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JAZZ FEST 2013: City's Daily Jazz Blogs 

Reviews of Saturday night's shows, including Trombone Shorty, Gwilym Simcock, Five Play


The 2013 Xerox International Jazz Festival runs June 21-29, and City Newspaper has all the reviews, bios, schedules, and other information to make sure that you make the most of the festival.

EVERY NIGHT of the festival City's music bloggers will be out covering multiple shows. Check in first thing each morning for photos and reviews of the previous night's shows. A list of this year's blogs appears below.

Saturday, June 29

Ron reviews Gwilym Simcock, Five Play, Torben Waldorf

Willie reviews Marianne Trudel, Trombone Shorty

Frank reviews Tim Berne SnakeOil, Amy Lynne and the Gunshow

Friday, June 28

Ron reviews Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius, Gregory Porter, and Phronesis

Frank reviews Hilario Duran, Shemekia Copeland, James Hunter, and Gas House Gorillas

Willie reviews Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers

Paloma reviews Peter Frampton's Guitar Circus

Thursday, June 27

Eric reviews Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Mingo Fishtrap

Ron reviews Ravi Coltrane, Howard Levy, Rudresh Mahanthappa's GAMAK, and Zoe Rahman

Paloma reviews Carmen Souza and Bob James/David Sanborn/Steve Gadd

Wednesday, June 26

Frank reviews Lee Fields and The Expressions, Soweto Kinch, Rocky Lawrence

Paloma reviews Gretchen Parlato, Supertramp's Roger Hodgson

Ron reviews Goldings-Stewart-Bernstein, Aaron Goldberg Trio, Jacob Karlzon & Viktoria Tolstoy

Tuesday, June 25

Frank De Blase reviews David Byrne and St. Vincent

Paloma Capanna reviews Michael Wollny, John Nyerges Quartet, Eero Koivistoinen Quartet, and Djabe

Ron reviews Anat Cohen, John Patitucci Trio, Julian Arguelles, and Alfredo Rodriguez

Monday, June 24

Frank De Blase reviews The Dave Spinner B3 Band, The Sicilian Jazz Project, Violet Mary, and Chris O'Leary Band

Paloma Capanna reviews Courtney Pine, Hiroya Tsukamoto and Satoshi Takeishi, and the ESM-XRIJF Scholarship Performance

Ron reviews Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, Geoffrey Keezer, Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet, and Eric Alexander and Harold Mabern

Sunday, June 23

Frank De Blase reviews The Stretch Orchestra, Christine Tobin, and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Society Band

Ron Netsky reviews Rafael Zaldivar, Christian Wallumrod Ensemble, and the Dave Rivello Ensemble

Willie Clark reviews Mike Brignola and Friends, and BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

Saturday, June 22

Frank De Blase reviews Dr. Lonnie Smith, Willie Nelson, Delbert McClinton, and John Mooney

Ron Netsky reviews Matt Herskowitz, Terell Stafford, and Bruce Barth and Steve Nelson

Willie Clark reviews Halie Loren, YolanDa Brown, Loren and Mark, and Shuffle Demons

Friday, June 21

Frank De Blase reviews Nikki Yanofsky, Pink Martini, Dr. John, and The Hackensaw Boys

Ron Netsky reviews Patricia Barber, Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, Thiefs, and Christian McBride's Inside Straight

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For in-depth coverage of the festival, including schedules and exclusive interviews, check out City Newspaper's 2013 Jazz Festival Guide and our additional resources list, below.

What did you think of the festival? Any great shows? What is your favorite venue? Any tips on where to park or eat? Comment on these articles or post to City on Twitter and Facebook and we'll share your thoughts with our readers!

Countdown to Jazz Fest: Jazz Fest photo retrospective

Countdown to Jazz Fest: Where to eat at the festival

Countdown to Jazz Fest: More than just jazz

Countdown to Jazz Fest: Free show schedule

Jazz Blog: Meet City's jazz bloggers

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In This Guide...

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: Jazz Fest Photo Retrospective

    Frank De Blase's shots from Jazz Fests past
    This year marks the 12th edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. City Newspaper has been covering the event from the beginning, and staff photographer Frank De Blase has literally hundreds of shots of the artists who have played the festival over the years.

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: Where to eat at the Fest

    The official festival vendor guide, plus City's online restaurant listings
    You're liable to work up quite an appetite while checking out a night's worth of shows at the Jazz Fest. Thankfully, the festival provides.

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: What's FREE at the Fest

    More than 80 free concerts at six venues
    While the Eastman Theatre headliners and Club Pass shows require tickets, the 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will be loaded with free concerts -- in fact, there will be 81 free shows on six outdoor stages during the nine-day festival (running June 21-29). These concerts tend to get packed, so if you want a good spot show up early (bring a folding chair!).

  • JAZZ FEST 2013: More than just jazz

    Rock, blues, soul, funk, country and more on this year's bill
    I have many friends in Rochester who have never been to the Jazz Fest. The answer almost always comes down to, "I don't like jazz."

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