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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)

1:00 p.m.: Jazz Workshop for Young Music Students Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

4:00 p.m.: Bill Charlap Lyric Theatre ($20 or Club Pass)

4:30 p.m.: Brockport High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:15 p.m.: Sutherland High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:30 p.m.: Dave Douglas & High Risk Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

5:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

6:00 p.m.: Creation Dream: The Songs of Bruce Cockburn The Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

6:00 p.m.: Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (FREE)

6:00 p.m.: ECMS Saxology 1 & 2 Directed by Doug Stone Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

6:00 p.m.: Halie Loren Montage Music Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

6:00 p.m.: Theo Croker Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

6:15 p.m.: Ali Jackson Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

6:30 p.m.: Stanley Clarke Band Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

6:45 p.m.: Julia Biel Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7:00 p.m.: Teagan & the Tweeds RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage (FREE)

7:00 p.m.: Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall II Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (SOLD OUT)

7:00 p.m.: Mama Corn Little Theatre ($20 or Club Pass)

7:15 p.m.: Dave Douglas & High Risk Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

7:30 p.m.: Obara International Lutheran Church of the Reformation ($20 or Club Pass)

7:30 p.m.: Soul Stew Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:45 p.m.: Peter Rowan Squeezers Stage at the Sibley Building ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

8:30 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers Rochester Regional Health Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

8:45 p.m.: Julia Biel Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9:00 p.m.: Teagan & the Tweeds RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage (FREE)

9:00 p.m.: Stanley Clarke Band Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9:15 p.m.: Mama Corn Little Theatre ($20 or Club Pass)

9:30 p.m.: Obara International Lutheran Church of the Reformation ($20 or Club Pass)

9:30 p.m.: Soul Stew Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

9:45 p.m.: Peter Rowan Squeezers Stage at the Sibley Building ($20 or Club Pass)

10:00 p.m.: Theo Croker Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

10:00 p.m.: Ali Jackson Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

10:00 p.m.: Sonny Knight & The Lakers Rochester Regional Health Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

10:00 p.m.: Halie Loren Montage Music Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

10:00 p.m.: Creation Dream: The Songs of Bruce Cockburn The Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10:30 p.m.: Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel (FREE)

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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)

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios Benny Green Solo See listing for Saturday, June 20.

    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 - 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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