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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. Michael (fiddle) and David (guitar) are joined by percussionists Billy Ware and Tommy Alesi, Mitch Reed on fiddle and bass, and Don Vappie on mandolin and banjo. (AC)

Bill Tiberio Band Bill Tiberio is a superb local educator, leading jazz bands and other ensembles at Fairport High School for more than two decades. He's also a sax man with a funky, honking sound reminiscent of Maceo Parker. Over the years he's shared the stage with Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, and The Four Tops. (RN)

Christine Tobin When listening to Irish-born songstress Christine Tobin, you can debate which of her many genre facets are there to color the rest. Is it the singer/songwriter depth that gives dimension to her airy jazz? Or is it the Brazilian and West African influences that blow the doors wide open? The answer is simple: yes. (FD)

Christian Wallumrod Ensemble Harp, cello, trumpet, and harmonium are some of the instruments employed by Norway's Christian Wallumrod Ensemble. When that eclectic aural combination tackles Wallumrod's progressive arrangements, the result is a sound somewhere between contemporary classical, jazz, and folk music that's as gorgeous as it is ethereal. (RN)

Dave Rivello Ensemble Trained by the great Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Rivello is a superb writer, arranger, and conductor. Grammy-winning jazz orchestra director Maria Schneider declared his writing "compelling and beautiful." With adventurous harmonies recalling composers ranging from Charles Mingus to Igor Stravinsky, Rivello's band can blow you away with dynamics or seduce you with subtlety. (RN)

Jack Allen Big Band Tenacious trumpeter and big-band leader Jack Allen has been blowing his horn since the age of 5, playing gigs since 12, and touring the United States with assorted combos since he was out of high school. He took over the Chick Edmond band in 1993 and continues to swing with the kind of elegance only a big band can bring. (FD)

Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band To say that the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band is merely a send-up to Satchmo would just be scratching the surface. This sweet and swingin' Big Easy-based ensemble celebrates this jazz pioneer's outlook on life and the joy his music continues to conjure. (FD)

Marti Brom See feature on page 14.

Mike Brignola and Friends Mike Brignola graduated from our own University of Rochester, where he played baritone sax in the Eastman jazz ensembles. He has played with legends like Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Bill Perkins. Brignola also spent seven years playing with Woody Herman in his big band. He will return to Rochester with his own band as part of this year's fest. (AC)

Paul Hofmann Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Eastman Community Music School and one of the most beloved piano teachers in Rochester, Paul Hofmann is also a gifted composer and interpreter of standards, not to mention one of the finest jazz pianists in upstate New York. (RN)

Rafael Zaldivar When Cuban pianist Rafael Zaldivar begins a classic like "La Comparsa," it's as if he were playing a Chopin nocturne. But as the piece progresses, the rhythms and harmonies grow increasingly complicated, matching the complexity of his improvisations. Over the years Zaldivar has shared the stage with greats like Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano. (RN)

Ritmo Seis Ritmo Seis is a local band that is bound to get even the most no-nonsense jazz fan dancing. The four Gonzalez brothers mix salsa, merengue, and bachata music. Freddy Gonzalez directs the band and plays guitar, Jose plays the bass, Angel plays bongos, and Eddie is the lead singer. (AC)

Shuffle Demons See listing for Saturday, June 22.

Sneider Brothers New York trumpeter John Sneider has played with old-school heroes like Max Roach and Clark Terry and contemporary artists like Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings. His brother, Rochester guitarist extraordinaire Bob Sneider has toured extensively with Chuck Mangione and played with many of the top names in jazz. (RN)

Stretch Orchestra They're long and tall and swing like a wreckin' ball. These tall (almost 20 feet when stacked end to end) Canadian stalwarts — multi-instrumentalist Kevin Breit of Norah Jones and Sisters Euclid fame; Matt Brubeck, who, if you don't recognize that name, perhaps you should take five; and Jesse Stewart — play a loosely brilliant instrumental music that offers frequent fractured detours to keep it lively and weird. (FD)

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.

  • Jazz Festival Guide 2013

    Exclusive interviews, artist bios and interviews
    CITY Newspaper's guide to the biggest music festival in Rochester! For more coverage, check our website every day of the festival for reviews, blogs, photos and more!

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Tuesday, June 25 - Artist Bios

    Alfredo Rodriguez See listing for Monday, June 24. Anat Cohen See feature on page 22.

  • 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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