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My Listening Habits for June 14th at the Rochester Jazz Festival

My listening for the evening of the 14th will be contingent upon how long Marsalis and the LCJO will be playing in Eastman. I hope to make a 10pm set, although after last night (12th with Ponty/Trio Beyond) I'm not sure:

James Moody & Friends

Like Benny Golson, James Moody has been a fixture in the firmament of jazz for a long time.  I'm not as familiar with his work so will be looking forward to this set.  A 2005 article and biography of Moody can be found on AllAboutJazz.com. There's a 1998 interview with Moody on Mel Martin's Jazz and Saxophone Site. His RIJF page is here.

Wynton Marsalis and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Yacub Addy:"Congo Square"

I'm really looking forward to hearing this exploration of the roots of jazz and African-American culture in Eastman with Wynton and the LCJO collaborating with Ghanaian master drummer Yacub Addy.  In addition to the RIJF page, there is a great video of their pilgrimage to New Orleans to present the piece available on the JALC Screencast page and a podcast of highlights and interviews.  Jeff Spevak's article in the D&C is available here for the next few days (I expect it will thereafter become a dead link).

Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

I'm intrigued by Jason Moran's jazz "upbringing", but know little of his work to date, so I'm hoping that I'll be able to catch the 10pm set. In addition to the RIJF page, there is an assortment of streaming MP3s on his site if you'd like to check them out and get a flavor. Moran has a MySpace page (or someone has built one based on him, that is... see if you can make much of it out...design could use some work) where some of the music is available to stream.  There's a video or two on YouTube.

As for the rest. . . .

If physically possible, I would also like to have caught a set by Catherine Russell (see her MySpace page, and videos here and here), the blues of Corey Harris (see the RIJF page and video here and here playing Howlin Wolf's Sittin On Top of the World with Taj Mahal).

Let us know what you are hearing in the comments....

See you on Jazz Street at the Rochester International Jazz Festival!!!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

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