From some local friends to a visit to the Doctor to a ukelele god . . . all in Day 5 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival
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A reprise, some wild flowers and Sacred Ground . . . Day 6 of the 2008 Rochester Jazz Festival

Big Chief Bo DollisOn Wednesday, June 18th, the sixth day of the Rochester Jazz Festival, I anticipate that my energy will begin to wane. If you're looking for more local flavor, check out Saxology, the New Energy Jazz Orchestra, or the Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra (and of course, the high school bands). The lineup has a lot of choices, but my course is pretty well defined:

  • 6:00 pm: I'll kick off Thursday in Kilbourn Hall with the David Murray Black Saint Quartet, which will be kicking off it's own Sacred Ground Tour with their appearance in Rochester. Here he is live at the Jazz Standard last year playing a recent composition Banished.
  • 7:15 pm: Ever since I saw Wild Tchoupitoulas with the Neville Brothers opening for the Rolling Stones back in the early 80s, I've been fascinated with the Mardi Gras "Indian" tribes in New Orleans. If I can, I'm going to try to wander over to the Harro East to catch a bit of the Wild Magnolias with Theodore Emile "Bo" Dollis, longtime chief of the Wild Magnolias Mardi Gras Indian Tribe and a great singer in that NOLA tradition. Here they are taking the stage in NOLA in May. They'll be playing at 5:30 as well, so I may catch them then and shift.
  • 8:00 pm: Will have to cut out early and head over to the Eastman Theatre as I'm not going to miss RIJF's celebration of Norman Granz's Jazz at the Philharmonic series of concerts and jam sessions. Just look at this lineup: Houston Person and Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Vincent Herring (alto sax), Nicholas Payton and Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Slide Hampton (trombone), Peter Bernstein (guitar), Cedar Walton and Eric Reed (piano), Peter Washington and David Williams (bass), Kenny Washington and Louis Hayes (drums) and Carmen Lundy (vocals).
  • 10:00 pm: Depending on how late the JATP show lets out or how much I'm enjoying it, I'll try to get in over at Montage to catch the duo of Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage. In his early 20s, Eigsti has 2 Grammy nominations under his belt and both of them have played with heavy hitters. You can check out some of their sound on MySpace. I think that the intimate space in Montage will be good for the interplay between Eigsti's piano and Lage's guitar, as shown in this video.  However, I may just bask in the glow of the JATP performance and head for the bed.  Gotta get some sleep somewhere in this week.
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