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June 24, 2008

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My favorites were the following:

Day 1:
Blue Vipers of Brooklyn - hot jazz that moved me to dance even in the 90 degree weather.

Day 2:
Robin McKelle - her voice is amazing! Her band was tight and they kept me entranced throughout the whole performance. Even better..she's a Rochester native.

Day 4:
Lou Donaldson Quartet - I am still in awe and am left speechless regarding Lou's drummer, Fuku. Lou had us in stitches!

Day 5:
Henderson-Owens-Smith - One of the things I love about Ulysses Owens is his ability to find the groove and get into that pocket that keeps the music alive. The energy and power this trio creates is almost magical.

Day 7:
Joe Locke blew me away with his vibe skills

Day 8:
Billy's Band and Barbara Dennerlein were my favorite's of that night. The alto sax player in Billy's Band was outta sight! These cats have some sweet skills and on top of that they are theatrical entertainers.

Day 9:
Oh man! What a night!!! Catherine Russell swung hard followed by the Soul Rebels Brass Band from New Orleans. I went to the Zydeco show after that, and I must say that killer rub board players are few and far between. Dwayne Dopsie has one of the best!

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