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Jazz Around Town: The fireworks make it hard to hear the sax.....

As we get into July and many of you either leave town or have martial music on your platters, we are a little light this week in terms of live jazz, but there's still plenty. So, get out there and, in between picnics and fireworks, hear some jazz!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

  • Chris Potter Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Nite Fall with Amy Montrois @Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Wills McKenna's WillsBand @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, July 1, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ St Luke's Church's Jazz Cafe, Gazeboo in Maplewood Park. 100 Maplewood Avenue Rochester, 6:00 pm
  • Bob Dibaudo Trio with Rich Thompson @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Rt 250, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Adrian DiMatteo @ Hogan's Hideaway, 7:00 pm
  • Nate Coffey and the Nu Brew @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Tinted Image @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Brian Thomas with special guests Jared Sims and Paradigm Shift @ Lovin' Cup, 9:00 pm (door 8:00 pm).
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm

Saturday, July 2, 2011

  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Trinities Restaurant and Music Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Connie Deming @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Joe Santora @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Sunday, July 3, 2011

  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Jazz on the Boulevard (afternoon of Jazz and R&B at stage on Harrison St., off Hudson near North Street, 3:00 pm
  • Nikola Tomic & Mike Frederick @ Beale Street Cafe (South Ave., Rochester), 6:00 pm

Monday, July 4, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ City of Rochetser 4 of July Celebration, 7:30pm
  • Sean Jefferson @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm (sorry, eyes trailed and I got it wrong... not Parallel, that was last week).
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm (see above... no Julie Ketchum Trio).
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 7:30 pm
  • Cool Club Sextet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Paradigm Shift, Mambo Kings, Bill Tiberio's Band and Hard Logic @ Village of Webster "Jazz Fest", July 9, 5:00 to 9:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Kenny Garrett Quartet @ Hochstein School of Music, Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:00 pm (ETJ just announced a lineup through May 2012, so check it out...I'll add them here as they get closer).

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Contact Us" button above). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Unpacking the XRIJF . . . some thoughts, favorites & regrets

gvb imageNow that I've had a bit of time to recover and let it sink in, I thought I'd write one or two posts to unpack my experience this year at the 10th Rochester International Jazz Festival and, hopefully, start a conversation amongst you my readers (I'll join in as well...). 

One of the questions that people who met during the XRIJF—friends, "jazz fest friends," people you met in line, readers of this blog—was "who has been your favorites so far?" While the question for me is a bit harder as I managed to get to about 32 different Club Pass and other sets during the jazz festival, there were quite a few standouts: 

The above are not in any order (can't rank them as they are all so different and, in many ways, that would be comparing apples and oranges)

Of course, there were regrets. After hearing about it from a number of you, I wish I had been able to get Tia Fuller. I wish I could have fit in Regina Carter, Marcus Strickland,the Rodriguez Brothers, Davell Crawford. Finally, while I've explained why I do it, I still regret not seeing the performances of local artists throughout the festival. In some cases, it was not for want of trying, like the success of local bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst's first set, which made it next to impossible for me to get into the second.

This year at the Xerox Rochester international Jazz Festival was a year of discovery, of regrets, and of reaffirmations on why I go through the grueling marathon that is the nine days of the XRIJF (at least when you approach it as I do). However, I (publicly) promised that this year I would take it a little easier than I have in the past and, for the most part, I fulfilled that promise and had a much more relaxing time, listening to the music and people surrounding me, rather than focusing on "covering" the festival. I left my phone in my pocket and my iPad in my "gig bag" during sets and tried to focus on why I was there (OK, I took them out a few times before you start commenting "Liar! I saw you with it out at several gigs!" but tried to do that only when there was something being said or played from the stage that should get a wider audience or recorded in some way). At the end of the fest I was satisfied.... and begin the wait for next year.

So, who were your favorites? What regrets?  Click on the comment link at the end of this post, follow the directions, and let us know. Or you can add your thoughts on Twitter or Facebook, if you prefer.

Next up, some thoughts on what the success of the XRIJF means for the future....

 

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Jazz Around Town: Back to your regularly scheduled programming ....

Been catching up on sleep, work, and a lot of other things, but still have some things to write about final thoughts about the just past 10th Annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Will probably do a lot of that this weekend. Until then, here are your regularly scheduled Wednesday live jazz listings for the next seven days. As usual this time of year, it's a bit light...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

  • Katie Ernst @ Hochstein at High Falls Summer Concert Series, Granite Mills Park (Platt/Browns Race, Downtown), 12:15 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Babik @ Geneseo Community College Center for the Arts, Stuart Steiner Theatre, 7:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, June 24, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quintet @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Adrian DiMatteo @ Hogan's Hideaway, 7:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Reid Poole & Radiocraft @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Co. @ HarborFest, Ontario Beach Park, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 25, 2011

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz @ HarborFest, Ontario Beach Park, 1:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Connie Deming @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Co. @ HarborFest, Ontario Beach Park, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 26, 2011

  • Fred Costello & Co. @ HarborFest, Ontario Beach Park, 1:00 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz @ HarborFest, Ontario Beach Park, 4:00 4:30 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, June 27, 2011

  • Parallel @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Cool Club Quartet @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm
  • The Uptown Groove @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Eros Guitar Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

  • Julie Ketchum Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 7:30 pm
  • The Bowties @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Rush-Henrietta Graduate and Boston-based trombonist Brian Thomas with special guests Jared Sims and Paradigm Shift @ Lovin' Cup, Friday, July 1, 2011, 9:00 pm (door 8:00 pm).
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Kenny Garrett Quartet @ Hochstein School of Music, Saturday, September 24, 2011, 8:00 pm (ETJ just announced a lineup through May 2012, so check it out...I'll add them here as they get closer)

 

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Contact Us" button above). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Tailgating and the XRIJF endgame...Day 9 of the festival

I have a friend that lives near the festival site and met there with some friends on the last day to have a short tailgate party before heading out for our final evening of music. While we may start earlier, this may become a tradition that continues on the last day of the XRIJF... I like that. I left the tailgate (well, we were more on the stoop of my friend's apartment building, although we were in a parking lot, the cars were mostly parked elsewhere) and realized I should have left a bit earlier when I came upon the line for Regina Carter at Kilbourn Hall—my first choice for the evening. While I knew I would get in, I just didn't want to stand on Swan Street for two hours, so I headed up the alley to Gibbs and, eventually, got into the line for Jonas Kulhammar's first set at Max. While I regret not having the opportunity to hear Carter's Reverse Threads project with her take on integrating African music, seemed like a good choice as I wasn't sure I'd be able to hear other things and get into the late Kulhammar set.

flickr image Kulhammar poured on the charm and dry wit he's known for, fawning over us with his love of Rochester ("I'll have to spend millions on therapy if we're not invited again...") and its festival, producers, etc. I think he's actually sincere as this city has given him a lot of love over his 3 visits to the RIJF, plus he gets to "see his friends here and have lunch, dinner and breakfast at Dinosaur BBQ". While a comedian between the pieces in the set, Kullhammar's all business when it comes to playing. He and his band are tight, a testament to the 13 years they've been together. I've previously heard Jonas Kullhammar in the larger settings of the Xerox Auditorium and the Reformation Church, so getting a chance to hear their set in the more intimate environs of Max at Eastman Place was a treat. It was a great post-bop set with the chemistry of this band creating a whole that was more than the sum of its parts. For us first setters, Kullhammar left us with a final thought, telling us "I have bad new and good news ... The good news is that we're playing again at 10:00 pm ... the bad is that we've saved all the good ones for that set."

Wandered around a bit, listened to the Po'Boys Brass Band blowing down the crowd on Gibbs Street and catching a bit of The Budos Band, before taking the long route over to Montage (as I had done on Friday) to avoid the .38 Special crowd to catch my last show of the 2011 XRIJF—Ben Allison 3. I believe Allison was brought in to replace Supersilent and it was a great choice for the end of the festival for me. A trio with Allison's bass, backed by Steve Cardenas on guitar and Shane Endsley on trumpet, their set at 10:00 pm was mellow and quirky. The mellow I like at the end of the festival as...damn...I'm exhausted; quirky is just the way I roll with music. The sound was sort of like a Bill Frisell set with the focus on the bass, on which Allison is a monster.

Sated, happy, with a lot of great music from the past nine days dancing around in my head (and a few in my CD changer), I was somewhat happy that my friends had decided not to do the after hours scene, either at Rochester Plaza or Abilene. While I would have loved to catch the John Nugent/Jonas Kullhammar sax duel at the hotel after hours, but I was ready to put the toe tag on it. 

More over the next few days and, of course, my usual coverage of live jazz in Rochester. 

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Making my way through Day 8 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival

XRIJF imageThe Kenny Barron Trio brought the hall down at Kilbourn during the first set with a mixture of standards and his own compositions. In addition to bassist Kiyoshi Kitagowa, Barron completed his trio with drummer Johnathan Blake, who I've seen perform here before with Joe Locke in 2008, and more recently at Exodus to Jazz with pianist Lynne Arriale and bassist Omer Avital. Ranging from standard trio fare to calypso and a Eubie Blake solo piano number, Barron showed his mastery of his instrument and his good choices in bandmates. Drummer Blake played such a monster solo that those who were still breathing rose and gave him a standing O. I especially enjoyed the fast paced New York Attitude, which the group romper through at an incredible clip. 

Again, a deeper rut was carved in the path to the Reformation Lutheran Church, where I grossed next to catch the project of former E.S.T. Bassist Dan Berglund—Tonbruket—a Swedish word for "workshop." Although Berglund had been to a prior Rochester jazz festival with E.S.T., like many of the bands that grace the Church's stage, this was the first U.S. appearance for his new project. Berguland formed Tonbruket after the death of E.S.T.'s pianist Esbjørn Svensson in a scuba diving accident in 2008, with Martin Hederos on keyboards and violin, Johan Lindstrom on guitar and pedal-steel guitar, and Andreas Werliin on percussion. Lindstrom's pedal steel was probably the first of those instruments to be found on the stage at the Church, but he was not using it to get that country twang, but rather a haunting effect. The music was genré-less, moving from the ethereal, electronically-enhanced ruminations that are a common sound in the Nordic Jazz Now series, through anthemic rock, to an almost surf sound at times. The audience stayed in their seats and enthusiastically greeted Tonbruket in the first set. Another fine example of these artists pushing boundaries into new, and very satisfying, spaces.  

After a quick stop to listen to Elvis Costello near the beginning of a three hour set in Kodak Hall of Eastman Theatre, I made my way through the crowd on Gibbs and those listening to Trombone Shorty to the Montage (well, I went around through the walkway near Christ Church rather than try to move through the crowd itself), I sat down in a nearly empty Montage. While waiting for the last set of In The Country, I worked on this post and watched the XRIJF twitter stream for a bit.  In the Country hails from Norway (the Nordic Jazz Now series is popular enough that its artists sometimes come back to new venues) and is a piano trio with Morten Qvenild, bass player Roger Arntzen and drummer Pål Hausken. Some may remember them from last year and from the "torch fishing" story that Qvenild tells (fishing at night with flashlights and banging the temporarily light stunned and spawning trout  on the head with a handy object to catch them). In The Country music seems, well, connected to the country, the landscape around Oslo and the wildlife that inhabits it (Qvenild indicated that there is a beaver dam outside his apartment window) in their piece Beaver Creek, which had an almost gospel sound to it. It would rise and fall from introspective murmurs to a forceful torrent of sound, driven by Qvenild's piano. The chord changes in some of the songs in their set moved in odd ways, but they were oddly compelling. I then headed over to the Rochester Plaza hotel and spent a bit of time with some friends at the after-hours last night, which was pretty subdued for the penultimate night of the festival (albeit, I didn't stay to the bitter end).

We move on to the last night of the festival (is it over already?). We start out with violin of Regina Carter in Kilbourn Hall (this festival is one where I've started in Kilbourn almost every night... has been unusual in recent years). I'll then try to catch some of the Po'Boys Brass Band and the Budos Band. I decided to try to catch Jonas Kulhammar in the more intimate setting of Max to end out the festival this year. Now the lines and Kulhammar's popularity at the festival may throw these plans into some disarray, but I'm not worried. I've had a great 2011 XRIJF and heard more than enough good music to be sated.

Hope to see you on "Jazz Street"....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Keeping it light, at least until tonight ... Day 7 at the XRIJF

Started the evening out with the third Rochester Jazz Festival appearance of Bill Frisell. Here with his "Beautiful Dreamers" project with Rudy Royston on drums and Eyvind Kang on violin viola, Frisell was what I always expect when I hear Bill Frisell ... unexpected.  The opening number of the first set "began" when I noticed that Frisell and Kang's "tuning" was beginning to develop a pattern. The group then layered and developed these patterns further. He was mining a lot of sources as the set list that Frisell shared with Jeff Spevak (which was published in the mobile version of Jeff Spevak's article Bill Frisell experiments with the wild sidebut didn't make the final article) shows: (1) "Nobody's Fault But Mine," Blind Willie Johnson; (2) Untitled, Frisell; (3) "Subconscious-Lee," Lee Konitz; (4) "St. Louis Blues," W.C. Handy; (5) "Keep on the Sunny Side," The Carter Family; (6) "Baba Drame," Boubacar Traoré; and Encore: "Benny's Bugle," Benny Goodman, the Charlie Christian version.

XRIJF image

I then took the now well-worn path from Kilbourn Hall to the Reformation Church to catch ECM artists KUÀRA, which is Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and pianist Samuli Mikkonen, with Norwegian trumpeter & singer Per Jørgensen. This bass-less trio created beautiful, complex and sometimes challenging sounds in that space as they explored the folk music of an obscure area of Finland and Russian psalms found on their new disc. It was one of those concerts where the audience does not have a point to express their appreciation and, sometimes, expresses it at odd times not knowing whether the artists are done or not. Jørgensen played trumpet, hand drum and sang, ranging from the low drone of throat singing to beautiful vocalizing of the unknown tongue of the residents of that area.

Floated around after that, catching a couple of songs by k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang band in Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre and a bit of the Slavic Soul Party.  Tonight, it's Kenny Barron in Kilbourn, Tonbruket at the Reformation Church (again that well-worn path) and closing out with In the Country at Montage, with the interspersed time undecided. After hours... maybe... 

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Day 6 was light ... Now we head into the final stretch of XRIJF

XRIJF imageDue to an early presentation at work this morning, I played an adult on the Internet and limiting myself to one Club Pass gig last night—Greg Burk's Many Worlds. While I was not surprised given my research, by the thinning of the audience over their first set, I expect many were. There are sometimes people or groups at the festival who serve as talismans for me that I'm ini store for something different, sometimes challenging, often a great find. That group was at this gig... I enjoyed it.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

"Other" Jazz Around Town: The next seven days of live jazz OTHER than XRIJF

If you're looking for Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival listings, look in the right panel or click on the XRIJF image in the middle panel to go to their site. These are listings for the live jazz being played around town by those who ply their jazz trade throughout the year or have already played their XRIJF gig and are back to business as usual. If you can't get out to see them, like me, during the festival, come back on Wednesdays and I'll let you know where you can hear them in the future.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. with Steve Curry, Dave Spinner @ Trinities Restaurant and Music Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Burlone, Nichols & Griffith @ Star Alley (South Wedge, Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Tinted Image @ Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Meta Accord @ Decibel Lounge, 7:30 pm
  • Sonny Miles B-3 Organ Jazz @ The Kitchen Keg, Abbotts, 72 St. Paul St., Downtown, 8:00 pm
  • East End Jazz @ Havana Moes, 8:00 pm

Friday, June 17, 2011

  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.
  • Johnny Matt Band w/Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • John Britton @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Adrian DiMatteo @ Hogan's Hideaway, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Pier 45, 7:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Hard Logic @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Rt 250, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Nate Rawls @ Trinities Restaurant and Music Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Sonny Miles B-3 Organ Jazz @ The Kitchen Keg, Abbotts, 72 St. Paul St., Downtown, 8:00 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm
  • Christian Scott Band @ XRIJF Jazz Films at The Little (WXXI), 9:00 pm
  • James Moody @ XRIJF Jazz Films at The Little (WXXI), 10:15 pm

Saturday, June 18, 2011

  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.
  • Steve Greene Trio @ Bernunzio Uptown Music, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ TC Hooligans-Webster, 6:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger & The Allstars with Special Guest Juan Klappenbach from Argentina @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Sessions with David Lee Rad @ Decibel Lounge, 7:30 pm
  • Sonny Miles B-3 Organ Jazz @ The Kitchen Keg, Abbotts, 72 St. Paul St., Downtown, 8:00 pm
  • Connie Deming @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Blues Band, The Lodge at Woodcliff, 8:30 pm
  • Las Vegas Nights @ Lemoncello, 9:00 pm
  • Catherine Russell @ XRIJF Jazz Films at The Little (WXXI), 10:15 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm
  • The Bad Plus @ XRIJF Jazz Films at The Little (WXXI), 10:15 pm

Sunday, June 19, 2011

  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, June 20, 2011

  • Jim Nugent @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jon Greeno Trio @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Cavallaro's Dixieland Band @ Green Lantern Inn, 6:00 pm
  • The Uptown Groove @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

  • Bob Sneider Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift with RIJF alumni @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 7:30 pm
  • The Bowties @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Artie Shaw Orchestra @ Smith Opera House, Geneva, 7:00 pm

 We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Contact Us" button above). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Short, but sweet... Day Five of the Rochester International Jazz Festival

I'm focusing on being a responsible adult (for a couple of days at least) and Tuesday (and today) I am limiting my schedule at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. That doesn't mean you have to, so go jazz amongst yourselves...On Tuesday, I managed to get out to hear a few things.

Started out with The Trio of Oz with Rachel Z and Omar Hakim, joined by bassist Solomon Dorsey (usually, the Ozzies gig with Maeve Royce, but Dorsey was more than up for the task). The Oz's thing is to take the rock music—the music of bands like Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, New Order, Alice In Chains—and transform the underlying song into a multilayered post-bop jazz exploration. I use the word "transform" because they don't just play the tunes with a jazz instrumentation; their renditions rarely retain much resemblance to the originals.

I headed into the Big Tent for a frosty beverage and was treated to part of the set by local Latin Band, Calle Uno. I love salsa, merengue, mambo, you name it, and was happy to spend a half-hour listening to this great (and quite large) band who were really tearing it up.

Reformation Lutheran Church was the next stop for Danish bassist Jasper Høiby and Phronesis. Høiby, very tall (almost as tall as his bass...), was very personable as he chatted up the audience. He noted that he and the band were excited to be there and said something like: "We're playing the States! Do you know how much that means to us?  This is YOUR music... we just play it."  It expressed a lot about how some of these young European and other global jazz artists who come play festivals in the U.S. like XRIJF and the excitement they feel when they play for us at the festival. I think it is a symbiotic relationship as we often react to that enthusiasm with our response as an audience. This is one of the signature things about the Nordic Jazz Now series at the Reformation Church.  Phronesis was a great trio of musicians. With Høiby often holding down a driving bass groove and pianist Ivo Neame, and drummer Anton Eger improvising around it, the trio was powerful and dynamic, moving from minuet quiet to rock anthem heavy and back again. Aton Eger was amazingly fast and inventive (he also had the most imaginative haircut to date). Eger also did something during his first solo that I've seen before that always amazes me. In a lightning-fast run, he dropped a stick and magically one appeared in his hand and he played on without missing a beat.

After Phronesis, I started heading for my car, but stuck my head in catch a bit of Bela Fleck and the Original Flecktones in the Big House. Came in during one of Howard Levy's amazing harmonica solos and left with one of Victor Wooten's bass solos ringing in my ears (with a lot of Fleck's amazing electric banjo in between). 

If you're onTwitter then follow @jazzrochester or the list of tweeting XRIJF artists and other XRIJF sources I've been building. Use the hash tag #XRIJF to join the conversation (and if you have room and want to be included in the D&C's coverage, #rocjazz. If you don't want to sign up for Twitter, but want to check out the conversation anyway, then click on the XRIJF on Twitter button at the top of this page for a running stream of tweets from the festival and festival artists who tweet. A lot of will also be republished on the or Jazz@Rochester Facebook page (which you can Like in the middle column). 

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Still at it after all these days... Day 4 of the XRIJF

My feared illness was a no show, instead most likely the result of a local tree spewing forth its pollen, so feeling better I ventured out into the venues of the XRIJF on Monday, although decidedly subdued in consumption of beer and street meat. 

XRIJF imageStarted out with the subtle mastery of guitarist Jim Hall. I loved the way he would break apart a well-worn tune like My Funny Valentine and put it back together in a unique way, coming at its themes from different angles.  With a stellar group of musicians behind him—Greg Osby on sax, Steve LaSpina on bass, and Joey Baron on drums—though stooped and slow in movement onto the stage, was nimble on the guitar and witty in the between tune repartee with the audience. Billy Strayhorn's Chelsea Bridge, featuring Osby, was a highlight for me.

In what seems to have become a pretty worn path, I headed over to the Lutheran Church of the Reformation to catch Finnish pianist Mika Pohjola (although Mika ended up with a quartet, rather than the quintet indicated). While part of the Nordic Jazz Now series the players were all based in NYC, although hailing mostly from other parts of the globe. There was a lyrical, almost classical style to Pohjola's playing, sometimes sparse and minimalist repetition of phrases. He would work a theme or a short burst of notes (and he could play these "bursts" with lightning speed), over and over, with slight variations throwing in different colors. Intricately composed with interweaving lines between the piano, sax and other instruments caused Pohjola's bandmates to be constantly checking with each other for cues on where they were heading. 

After leaving there and downing a cup of that great Beale Street gumbo (and a malty beverage), with some regret that I couldn't get the Rodriguez Brothers in, I headed over to Montage with some friends to catch the funky grooves of Triodes, a project of Toronto musicians Michael Occhipinti and Mark Neufeld (with Michael's brother Roberto, who Michael quipped probably has stock in this jazz fest given all the times he appears here with one group or another). Working the grooves of Occhipinti's Big Belly (an ode to his son and, apparently, his son's mother's pregnancy) to start, they played a long set of original material and covers of the Meters (yes, in the second set we also were "clucking" to the Meters' Chicken Strut as they had in the first)and reggae. Try as they might, and the music had the groove to do it, they could not get the tired, late Monday show audience off their bums and dancing—including this one, although I thought my chair might break from the bouncing I was doing.

Due to some responsibilities at work and elsewhere, I will be taking it pretty light on Tuesday and Wednesday, reducing my schedules posted here and here a bit (although I encourage you to try them all...). Tonight I'm catching Trio Oz and then Phronesis. Tomorrow, only Many Worlds with Greg Burk at Max.

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Jazz Passengers and Nicolaj Hess Global Motion+ were enough...

Perhaps I didn't relax enough, but the past few weeks (months... haven't had a day off since beginning of the year) seemed to catch up with me.  Jury is still out on whether I'm sick or just some tree has started spewing its stuff into the air, but it took the wind out of my sails last night toward the end of Nicolaj Hess & Global Motion + at the Nordic Jazz Now Series.  

Started out with the Jazz Passengers, a reunited band that was originally formed in 1987. This group, fronted by original founders saxophonist Roy Nathanson and trombonist Curtis Fowlkes were out to have some fun playing for us in Kilbourn Hall, mixing in social activism, comedy, a lot more singing than anyone expected, and some general sonic mayhem and glee at times, but always bringing it home. It is probably the only time the Peaches & Herb triple platinum hit Reunited has been heard on the Kilbourn stage (lyrics revised to suit the bands recent getting together and recording an album of the same name).

XRIJF imageWent over next to the Nordic Jazz Now Series to catch Nicolaj Hess Global Motion +. Although all of these great young musicians are now based in NYC, they hail from all over the world. The music, composed by Hess (there was also one wonderful composition by saxophonist Mark Mommaas before I left) was almost classical in sound at times (as was Hess's piano playing). Pulling in global influences, it was rooted in jazz and sounded wonderful as it filled the great sonic space of the Reformation Lutheran Church.  

Caught some of Ronnie Scott's All-Stars but left and then, after wandering around a bit, realized what I needed to do and went to my car and drove home. My throat had started hurting earlier in the evening and I had started feeling more than a little run down earlier (as might be expected anyway on the schedule I've been keeping the last 3 days). Decided to listen to my body for once.  I may or may not come out tonight depending on what my body's telling me then (and if I think I'm actually sick, I won't be, as I'm sure you don't wanting me sharing that in addition to posts and tweets, etc). If I did, I'm sure I'll be starting with the legendary Jim Hall in Kilbourn and, if I have enough energy the rest of my picks for Monday. It's been going around, so maybe it finally caught up to me.  Will suck if I have to sit out part of the festival, but I've heard some great sounds already, so I'll muddle through... if so, please listen to jazz amongst yourselves. 

Hope to see you on Jazz Street....

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From a trio of trios to 2 trios & a quintet of trios... Second night of the XRIJF

As I thought, on the second evening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, my path diverged from that I set before, but it was for a good cause—just enjoying the music where I was at too much to leave. A satisfying (and much more relaxed) evening throughout, I started out at the Bill Charlap Trio's first set at Kilbourn Hall. As a friend remarked, this is the Rolls Royce of piano trios, with Charlap joined by bassist Peter Washington and drummer Kenny Washington. It was definitely a fine ride through a night marked mostly by Bernstein compositions, with some Gerry Mulligan, Arlen and others mixed in. Ending the set with an incredible medley from West Side Story at the end that weaved themes from that musical into the improvisations from a number of angles. They were tight; always seeming to know where the music was heading and spot on the mark when needed. City's Ron Netsky and D&C's Anna Reguero wrote about it here and here.

First trio down, I headed over to the Nordic Jazz Now series at the Reformation Lutheran Church for the Arild Anderson Trio. With Tommy Scott on saxophone counterpointing Anderson's inventive bass playing—adding electronic effects and bowing in creating the soundscapes. Drummer Paolo Vinaccia was an amazing and also inventive percussionist, never once using drum sticks, but creating his own sounds with mallets and brushes (and as Ron Netsky pointed out in City, what appeared to be small hand brooms (I was in the balcony, so couldn't see them well enough to be sure). These three artists were each amazing musicians and Arildsen's music was beautiful.

XRIJF imageThe play on words in this posts title is, of course, meant to add up to 15, which was the number of players in the big band Ensemble Denada (yes, that's in "de nada" in Spanish, which means "it was nothing"). The compositions of Norwegian band leader and trombonist Helge Sunde (he was also a witty M.C.) were complex, dynamic, and quirky. The musicians in the band were all great musicians and were almost all given a chance to shine on solos. All behind this, literally, were black and white visual images and electronic sounds being "played" on a number of Apple laptops and other gear. I decided early in the show that there was no way I was leaving until this was over as it was, again, one of those truly unique things you'll only get a chance to hear at XRIJF.

This evening at the XRIJF was one of those that keeps reminding me why I puy myself through this marathon every year. I had heard some truly wonderful jazz over these hours, jazz that came from a number of angles and points on the globe, and then was able to meet up with some of my friends for a beer and some Americana over at the new after hours at Abilene. Truly satisfied again, I headed home to get some rest before heading out again today. Right now my itinerary is departing some from what I published before. I think I'm going to continue the "Kilbourn Hall first" streak and see the Jazz Passengers at 6:00 pm, followed by Nicolaj Hess Global Motion+ and then float from there, perhaps taking in Ronnie Scott's All-Stars or moving through several options. 

If you're onTwitter then follow @jazzrochester or the list of tweeting XRIJF artists and other XRIJF sources I've been building. Use the hash tag #XRIJF to join the conversation (and if you have room and want to be included in the D&C's coverage, #rocjazz. If you don't want to sign up for Twitter, but want to check out the conversation anyway, then click on the XRIJF on Twitter button at the top of the page for a page with a running stream of tweets from the festival. A lot of will also be republished on the or Jazz@Rochester Facebook page.

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Day One of XRIJF...Haven't learned to relax yet...

Great first day of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Weather was great.  Managed to hear Kevin Eubanks, some of Mark Murphy's and Soweto Kinch's second sets, and Matt Wilson's Arts & Crafts. Have to say that Matt Wilson's Arts and Crafts will be one of my highlights from this festival (as it was the last time they appeared). last time they appeared at RIJF). Matt will be playing with Gary Verace Trio in the Italian Series tonight. Although there was one tune they seemed to be still working out, this band stunning musicianship, their tight work as a group, and Wilson's humor and inventive drumming made it a treat.  I really wish I could have worked in more of Brit Soweto Kinch's set, although I stuck around the after hours long enough to hear a great solo from Kinch when he played near about 2:00 a.m. 

Soweto Kinch afterhours

I engaged in some speculation in my last post before the XRIJF started up about writing more from the festival, relaxing more, and running around a bit less, "special posts" and the like. Wasn't truly successful in that in trying to keep to that new "regimen" and I'm already seeing a lot of posting will just not happen if the "relaxing more" thing is to be done.  This is especially true as I will be working all next week, perhaps half-days on some. Don't want to set expectations either for you or myself that I will not be able to keep. So, while I'll occasionally write a post and may post some pictures and other shorter items, most of the "work" I do on this blog is done before the festival, so I can concentrate on the music and fun during its 9 days. I'll just try to put people and information about the festival together as much as possible, using my most effective tools.

The fact is, that there are a lot of people writing about the festival, many of whom are actually paid to do so and do it pretty darn well. Yesterday as I went from venue to venue, and the after hours, I was mostly working the Twitter backchannel to the festival, stoking the hashtag #XRIJF conversation where possible. This morning I have been feeding links to the writing that is being done out there about the first day and coming artists to the @jazzrochester twitter account and Jazzz@Rochester Facebook page. There are a reviews of Day One by writers at City Newspaper and the Democrat & Chronicle, plus a new Jazz Stories video with Tia Fuller. I encourage you to check them out. There's an interesting post  by Patrick Jarenwattananon in National Public Radio's A Blog Supreme about the festival and the pull between festival and "jazz."  Also check out the Storify story created by D&C Young Professionals Editor Todd Clausen that pulls together a lot of the social media coverage of XRIJF (although curiously missing the D&C's hashtag #rocjazz). If you're onTwitter then follow @jazzrochester or the list of tweeting XRIJF artists and other XRIJF sources I've been building. Use the hash tag #XRIJF to join the conversation (and if you have room and want to be included in the D&C's coverage, #rocjazz. If you don't want to sign up for Twitter, but want to check out the conversation anyway, then click on the XRIJF on Twitter button at the top of the page for a page with a running stream of tweets from the festival. A lot of will also be republished on the or Jazz@Rochester Facebook page.

Tonight I'm hitting Bill Charlap Trio, Arild Anderson Trio, Ensemble Denada (which got a lot of buzz last night), and then may float for awhile.  See you on Jazz Street!  Come up and say hello if you see me....

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Classic start... See where it leads...

Although it doesn't happen every year, I often start the festival about 4:30, standing in line for the first act of the festival at the corner of the Eastman building at alley, beer in hand, listening to the great local high school bands, and seeing and catching up with friends I see only at the festival or meeting new ones. This is one of those years...

Just got out of my first one (Kevin Eubanks) and already I'm thinking of diverging from the itinerary. Gonna catch a bit of Mark Murphy and then float for awhile....

So to contrast the previous post, here it is again a few hours later...





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A few final thoughts before we get this XRIJF party started...

Hey...where is everybody ... oh right the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival starts tomorrow.... After picking up my credentials, I'm trying to relax a bit on the porch before the nine days of music, street food, beer, and lack of sleep begins. Thought I'd bang out (well, the virtual keyboard on my iPad is pretty quiet...) a quick post about where you'll find me over the next nine days . . . at least virtually.

First, you'll find me on these "pages." I'm going to try to write more from the festival and run around a bit less...must...start...relaxing more. My focus will be on hearing some great music and spending some time with my "jazz festival" friends, but I'm going to try to bring some of the flavors to you from throughout the festival. Put your email address in the box in the middle panel or add my feed to your favorite reader to get all of these automatically delivered (if you live in the area, you'll then also get my weekly live jazz listings for in and around ROC after the festival ends). I've got some ideas for some special posts, etc., but won't commit as things are always fluid once XRIJF gets started. Check out the upper right panel for links to my picks for each day of the festival, with links to more info about those artists, video of them performing, and streams of some of their music.

If you're onTwitter then follow @jazzrochester or the list of tweeting XRIJF artists I've been building. Use the hash tag #XRIJF to join the conversation... I'll try to keep up throughout the festival. If you don't want to sign up for Twitter, but want to check out the conversation anyway, then click on the XRIJF on Twitter button at the top of the page for a page with a running stream of tweets from the festival. A lot of will also be republished on the or Jazz@Rochester Facebook page.

So, so long until we meet on "Jazz Street" or on the Interwebs.....

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Jazz Around Town: Where to find live jazz around town OTHER than (or in addition to) XRIJF

Yes, Virginia, there is jazz in town other than in and around "Jazz Street" (Gibbs) in the East End of downtown Rochester, where the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will begin its 10th Anniversary 9-day run this Friday. There are more local artists appearing at the festival this year than in my recent memory, but there are still some who will be plying the usual venues and many local artists who will be at the festival are also playing gigs elsewhere in town. If you can't get to the festival this year, perhaps support our local folks at one of these gigs?  I would call venues first to make sure that the listed gigs are actually going on.  Additionally, I'll try to capture as many of those as possible and will update this page as I hear about more gigs "on the street" and otherwise.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

  • Dave Chisolm Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Experience @ Carribean Chateua (104 Platt St., High Falls District, 7:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Co. @ Abilene, 8:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift & RIJF Alumni @ Scotland Yard Pub, 187 St Paul St., Rochester, 9:30 pm

Friday, June 10, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Adrian DiMatteo @ Hogan's Hideaway, 7:00 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Alana Calhoon @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm
  • Quintopus @ Tala Vera Cantina, 9:00 pm (just down the street from the XRIJF after hours party)

Saturday, June 11, 2011

  • Madeline Forster with Chris Ziemba, Dave Mancini & Geoff Saunders @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion and Jazz Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Contingent @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Connie Deming @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Tinted Image @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • John Cole Band @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm
  • Jive Street Five @ Lemoncello, 9:00 pm
  • Might be some action @ Havana Moes in the East End

Sunday, June 12, 2011

  • New Jazz Mass and Jazz Concert: Composer Karen Noble Hanson and Metro Connection @ Christ Church, East Ave., 10:45 am
  • Jazz Concert @ St. Paul's Church, 25 Westminster Road & East Avenue, 3:45 pm
  • Mike Allen @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Footnote @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, June 13, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Uptown Groove @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Gabe Condon @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Quatro @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

  • The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jeff Elliot @ Havana Moe's, 6:15 pm
  • Paradigm Shift & RIJF alumni @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 7:30 pm
  • The Bowties @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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Picks for the rest of the XRIJF before I run out of time...

I'm running out of time and steam, and my nose is otherwise to the grindstone, so to end up where I want to be by Friday, when this party gets started I'm condensing my picks for the last two days of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival into this post. I'm going to just give you the picks and a couple of links (and not drone on about them as much—sure you won't mind).june 18 & 19 picks image

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. I've mined a few sources and video (in addition to those on the XRIJF site) from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) on Friday and Saturday, June 17th and 18th, at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival:

The Picks

June 17th

  • Kenny Barron Trio @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm (also 10:00 pm): Getting some of that good old trio sound from this master of the piano. Here is a video of a 2002 concert in Italy with Ron Carter and Billy Cobham on If I Were A Bell
  • Tonbruket @ Nordic Jazz Now at Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 7:30 pm (also 9:30 pm): This band was formed by the bassist for the great Scandanavian group E.S.T., which is no more after the untimely death of Ejsbjörn Svensson in 2008. Here is a video of Tonbruket playing Song For "E", a tribute to the late pianist Svenssoon at the Between the Beats Festival last year.
  • Jonas Kullhammar Quartet @ Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 9:00 pm (also 6:30 pm): Swedish saxophonist Jonas Kulhammar has been to the Rochester festival a number of times now, playing most of the venues on offer. Here is some video of the Quarte from 2010 at the Sigurdsgatan 25 club in Sweden (a two-parter, here and here, unfortunately you'll have to wait until you see him to get the jokes).
  • In The Country @ Montage, 10:00 pm (also 6:00 pm): The Nordic Jazz Now series is pretty popular so the groups appearing for the series often turn up in other venues.  I think I missed In the Country, a trio out of Norway in a previous visit to the XRIJF in 2007, but you can watch them performing in the Reformation Lutheran church here. You can listen to their music through their site and their MySpace page.

As I went to college in the early 1980s, Elvis Costello & the Imposters have been in my musical life for a long time and I'd love to go hear him in the Big House, but it's sold out and they won't likely even let me take a peek. I doubt he will get thrown out of the place like the last time he was in ROC. Also would like to hear the soul sounds of the Ryan Shaw Band or Jason Yarde & Andrew McCormack "MY DUO" at the Christ Church Made In The UK Series. If you're ready to party, Trombone Shorty is back to bring the funk on the City of Rochester East Ave. & Chestnut St.

June 18th

  • Regina Carter @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm (also 10:00 pm): I love where artists bring in other traditions into their music and I've yet to hear the violinist perform, so I'm looking forward to Regina Carter bringing her "Reverse Thread" project to the Kilborn Hall stage. The project weaves African influences, including the kora (which is missing from this year's festival). Here's four minutes of the title track and Carter's "Tiny Desk Concert" for National Public Radio. 
  • Po' Boys Brass Band @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, 7:15 pm (also 9:15 pm): Glad it worked out so I could take another detour from my usual avoidance of local bands as I have not caught the Po' Boys in quite awhile and have missed most of their previous appearances at the festival.  Here they are performing at last year's XRIJF
  • The Budos Band @ Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent, 8:30 pm (also at 10:00 pm): Keeping the brass heavy theme (gotta love a band with two baris) going, I'll be catching this band from Staten Island that mixes up the influences to bring on a groove. Here they are at last year's at a program recorded during last year's Bumbershoot festival in Seattle doing Black Venom. Listen to more on their MySpace page.
  • Ben Allison 3 @ Montage, 10:00 pm (also at 6:00 pm): Ben Allison's trio will be a welcome cooling off period after the previous two picks and a great way to close out the festival. I tend to do that at Montage for some reason....  Here is Ben playing trio at one of my favorite haunts in Chicago, the Green Mill. 

You might also want to catch local Dave Rivello Ensemble or a more intimate set with the Jonas Kullhammar Quartet at Max of Eastman Place if you missed them on the 17th (or if you, like many at the RIJF are big fans of Kulhammar...).

Local & Regional Talent

As Jazz@Rochester exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have living and working in and around Rochester (you can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page), I'm highlighting the local artists appearing on stages each night. Here are the ones for Tuesday, June 16th:

Local and Regional, June 17th:

Local and Regional, June 18th:

Let me know what you're going out so hear on the last two days in the comments to this post, or on the Jazz@Rochester on Twitter or Facebook.

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Finding my way through Thursday, June 16th at the XRIJF

june 16 picks imageI'm running out of time on these posts so the next one may take us on in to home plate for he XRIJF on Saturday, June 18th. Hope you don't mind, but the day job is calling and there's so much more to do to prepare for the marathon that is my jazz festival.

My Thursday of the XRIJF finds me starting out with an artist who has returned to Rochester quite a few times and ends with one who is about to leave Rochester, with some Finns, a Norwegian and Canadians in between to get my international jazz thing on. 

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. I've mined a few sources and video (in addition to those on the XRIJF site) from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) on my walkabout on Thursday, June 16th at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival:

  • Bill Frisell @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm (also 10:00 pm): Guitarist Bill Frisell has appeared at Rochester's jazz festival several times, but each time you see him he's on another project that may take him and whatever group he brings in a completely different direction, so it's like seeing a different artist every time. I believe he is bringing his Beautiful Dreamers project here this year. There are some cuts from this CD on the Songline/Tonefield Production site and Nate Chinen did a review of a Beautiful Dreamers gig at the Village Vanguard in the New York Times. Also, get a inside Frisell's head a bit in this "Big Think" interview from last year. Although I didn't run across any video from the Beautiful Dreamers project, here's one of Frisell covering La La La Means I Love You in Kilbourn Hall during XRIJF 2007. 
  • KUÀRA Trio @  Nordic Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, 7:30 pm (also at 9:30): KUÀRA trio is Finnish drummer Markku Ounaskari and pianist Samuli Mikkonen, with  Norwegian trumpeter/singer Per Jørgensen have created improvisations merging Finnish folk music with other Middle Eastern and Chinese sounds. As set out in a recent announcement about their tour, “Kuára” takes as its inspirational starting point Russian psalms and Fenno-Ugrian folk songs from Udmurtia, Vepsä and Karelia." As with a number of the artist brought for the Nordic Jazz Now series, this group's music has a haunting, ethereal sound that will be wonderful in the Reformation Church space. Listen to excerpts of the group's music on the ECM site for the group's CD Kuara and on Ounaskari's Myspace page, as well as Mikkonen's Myspace page, and Per Jørgensen's Myspace page. To get a taste of this group live, there are videos of Udmurtian folk song Sjuan Gúr and the rest of the piece Soldat Keljangúr linked to in the XRIJF artist page.
  • Celebrating Oscar Peterson with The Dave Young Quintet @ Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 9:00 pm (also at 6:30 pm): Canadian bassist Dave Young's stint with the Oscar Peterson Trio spanned 30 years, playing all over the world with Peterson until his death in 2007, so if anyone knows how to celebrate his music, it's probably Mr. Young. Young also spent five years in the early 60s as a member of guitarist Lenny Breau's quartet and has worked with a virtual Who's Who of jazz, including Clark Terry, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Zoot Simms, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, Nat Adderly, Peter Appleyard, Gary Burton, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Kenny Burrell and James Moody. Here he is with his Quartet walking through Backyard Blues and with the Oscar Peterson Trio in Tokyo in 1987 (with Joe Pass thrown in for good measure).
  • Katie Ernst Trio @ Max of Eastman Place, 10:00 pm (also at 6:15 pm): I'm probably making an exception to my usual leaving local artists off my XRIJF itineraries (I discussed my reasons for that in an earlier post) for Katie Ernst. Katie just graduated from Eastman and, I've been told, may be moving back to the Chicago area (yea, Chicago!) where she's from to begin her post-graduate career (I say that as she's been busy as a professional musician for some time). Ernst is very talented as a bassist and singer (and I've been impressed with her savvy in the online world and social media, as well). I'd like to hear her in the "big leagues" of the XRIJF as, to date, my few times to get a chance to hear her have been either her playing in the pickup band that plays Havana Moe's on Saturdays or singing backup for Bitchin' Kitchen. I'm sure she's up for the task....   Here's a video of Katie sings and plays on But Not For Me in one of Chicago's premiere jazz rooms, Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase in 2009 and get it all on Ernst's YouTube channel, and of course the first of this year's first D&C "Jazz Stories" below.

My wife Dianna has a ticket to see k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang in the Big House.  I've liked k.d. Lang's music for a long time (in fact, the only CD that both my wife and I both had when we met in 2002 was Ingenue), so may step in for awhile to listen if I can. Others who I'd lke to hear, but it looks like will not be able to work in are the NRBQ survivors The Spampinato Brothers at Abilene, the "architect" of James Brown's sound and former Rochesterian Pee Wee Ellis with his Funk Assembly at Harro East, and Slavic Soul Party!.

As Jazz@Rochester exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have living and working in and around Rochester (you can find links to many of their sites on my Rochester Jazz Artists page and hear many of them throughout the year), I'm highlighting the local artists appearing on stages each night. Here are the ones for Tuesday, June 16th:

Let me know what you're going out so hear on the 16th in the comments, or on the Jazz@Rochester on Twitter or Facebook.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

It IS about who you don't know on June 15th of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (well mostly...)

Wednesday's artists (at least those who are not active on the local and regional scene) at the Rochester jazz festival are, for the most part, squarely in the "who I don't know" part of festival music director's John Nugent's "It's not who you know, it's who you don't know" catchphrase for the XRIJF. june 15 picks imageHowever, that does not leave me feeling lost, but rather (at least for me) allows more freedom to choose where to sit down and listen. It also is usually an opportunity to find new sounds to become part of my regular aural tapestry in the future. I'm setting up my itinerary with only three slots again on this night, which will allow me even more freedom because I'll be filling in that slot with one or more of the great choices on the 6th night of the XRIJF.

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. Where available, I've mined a few additional sources and video of the artists from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) during my perambulations during the sixth evening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 15th:

  • Grace Kelly Quintet @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm (also at 10:00): This is the one I know.... This now 19-year old saxophonist, composer, singer, etc. (can't really call her a prodigy anymore, she's reached majority...) has been playing and recording in the major leagues of jazz with Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, Wynton Marsalis (and the list goes on...) for a number years now. When I saw Grace Kelly last year at Montage (at the ripe old age of 17), my ears heard the technical brilliance, but not as much of the soul and emotion that can come with more time on this earth. Moving to the main Club Pass stage of Kilbourn Hall this year puts her in a very different venue and I want to give her another listen with a new set of ears. With the experience she already has under her belt and her quite amazing playing and writing talent, Kelly is definitely one to watch and hear as she grows (and you can say you saw her when...)...plus, she's just a fun performer. For some more video of live performances of Kelly, check out this one of her with trumpeter Ingrid Jensen at the Duc des Lombards club, this great sit-in with Toots Thielemans at his gig at Scullers I found on Kelly's blog, and a bit of her singing (and getting audience participation) on Sunny Side of the Street in Italy last year with Francisco Mela's Cuban Safari Trio.
  • Sinne Eeg @ Nordic Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, 7:30 pm (also at 9:30 pm): A star in the Danish jazz world, winning the Danish Music Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album in 2007 and 2010, Sinne Eeg's rich voice will be filling up the wonderful space at the Church of the Reformation. Her site notes Eeg is influenced by Nancy Wilson, Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan, "but with her personal touch of soft darkness, Sinne keeps the Scandinavian melancholy settled in her music." You can listen to some cuts off her new album Don't Be So Blue both on her site and on her Myspace page. This video of excerpts from Sinne Eeg's set at The Black Diamond in Copenhagen from last year gives you a great introduction, and on this one her and the band romp through What A Little Moonlight Can Do. 
  • Many Worlds with Greg Burk @ Max of Eastman Place, 10:00 pm (also at 6:00 pm): I was unfamiliar with Greg Burk so listened to his Many Worlds album on Rhapsody this morning, which sealed the deal on me adding this group to my June 15th itinerary. The music will likely be challenging for some festival-goers, full of complex rhythms and intricate runs that push the boundaries of improvisational jazz even while drawing deeply from the jazz well. Here is a review of Many Worlds from the Blogcritics.org site. You can listen to some cuts (although none from the Many Worlds CD that I saw) on Burk's Myspace page. While I couldn't find any video of performances of Many Worlds, the two I found from 2007 (both his quartet live in Civitavecchia in Italy, where Burk now resides), here and here

Of course, there is also Chris Botti in the really Big House (Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre) for those of you with tickets.  I may try to catch Scottish pianist Alan Benzie with his trio at Christ Church. I may try to catch the vccal (and trombone?) stylings of Brienn Perry will be hitting the Xerox Auditorium stage with his quartet as he is a fellow Chicagoan and I may have actually seen him there years ago (I lived there for 25+ years before moving to Rochester in 2002), although that may be too much vocals for me in one night after Ms. Eeg. If you just want to pour on the vocals (and I know some of you do...), there's also another chanteuse from Toronto, Emilie-Claire Barlow, holding forth at Montage. XRIJF perennials The Shuffle Demons also return to play the Tent (they'll also be playing on Thursday). Another good choice will be the Viva Italia Series offering of Pat LaBarbara-Roberto Occhipinti Quartet. Of course, I may want to change out of my pork pie into my John Deere cap. If so, I'll head over to Abilene for some of the guitar from Telecaster Titan Bill Kirchen or  party-on again with the boys of Bonerama.

As Jazz@Rochester exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have living and working in and around Rochester (you can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page), I'm highlighting the local artists appearing on stages each night. Here are the ones for Tuesday, June 15th:

Let me know what you're going out so hear on the 15th in the comments, or on the Jazz@Rochester on Twitter or Facebook.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

D&C's "Jazz Stories" begin for the 2011 XRIJF

Every year one of the treats that comes out of the Democrat & Chronicle's ever-growing coverage of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is the series of photo essays by Will Yurman and the "Jazz Stories" videos. [Update: Will Yurman is no longer part of the project as he has left Rochester to begin a gig at Penn State). The first of those videos, by Annette Lein (who has taken on the "Jazz Stories" project), was just released (I think today), with a short profile of talented bassist-vocalist Katie Ernst, who just graduated from Eastman School of Music, will stop off for a gig at the XRIJF on June 16th before continuing on her journey (are you heading back to Chicago area, Katie?). I've had an opportunity to see Katie play (and sing) and those of you who go to her Max gig are in for a treat. Her enthusiasm for music is infectious.

These videos and all of the XRIJF-related articles in the Democrat & Chronicle can be found on their redesigned site.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

If it's Tuesday, this must be my picks for Day Five of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

june 14 picks imageTuesday at the XRIJF includes  some familiar returning names and some new to me...just another night at the festival. This evening will be one that I float through and perhaps make changes midstream (for me, that can also be just another night at the festival). I'm keeping my main picks to 3, but it is not because there are slim pickings. As you will see below there is just too much to choose, at least when you're trying to soak up as much as you can. 

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. Where available, I've mined a few additional sources and video of the artists from the Interwebs for you to explore so you can decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) during my perambulations during the fifth evening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 14th:

  • The Trio of OZ @ Harro East Ballroom, 5:30 pm (also at 7:15 pm): The Trio Of Oz is pianist Rachel Z ( Rachel Nicolazzo), drummer Omar Hakim, joined by Maeve Royce on bass. Rachel Z has been to Rochester and festival several times before. The trio builds its sets on interpretations of the compositions of a wide variety of pop and jazz artists, including Duke Ellington, Depeche Mode, Wayne Shorter, Joni Mitchell, Judy Garland, Sting, Peter Gabriel, The Killers, Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, and Björk. The group is tight. In addition to video on the XRIJF site, you can check them on this additional video from the Langnau festival in Switzerland last year, and a performance of Coldplay's Lost in Edinburg. The group starts early so I may cut out and catch some other stuff around after hearing some of the set. 
  • Phronesis @ Nordic Jazz Now at Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, 7:30 pm (also at 9:30 pm): Phronesis is the creation of Danish bassist Jasper Høiby after graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK in 2005. The group has been described in a profile in Jazzwise magazine as "the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since E.S.T." However, while there are some similarities, Phronesis has its own sound and these guys have chops (I've been listening to some cuts from an earlier album and the material I have found on the Interwebs and some of Høiby's nice driving bass lines are more similar Avishai Cohen, I think). I found a review from last year on the JazzWrap blog. You can also get your ears around this video of a live performances of Smoking the Camel, Abraham's New Gift, and Eight Hours. You can also listen to some of Phronesis's music on Høiby's site.
  • Marcus Strickland Quartet @ Montage, 10:00 pm (also at 6:00 pm): I'm ending up with a bit of hard bop with saxophonist Marcus Strickland and his Quartet. Strickland has been hailed as a rising star in Downbeat twice in the past few years. With his identical twin E.J. on drum, Strickland has usually opted for the saxophone trio, but for his next project to be released this summer, he's added a piano and will also be playing alto in addition to his usual tenor. To break him and his music down a bit more for you, I've located a 2008 interview on Jazz.com and several videos (although all of the trio), including live at the Falcon, a gig last year at Duc des Lombards, and the Part 2 to the Firehouse gig found on the XRIJF site.  

I've only set up three Club Pass gigs in the picks for June 14th and might use the "extra" time to drop in on some local acts or see some of Béla Fleck & the Flecktones in The Big House (Kodak Hall).Two of the Club Pass gigs on Tuesday involve local jazz artists, including Harold Danko Group at Max (Danko is currently Chair of the Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media Department at Eastman School of Music and had long associations with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Woody Herman) and the Vitale Brothers at the Viva Italia Series at the Rochester Club (by the way, local bassist Dan Vitale pictured in the XRIJF page is not mentioned in the text of the page, which is from Dan's trumpeter brother Richie--here's a video from an earlier RIJF after hours meetup of the brothers). I'd like to catch the Brazilian sounds of Jovino Santos Neto, Paula Gardiner/Huw Warren at the Made in the UK Series at Christ Church, and Curtis Stigers in Kilborn Hall. Just had too much to choose from....

As Jazz@Rochester's main focus throughout the year is to promote and get you out to hear the great jazz talent we have living and working in and around Rochester (you can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page), I'm highlighting the local artists appearing on stages around XRIJF each night. I may not  list them in the "Picks", but that's because I get to see most of them throughout the year and focus during the festival on the artists who come from elsewhere (sometimes not only in terms of distance, but also in terms of being "way out there..."). I encourage you to check them out and find out what great stuff we have to listen to in Rochester all year round (and of course, you know where to find out where and when they're playing....). Here are the local and regional artists for Tuesday, June 14th:

  • Mambo Kings @ Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, noontime concert. It's a block away from my office, so I'll see if I can slip away...
  • High School Jazz Bands @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Gabe Condon Sextet (Eastman Jazz Performance Workshop Honors Unit 3) @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, 6:00 pm
  • Grupo Calle Uno @ Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent, 6:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars @ The RG&E-XEROX Stage, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
  • CNY Jazz Orchestra Directed by Bret Zvacek @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, 7:15 & 9:15 pm

Let me know what you're going out so hear on the 14th in the comments, or on the Jazz@Rochester on Twitter or Facebook.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

The "work" week begins and the jazz continues: My picks for June 13 of the XRIJF

june 13 picks imageThis is the point where, for those of us that are "all nine day"-ers, the collision with the working week begins and the (usually) late nights of Friday-Sunday are beginning to take their toll. While my schedule for Monday, June 13th, at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival may be a bit ambitious, it's within the realm of possibility. Again, as usual, it spans the world of jazz and jazz in the world.

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the artist's page on the XRIJF site. Where available, I've mined a few additional sources and video of the artists from the Interwebs to help you decide whether you want to join me (figuratively, that is...) during my perambulations during the fourth evening of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on June 13th:

  • Jim Hall Quartet @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm (also at 10:00 pm): The Jim Hall Quartet is one of my "must sees" this year. Born in Buffalo, Jim Hall started his career in Los Angeles, playing with Chico Hamilton Quintet (1955–1956), Jimmy Giuffre Trio (1956–1959), Ella Fitzgerald (1960–1961), Ben Webster, Hampton Hawes, Bob Brookmeyer, John Lewis, Zoot Sims, Paul Desmond, Lee Konitz and Bill Evans. After moving to New York in 1960 he worked with Sonny Rollins and Art Farmer, among others, and also collaborated with Bill Evans, Paul Desmond and Ron Carter. Here's a conversation with Hall put out by the Library of Congress in 2010, a Jim Hall Trio performing Sonny Rollins' St. Thomas live at BIMHUIS' in Amsterdam in 2007, and cooking it with Rollins on the Jazz Casual TV show from back in the day.
  • Mika Pohjola Quintet @ Nordic Jazz Now, Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, 7:30 pm (also at 9:30 pm): Mika Pohjola is a Finnish-born jazz pianist and composer, residing in New York City playing in the downtown jazz scene and running the Blue Music Group label. Gary Giddins wrote in The Village Voice that Pohjola music showed "[s]ubstantial improvisations and quirky compositional gambits that avoid the usual head-solo-head routine." I hope he brings a group of powerhouses the group in this video medley from a 2009 performance, with Ben Monder, Miguel Zenon, Fernando Huergo, and Roberto Dani. More at Pohjola's page on AllAboutJazz.com.
  • The Rodriguez Brothers @ Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 9:00 pm (also at 6:30 pm): These brothers have been seen before at the Rochester jazz festival as sideman for Joe Locke (oops, Robert was here recently with Joe Locke's Force of Four project as Tom points out in the comments) and, I think, some other groups I've enjoyed in past festivals, so I'd like to get a taste of them in their "own thing." Pianist Robert and trumpeter Michael have played together as The Rodriguez Brothers since 2002 when not serving individually as sidemen Roy Haynes, Charlie Haden, Ray Barretto, Eddy Palmieri, David Sanchez, Wynton Marsalis, Joe Locke, Carla Bley, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Bob Minzter, Harry Connick Jr., Christian McBride, Richard Bona and Quincy Jones. In addition to the video on the XRIJF site there is also the introspective Farewell from the same Dizzy's gig for another taste, as well as some tracks to listen to on their site.
  • The Triodes @ Montage, 10:00 pm (also at 6:00 pm): Looks like I'm going to end up the night by getting my funk on at Montage. Triodes describes themselves as a "genre-jumping instrumental group that traces its roots to the upbeat instrumental R+B, soul, and funk of groups such as Booker T and the MGs, The Meters, and Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters, but with generous nods to early reggae and ska, modern jam bands, experimental rock, jazz, and electronica." Another project of Michael Occhipinti, who has brought several other groups to the Rochester jazz festival (remember the Sicilian Jazz Project?), Triodes was formed as a spin off of the JUNO Award winning jazz ensemble NOJO (Neufeld-Occhpinti Jazz Orchestra) with NOJO co-leader and long-time collaborator Paul Neufeld. Here they work the groove with Don Byron on Big Belly at the Rex in Toronto. I think you'll see Occhipinti a lot around XRIJF 2011 as he's also going to be sideman on several other gigs.

I wouldn't mind catching ex pat Brit John Escreet playing solo at Made In The UK Series in Christ Church and, if I decide to take a break from jazz, head over to Abilene for Professor Louie & The Crowmatix. Of course, there is the XRIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance at Kodak Hall in Eastman Theatre on Monday as well, which will include the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill Dobbins with special guest Dick Oatts on alto saxophone. One of my father-in-law's favorites Rick Braun will be over at Harro East.  And there is so much more...

Additionally, as this blog exists to highlight the great jazz talent we have here and around Rochester, I'm also going to be highlighting the local and regional artists for each day. You can find some of their links on my Rochester Jazz Artists page):

  • Herb Smith @ Monroe County Central Library, noontime concert.
  • High School Jazz Bands @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, starting at 4:30 pm.
  • Brockport Community Big Band @ Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent, 6:00 pm.
  • Will Cleary Quintet (Eastman Jazz Performance Workshop Honors Unit 2) @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, 6:00 pm.
  • Dawn Thomson & Friends @ Max of Eastman Place, 6:00 & 10:00 pm (Dawn is festival music director John Nugent's wife, so perhaps he and his sax will be included among the "friends"?).
  • Colin Cannon Quartet @ The new RG&E-XEROX Stage (next to the RG&E building), 7:00 & 9:00 pm.
  • Rick Holland Uptown Society Jazz Orchestra @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation, 7:15 & 9:15 pm.

Let me know what you're going out so see on the 13th in the comments, or on the Jazz@Rochester on Twitter or Facebook.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Jazz Around Town: We are T-minus 10 (9?) days and counting to XRIJF...

While I was able to spruce up the digs here a little, I need to punch up the preview posts as I still have six nights of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest to take a look at and decide on who I intend to hear (and help provide you with some guidance, should you wish to join me (figuratively, that is...). In the meantime, while I'm getting my act together, you can check out City Newspaper's 2011 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Guide and short artist bios, the profiles and interviews they have assembled there in addition to other information.

Check out the "XRIJF on Twitter" button above right! Even if you're not on the 140 character diet, I am following a number of artists who will be playing during the festival and it can sometimes offer insights into their tours and other information you don't find elsewhere. For those of you who are on Twitter, I encourage you to add the #XRIJF hashtag to your posts and join the growing conversation about the XRIJF prior to (and during) the festival. There are tabs that will be scrolling the "tweets" for both, which you'll find by clicking on the button.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

  • ECMS Nights of Jazz @ Eastman School of Music-Kilbourn Hall, 5:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, June 3, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Third Annual Jamm'n June Jazz Concert with Cabo Frio, Cindy Miller, and others @ St. Mark's and St. John's Episcopal Church, 1245 Culver Road, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Rt 250, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • PM Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Adrian DiMatteo @ Hogan's Hideaway, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm

Saturday, June 4, 2011

  • Sofrito @ Fairport Canal Days, 12:15 pm
  • The Bowties @ Fairport Canal Days, 1:30 pm
  • Hard Logic @ Fairport Canal Days, 3:45 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 5:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster, The Mcleod-Bishop organ trio (excellent!!), Butterscotch Junction, Sofrito, Rush Henrietta HS Jazz Band, and others @ “Jazz On The Hill” at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 50 Ward Hill Rd, Henrietta, 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Calligraphy @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • An Evening of Art and Jazz (6th Annual Fundraiser for the Advocacy Center) with performances by Annie Wells on the Landing, Wycliffe Gordon and Jimmie Highsmith Jr. on the Terrace, and @ George Eastman House, 7:00 6:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Pamela Reese Smith featuring Lonnie Crittenden @ The R.O.A.R. Club, 233 Mill St., 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 8:00 pm
  • Connie Deming @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, June 5, 2011

  • FHS Alumni Jazz Band @ Fairport Canal Days, 11:00 am
  • FHS Jazz Combo 1 @ Fairport Canal Days, 12:00 pm
  • Smugtown Stompers @ Fairport Canal Days, 12:15 pm
  • Spencerport HS Jazz Band @ Fairport Canal Days, 1:00 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz @ Fairport Canal Days, 1:30 pm
  • FHS Jazz Combo 2 @ Fairport Canal Days, 2:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet with Lyndsey Holland vocals @ Fairport Canal Days, 2:45 pm
  • Newark HS Jazz Band @ Fairport Canal Days, 3:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift Trio @ Fairport Canal Days, 4:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio & Friends FHS Alumni Band @ Fairport Canal Days, 5:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Quintopus @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, June 6, 2011

  • Chris Potter Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • The Uptown Groove @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

  • John Britton Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • The Bowties @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, June 10-18 (to check out my previews for each evening of the festival, look for the links in the right panel).
  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.

 

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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