Rochester International Jazz Festival Guide 2013
City Newspaper's Jazz Festival Guide featuring exclusive interviews with artists, day-by-day schedules, artist bios, and details to help you make the most of all 9 days of the Rochester International Jazz Festival.
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Tickets, which range from $40 to $125 (plus service charges), are available through the Jazz Festival website (rochesterjazz.com) or by calling 585-454-2060. Kodak Hall also hosts the free Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance on Monday, June 24. space is available. Be advised that Club Pass shows tend to sell out; even if you have a Pass, you should get there early. The 2013 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Unity Health System Festival Big Tent Corner of Main and Gibbs streets Xerox Auditorium 100 S. Clinton Ave. Club Pass Venues Abilene Bar and Lounge 153 Liberty Pole Free Venues City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (Gibbs Club Pass Series A Club Pass is your ticket to the Club Series: you can go to as many concerts as you’d like at a dozen smaller clubs and venues (listed below). Club Passes for 2013 XRIJF cost $194, plus service charges, and almost always sell out in advance of the festival. If you don’t have one, you can still buy tickets ($20-$25) to the individual Club Pass concerts at the door, if Way (Roots & Americana Stage) Christ Church 141 East Ave. (Made in the UK Series) Harro East Ballroom 155 N. Chestnut St. Hatch Recital Hall Inside Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St. Kilbourn Hall Inside Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St. Little Theatre 240 East Ave. Lutheran Church of the Reformation 111 N. Chestnut St. (Nordic Jazz Now Series) Max of Eastman Place 25 Gibbs St. Montage Music Hall 50 Chestnut Plaza Rochester Club 120 East Ave. (Groove Nights Series) Street at East Avenue) Free music daily City of Rochester East Ave & Chestnut St Stage Free shows June 22, 28 & 29 City of Rochester East Ave. & Alexander St Stage Free shows June 29 Monroe County Public Library (115 South Ave.) Free shows June 24-28 RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage (corner of East Ave. and Chestnut St.) Free shows June 23-27 State Street Bar and Grill (Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St.) Free jazz jams starting nightly at 10:30 p.m. PARKING NEW FOR 2013: A free shuttle service will run throughout the festival connecting all of the City of Rochester parking garages, and multiple other stops. Details on the schedule and stops can be found on the Jazz Fest website (rochesterjazz.com), and information about city garages and lots can be found at cityofrochester.gov/parking. The Hackensaw Boys play Friday, June 21, at Abilene. PHOTO PROVIDED 4 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 2013 F E S T I VA L G U I D E ON THE COVER: Terell Stafford will perform at Montage, Saturday, June 22. Photo by Jimmy Ryan | Design by Matt DeTurck BEST MUSICAL EQUIPMENT SHOP in 2009 VOTED CITY NEWSPAPER’S PUBLISHERS: William and Mary Anna Towler ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHERS: Matt Walsh EDITORIAL DEPARTMENT: (email@example.com) Editor: Eric Rezsnyak Contributing Writers: Alexandra Carmichael, Frank De Blase, Ron Netsky PRO AUDIO • RECORDING • DJ KEYBOARDS • GUITARS SALES • SERVICE • RENTALS NEW EQUIPMENT Peavey, Schecter, Vox, Yamaha, Korg, Roland, Ampeg, PreSonus, Alvarez, QSC, Shure, Behringer, M-Audio and lots more! Huge selection, changes all the time Quality in-store service, Fast and affordable ADDITIONAL INFORMATION The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival’s official website is rochesterjazz.com. You can also visit the Jazz Ticket Shop & Info Center on the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street, daily during the festival 10 a.m.-11 p.m. The XRIJF also has a mobile-phone app for both iPhones and Android phones. It includes a full schedule, venue and artist lists, maps, and an option to buy tickets online. Find the download button the Jazz Fest website’s homepage. For additional Jazz Fest info, check out rochestercitynewspaper.com to get the online version of this guide, plus our daily Jazz Blog. City’s critics will offer up their reviews of the previous night’s concerts, and you can post your own thoughts in the comments section. We’ll also be posting photos, videos, and more. New blogs will be up by 7 a.m. each morning of the festival. We’ll also be posting updates on our Facebook page (facebook.com/CityNewspaper) and on Twitter (@roccitynews). 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USED EQUIPMENT DEAD GEAR WE BUY We pay cash for used equipment or sell your stuff for only 20% 161 Norris Drive, Rochester SOUNDSOURCE.COM M-F 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm 585-271-5370 PRODUCED BY CITY NEWSPAPER rochestercitynewspaper.com facebook.com/citynewspaper @roccitynews CITY NEWSPAPER 250 N. Goodman Street Rochester, NY 14607 585-244-3329 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 5 Pink Martini [ PROFILE ] BY FRANK DE BLASE With equal dashes Esquivel lounge and Martin Denny exotica, chilled on retro rocks and poured into a Camelot-era America glass, Pink Martini is the ultimate in sophisticated pop cool and classic, jazzy swing. Since 1994, this ensemble from Portland, Oregon, has traveled the world plugging into orchestras along the way. It’s breathtaking. It’s an elegant spectacle. It’s freakin’ beautiful. It’s amazing that this band isn’t colossal given its worldly appeal. It sells out wherever it goes, from Japan to England to you name it. Perhaps fans are tightlipped, wanting to keep Pink Martini all to themselves. But singer China Forbes doesn’t blame it on stingy allegiance. It’s not as if the band is wallowing in obscurity. “People aren’t secretive,” Forbes says. “Some fans buy 10 copies of the album to give to their friends. I think we’re not bigger than we are because we’re just outside the mainstream music business. We don’t have radio play, we don’t have music videos, we don’t do all of that. We’re just kind of doing it our own way. It’s kind of miraculous it’s as big as it is actually… but it could be a lot bigger. The more people the music reaches, the better. We’re playing some of the best venues in the world, so I don’t know what else we can do in that regard. I don’t think stadiums are where we belong.” Pink Martini leader Thomas Lauderdale into politics and formed Pink Martini to open up at a political fundraiser. Soon, Pink Martini became a local favorite in Portland. He called me and asked me to come and sing with the band.” Forbes was made for the part. “I was majoring in studio art,” she says. “Painting was my focus. Then I switched to English literature. But what I really spent my time doing was music and theater. I wasn’t acknowledged for that because it’s considered an extra-curricular. I spent all my time in the theater. I did like 30 productions while I was there.” According to Forbes, the band grew of its own volition. Lauderdale “kept adding instruments,” she says. The group went from a fivepiece to a 12-piece. It went from playing kitschy covers like “I Dream Of Genie” and “Hernando’s Hideaway” to writing original songs like “Sympathique,” which was nominated for song of the year in France in 1995, or “Taya Tan,” which is sung in Japanese — one of the “18 or so” languages Forbes sings in. To call Pink Martini’s songs, or the ones the that I write are songs that are personal, autobiographical, and kind of pop. When I write with or for Pink Martini, I sort of go into another style. But the thing with the band is it’s really open. You can kind of get away with anything as long is it’s arranged in the Pink Martini style.” Part of that style means plugging into orchestras wherever the band goes to amp up the lush and grandiose. But that system does have its drawbacks. “The downside to an orchestra,” Forbes says, “is that everything is organized and planned. You can’t really be spontaneous or deviate from the program, and it’s a little formal. We try to bring the fun to whatever venue or context we’re in. When it’s just the band there’s a joie de vivre that can’t be matched. But with an orchestra we get to play these big musical moments and that’s an incredible feeling.” Pink Martini performs Friday, June 21, 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St.). Tickets cost $55-$105. initially chose the political path. The band that would be Pink Martini was a fluke. “Thomas Lauderdale and I went to school together at Harvard,” says Forbes. “He moved back home to Oregon to get 6 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 band covers, “retro” would be missing the point. The sound is classic, the sound is now. “It has to go through a vintage filter, I think,” says Forbes. “A lot of songs SCHEDULE 3:45, 4:30 & 5 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combos led by Mike Kaupa & Paul Hofmann Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6 p.m.: Christian McBride’s Inside Straight Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Gregoire Maret Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Noah Preminger Quartet with Ben Monder Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Prime Time Brass Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:15 p.m.: Patricia Barber Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Thiefs Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Cleveland Watkiss Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Josh Panda & The Hot Damned East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 7 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Little Theatre ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:15 p.m.: Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Gap Mangione Big Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:45 p.m.: Hackensaw Boys Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8 p.m.: Pink Martini Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($55-$105) 8:30 p.m.: Robin McKelle & The Flytones Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Cleveland Watkiss Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Dr. John & The Nite Trippers East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Thiefs Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:15 p.m.: Kat Edmonson Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Gap Mangione Big Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:30 p.m.: Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:45 p.m.: Hackensaw Boys Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Robin McKelle & The Flytones Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Noah Preminger Quartet w/ Ben Monder Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Christian McBride’s Inside Straight Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Gregoire Maret Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Patricia Barber Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) In the Strath allan in the heart of the Neighborhood of the Arts OUR PATIO IS OPEN CELEBRATE ROCHESTER’S Jazz Festival with dinner, dessert or your favorite cocktail on our outdoor patio. Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner Private Parties | Sunday Brunch 11-3 550 EAST AVE | ROCHESTER charsteakandlounge.com FOR RESERVATIONS 241.7100 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 7 A R T I ST B I O S Bill Dobbins Bill Dobbins is director of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra, but European jazz aficionados know him as the long-time conductor of the WDR Big Band (19942002) and occasional conductor of the Metropole Orchestra. Dobbins is also an excellent pianist who has played with Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Peter Erskine. (RN) esm.rochester.edu/faculty/dobbins_bill Christian McBride & Inside Straight Listening to Christian McBride’s lyrical — and impossibly dexterous — style, it’s easy to understand why, soon after arriving in New York, he was the bassist of choice for Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, and McCoy Tyner. McBride not only provides a solid foundation, he is perhaps the most melodic bassist on the scene today. (RN) christianmcbride.com Cleveland Watkiss He has been the Harmonica player Gregoire Maret performs Friday, June 21, at Montage. PHOTO PROVIDED Gregoire Maret Move over, Toots featured singer with symphony orchestras, but jazz vocalist extraordinaire Cleveland Watkiss is also capable of becoming the ultimate one-man band. With the help of digital loops he can construct a wondrous symphony starting with beatbox percussion and moving on to various instrumental and vocal sounds. (RN) clevelandwatkiss.net Dr. John Dr. John —The Nite Tripper Thielemans. There is finally another great jazz harmonica player. Born in Switzerland, Gregoire Maret was classically trained at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. Since moving to New York he has played with George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, and Youssou N’Dour, and toured extensively with Pat Metheny. (RN) gregoiremaret.com Hackensaw Boys Charlottesville, Virginia, scene to become one of the country’s hottest up-and-coming jazz vocalists. She has already recorded and toured with Lyle Lovett and is poised to become the next crossover sensation. (RN) katedmonson.com Nikki Yanofsky She made her debut at the — originally slung guitar for cats like Professor Longhair, Joe Tex, Art Neville, and Frankie Ford before a gun-related mishap forced him to change direction toward the piano and organ. Instruments aside, it’s The Dr.’s laid-back drawl that is truly the voice of New Orleans. (FD) nitetripper.com Gap Mangione Big Band You might upstarts The Hackensaw Boys represent everything about bluegrass and mountain music that revs up the genres’ fans and scares off the philistines. This ragamuffin sextet doesn’t so much play as it careens. This is what it sounds like when you’ve got yourself a hoedown. (FD) hackensawboys.com Josh Panda & The Hot Damned Checking Montreal Jazz Festival at the tender age of 12, and landed impresario Quincy Jones in her corner, so all eyes are on Nikki Yanofsky. Yanofsky’s lilting voice is a beautiful and sweet contralto that divides its time between jazz phrasing and pop accessibility. Jazz doesn’t need saving, but if it did, this Canadian chanteuse would be the one for the job. (FD) nikkiyanofsky.com Noah Preminger Quartet w/Ben Monder remember Gap Mangione from 1960’s and 1970’s recordings with his brother Chuck. Or you might have caught him in the 2007 recreation of Chuck’s “Friends & Love” concert. Whether playing solo or with his big band, Gap has been a force on the Rochester scene for five decades. (RN) gapmangione.com 8 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 out a show by Vermont-based singer Josh Panda is like spinning the dial on your dashboard, with stops along the way to acoustic country, soul, and rock ’n’ roll, with Van Morrison in the shotgun seat. Sweet, low down, and utterly righteous. (FD) reverbnation.com/joshuapanda Kat Edmonson With her distinctive, Noah Preminger is among the most heralded of the new generation of saxophonists on the New York scene. His bold sound is perfectly complemented by the wonderfully impressionistic guitar style of Ben Monder, who has lent his talents to the bands of Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, and others. (RN) noahpreminger.com, benmonder.com Patricia Barber Patricia Barber has a deep, wispy rasp of a voice, Kat Edmonson has emerged from the Austin, Texas, music richly textured, sexy voice, and when she wraps it around a song you know, the song will never be the same. She is also a formidable pianist with a distinctive ROCHESTER’S style, combining a film-noir sense of forbidden romance with a hipster’s cool detachment. (RN) patriciabarber.com Pink Martini See feature on page 6. new DINING HOT SPOT! Join us for HAPPY HOUR at the Bar New Bar Menu! Open for DINNER: Tues-Sun Open for LUNCH: Fri-Sat join us for SUNDAY BRUNCH pinkmartini.com 274 North Goodman St. (In the Village Gate) Rochester, NY 14607 Prime Time Brass With a drum corps www.espadas teak.com and a bugle corps all in one, Prime Time Brass brings some big sound. The local group has played everything from “Sweet Caroline” to “Mack the Knife” and “Girl from Ipanema.” (AC) primetimebrass.com Robin McKelle & The Flytones Singer 585.473.0050 Find us on HOT from all that Jazz? Cool off at Robin McKelle has always enticed, enthralled, enamored, and elated audiences with her crystal pipes on stock-jazz joy. But on her new release, “Soul Flower,” she has sharpened her pencil and written her own take on the idiom with splashes of gospel, soul, and blues. (FD) robinmckelle.com Thiefs They may have flunked spelling, Acanthus Iced Coffee, Beer & Wine, Salads & Soups, Creative Entrees Tues-Wed 11am-10pm, Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-2am, Closed Sunday & Monday 337 East Avenue • 319-5999 but Guillermo Brown is an innovative drummer and vocalist, Christophe Panzani has an entrancing sound on saxophone, Keith Witty plays a decidedly different brand of bass, and all three enhance their performances with electronics. Together they are Thiefs, the latest wild incarnation of the jazz trio. (RN) thiefs.bandcamp.com Trondheim Jazz Orchestra This power- DOWNTOWN’S MOST SOUGHT-AFTER SUSHI & HANDCRAFTED COCKTAILS packed ensemble is one of the leading — and most innovative — groups to emerge from Norway’s decidedly forward-looking jazz scene. Over the years the group’s cutting-edge approach has attracted a steady stream of worldclass guest artists like Joshua Redman, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. (RN) trondheimjazzorchestra.no LATE-NIGHT MENU FOR JAZZ PATRONS Tuesday-Thursday ‘til 11pm Friday-Saturday ’til Midnight 1 capron st tucked behind geva theatre 454.2908 restaurantnikko.com 10 minute walk from Chestnut St and East Ave ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 9 A R T I ST B I O S SCHEDULE 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: New York Voices Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck! Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: 78 RPM Big Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Terell Stafford Quartet Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio Kilbourn Hall, ESM ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Halie Loren Trio Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combo led by Bob Sneider Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6:15 p.m.: Bruce Barth & Steve Nelson Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: YolanDa Brown Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Loren and Mark Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: The Coupe De Villes East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 7:15 p.m.: New York Voices Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Sienna Dahlen Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Robin McKelle & The Flytones Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:45 p.m.: Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck! Hatch Recital Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: John Mooney & Bluesiana Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8 p.m.: Willie Nelson & Family Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (SOLD OUT) 8:30 p.m.: Shuffle Demons Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: YolanDa Brown Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Delbert McClinton East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Trondheim Jazz Orchestra Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:15 p.m.: Loren and Mark Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Sienna Dahlen Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Robin McKelle & The Flytones Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:45 p.m.: John Mooney & Bluesiana Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Shuffle Demons Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Terell Stafford Quartet Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Bruce Barth & Steve Nelson Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio Kilbourn Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Halie Loren Trio Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) Funk band Shuffle Demons perform Saturday, June 22, at the Big Tent, and Sunday, June 23, at the Jazz Street Stage. PHOTO PROVIDED 78 RPM Big Band This group originated in the early 70’s as an Oktoberfest band in Western New York. Over the years it has traded the oom-pa-pa-oom for some sweet swing a la Glenn, Tommy, and Artie. (FD) 78rpmband.com Bruce Barth & Steve Wilson Two of voices in rock — or should we say blues? After four decades in the biz, this rockin’ Texan has the audacity to release one of his best records to date. “Room to Breathe” is a righteously raucous platter full of Texas shuffle, swamp boogie, and straight-up jump ’n’ blues. (FD) delbert.com Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio There are several the most sought-after musicians on the jazz scene today are pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Steve Wilson. Barth has lent his distinctive keyboard talents to Tony Bennett, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, and others. Wilson’s sinuous sound has enhanced the work of Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, and Joe Henderson. (RN) brucebarth.com, stevewilsonmusic.com Coupe De Villes Rochester blues cruisers The Coupe De Villes have been rockin de ville for more than 30 years. The band is as much a classic rock ’n’ roll outfit as is a straight-up blues group. Humble and swingin,’ low down and stinging. (FD) coupedevilles.com has one of the most recognizable doctors in the house this year. They call Dr. John The Nite Tripper, but they could just call B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith a trip. From humble doo-wop beginnings in Buffalo in the Supremes (long before Ms. Ross and crew had the name), to setting the world on fire with George Benson, to becoming the de-facto godfather of acid jazz. Dr. Smith is so cool, he’d make an Eskimo shiver. (FD) drlonniesmith.com Halie Loren Trio Oregon-born Halie Delbert McClinton Delbert McClinton Loren’s rich, warm voice has covered everything from jazz standards to original songs. 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(AC) halieloren.com John Mooney & Bluesiana As a resident Rochesterian in the early 70’s, slide-guitar wizard John Mooney used to sit and watch Son House play on house’s porch (Mrs. House reportedly didn’t allow the blues in the House house). In 1976 Mooney split for swampier pastures in New Orleans, and released his first album in 1979. This will be the first appearance of the original band in several years. (FD) facebook.com/ JohnMooneyLive Loren and Mark These two guitarists have very different backgrounds. Loren Barrigar has written songs for TV shows “E.R.,” “The Young and the Restless,” and has played with B.B. King and Patti LaBelle. Mark Mazengarb is a New Zealander who studied classical guitar and learned from Tommy Emmanuel. Together, the acoustic guitarists combine into a flawless duo. (AC) lorenandmark.com Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck From with the audience and playing some very catchy music. The band consists of saxophonists Richard Underhill, Kelly Jefferson, and Perry White, with George Koller on bass and Stich Wynston on drums. (AC) shuffledemons.com Sienna Dahlen Sienna Dahlen’s music JACKETS CHAPS HELMETS BOOTS GLOVES CLOTHING GIFTS & MUCH MORE! EXTREME BIKER LEATHER 368 W. RIDGE RD ROCHESTER NY 14615 is a gentle soundtrack to a movie too precious to make. So this Canadian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist’s sonic beauty will have to take up residence in the theater of the mind. Gentle and picturesque to the max. (FD) siennadahlen.com Terell Stafford Quartet So enthusiastic 585.482.0855 • M-F 11-7, SAT 11-4 FIND US ON EXTREMEBIKERLEATHER.COM were the fans at Montage Grille during the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival, that they would hardly allow Terell Stafford to leave the stage. It’s easy to see why Stafford is the trumpeter of choice for Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, who has called him, “one of the great players of our time.” (RN) terellstafford.com Trondheim Jazz Orchestra See listing for Dewey Ave Smoke Shop Over 30 years Imported & Domestic Cigars Pipe & Cigarette Tobacco Traditional & Exotic Pipes Imported Cigarettes Electronic Cigarettes 1405 Dewey Ave. • Rochester, NY 14613 In the historic Maplewood neighborhood Hours of operation: Mon - Sat 11am - 10pm Bach to Brubeck is not too far a stretch when Matt Herskowitz sits down at the piano. Herskowitz is a virtuoso performer in any genre, and he doesn’t mind mixing them up. By the time he’s finished you’ll be swinging to Schumann and dancing ballet to Brubeck. (RN) mattherskowitz.com New York Voices New York Voices is a Friday, June 21. Willie Nelson & Family At 80 years old, seamless blend of tonsils; a matrimony of gorgeous vocal buoyancy. The Grammy Award-winning quartet must be doing something right, since 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of this musical marriage and all its jazz, pop, and r&b overtones. (FD) newyorkvoices.com Robin McKelle & The Flytones See listing Willie Nelson is an American icon, a national treasure, a living legend, and a legacy. He’s done everything from penning uber hits like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” to doing duets with unlikely cats like the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg. Nelson has recorded more than 60 studio albums, 10 live albums, and has been featured in numerous comps and soundtracks. On the road again? Hell, he’s never come off. (FD) willienelson.com YolanDa Brown Saxophonist YolanDa for Friday, June 21. Shuffle Demons Going to a Shuffle 585-458-8824 facebook.com/deweyavesmokeshop Demons concert gets you somewhere between a jazz show, a comedy act and a subway performance. Picture five Canadians wearing funny suits, dancing Brown was born in London, but her Jamaican heritage adds a twist to her music. It’s jazz saxophone with a reggae beat. Brown has worked with greats like Monty Alexander, Hilario Duran, Otis Williams, and The Temptations. She is regarded as one of the U.K.’s premier saxophonists. (AC) yolandabrown.co.uk 12 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 jazz CITY THE SOURCE FOR RIJF 2013 COVERAGE FROM THE REGION’S TOP JAZZ WRITERS DAILY CONTENT • CONCERT REVIEWS • PHOTOS & VIDEOS • EXCLUSIVE ARTICLES ALL WEEK LEADING UP TO THE FESTIVAL TWEET US YOUR TAKES ON THE SHOWS & READ OUR COVERAGE LIVE @ROCCITYNEWS ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM @ROCCITYNEWS /CITYNEWSPAPER ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 13 Marti Brom [ PROFILE ] BY FRANK DE BLASE There’s a spot in certain female voices — a transitional spot, if you will — between sweet vibrato and growl. Texas rockabilly songstress Marti Brom traverses this vocal twilight beautifully, leaving a slew of broken hearts in her wake. Brom’s voice and overall persona is classic and way beyond your typical rootsy twang and tribute. Marti Brom is the genuine article, and rockabilly royalty. Most artists list a moment, an event, or artist responsible for opening their ears to music. But for Brom, it just always was that way. “I always sang,” Brom says. “But I was too shy to perform.” Born in St. Louis in 1962, Brom grew up listening to singers like Petula Clark and Dusty Springfield. But it was when she heard Patsy Cline, and then the rocking Janis Martin, that she knew she was onto something. “I collected records,” she says. “And I always liked older music. I started off singing more country stuff — you know, Patsy Cline, Brenda Lee. I was also into New Wave music. But my sound still gravitated toward older stuff.” In 1990 Brom and her family moved to Austin, Texas, where Brom, now cured of her stage fright, fell in with the burgeoning rockabilly scene. She initially sat in with cats like High Noon’s Shaun Young and Kevin Smith (who incidentally will be performing at this year’s XRIJF as bassist in Willie Nelson’s band) and Todd Wolfmeyer. She rapidly grew a following inspired by her femmefatale purr, hillbilly hiccup boogie, and out-and-out wail. But she also pushed 14 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 the limits of the tradition. Artists like Suzi Quatro, Blondie, and The Pretenders still lit her fuse as well. “I covered a song Ray Davies wrote, ‘I Go To Sleep,’ that The Pretenders covered. Luckily I had Nick Curran and Lisa Pankratz in the band at the time so nobody looked at me weird,” Brom says. No, they actually look at her adoringly from all corners of the world. Brom has followings in Europe, Australia, Scandinavia, and Japan. Brom has recently put out two singles. One is a duet with Boston blues-shouting madman Barrence Whitfield, and the other is a tribute she recorded for Martin. These will go on the pile of releases that stand six CDs high. But you’ve really got to dig this rockabilly filly live. Thousands of Marti Brom fans can���t be wrong. “There’s always been a huge following,” she says. “Especially in Finland, where my record label [Goofin’ Records] is. It’s nice, because I get to travel all over the world and play music.” This touring has included sharing the stage with legends like Ronnie Dawson and Rosie Flores, and memorable moments like the night her hero Janis Martin was in the audience. “There she was,” Brom says. “Front and center. I was so thrilled.” Marti Brom performs Sunday, June 23, 7:45 & 9:45 p.m. at the Abilene Roots & Americana Stage (153 Liberty Pole Way). Tickets cost $20$25, or you can use your Club Pass. SCHEDULE 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Paul Hofmann Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ESM Jazz Honors Unit 1 Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6 p.m.: Mike Brignola and Friends Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Jack Allen Big Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Stretch Orchestra Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:15 p.m.: Rafael Zaldivar Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Dave Rivello Ensemble Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Christine Tobin Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: The Sneider Brothers Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band RG&E-Lidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 7:15 p.m.: BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Shuffle Demons Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:30 p.m.: Christian Wallumrod Ensemble Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Marti Brom Band Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Paul Hofmann Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:30 p.m.: Ritmo Seis Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Christine Tobin Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band RG&E-Lidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Dave Rivello Ensemble Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:15 p.m.: The Sneider Brothers Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Christian Wallumrod Ensemble Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Shuffle Demons Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:45 p.m.: Marti Brom Band Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Ritmo Seis Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Mike Brignola and Friends Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Stretch Orchestra Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Rafael Zaldivar Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) THE freshest LOBSTER & CLAMS AND the LOWEST PRICES anywhere! 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(AC) rosebudus.com/ beausoleil Bill Tiberio Band Bill Tiberio is a superb A UNIQUE NEIGHBORHOOD BAR! 873 Merchants Rd. • 288-1210 www.LMlanes.com Find us on local educator, leading jazz bands and other ensembles at Fairport High School for more than two decades. He’s also a sax man with a funky, honking sound reminiscent of Maceo Parker. Over the years he’s shared the stage with Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, and The Four Tops. (RN) billtiberioband.com Christine Tobin When listening to Irish- Pianist Rafael Zaldivar performs Sunday, June 23, at Max of Eastman Place. PHOTO PROVIDED Jack Allen Big Band Tenacious trumpeter THE MUSIC OF GRILLING... THE SIZZLE OF THE STEAK Gas & Charcoal Ch Grills born songstress Christine Tobin, you can debate which of her many genre facets are there to color the rest. Is it the singer/ songwriter depth that gives dimension to her airy jazz? Or is it the Brazilian and West African influences that blow the doors wide open? The answer is simple: yes. (FD) christine-tobin.com Christian Wallumrod Ensemble Harp, and big-band leader Jack Allen has been blowing his horn since the age of 5, playing gigs since 12, and touring the United States with assorted combos since he was out of high school. He took over the Chick Edmond band in 1993 and continues to swing with the kind of elegance only a big band can bring. (FD) thejackallenbigband.com Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band To say Big Green Egg ® Grill/Smoker cello, trumpet, and harmonium are some of the instruments employed by Norway’s Christian Wallumrod Ensemble. When that eclectic aural combination tackles Wallumrod’s progressive arrangements, the result is a sound somewhere between contemporary classical, jazz, and folk music that’s as gorgeous as it is ethereal. (RN) christianwallumrod.com Dave Rivello Ensemble Trained by the great that the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band is merely a send-up to Satchmo would just be scratching the surface. This sweet and swingin’ Big Easy-based ensemble celebrates this jazz pioneer’s outlook on life and the joy his music continues to conjure. (FD) larmstrongsoc.org Marti Brom See feature on page 14. myspace.com/martirockabilly Gas Grills MILEAGE MASTER “The Grillmaster’s Mecca” LP Gas • Parts • Service M-F 9-5 pm, Sat 9-4 pm 2488 Browncroft Blvd. • 586-1870 Bob Brookmeyer, Dave Rivello is a superb writer, arranger, and conductor. Grammywinning jazz orchestra director Maria Schneider declared his writing “compelling and beautiful.” With adventurous harmonies recalling composers ranging from Charles Mingus to Igor Stravinsky, Rivello’s band can blow you away with dynamics or seduce you with subtlety. (RN) daverivello.com Mike Brignola and Friends Mike Brignola graduated from our own University of Rochester, where he played baritone sax in the Eastman jazz ensembles. He has played with legends like Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, and Bill Perkins. Brignola also spent seven years playing with Woody Herman in his big band. He will return to Rochester with his own band as part of this year’s fest. (AC) 16 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Paul Hofmann Chairman of the Jazz Department at the Eastman Community Music School and one of the most beloved piano teachers in Rochester, Paul Hofmann is also a gifted composer and interpreter of standards, not to mention one of the finest jazz pianists in upstate New York. (RN) mhrrecords.com Rafael Zaldivar When Cuban pianist ALEXANDER OPTICAL 261 ALEXANDER ST. 325 3070 FIND YOURS AT Rafael Zaldivar begins a classic like “La Comparsa,” it’s as if he were playing a Chopin nocturne. But as the piece progresses, the rhythms and harmonies grow increasingly complicated, matching the complexity of his improvisations. Over the years Zaldivar has shared the stage with greats like Herbie Hancock and Joe Lovano. (RN) rafaelzaldivarmusic.com Ritmo Seis Ritmo Seis is a local band that dine & dash... a special jazz menu & after-show specials! in time for your show! Jeans Welcome! excite your appetite! 282 alexander st | 585.244.8680 is bound to get even the most no-nonsense jazz fan dancing. The four Gonzalez brothers mix salsa, merengue, and bachata music. Freddy Gonzalez directs the band and plays guitar, Jose plays the bass, Angel plays bongos, and Eddie is the lead singer. (AC) reverbnation.com/ritmoseis Shuffle Demons See listing for Saturday, June 22. Sneider Brothers New York trumpeter John Sneider has played with old-school heroes like Max Roach and Clark Terry and contemporary artists like Brad Mehldau and Larry Goldings. His brother, Rochester guitarist extraordinaire Bob Sneider has toured extensively with Chuck Mangione and played with many of the top names in jazz. (RN) Stretch Orchestra They’re long and tall and SUNDAY WORSHIP 11:00AM in the Sanctuary SUMMER WORSHIP HOURS July 7-Sept. 1, 10:00AM swing like a wreckin’ ball. These tall (almost 20 feet when stacked end to end) Canadian stalwarts — multi-instrumentalist Kevin Breit of Norah Jones and Sisters Euclid fame; Matt Brubeck, who, if you don’t recognize that name, perhaps you should take five; and Jesse Stewart — play a loosely brilliant instrumental music that offers frequent fractured detours to keep it lively and weird. (FD) stretchorchestra.com Lee Wright, Director of Music Ministry 121 N. Fitzhugh St. Rochester, NY 585.325.4000 Soul Stirring Music... Every Sunday! downtownpresbyterian.org ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 17 A R T I ST B I O S SCHEDULE Noon: Mike Kaupa Quartet Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Courtney Pine - House of Legends Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Geoffrey Keezer Hatch Hall at Eastman School of Music ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio Kilbourn Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Mike Cottone Quartet Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Dave Spinner B3 Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6 p.m.: Eric Alexander - Harold Mabern Quartet Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:15 p.m.: Hiroya Tsukamoto & Satoshi Takeishi Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Xerox Auditorium ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Michael Mwenso Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Violet Mary RG&ELidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 7 p.m.: GreenfieldRosenberg Quartet Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:15 p.m.: Courtney Pine - House of Legends Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: CNY Jazz Orchestra Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:30 p.m.: Lina Nyberg Band Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: ESM-XRIJF Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (FREE) 7:45 p.m.: Chris O’Leary Band Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Geoffrey Keezer Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:30 p.m.: Sicilian Jazz Project Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Michael Mwenso Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Violet Mary RG&ELidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 9:15 p.m.: GreenfieldRosenberg Quartet Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Lina Nyberg Band Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: CNY Jazz Orchestra Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:45 p.m.: Chris O’Leary Band Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Eric Alexander - Harold Mabern Quartet Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Sicilian Jazz Project Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Hiroya Tsukamoto & Satoshi Takeishi Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Alfredo Rodriguez Trio Kilbourn Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Mike Cottone Quartet Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) Multi-instrumentalist Courtney Pine Vocalist Lina Nyberg sings Monday, June 24, at the plays Monday, June 24, at Harro Lutheran Church. PHOTO PROVIDED East. PHOTO PROVIDED Alfredo Rodriguez When Alfredo Rodriguez plays a ballad, he leans so far into the piano that you might think he’s kissing the keys. In a way he is, with the exquisite touch of his fingers. It’s not surprising that Quincy Jones, who co-produced his first album, called him one of the best musicians in the world. (RN) alfredomusic.com Chris O’Leary Band You may recognize recent album, “House of Legends,” was the 2012 Jazzwise Album of the Year. (AC) courtney-pine.com Dave Spinner B3 Band Rochester keyboardist Dave Spinner plugs some smooth, some Latin, and a touch of r&b into his jazz. Besides holding the steering wheel for his own band, Spinner has spun with artists like Spyro Gyra, the Gap Mangione Band, and Prime Time Funk. (FD) Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Quartet this cat from his six-year tenure as front man and singer in the late Levon Helm’s band. With a dangerously deep dig into American roots music, O’Leary blows some hellacious harp over his own band’s infectious romp in the spirit of fellow reed annihilators James Harmon, Ernie Locke, and Kim Wilson. Boogie! (FD) thechrisolearyband.com Courtney Pine — House of Legends When it comes to contemporary tenor saxophonists, none have a more muscular, assured tone than Eric Alexander. He plays the festival with his former teacher Harold Mabern, a jazz legend since the 1960’s. A superb pianist, Maybern worked with Lee Morgan, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, and many others. (RN) ericalexanderjazz.com, haroldmabern.com Geoffrey Keezer Pianist Geoffrey One of the United Kingdom’s most popular jazz musicians, Courtney Pine is a master of all instruments. He plays the flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, and keyboards, although he is most known for his saxophone playing. His most 18 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Keezer was just 18 years old when he was recruited by the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. Since then he’s lent his keyboard virtuosity › CONTINUES ON PAGE 20 WE BREW ALL THE RIGHT NOTES CRAFT-ROASTED LOCALLY & ALWAYS FRESH! Stop in during the Jazz Festival for a refreshing beverage or delightful snack 100 250 Fall in love with Wisteria JAZZY YOUR BEANS. YOUR BUZZ. YOUR SPoT. 200 EAST AVE • 613-4600 360 Culver Road | 271-0610 Fri. 9-6, Sat. 9-5 www.theoldtoad.com 277 Alexander St., Rochester (585) 232-2626 or real jazz in Rochester, tune to 90.1 FM or jazz901.org. We’re Rochester’s jazz station (and one of just a few full-time jazz stations in the U.S.), taking jazz further by playing everything from bop to big bands, swing to soul jazz, Latin to fusion and beyond. 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(RN) geoffreykeezer.com Greenfield-Rosenberg Quartet When alto An intimate place to relax the mind, soothe the body and ease the soul. Facials | Massages | Microdermabrasion Pedicures | Waxing | Brazilian Waxing Microcurrent | LaStone Massage | Teeth Whitening saxophonist Hayes Greenfield harmonizes with baritone sax man Roger Rosenberg, the dynamic sound reflects two lifetimes of jazz immersion. Since arriving on the New York scene in the 1970’s, Greenfield has played with greats like Jaki Byard, Rashied Ali, and Paul Bley. Rosenberg has lent his talents to Miles Davis, John Lennon, and Chet Baker. (RN) hayesgreenfield.com, myspace.com/ rogerrosenberg Hiroya Tsukamoto & Satoshi Takeishi the red by none other than the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, who would invite the young man up to sing with him. He has since gone on to run the jam sessions at London jazz club Ronnie Scott’s, join the programming team at Lincoln Center, and run the after-hours program at Dizzy’s Club Cocoa-Cola. (FD) facebook.com/ michael.mwenso Mike Cottone Quartet After earning a www.ae-spa.com 1855 Monroe Ave | 461-4310 | In Brighton Commons e t a l o c o h C ines &V 2010/2011/2012 WINNER! Guitarist Hiroya Tsukamoto brings touches of classical, flamenco, and jazz to his distinctive guitar style on original pieces of extraordinary beauty. Drummer Satoshi Takeishi, a whirlwind of energy on a variety of percussion instruments, expands the definition of drums to include computer samples. Together they create a highly original soundscape. (RN) hiroyatsukamoto.com Kurt Rosenwinkel New Quartet Since bachelor’s degree at Eastman School of Music and a master’s at The Juilliard School, Mike Cottone has played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and in the band for the Broadway production of “Hair.” Now at the Thelonious Monk Institute in Los Angeles, Cottone studies with Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, and others. (RN) mikecottone.com Mike Kaupa Quartet With his gorgeous dropping out of Berklee College of Music to tour with vibraphonist Gary Burton, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel has gone on to become one of the most hard-swinging guitarists of his generation. Among his biggest fans is Eric Clapton, who invited him to play at this year’s Crossroads Guitar Festival. (RN) kurtrosenwinkel.com Lina Nyberg Hidden within Swedish tone and breathtaking melodic runs, trumpeter Mike Kaupa has been one of the most valuable players on the Rochester jazz scene for decades. Locally he’s a long-time performer in the Dave Rivello Ensemble, but Kaupa has also played with Ray Charles, Mel Torme, Steve Gadd, Gary Bartz, and Luciana Souza. (RN) mikekaupa.com Sicilian Jazz Project Starting with JOIN US ON OUR PORCH BEFORE & AFTER THE JAZZ FEST! accessible WINE BEER DESSERT CHEESE CATERING AVAILABLE vocalist Lina Nyberg’s classic-leaning instrumentation and subtle torch-singing qualities is a quirky splash of rhythmic mirth and progressive hijinks. Her latest CD, “Palaver,” has received raves and accolades far outside her native Stockholm home. (FD) linanyberg.se Michael Mwenso When Sierra Leone-born Italian roots music, guitarist Michael Occhipinti’s Sicilian Jazz Project creates contemporary works based on traditional songs, incorporating new voicings, rhythms, and harmonies along the way. A tune may begin in the old country with a folk melody only to cross the ocean into contemporary post-bop territory. (RN) thesicilianjazzproject.com Violet Mary Beneath this band’s muscle- HRS: Mon-Fri 4-11pm, Sat & Sun Noon – 11pm 340-6362 757 UNIVERSITY AVE on the chocolateandvines.com Michael Mwenso was a kid growing up in London, his jazz meter was tweaked into car patina and melodic shine lurks the heart of the beast. Rochester’s Violet Mary is both melodic and picturesque without forsaking those RPMs and the ensuing heart palpitations. In other words, this is one undeniable force, a great rock band. (FD) violetmary.com 20 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 AN ANTIQUE BOUTIQUE Restored Vintage Refinished Antique Furniture Handcrafted Treasures 529 MERCHANTS ROAD | ROCHESTER, NY 14609 OPEN: THURS & FRI: NOON-5 PM, SAT & SUN: 11 AM– 6 PM PLEASE PARK IN BACK OR AT HENRY’S. 585.738.4661 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 21 Anat Cohen [ PROFILE ] BY RON NETSKY When Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen steps out of her Brooklyn home, she finds herself between two worlds. Cohen resides in Williamsburg, a vital neighborhood in the New York jazz scene. But Williamsburg is also a center of Hasidic Judaism in the United States. “I live right on the border,” says Cohen. “I make a left turn, I’m in 18th-century Lithuania; if I make a right turn everybody also wears black but they’re more computer hackers and hipsters. One day I feel like making a left and one day I feel like making a right, and I don’t think one is better than the other.” Born in Israel, Cohen attended a musical conservatory in Tel Aviv along with her two brothers, soprano saxophonist Yuval and trumpeter Avishai, in the late 1980’s. The siblings, who sometimes play and record as the 3 Cohens, also attended a school of the arts. At that time Israel was not exactly a hotbed of hot jazz. There were only a couple of places in Tel Aviv where you could hear the music. But the Cohens were hooked. “When you go to school with other people who do what you do, your friends become other musicians and you hang out and immerse in it 24/7,” Cohen says. Cohen’s two greatest musical heroes growing up were reed players who made their marks several decades apart: Sidney Bechet and John Coltrane. “They are two people with a sound; they play one note and it grabs me,” says Cohen. “And Miles [Davis] — there are so many albums, but I imagine this one sound with the Harmon mute and it’s one note that goes straight to the heart.” While Cohen admires their distinctive styles, her identification only goes so far. 22 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 “You can’t be someone else,” says Cohen. “You can imitate the notes they’re playing and try to imitate the sound, or the harmonic concept, but your song is who you are. The way each person plays one note is completely different.” In 1996 Cohen moved to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. “It was confusing and challenging,” says Cohen. “In Israel you study English, but you don’t really practice it until you need it.” After college she toured with several bands, garnering strong reviews for her performances with the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra. Then it was time to step out on her own. “It’s one thing to be a musician playing in other people’s bands and it’s another thing to be a band leader,” says Cohen. “Once you’re a bandleader and you want to make albums, and you want to put them out and perform the music, you become a business person.” In 2005 she formed Anzic Records with kindred jazz spirits. “It was people who were hanging out at the time — like family,” she says. “Let’s join forces so we can tell everyone we have a record label.” Two years later she took the step that would put her on the musical map, simultaneously releasing two albums on Anzic: “Poetica” and “Noir.” She played clarinet, an instrument that was mostly relegated to the nostalgic side of jazz, but people listened. The jazz world’s reaction was, in a word, “wow.” It was hard not to be knocked out by Cohen’s virtuosity, her diverse repertoire from all over the world, not to mention the sheer audacity of the one-two punch from an unknown. “That was the start,” says Cohen, “the combination of two albums — they had different sounds, they showed different parts of my personality, and they came out on my own record label. And the fact that I was playing clarinet.” Cohen wasn’t unknown for long. And six years later she’s at the top of critics’ and readers’ polls in jazz magazines. Her latest album, “Claroscuro,” is a gem. And next month she will be presented with the Paul Acket Award, given each year to “an artist deserving wider recognition for extraordinary musicianship” at the prestigious North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands. › CONTINUES ON PAGE 26 SCHEDULE Noon: Nick Finzer Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Yellowjackets Harro East Ballroom ($20$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Alfredo Rodriguez Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Shine On The Universe of John Lennon Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: John Patitucci Trio Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: John Nyerges Quartet Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: New Energy Jazz Orchestra Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ESM Jazz Honors Unit 2 Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6:15 p.m.: Michael Wollny Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Anat Cohen Xerox Auditorium ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Julian Arguelles Quartet Christ Church ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Vince Ercolamento & Sidesteppin Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Calle Uno RG&E-Lidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 7:15 p.m.: Yellowjackets Harro East Ballroom ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:15 p.m.: Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:30 p.m.: Eero Koivistoinen Quartet Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Alfredo Rodriguez Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: The Black Lillies Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 8 p.m.: David Byrne & St. Vincent Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($60-$100) 8:15 p.m.: New Horizons Dance Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 8:30 p.m.: Djabe Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Julian Arguelles Quartet Christ Church ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Anat Cohen Xerox Auditorium ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Calle Uno RG&E-Lidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 9:15 p.m.: Music Educators Big Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:15 p.m.: Vince Ercolamento & Sidesteppin Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Eero Koivistoinen Quartet Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:45 p.m.: The Black Lillies Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Shine On The Universe of John Lennon Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Michael Wollny Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: John Nyerges Quartet Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: John Patitucci Trio Kilbourn Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 11 p.m.: Djabe Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) More than just leather... 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M yerges Quartet RC Roberto Occhipinti RC pm) ) Djabe BT Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band BT ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 25 PROFILE: COHEN › CONTINUED FROM PAGE 22 ARTIST BIOS If the idea of an Israeli musician making a splash in jazz seems unlikely, Cohen has given it some thought. “There’s no doubt that jazz comes from African-American culture,” says Cohen. “But it’s a music you love and you want to play it and you want to explore it and you want to learn the history.” But, despite forging her reputation on an instrument that arguably peaked in the 1940’s, Cohen is not interested in re-visiting the past; she wants to take her clarinet into the future. “If you want to preserve the tradition of jazz and play in the style of people who played in the 1920’s, 1930’s, and 1940’s, great,” says Cohen. “But the definition of jazz has been pushed and extended so much that people say it’s not jazz anymore. But there is no new word for what it is.” Cohen’s more recent albums have showcased another side of her talent, her prowess on saxophone. “The saxophone gives me another dimension, another part of my personality that maybe will not come out on the clarinet.” At this point she has played at festivals and in clubs and concert halls all over the world. But Cohen’s favorite venue is just across the East River from her home. “The Village Vanguard,” says Cohen. “The sound of the room is amazing, the history is there, and the pressure. You have to climb up to the level of the history in the walls. You feel all the spirits there watching you. I still can’t believe I play there.” She continues to feel the excitement of discovery that all of those jazz pioneers must have felt on a good night on stage. “I have those moments. They happen once in a while with my quartet. We’re communicating in another sphere, and when the audience is with us it’s an incredible feeling of being in the moment and inside the music. It’s an amazing feeling. These are the moments we live for.” Anat Cohen plays Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m. & 9 p.m. at Xerox Auditorium (100 S. Clinton Ave.). Tickets cost $20-$25, or you can use your Club Pass. 26 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Saxophonist Eero Koivistoinen performs Tuesday, June 25, at the Lutheran Church. PHOTO PROVIDED Alfredo Rodriguez See listing for Monday, June 24. Djabe It’s not hard to figure out why Anat Cohen See feature on page 22. anatcohen.com Black Lillies The Black Lillies’ music has a ton more honky-tonk and giddy-up than others that pick the grass blue. The band hails from Knoxville, Tennessee, and comes off deeply southern — in a good way — without a lick of irony to their spirited twang. (FD) theblacklillies.com Calle Uno Calle Uno’s got it all: punctuating Djabe is the leading jazz-fusion band of Hungary. The group’s name, which means “freedom” in the African Ashanti language, fits the group’s approach. Djabe’s music is filled with lush textures and appealing melodies, combining elements of world music, jazz, and Hungarian folk music. (RN) djabe.hu Eero Koivistoinen Quartet Saxophonist horns, polyrhythmic percussionists, and a dynamic singer Robert Navarro. If you are an aficionado of salsa and merengue music, or you simply love to move and shake to an Afro-Cuban beat, your best bet at the XRIJF will be the hottest band this side of the Genesee. (RN) David Byrne & St. Vincent This is an Eero Koivistoinen has an unusual musical notation at the top of some of his works: Collective Cacophony Improvisation. But, as in the case of other excellent free jazz groups, it takes a great deal of skill, intuition, and flexibility to achieve a level of cacophony that’s challenging, urgent, and rewarding. (RN) eerokoivistoinen.com John Nyerges Quartet For the last 19 years incredible collaboration between Talking Heads’ main cabeza — or head Head — David Byrne and the stunning Annie Clark, who performs as St. Vincent. Within a brass-band format, this duo has created a sound that is awkwardly compelling, deliciously off-putting, grandiose, and brilliant. Want more adjectives? Buy a ticket. (FD) lovethisgiant.com John Nyerges has served as pianist at the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Pops concerts. A superb and in-demand keyboard player, he also plays in the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big Band, the Madeline Forster Band, and other groups. 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He has been commissioned to do pieces for the BBC and the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, to name a few. (FD) julianarguelles.com Michael Wollny Whether he’s playing 302 N. Goodman St. • 256.5980 Village Gate, Rochester 81 MARSHALL STREET • 325-219 1 MARSHALLSTREETBARANDGRILL.COM The NEW! a Kraftwerk tune or a passage from Mahler, the young German pianist Michael Wollny has the dexterity, sensitivity, and the perfect dynamic touch to bring out the jazz in just about anything. A gifted improviser, Wollny reinvents the music every time he plays. (RN) michael-wollny.de New Energy Jazz Orchestra Organized Stop by during the Jazz Festival for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner! by saxophonist Carl Atkins and trumpeter Jonathan Kruger in 2006, the New Energy Jazz Orchestra features 17 of the top players in the region exploring adventurous compositions and arrangements by Atkins, Kruger, David Gibson, and others. (RN) geneseo.edu/ arts/nejo Nick Finzer New York City by way of 657 Park Avenue 442.4986 Pittsford Plaza 383.5660 Eastview Mall 223.7280 Rochester trombonist Nick Finzer has hung up the crash helmet he wore as a member of The Po’ Boys Brass Band and put on a jacket and tie. Though there isn’t that brash brass wall of sound typically surrounding his exploratory style anymore, there’s still a sense of adventure and a splash of that old vertigo within the more classic styling and profiling on his new release, “Exposition.” (FD) nickfinzermusic.com Shine On — The Universe of John Lennon Shine On brings together colies cafe.com open daily 28 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Classic Additions CONSIGNMEN T SHOP Furniture Home Décor Jewelry China & Glassware Accepting Quality Items... Call or Email Bassist John Patitucci plays Tuesday, June 25, at Kilbourn Hall. 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A fine composer and a formidable improviser, Ercolamento joins Joe Chiappone, Paul Mastriani, and Peter Chwazik playing music by Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, and others in Sidesteppin’. (RN) vinceercolamento.com The Yellowjackets The Yellowjackets recently announced some big news: bassist Felix Pastorius (Jaco’s son) has signed on. He’ll join the all-star group featuring saxophonist Bob Mintzer, keyboard wizard Russell Ferrante, and drummer William Kennedy as they celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary. (RN) yellowjackets.com ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 29 A R T I ST B I O S SCHEDULE Noon: Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Lee Fields & The Expressions Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Goldings-StewartBernstein Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Gretchen Parlato Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Roberto Occhipinti Group Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Brockport Community Big Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ESM-XRIJF Jazz Scholarships Alumni Combo Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6:15 p.m.: Aaron Goldberg Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Trio Globo with Howard Levy Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Soweto Kinch Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Rocky Lawrence plays Robert Johnson Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience RG&ELidestri Stage (FREE) 7:15 p.m.: Lee Fields & The Expressions Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Djabe Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:30 p.m.: Jacob Karlzon 3 Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Harold Danko Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8 p.m.: Roger Hodgson Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($70-$125) 8:30 p.m.: Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Soweto Kinch Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience RG&ELidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Trio Globo with Howard Levy Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:15 p.m.: Rocky Lawrence plays Robert Johnson Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Djabe Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:30 p.m.: Jacob Karlzon 3 Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:45 p.m.: Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Roberto Occhipinti Group Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Goldings-StewartBernstein Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Aaron Goldberg Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Gretchen Parlato Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) Goldings-Stewart-Bernstein plays Wednesday, June 26, at Montage. PHOTO PROVIDED Aaron Goldberg Trio When Wynton Marsalis hired Aaron Goldberg to play piano for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he called him “a modern improviser of great clarity, finesse, and dexterity.” A sought-after sideman, Goldberg has lent his keyboard talents to Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and many others. (RN) aarongoldberg.com Curley Taylor& Zydeco Trouble Curley John Scofield. Together they give new meaning to the term triple threat. (RN) larrygoldings.com, peterbernsteinmusic. com, zildjian.com/Artists/S/Bill-Stewart Gretchen Parlato Gretchen Parloto Taylor started out banging drums as a kid with his dad’s band before hitting the road with cats like C.C. Adcock and C.J. Chenier. It was Chenier that first turned Taylor from drums to accordion. He learned it in six months and you know that ain’t easy. (FD) curleytaylor.com Djabe See listing for Tuesday, June 25. Goldings-Stewart-Bernstein So versatile has played with enough famous jazz musicians to fill a whole other festival line-up. Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Terence Blanchard, and Herbie Hancock are just some of the big names with whom she’s shared the stage. Parlato’s singing is unique, and often involves using her voice as an instrument. (AC) gretchenparlato.com Harold Danko Before becoming Chair of a B-3 organist is Larry Goldings that he provided the entire back-up band for James Taylor’s “One Man Band” project. Peter Bernstein is guitarist of choice for Jimmy Cobb, Joe Lovano, and others. And drummer Bill Stewart has made his name with stars like Maceo Parker and 30 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, Harold Danko served as a sideman with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, and Lee Konitz, and was a featured performer in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. 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His style, which has been compared to that of Keith Jarrett, has made him a soughtafter sideman for top players like Billy Cobham, Tim Hagans, and Kenny Wheeler. (RN) jacobkarlzon.com Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band Jai Johanny and r&b right. This isn’t a retro rehash, either; the cat’s been doing it since the late 60’s, from lo-fi blues to hi-fi ballads. This is going to be date night. (FD) leefieldsandtheexpressions.com Roberto Occhipinti Group Bassist Roberto Mediterranean Food “Jaimoe” Johanson is the legendary drummer behind the Allman Brothers Band. This Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer has brought together a septet worthy of his drumming. Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band combines Southern rock, blues, and soul in a way that makes you feel like you’re in his home state of Mississippi. (AC) jaimoe.com Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience If you like your jazz smooth, with some funk on the side, Jimmie Highsmith Jr. is the sax player for you. After studying at Rochester’s School of the Arts, Highsmith joined the United States Air Force and formed a jazz band to play USO events. He has recorded four albums since returning to Rochester in the early 1990’s. (RN) jimmiehighsmith.com Lee Fields& The Expressions In the Occhipinti plays with so many groups at the XRIJF — Sicilian Jazz Project, Hilario Duran, Soul Stew — that you might see him on three stages in one night. But he’s far more than a sideman. His recent album, “A Bend in the River,” displays a gloriously ambitious musical vision. (RN) robertoocchipinti.com Rocky Lawrence plays Robert Johnson Café with Free WiFi 2735 Monroe Ave. | Rochester, NY Across the street from Clover lanes Like most bluesmen of this generation, Rocky Lawrence stumbled on the blues while deconstructing rock music. And all roads lead to the crossroads and Robert Johnson. Lawrence’s Johnson send-up is more a portrayal, a one-man play if you will. Lawrence may be from Connecticut, but you can still hear the hellhound on his trail. (FD) myspace.com/RockyLawrence Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Super Tramp Supertramp’s songs have 585.242.7864 32 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 spirit of window-foggin’, panty-droppin’, slow-grind soulsters like The Delfonics and The Stylistics, Lee Fields does soul endured for decades, and have amounted to more than 60 million records sold. Roger Hodgson wrote, arranged, and sang most of the British rock group’s hits. Among the most memorable are “Dreamer,” “It’s Singer Gretchen Parlato performs Wednesday, June 26, at Kilbourn Hall. PHOTO PROVIDED Raining Again,” and “Give a Little Bit.” (AC) rogerhodgson.com Soweto Kinch It’s probably safe to say that Soweto Kinch is the only alto saxophone player and hip-hop MC to hold a degree in modern history from Oxford University. When he’s not playing an urgent solo on his alto, Kinch is rapping and rhyming in rhythm with the best of them. (RN) soweto-kinch.com Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes Some fathers and sons bond by going fishing; others go to the ball game. Judging by their musical bond, Sam Nicolosi started playing guitar with his son Ted at an early age. The result is Shared Genes. When it comes to finger-style guitar, they are adept at re-creating the sounds of guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and Acoustic Alchemy. (RN) Trio Globo with Howard Levy It’s hard to describe what Trio Globo does. With influences from six different countries and roots in both jazz and classical, the group is truly unique. Howard Levy (harmonica, piano) has played with Bela Fleck, Paquito d’Rivera, and Kenny Loggins. He is joined by cellist Eugene Friesen and percussionist Glen Velez. (AC) trioglobo.com ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 33 Rudresh Mahanthappa [ PROFILE ] BY RON NETSKY It’s not unusual for a jazz artist to lead several groups, but Rudresh Mahanthappa just might hold the record. He leads or co-leads 10 different ensembles. “I’m always hearing a different sound in my head,” says Mahanthappa. “My artistic vision is not necessarily about having one group and keeping it together for 10 to 20 years. I see a lot of elements in a lot of configurations that make up my musical story.” Gamak, the name of the group Mahanthappa will bring to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, is derived from gamaka, the South Indian term for melodic ornamentation. It’s appropriate. In addition to bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Dan Weiss, Gamak includes guitar wizard David “Fuze” Fiuczynski. “I knew with Fiuczynski’s involvement the band could go a lot of different places,” says Mahanthappa. “He has a strong rock and punk, rock-guitar-hero energy I wanted to tap into. His sonic palette is really wide.” Mahanthappa continues: “He’s playing a double-neck guitar; one is fretless, one is fretted. He’s able to switch back and forth and conjure some amazing sounds. Some of the music involves different sorts of tunings and micro-tonal things. He can deal with that from Eastern and Western perspectives.” On the opening cut of Gamak’s album, Fiuczynski’s guitar strums are reminiscent of a James Brown cut. The tune later enters King Crimson-like, progressiverock territory. “That’s what I was going for — making music coming from a lot of different places,” says Mahanthappa. “The second tune is 34 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 based on a South Indian raga, but the way Fuze plays it, it sounds like he’s playing dobro or slide guitar. It almost has a country sort of attitude.” When people ask Mahanthappa what kind of music he plays, he keeps it simple. “I say jazz, but I write my own music, and it’s unlike any jazz you’ve heard before. It’s certainly not your grandfather’s jazz.” In his brief liner notes on Gamak, he writes: “Each album represents a new investigation into the meaning and trajectory of global society and community.” It’s an unusually ambitious statement. “I’m Indian American and I’ve seen our place in America and our place in the world change drastically in the last 15 or 20 years,” says Mahanthappa. “We were an extreme minority in this country for a long time, and when we did have more visibility it was stereotyped as being doctors, computer scientists, engineers. More recently you’re seeing Indian Americans in Hollywood, you’re reading books by them, you’re seeing them on TV, and you’re hearing them play music.” “My generation is probably the most prominent generation of Indian Americans that’s made some waves in the mainstream American cultural landscape,” he says. “In examining that, one experiences the human condition in a unique way. My music has evolved hand in hand with the way I feel my place in this music, in this country, in this world has evolved.” There’s no doubt Mahanthappa has brought his unique blend of cultures into the jazz mainstream. Last year at the Newport Jazz Festival, his group Samdhi received a standing ovation after its first tune. “We were a little flabbergasted,” says Mahanthappa. “We didn’t know what to do next. Is the rest of the gig one big encore?” Mahanthappa is the son of a physicist who left India, traveled to America to get his doctorate, and stayed. Mahanthappa visited India several times as a child and has been there a few times since. Growing up in Boulder, Colorado, Mahanthappa heard bhajans, Indian devotional music, and his parents had a › CONTINUES ON PAGE 36 SCHEDULE Noon: Herb Smith Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 5:45 p.m.: Howard Levy Hatch Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Brad Turner Quintet Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Ravi Coltrane Quartet Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Culture Clash with Carl Atkins Rochester Club ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ECMS Saxology Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6 p.m.: Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:15 p.m.: Carmen Souza Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Xerox Auditorium ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Zoe Rahman Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Gem City RG&E-Lidestri Spirit Stage (FREE) 7 p.m.: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s GAMAK Little Theatre ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:15 p.m.: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Soul Stew Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:30 p.m.: Jacob Karlzon & Viktoria Tolstoy Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Howard Levy Hatch Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Garland Jeffreys Band Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8 p.m.: Bob James & David Sanborn w/ Steve Gadd Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($40-$85) 8:30 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Zoe Rahman Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Gem City RG&E-Lidestri Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Scottish National Jazz Orchestra Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:15 p.m.: Rudresh Mahanthappa’s GAMAK Little Theatre ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Jacob Karlzon & Viktoria Tolstoy Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Soul Stew Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:45 p.m.: Garland Jeffreys Band Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Ravi Coltrane Quartet Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Carmen Souza Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Brad Turner Quintet Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Culture Clash with Carl Atkins Rochester Club ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20$25, or Club Pass) Our Patio on the Bay is OPEN! 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I didn’t know that what Ornette Coleman did was considered avant-garde until I went to college. I saw it in the same stream as Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Duke Ellington.” His first saxophone heroes were Grover Washington Jr. and David Sanborn. “That’s the stuff that made me want to play the saxophone,” Mahanthappa says. “The first concert I ever went to was Grover. He’s an important figure in black music. It was instrumental soul; it wasn’t smooth jazz. It hadn’t had the soul sucked out of it yet. And the Brecker Brothers…when I first heard Michael Brecker, I said I want to play saxophone that well. Then I heard Charlie Parker and it was over.” He began college at North Texas State University, finished at Berklee College of Music, and earned his master’s degree at De Paul University in Chicago. He moved to New York City in 1997 and started an ascent in the jazz world that shows no sign of slowing down. Last month Mahanthappa won a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. The $275,000 prize, given to artists in dance, jazz, theater, and interdisciplinary work, is an investment in their careers, providing them with the means to take risks. Mahanthappa will continue to experiment in his various ensembles, but one thread will run through all of them. “To me the whole relationship to India is at the core of finding identity,” he says. Rudresh Mahanthappa’s Gamak takes place Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m. & 9:15 p.m. at The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.). Tickets cost $20-$25, or you can use your Club Pass. 36 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 A R T I ST B I O S Bob James and David Sanborn with Steve Gadd Saxophonist David Sanborn Welcome to has played with famous artists from every genre imaginable — David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, the Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, and Eric Clapton are just a few. For this concert he will be joined by keyboardist Bob James, drummer Steve Gadd, and bassist James Genus. (AC) davidsanborn.com Brad Turner Quartet Canadian artist REDEFINING CASUAL ELEGANCE Giovanni’s is original, fresh, delicious Italian Seasonal, locally sourced menus. Larger outdoor dining area Vocalist Carmen Souza sings Thursday, June 27, at Max of Eastman Place. PHOTO PROVIDED Brad Turner is a triple threat on drums, piano, and trumpet. His compositions are airy but not frivolous, exploratory without leaving the audience wishing for its GPS. (FD) bradturnermusic.com Carmen Souza London-based Carmen Souza’s voice is quite elastic as it weaves around in elegant swirls between a flurry of irresistible scat topped off with a Nina Simone warble/vibrato. Her guitar and piano work is rather understated as it gives way to her voice, but is no less jawdropping. (FD) myspace.com/carmensouza Culture Clash with Carl Atkins Before Hard to Find… Easy to Love RESERVATIONS HIGHLY SUGGESTED difficult topics based on race and life through the eyes of a musician. (FD) garlandjeffreys.com Gem City Based in Dayton, Ohio, Gem 75 COLVILLE ST. VICTOR giovannisristorantebravo.com 398-7988 directing the music program at Rochester Institute of Technology, saxophonist Carl Atkins was known for his leadership roles with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Hochstein School of Music. Over his career Atkins has also co-directed the Thelonious Monk Institute and played with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, and Jaki Byard. (RN) Dirty Dozen Brass Band Dirty Dozen’s City plays a mix of rock, funk and jazz. The group is half-rock band, half-jazz band, with horns blaring alongside guitar riffs. Gem City has opened for artists like Lupe Fiasco and The Werks. (AC) gemcityhorns.com Herb Smith He is the third trumpet with MOE KNOWS JAZZ The heart of the Jazz Fest... blend of funk, jazz, and R&B will make you want to party. The band’s songs are defined by a funky bass line and fast beat combined with high-energy horns that will leave your head spinning. (AC) dirtydozenbrass.com Garland Jeffreys Band He was part of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, but Herb Smith’s range extends well beyond classical music. The Eastman School of Music professor has played with Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Yes, Doc Severinsen, The O’Jays, and other top acts. (RN) herbtrumpet.com HAVANA MOE’S Cigar Lounge 40 SCOTCHES & BOURBONS 20 TEQUILAS SMOKERS/ NON-SMOKERS WELCOME Howard Levy Howard Levy’s harmonica the more subversive side to New York’s folk scene in the late 1960’s, rubbed elbows with a pre-Velvet Lou Reed, and played guitar on John Cale’s “Vintage Violence.” Jeffreys often tackles technique helped Bela Fleck and the Flecktones find its signature sound. Levy has won two Grammys and played with greats like Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Styx, and Paul Simon. His music blends Latin, jazz, funk, and classical elements. 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ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 39 Gas House Gorillas [ PROFILE ] BY FRANK DE BLASE So, five gorillas walk into a bar… But seriously folks, five guys from Brooklyn walk into a joint in Anytown, USA, and promptly take the stage. They look like a cross-section between The Bowery Boys and escapees from The Reformatory for Wayward Boys circa 1959. It’s still not clear if these cats are the band, or if they beat up the band and took their instruments. If it weren’t for their impressive musicianship, the jury would still be out. Ladies and gentlemen, hold onto your heads. This is, as the members put it, “God’s favorite band,” The Gas House Gorillas. God? These guys aren’t conceited; they’re convinced. Bassist Crusher Carmean clears up any confusion: “God didn’t have a favorite band until we came along,” he says. “We are the alpha and omega” The Gorillas burst on to the scene in 2003 with vocalist/guitarist Rick Fink and members of the stellar New York jump-blues outfit, the aptly named Blues Jumpers. Whereas the Blues Jumpers were traditional and amazingly period correct, the Gorillas’ immediate mission was to ruffle feathers, twist panties, and get in faces. The band tweaked the music with speed, volume, and onstage mayhem. They put some punk-rock gas in the jump-blues punch. “It’s as if a group of punk-rock kids were listening to The Treniers,” says drummer Eddie Everett. “And Louis Jordan and Fats Waller and Cab Calloway, and Wynonie 40 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Harris. So our sound may be rootsy, but we deliver like The Ramones.” But purists may freak out at these iconoclasts’ shenanigans. Tough. “We are not interested in sounding vintage,” Everett says. “We may give a song a Reverend Horton Heat or Led Zeppelin or Beatles treatment. Everything has been done. There are a lot of musical references to choose from. It’s all how you make it your own.” The Gas House Gorillas make the stage their own, too. Whether it’s with the jungle savagery of Everett’s drums, the rusty wail of Monsta Jim Davis’ saxophone, Fink’s bluesy howls and pleas, the genre-bending kerrang from Snake Osborn’s guitar, or Carmean, who climbs all over his bass like well, a gorilla, the Gashouse Gorillas own the stage everywhere the band goes. So even if these guys did steal the instruments from the actual band, let them hang on to them. They sound great. Besides, have you ever tried to take something away from a gorilla? The Gas House Gorillas perform Friday, June 28, 7:45 p.m. & 9:45 p.m. at Abilene Roots & Americana Stage (153 Liberty Pole Way). Tickets cost $20-$25, or you can use your Club Pass. SCHEDULE Noon: Karl Stabnau Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:45 p.m.: Cyrus Chestnut Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ESM Jazz Honors Unit 3 Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6 p.m.: Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Giacomo Gates & Friends Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Gregory Porter Kilbourn Hall ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:15 p.m.: Hilario Duran Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Carmen Souza Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Phronesis Christ Church ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Shemekia Copeland East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 7 p.m.: Ben Taylor Little Theatre ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Frampton’s Guitar Circus Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($70-$125) 7:30 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:45 p.m.: Gas House Gorillas Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Cyrus Chestnut Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:30 p.m.: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Phronesis Christ Church ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Carmen Souza Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: The James Hunter Six East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 9:15 p.m.: Ben Taylor Little Theatre ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap Jazz Street Stage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:45 p.m.: Gas House Gorillas Abilene ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Dirty Dozen Brass Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Hilario Duran Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Giacomo Gates & Friends Rochester Club ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Gregory Porter Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) NEW EXPANDED LOCATION! 1460 MONROE AVE IN BRIGHTON Featuring a Complete Selection of Jazz Festival Artists, Past & Present! 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(AC) bentaylormusic.com Carmen Souza See listing for Thursday, Giacomo Gates & Friends Giacomo Gates has absorbed the vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra, Jon Hendricks, and other greats. He also employs the phrasing of legendary instrumentalists like Dexter Gordon and Lester Young, and not just when he scatsings. Gates’ most recent album, exploring the music of Miles Davis, topped the jazz charts this spring. (RN) giacomogates.com Gregory Porter The voices of Nat King Cole, June 27. Cyrus Chestnut Pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut is the son of a church organist and a choir director, so it should be no surprise that even when he plays straight-ahead jazz it’s infused with gospel. His specialty is inspirational music, so among the standards he chooses, you might hear tunes like “Bridge Over Troubled Waters.” (RN) cyruschestnut.net Dirty Dozen Brass Band See listing for Joe Williams, and Donny Hathaway can all be heard in the smooth, classic tones of Gregory Porter. The Grammy-nominated singer draws from these influences and adds his own soulful power. Every line he sings is packed with emotion. (AC) gregoryporter.com Hilario Duran Trio Cuban-born Canadian Thursday, June 27. Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers pianist Hilario Duran is at the forefront of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. His playing and compositions have earned him two Junos, more than a dozen national jazz awards in Canada, and a Grammy nomination (FD) hilarioduran.com James Hunter Six James Hunter is simply Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers perform Friday, June 28, at Montage. PHOTO PROVIDED Last summer Dwayne Dopsie blew the roof off of the Jazz Fest Big Tent. This is accordion like you’ve never heard it before. It’s fast, flaming, and has all the cajun spice of Dopsie’s Louisiana stomping grounds. And don’t forget the washboard, drums, guitar, and saxophone that accompany it. (AC) dwaynedopsie.com Frampton’s Guitar Circus It’s not so much a bucket list, but rather a to-do list. Somewhere about midway down is to hear Humble Pie’s “30 Days In The Hole” blasting off the Eastman Theatre stage. Most may know the band’s guitarist, Peter Frampton, as a solo artist through his top-selling live album, “Frampton Comes Alive.” Celebrating the album’s 35th anniversary, Frampton is hitting the road with some heavy guitar talent with his “Guitar Circus” show. In Rochester’s case it’s Robert Cray. (FD) frampton.com Gas House Gorillas See feature on page 40. an incredible soul singer. And he slings a mean guitar over his band’s classic chug. It’s all there: rhythm and blues, swing and swagger. Hunter’s voice is reminiscent of Van Morrison, for whom he sang back up in the 1990’s. His latest with The James Hunter Six is “Minute by Minute,” produced by Daptone Records’ Gabriel Roth (Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse). (FD) jameshuntermusic.com Karl Stabnau Born and raised in Rochester, Eger play piano and drums with equal flair. Together they are Phronesis, a word referring to Aristotle’s concept of practical knowledge enhancing the quality of life. Jazzwise Magazine calls them “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST.” (RN) phronesismusic.com Shemekia Copeland Blues-shouting baritone saxophonist Karl Stabnau grew up around our city’s jazz scene, and it shows. He won the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Search for a Star” competition, and won first place in the Jazz at Lincoln Center’s jazz essay competition. Now he teaches and performs around New York State. (AC) karlstabnaujazz.com Mingo Fishtrap See listing for Thursday, chanteuse Shemekia Copeland goes way beyond her bluesy bloodline (dad was Johnny Copeland), breathing contemporary soul and even pop into her music. This ballsy blast furnace still adheres to the roots as she blows lids off joints worldwide. She’s traded licks with the likes of Buddy, B.B., Mick, and Eric. Now it’s your turn. (FD) shemekiacopeland.com Youn Sun-Nah & Ulf Wakenius Swedish June 27. gashousegorillas.org Phronesis Bassist Jasper Høiby’s fingers fly over his bass, while Ivo Neame and Anton guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who played extensively with Oscar Peterson, can cram so many notes into a phrase he might be called the Oscar Peterson of the guitar. Wakenius will meet his match when he collaborates with the other-worldly Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah. (RN) younsunnah. com, myspace.com/ulfwakenius 42 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 during the Jazz Festival 8am to 10pm Open every day Gourmet food made fast! Stop at our booth for a special menu including 8-11am & 4-8pm homemade soups, pastas, sauces & wraps. Breakfast Dinner pesto, Dinner specials at the and café: Bolognese, meatball sliders, spinach salad with bleu cheese, walnuts and pears... and much more! 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Goodman St., Rochester, NY 14607 OR EMAIL: bmatthews @rochester-citynews.com OR CALL: 585-244-3329 ext. 27 ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 43 A R T I ST B I O S SCHEDULE 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:45 p.m.: Marianne Trudel Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: ESM Jazz Honors Unit 4 Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 6 p.m.: Greece Jazz Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Mario Romano Quintet Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Kurt Elling Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6 p.m.: Tim Berne SnakeOil Montage ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:15 p.m.: Five Play Max of Eastman Place ($20$25, or Club Pass) 6:30 p.m.: Tyson Naylor Trio Xerox Auditorium ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 6:45 p.m.: Gwilym Simcock Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7 p.m.: Thunder Body East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 7 p.m.: Mingo Fishtrap East Ave. & Alexander St. Stage (FREE) 7 p.m.: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Torben Waldorff’s Wah Wah Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:30 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 7:45 p.m.: Marianne Trudel Hatch Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 7:45 p.m.: Blaggards Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:30 p.m.: Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk Big Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 8:45 p.m.: Gwilym Simcock Christ Church ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9 p.m.: Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue East Ave. & Alexander St. Stage (FREE) 9 p.m.: Tyson Naylor Trio Xerox Auditorium ($20$25, or Club Pass) 9:15 p.m.: Amy Lynn & The Gunshow Little Theatre ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:30 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 9:30 p.m.: Torben Waldorff’s Wah Wah Lutheran Church Of The Reformation ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 9:45 p.m.: Blaggards Abilene ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk Big Band Unity Health Care Big Tent ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Mario Romano Quintet Rochester Club ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Tim Berne SnakeOil Montage ($20$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Kurt Elling Kilbourn Hall ($20-$25, or Club Pass) 10 p.m.: Five Play Max of Eastman Place ($20-$25, or Club Pass) Irish-rock band Blaggards plays Abilene on Saturday, June 29. PHOTO PROVIDED Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk No doubt you’ve seen his mug and heard his horn on the tube. For 15 years he honked his horn on “Late Night with David Letterman.” In 2008 Chez put together the 14-piece Brothers of Funk, a blistering wall of ballsy, horndriven rock. (FD) alchez.com Amy Lynn & The Gunshow It’s all horns, soul, and sass with this NYC outfit. The Gun Show lays it down in spades, keeping it retrofresh (yup, made that up myself ) while Lynn belts out with her beautiful voice, deprecating wit, and commanding presence. Be still my beating everything. (FD) amylynnandthegunshow.com Blaggards It may be hard to guess Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers See listing for Friday, June 28. Five Play A few years ago, jazz critic Nat Hentoff chose an album by Five Play, the all-female band led by percussionist Sherrie Maricle, as Album of the Year. The fact that a quintet of hard-swinging women could beat all the usual male suspects who dominate the jazz world speaks volumes about Five Play. (RN) divajazz.com/fiveplay.html Gwilym Simcock Gwilym Simcock has that Blaggards originated in Houston, Texas, nine years ago. The band’s mix of traditional Irish music and rock could come straight out of an Irish pub. Vocalists Patrick Devlin and Chad Smalley, fiddler Bonnie Riley, and drummer Michael McAloon will make you grab a pint and break into a jig. (AC) blaggards.com 44 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 found a way to distinguish himself in the crowded international jazz world. In composition and style, the young British pianist’s influences stretch from jazz improvisers like Keith Jarrett to classical composers like Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky. (RN) gwilymsimcock.com Kurt Elling Whether he’s scatting a jazz standard or interpreting a Brill Building classic, Kurt Elling milks a song for all it’s worth. 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A R T I ST B I O S › CONTINUED FROM PAGE 44 Vocalist Kurt Elling sings Saturday, June 29, at Kilbourn Hall. PHOTO PROVIDED The band Five Play performs Saturday, June 29, at Max of Eastman Place. PHOTO PROVIDED Down Beat Critics Poll Male Vocalist category and each of his 10 albums has been nominated for a Grammy Award. (RN) kurtelling.com Marianne Trudel Marianne Trudel is among the most versatile pianists of her generation, equally riveting whether playing in a Chopin-like romantic style or with Cecil Taylor-flavored dissonance. In 2007 Trudel won the Prix Étoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada for the best composition played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. (RN) mariannetrudel.com Mario Romano Quartet In the 1970’s Jamaica, with his band, Monty and the Cyclones. He made his first recording in the studio that Bob Marley later bought and named Tuff Gong. Since then he’s been exploring the connection between his Jamaican roots and the jazz that flourished in Harlem. (RN) montyalexander.com Thunder Body There are precious few excellent guitarist Torben Waldorff crossed the ocean to attend the famed Berklee College of Music. His “Wah Wah” CD features his latest band, with Gary Versace on keyboards; Matt Clohesy, bass; and Jon Wikan, drums. (RN) waldorff.com Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Mario Romano was an excellent young pianist on the Toronto jazz scene. After a 36-year detour, spent as one of Canada’s major real-estate developers, Romano has returned to his first love, jazz. His quartet features Toronto’s top players: Joe LaBarbera on sax, Roberto Occhipinti on bass, and Mark Kelso on drums. (RN) marioromano.ca Mingo Fishtrap See listing for Thursday, non-Jamaican-born reggae artists that cut as deep a groove as Thunder Body. As an offshoot from the wildly successful Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, TB has amassed three CDs in its relatively short history. What sets this band apart is what it calls science: freeform, psychedelic meanderings that complement, then counter, each song. (FD) thunderbody.com Tim Berne Snakeoil Tim Berne is more Trombone Shorty brings all of the funk and soul of New Orleans to wherever he performs. Whether he’s covering Ray Charles, singing his own songs, or blasting on the trombone, Shorty makes every part of your body want to move. He and his band blend Cajun, funk, soul, and hip-hop. (AC) tromboneshorty.com Tyson Naylor Trio Pianist Tyson Naylor June 27. Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express As a teenager, pianist Monty about presenting new ideas than giving treatment to conversations other artists have already had. This alto-sax player guides his ensemble through unique passages that run deep, but still manage to give and take breath. Organic and different, but not too weird. (FD) player. ecmrecords.com/tim-berne-snakeoil Torben Waldorff’s Wah Wah Born in is a man of few notes but, in the case of his music, less is quite a bit more. A vital part of the jazz scene in Vancouver, British Columbia, Naylor and his trio are steeped in the experimental tradition that has emerged from Scandinavia over the last several decades. (RN) tysonnaylor.com Alexander played clubs in Kingston, 46 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013 Denmark and raised in Sweden, the ROCHESTERCITYNEWSPAPER.COM 47 48 CITY • JAZZ FESTIVAL GUIDE 2013