Two impressive jazz pianists who have previously graced the stage of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will be in Rochester on the same day next weekend, April 9th, and it will be possible to see them both if you have a mind to (I'm going to try....). The first of this possible two-fer is being sponsored by XRIJF Executive Director & Co-Producer (and CEO of Simcona Electronics) Marc Iacona and his family who, with Nazareth College's Casa Italiana, are bringing composer and pianist Antonio Ciacca and his Trio to Rochester. Ciacca is currently the Director of Programming for Jazz at Lincoln Center and has worked with a wide range of artists, including Steve Lacy, Art Farmer, Lee Konitz, Wynton Marsalis, Dave Liebman, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin, Joe Locke, Wess Anderson and Steve Grossman. Ciacca has been to Rochester several times leading groups at the Jazz Festival.
The concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilmot Recital Hall on the Nazareth College campus. A light reception will follow. Tickets for adults are $25 per person; $35 with reception and opportunity to meet the musicians. Students free with valid id. Reservations can be made by calling the Casa Italiana at 585-389-2468. More event information here.
Here's a video from last year of Ciacca with his quintet playing Stardust at Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, including some extended playing by the pianist:
Oh, yeah, the second will be Lynne Arriale, who brings her trio to the Exodus to Jazz stage the evening of the 9th.... More later on that.