JAZZ | Nabaté Isles with Eastman Jazz Lab Band

JAZZ | Nabaté Isles with Eastman Jazz Lab Band

On his debut album, "Electronic Excursions," Grammy winning trumpet player Nabaté Isles plays tunes ranging from smooth jazz to hard bop, with a detour to funk. Since graduating from the Eastman School of Music, Isles has played with Christian McBride, Jill Scott, Dianne Reeves, and many others.

ROCK | Screaming Females

Beneath her shaggy 'do and proto-Amish duds, Screaming Females frontwoman Marissa Paternoster positively guts her guitar in a pure rock 'n' roll spectacle. It isn't so much a scream as a desperate, vibrato-drenched, and snotty howl from her pipes.

JAZZ | Thomas Heberer's X Marks the Spot

Fast-rising trumpeter Thomas Heberer has worked with a "who's who" of jazz luminaries, including Steve Lacy, Dave Douglas and Oliver Lake. Born in Germany in 1965, Heberer began playing at age 11.

BAROQUE AND DANCE | 'Keyboard and Key Moves'

The Memorial Art Gallery's season-opening concert in its Third Thursday series features an uncommon combination of keyboard music and dance called "Keyboard and Key Moves: Baroque Explorations in Synesthesia." While the performance will certainly showcase Eastman School of Music's beautiful Italian Baroque Organ, played here by Stephen Kennedy, an accompanying dance component that imagines aristocratic life in a French court invigorates the presentation.

CLASSICAL | Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

Former Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra music director Christopher Seaman makes his annual guest conducting visit this week. The program includes a 20th-century classic in Hindemith's "Symphonic Metamorphoses of Themes by Weber," and a 19th-century classic in Tchaikovsky's grandiose Fourth Symphony.

AMERICANA | Driftwood

Sometimes music fans are eager to pigeonhole a band: These fans see musicians playing string band instruments and they figure, "OK, string band." In the case of Binghamton's Driftwood, they'd be right — but only to a certain extent.

JAZZ | Joe Policastro Trio

You might hear an occasional Thelonious Monk tune and an original composition or two, but what separates the Joe Policastro Trio from other jazz combos is the rest of its repertoire. You might hear pop tunes like "1999" by Prince, "More Than a Woman" by The Bee Gees, or "Harvest Moon" by Neil Young.


Time for Three plays refined chamber music covers of everything from Bach to pop music such as Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek" and The Beatles' "Norwegian Wood." Based in Philadelphia, the trio has inspired audiences across the globe with its viral anti-bullying YouTube video, "Stronger."

JAZZ | Velvet Gentlemen

At the age of 12, Dan Willis (pictured) was already playing his saxophone and oboe on the Buffalo jazz scene. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music, in 1992 he headed to New York, where he gained a reputation as an adventurous player on sax and EWI (Electric Wind Instrument).

HIP-HOP-FUNK | Sophistafunk

Sophistafunk promotes strength in unity, with thought-provoking lyrics about societal activism in a crisp rap delivery. Based in Syracuse, the established trio of vocalist Jack Brown, keyboardist-bassist Adam Gold, and drummer Emanuel Washington recently added a new member, saxophonist Tommy Weeks of the Funky Dawgz Brass Band.

JAZZ | Jon Batiste

Pianist, singer, and composer Jon Batiste was already bursting with talent when he emerged to lead Stay Human as the house band on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." On his latest studio album, "Hollywood Africans," he brings his New Orleans roots to a variety of evocative compositions, whether originals or standards.


Coming off like the gentler side of Soundgarden, Big Wreck punches out its unrelenting, big rock sound with an amazing sense of melody. It's a multi-layered attack that grabs ahold of you and doesn't let go until you get it.

HIP-HOP AND JAZZ | Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs

Known for the viral dance hit, "Hit the Sean Payton," songwriter-trumpeter Shamarr Allen is a musical prodigy with down-to-earth charisma and unabashed love for his hometown of New Orleans. Backed by his band, The Underdawgs, Allen stays true to his roots by blending Cajun rhythms with hip-hop beats and jazz-tinged trumpet flourishes.

CLASSICAL | RPO plays 'Dvorák 8'

After a galvanic opening concert devoted to contemporary American music, this week's Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra program — with works by Haydn, Mozart, and Dvoák— may seem staid and conventional. But there's some welcome novelty here: the orchestra will be performing Haydn's beautiful Symphony No. 34 for the first time, and Dvoák's very tuneful, very popular Symphony No. 8 makes a welcome RPO return after almost two decades.

BLUES ROCK | The Dirty Pennies

The only thing that threatens to distract you from enjoying The Dirty Pennies' musicianship is their extremely strong songwriting. The band started out in 2012 as a duo full of rough-and-ragged, next-generation blues.


William Tyler is known as a former member of Lambchop and Silver Jews, but he also performs solo instrumental music that evokes inward and outward reflection. Released in January, Tyler's latest album "Goes West" demonstrates a cerebral shift in his playing, from electric to acoustic guitar — though electric instrumentation still enriches the music.


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