The weekend over and a whole week of live music and late nights begins while trying to juggle with a full schedule at work. This year I may not even be able to take some time during the festival to recharge. It can be a bit of a slog, but on Monday I still have some of the energy gained during the weekend (unless I hit a bit too much of the after-hours, that is ....). Sometimes I feel I'm getting too old and then I look at all the folks who I see every year, every night....
Here are my picks for the fourth night of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Monday, June 14th:
- Hilario Duran Trio @ Max of Eastman Place, 6:15 pm. Hilario Durán is ranked as an important contemporary Cuban pianist and arranger. His Latin Jazz Big Band album, From The Heart, which featured Paquito D’Rivera, was nominated for a Grammy in 2007, and he won Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year Juno Award in 2005(Canada's Grammies), his third since coming to Canada from Cuba. Durán has also been bestowed the Chico O’Farrill Lifetime Achievement Award, also in 2007. If he comes with his current trio, he will be here with Roberto Occhipinti on bass and Mark Kelso on drums. Find out more about Durán and his music at his website, MySpace page, and in this video of a recent performance of the Trio.
- Viktoria Tolstoy @ Nordic Jazz Now at the Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, 7:30 pm. As this singer is a pick on a number of other lists, including John Nugent's, I'm going to check her out since she's giving me two chances (also appearing on Day 3), but opting for the more intimate surrounding of the Church of the Reformation on Day 4. Now she's related to the great Russian writer, but Viktoria's actually Swedish born near Stockholm in 1974. Learn more about Ms. Tolstoy on her website, in a profile at AllAboutJazz.com, and watch her singing a cut from her album Pictures of Me on the Nyhetsmorgon TV program in 2006 and a more recent jazzed-up rendition of Peter Gabriel's Kiss That Frog live.
- Robin McKelle @ Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 9:00 pm. I've missed several opportunities to see this singer when she's looped back to her hometown, Rochester, and here's another chance. However, I may not be ready to hear two vocalists in a row so it may have to wait until she comes to town again. You can get to know more about Ms. McKelle by visiting her website, her MySpace page, her Facebook page, and watch this Blue Note France video of her singing Abracadabra. If not Robin, then I may stroll over to Christ Church and the Made in the UK Series for the Ryan Quigley Sextet at 8:45 pm. You can find out more about this Scottish trumpeter (who also hangs with fellow UK Series performers Brass Jaw) by checking out his website, listen to some of his music on MySpace, and captured live in this video of a performance in a Wakefield jazz club last year (unfortunately, the sound is pretty poor).
- Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ Verizon Wireless Club Pass Big Tent, 10:00 pm. As I get back into the work week (yes, I have a day job...) after a long weekend of music and likely late nights, I'll need a bit of a pick me up at the end of the evening and Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews' mix of rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop and soul, which he has named "supafunkrock" may be just the ticket. Trombone Shorty's live shows are pretty are rumored to be intense, so we'll see if anyone is left sitting in the Big Tent by the end of this show. It's not the "second line," but this resident of the Treme neighborhood (you may have seen him do some cameos on the HBO show of the same name) will be funking up the house with that big brass sound (he also plays trumpet). You can get some more on this young artist by checking out his website, his MySpace page, on Twitter, and of course on YouTube, where you can see him showing his trumpet chops "trading fours" with Wynton Marsalis at the New Orleans House of Blues last year (a multi-parter here, here, and here) and showing the intensity of their live show with video from a show at the Minnesota State Fair from last year and blowing on American Woman in San Fran, also last year.
Others you might want to catch include the next artist in the new Viva Italia Series at the new Rochester Club venue, Giorgio Ferrera Quartet featuring Mirko Guerrini or the amazing guitarist Stanley Jordan.
In addition to the high school jazz groups that appear on the Jazz Street Stage starting around 4:30 pm, other Rochester-area jazz artists (most of which have a link on my page for local artists) and Eastman School of Music events that will be occurring on Monday include:
- Alana Miller @ Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, Noon
- Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Big Band @ Verizon Wireless Club Pass Big Tent, 6:00 pm. If you haven't checked this band, I think you'll like them.
- Eastman Jazz Performance Workshop Honors Unit 2 @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage, 6:00 pm
- XRIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance with Dave Glasser @ Kodak Hall At Eastman Theater, 8:00 pm.
- Fred Costello & Company @ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage, 7:15 & 9:15 pm. Fred is no longer playing the organ at Red Wings (oops, sorry Fred) Amerks games, which has given him some time to start gigging again.