From some local friends to a visit to the Doctor to a ukelele god . . . all in Day 5 of the Rochester International Jazz Festival
Lots of local friends playing on Tuesday, June 17th, Day 5 of the Rochester Jazz Festival. While there are certainly some others worth checking out, including Slide Hampton and Jacky Terrasson, Of course, there's also Gillespiana: A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie conducted by Jeff Tyzik with special guests Jeannie Bryson (Dizzy's daughter) singing, Byron Stripling, trumpet and Gerry Niewood on saxophone a 21 piece Jazz Orchestra. The reason Jazz@Rochester is out there is to support the local scene, so I'll start out that way and perhaps catch some other interesting entries along the way:
- 6:00 pm: I will begin my trek around to hear some local sounds with the Bill Tiberio Band playing in the Mondavi Tent. Bill's band usually is Mel Henderson, Gerry Youngman and, I think this time Sean Jefferson on drums, otherwise known as Paradigm Shift. At some point, I'll head over to catch John Viviani & Filthy Funk, who will be funking up the place at High Fidelity starting at 6:30. Perhaps then I'll duck out to check out the Nate Rawls Band at Christ Church sometime after they begin at 6:45. I haven't had a chance to catch Nate yet.
- 7:30 pm: I may hit Wildbirds & Peacedrums at the Nordic Jazz Now series for a little while, just because they're different.
- 8:30 pm: Got to go see the Doctor, that would be the good Dr. Lonnie Smith and his amazing Hammond B3 appearing in the Big Tent with the Henderson-Owens 3 (that would be local guitarist Mel Henderson and drummer Ulysses Owens). They recently appeared together at the Exodus to Jazz Series and I posted a video of them from an earlier ETJ date awhile back.
- 10:00 pm: Well, I can't pass up checking out Jake Shimabukuro and his ukes at Montage. Nugent and others have said that it will be one of those shows that just puts you back on your heels. If I miss him on Tuesday, he returns on Wednesday at High Fidelity. Here's Shimabukuro playing George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps (join the 2.5 million who've already seen it). If the line's too long, I'll head back over to the tent to see the Doctor again.