I have searches that look for references to the Rochester International Jazz Festival and other jazz stuff of interest out there on the World Wide Web and, unfortunately only recently, Mark Grube's blog over at local public television station WXXI's interactive site popped up in my feed. It was for a post Mark wrote in late June, just after this year's festival, setting out who he'd like to hear in 2009, so to augment my recently reported "results" (here and here) from the survey reported on this site, I thought I'd call attention to that post (also you should read the comments). I want to add a bit "here, here" to his suggestions for next year...all of them...although I'll confirm the comment that Kurt Elling will be appearing here at the Eastman Theater on October 19th at the annual Jazz for the Park benefit for Wilson Commencement Park, appearing with saxophonist Ernie Watts and Ellings's regular band, the Laurence Hobgood Trio.
Mark Grube is the host on WXXI (and WRUR) radio of What's New, showcasing new jazz releases and other recordings by those artists from the station's record library. He also writes some great posts on jazz (including this recent one on Ken Vandermark), music and other stuff. I'm glad I ran across Mark's blog...just wish it had happened before the jazz festival.