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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. After initial successes in the Canadian circuit and a subsequent health-necessitated break from touring, Pangman discovered Toronto's bluegrass and string-band scene. The singer's latest album was recorded in New Orleans, a fitting retreat for a true jazz lifer. (NP)

Arstidir See listing for Friday, June 26.

Bill Tiberio Band A top local musician and educator at Fairport High School, Bill Tiberio is a also soulful saxophone player with a funky, honking sound recalling the style of Maceo Parker. Over the years Tiberio has lent his talents to a wide range of artists, including Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, and The Four Tops. (RN)

Bobby Henrie and The Goners This band celebrates rock 'n' roll's big bang: the collision between white country and black blues. But The Goners ain't no throwback, Jack. They pump out big bad rockabilly with a swinging sophistication and jazzy aplomb. (FD)

California Honeydrops See listing for Friday, June 26.

Champian Fulton When Champian Fulton takes off on a piano solo, she rivals the finest keyboardists playing today. But that's just the half of it. Fulton is also a singer of great warmth and expression. Having grown up around her father's friends, like Clark Terry and Major Holley, it's no wonder she's emerged a formidable musical force. (RN)

Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen See feature on page XX.

Clifton Anderson Quintet At the age of 7, Clifton Anderson was given a trombone by his uncle, Sonny Rollins. That was the beginning of a career that has seen Anderson collaborating with Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, and, since 1983, his uncle. Since 1997 Anderson has expressed his own musical vision as a leader of his own band. (RN)

Culture Clash Before directing the music program at Rochester Institute of Technology, Carl Atkins, leader of the local band Culture Clash, was known locally for his leadership roles with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Hochstein School of Music. But it was before he came to Rochester that Atkins established his credentials on the jazz scene, playing with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, and Jaki Byard and co-directing the Thelonious Monk Institute. (RN)

Freshly Ground See listing for Friday, June 26.

GoGo Penguin In what seems like an endless chord progression of its own making, Manchester trio GoGo Penguin delivers its tunes in a gentle piano cascade full of wonderment and deceptively simple arrangements. Its complexity hides behind its beauty and willingness to skate the edge to include hip-hop and electronic influences to come in and pour out. (FD)

Ikebe Shakedown See listing for Friday, June 26.

Katie Ernst It's not necessarily clear what's accompanying what when it comes to the wonderful Chicago-based singer and bassist Katie Ernst. The Eastman School of Music educated Ernst is an insightful artist with a palpable hunger for something new. But it's her gentle, sincere voice that'll send you. Her latest album, Little Words is a collection based around the poetry of Dorothy Parker (FD)

Robin McKelle and the Flytones See listing for Friday, June 26.

Steep Canyon Rangers See feature on page XX.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Straight out of New Orleans with funk, big brass, and a lot of edge, Trombone Shorty has been a Jazz Fest favorite for years. He'll get the crowd going and let the music take over. It's as easy as that. (JC)

The Wood Brothers Though they ain't wood, they are real brothers who play up to the folk end of Americana with a timeless swing and lilt. Daddy was a molecular biologist who sang around the campfire and mama was a poet who instilled a turn of phrase in her boys. You'll like what they've raised. (FD)

XRIJF Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 19.

In This Guide...

  • Jazz Festival Guide 2015

    City Newspaper's guide to Rochester's biggest music festival. For more reviews, blogs, photos, and the latest news, check our website every day of the festival.

  • Festival Information

    Tickets, Venues, Parking and Additional Information

  • 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 - Schedule

    Thursday, June 25 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Doug Stone Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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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