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Musician Bios: Monday, June 25 

Monday, June 25

BuJazzO (Jazz ensemble with film) This German ensemble is celebrating 100 years of the Bauhaus movement. It will perform a live music to picture program with some of the short films dating all the way back to 1916. Yes, it's as cool as it sounds. On Monday, BuJazzO will perform with the ESM Jazz Ensemble for the annual ESM-XRIJF Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Night. (FD)

Christian Sands (Straight-ahead jazz) Click here for a bio.

Cold Chocolate (Americana) Beantown band Cold Chocolate takes all the sub-elements of the broader term "Americana," mixes in some three-part harmonies, and comes out fresh and new with its acoustic muscle driving the point home. (FD)

Hanna PK (Blues piano) Hanna PK left her native South Korea and fell right into Rochester's lap of the blues. Her style is more barrelhouse and stride than you'd think as she rolls on through all 88. Pretty damn cool. (FD)

Jane Bunnett and Maqueque (Afro-Cuban jazz) For the last two decades, flautist and saxophonist Jane Bunnett has collaborated with a variety of Cuban musicians and has recorded award-winning albums combining the best of a contemporary jazz sensibility with the rhythmic roots of Afro-Cuban music. Her latest group, Maqueque, featuring five talented young Cuban women, creates an ambitious cross-cultural fusion. (RN)

Joe Farnsworth Quartet feat. Eric Alexander (Straight-ahead jazz) Drummer Joe Farnsworth has provided the beat for Pharoah Sanders, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, and many more. At the XRIJF he'll be joined by Eric Alexander, who cut his teeth with Charles Earland before joining a supergroup with George Mraz, John Hicks, and Idris Muhammad. Since then Alexander has made a name for himself as one of the most muscular sax players in jazz. (RN);

Johnny Goldtooth and the Chevy Casanovas (Instrumental rock) Johnny Goldtooth is the golden-grilled alter ego of Canadian guitar slinger Kevin Breit, who has guitar'd for Norah Jones, k.d. lang, The Sisters Euclid, and Irma Thomas. But he's pulling away with some wild guitar reminiscent of the late Texas troublemaker Evan Johns. It's raunchy, fun, and twangtastic. (FD)

Moon Hooch (Dance) For a bio, click here.

Nathan Kay Quintet (Straight-ahead jazz) Once you hear the sound of trumpeter Nathan Kay, you will not be surprised to learn that he won this year's National Trumpet Competition (jazz category). When Kay and his excellent quintet — Lex Korten on piano; Rowan Wolf, saxophone; Mikailo Kasha, bass; and Stephen Morris, drums — launch into one of his tunes, you'll be equally impressed with his compositional skills. Kay emerged from The Eastman School of Music ready to make his mark on the jazz scene. (RN)

Paul Jost (Vocal jazz) As a drummer, arranger, and musical director Paul Jost has worked with a variety of musician over the decades, including Billy Eckstine, Ann Hampton Callaway, and Bucky Pizzarelli. But in recent years he has moved into the spotlight as an expressive singer who can scat-sing with the best of them while delivering standards from the Great American Songbook. (RN)

Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why (Pop, soul) This is an incredibly tight band. It's got a healthy splash of pop cracklin' just below Mumford's soulful surface. Blue eyed soul for the next generation. Sounds a lot like Maroon 5. (FD)

The Royal Bopsters (Vocal jazz) The two women and two men in The Royal Bopsters all have great voices. Put them together and you get some unusual voicings on chords punctuated by voices poking out at every angle. The repertoire is full of standards but there is nothing standard about their delivery when these four voices add up to far more than the sum of their parts. (RN)

Strings Attached (Dueling guitars) Born at the Zinc Bar in New York City, Strings Attached features four of New York City's premier six-string jazz masters: Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Ron Affif, and Mark Whitfield. A sweet, noodle-y cacophony. (FD)

Teagan and the Tweeds (Rock) One of this city's premier acts. Fronted by vocal powerhouse Teagan Ward, this band is full of heavy hitters heavily hitting on some excellent songwriting. They can grind an audience into the ground. (FD)

Trail of Souls (Vocal progressive jazz) Norwegian piano trio In the Country has won fans at previous XRIJFs. This year the group will be fronted by fellow Norwegians singer Solveig Slettahjell and guitarist Knut Reiersrud. Along with some traditional Norwegian songs, Trail of Souls will also be exploring African-American spirituals popularized by singers like Ethel Waters and Mahalia Jackson. (RN)

Zara McFarlane (Vocal jazz) Over a cloud of curious jazz stylings, British vocalist Zara McFarlane stretches out on little vignettes of her own as well as stabs at time-honored classics that paint a picture of elegance and ease. (FD)

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