the truest example of a super-group. With Trucks summoning the ghost of Duane Allman and Tedeschi's salty wail in front of a large, in the pocket band, you'll see why classic rock became classic in the first place. (FD) tedeschitrucksband.com
Theo Croker The grandson of legendary trumpet player Doc Cheatham, Theo Croker was obsessed with the instrument as a teenager. After studying with Donald Byrd at Oberlin Conservatory, Croker began playing with older masters like Jimmy and Tootie Heath and Marcus Belgrave. Now a top trumpeter in his own right, Croker lives and plays in Shanghai, China. (RN)
XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 19.
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.