Here it comes again! About one hour ago, the lineup for the 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival, the Seventh Edition, went live on the RIJF's site. Being the nutcase I am, I took my lunch early to check it out and get a link up on the site. As usual, the lineup includes a wide variety of music and musicians ranging from across the spectrum of jazz and other genres. Headliners this year include: Frank Sinatra Jr. & His Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater with special guest Richard Bona Band, Boz Scaggs, and Al Green.
The RIJF staff does a good job getting information up there and providing links to the artists, etc., so I'm not going to go into much detail here now. Some of the broad themes I'm seeing are:
- A number of artists and groups are returning from previous edition(s) of the RIJF (for example, Joe Locke, Tierney Sutton, Yggdrasil, Sliding Hammers, The Bad Plus, Medeski Martin & Wood, Rachel Z, John Scofield, Eric Alexander, Dr. Lonnie Smith and Cedar Walton).
- It appears more local talent will be heard around Jazz Street (including Ben Britton Band, Bill Tiberio Band, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Henderson-Owens 3 Featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith (the Doctor is as good as local...), Herb Smith, John Viviani & Filthy Funk, Mike Cottone with the John Beck Quartet, and Trio East).
- The popular Nordic Jazz Now series returns at the Lutheran Church Of The Reformation.
- All the familiar venues return, with a new Club Pass venue at Christ Church on East Avenue being added.
I aim to have special coverage of the RIJF between now and June 13-21st and barring illness or threats of termination at the office, will be there all nine days live blogging when I can, moblogging, and pointing you to the community of blogs and other coverage of the festival. Just watch here for more as we develop Jazz@Rochester's plans for this year's RIJF.