Some of the "revolving door" RIJF artists will returning to the stages at the Rochester jazz festival on Day 7, Thursday, including perennial RIJF favorites The Sliding Hammers (also playing on Saturday), Djabe (who are also playing on Wednesday), and local guy made good Joe Locke (although here with a new project):
- 6:00 pm: Think I'll start out in Kilbourn with Rochester-raised vibeman Joe Locke and his new quartet "Force of Four." I really enjoyed seeing the Joe Locke/Jeffrey Keezer Group in 2006 at the Montage and look forward to this new project. Although there's nothing on his MySpace page from the new album with Force of Four, it has a selection from several other projects Joe's done.
- 7:15 pm: In between Joe and my 10:00 pm choice, I think I may actually catch Hungarian band Djabe out on Jazz Street, weather permitting (they're also playing on the 18th in the tent). They've been here how many times (at least twice, maybe more, but I'm writing this too late to go look back and count), but have only heard them play as I was passing by the tent. They've got a few cuts on MySpace. Beady Belle (a collaboration between two Norwegian artists Beate S. Lech and Marius Reksjø) at the Nordic Jazz Now series over at the Reformation Lutheran Church looks intriguing... Norwegian soul...who woulda thunk it? Some more of their music on MySpace.
- 10:00 pm: I'm going to attempt to get in to see Tierney Sutton and her band at Max at Eastman Place. She's been at RIJF and in Rochester a few times in the past few years, but I've always missed her shows, which have received raves from a number of my friends who have managed to get to them. Check out the dark version of Get Happy on her MySpace page, which showcases her amazing voice.