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Jazz@Rochester's picks for XRIJF Day Two (June 12, 2010)

XRIJF Jazz StreetHere are my picks for the second night, June 12 of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival...well, sort of. One of the other hats I wear is President or Regional Contact for the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Western NY and Ontario, CA. I'm trying to put together a meet-up for alumni on the second night. It's an informal one and the folks who attend will mostly be left to their own devices, but it will require that I be around to meet and greet, etc. So the listings below are who I may end up hearing, depending on a number of variables. If you go, let me know how it went.

The links below on the artists' name in bold will take you to the XRIJF artist page. Check out the rest of the links for more information on the artist.

On June 12th, my plans are for the second day of the XRIJF to proceed as follows:

  • Listen to the high school jazz bands while waiting for the beer guys to set up and start selling. They start around 3:45 pm.
  • Terry Clarke Trio @ Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 6:30 pm (and at 9:00 pm).The Canadian drummer was a founding member of the acclaimed big-band, Rob McConnell's Boss Brass and recorded and toured with that band for 25 years and helped defining its sound. After more than 40 years and 300 albums as an A-List drummer, Clarke went out on his own to concentrate on jazz. His Blue Music Group release It's About Time won the 2010 Jazz Recording of the Year Juno Award (Canada's Grammies). The recording features saxophonists Joe Lovano, Greg Osby and Phil Dwyer, guitarist Jim Hall and bassist/pianist Don Thompson.

  • Torben Waldorff Group @ Nordic Jazz Now at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 7:30 pm (also at 9:30 pm). Another strong guitarist, this time from Denmark (although Waldorff also plies his jazz in NYC, seen in this video from the 55 Bar in the city). Again, I try to hit the Nordic Jazz Now gigs at the festival as a matter of course as I'm always pleased with the result. Waldorff should not disappoint as he has garnered nternational critical acclaim for his previous CDs on the ArtistShare, Afterburn and Brilliance, and has recently released another varied set on American Rock Beauty (also ArtistShare). Check out more on Waldorff's website and MySpace page.
  • Brass Jaw @ Made In The UK Series, Christ Church, 8:45. Members of this group of brass blowers from Scotland were involved in the press conference announcing the lineup for the festival in March, live from Scotland. One of their members is the main man on my XRIJF Twitter list at the moment. Here's them playing a cut from their latest at the Gateshead Jazz Festival in a chapel, so it will be a pretty good idea of what you're going to get at Christ Church in Rochester. You can also learn more about the Jaw inon their website, Facebook page, and MySpace.
  • May stay and support locals Filthy Funk @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage at 9:15 as they get drowned by the Los Lonely Boys on the Chestnut St. Stage and also check out the Irish rock of The Blaggards at Abilene at 9:45.
  • Since it's not a school night, I may head over to the XRIJF Jam Session with Bob Sneider Trio (also known as the "after hours") after 10:30 pm with those stalwart University of Chicago types that want to stay out. You never know what you'll hear or who you'll see there, but even if the "magical moments" when artists join Bob, Mike Melito and Phil Flanagan on the stage don't happen, if you're with friends you'll have a good time regardless.

There are some other great artists that you really shouldn't miss if you haven't caught them before. Catherine Russell, who performs at Harro East at 5:30 and 7:15 pm, is a must hear for her usually eclectic selection of blues and jazz songs, usually from the 1920s and earlier. The Delta blues of singer-songwriter and guitarist Keb' Mo was also high on my list, but will probably have to catch him somewhere else. I saw Somi, who will be appearing at Max at Eastman Place at 6:15 and 10:00 pm, a couple of years ago and enjoyed this singer's mixture of African, soul and other musical styles.

In addition to the excellent high school bands and Filthy Funk, local artists appearing on June 12th include the Jazz Contingent Big Band in the Verizon Wireless Club Pass Big Tent at 6:00 pm, the ECMS Jazz Combo led by Mike Kaupa on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage at 6:00 pm. The Smugtown Stompers will also appear at 2:00 pm on the Mary Jemison Boat on The Genesee River.

If you're alumni, student or the parent of a student at the University of Chicago, and are not on the mailing list for alumni events in our area, please feel free drop me a line through the email address in the left panel and I'll contact you with details for our meetup, such as they are, and put you on our email list for future events.

Please let me know what you think in the comments and tell me about what you're going out to hear on June 12th.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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