As we count down to the festival . . . it's time for the jazz in town before RIJF
My XRIJF plans for June 18th, Day Seven of the XRIJF

Festival plans for June 17th, Day Six of the XRIJF

XRIJF logoDay six is an eclectic and, for me, mostly international mix on Day Six of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Believe it or not, I'm going to keep my streak of not catching Dave Brubeck in Eastman. He's been here several times and I've yet to catch him. Don't get me wrong, I love Brubeck and his music—he's a real class act—but as I've noted elsewhere, I've seen him play a number of times, mostly in Chicago and I'll just keep the memories of those great performances in my head (and Take Five in my ears). Here's how my Wednesday, June 17th is shaping up:

  • After checking out some high school bands on the bricks or perhaps the wall of trombones of Bonerama for a bit, I'll head over to the Montage to catch the 6:00 pm set of Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil for some samba, bossa nova, etc. Pereira was unable to make it into Rochester for her gig earlier this year for the Exodus to Jazz series.
  • Next I'll check out the NYNDK Jazz Collective, which a group of musicians from New York, Norway, and Denmark (get it?) over at the Nordic Jazz Now series at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Brad Walseth over at gushes about the Collective's 2008 album Nordic Disruption: "Music this rich, inventive and exciting simply explodes out of the speakers and into the ears/brain of the listener with a vibrancy so often lacking in today's music." While I may not go that far, a listen to their MySpace page definitely draws me to go out to give them a listen.
  • I've heard and read quite a lot about Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Kate McGarry, but have yet to hear her, so I think I'll hoof over to the Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza for her 9:00 pm set. Jason Crane interviewed McGarry for a Jazz Session podcast in 2007 after her album If Less Is More … Nothing Is Everything (Palmetto, 2008) was nominated for a Grammy award. There are some cuts to listen to on her MySpace page. And she performed on Boston TV in March of this year, available on YouTube, singing a beautiful, sparse rendering of The Meaning of the Blues.
  • To keep to the mostly international and low-keyed flavor of this evening, I'm going to finish up the night with the 10:00 pm set of Canadian guitarist Michael Occhipinti & The Sicilian Jazz Project, which he put together with a number of the best from Canadian jazz,including his brother Robert on bass, reshaping traditional Sicilian folk music. The Sicilian Jazz Project has a MySpace page. Here is a video of the opening of a concert from April of this year at the Festival Cultural Zacatecas in Mexico followed by Cialomi (wait a bit to move from the traditional chanting to the's worth the wait).

The Rochester International Jazz Festival is full of choices.  There's a lot more every night than what I'm setting out here in this and the other "pick" posts, so check out the entire artist lineup for each night here. Also note that while I'm selecting a time in coming up with my itinerary, most of the venues will have two sets, many around 6:00 and 10:00 pm.  There will be a mix of times in between those two main set times. Some artists are appearing on more than one day.

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Now here's the solution to the Norwegian website: and enter the url of the website and set the translation from Norwegian to English and Presto. :-)

Thanks as always for the love, Greg. Kate's been on The Jazz Session twice. The first time in 2007 for her album The Target: and then again at the end of last year, just before her Grammy nomination for If Less Is More ... Nothing Is Everything: I definitely encourage folks to check her out. She's wonderful.

Thanks for the heads up, Jason!

@Mike Otto. Yeah, and you get the following sentence when you do: "We need each other's proximity, therefore, it is so important that we do not get lost in each other or ourselves!" I think the Norwegian rolls off the tongue so much better. ;-)

By the way, the link you're referring to is in the previous post (Day 5)...

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