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Another heads up...Check out who's coming for the Fall Exodus to Jazz series!

Exodus to Jazz logoJust wanted to give you a heads up that José DaCosta, who has been bringing us the excellent Exodus to Jazz series of gigs for the past two years is firming up his exciting third season. We've previewed it here before, but there have some changes since and may be more as artists own schedules firm up. So, instead putting the dates and times here, I'm going to suggest you head on over to Jose's Exodus to Jazz website where it will always be up-to-date. But first, check out the lineup which will be coming here in September through January ("teaser" lines provided by José):

  • Mel Henderson & Paradigm Shift @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Led by Mel Henderson, Paradigm Shift reunites with Wycliffe Gordon, Marcus Printup and Gray Mayfield for an engagement that will feature tunes from their recent CD release entitled Street Expressionism.
  • Mulgrew Miller vs. Johnny O’Neal @ The Hyatt Regency Hotel. "The return match of premier pianists Mulgrew Miller and Johnny O’Neal promises to open at the same virtuosic level on which their initial face-off ended in a draw. Drummer Rodney Green and bassist Ivan Taylor comprise the rhythm section for this memorable rematch."
  • The Henderson/Owens Trio + 1 @ The Hyatt Regency Hotel. "The Mel Henderson/Ulysses Owens Trio will provide the musical backdrop for one of the jazz world’s fastest rising, internationally acclaimed vocalists." [See, what'd I tell ya]
  • Ulysses Owens & the USO Project @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Ulysses Owens Jr. returns as leader of the talent rich quintet of emerging jazz artists comprised of pianist Sullivan Fortner, saxophonist Tim Green, bassist Ben Williams and vocalist Alicia Olatuja."
  • Seamus Blake Group @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Seamus Blake returns as group leader after two previous appearances as a sideman in which he affirmed his recognition as one of the finest, most creative young players emerging in jazz."
  • "Exodus Weekend at the Clarion" A wild weekend with two separate monster acts:
    • Sylvia Cuenca Group with Joe Locke @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Sylvia Cuenca, the hard driving drummer long associated with Clark Terry, returns again as group leader to mark the anniversary of the Exodus To Jazz series which she initiated in October 2006. This swinging quartet is comprised of guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Essiet Essiet and Rochester’s renowned native son, vibraphonist Joe Locke."
    • Jeff “Tain” Watts & Ebonix @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Critically acclaimed as the foremost percussionist carrying forward the mantel of jazz drumming, “Tain” appears on every Grammy Award winning jazz record by both Wynton and Branford Marsalis."
  • Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Sabor Brasil, one of the most popular Brazilian ensembles in the New York area, fuses traditional Brazilian styles with contemporary jazz."
  • Freddy Colón’s Jazz Quartet featuring the legendary Candido Camero @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "Recently recognized as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, legendary Cuban-American percussionist Candido Camero joins Rochester’s popular Freddy Colon Jazz Quartet to generate serious Latin-jazz heat."
  • Gabriel Alegria Sextet @ The Clarion Riverside Hotel. "With a fascinating polyrhythmic formula, Gabriel Alegria’s Afro-Peruvian Sextet continues to generate popular responses much like that achieved by Brazilian and Afro-Cuban musicians. This return engagement will keep you warm in January!"

As those who have been reading this blog for the past few years know, I went to many of the ETJ shows over the past couple of seasons and always come away with another "keeper" musical experience. So please on over to the Exodus to Jazz website, and check out the dates and times and get them into your calendar. There's going to be some terrific music again and I hope you get out and support the music so that they keep coming back.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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