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Tuesday, June 25 - Artist Bios 

Alfredo Rodriguez See listing for Monday, June 24.

Anat Cohen See feature on page 22. anatcohen.com

Black Lillies The Black Lillies' music has a ton more honky-tonk and giddy-up than others that pick the grass blue. The band hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, and comes off deeply southern — in a good way — without a lick of irony to their spirited twang. (FD) theblacklillies.com

Calle Uno Calle Uno's got it all: punctuating horns, polyrhythmic percussionists, and a dynamic singer Robert Navarro. If you are an aficionado of salsa and merengue music, or you simply love to move and shake to an Afro-Cuban beat, your best bet at the XRIJF will be the hottest band this side of the Genesee. (RN)

David Byrne & St. Vincent This is an incredible collaboration between Talking Heads' main cabeza — or head Head — David Byrne and the stunning Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent. Within a brass-band format, this duo has created a sound that is awkwardly compelling, deliciously off-putting, grandiose, and brilliant. Want more adjectives? Buy a ticket. (FD) lovethisgiant.com

Djabe It's not hard to figure out why Djabe is the leading jazz-fusion band of Hungary. The group's name, which means "freedom" in the African Ashanti language, fits the group's approach. Djabe's music is filled with lush textures and appealing melodies, combining elements of world music, jazz, and Hungarian folk music. (RN) djabe.hu

Eero Koivistoinen Quartet Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen has an unusual musical notation at the top of some of his works: Collective Cacophony Improvisation. But, as in the case of other excellent free jazz groups, it takes a great deal of skill, intuition, and flexibility to achieve a level of cacophony that's challenging, urgent, and rewarding. (RN) eerokoivistoinen.com

John Nyerges Quartet For the last 19 years John Nyerges has served as pianist at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops concerts. A superb and in-demand keyboard player, he also plays in the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big Band, the Madeline Forster Band, and other groups. (RN) johnnyerges.com

John Patitucci Trio Over the last three decades John Patitucci has been among the most in-demand bassists in jazz and pop music. He's enhanced the music of Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, and Wayne Shorter on the jazz scene, while supporting Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Natalie Cole, and Sting on the pop side. (RN) johnpatitucci.com

Julian Arguelles Quartet Brit-born saxophonist Julian Arguelles, known for his work in Germany's HR Big Band, composes music that runs from the odd and lonely to the grandiose and epic. He has been commissioned to do pieces for the BBC and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, to name a few. (FD) julianarguelles.com

Michael Wollny Whether he's playing a Kraftwerk tune or a passage from Mahler, the young German pianist Michael Wollny has the dexterity, sensitivity, and the perfect dynamic touch to bring out the jazz in just about anything. A gifted improviser, Wollny reinvents the music every time he plays. (RN) michael-wollny.de

New Energy Jazz Orchestra Organized by saxophonist Carl Atkins and trumpeter Jonathan Kruger in 2006, the New Energy Jazz Orchestra features 17 of the top players in the region exploring adventurous compositions and arrangements by Atkins, Kruger, David Gibson, and others. (RN) geneseo.edu/arts/nejo

Nick Finzer New York City by way of Rochester trombonist Nick Finzer has hung up the crash helmet he wore as a member of The Po' Boys Brass Band and put on a jacket and tie. Though there isn't that brash brass wall of sound typically surrounding his exploratory style anymore, there's still a sense of adventure and a splash of that old vertigo within the more classic styling and profiling on his new release, "Exposition." (FD) nickfinzermusic.com

Shine On — The Universe of John Lennon Shine On brings together some of Canada's finest musicians to play the music of John Lennon and The Beatles. The group is made up of multiple vocalists and instruments that lend a new creativity to the music. With interesting harmonies and new arrangements, Shine On offers a unique twist on Lennon. (AC) aimbookingagency.com/roster/shine-on-the-universe-of-john-lennon/

Vince Ercolamento & Sidesteppin' Saxophonist Vince Ercolamento is known for his local gigs and his work with Prime Time Funk. A fine composer and a formidable improviser, Ercolamento joins Joe Chiappone, Paul Mastriani, and Peter Chwazik playing music by Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and others in Sidesteppin'. (RN) vinceercolamento.com

The Yellowjackets The Yellowjackets recently announced some big news: bassist Felix Pastorius (Jaco's son) has signed on. He'll join the all-star group featuring saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboard wizard Russell Ferrante, and drummer William Kennedy as they celebrate the group's 30th anniversary. (RN) yellowjackets.com

In This Guide...

    Friday June 21 - Schedule

    3:45, 4:30 & 5 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass)

    INTERVIEW: Pink Martini

    With equal dashes Esquivel lounge and Martin Denny exotica, chilled on retro rocks and poured into a Camelot-era America glass, Pink Martini is the ultimate in sophisticated pop cool and classic, jazzy swing. Since 1994, this ensemble from Portland, Oregon, has traveled the world plugging into orchestras along the way.

    Friday, June 21 - Artist Bios

    Bill Dobbins Bill Dobbins is director of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra, but European jazz aficionados know him as the long-time conductor of the WDR Big Band (1994-2002) and occasional conductor of the Metropole Orchestra. Dobbins is also an excellent pianist who has played with Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Peter Erskine.

    Saturday, June 22 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 22 - Artist Bios

    78 RPM Big Band This group originated in the early 70's as an Oktoberfest band in Western New York. Over the years it has traded the oom-pa-pa-oom for some sweet swing a la Glenn, Tommy, and Artie.

    Sunday, June 23 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    INTERVIEW: Marti Brom

    There's a spot in certain female voices — a transitional spot, if you will — between sweet vibrato and growl. Texas rockabilly songstress Marti Brom traverses this vocal twilight beautifully, leaving a slew of broken hearts in her wake.

    Sunday, June 23 - Artist Bios

    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.

    Monday, June 24 - Schedule

    Noon: Mike Kaupa Quartet Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

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    Monday, June 24 - Artist Bios

    Alfredo Rodriguez When Alfredo Rodriguez plays a ballad, he leans so far into the piano that you might think he's kissing the keys. In a way he is, with the exquisite touch of his fingers.

    Tuesday, June 25 - Schedule

    Noon: Nick Finzer Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    INTERVIEW: Anat Cohen

    When Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen steps out of her Brooklyn home, she finds herself between two worlds. Cohen resides in Williamsburg, a vital neighborhood in the New York jazz scene.

    Wednesday, Jun 26 - Schedule

    Noon: Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Wednesday, Jun 26 - Artist Bios

    Aaron Goldberg Trio When Wynton Marsalis hired Aaron Goldberg to play piano for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he called him "a modern improviser of great clarity, finesse, and dexterity." A sought-after sideman, Goldberg has lent his keyboard talents to Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and many others.

    Thursday, June 27 - Schedule

    Noon: Herb Smith Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120)

    INTERVIEW: Rudresh Mahanthappa

    It's not unusual for a jazz artist to lead several groups, but Rudresh Mahanthappa just might hold the record. He leads or co-leads 10 different ensembles.

    Thursday, June 27 - Artist Bios

    Bob James and David Sanborn with Steve Gadd Saxophonist David Sanborn has played with famous artists from every genre imaginable — David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, the Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, and Eric Clapton are just a few. For this concert he will be joined by keyboardist Bob James, drummer Steve Gadd, and bassist James Genus.

    Friday, June 28 - Schedule

    Noon: Karl Stabnau Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120)

    INTERVIEW: Gas House Gorillas

    So, five gorillas walk into a bar... But seriously folks, five guys from Brooklyn walk into a joint in Anytown, USA, and promptly take the stage.

    Friday, June 28 - Artist Bios

    Ben Taylor Imagine the expectation that comes with being the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Ben Taylor lives up to that expectation, but with a voice all his own.

    Saturday, June 29 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 29 - Artist Bios

    Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk No doubt you've seen his mug and heard his horn on the tube. For 15 years he honked his horn on "Late Night with David Letterman."

    Festival Information

    Tickets, Venues, Parking
    The 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Friday, June 21-Saturday, June 29

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