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It's On . . . Rochester International Jazz Festival artist lineup goes live!

RIJF logo A few minutes ago, the artist lineup for the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival went live on the RIJF site.  June 8-16 looks like another RIJF full of mixing up a wonderful stew of new and tried and true names.  There are two new venues: Harro East Ballroom, which provides some additional large space; and the Reformation Lutheran Church, which will be used to present a series of Nordic jazz artists.  There is a new outdoor stage sponsored by the City at East and Alexander.  Montage and the former Milestones, now High Fidelity, return as venues (although only High Fidelity has hosted any jazz since last year's RIJF). 

There's some killer jazz and other interesting other music in store for us. Highlights (for me at least) include:

Friday, June 8

  • Geri Allen Trio featuring Jimmy Cobb
  • Mike Mainieri & Steps Ahead
  • King Solomon Burke & Raul Midon

Saturday, June 9

  • Randy Brecker Quintet Featuring Ada Rovatti
  • Tiempo Libre
  • Jerry Lee Lewis (this is actually just a nod to him being this year's Woody Allen of the fest—more like James Brown—I don't plan to see him, but not for snobbish jazz reasons)

Sunday, June 10

  • Fred Hersch Trio
  • Benny Golson + Antonio Ciacca Trio (Ciacca was here a few years back)

Monday, June 11

  • Mamadou Diabate Ensemble (his performance in 2005 was mesmerizing)
  • Robin Eubanks EB3
  • Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks

Tuesday, June 12

  • Harry Allen Quartet
  • Trio Beyond featuring John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Goldings
  • Jean Luc Ponty
  • Kyle Eastwood Band

Wednesday, June 13

  • Christian Scott Band
  • Hilario Duran Trio
  • Dave Brubeck Quartet
  • Bettye Lavette

Thursday, June 14

  • James Moody & Friends
  • Jason Moran & The Bandwagon
  • Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra W/Wynton Marsalis Play Congo Square
  • The Latin Side of Miles Davis w/Conrad Herwig & Bryan Lynch
  • Corey Harris

Friday, June 15

  • Don Byron’s Ivey Dyvey
  • Soul Rebels
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Maceo Parker
  • Toots & The Maytalls
  • Olu Dara

Saturday, June 16

  • Bill Frisell Trio (Bill was here in 2005's RIJF)
  • Avishai Cohen Trio
  • Rusted Root

Local artists who will be appearing during the festival, include: Dave Rivello Ensemble, Gap Mangione Quintet, Mambo Kings, Smugtown Stompers, Urban Transit, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Paradigm Shift & Special Guests Gray Mayfield, Marcus Printup & Wycliffe Gordon, assorted high school and Eastman bands and groups, and of course the Bob Sneider Trio holding court at the State Street Bar & Grill.

There is much to explore on the RIJF site and I suggest you go there to start mapping out YOUR festival.  If you don't have your pass yet, you better get one soon as they are likely to sell out.  I've heard that the festival is expecting up to 120,000 folks this year—a big leap in attendance.  I've added a lot of the names to the Technorati tags below.  Click on the links and you may find more information about them through that site from other blogs.

I will be there every day (at least if my body, and my lovely wife, let me).  In addition to blogging from the festival, Jazz@Rochester and some of my friends in blogging (Seth and Ken) have some plans for this year's fest that we're going to try.  We'll try to have some interesting looks at the festival as it approaches and maybe even some scoops.  I'll also be watching what others are saying around town.  So leave some comments and let me know what you think.  What are the killer acts that you're going to see?  Who didn't make my Highlights that should have?  Let's start a conversation....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


Looks like a very nice line up.... I must admit, I'm a little dismayed that I don't see local sax men Terrance Bruce, Jimmie Highsmith or Mark Cassara in this years line up. Funny I see that the Band Highsmith started back in early 90's with Adam Bradley "Urban Transit" is playing... Do you know if Jimmie's planning on making an appearance with them?

I don't know whether Jimmie is making an appearance with Urban Transit, but I do know that this year he did submit material to RIJF and they didn't select call him back. There is a lot of talent in Rochester that won't be participating and I think that the jazz community should find ways to make that more likely. Although I don't see it happening this year, I'd like to see more outlying clubs step up to give alternatives throughout the community to the single after hours club, showcasing local artists. More about this later.

I'm so pumped about Toots and the Maytalls! Los Lonelyboys and the Shuffle Demons look good on first glance. And I like the staggered times. There will be stuff going on all over. I can't wait!

Although Adam Bradley is a member, this Urban Transit is the same band in name only. This band was formed in 2006, and is very proud to be on the RIJF schedule.

There's a great line-up in the fest this year (I'm psyched for Trio Beyond, for one), and agree that some notable locals are missing, including those you've mentioned as well as Bill Tiberio and Hard Logic.

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