Since I'm off today, I think I'll do one post to set out my initial picks for the rest of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. These are based on my personal choices in music, but I'll search out and find some additional information for you on them to help with your decision on whether or not you want to join me or go in search of something or someone else to hear. On with the picks!
Friday, June 15th
Don Byron's Ivey Divey
Although this late in the RIJF I tend to let my whim and what I hear "on the street" guide me, I'm likely to take in the early set at Kilbourn by impossible to categorize clarinetist Don Byron, appearing (I think) with Jason Moran, who is playing tonight with his Bandwagon, and Jack DeJohnette, paying his respects to the a bass-less trio that Lester Young formed to record an album of the same name—Ivey Divey. Check out a 2004 Village Voice review, an interview with NPR's Terry Gross, and Ron Netsky's Spotlight in City Newspaper. The RIJF writeup is here.
If Madeleine Peyroux is opening for Dr. John (I was caught off guard by a perceived, if not actual, switch in the line up of Trio Beyond and John Luc Ponty), I plan on catching her set at the Eastman Theater and then moving on. I have seen Dr. John numerous times and would rather catch other stuff out there after Ms. Peyroux sings. If I'm wrong and Dr. John is opening, then I'm outta there for both. Although there are always the comparisons to Billy Holiday (and her voicing does sound make her sound like Lady Day), Ms. Peyroux's singing and choices of song are uniquely her own. For more information, check out her "official MySpace page," a fansite, a video of her singing "I'm Alright, a video of her performing "Careless Love" live in Spain, "and a video of her performing Bessie Smith's "Don't Cry" "Don't Wait Too Long" on Italian TV. Her RIJF page is here.
Outdoor Free Music: Toots & the Maytals and Maceo Parker (or something else)
OK, it's not jazz, but I have had been listening to the Toots & the Maytals album Funky Kingston since the early 1980s (see their MySpace page here. Check this video of one of their early hits and this one of the great hit "Pressure Drop"—this is what I remember. Twenty five years later, we'll see. I may not feel like braving the expected crowds or may just shuttle back and forth across the Inner Loop to hear Toots and Maceo who will be at opposite ends. On the other hand, I might just throw that all away as mere nostalgia for my heady youth and head over to see the Afro-Caribbean sounds of Omar Sosa, perhaps with a mojito from Max's. It's all up in the air and will depend a lot on the weather, how I feel, and how much I want to be jostled by the crowds.
Saturday, June 16th (the end . . . .)
Bill Frisell Trio
The last night of the RIJF will be back to the way I like it, with a Kilbourn show and a Montage show sandwiching something else to be decided. Guitarist Bill Frisell was one of the "keepers" I took away from a previous jazz festival, and I'll want to catch his trio perform. In addition to the quite lengthy notes on his RIJF page, check out the video of Frisell on the Night Music TV program hosted by David Sanborn awhile back in the 1990s, and a 2004 fireside chat interview on AllAboutJazz.com
Avishai Cohen Trio
I've listened to a number of cuts off of bassist Avishai Cohen's last studio album Continuo and look forward to hearing him perform at Montage (which by the way has been a great venue this year). For more information on him and his music, check out his MySpace page, an article on a 2003 interview with the artist in AllAboutJazz.com, a video of the Trio performing a cut off Continuo live, and his RIJF page.
What's Sandwiched Between?
Between the 6:00 and 10:00 sets and/or go back to church to catch another great Nordic Jazz Now set by the Jens Winther European Quintet and perhaps a bit of the NOLA sounds of Soul Rebels. I'd like to catch the hip-hop influenced jazz of Andy Milne's Dapp Theory, who on their site note that Phil Upchurch said that they are "The band Miles would have, were he alive today." (RIJF page here, and check out the video here), but it won't work unless I can't get into Frisell or Avishai.