Here's how I'm scheduling my Sunday of the first weekend of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. The RIJF has put together a lot of information for you with the [listings] (and I'm linking to them in every choice below as a place to start) and City and the Democrat & Chronicle are also hard at work putting together special sites (here and here) and stories together for the festival and its artists (in fact, today they published a great writeup by Jeff Spevak and Anna Reguero on tips and tricks to making the most of the jazz festival). There will be a lot of sources of information from now through the end of this marathon session of jazz to help guide you through the festival. I'll point as many of them out to you that I find. If you want to join me on Sunday, then here's where I'll be (...I think):
- 4:00 pm: I'm going to try to get downtown early on Sunday and try to catch some of movies being shown at the Eastman Theatre. In 70s, WXXI recorded a series of classic jazz performances at Midtown Tower and the Eastman Theatre for its "At the Top" series. The series of films will be hosted by Tom Hampson of WXXI AM1370’s Mostly Jazz show. Tom will be presenting a selection of these vintage concerts, featuring The Modern Jazz Quartet, Stephane Grappelli, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Bill Watrous, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson & Joe Pass from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Free, with donations accepted on behalf of the Eastman Jazz Scholarship Fund.
- 6:00 or 6:15 pm: Keeping the "International" in the festival, I think I'll head over to Max at Eastman Place to catch Dharma Jazz at 6:15 pm. If you'd like to hear before you stand in line, you can listen to excerpts of their music and see a video of them playing. I may change my mind and catch Howard Alden over at Montage at 6:00 instead; just a matter of my state of mind and, usually, who I happen to be hanging with. If you're a fan of local trumpeter Mike Cottone, he'll be sitting in with the John Beck Quartet over at the tent.
- 7:30 pm: Head over to the Reformation Lutheran Church to hear pianist, composer & leader Jacob Anderskov for some down home Danish sounds. Check out some of his music at his site and his page on Myspace. There is also a profile on the DanishMusic.info.
- 10:00 pm: John Scofield Trio, what else? Like last year with Trio Beyond, he's appearing at Kilbourn Hall with some real powerhouses—Steve Swallow on bass and Bill Stewart on drums. Although we've seen Scofield a number of times at the RIJF in the past few years, this one is going to be a treat. In addition to his profile on the RIJF site, here's his profile page on AllAboutJazz. There's also this video of this trio from 2004 (there's much more there).
By the way, in case it hasn't been clear, in these posts I'm communicating personal choices and, sometimes, perhaps making a case (by giving you some additional information) for going out to hear something that may not have occurred to you. This blog isn't supposed to be Downbeat and I'm not trying to be a "taste-setter." My primary goal while at the RIJF is to hear a lot of music; have a lot of fun; hang with my wife, friends and fellow bloggers; see some old "festival buds;" and try to communicate some part of this incredible experience to you. I only want to encourage you to explore it yourself and have a blast.