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18th EDITION

JUNE 21 - 29, 2019

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WELCOME TO RIJF 2019! Welcome to the 18th anniversary edition of your CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival! Our festival footprint is new this year as we welcome Geva Theatre Center’s two beautiful venues to our Club Pass series and unveil the new Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion at Parcel 5. Together and on behalf of our entire festival team, Marc and I wish to extend our immeasurable thanks to our loyal patrons and the more than 1700 musicians who will come to Rochester to perform for you, and to our amazing family of sponsors who help the Rochester International Jazz Festival in countless ways. We are continually humbled and proud to acknowledge the long list of supportive sponsors, to recognize our welcoming community and to salute our first-class festival team. Together, your jazz festival helps to deliver millions of dollars in positive economic results via a diverse lineup of all styles of creative improvised music. Don’t forget the now well-known CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival motto, “it’s not always who you know, it’s who you don’t know!” We hope you’ll put on your cross trainers, visit as many venues as you can and check out as many of our visiting artists as possible. Welcome back to Jazz in June, Rochester!

Photo by Kevin Clark

Musically yours,

John Nugent Producer/Artistic Director

Marc Iacona Producer/Executive Director

Dear Jazz Lovers, Welcome to the 18th edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival! A true Rochester tradition set in the heart of Downtown, our community is extremely fortunate to host this nine-day music extravaganza that attracts more than 200,000 people and features more than 300 performances by over 1,500 talented musicians from across the country and around the world. This year, the Rochester International Jazz Festival welcomes a new title sponsor, CGI Communications. I want to thank CGI and CEO Bob Bartozewicz for their sponsorship and support of this outstanding event, and time-honored tradition. Additionally, thanks to support and sponsorship from the City, we’re proud to be able to play a key role in helping to make more than 100 shows available on four free stages, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the jazz festival. This year, we’re also excited that Parcel 5 will offer four free performances on the final weekend and seven free shows in the M&T Pavilion. None of this great entertainment would be possible without a lot of hard work and commitment on the part of many individuals. On behalf of the citizens of Rochester, I want to extend our thanks to producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent, as well as to the countless volunteers, crew, staff and event sponsors who make this festival such a great success year in and year out. The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is part of the fabric of our community. It’s a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our diversity, our musical heritage and our creativity. Have a wonderful time and enjoy the music, and thank you for coming Downtown to be a part of this fantastic festival experience. Sincerely,

Lovely A. Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester

Dear Jazz Fans: I am thrilled to welcome you to the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival! In its 18th year, this event has become one of the premier jazz festivals in the world. Here in Monroe County, we are incredibly fortunate to live in a community with a great appreciation for culture, particularly when it comes to the arts. I am pleased you have chosen to attend this festival and experience a portion of the culture and attractions that make Monroe County such a great place to live, work, and play. We are a community proud of our vibrant music culture, and there is no doubt that Rochester has a strong love for jazz. Each year, the Rochester International Jazz Festival continues to expand not only in terms of performances and well-known jazz musicians from all over the world but also in venues and size. Arts and culture take center stage when it comes to attracting visitors and making a positive impact on our local economy, tourism, and quality of life. The Jazz Festival with its new featured sponsor, CGI, has become a staple of Rochester and continues to impress us with incredible talent and star-studded lineups. On behalf of all of us who call Monroe County home, I welcome all of the artists and visitors from around the world. While you are here, we hope you have the opportunity to explore all of the rich culture, entertainment, cuisine, and natural beauty Monroe County has to offer. Thank you to everyone who has been involved in organizing this remarkable music festival. I hope you have a great time enjoying this year’s fantastic lineup of music! Please enjoy the fantastic music and festival celebrations! Sincerely,

Cheryl Dinolfo, Monroe County Executive

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SPONSORS 5 PRODUCTION TEAM 6 TICKET INFORMATION 7 FREE SHOWS 8-9 YOUTH WORKSHOPS 8-9 FRIDAY JUNE 21 11 SATURDAY JUNE 22 23 SUNDAY JUNE 23 35 MONDAY JUNE 24 43 TUESDAY JUNE 25 53 CONCERT SCHEDULE 56-57 WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 69 THURSDAY JUNE 27 79 FRIDAY JUNE 28 89 SATURDAY JUNE 29 101 GETTING AROUND THE FEST 108, 110 - 111 SAVE TIME IN LINE 111 FESTIVAL MAP 112-113 SHUTTLE MAP 114 IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE NOTE THAT THE USE OF CAMERAS (STILL, VIDEO, CELL PHONES) AND RECORDING DEVICES IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED AT ALL INDOOR CONCERTS AT THE CGI ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL. PHOTOGRAPHY IS PERMITTED ONLY BY CREDENTIALED PHOTOGRAPHERS IN DESIGNATED AREAS. PATRONS ARE ASKED TO PLEASE ABIDE BY THESE GUIDELINES OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE ARTISTS AND OTHERS IN THE AUDIENCE. ANYONE NOT ABIDING BY THESE RULES WILL BE ASKED TO LEAVE THE VENUE. THANK YOU.

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CGI ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019 PRODUCTION TEAM Producer/Artistic Director: JOHN NUGENT Producer/Executive Director: MARC IACONA Festival Office Administration, Transportation and Hotel Coordination: JANE FORD Public Relations: JEAN DALMATH, AMANDA ANTINORE, Dalmath Associates, Inc. Dalmath.com Logistics Director: JENNA MANETTA-KNAUF, Bella Events Group, BellaEventsGroup.com Festival Graphic Design: pixhelldesign Beverage Manager: JEN DIGAETANO Hospitality Team: BRI CARPENTER, KRISTIN HONDORF, MELISSA SELNER Transportation Team FRED ARMSTRONG, JULIE CONTI, MARK CONTI, NANCY DALEY, COLLEEN HOLMAN, LARRY JESSUP, RAY JOHNSTON, TRACY KROFT,TRACEY LOPEZ, ELLEN MUTO, RENEE ANDOLINA, JIM OTIS, MIKE QUATTROCHIOCCHI, BARRY KUCKER, GREG LAWSON, DAN MCCADDEN, DEAN STACEY, SUE-ELLEN STACEY, RALPH SUTTON, JEROME WILSON Festival Lead Production Managers: KARL STABNAU & ERIC WRIGHT Photography Coordination: AMANDA ANTINORE, Dalmath Associates, Inc. Photographers: THOM BELL, DICK BENNETT, DAVE DEFFENBAUGH, MARK DEFFENBAUGH, JAMES DOLAN, MARK DRUZIAK, TOMAS FLINT, TIM FUSS, GARRY GEER, KELLI MARSH, PETER PARTS, DON VER PLOEG, MARCIE VER PLOEG, KELLY YOST Volunteer Coordination: KAREN MANETTA Program Guide Content: JOHN NUGENT Stage/Venue Managers: CHARLIE, CARR, PAUL DILELLA, MIKE DORNBERGER JUSTIN GOULETTE, MIKEY JAMES, DYMINIECE KIDD BOB MADERA, DAN MASON, CARLOS MERCADO BRIDGET MESKELL, BUDDY NYHOF, MIKE OTTO BRITTANY WILLIAMS Venue Sound/Lighting/Power AUDIO IMAGES, SEBASTIAN MARINO APPLIED AUDIO, DAN MCKENZIE ADMAR, RICH DIMARCO

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Hotel Accommodations: HYATT REGENCY ROCHESTER ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE HOTEL Merchandise Sales: STUART BOYER Ticket Shop Sales/Eastman Theatre Box Office: JESS NUGENT, DEEJAY NATRIGO High School Bands Coordination: BILL TIBERIO Venue Door Staff: JOHN CARPENTER, MATT HUGULEY, MARCUS KREIGER, KATHI LILL, RAY LILL RYAN MCMANUS, TOM MCMANUS WAYNE OLSHARK, MICHELLE ZARCO Special Acknowledgment To the staff and faculty of the Eastman School of Music for your continued and neverending support, your year-round participation in our festival vision and for being a vitaland vibrant component of the event since its inception in 2002! VENUES Our thanks to all festival venue owners, managers and their entire staff for being part of CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. We appreciate your participation, support and kindness! Eastman Theatre/Kilbourn Hall/Hatch Recital Hall: DEAN JAMAL ROSSI, KEVIN GIBSON, JULIA NG, JEFF CAMPBELL, RON STACKMAN, JULES CORCIMIGLIA and the entire faculty and staff of the Eastman School of Music Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County: KEVIN LOUGHRAN and DEBORAH NEVIN Christ Church: CARLOS MERCADO Geva Theatre Center Wilson & Fielding Stages: MARK CUDDY Hyatt Regency Rochester: JAY RETTBERG and TRAVANIA CLARK Lutheran Church of the Reformation: MIKE OTTO Max of Eastman Place: TONY GULLACE Montage Music Hall: RANDY PECK The Wilder Room: JENNA MANETTA-KNAUF Temple Building Theater: JIM & DREW COSTANZA and the Grace Road Church Staff


TICKET INFORMATION KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATRE SERIES Presented by

FRIDAY JUNE 21 – 8PM STEVE GADD BAND $103/$83/$63/$43 + SERVICE CHARGES SATURDAY JUNE 22 – 8PM PATTI LABELLE $115/$105/$85/$70 + SERVICE CHARGES TUESDAY JUNE 25 – 8PM MARC COHN & THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA $84/$74/$54/$34 + SERVICE CHARGES WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 – 8PM JEFF GOLDBLUM & THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA $115/$105/$85/$70 + SERVICE CHARGES THURSDAY JUNE 27 – 8PM GEORGE BENSON $123/$93/$73/$53 + SERVICE CHARGES FRIDAY JUNE 28 – 8PM “CLASSIC ROCK MEETS CLASSIC COUNTRY” STEVE MILLER BAND + MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES $161/$151/$131/$91 + SERVICE CHARGES

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KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATRE SERIES SHOWS: • ONLINE AT ROCHESTERJAZZ.COM • BY PHONE 585-454-2060 • AT THE TICKET SHOP AT 100 EAST AVE. MONDAY – FRIDAY FROM NOON – 5 PM, JUNE 3–JUNE 20, AND FROM 10 AM – 11 PM, JUNE 21–29

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IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CLUB PASS, PER PERSON ENTRY AT THE DOOR IS $30 OR $35, CASH ONLY, AT CLUB PASS VENUES PRIOR TO SHOW ONLY. YOU DO NOT NEED A CLUB PASS TO ATTEND CLUB PASS SHOWS!! NO ADVANCE SALES ON SINGLE SHOW ENTRY. NO RESERVED SEATS IN ANY CLUB PASS SERIES VENUES. SEATING IS FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED FOR EVERYONE. SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED FOR ANY SHOW. SAVE TIME IN LINE WRIST BANDS AVAILABLE FROM 4:00PM FOR FIRST SHOWS ONLY AT MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE, KILBOURN HALL AND GEVA THEATRE WILSON AND FIELDING STAGES. ARRIVE EARLY AND QUEUE ON LINE. WE DO NOT OVERSELL SEATING CAPACITY FOR OUR CLUB PASS SERIES! THE CGI ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL 2019 CLUB PASS IS THE HOTTEST TICKET IN AMERICAN JAZZ! IT’S A VALUE TICKET THAT BUYS ACCESS TO 220+ SETS OF MUSIC AT OFFICIAL FESTIVAL CLUB PASS VENUES. THE MORE SHOWS YOU GO TO, THE LOWER THE COST PER SHOW. REMEMBER, “IT’S NOT WHO YOU KNOW, IT’S WHO YOU DON’T KNOW!” -JOHN NUGENT, CO-PRODUCER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

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PURCHASE YOUR CLUB PASS TICKETS BUY 3 DAY CLUB PASS ($194 + SERVICE CHARGES) OR 9 DAY CLUB PASS ($254 + SERVICE CHARGES), IF NOT SOLD OUT, AT ROCHESTERJAZZ.COM. REDEEM YOUR CLUB PASS TICKETS FOR CLUB PASS & LANYARD AT THE JAZZ FESTIVAL TICKET SHOP AT 100 EAST AVE. AT THE CORNER OF GIBBS ST. DAILY STARTING MONDAY JUNE 17, NOON TO 5PM AND DAILY THROUGH THE FESTIVAL FROM 10AM-11PM. 2019 OFFICIAL CGI CLUB PASS VENUES CHRIST CHURCH, GEVA THEATRE CENTER FIELDING STAGE, GEVA THEATRE CENTER WILSON STAGE, HATCH RECITAL HALL, KILBOURN HALL, LUTHERAN CHURCH, MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE, MONTAGE MUSIC HALL, ROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTH BIG TENT, SQUEEZERS STAGE AT M&T PAVILION (PARCEL 5), TEMPLE BUILDING THEATER, THE WILDER ROOM.

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FREE SHOWS

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FRIDAY • JUNE 21 • 9PM

SATURDAY • JUNE 22 • 9PM

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MIDTOWN STAGE

TROMBONE SHORTY

ALLMAN BETTS BAND

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FRIDAY • JUNE 28 • 9PM

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JUNE 21 -JUNE 29, 2019


FREE SHOWS

NO TICKETS REQUIRED. ALL SHOWS RAIN OR SHINE

CITY OF ROCHESTER JAZZ STREET STAGE PRESENTED BY

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FRIDAY JUNE 21 4:30PM WEST IRONDEQUOIT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM BROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM EASTMAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA 7:30PM JAZZ AMBASSADORS 9:30PM JAZZ AMBASSADORS

TUESDAY JUNE 25 4:30PM BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM GREECE ATHENA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM NEW HORIZONS BIG BAND DIRECTED BY PRISCILLA TODD BROWN 7:30PM BILL TIBERIO BAND 9:30PM BILL TIBERIO BAND

WEDNESDAY JUNE 26 4:30PM EASTRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM SPENCERPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM NEW HORIZONS VINTAGE JAZZ BAND DIRECTED BY DON SHERMAN SATURDAY JUNE 22 3:45PM WEBSTER SCHROEDER HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 7:30PM MUSIC EDUCATORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE 4:30PM HONEOYE FALLS - LIMA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 9:30PM MUSIC EDUCATORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE 5:15PM BRIGHTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND THURSDAY JUNE 27 6:00PM EASTMAN RCSD JAZZ ENSEMBLE AND MIKE 4:30PM WATERLOO HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND KAUPA JUNIOR JAZZ WORKSHOP 5:30PM PITTSFORD MENDON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 7:30PM BONERAMA 6:00PM JUNIOR HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE 9:30PM BONERAMA 7:30PM SOUL STEW 9:30PM SOUL STEW SUNDAY JUNE 23 3:45PM GREECE OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND FRIDAY JUNE 28 4:30PM WEBSTER THOMAS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30PM FAIRPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM PENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM ESM JAZZ HONORS PERFORMANCE UNIT 1 6:00PM BOB SEINDER’S ECMS JAZZ PERFORMANCE 7:30PM RUSSELL SCARBROUGH SOUL JAZZ BIG BAND WORKSHOPS FEATURING ALI RYERSON 7:30PM NUBYA GARCIA 9:30PM RUSSELL SCARBROUGH SOUL JAZZ BIG BAND 9:30PM NUBYA GARCIA FEATURING ALI RYERSON MONDAY JUNE 24 4:30PM GREECE ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM GATES CHILI HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM ESM JAZZ HONORS PERFORMANCE UNIT 2 7:30PM THE AQUADUCKS 9:30PM THE AQUADUCKS

SATURDAY JUNE 29 3:45PM HARLEY SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30PM GREECE ODYSSEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM CANANDAIGUA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 7:30PM AL CHEZ & THE BROTHERS OF FUNK 9:30PM AL CHEZ & THE BROTHERS OF FUNK

FUSION STAGE

CENTRAL LIBRARY OF ROCHESTER & MONROE COUNTY

JUNE 23 JUNE 24 JUNE 25 JUNE 26 JUNE 27 JUNE 28 JUNE 29

JUNE 24 ESCAPE TERRAIN JUNE 25 WILLIAM PETITO JUNE 26 RYAN BARSKI JUNE 27 MIKE MELITO JUNE 28 MIKE KAUPA

EAST AVE & CHESTNUT ST • ALL SHOWS 7PM & 9PM

THE HONEY SMUGGLERS SONIDOS UNIDOS AQUADUCKS FUNKNUT GRUPO IFE JIMMIE HIGHSMITH JR. DIRTY BOURBON BLUES BAND

115 SOUTH AVENUE • ALL SHOWS 12 NOON

for Music Students ROOM 120, RAY WRIGHT ROOM, EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC 1:00-2:30 PM

Free! No registration is required. Open to all music students of all ages. Join us for a series of five structured jazz workshops giving music students the exceptional opportunity to play and meet, listen to and learn from professional jazz musicians. It is hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar, and led by visiting musicians performing at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. MONDAY JUNE 24

ALI RYERSON, FLUTE

TUESDAY JUNE 25

DAVE GLASSER, SAXOPHONE

THURSDAY JUNE 27

JAMEY HADDAD, PERCUSSION FRIDAY JUNE 28

GENE PERLA, UPRIGHT BASS SPONSORED BY

WEDNESDAY JUNE 26

JOHN FEDCHOCK, TROMBONE

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Friday

JUNE 21

4:30 PM

TEAGAN & THE TWEEDS

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

If you’ve yet to experience the soul-grooving, body-moving, spirit-soothing sound of Teagan and the Tweeds, you don’t know what you’re missing. Don’t let their collegiate-clad name fool you; this band is anything but stodgy and conservative. A six-piece ensemble that includes a Hammond organ and pedal-steel guitar, the Tweeds rock a blues-country-folk vibe that fills a venue like nobody’s business. With their consistently high-energy performances and wide-ranging musical appeal, Teagan and the Tweeds have amassed an impressive following in and around Rochester, attracting new admirers at every show. They offer a remarkable array of originals and pay due homage to greats like Janis Joplin, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, and Stevie Wonder in a well-handled selection of crowd-pleasing covers. With almost 90 years of collective musical experience among them, including two classically trained members, this band is the real deal.

4:30 PM

WEST IRONDEQUOIT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

BROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Presented by Montage Wealth Management

Club Pass or $30

Every major artist has that one defining album or performance, but for ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro, his entire career has been filled with such magical achievements. Since he first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele. As soon as music fans got a listen to Shimabukuro’s virtuosic approach to the ukulele, they were hooked. Albums such as Gently Weeps, Peace Love Ukulele and Grand Ukulele topped the Billboard World Music Charts, and as a live performer he became one of the hottest tickets around, headlining the Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center and the Sydney Opera House (he even performed for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) while making frequent appearances on media outlets like The Today Show, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live! and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

JANICE FRIEDMAN

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Janice Friedman established her career path early on, fed (by her pianist mother) a diet of Errol Garner, Oscar Peterson, Marian McPartland, Bill Evans and Ahmad Jamal; playing organ and piano before starting kindergarten; seriously studying classical piano and then jazz piano while playing for school and private events well before high school. After earning a jazz studies degree from Indiana University and touring with the Woody Herman Orchestra, she made her way back to her native New York, soon appearing at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Town Hall and many of Manhattan’s famed jazz clubs, and eventually touring with pianist Marian McPartland as well as performing on her NPR show Piano Jazz.

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JAZZ. It’s in our DNA. In the 1950’s, Stanley Thomas Jr. created a haven on Troup and Clarissa streets where neighbors could escape their burdens and immerse themselves in the music of budding artists like Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Count Basie, Pee Wee Ellis and Sarah Vaughn. The Pythodd Club, a fusion of the Knights of Pythias and Odd Fellows club names, was Rochester’s first Jazz Mecca, spreading the uniquely American sound up our streets, around our corners and into our lifeblood. We honor that legacy today, as Jazz continues to draw us together the way only music can.

Mayor Lovely A. Warren and the City of Rochester proudly support the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival and their unwavering support for attracting the world’s most popular and respected jazz musicians to our great city.


Friday

JUNE 21

6:00 PM

ALL IN BRASS BAND

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM

EASTMAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

LAURA DUBIN TRIO PLAYS WESTSIDE STORY The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

A virtuoso pianist extensively trained in both the Western Classical and Classic Jazz traditions, and well-versed in Latin and film music, Laura Dubin melds all of her musical loves into a seamless web of breathtaking creativity and adventurous exploration throughout the live album, providing a vivid example of her in-person performance concept. Mozart steeped in the history of jazz piano; Beethoven welded with Songbook gems; Ellington with Chopin; Debussy with Gershwin; Ravel with Rodgers & Hammerstein tinged with Latin; Cole Porter with Bill Evans – all reinvented, re-imagined and forged into very personal statements placed alongside her own singular compositions.

6:00PM & 9:00PM

EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Emilie-Claire Barlow is an award winning and critically acclaimed Canadian jazz singer, arranger, record producer and voice actress. A two-time Juno Award winner and six-time nominee, she has released 11 self-produced albums on her own label, Empress Music Group. She is known for her inspired re-imaginings and affectionate treatment of both classic pop and jazz songs, delivered with a relaxed, polished demeanor, charming humor, and a voice of unforgettable beauty. Her performing career spans over 20 years in venues ranging from Toronto’s storied Montreal Bistro, Tokyo’s Cotton Club and more recently concerts with symphony orchestras at Toronto’s Massey Hall and Montreal’s Maison Symphonique. She has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on seven occasions including a 2015 performance on the Main Stage with 50,000 people attending.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

JENNIFER HARTSWICK & NICK CASSARINO

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Trumpeter and vocalist, Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. Hartswick is an original member of the Trey Anastasio Band and has recorded/shared the stage with Herbie Hancock, Phish, Christian McBride, Tom Petty, Aaron Neville, Carlos Santana, The Rolling Stones, Big Gigantic, Dave Matthews, Meghan Trainor and countless others. Jennifer’s live performances are renowned as spontaneous, joyful and contagious. Her natural charisma and sincerity shines through, and each performance is a celebration of musical collaboration. Nicholas Cassarino (Nth Power, Big Daddy Kane) "oozes more soul in one finger than most guitarists could create in a lifetime...with a voice that immediately wraps the room in sex appeal." Jennifer and Nicholas have been playing, writing, laughing, and storytelling for almost two decades. Born and raised in Vermont, their bond is ever present in this intimate acoustic duo. Hartswick and Cassarino have each made names for themselves, touring tirelessly. Their passion, dedication and sophistication are evident in their joyous, soulful performances, providing audiences with a truly special musical experience.

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FRIDAY

JUNE 21

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

SASHA BERLINER QUINTET Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Vibraphonist Sasha Berliner is from San Francisco CA and is currently living in New York City. She is an endorsing artist for Blue Haus Mallets and a faculty member at the MalletLab percussion intensive, where she gives masterclasses and clinics. She is also a prolific writer, fulfilling a non-fiction writing minor at the Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and self-publishing an array of personal essays, poems, and critiques. "As a versatile drummer and gifted vibraphone player, Sasha wields a technique and musical sense that portends a thrilling career. In her original music, she deserves significant praise." - Seton Hawkins, Hot House Jazz Magazine. "She has already asserted herself as a creative, genre-defying composer and excellent bandleader with a sixth sense of yet-unheard possibilities." - Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. A "rising jazz luminary." - The Flynn Center for Performing Arts.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

WESTERN CENTURIES

Geva Theatre Center – Fielding Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management

When did country music start to sound the same? The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them: Appalachian stringband music, Texas fiddle traditions, cowboy songs, Delta blues. In an era of unprecedented access to our musical pasts, shouldn’t country music be even more diverse than it was in its infancy? Honky tonk supergroup Western Centuries, back with a new album surely understands this. They aren’t bound by any dictum to write songs in a modern country, or even a retro country style; instead they’re taking their own personal influences as three very different songwriters and fusing it into a sound that moves beyond the constraints of country. Part of the reason they can make music with this range of influences is because of their roots in city life. Both Cahalen Morrison and Ethan Lawton, two of the three principal songwriters, live in Seattle’s diverse South end, and the third songwriter, Jim Miller, spends most of his time in and around New York City. The urban landscape is rarely mentioned in country music, but it makes for a refreshing sound that draws as easily from modern R&B as it does George Jones. It helps too that the album was recorded and co produced by acclaimed musician and Grammy winning producer Joel Savoy in Eunice, Louisiana, where local Cajun and Creole artists have always been adept at marrying old country sounds with R&B and rock n roll.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

LEO RICHARDSON QUARTET Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation Leo is widely recognised as one of London's leading tenor saxophonists, best known for his honest, straight-ahead, contemporary hard-bop style. His influences include John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Horace Silver and Art Blakey. Some of Leo’s notable performance and recording credits include Kylie Minogue, Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, TLC, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Orchestra, Joe Sanders, Willie Jones III, Dan Nimmer and Norma Winstone. “If you built a Spotify playlist of mid ’60s jazz classics, including everything from Lee Morgan’s“The Sidewinder” to Wayne Shorter’s“Footprints,”and then sneaked a few tracks from Leo Richardson’s 2017 debut, The Chase, into the mix, some jazz connoisseurs wouldn’t even notice” -- Andrew Jones, Downbeat Magazine

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

SCOTTISH NATIONAL JAZZ ORCHESTRA

DIRECTED BY TOMMY SMITH “PETER & THE WOLF” WITH SPECIAL GUEST

TAM DEAN BURN

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

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FRIDAY

JUNE 21

Prokofiev’s popular classical work: Peter & the Wolf. Conducted by Tommy Smith with actor Tam Dean Burn as guest narrator. Sergei Prokofiev’s cautionary fable is retold in the language of jazz by one of the nation’s most daring and imaginative big bands. Combining virtuosity and ingenuity with striking theatricality, this is a delightful collision between folktale and big-band swing with the music woven around the expressive dialogue adapted by former Scots Makar (National Poet of Scotland) Liz Lochhead and delivered with eye-rolling loquaciousness by Tam Dean Burn. Full of fresh ideas, Tommy Smith’s orchestration remains true to the composer’s much-loved musical characterizations and is energized by the creation of new inventive ideas inspired by Prokofiev’s richly ingenuous score. Widely praised for its sly wit and meticulous musicianship, the SNJO’s Peter and the Wolf is a treat at any time of the year.

7:00 PM

BONERAMA

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Wegmans

Free

Bonerama has been hailed as “unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.” It’s the best way to describe this 20-year-old powerhouse touring band from New Orleans, LA. In addition to changing the way people think about the trombone, the sound of Bonerama has become an influence and contribution to the sound of New Orleans music today. With newer acts such as Trombone Shorty and Big Sam’s Funky Nation on the national music scene, it’s New Orleans that has benefited with a newfound reputation as being a bonafide “Trombone Town.” These bands all carry the trombone like the trophy it truly is in New Orleans. Bonerama helped cement this in present-day New Orleans music culture. The band has performed and recorded with countless national artists such as R.E.M., OK Go, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer (MC5), Jill Sobule and more, while bringing their distinctive sounds from New Orleans to a national spotlight. Festivals and events such as Monterey Jazz Fest to High Sierra Music Festival, Jam Cruise, Bear Creek Festival and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival outline the band’s extensive festival work. TV appearances on CBS (Late Show with David Letterman), HBO (Comic Relief, Treme) and CNN have further exposed Bonerama to a wide range of unsuspecting new viewers.

7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

RICHIE GOODS

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

Music is the fulfillment of Richie’s destiny – it’s in his DNA. The youngest person ever inducted into the Pittsburgh Jazz Hall of Fame, bassist Richie Goods got an early start playing in church and in clubs while attending Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School. After graduating from the prestigious jazz program at Berklee College of Music, Richie moved to New York City, where he studied under jazz legends Ron Carter and Ray Brown. Richie credits jazz luminary Mulgrew Miller for helping him hone his jazz skills early in his career. Richie toured and recorded with Mulgrew for nine years. That opportunity brought Richie to the attention of many in the jazz community and afforded him the opportunity to record and tour with a variety of jazz and popular artists ranging from the Headhunters, Lenny White, Louis Hayes and the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band, Milt Jackson, Russell Malone, Vincent Herring, the Manhattan Transfer and Walter Beasley to Brian McKnight, DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera. Richie’s lengthy discography also includes Grammy award-winning and platinum albums of Alicia Keys and Common. Richie most recently toured with Grammy-winning trumpeter, Chris Botti.

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7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

GIRLS IN AIRPORTS

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

This fine Danish band has become famous for their captivating soundscapes crossing musical genres and geographical borders. Combining jazz, indie and urban folk into a unique expression of heart stirring melody-laden elegiac hooks and dance-friendly globally-influenced rhythms. Their charismatic live performances have quickly made them one of the most talked about new bands on the international scene. “Like a wild forest, Girls In Airports music reflects life in all its colorful variety while still having a firm sense of unity. Despite all the influences, this isn’t a postmodern patchwork of genres, but rather a timeless snapshot of natural beauty.”– Jakob Bækgaard, All About Jazz

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FRIDAY

JUNE 21

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

THE JAZZ AMBASSADORS

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

Known as America’s Big Band, the Jazz Ambassadors are the premier touring jazz orchestra of the United States Army. Formed in 1969, this 19-piece ensemble has received critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Performances by the Jazz Ambassadors offer some of the most versatile programming of any big band. Concerts include classic big band standards, instrumental and vocal solo features, patriotic favorites, contemporary jazz works, and original arrangements and compositions by past and present members of the Jazz Ambassadors. Many of these original works are available for free download through Perspectives, a jazz education initiative by the Jazz Ambassadors.

8:00 PM

STEVE GADD BAND Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$103/$83/$63/$43 + SERVICE CHARGES Steve Gadd, Drums

Michael Landau, Guitar / Jimmy Johnson, Bass / Walt Fowler, Trumpet / Kevin Hays, Keyboards

Rochester’s own Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians in the world. Regarded as one the most influential drummers in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways," Steely Dan's "Aja," and Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite" were so aweinspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts. Gadd attended the Manhattan School of Music for two years, and then went on to finish at the Eastman School of Music. He previously studied privately with Bill and Stanley Street and John Beck. He established himself with the great Chuck Mangione and then spent three years in the Army prior to coming to New York City for studio work in 1971. Gadd rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene. His resume includes a variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff. After a period of touring and recording with his own band, the Gadd Gang, he provided the spark that ignited Paul Simon's South African inspired, Grammy Award-winning recordings and dynamic live touring band. Today, Gadd is as busy as ever, balancing frequent recording dates with a hectic touring schedule that includes high profile artists such as Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Kate Bush, and Paul Simon. He also has been equally passionate about producing some personal projects on which he also plays drums: The Gaddabouts (w/Edie Brickell, Andy Fairweather Low, & Pino Palladino), Mikarimba (w/Mika Stoltzman & Eddie Gomez), Steve Gadd & Friends, L’Image (w/Tony Levin, Mike Mainieri, Dave Spinozza, & Warren Bernhardt), Pedro Martinez Group, and…Steve Gadd Band!

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FRIDAY

JUNE 21

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

SCOTT SHARRARD

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Scott Sharrard is best known as lead guitarist and bandleader for the late Gregg Allman. His personal artistic journey – which includes singing, songwriting, producing and arranging – began long before he first teamed up with the rock icon. It’s a mission that resumes with “Saving Grace,” Sharrard’s fifth album -- and his first since Allman’s death. “Gregg had a pure passion and heart,” Sharrard says of his friend, “especially when it came to being a musician. That authenticity and dedication is a daily inspiration, and I will always carry that with me onstage and in the studio.” “Saving Grace,” with the blues at its core, bears a distinctly southern spirit, seamlessly assimilating the sounds of American roots music that Sharrard has long embraced. Sessions took place in Memphis and at the historic FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Half the album employs the Hi Rhythm Section, the other The Swampers of Muscle Shoals. “These guys are legends and heroes of ours who have played on so many life-changing records,” Sharrard says. “This record was steeped in the best the South has to offer. We cut the rhythm section and lead vocals all live on the floor, direct to tape. Old school. We let the songs and the band speak. We also had some of the best barbecue and soul food you could ever imagine, and a lot of laughs and good times with our heroes. How can you lose?”

9:00 PM

THE LEGENDARY DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND Featuring DAN AYKROYD

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Wegmans

Free

After 18 albums, countless awards and wowing sold-out audiences around the globe, the Legendary Downchild Blues Band is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year with a brand-new show featuring hits like “Flip, Flop & Fly,” as well as fan favorites and hidden gems from their distinguished career. Downchild will be joined on stage for this very special performance by long-time friend and Hollywood Star, the one and only Mr. Dan Aykroyd! Downchild came to international prominence as the inspiration for Aykroyd and the late John Belushi’s hit film, The Blues Brothers. In fact, two Downchild songs, “Shotgun Blues” and “(I Got Everything I Need) Almost” were covered on The Blues Brothers’ 1978 multi-platinum album Briefcase Full of Blues. With their signature jump-blues style and infectious, soulful sound, Juno Award (Canadian Grammy Award) winners Downchild deliver a live performance that is second to none, and this special anniversary show is one - not to be missed!

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar Free

Every night, from 10:30 PM, the Rochester Riverside will be jammed for the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Nightly Jam Sessions. As the festival's official hotel for the past 15 years, this is where the artists stay so since jazz never sleeps, the food on the grill is sizzling, and so is the music!! You never know who will show up!

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SATURDAY 3:45 PM

JUNE 22

WEBSTER SCHROEDER HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30 PM

HONEOYE FALLS-LIMA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

BRIGHTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 4:30PM

AMBASSADORS JAZZTET

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

The Ambassadors Jazztet of The United States Army Field Band was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It is composed of members of the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. Though the Jazztet performs traditional jazz standards, its primary focus is on new compositions by members of the group. The compositions vary greatly, sometimes paying homage to older styles and sometimes developing an entirely new sound, but always creating a vehicle for improvised solos. The Ambassadors Jazztet has presented clinics at colleges and high schools throughout the United States, addressing such subjects as improvisation, arranging, composition, jazz theory, and practice and performance techniques. Notable performances include the Midwest Clinic, Aspen Summer Music Festival, Iowa Bandmasters Conference, and jazz festivals in Toronto, Victoria, and Vancouver, Canada.

5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

BRECKER PLAYS ROVATTI

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Jazz trumpeter and composer Randy Brecker has helped shape the sound of jazz, R&B and rock for more than four decades. His trumpet and flugelhorn performances have graced hundreds of albums by a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen and Parliament/Funkadelic to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Hailing from Philadelphia and a very musical family, Randy’s musical talent was nurtured from an early age. He attended Indiana University from 1963-66 studying with Bill Adam, David Baker and Jerry Coker and later moved to New York where he landed gigs with such prominent bands as Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, the Duke Pearson Big Band and the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. Randy makes his 4th visit along with his incredibly gifted wife, the tenor saxophonist Ada Rovatti performing music from the Ada’s library as well as the Brecker Brothers Reunion Band.

Ride the FREE Shuttle! The RIJF Shuttle sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC runs from 3PM to Midnight daily during the festival. Hop on at any one of the stops. see page 108 for details

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SATURDAY

JUNE 22

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

PETER JOHNSTONE & TOMMY SMITH Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Two of Scotland’s finest jazz artists, saxophonist Tommy Smith and pianist Pete Johnstone, have teamed up to bring audiences some of the most beautiful, haunting and iconic pieces in the jazz repertoire. Tommy’s prolific career began in earnest when at age 16, he recorded his first album. He rewarded with a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, an experience that has shaped his positive approach to jazz, which led to him joining Gary Burton’s Group age 18. Since then, he has cut 28 solo albums as a leader for Blue Note, Linn and his label, Spartacus Records, and was recently awarded an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II for services to jazz education in Scotland. Peter Johnstone, a former winner of the Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year and the Peter Whittingham Jazz Prize, is a young giant on the scene of jazz. Tommy and Pete offer significant insights into the collective jazz memory, but the music (and the way they play it) admits the audience to something more profound – jazz as a shared experience by spinning classic songs into spontaneous jazz gold.

6:00 PM

78 RPM BIG BAND

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

CELEBRATING ART BLAKEY WITH THE SNJO SEXTET Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Art Blakey’s recordings, insight, and passion for his craft were his gift to the myriad of people around the world who were moved and inspired by his music. As he used to say, “To pass through life and miss this music is to miss out on one of the best things about living.” It is our gift and greatest honor as his children and grandchildren to keep his memory alive and to ensure that future generations do not miss out on his music. CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is honored to celebrate the music and legend of Art Blakey with a selection of Mr. Blakey’s classic tunes as performed by musicians of the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra featuring Bill Dobbins on piano.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

DAWN THOMSON’S IMAGINE THAT The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Dawn Thomson is a jazz guitarist and vocalist born in Hastings, Nebraska and who grew up in Montreal. She lived in New York City for many years where she studied with renowned guitarists Jim Hall and Emily Remler. She later became part of the jazz faculty at the New School University. It was during the 1990s when Thomson began collaborating with many NYC jazz artists including Matt Wilson, Renee Rosnes, Gary Versace, Harry Allen and many others. Dawn has released six CDs as a bandleader and composer and has performed and toured around the world including many jazz festivals and clubs in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. This year she has recorded and toured extensively with Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt. Their newest release won album of the year of 2018 by the Jazz Journalists Association. She currently lives in Rochester, NY with her husband John Nugent, who produces the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, and their two children Jess and Amelia.

6:00 PM

EASTMAN-RCSD JAZZ ENSEMBLE & MIKE KAUPA JUNIOR JAZZ WORKSHOP City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

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SATURDAY

JUNE 22

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

(see bio page 11)

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

STEVEN TAETZ

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Vintage pop, swing, and jazz singer and composer/lyricist Steven Taetz is based in Toronto. He has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Bitter End and Rockwood Music Hall (NY), The Rogers Centre (Toronto), Blue Room (Korea), Capital Pride (Wash DC), Hotel Café (LA), World Pride, House of Jazz (Montreal), Ironwood (Calgary), and Toronto landmark venues including Jazz Bistro, The Rex Jazz & Blues Bar, Hugh’s Room, Koerner Hall Galleria for Sinatra’s 100th, and leading music festivals. As a lyricist and composer, Steven Taetz has written for many internationally renowned artists, attracting the attention of Big Management NYC, and resulted in a co-publishing deal through Universal (Europe) and Shapiro Bernstein (US). Leading a cross-Canadian collaborative project, he co-wrote a concept album with JUNO-award-winners from each province of Canada. Taetz’s material has charted for radio play and sales. Since 2014, Steven returned to his training and early performance roots, focusing on the American Songbook and jazz standards, writing and recording traditional-pop, and swing originals.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

KEVIN GORDON

Geva Theatre Center – Fielding Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Kevin Gordon’s Louisiana is a strange place. It’s a place where restless teens road trip to where the highway dead-ends at the Gulf of Mexico; a place where prisoners who are in for life compete in a rodeo while the town watches; where a character can get lost in the humid afternoon and where religion may not signify hope; and where rivers, never far away, carry secrets behind levees. “One of the things I like about it and am mystified by is that what passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere,” he says. The kicker? All of these postcards are based on true stories. It’s a place that he’s been exploring for twenty years now, on the eve of the release of his astonishing new album ‘Tilt & Shine’ on Crowville Media. It is work that has earned him fans like noted author and Elvis Presley biographer Peter Guralnick; New West Records artist Buddy Miller; journalist, songwriter, and Country Music Hall of Fame staffer Peter Cooper; Todd Snider; head of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly; and Lucinda Williams, with whom he dueted on the song “Down To The Well” (featured prominently on an Oxford American compilation).

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

EMPIRICAL

Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation Since their formation in 2007, the multi-awardwinning quartet Empirical have steadfastly maintained their position as one of the UK’s most exciting jazz ensembles. Empirical’s rare instrumentation has proved the perfect vehicle for the band’s invariably complex compositions and distinctive signature sound. Empirical have released five critically acclaimed studio albums to date. In keeping with their risk-taking approach to music-making, in 2016 the quartet embarked on a daring exercise in audience creation with their ‘Pop-up Jazz Lounge’ residency project, which has seen the band turn disused shops in train stations and shopping malls in London, Berlin, Birmingham and Cheltenham into fully-fledged jazz clubs, for a week at a time. Since then, the band has played to more than 10,000 appreciative commuters and shoppers, racking up over 150 live sets in the process.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 22

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

BILL FRISELL TRIO

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

One of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival’s most favorite artists, Bill Frisell’s career as a guitarist and composer has spanned more than 40 years and many celebrated recordings, whose catalog has been cited by Downbeat as "the best recorded output of the decade.” Released March, 2018 Frisell’s latest album for OKeh/Sony is a solo album titled, Music IS. "Taken as a whole, the album beautifully encapsulates Frisell’s depth and range in all its meditative glory."- Chicago Reader. It was recorded in August 2017 at Tucker Martine’s Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend. All of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell, some of them brand new – Change in the Air, Thankful, What Do You Want, Miss You and Go Happy Lucky – others being solo adaptations of now-classic original compositions he had previously recorded, such as Ron Carter, Pretty Stars, Monica Jane, and The Pioneers. In-Line, and Rambler are from Frisell’s first two ECM albums.

7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

SCOTT SHARRARD

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

(see bio page 21)

7:00 PM

THE SUBDUDES

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures. Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass. Their music features an intoxicating blend of passionate, joyous roots music, not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any musicians. More than just a concert, the “dudes” leave you feeling like they’re having a party and you were lucky enough to be invited.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

BONERAMA

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

(see bio page 17)

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

GILAD HEKSELMAN

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Gilad Hekselman has been developing a reputation as one of the most promising guitarists in New York since his arrival in 2004. After only a few years this native Israeli has shared the stage with some of the greatest artists in the New York City jazz scene including Chris Potter, Eric Harland, Mark Turner, Anat Cohen, Ari Hoenig, Esperanza Spalding, Christian McBride, Jeff Ballard, Ben Wendel, Gretchen Parlato, Avishai Cohen, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Tigran Hamasyan, Aaron Parks, Becca Stevens, John Scofield, Terri Lyne Carrington, Danilo Perez & Peter Bernstein among many others. Gilad's album Ask -continued on next page-

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SATURDAY

JUNE 22

For Chaos, was released on his new label, Hexophonic Music, in collaboration with Motema Music label. It features both his new working bands: The first is ZuperOctave (feat. Aaron Parks on piano and keys and Kush Abadey on drums). This bass-less band is exploring electronics with the goal of still keeping the music organic and flexible. The other is the gHex Trio (feat. Rick Rosato on bass & Jonathan Pinson on drums), continuing the classic guitar trio sound that Gilad has become known for, but also bringing something fresh to the music.

8:00 PM

PATTI LABELLE

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$115/$105/$85/$70 + SERVICE CHARGES

Beautiful, simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for. World renowned for her dynamic career as an entertainer and entrepreneurial success, Patti’s work as a humanitarian is just as legendary. She remains an advocate for adoption, diabetes, cancer, HIV/AIDS and many other causes and non-profit initiatives. While she has reached the heights of success throughout her 50-plus year career, Patti has also endured and survived personal strife. Within a ten-year period, she lost her mother, three sisters and best friend to diabetes and cancer. In 1994, she was diagnosed with diabetes and shortly thereafter became a spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association. The same motivation that had Patricia Louise Holte blossom from a choir member to lead vocalist for Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles and later Labelle, to a solo artist is the same energy that keeps her fire burning at seventy-four years young. “Each year I grow, and that’s a blessing from God. I do what I can do. I do what I feel God has given me the energy to do, so I just go out there and I do it…It’s not about making money because I don’t need money, but I need to sing. With a voice or without, I’ve got to get on that stage.” And the world is thankful that Patti’s voice sounds so good to our ears.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band hailing from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Formed on the streets of their hometown, ESB is rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. Combining complex musical arrangements with thoughtful lyrical song structure, ESB can stretch out and dig deep when they are feeling it or keep things tight and concise. The fat sound of the horns paired with one dirty rhythm section makes the music downright psychedelically nasty! Founded in 2012, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from various genres and weaving them together with the common thread of Brass. The diversity of the music within their sets keeps audiences guessing what is next to come.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 22

9:00 PM

SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY & THE ASBURY JUKES City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

For Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes – ‘comfortable’ has never been a word associated with their brand of raucous, roots-tinged rock and bluesy reverie. The Jukes have more than 30 albums on their resume, thousands of acclaimed live performances across the globe, and a vibrant legacy of classic songs that have become “hits” to their large and famously-dedicated fan base. “With the Jukes, you’re out there every night leading this great rock n’ roll circus, giving it everything you’ve got” says Southside Johnny Lyon. With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like “I Don’t Want To Go Home”, “Love On The Wrong Side Of Town”, “The Fever”, “This Time It’s For Real”, “Talk To Me” and their definitive fun-time cover of “We’re Having A Party”. The Jukes’ legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, Stonesy rock and roll.

10:30 PM

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SUNDAY 3:45 PM

JUNE 23

GREECE OLYMPIA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30 PM

WEBSTER THOMAS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

SCHOOL OF THE ARTS JAZZ BAND Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 4:30 PM

ZION HILL MASS CHOIR

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

The Zion Hill Mass Choir, under the leadership and direction of Mr. Paul C. Boutte and Rev. Alvin Simpson, is a combination of members from the Music Ministries (Angels Choir, Early Morning Choir, Male Chorus, Praise Team, Senior Choir, Voices Of Zion, Youth for Christ) of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Rochester, NY. The Choir is very active in the life of the church and now sings weekly at the 11 a.m. service with the exception of the second Sunday of each month. In addition to these regular duties, the Zion Hill Mass Choir sings in the Greater Rochester Area at concerts and special services of local churches. On November 15, 2013, the Zion Hill Mass Choir released their initial record entitled "HE LIVES." The project is set up as worship experience in the Baptist tradition.

5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

OVER THE RHINE

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management When you listen to Over the Rhine, the supremely talented musical couple comprised of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler, you quickly fall under the spell of Karin’s timeless voice, “which has the power to stop the world in its tracks” (Performing Songwriter). But then the songs start hitting you. Paste magazine writes, “Over the Rhine creates true confessional masterpieces that know neither border nor boundary” and included Bergquist and Detweiler in their list of 100 Best Living Songwriters. Rolling Stone recently wrote, Over the Rhine is a band “with no sign of fatigue, whose moment has finally arrived.” That’s quite a sentiment for a band celebrating 30 years of writing, recording, and life on the road. But as Karin Bergquist states, “There is still so much music left to be made.” Love & Revelation, the brand new album from Over the Rhine, is a record for right now. The songs have been rigorously road tested and burst at the seams with loss, lament, and resilient hope The LA Times writes, “The Ohio based husband and wife duo has long been making soul-nourishing music, and the richness only deepens.”

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

BILL DOBBINS

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Bill Dobbins is professor of jazz studies at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he teaches jazz composing and arranging courses and directs the award-winning Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra. As a pianist, he has performed with orchestra and chamber ensembles under the direction of Louis Lane, Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss and Frederick Fennell, and he has performed and recorded with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Gary Foster, Dave Liebman, John Goldsby and Peter Erskine. He joined the Eastman faculty in 1973, and was instrumental in designing both the graduate and undergraduate curricula for Eastman’s Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media program. Many of his students have been heard in the big bands of Count Basie, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Chuck Mangione, Maria Schneider, and Bob Brookmeyer’s New Art Orchestra.

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SUNDAY

JUNE 23

6:00 PM

PENFIELD ROTARY BIG BAND Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM

ESM JAZZ HONORS UNIT 1 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

JARED SCHONIG & FRIENDS The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Grammy-Award winning drummer, composer & bandleader Jared Schonig has toured and/or recorded internationally with Nicholas Payton, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue & Secret Society, Laurence Hobgood, Tim Hagans, Fred Hersch, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, Joe Locke, and Ernie Watts among others. A favorite among vocalists, Schonig has toured with Grammy Award-winners Kurt Elling, The New York Voices, Kristen Chenoweth, Cynthia Erivo and singer/songwriter Donna Lewis, in addition to rising vocal supergroup Duchess, Spencer Day, Laila Biali and Shayna Steele. He has performed around the world from Carnegie Hall to festivals in Zimbabwe. Schonig also co-leads The Wee Trio, named “a group to watch” by Downbeat Magazine with five critically-acclaimed albums to its name. When at home in New York City, Schonig plays on a number of Broadway shows – he recently held the drum chair for the critically acclaimed Tony, Grammy and Emmy-award winning Broadway Revival of The Color Purple and is currently playing drums and percussion for The Prom. He also is an in-demand drummer/percussionist for studio recordings, jingle sessions and other commercial music recordings.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

STEFON HARRIS BLACKOUT Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Stefon Harris's passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity on the vibraphone have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as "one of the most important artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times), he has been named a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awards. One of the most prestigious programs in the arts, “the Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and commitment to their field.” He is also a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four GRAMMY™ nominations, and has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association. He was also chosen Best Vibes in the 2018 and 2017 DownBeat Magazine Critic's Poll, the 2016 JazzTimes Expanded Critics Poll, the 2014 JazzTimes Critics Poll and the 2013 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll. As a thought leader, Mr. Harris leads transformative presentations on corporate leadership development and team empowerment to Fortune 500 companies using jazz as a metaphor. His inspiring 2012 TED talk, "There Are No Mistakes on the Bandstand," has gained nearly three quarter of a million views to date. Mr. Harris has served on the Board of Directors for Chamber Music America and WBGO-FM and is currently on the Board of Advisors for the Percussive Arts Society.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

STEVE TAETZ

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

(see bio page 27)

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

SCOTT ROBINSON QUARTET Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

The son of a piano teacher and a book editor for the National Geographic Society, Scott Robinson graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 1981. The next year, he joined the college's staff, becoming -continued on next page-

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its youngest faculty member. Robinson has appeared on more than 200 LP and CD releases, including eleven under his leadership with musicians Lionel Hampton, Anthony Braxton John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Ella Fitzgerald, Paquito D'Rivera, Sting, Maria Schneider, Elton John, Buck Clayton and the New York City Opera. Two of these recordings won a Grammy Award. He has received four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2000, the U.S. State Department named him a jazz ambassador for the year 2001, funding a tour of West Africa in which he played the early works of Louis Armstrong. Material from these appearances was released on the album Jazz Ambassador: Scott Robinson Plays the Compositions of Louis Armstrong by Arbors Records. Throughout his career, Robinson has worked to keep unusual and obscure instruments in the public view. For example, he has recorded an album featuring the C-melody saxophone and performs with the ophicleide. He also owns and records with a vintage contrabass saxophone so rare that fewer than twenty in playable condition are known to exist. Since 2009, he has operated his record label, ScienSonic Laboratories.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

CIRCUS NO. 9

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz, and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside artists including David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel, among others. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today. "Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we're going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!" - Bryan Sutton

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

KIT DOWNES (SOLO ORGAN) Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Award nominated, solo recording artist for ECM Records who has toured the world with groups such as Squarepusher, Troyka, Empirical and Nostalgia 77, as well collaborative projects such ‘ENEMY,’ ‘Vyamanikal’ and duo projects with Lucy Railton and Aidan O’Rourke. In 2013 and 2015 he was nominated in the Rising Star category in Downbeat Magazine (in piano and organ categories), and in 2014 won the 'Best Album Award' at the UK’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards. “Obsidian” is a collection of Kit Downes’ solo organ works from the eponymous album released on ECM Records in 2018. It is a musical response to volcanicity, slow processes that cause extreme reactions. A mixture of written and semi-scored/semi-improvised pieces, it focuses on the nuances and unique features of both smaller chamber organs local to rural Suffolk as well as larger grander instruments from bigger cities around the UK. It is both a study of extended techniques from instruments sometimes in states of disrepair, and a connection and adaptation of the improvised tradition of the instrument, exploring themes of duration, vibration and mechanics.

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

THE HONEY SMUGGLERS

Avangrid Foundation / RG&E / Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Free

The Honey Smugglers is a Rochester based folkrock band that plays music for, and from, the heart. Its unique blend of thoughtful and catchy songwriting, dazzling instrumentation, and powerful vocals, coupled with the thrill of live performances, has garnished a dedicated and loving fan base in the Western New York music scene. Since its conception in late 2014, the band has released two full-length albums and is in the midst of completing its third. Although the band plays instruments that are typically linked to the sounds of bluegrass, Frank de Blase of Rochester's City Newspaper says, "Don't let the instrumentation make up your mind for you. There are simply too many subgenres to list here. The Honey Smugglers are bottled joy. Crack one open."

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SUNDAY 7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

JUNE 23

THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

Rochester’s own Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. Rounding out the band, which has been playing together for nearly two decades, is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar and his son Carlton on drums. Denise Brown's classic, gutsy gospel vocals bring the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description. The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

RUSSELL SCARBROUGH SOUL JAZZ BIG BAND

FEATURING ALI RYERSON, FLUTE

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

Formed in 2011, this 12-piece ensemble performs the music found in the "sweet spot" where jazz, funk, gospel, and the blues intersect, in a fat, horn-rich setting. The SOUL- JAZZ Big Band performs fresh, new arrangements of music by Lee Morgan, Stevie Wonder, Freddie Hubbard, Cannonball Adderley, Herbie Hancock, as well as hot originals by trombonist and leader Russell Scarbrough. Made up of the very best Rochester, NY musicians, and young jazz stars, the band makes a return visit to the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival with special guests Ali Ryerson, flute and Bob Sneider, guitar.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

JOSTEIN GULDBRANSEN

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Jostein Gulbrandsen is a guitarist, composer and author originally from Norway, based in NYC since 2001. He has released three albums under his own name, "Twelve"(2007 Fresh Sound New Talent," "Release of Tension"(2001" and "Looking Ahead" (2018 Curling Legs records). He holds a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music. He has held master classes at Agder College of Music (Norway) and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. His best-selling method book, "Modern Jazz and Fusion Guitar," was released on the world's largest music publishing company Hal/ Leonard in December 2016. Gulbrandsen has performed at Kongsberg Jazz Festival, Acoustic Landscapes Guitar festival, Birdland, Blue Note, Blues Alley and The Kennedy Center. He is also one of the main artists for the world-class guitar company Collings Guitars and is also an artist for Quilter Labs Amplification, Eventide Effects, Curt Mangan Strings and Godin Guitars.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

MICHAEL WINOGRAD & THE HONORABLE MENTSHN

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Clarinetist Michael Winograd is one of the most respected and versatile working musicians in klezmer music today. Based in Brooklyn, New York, Michael spends much of his time in transit, performing and teaching throughout the world. He is one-third of the transatlantic klezmer/ cabaret collective Yiddish Art Trio, clarinetist of Tarras Band, a classic 1950’s Jewish American tribute group, and the co-founder and director of the groundbreaking, borderless world fusion band Sandaraa. Michael also collaborates with Cantor Yaakov ‘Yanky’ Lemmer and Klezmatics trumpeter Frank London in Ahava Raba, a group that explores the spiritual sides of Ashkanazy Jewish Music. He has played alongside Itzhak Perlman, The Klezmer Conservatory Band, Socalled, Budowitz, Alicia Svigals and many others.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

Hyatt Regency Rochester The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar Free

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MONDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 24

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH ESCAPE TERRAIN Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Free

1:00 PM

JAZZ WORKSHOP FOR MUSIC STUDENTS WITH ALI RYERSON, FLUTE

ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) Free

4:30 PM

GREECE ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

GATES-CHILI HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 4:30 PM

FRED COSTELLO

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

Fred Costello a multi-talented keyboard master with a varied career including national radio and TV appearances and numerous recording sessions for which he has either played or written. Fred has been entertaining Rochester sports fans at Rochester Red Wings Triple A baseball games for decades. He makes his return to the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival with a swinging band making for a guaranteed groove filled experience.

5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

CYRO BAPTISTA

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Brazilian performer and bandleader Cyro Baptista is widely considered the premier percussionist on the planet, bringing his unique charm and undeniable rhythmic drive to countless stages, performing on numerous Grammy Award-winning recordings, and collaborating with myriad luminaries such as Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Laurie Anderson, Yo-Yo Ma, Caetano Veloso, and many others. Described by Thom Jurek of All Music as “simply one of the most limitless musicians we have,” Baptista’s many honors include the DownBeat Critics Poll Percussionist of the Year in 2013 and 2011, Jazz Journalists Association Percussionist of the Year in 2010 and 2007, Drum Magazine Percussionist of the Year in 2004 and 2003, and US Artists Walker Fellow in 2009/10. Baptista’s inimitable world music quartet, Banquet of the Spirits, embodies the Brazilian philosophy of anthropofagia, or cultural cannibalism, as a creative imperative. Described by All About Jazz as “a must-listen,” and “a diversity of sounds and colors that can't be found anywhere else,” the group draws freely from an expansive array of music from around the globe, combining Afro-Brazilian beats with improvised, experimental jazz trappings.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

ADAM BEN EZRA

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Double-Bass phenomenon, multi-instrumentalist and online sensation Adam Ben Ezra; a man seemingly on a mission to bring his instrument from its status as a background note to the dominant front-presence it deserves. For the past few years Adam has been pushing his craft in new, exciting directions and carving out a unique spot for himself in today’s international musical landscape, with both his virtuosity and musicianship earning him great success along the way. With tens of millions of hits on his video clips and a strong following on social media, it is clear that Adam is a bonafide internet star. However, his success is certainly not limited to the web, having performed around the globe in major international music festivals and shared stages with some of the world’s fusion giants – including Pat Metheny, Victor Wooten and Richard -continued on next page-

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Bona – over the last few years. His work has been shown at industry leading publications, such as the BBC, CBS News, Time Magazine and The British Telegraph to name but a few. Jazz FM has defined his appearance as ”a dazzling virtuosity and breath-taking athletic performance.”

6:00 PM

BROCKPORT BIG BAND Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM

ESM JAZZ HONORS UNIT 2 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00PM & 10:00PM

ANDREA KOZIOL & BILL BRENNAN

The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Vocalist Andrea Koziol and pianist Bill Brennan met a very long time ago at a most illustrious birthday party for a one-year-old Newfoundlander. Early into their very first conversation they realized that they were a jazz match made in heaven. It wasn’t long before they were booking gigs together in Toronto’s finest jazz concert venues, roots and jazz festivals across Canada, and making regular live appearances on the CBC. They gathered a loyal fan base, made a critically acclaimed independent CD, collaborated with some of the city’s finest players, toured in borrowed cars, slept in bathtubs, wrote and arranged music together till all hours of the morning, and generally lived like kings. Eventually, their own musical careers carried them in different bright and beautiful directions, but despite their physical distance they continued to collaborate on projects whenever possible. In 2018 they joined forces once again on a jazz recording project celebrating everything that brought them together in the first place. It’s a collection of music that spans almost 100 years of fantastic songwriting, performed by musicians who are not afraid to explore and improvise and jump from any cliff they can find. It’s a spirited conversation full of flat 13s between the best of friends…and they hope you enjoy eavesdropping.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

BRIA SKONBERG

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

New York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” (Wall Street Journal). Recognized as one of 25 for the Future by Downbeat Magazine, Bria Skonberg has been a force in the new generation with her bold horn melodies and smoky vocals, and adventurous concoctions of classic and new. “I play jazz because it's the closest I can get to flying.…spreading joy, relating the human experience and putting good into the world to counteract the negative. I want to make music that makes people feel, and think.” Noted as a millennial “shaking up the jazz world,” (Vanity Fair), Bria Skonberg has played festivals and stages the world over, including New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, and over a hundred more. She recently performed the Star Spangled Banner at Madison Square Garden for an NHL game. Originally from the small town of Chilliwack, British Columbia, Bria studied jazz and performance at Capilano University in Vancouver while balancing a full road schedule with two bands. After graduating, she traveled extensively, performing in China and Japan and throughout Europe. When she wasn’t traveling, Bria was honing her chops with Dal Richards, Vancouver’s King of Swing. Playing BC Place Stadium at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver capped off this exciting period, with Bria featured at the Paralympics opening ceremony for over 50 000 people. Seeking new challenges, Bria moved to New York City in September of 2010. Upon arrival, she went to jam with friends in Washington Square Park and an hour into playing world-renowned trumpeter Wynton Marsalis stopped to listen. He gave her a “thumbs up.”

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MONDAY

JUNE 24

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

PAA KOW

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

In the small Ghanaian village of Enyan Denkyira, where Paa Kow was born, there was no electricity until he was 13 years old. As children, they would often entertain themselves by singing and making music any way they could. Paa Kow fashioned drums out of metal cans, wire, and a fertilizer bag, which he used to practice for hours every day. He built his own drum pedal using a door hinge, some string, and an old sandal. His mother and uncle were both professional singers and members of a successful touring concert band. Using instruments from Germany and a generator, the band toured and played in other villages without electricity. Paa Kow’s music career officially began when they were rehearsing and he decided to join in on the cowbell. Barely seven years old he wanted to connect with his elders through music. The whole group could hear and feel a very strong connection as the rhythm came over him. Within a year Paa Kow was playing congas and drum set with the group. At his first performance on drum set, Paa Kow’s feet could not reach the pedals so he stood to play. The audience danced and enjoyed his playing so much so that some even attached paper money to his forehead when they saw that he was working hard and sweating! Looking back on that day, Paa Kow says, “Being a musician in Ghana is exciting because it brings everyone closer to you. After the show they gave me gifts to show their appreciation. Right away, I thought that this was perfect and it was then that I knew being a musician was my path in life.”

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

THE WILLOWS

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta, the tri-hair colored trio met as young dance students. Together, they not only nurtured an appreciation for the performing arts, but became the closest of companions. Their passion for the performing arts brought them across the country to Ryerson University in Toronto to complete their Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in dance. Little did they know, they’d soon discover that their talents would extend beyond dancing. A music class encouraged the trio to sing in front of their Ryerson classmates. Inspired by the Jersey Boys musical, they chose to sing a tune from the show, expertly choreographed with some dance moves of course! The girls had no idea harmonizing was a skill until the positive feedback from their peers gave them the push they needed to break out into Toronto’s music scene as a bona fide trio act called The Willows. Soon The Willows were dazzling crowds with their unique set list, incorporating synchronized dance steps to add an element of theatricality that reminds audiences of years gone by, with a modern touch. From those first few open mic opportunities to headlining their own shows at venues across the country like Koerner Hall, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Danforth Music Hall, The Bassment, and Blue Chair Café, The Willows have combined their dance and classical music training to become Canada’s newest entertainment delight.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Music fans are familiar with Humphreys from his years leading North Carolina faves Dillon Fence and Hobex. With songs influenced by the best in pop, funk, soul, R&B, and rock n' roll, you might find Greg Humphreys Electric Trio in the same soul-centric corner of the big Americana tent where you'd find Alabama Shakes or Lake Street Dive. The Electric Trio formed in New York City in 2014 when Greg took to local stages with fellow seasoned southern transplants-- drummer Keith Robinson and bassist Matt Brandau. The band’s second studio album, focuses on the ‘70s-influenced funk & soul songs that characterize the band’s rousing live shows, which often stretch late into the night--or early into the next morning--and devolve into sweaty dance parties.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

ENEMY

Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation

ENEMY is the vital trio featuring bassist Frans

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Petter Eldh, pianist Kit Downes and drummer James Maddren. Described as ‘fiercely intense and ‘beautifully intricate,’ their eponymously titled debut spotlights three brilliant and creative musical minds committed to the exploration of new worlds of performance and music: total music, with each musician contributing equally in an authentic aesthetic display. As the band explains: "ENEMY is about intensity and complexity - negotiations of cryptic rhythms and wonky beats with light speed intensity and high energy - our music combines in a storm of density and wild freedom, which we write to deliberately push each other to our limits - both creatively and technically." Each member of ENEMY has achieved personal recognition in the jazz and wider music world (including a Mercury Music Award Nomination, ECHO Jazz nomination, multiple Downbeat Critics Poll nominations and a BBC Jazz Award). The album is produced by bassist Eldh who’s previous production credits include remixes for Jameszoo - Flake (Brainfeeder) & Andromeda Mega Express Orchestra - Vula, to name a few of his collaborations.

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

SONIDOS UNIDOS

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Free

7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

DELVON LAMARR ORGAN TRIO

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio was formed in 2015 by Amy Novo, Delvon Lamarr’s wife and band manager. She told her husband she would take over his music career and all he had to do was find the musicians, create and play music. They originally started with another guitarist and drummer. Within a year they brought on the infamous Jimmy James. Immediately the chemistry between the three of them was undeniable. With Delvon’s soulful organ sound, and Jimmy’s explosive guitar sound and former drummer perfect pocket drumming, they have the perfect blend of Soul, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues & Rock & Roll. They started with a weekly Residency at The Royal Room in Seattle for the first year then self released their first album, playing short tours from Idaho, Spokane, Seattle, Bellingham, Olympia, Portland, Reno, California, Festivals, including an upcoming European tour. Eventually signing with Colemine Records which is a story in itself only Amy, Delvon and Colemine know the details. Several months later they signed with The Kurland Agency a well known booking agency out of Boston. The band has since gone from a local Seattle band to a national and international household name. The love, passion and devotion Amy Novo, Colemine Records and The Kurland Agency has for their music creates the perfect power team. In the Fall of 2018, the band welcomed their new drummer, Doug Octa Port, who brings a brilliant new take on a familiar sound.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

AQUADUCKS

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

The Aquaducks have been making waves in and around Music City (Nashville, TN) as a high octane funk and soul band with a live energy that is rarely matched. The Ducks' first two singles "Nightlife" and "Bill's Toupée" immediately caught the attention of local radio station Lighting 100, and have continued to receive regular airplay. Described by Brooklyn, NY blog Pancakes and Whiskey as "Dripping with enough funk to fill several swimming pools," The Aquaducks have created a new sound with influences ranging from Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder to Lettuce and James Brown. The Aquaducks' song, "What's Goodington" was featured the movie trailer for "Baked in Brooklyn." In 2016 they released a full length live album "Live at the Beast." Fans new and old are now able to experience the high energy show that has critics calling them "probably one of the best duckthemed funk bands of all time." In the meantime, if The Aquaducks are playing in your town, put on some dancing shoes and go see one of the best live bands that Nashville has to offer.

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

THE YELLOWJACKETS

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

Throughout their storied 35-year history, the Yellowjackets have recorded 24 albums, received 17 Grammy® nominations – won two

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– performed countless sold-out tours, and enjoyed worldwide critical acclaim and commercial success. The Yellowjackets formed in the late 1970’s as the backup band for guitarist Robben Ford. They recorded their first album together in 1980. Shortly after that recording, however, Ford decided to part ways and go in a different musical direction. As a result, the modern day Yellowjackets were formed — a trio with Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip and Ricky Lawson. Since then, and with the addition of Bob Mintzer, the Yellowjackets have gained and maintained prominence as one of jazz’s most influential and loved groups. Over the years the band has undergone numerous lineup changes. Never failing to rise to the inevitable challenges of adjustment, the Yellowjackets - Russell Ferrante, William Kennedy, Bob Mintzer - have maintained an extraordinarily high quality of musicianship that is the rival of many but a surprise to no one who knows and appreciates the band and their music.

8:00 PM

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ESM-Rochester International Jazz Festival

GERRY NIEWOOD JAZZ SCHOLARSHIPS NIGHT

WURZBURG MEETS EASTMAN – JAZZ COLLABORATIONS

Directed by

JEFF CAMPBELL+EASTMAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE Directed by BILL DOBBINS with Special Guest DAVE GLASSER, ALTO SAX

Free

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

KARI IKONEN

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Finnish Pianist, Kari Ikonen has composed for different small groups and larger ensembles, e.g. UMO Jazz Orchestra, European Saxophone Ensemble, Uusinta Chamber Ensemble Tanguedia Quintet and The Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Ikonen has also done several projects for the stage, both dance and theatre. In 2000 he won the first prize at the International Julius Hemphill Composition Awards (Jazz Composers Alliance, USA). His debut cd Karikko consisting of his compositions for different ensembles, was chosen as the best Finnish jazz-cd of 2001 by the Jazz-Emma prize (Finland’s Grammy) and in 2002 he won the first prize in the ”Scrivere in Jazz” big band composition contest in Italy. His album The Helsinski Suite was nominated for a 40.000 € Teosto-prize for its compositions. In 2013 he got the Yrjö Award as the Finnish jazz musician of the year. Ikonen has worked as a part-time professor (jazz piano, composition, ensemble, solfege etc.) at Jyväskylä Institute of Music 1993- 94, Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre 2007-2011 and Sibelius Academy Jazz Music Department since 1998.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

DJABE

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Djabe is a world renowned jazz/world fusion band from Budapest, Hungary. Established 24 years ago, the group has garnered numerous domestic and international awards and recognitions. Their style is a unique blend of jazz mixed with various forms of Hungarian and world music. Virtuouse electric bassist Tamás Barabás, is the chief writer for the band. The word “Djabe” means freedom in the African Ashanti language. This is Djabe’s fourth visit to Rochester International Jazz Festival, welcome back lads, “Ertod”!

10:30 PM

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TUESDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 25

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH WILLIAM PETITO Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Free

1:00 PM

JAZZ WORKSHOP FOR YOUNG MUSIC STUDENTS WITH DAVE GLASSER, ALTO SAXOPHONE ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) Free

4:30 PM

BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

GREECE ATHENA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 4:30 PM

SOUL PASSENGER

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

Soul Passenger began its spirited journey in 2016, when acclaimed Rochester guitarist/ songwriter Ethan Porter, best known for his work with Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Bat McGrath, invited three other well-known local musicians to jam: drummer Dave Cohen (Prime Time Funk, Backseat Sally), bassist Mark Terranova (Jimmie Highsmith, Joe Brucato, Cinnamon Jones) and singer/songwriter Tyler Norton (The Meddling Kids, Download). The band made its live debut a year later, performing to enthusiastic music lovers ever since. Mature musicianship is the rhythm section’s DNA – from Porter’s unforgettable guitar riffs and thoughtful solos to Cohen and Terranova’s solid, musical grooves – and Norton’s vocal texture and range add just the right amount of character. A rock and blues band at its core, Soul Passenger plays a creative mix of unexpected remakes and intriguing originals. Both are wonderfully represented on the band’s self-titled, 2018 debut CD, which was mixed by former Rochester audio engineer and 11-time Grammy-winner Mick Guzauski.

5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

VICKIKRISTINABARCELONA

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management VickiKristinaBarcelona is Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi and Terry Radigan, a power trio of seasoned music veterans dedicated to re-imagining the songs of Tom Waits via inventive three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles, squeezebox, and zills. They create a world of sound at once powerful, playful and poignant. Seasoned singers and songwriters, each a hybrid story-teller and multi-instrumentalist in her own right, join forces to salute the tragicomic lyrical genius of the Waits songbook. Picture the Triplets of Belleville disguised as Depression Era hobos riding the rails across America stopping to play dance parties and funerals along the road to nowhere. Three distinct styles form a captivating original mix, greater than the sum of its parts, never failing to amaze and delight audiences of all stripes. Collectively, they have worked with artists including Jack White, Jackson Browne, Jane Siberry, Patty Loveless, Dan Penn, Ray La Montaigne, Thomas Dolby, and Taylor Mac.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 25

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

HAROLD MABERN

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Harold Mabern is a hard bop and soul jazz pianist, born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee – a city that’s a capital of 20th century American music. Like fellow Memphis jazz artists George Coleman, Booker Little, and Frank Strozier, Mabern attended Manassas High School, and after an early attempt at playing the drums, he taught himself piano and fell under the spell of pianist Phineas Newborn Jr., an influence that would shape and linger with Mabern for the rest of his life. Along with some other Memphis musicians, Mabern moved to Chicago in in 1954 where he soon found work backing up tenor sax players Johnny Griffin, Gene Ammons and Clifford Jordon. He also gained further influence from studying with pianist Ahmad Jamal and played in the hardbop group MJT + 3, before going on to New York City in 1959. “Chicago gave me the stuff I needed—and the confidence,” he recalled in 1987. “New York refined my stuff and it’s still doing it.” Recently, Harold has toured and recorded extensively with the tenor saxophonist Eric Alexander. To date, Mabern and Alexander have appeared on over twenty CDs together.

6:00 PM

ROCHESTER METRO JAZZ ORCHESTRA Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM

NEW HORIZONS BIG BAND DIRECTED BY PRISCILLA BROWN City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

DAVE GLASSER QUARTET The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Dave Glasser encompasses a uniquely personal sound rooted in rich tradition. A veteran of the Clark Terry quintet, the Count Basie Orchestra, Illinois Jacquet, Barry Harris, and Dizzy Gillespie, his music covers a wide range of expression. His performances tie together the great American songbook, jazz lineage, the blues and fresh, swinging, originals. Born and raised in New York City, Dave holds a BM and MM from the Eastman School of Music and considers the late Joe Romano among the many Rochester natives who played an important part in his musical development. A faculty member at the New School University College of Performing Arts for over 20 years, he is proud to have helped develop many of today’s young jazz musicians. He remains actively involved in performing and inspiring young musicians through an aural tradition of learning. He currently lives in NYC with his wife and two sons.

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$30 or Club Pass

HATCH RECITAL HALL

$30 or Club Pass 5:30PM & 7:30PM

WILSON STAGE

GEVA THEATRE

$30 or Club Pass 6PM & 10PM

MONTAGE MUSIC HALL

$30 or Club Pass 6:45PM & 8:45PM

CHRIST CHURCH

$30 or Club Pass 6:15PM & 10PM

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All Shows 8PM

Ticketed

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KODAK HALL AT

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JAKE SHIMABUKURO

PATTI LABELLE

SATURDAY • JUNE 22

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

JENNIFER HARTSWICK & NICK CASSARINO

LEO RICHARDSON QUARTET

TOMMY SMITH &

BRECKER PLAYS ROVATTI

SNJO SEXTET

WITH THE

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MONDAY • JUNE 24

OVER THE RHINE

STEVEN TAETZ

KIT DOWNES

CYRO BAPTISTA TRIO

PAA KOW

ENEMY

THE WILLOWS

VICKIKRISTINABARCELONA

THE WILLOWS

TRISH CLOWES MY IRIS

AUDREY OCHOA

NAT KING COLE

OF ALABAMA

& THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA

JEFF

WEDNESDAY • JUNE 26

MARC COHN GOLDBLUM & THE BLIND BOYS

TUESDAY • JUNE 25

VINCENT PEIRANI

TAMAR KORN & KORNUCOPIA

IAN SHAW

TRIO

GARY VERSACE &

JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO

VERONICA SWIFT

ELDA TRIO

NY SEXTET

GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET

GEORGE BENSON

THURSDAY • JUNE 27

HAROLD MABERN JOHN FEDCHOCK

STEFON HARRIS AT 100 WITH LIONEL LOUEKE BLACKOUT BRIA SKONBERG PAUL MARINARO & RAUL MIDON

SUNDAY • JUNE 23

SASHA BERLINER SCOTT ROBINSON QUINTET STEVEN TAETZ QUARTET

EMILIE-CLAIRE BARLOW

STEVE GADD BAND

FRIDAY • JUNE 21

ANDREA BRACHFELD & INSIGHT

KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND

SATURDAY •JUNE 29

KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND

MATTHEW WHITAKER

SULLIVAN

ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY

SISTERS EUCLID

ITAMAR BOROCHOV QUARTET CHRISTINE TOBIN

SULLIVAN FORTNER TRIO

CELEBRATING CANNONBALL ADDERLEY

JUBILATION!

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STEVE MILLER BAND

FRIDAY • JUNE 28

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JOSTEIN GULDBRANDSEN

BILL DOBBINS

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RICHIE GOODS ALL IN BRASS BAND

TEAGAN & THE TWEEDS

EMPIRE STRIKES BRASS

MICHAEL WINOGRAD & THE HONORABLE MENTSHN

THE CAMPBELL BROTHERS

ZION HILL MASS CHOIR

FRED COSTELLO

THE YELLOWJACKETS

ANDREA KOZIOL AND BILL BRENNAN

GREG HUMPHREYS ELECTRIC TRIO

KARI IKONEN TRIO

ADAM BEN EZRA

CYRO BAPTISTA TRIO

UNDER ONE SUN

VILRAY

THOMAS BACKMAN

HAROLD DANKO

VINCENT PEIRANI

KANDACE SPRINGS HERB SMITH SOUL PASSENGER FREEDOM TRIO OZMOSYS

DAVE GLASSER QUARTET

ADAM BEN EZRA

MIKKEL PLOUG TRIO

HAROLD MABERN

VICKIKRISTINABARCELONA

DJABE

ROB TARDIK

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TOMMY SMITH &

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JANICE FRIEDMAN PETER JOHNSTONE

JAKE SHIMABUKURO

PARIS_MONSTER

SYNDICATE JAZZ BAND

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

THE BUDDHAHOOD

PAUL MCCANDLESS & CHARGED PARTICLES

HEATHER BAMBRICK

AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS

DH’S RANDOM/CONTROL

GARY VERSACE & SCOTT ROBINSON

JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

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DURHAM COUNTY POETS

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TUESDAY 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

JUNE 25

NAT KING COLE AT 100 with

PAUL MARINARO

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is honored to celebrate the incredible genius of the late, great Nat King Cole who would have been 100 this year, featuring vocalist Paul Marinaro, dubbed as having “one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today” by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune. With Chicago as his home base, Paul has become one of the most in-demand and respected male vocalists and has “taken his place among the top five male jazz singers active today.” (Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene) Paul demonstrates a mastery of and an infectious passion for the material he chooses, allowing him to successfully command audiences with his fresh interpretations. At home, he is currently enjoying sold-out engagements in Chicago’s world-famous venues, including Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and at Winter’s Jazz Club where he is currently in residence. He has been a featured performer at The Chicago Jazz Festival in 2014 and again in 2017 for an audience of 10,000 on the stage at the massive Pritzker Pavilion, where his performance with jazz legend Sheila Jordan earned rave reviews and was named “Best of 2017” (Chicago Tribune). He has earned “Best Performance of the Year” in the Chicago Tribune in 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018; and “Best of Chicago 2015” in NewCity Magazine.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

THE WILLOWS

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

(see bio on page 47)

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

AUDREY OCHOA

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Audrey Ochoa is one of Canada’s most prolific trombone players. Audrey released her debut album in 2014, “Trombone and Other Delights” which spent several consecutive months on the !Earshot! Jazz Charts, eventually earning the #5 spot on the annual top 10 for 2014. Most recently, Audrey has completed her second album with her trio “Afterthought.” The new album features her own compositions performed by herself and two of Edmonton’s finest, Mike Lent and Sandro Dominelli. Lending his mixing talents to the trio will Battery Poacher (Dallas Budd), who will be adding the sounds of psychedelia, hip hop and house to this otherwise bare-bones trio of Bass, Drums and Trombone.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

ADAM BEN EZRA

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management (see bio on page 43)

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

TRISH CLOWES MY IRIS Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation

Saxophonist Trish Clowes has been described as ‘one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times’ (John Fordham, the Guardian). A BASCA British Composer Award winner and former BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist, Clowes has received critical acclaim for all four of her releases for Basho Records. Inspired by Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter, Clowes explores contrasts between lush beauty and edginess, light and dark. She has also explored multiphonics and extended techniques in her saxophone playing. Clowes’ My Iris quartet has been described as ‘the jazz of the future’ (Augsburger Allgemeine) and ‘the front rank of the new generation of UK jazz’ (Cormac Larkin, Irish Times). Clowes provides her bandmates with a unique platform for individual expression, delivering driving grooves and memorable melodic lines, morphing between intensity and futuristic dreamscapes. Launching her new album ‘Ninety Degrees Gravity’, Clowes has recently been inspired by the idea of a universal language and the powerful images in Denis Villeneuve’s film ‘Arrival.’ Exploring the ongoing moments of revelation in the life of a musician and contemplating the vastness of the cosmos, Trish Clowes and My Iris create compelling and vivid atmospheres.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 25

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

AQUADUCKS

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Free

(see bio on page 49)

7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

ROOSEVELT COLLIER

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

Soft-spoken by nature, South Florida-bred Roosevelt Collier does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. Brought up in the "sacred steel" tradition of the House of God Church, Roosevelt built his reputation alongside his uncles and cousins in The Lee Boys, known for their spirited, soul-shaking live performances. Seated front and center, "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightningfast slide work on the pedal steel. At festivals, he is a regular "Artist at Large," performing alongside many of music's most prestigious acts, from the Allman Brothers, Tedeschi-Trucks, Los Lobos, the Del McCoury Band and countless others. In 2017, Roosevelt debuted his new project BokantĂŠ - a "World Music All-Star Band" created by Snarky Puppy founder Michael League and featuring the vocals of Malika Tirolien. As a bandleader, Roosevelt leads his world famous "get-downs" featuring a mixture of "superstars and church folk," his own "Jimi Hendrix Experiment"-style all-star trio, and in 2018 released the long-awaited Roosevelt Collier debut record, featuring an incredible mixture of blues, gospel, rock, and funk all rolled up by producer and bandmate Michael League.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

BILL TIBERIO BAND

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

In addition to being an accomplished and versatile saxophonist and woodwind player, Bill Tiberio is a music educator. He has over 25 years of experience in the field of public music education, and has been at Fairport (NY) high school since 1988. John Nugent and Marc Iacona asked Bill a long time ago to help organize the regional High School Jazz bands series that performs each summer at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival. Bill has been one of the main reasons why hundreds of young instrumentalists have had the opportunity to perform as part of a major jazz festival. You can expect The Bill Tiberio band to once again empty the tank with plenty of grooves during their hard driving sets on Jazz Street!

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TUESDAY

JUNE 25

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

OZMOSYS

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

OZMOSYS is Omar Hakim, Rachel Z, Linley Marthe and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Omar Hakim – Omar’s drumming has underpinned an incredible array of the most popular music in the last 30+ years. From Weather Report, Miles Davis, Sting, Dire Straits, David Bowie, Madonna, Everything But the Girl, to Journey, Kate Bush and Daft Punk’s worldwide hit “Get Lucky,” Omar is probably the most versatile and hardest grooving drummer in modern music. Rachel Z – Rachel Z emerged first as a brilliant member of the super band Steps Ahead, went on to be signed as a Solo artist by CBS, had a high-profile collaboration with Wayne Shorter on his “High Life” album, and subsequently also toured the world with Peter Gabriel and Pino Daniele. She has 10 album credits as a solo artist to her name. Linley Marthe – Originally from Mauritius and now based in Paris, Linley’s true emergence on the world stage was with THE greatest bass-talent-scout in the world: Joe Zawinul. Linley was a member of Joe’s band for the last 5 years of Joe’s life and Joe called him “the best in the world.” Take Joe’s word for it. Or check him out for yourself with Joe Z on the album “75”. Kurt Rosenwinkel – Since Kurt’s emergence with Gary Burton in the late 80’s/early 90’s he quickly established himself as THE guitarist of his generation. His album “The Next Step” defined a whole new era in small group jazz composition and sound. Since then, Kurt has toured the world leading his own groups and, among many other things, collaborated with Eric Clapton who calls him “a genius.”

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

MIKKEL PLOUGG “FAROE”

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Since the release of their debut album on Fresh Sound New Talent in 2006 Mikkel Plougg Trio has toured the world performing in more than 20 countries. The trio has worked with of some of today's greatest saxophonists including Americans Mark Turner and Loren Stillman. Mikkel has recorded 14 albums for renowned jazz-labels Sunnyside Records (US), Fresh Sound (ES), Songlines (CA) and for Whirlwind Recordings (UK). The trio is building on 14 years of experience interpreting Mikkel’s everevolving repertoire, often described as melody driven, highly original in harmonic character, yet very approachable and inviting. Mikkel started on drums at the age of four but switched to the guitar in his teens. He graduated as Master of Jazz Guitar from the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, Holland with a distinction for his original composition. Mikkel's latest album “Faroe” was selected for the category “Best Instrumental Jazz Album” in the 2018 Grammy Awards. His solo album Alleviation from 2017 has received more than two million plays on Spotify and praise from around the world.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 25

8:00 PM

MARC COHN & THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak. Cohn followed up his platinum-selling debut with two more releases in the 1990s, at which point Time magazine called him "one of the honest, emotional voices we need in this decade" and Bonnie Raitt declared, "Marc is one of the most soulful, talented artists I know. I love his songs, he's an incredible singer, and I marvel at his ability to mesmerize every audience he plays for." The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in 20th century and almost singlehandedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 25

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

ROB TARDIK

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Canadian-born, Toronto-native Rob Tardik is multi-award winning “FUNlectic” guitarist and contemporary pop/jazz/world/fusion instrumental music artist. He has performed at venues across North America, including the prestigious Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Jazz on the Vine in Wisconsin, The Catalina Island Jazz Festival, Flato Markham Theatre, The Rose Theatre in Brampton, The Burlington Centre for the Arts, The Living Arts Centre in Mississauga, Oakville Centre and the Glenn Gould Theatre in Toronto. Rob’s four CD’s have spawned five U.S Billboard charting singles two of which went to the Top 10. His fifth album Moments had two radio singles, “Sip and Salsa” and “Rite of Passage” that debuted as Billboards most added tracks in the fall of 2015 and the first months of 2016. His summer single “Hang Time” fall single “Eros” both made the most added new songs on the U.S Billboard charts for 2016. His holiday single “Christmas Moments” was also a top added Billboard track. Rob’s sixth album SYNERGY was released this past January 2018 with the first single Synergy debuting as one of the most added on the U.S Billboard Smooth Jazz charts and spent three weeks at #1 on the Wave.FM charts in Toronto. His second radio single titled “Perseverance” was out this summer and is posting on several of the U.S song charts! His new single “Hope” debuted in January 2019.

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WEDNESDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 26

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH RYAN BARSKI Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Free

1:00 PM

JAZZ WORKSHOP FOR MUSIC STUDENTS WITH JOHN FEDCHOCK, TROMBONE ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) Free

4:30 PM

EASTRIDGE HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

SPENCERPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 4:30 PM

HERB SMITH FREEDOM TRIO

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

Herb Smith leads his Freedom Trio on trumpet and also performs in the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. He is trumpet instructor at the Eastman School of Music and is a teacher, arranger and composer. Herb graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1991, and upon graduating acquired the 2nd trumpet position with the Rochester Philharmonic for two years. After years of living in Rochester, freelancing, teaching, and being an extra in the orchestra, Herb finally landed 3rd trumpet in the Orchestra permanently. He has played with the Cincinnati Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, the Chautauqua Symphony, Skaneateles Summer Festival Orchestra, and the Gateways Music Festival Orchestra.

5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

VINCENT PEIRANI

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Like all popular music, jazz is associated with strong personalities. International recognition of accordionist Vincent Peirani rests on that essential, fundamental quality. His musical charisma, his very distinctive creative skills, his unique approach to his art – all of which are the fruit of a very open, unblinkered attitude – strike the listener immediately. After brilliant studies in classical music (many international awards), his dive into the world of jazz received the seal of success from the start and was crowned at the Victoires du Jazz in 2014 (“Revelation”) and 2015 (“Artist of the Year”). Vincent Peirani has the ability to turn everything he touches into gold: in jazz, of course (his own projects, but also collaborations with Daniel Humair, Michel Portal, and others), but also in chanson (Sanseverino, Les Yeux Noirs), film music (composer for Mathieu Almaric's Barbara in 2017), and so on. Whatever the style, the public follows: in his performances, he creates a balance between the relatively straightforward (inventive revivals of well-known themes) and a blessed unexpectedness, with art music and popular music very close to each other, a sign of great artistry.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

HAROLD DANKO

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

In a career spanning more than a half century Harold Danko has established himself as a distinguished pianist, composer and band leader, fortified by an impressive resume of collaborations with legendary jazz artists, at prestigious jazz venues throughout the world as well as in recordings, television and video. His work is well documented and readily available on multiple CDs and YouTube clips. These include Chet Baker’s classic 1987 Tokyo concert with more than five million hits, as well as featured performances with Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and on James Moody’s version of “Giant Steps.”

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WEDNESDAY

JUNE 26

6:00 PM

PRIME TIME BRASS BAND Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM

NEW HORIZONS VINTAGE JAZZ BAND DIRECTED BY DON SHERMAN City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

UNDER ONE SUN

The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

We’ll let Paul Simon explain why you should check out Under One Sun, founded by percussionist Jamey Haddad: “Jamey Haddad and I have been making music together for nearly 20 years. As a percussionist with a constellation of instruments from different cultures and continents, he fits into my band and provides the glue that makes it hang together rhythmically. He provides a similar service for this remarkable group. Under One Sun plays gentle swinging music composed by Billy Drewes and interpreted by members of the octet who come from three continents. Still, the music feels natural, with a sound solidly rooted in American jazz, incorporating Ali Paris’ qanun from Palestine and Billy Drewes’ saxophone from the U.S. Many musicians attempt to find a common language or palette of colors that create musical neologisms, but it’s an endeavor more easily dreamed of than made real. Under One Sun is an example of the dream come true. The group blends seemingly disparate sounds and flavors into a rhythmic stew that makes a musical feast—music that is visceral and intellectual at once. Changing time signatures with an ease that belies the fact that this is their first studio recordings, Under One Sun leaves us satisfied and looking forward to hearing its next incarnation.”

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

LIONEL LOUEKE & RAUL MIDON Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Starting out on vocals and percussion, Lionel Loueke picked up the guitar late, at age 17. After his initial exposure to jazz in Benin, he left to attend the National Institute of Art in nearby Ivory Coast. In 1994 he left Africa to pursue jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris, then went to the U.S. on a scholarship to Berklee College of Music. From there, Loueke gained acceptance to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, where he encountered his Gilfema bandmates Biolcati, Nemeth, Parlato and other musicians with whom he would form lasting creative relationships. In 2008 and 2009, Lionel Loueke was picked as top Rising Star guitarist in DownBeat magazine's annual Critics Poll. Praised by his mentor Herbie Hancock as "a musical painter," Lionel Loueke combines harmonic sophistication, soaring melody, a deep knowledge of African music, and conventional and extended guitar techniques to create a warm and evocative sound of his own. He has also toured the world as a member of Hancock’s band for more than ten years. Lionel Loueke is also a member of Blue Note’s 75th anniversary all-star band with Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Kendrick Scott, Ambrose Akinmusire and Marcus Strickland. The New York Times has called Raul Midón “a one-man band who turns a guitar into an orchestra and his voice into a chorus.” Now, with his exciting new album – If You Really Want, to be released via Artistry Music/Mack Avenue on September 14 – Midón’s voice and guitar ride the waves of an actual orchestra: the acclaimed Metropole Orkest, the GRAMMY® Awardwinning Dutch ensemble that has collaborated with artists from Al Jarreau and Elvis Costello to Laura Mvula and Snarky Puppy. Midón – who earned his first GRAMMY nomination for Bad Ass and Blind, his Artistry Music/Mack Avenue album of 2017 – worked hand in glove on If You Really Want with another renowned GRAMMY winner and frequent Metropole Orkest collaborator: conductor-composer-arranger Vince Mendoza. Ever since being told by some when he was a child that his blindness meant that “you can’t do this, you can’t do that,” Midón -continued on next page-

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has lived a life devoted to beating the odds and shattering stereotypes, learning his own lessons along the way. “As someone who has never seen, I’ve always felt at a disadvantage in that lyric writing is usually very visual,” he says. “People really relate to images, and I’ve never seen images. But what I realized early on is that you have to write from what you know, and I hear, touch and feel intensely – and those are sensations and experiences that everyone can relate to.”

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

TAMAR KORN & A KORNUCOPIA Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Since 2004 Tamar Korn has been a full-time New York City-based vocalist playing a repertoire steeped in early jazz tunes of the 1920's and 30's and traditional New Orleans jazz, western swing, and American roots music. Formerly of the Cangelosi Cards, she now leads A Kornucopia, plays in the Brain Cloud (western swing band led by clarinet/mandolin/fiddle player Dennis Lichtman,) has a duo with blues woman Mamie Minch, is part of The Grand Street Stompers (led by trumpeter, arranger, and composer Gordon Au), and is an extended member of Baby Soda Jazz Band (Jared Engel and Peter Ford). As well, Tamar plays on occasion with renowned violinist Mark O'Connor, Irish folklorist and tenor banjo/bouzouki player Mick Moloney, and stride and ragtime pianist Terry Waldo. She is known for her love of singing songs both lyrically as well as "instrumentally" playing her voice. Tamar has traveled for music throughout North America, as well as to Scandinavia, Europe, Lithuania, China, Israel, the Caribbean, and to study in India. She loved being at the Rochester Jazz Festival in 2015 with The Brain Cloud, and is honored to come back in 2019 to lead an ensemble, A Kornucopia!

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

HAROLD MABERN TRIO Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

(see bio on page 55)

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

VILRAY

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Vilray (vill-ree) is a composer and performer from Brooklyn. He sings, whistles, and plays swing guitar in NYC and around the world, most recently opening for The Gipsy Kings on their west coast tour. With the release of his album 7 Singles in 2017, Vilray's unique take on the Tin Pan Alley style has earned wider acclaim. These original songs were recorded live and lathe-cut to vinyl in real time--lending them a haunting warmth and authentic crackle. His duo with Rachael Price (of Lake Street Dive) is called Rachael & Vilray. Their close harmonies sung into a shared microphone turn venues of all sizes into intimate parlor concerts. In July 2018 they performed at the Newport Folk Festival.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

IAN SHAW

Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation

Multi-award winning vocalist and pianist, Ian Shaw returns to the Made In The UK series with a solo show featuring arrangements of songs from his last two albums, ‘The Theory Of Joy’ and ‘Shine Sister Shine’ (Jazz Village), including compositions by Joni Mitchell, Michel Legrand, Peggy Lee, Janice Ian, David Bowie, Carly Simon, Bob Dorough and Alicia Keys, alongside Ian's own originals. Ian won best jazz vocalist at the 2004 & 2007 BBC Jazz Awards and 2018 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, alongside nominations from the Jazz FM Awards 2013 and Downbeat Magazine 2017. He has 15 studio albums to his name in a career spanning three decades, and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US, being cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists. Ian presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show weekly for Jazz FM in the UK. This show is syndicated worldwide including to Rochester’s Jazz90.1, and is also to be heard on British Airways long haul.

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JUNE 26

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

FUNKNUT

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Free

Funknut was formed in 2006 to spread the message of love using their instruments. Combining the improvisation of jazz, the greasiness of funk and the honesty of soul, they are a force to be reckoned with. Funknut has been described as "Skillful and masterful" by City Newspaper and put simply, "Funktastic" from Jambands.com. Led by Tony Gallicchio (Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad) on the keyboard, it has always featured a rotating cast of Rochester's finest funksters. That is what makes it so special. Every night is different from the last and full of surprises from some of NY's best musicians. Over the years, the band has amassed a growing, loyal fanbase, playing hundreds of shows to thousands of fans. The funk is alive! Tony Gallicchio (Keyboards, Vocals), Sean Mclay (Bass, Vocals), Max Flansburg (Guitar), Shawn Drogan (Drums)

7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

SHAMARR ALLEN & THE UNDERDOGS

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

Shamarr Allen is the definition of New Orleans! Hailing from the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, Allen has influences in jazz, hip-hop, rock, funk rhythms, blues and country. He is the lead vocalist and trumpeter of his band “Shamarr Allen & The Underdawgs.” In addition to performing with his band, Allen has collaborated with many renowned artists around the world such as Willie Nelson, Patti LaBelle, Galatic, Harrick Connick Jr, and Lenny Kravitz, to name a few. He is a sought after artist for festivals and venues around the world. In addition to displaying his skills on the front-line as a lead performer, Allen is also a music composer, writer, and producer. With a scintillating and unique sound, look, and exemplary talents, Shamarr Allen transcends musical boundaries. He is the True Orleans experience!

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

MUSIC EDUCATORS JAZZ ENSEMBLE City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

This is a standard–size big band and performs both traditional and contemporary literature written for large jazz ensemble. Traditionally, the ensemble performs in December and May at Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall, and also on “Jazz Street” at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival in late June each year. Other performances are scheduled when opportunities arise. The band rehearses a few times prior to each concert. Members commit to each concert according to their schedules. Bill Tiberio, concert and jazz band instructor at Fairport High School, University of Rochester, Ithaca College, and SUNY Geneseo–directs the ensemble.

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

KANDACE SPRINGS

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

If Kandace Springs‘ new album Indigo sounds like something new, that’s because it is. Simple while funky. Classic but contemporary. Straightforward in the way it breaks down complex ideas and genres. And, at the end of the day, undeniably human. That said, it isn’t quite a rebirth for the Nashville-born artist, who after stints living in New York and Los Angeles has returned back home to Music City. She’s long had that lithe and smoky voice and an intensely expressive mastery over the piano. For those paying attention, Kandace’s second album finds her unleashing what was there all along, all at once, for the first time. For Kandace it boils down to a question that connects past to present: “What would Nina Simone do if she had the technology of today? You could never put Nina in a box—she would do a blues followed a classical piece, a jazz standard and then a Beatles cover. This LP took a lot of inspiration from that—it’s a mix of everything that I am.” Indigo offers a fairly plausible answer to that impossible query: songs that swirl classical composition with quiet-storm cool, jazz poise with hip-hop swing, tropical warmth with soulful depth, and earthen groove with airy psych. With all but two of the tracks here produced by the mighty drummer-producer Karriem Riggins—the living bridge spanning Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall to Erykah Badu and J Dilla—Indigo creates a vibe as familiar as it is previously unheard.

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WEDNESDAY

JUNE 26

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

THOMAS BACKMAN

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Swedish reed player Thomas Backman is well known internationally from his appearances with such groups as KlabbesBank, paavo and Thymeshift feat Hilmar Jenson or as a sideman to Sarah & Georg Riedel and Cecilia Persson to name a few. In 2016 Thomas put together some of his favorite musicians to form a band of his own. The members are all award-winning, well-known Swedish musicians who’ve performed and recorded with Django Bates, Uri Caine, Filip Jers, and Loney Dear. In November 2017 the band went to Studio Dubious in Stockholm to record the music, which was released on a critically acclaimed debut album: ”Did you have a good day, David”? (Modern Musik) in 2018. The music on the album consists of nine songs, all of them Thomas compositions, with three tunes featuring Josefine Lindstrand ́s lyrics.

8:00 PM

JEFF GOLDBLUM & THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$115/$105/$85/$70 + SERVICE CHARGES

With film credits including "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day," "The Fly," "The Big Chill," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and “Thor: Ragnarok;" theatre performances including "The Pillowman," "Speed the Plow" and "Domesticated;" and television appearances including “Portlandia,” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Will & Grace,” Jeff Goldblum also plays jazz with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Whether performing regularly at Los Feliz's Rockwell Table and Stage, or elsewhere, Goldblum will take your questions, ask you trivia questions, and play classic jazz. The evening typically features Goldblum on piano, John Storie on guitar, Scott Gilman on tenor saxophone, Alex Frank on bass, Joe Bagg on organ and Kenny Elliott on drums, along with special guests. Recently Goldblum signed with Decca Records and recorded his first full-length record, entitled Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capitol Studios Sessions. The record was released in November 2018.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

ROOSEVELT COLLIER

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

(see bio on page 61)

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

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THURSDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 27

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH MIKE MELITO Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Free

1:00 PM

JAZZ WORKSHOP FOR MUSIC STUDENTS WITH JAMEY HADDAD, PERCUSSION ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) Free

4:30 PM

WATERLOO HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

PITTSFORD MENDON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 4:30 PM

THE BUDDHAHOOD

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Free

Making up this highly creative and entertaining ensemble are seven members, with a wide spectrum of character and musical background. Known for their multi-instrumental, powerhouse sets, The Buddhahood represents with a variety of vocal styles, percussion, guitar, horns, bass and keys in shades of Roots, Rock, Reggae, Ska, Funk and Afrobeat in a flavor they call "Worldternative" as each song forces you to stay on the dance floor.

5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

JOHN PIZZARELLI TRIO

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management World-renowned guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli has been hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Star pegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.” Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Paul McCartney, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and the Beatles.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

GARY VERSACE & SCOTT ROBINSON

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Originally hailing from Cos Cob, CT, jazz pianist, organist and accordionist Gary Versace has become one of the busiest and most versatile musicians on the NY Jazz scene, often featured in bands led by musicians such as John Scofield, John Abercrombie, Al Foster, Regina Carter, Maria Schneider, Madeleine Peyroux, Matt Wilson, Joe Magnarelli, Andy LaVerne, Adam Nussbaum, Brad Shepik, Ingrid Jensen and many others. Versace won the "Rising Star' category on the Hammond organ in Downbeat's Critic's Poll in 2009 and 2010, and has placed in the primary Organ category consistently for the last five years. He won the Jazz Journalists' Association's "Best Organist" award in 2012, and his work has been reviewed and featured in many national and international publications. He appeared twice as a guest on Marian McPartland's acclaimed NPR show 'Piano Jazz,' and McPartland described him as '...endlessly inventive...(Versace) really has an extraordinary talent.'

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THURSDAY

JUNE 27

6:00 PM

SYNDICATE JAZZ BAND Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM

JUNIOR HIGH JAZZ ENSEMBLE City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

HEATHER BAMBRICK

The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

When Anita O’Day first heard Heather Bambrick sing, the Jazz vocal legend exclaimed “You’re good! You should have your own show!” After inviting Heather to jam with him, renowned Jazz-fusion guitarist Larry Coryell said to her “Wow, you’re the real deal!” To this day, flugelhorn icon Guido Basso calls Heather his favorite singer. This is the sort of praise that JUNO-nominated Jazz vocalist Heather Bambrick consistently receives from fellow musicians. Critics love her, as well. “Heather hits every right note,” says Mark Rheume of CBC Radio. WholeNote Magazine calls her “one of the finest jazz singers in this country,” and All About Jazz says her voice is a “paragon of clarity” and that “she’s the real deal in every way.” As one of Canada’s top Jazz vocalists, Heather has collaborated with some of the best around, including Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Lea Delaria, Anne Hampton Callaway, Carol Welsman, Jackie Richardson, Ian Shaw, as well as the late Rob McConnell and Peter Appleyard. She’s a founding member of vocal ensembles The Beehive Singers and Broadway, and has appeared as a guest performer with various Jazz ensembles, as well as with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Hamilton Philharmonic, and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

GEORGE COLEMAN QUARTET

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

The incomparable tenor saxophonist, George Coleman is best known for his work with Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock in the 1960s. In 2015, he was named an NEA Jazz Master. Coleman was born in Memphis, he was taught how to play the alto saxophone in his teens by his older brother Lucian Adams, inspired (like many jazz musicians of his generation) by Charlie Parker. Among his schoolmates were Harold Mabern, Booker Little, Frank Strozier, Hank Crawford, and Charles Lloyd. After working with Ray Charles, Coleman started working with B.B. King in 1953, at which point he switched to tenor saxophone. In 1956 Coleman moved to Chicago, along with Booker Little, where he worked with Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin before joining Max Roach's quintet (1958–1959). Coleman recorded with organist Jimmy Smith on his album Houseparty (1957), along with Lee Morgan, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Burrell, and Donald Bailey. Moving to New York City with Max Roach in that year, he went on to play with Slide Hampton (1959–1962), Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, and Wild Bill Davis (1962), before joining Miles Davis' quintet in 1963–1964. His albums with Davis (and the rhythm section of Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums)) are Seven Steps to Heaven (1963), A Rare HomeTown Appearance (1963), Côte Blues (1963), In Europe (1963), My Funny Valentine, and Four & More, both live recordings of a concert in Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City in February 1964.Miles Davis held a very high opinion of Coleman's playing, stating that "George played everything almost perfectly...he was a hell of a musician.”

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

VERONICA SWIFT

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene. In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Her 2015 Album “Lonely Woman” features some of the hottest young jazz players on the scene including Emmet Cohen, Benny Bennack III, Daryl Johns (with whom she shared the Grammy -continued on next page-

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Choir/Band experience), Matt Wigler, and Scott Lowrie. In addition to performing the Great American Songbook and Bebop and Vocalese classics, Veronica is also a passionate devotee of 20s and 30s music and has sung with Vince Giordano, Terry Waldo, and Drew Nugent. Veronica releases her next album on Mac Avenue Records in early 2019, featuring the great pianist Benny Green and his trio as well the Emmet Cohen Trio.

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

JOHN FEDCHOCK NY SEXTET Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

The John Fedchock NY Sextet is comprised of some of New York City’s jazz elite. All six members are internationally recognized players, successful solo performers, and acclaimed recording artists, with a list of credits that reads like a who’s-who of the jazz world. The sextet performs Fedchock originals as well as sophisticated arrangements of well-known standards and jazz classics, putting the focus on the group’s all-star soloists. The JFNYSextet’s most recent release, “Live At The Red Sea Jazz Festival” offers a close-up look at the band in action during their dynamic set at the iconic international event. Fedchock’s illustrious career in jazz has spanned over three decades. Since his emergence on the scene in 1980, Fedchock has established himself as a world-class trombone soloist, a heralded bandleader, and a Grammy-nominated arranger. An in-demand performer and writer in New York City, his multifaceted talents have led him to become one of NYC’s premier jazz artists.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management “We’re switching things up a little. After four albums I’ve decided to step out and start using my own name. It’s something that a lot of people have encouraged me to do over the years, and I guess that 2017 just felt right.” That name, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, is also the title of the band’s new album released by Organic Records in 2017. “We’re keeping The Honeycutters too because we don’t want to confuse people…really, we’ve always been Amanda Anne Platt and the Honeycutters. I think I’ve just gotten to a place where I feel comfortable enough to be in the spotlight.” Lyrically driven, the songs on Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters blend the band’s old-school country roots attitude with their shared influences of rock and folk. Amanda says of the album, “I think it’s just about life and all that that entails. Including but not limited to death, strangers, birthdays, money, leaving, arriving, seasons, corruption, and love.” Performing along with Platt, The Honeycutters are Matt Smith on pedal steel and Stratocaster, Rick Cooper on bass, Josh Milligan on drums and harmony vocals, and Evan Martin on keys and Telecaster.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

ELDA TRIO

Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation Elda trio is a project comprised of Londonbased award winning Swedish vocalist, Emilia Mårtensson (‘Vocalist of the Year 2016’ at TheParliamentary Jazz Awards), Slovenian accordion player and multi instrumentalist Janez Dovč and Sao Paulo-born Brazilian percussionist and composer, Adriano Adewale. Elda trio weaves together these three different folkloric cultures exploring the breadth and depth of storytelling and music from each country. What emerges is a fascinating tapestry of musical cultures, featuring both traditional and contemporary musical elements in a unique way. All three musicians of Elda Trio are virtuosos in their own right and they have all found an original voice on their respective instruments, combining a modern approach with the use of electronics together with a more traditional approach and use of traditional instruments. The element of improvisation is a fundamental aspect of Elda Trio’s music, enabling the group to express themselves freely, taking into consideration the very moment of the performance and making every single concert exciting and unique. Their debut album ‘ELDA,’ celebrates the beauty and importance of exploring and merging cultures and sharing stories that are universally relatable.

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

GRUPO IFE

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Free

Grupo IFE’s music is based on the Afro Cuban rhythm of Tumbau. It takes mainstream pop music and adds what they call “savor” (flavor) by adding Latin drum.

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JUNE 27

7:00 PM & 8:45 PM

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion Club Pass or $30

Ron has been called “A Pure Artist.” Always keeping a connection between life and music. Think Marvin Gaye, Gregory Porter, Jack Johnson, James Brown, Gary Clark Jr. and 100% Ron Artis II. Emerging from the islands of Hawaii, surprising artists/audiences all over the world, Ron’s first major release was ‘What Music Means To Me’ with his brother Thunderstorm Artis in 2015. The album covers the Singer-Songwriter genre with touches of Island, Soul & Blues. Garnering Praises from: Jack Johnson, Mike Love, Mick Fleetwood and Booker T Jones. This album was followed by ‘Little People EP’ in 2016. With Ron’s new project ‘Ron Artis II & The Truth. This record explores Soul, Funk and Blues. Garnering praises from soul-music legend Booker T Jones, Eric Krasno & John Cruz. Ron has always believed in making music, that heals. “We should put great care and thought, into what we sing/write about.” Ron has recently began working with Royal Artist Group an agency based in Portland, Oregon.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

SOUL STEW

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

Formed in 1990 by Toronto first call studio musicians as a house band at the Bamboo, Soul Stew became the band synonymous with the College Street music scene with their 10 year long residency at the College Street Bar. The musicians in Soul Stew have collectively and individually performed and recorded with The Boss Brass, Gorillaz, Bruce Cockburn, Paul Butterfield, The Parachute Club, Jane Bunnett, Holly Cole, Marc Jordan, Gino Vanelli, Tito Puente, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Aretha Franklin and Nelly Furtado, to name just a few. Soul Stew plays a mixture of Blues, Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Funk, a bit of reggae and a lot of Soul, recalling the classic sounds of the legendary recording bands (a la the Funk Brothers from the movie Standing in the Shadows of Motown) of Stax, Motown, The Philly Sound, The Meters, Muscle Shoals, and the Hi Rhythm section of Memphis.

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

PAUL MCCANDLESS & CHARGED PARTICLES

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

During a distinguished career spanning over four decades, Paul McCandless has brought the soaring lyricism in his playing and composing to the ensemble sound of two seminal iconic bands of jazz: the original Paul Winter Consort and the relentlessly innovative quartet, OREGON. The most exciting and creative music being made today crosses stylistic boundaries and blends diverse traditions to create engaging new sounds. Charged Particles features three of the country's virtuosos doing just that in the acoustic and electric jazz arena. Murray Low is a keyboard wizard with dazzling Latin-jazz technique and imaginative improvisational skills. Aaron Germain is an inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist. Along with fiery drummer Jon Krosnick, these players are making some of the most electrifying jazz in the country today. Together with the great Paul McCandless, club pass patrons headed to the Temple Building Theatre are sure to be receiving a festival highlight performance.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

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Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

The Austrian pianist, David Helbock began playing the piano at the age of six and has already had an illustrious career have received awards from the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Outstanding Artists Award from his native Austria. "...I think this musician with his “pianocap“ is one of the most exciting players of the young european jazz scene. The listener experiences something new when David Helbock plays. And it ́s never “op-heavy” music – it’s music that thrills the body and the mind..." --Roland Spiegel - Bavarian Radio

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JUNE 27

8:00 PM

GEORGE BENSON

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$123/$93/$73/$53 + SERVICE CHARGES

NEA Jazz Master and 10-time Grammy winner, George Benson, is appreciated as both a musician and performer. Benson plays the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer Rounding out his singular approach with a strong sense of swing, he is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Benson began his career as a guitarist working the corner pubs of his native Pittsburgh. Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery came across Benson early on, complimenting him and urging him to continue his already impressive work. In the early 1960s, Benson apprenticed with organist Brother Jack McDuff; he found the organist's gritty swing a fertile ground for the sly, confident, and adventurous guitar lines that earned him an early reputation as a master. By the time legendary talent scout John Hammond signed Benson to Columbia, the guitarist's name was becoming known throughout the industry. In the late 1960s he sat in on Miles Davis' Miles in the Sky sessions, and also put a personal spin on the tunes from the Beatles' Abbey Road. Joining the CTI label in 1970, Benson was united with many of jazz's finest instrumentalists and released classic albums, such as Beyond the Blue Horizon. In 1976 legendary producer Tommy LiPuma paired with Benson and the result was Breezin,' the first jazz record to attain platinum sales and the first jazz record to win a Grammy for Album of the Year. This was his first in a long association with Warner Brothers Records with such hits as his soulful rendition of Leon Russell's "This Masquerade," which featured the guitarist scatting along with his solo break. He followed up with many pop hits, including a sultry version of "On Broadway" and the irresistible "Give Me the Night" (written by the late, great Rod Temperton and produced by Quincy Jones). In 2006, Benson and Al Jarreau released Givin' It Up with Benson's current label, Concord Music Group where they garnered 2 more Grammy awards. Mr. Benson continues to tour the world to to sold out audiences and release recordings, such as, Guitar Man, and An Unforgettable Tribute to Nat King Cole.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

PARIS_MONSTER

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Beat-driven. Employing heavy elements of funk and soul, paris_monster closes the gaps between synth-pop & garage; between modern detail and old-school grit. Solid earth. Soaring soundscapes. A mass of noise. Volatility. Vocal singularity. The Deli NYC calls paris_monster “a precise, complex and sophisticated mechanism" with "a monstrous instrumental technique,” delivering a sound that “could be the new face of American roots rock.” In fall 2017 paris_monster began recording their first fulllength LP. The album solidifies their dirty, glitchy, lyric-centered, groove-based sound, and is a milepost in their search for a focused and flexible musical approach. The elements of funk and soul join with lyrical themes of bygone eras in rural settings, characters lost, and mortality confronted. Love achieved, and denied. Americana. Themes in stark contrast to the pounding grooves and electronic mayhem, creating depths and dimensions that could have been otherwise achieved only by dropping a modular synth in the corn fields of central New York or the woods of Connecticut. And maybe that’s exactly what happened.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER TRIO

Hyatt Regency Rochester The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar Free

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HARLEM 100 Thursday | October 24 Hosted by energetic jazz-soul band Mwenso & the Shakes, this multimedia concert features the music of Harlem legends such as Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and Fats Waller.

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL Saturday | November 23 Following a triumphant performance at the 2018 Rochester International Jazz Festival, Los Angeles band Dustbowl Revival returns to Rochester with its crowd-pleasing blend of funk, folk, and “Americana Swing” (Rolling Stone).

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FRIDAY

JUNE 28

12:00 NOON

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH MIKE KAUPA Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County Free

1:00 PM

JAZZ WORKSHOP FOR MUSIC STUDENTS WITH GENE PERLA, BASS ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) Free

4:30 PM

FAIRPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM

PENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation Giacomo Smith (alto saxophone), Alec Harper (tenor saxophone), Pete Horsfall (trumpet), Dave Archer (guitar), Joe Webb (piano), Ferg Ireland (double bass), Will Cleasby (drums) From the moment they played their first note five years ago, the Kansas Smitty's House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. You’ll never hear Kansas Smitty’s House Band play the same show twice. Theirs is a tight-knit, joyful, spontaneous jazz rooted in swing and blues that keeps the shows fresh and the crowds faithful. Recently described by Jamie Cullum as ‘one of the hottest live acts on the UK jazz scene,’ the band originally began in 2014 as resident musicians of London’s hippest jazz bar, Kansas Smitty’s. As the bar grew, so too did the Band’s fame: residencies at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, twice-sold-out headliners at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s, as well as the acclaimed release ‘Broadway 2018’ culminated in a nomination for ‘UK Jazz Act of the Year’ in the Jazz FM Awards, and a win at the British Jazz Awards for ‘Best Small Group’ in 2018. That same year, members of the House Band appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican, Friday Night is Music Night, Boileroom and The Rose Hall at Jazz at Lincoln Centre at the request of Wynton Marsalis. The Kansas Smitty's House Band are relentlessly pursuing a new sound, with a collaborative approach to writing and rehearsing and a vast range of inspiration. The band’s ethos is to craft original, modern and compelling music that brings audiences in. 'They dance to the beat of their own drum. Totally unpredictable!'- Cerys MatthewsBBC Radio 6 “One of the hottest properties in British jazz”Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

BILL CHARLAP

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

GRAMMY award-winning pianist Bill Charlap has performed with many of the leading artists of our time including Phil Woods, Tony Bennett, Gerry Mulligan, Wynton Marsalis, Freddy Cole and Houston Person. Born in New York City, Charlap began playing the piano at age three. His father was Broadway composer Moose Charlap, whose credits include Peter Pan, and his mother is singer Sandy Stewart, who toured with Benny Goodman, and was a regular on the Perry Como show. She earned a 1963 Grammy nomination for her recording of “My Coloring Book." In 2005, Charlap and Stewart released the acclaimed CD, Love Is Here To Stay (Blue Note). In 2017, Charlap will be celebrating his 13th year as Artistic Director of New York City’s Jazz in July Festival at 92Y. He has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Chicago Symphony Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Charlap is married to renowned jazz pianist and composer Renee Rosnes, and the two artists often collaborate in a duo piano setting. In 2010 Charlap and Rosnes released Double Portrait (Blue Note). Bill Charlap is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey.

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JUNE 28

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

BOB SNEIDER’S ECMS JAZZ PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

MATTHEW WHITAKER

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Keyboard virtuoso Matthew Whitaker is 18 years of age. He grew up surrounded by music. His love for playing music first began at the young age of 3, after his grandfather gave him a small Yamaha keyboard. At 9, Matthew began teaching himself how to play the Hammond B3 organ. Four years later, he became the youngest artist to be endorsed by Hammond in its 80+ year history. He was also named a Yamaha Artist at 15, becoming the youngest musician to join the stellar group of jazz pianists. Matthew has had years of music instruction, currently studying classical piano and drums at The Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School in NYC. It is the only community music school for the blind and visually impaired in the US. He also attended the Manhattan School of Music’s Precollege Jazz Program. He previously studied at The Harlem School of the Arts and was a member of both the Jazz House Big Band and the Organ Messengers at Jazz House Kids in Montclair, NJ. Matthew has received the “Outstanding Soloist Award” from Jazz at Lincoln Center's Charles Mingus High School Competition & Festival and the Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival. He was also recognized by the Harlem International Film Festival, which named him “Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen.”

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

JUBILATION! CELEBRATING CANNONBALL ADDERLEY Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Julian "Cannonball" Adderley is considered to be one of the all-time greatest jazz musicians. From "Kind of Blue" to "Them Dirty Blues", Cannonball's playing projected depth and command. But he also possessed the rare ability to connect and uplift the listener, shouting out "Joy" in every phrase. For Cannonball's 90th birthday anniversary, "Jubilation!" celebrates the genius of Cannonball Adderley. All-star veterans Jim Snidero (alto sax) and Eddie Henderson (trumpet) create a formidable frontline, along with Peter Zak (piano), Nat Reeves (bass) and Joe Farnsworth (drums), all mining some of Cannonball’s best material with their own personal touch. True to Cannonball’s groups, the result is a soulful, swinging affair. “Snidero handily gets at his inspiration’s warm, buoyant sound and ability to burrow deeply into the harmonic structure of nearly any place his horn lands”–Jazz Times

6:00 PM

GREECE JAZZ BAND

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

SPAGA

The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

When the clock hit 40, Disco Biscuits’ keyboardist and founding member Aron Magner decided it was time to get back to his roots. This was the time when you’re supposed to be taking stock of your accomplishments — in his case, a successful career as a touring musician who, among other things, had a measurable impact on the jam band and “jamtronica” genres. With the Disco Biscuits, Magner’s incredible journey is still mid-flight and he’s been a vanguard of live, improvisational, electronic rock music. But this journey ultimately started with just a piano. SPAGA allows Magner looks to a new frontier of live music presentation: unique venues and curated spaces in which the surroundings become a reflection of the experience, highlighting the organic nature and intimate vibe of this music. SPAGA is more than just improvisations on a collection of instrumental songs; it’s an unsung story told through music and experience.

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THURSDAY FRIDAY

JUNE 28 30

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

SULLIVAN FORTNER TRIO Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

The pianist Sullivan Fortner brings the same sense of musicianship to his recordings as he does to his live performances. His first album, Aria (Impulse Records) has garnered acclaim by The New York Times and Downbeat Magazine as it showcases Fortner’s mastery at both rendering well-chosen standards and composing memorable melodies. On Aria, Fortner leads a splendid ensemble, comprised of drummer Joe Dyson, Jr., bassist Aidan Carroll, and tenor and soprano saxophonist Tivon Pennicott. A native of New Orleans, Fortner began playing the piano at the age of seven and was hailed a virtuoso before he was out of high school. He has a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master of Music in Jazz Performance from Manhattan School of Music.

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

DURHAM COUNTY POETS

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management The Durham County Poets are a lively and soulful group, who write and perform an eclectic blend of blues and folk, with tinges of gospel and swing tossed in for good measure. They are five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, who work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music. Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to James Taylor, Muddy Waters to Dire Straits...they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style. The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the goodtime feel that the band creates, which has been captivating their audiences consistently since their inception in 2011. Fronted by Kevin Harvey, a self-proclaimed blues crooner on lead vocals, The Durham County Poets also feature David Whyte on electric guitars and vocals, Neil Elsmore on guitars and vocals, Carl Rufh on double bass and vocals and Rob Couture (formerly of The Echo Hunters) on drums and percussion. Popular at music festivals and venues across eastern Canada, the band is branching more and more into the U.S. market, with more bookings up-coming in 2019.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

ITAMAR BOROCHOV Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Itamar Borochov (trumpet), Paul Bedal (piano), Sam Weber (double bass), Daniel Dor (drums) Israeli-born, Brooklyn-based trumpeter & composer Itamar Borochov’s unique sound connects lower Manhattan to North Africa, modern Israel and ancient Bukhara.Deeply immersed in the jazz tradition, Borochov’s search for his personal roots resulted in an ever-expanding love for Arab and Pan-African musical sensibilities – a natural palette for a trumpeter/composer raised in Jaffa, an integrated Muslim-Jewish-Christian city. On his new album ‘Blue Nights’ - a multi-cultural joyride through Middle Eastern styles fused with Western jazz – Borochov spins out nine tracks in a virtuosic, highly personalized synthesis of his experiences in bebop, post-bop, and elemental rock, alongside North African and Near Eastern dialects that permeated his consciousness during formative years in Israel’s cultural melting pot, and the Mizrahi and Ashkenazi musical flavors that are his birthright. Downbeat magazine describes the resulting compositions as “stunning themes of spirituality, balance and equality.” “…a unique hybrid of the Middle East and Brooklyn, compelling technique and delicate lyricism... If you decide to follow, your own life can be enriched with a connection to Borochov’s music that goes beyond a mere appreciation for his virtuosity and thoughtful composition.”-- Downbeat. “Rich, detailed and engrossing music with an individual sound.” – London Jazz

7:00 PM

THE SUITCASE JUNKET

City of Rochester Midtown Stage

Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks, and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket conjures an entirely new sound on his essential rock collection Pile Driver on Signature Sounds Recordings.The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz: artist, tinkerer, -continued on next page-

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swamp yankee, one-man band. His is the road-worn voice rising over the grind of a tube-amped dumpster guitar, and the wild double pitches of throat singing. From Lorenz' penchant for thrift and ingenuity comes this full-length Signature Sounds debut of original rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity. It is magnificent, rousing, image-driven songwriting, laid out on instruments built of broken bottles, thrift store forks, dried bones, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, a toy keyboard, salvaged instruments, and an overhead compartment’s worth of luggage.

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

JIMMIE HIGHSMITH JR.

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Club Pass or $30

Critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated and award-winning Saxophonist Jimmie “Tjari” Highsmith Jr., has shared the stage with and opened for multiple Grammy Award winners, including Najee, Alicia Keys, Víctor and Joseph Wooten, Chris Botti, Grover Washington Jr., and Wynton Marsalis just to name a few. In the last ten years, he has recorded 8 top selling smooth jazz CD’s that have sold thousands worldwide with his sixth CD "The Anthology of Sound" receiving a Grammy Nomination. Jimmie has also been honored to record with several other musicians, singers, and rappers on their projects. Jimmie’s sax work represents some of the best in the Smooth Jazz Genre. Jimmie plays Andreas Eastman Saxophones, Silverstein Works CRYO4 Ligature, KaaV Mouthpieces, and Applied Microphone Technology wireless systems.

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

CATHERINE RUSSELL

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival fan favorite, vocalist Catherine Russell makes her triumphant return! Her sixth album, Harlem On My Mind, was released in September 2016, on the Jazz Village label, receiving a Grammy Nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album. Catherine is that rarest of entities – a genuine jazz and blues singer – who can sing virtually anything. Her voice is full blown femininity incarnate; a dusky, stalwart and soulful instrument that radiates interpretive power yet remains touchingly vulnerable. She launches fearlessly into each tune, getting inside the melody and capturing every emotion. Her repertoire features a selection of gems from the 1920's through the Present; vital interpretations, bursting with soul and humor. With an off-the beaten-path song selection, sparkling acoustic swing, and a stunning vocal approach, Catherine Russell joins the ranks of the greatest interpreters and performers of American Popular Song.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

NUBYA GARCIA

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation

Free

London-based saxophonist and composer, Nubya Garcia, is one of the leading forces behind the resurgence of jazz-influenced sounds in the UK. Raised in a creative environment built by a set of Caribbean parents, her brand of afro-tinged Jazz has made her a key component in a string of new and established groups: from work with MOBO Award-winning drummer, Moses Boyd, legendary Jungle producer and toaster, Congo Natty, through to her own works as part of six-piece, Maisha, and the Nérija septet. Nubya fearlessly threw herself headfirst into this 5ive project, her debut recording, with a clear vision of what she wanted and was meticulous in the pursuit of her sound. Enlisting the help of fellow musical comrades from an exciting new wave of London based talent, Nubya tapped into well-seasoned, harmonious relationships with players that know and understand her – and this joyful union radiates through her compositions.

7:30PM & 9:30PM

YURI HONING ACOUSTIC QUARTET Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Yuri Honing is one of Holland’s most important saxophone players (according to the Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD and the Oxford Introduction to jazz) with touring experience in over 90 countries and a discography of almost 40 titles. -continued on next page-

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Honing played and recorded with greats as Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ibrahim Malooff, Craig Taborn and Paul Bley. In 2001 Honing received the Edison Jazz Award (Dutch Grammy) for his recording “Seven,” featuring Paul Bley, Gary Peacock and Paul Motion. In 2012 Yuri Honing was awarded the Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious jazz prize in the Netherlands. His acoustic quartet with pianist Wolfert Brederode, Icelandic bassist Gulli Gudmundsson and Dutch drummer Joost Lijbaart. The group is influenced by jazz, church music, contemporary pop music and modern classical music. Desire can be considered as Yuri’s most personal album. Not only was “Desire” declared best jazz album of the year, it was also Holland’s number one best selling album in 2015. ‘One of the most creative and fearless saxophonists of the moment’ – The Times of London

8:00 PM

STEVE MILLER BAND + MARTY STUART & HIS FABULOUS SUPERLATIVES “CLASSIC ROCK MEETS CLASSIC COUNTRY”

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$161/$151/$131/$91 + SERVICE CHARGES

Coming off an extraordinary spring tour, Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Steve Miller is looking forward to his summer tour with Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives. Calling it “An Amazing Evening of Original American Music – Classic Rock Meets Classic Country,” the tour is certain to be one of the premiere traveling concerts of summer 2019. “I know it is going to be one of the best musical pairings we've ever done and an amazing evening of great American music,” says Miller. “For those Steve Miller Band fans who don't know Marty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives -- Marty Stuart, Kenny Vaughan, Harry Stinson & Chris Scruggs together they are one of the best singing and playing bands EVER and not to be missed. Marty is one of the finest musicians in the world -- an amazing singer, songwriter and country music scholar and it’s an honor to have him join us this summer for an unbelievable evening of original American music.” Says Stuart, “Steve Miller is a treasure and a true world-class musical citizen. I so respect him as a singer, a songwriter, guitar slinger, historian, art connoisseur, bandleader, and friend. It's an honor for the Superlatives and I to run the roads of the nation and share the stage with the Steve Miller Band this summer. I predict some amazing musical moments out there on the horizon."

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

(See bio on page 85)

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FRIDAY

JUNE 28

9:00 PM

THE ALLMAN BETTS BAND City of Rochester Midtown Stage

Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

After a successful year touring as The Devon Allman Project with special guest Duane Betts - the sons of Gregg Allman and Dickey Betts are joining forces to form The Allman Betts Band. They have kicked off 2019 with a new Allman Betts Band album featuring new music, songs from their solo projects and classic Allman Brothers and Gregg Allman tunes in honor of the 50th Anniversary of The Allman Brothers Band. The new album, which is slated to be released today, is produced by Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price, John Prine and Elvis Presley). The new ABB will include Devon, Duane, Berry Oakley Jr. (son of original Allman Brothers Band bassist Berry Oakley), slide guitar virtuoso, John Stachela and DAP percussionists R. Scott Bryan (Sheryl Crow) and John Lum. Peter Levin (Gregg Allman's Hammond B3 player) and Chuck Leavell will both appear on the record. The Allman Betts Band launch a World Tour in March which will see them perform throughout ‘19 at festivals, theaters and historic venues.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar Free

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JUNE 29

HARLEY SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30 PM

GREECE ODYSSEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15 PM

CANANDAIGUA HIGH SCHOOL SCHOOL JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 5:30 PM & 7:30 PM

ACOUSTIC ALCHEMY

Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage Club Pass or $30

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Acoustic Alchemy have spent over a quarter century making music and in that time they have not only received critical acclaim for their albums (including three Grammy nominations), but also have built a reputation for being one of the most exciting live bands in the business. For the last decade the band lineup has been made up of Greg Carmichael on nylon guitar, Miles Gilderdale on steel string acoustic and electric guitars, Fred White on keyboards and the powerhouse rhythm section of Greg Grainger on drums and his brother, Gary Grainger on bass. In the two and a half decades since their earliest recordings despite a tragic setback in the late 1990s and the inherent challenges of the 21st century music industry the group has assembled and sustained a vast and loyal following that stretches well beyond their U.K. origins. Through it all, the overriding mission of Acoustic Alchemy has been to reach the broadest possible audience by pushing the potential of instrumental music to embrace a broad spectrum of styles without being limited to any specific genre. “For a lot of people, instrumental music is just a sound that plays in the background,” says Carmichael. “But we put a lot into it not just with this record but with every record we’ve ever made. I’d like to think that after all these years, we’ve learned how to take people on a journey. A lot of our fans have said that we do that for them. As long as they keep coming back, and as long as they want to stay on that journey, we’ll keep doing what we’re doing.”

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

SULLIVAN FORTNER

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

(see bio on page 93)

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

ESM JAZZ HONORS UNIT 3 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

SISTERS EUCLID

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

The Sisters Euclid are an all-male, instrumental new music quartet formed in 1996. It is composed of leader, guitarist, Kevin Breit ; bassist, Ian De Souza; drummer, Gary Taylor; keyboardist/ accordionist, Mark Lalama and saxophonist, Perry White. They have recorded 10 CDs and one DVD. The Sisters won a Juno in the Best Instrumental category, for their 'Run Neil Run' disc and a National Jazz Award for Electric Group of The Year. They have toured extensively throughout Canada and Europe.

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JUNE 29

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

GENE PERLA QUARTET

The Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Pat LaBarbera, tenor sax/Jon Ballantyne, piano/ Alan Jones, drums/Gene Perla, bass Gene Perla grew up in northeastern New Jersey. After postgraduate study at New York Military Academy he entered the University of Toledo majoring in civil engineering and business. He then attended Berklee School of Music and Boston Conservatory before heading to New York City. At age five Gene’s musical studies began with classical piano. Upon entering high school he was given a trombone which he played for five years culminating in marching on Fifth Avenue in New York City as part of the Memorial Day Parade. During high school he became aware of jazz and was thrilled to attend the first New York performance of Ted Heath’s big band at Carnegie Hall. It wasn’t until his last year at TU that his interest in music became primary. After struggling with too many notes, and thanks to Charlie Haden’s performance on Ornette Coleman’s The Shape Of Jazz To Come,” Perla, at 24, switched to the bass as his main instrument. Not long after arriving in the City his talents became in demand and he found joy in performing with artists such as Willie Bobo, Carlos “Patato” Valdes, Nina Simone, Woody Herman, Sarah Vaughan, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis and Frank Sinatra. As an educator Mr. Perla has taught at William Paterson University, New School University, Center for the Media Arts and is currently at Lehigh University. Sound design has been a significant endeavor yielding credits on Broadway shows, theme parks and custom installations. Having a business sense, Gene has continuously expanded his activities to include music publishing, record labels, recording studios, promotional firms, Internet design and hosting and computer networking businesses as vehicles for his ideas.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

KANSAS SMITTY’S HOUSE BAND Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Part of Made In The UK Series

Club Pass or $35

(see bio on page 89)

6:00 PM

NEW ENERGY JAZZ ORCHESTRA Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

ANDREA BACHFELD & INSIGHT Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Andrea Brachfeld and Insight features Bill O’ Connell, Harvie S. In June 2017 the flutist composer and band leader received a grant from the prestigious organization, Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to compose a new jazz work. Her recently-released CD, “If Not Now, When?” came out on Jazzheads in May of 2018, reflecting her new arrangements. Andrea believes that “no matter what you are or do in life, you always have the ability to partake in the creative process.”

6:30 PM & 8:30 PM

JON STICKLEY TRIO

Geva Theatre Center - Fielding Stage $30 or Club Pass

Presented by Montage Wealth Management Jon Stickley Trio is a genre-defying and cinematic instrumental trio, who’s deep grooves, innovative flatpicking, and sultry-spacy violin moves the listener’s head, heart, and feet. “It’s not your father’s acoustic-guitar music—although Stickley’s pop showed him his first chords when he was 12 years old. Instead, Stickley’s Martin churns out a mixture of bluegrass, Chuck Berry, metal, prog, grunge, and assorted other genres—all thoroughly integrated into a personal style,” writes Guitar Player Magazine. Premier Guitar says, “Stickley’s trio… is not a traditional bluegrass group by any means… they are just nimble and ambitious enough to navigate EDMstyle breakbeats as effortlessly as the old-timey standard ‘Blackberry Blossom.’” “Stickley is a -continued on next page-

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super-resourceful acoustic guitarist who uses the instrument in many surprising ways and whose timing is just flawless. Fiddler Lyndsay Pruett puts deep thought into her flowing solos, plus she adds little flourishes and sudden stops that elevate the music,” proclaims Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

CHRISTINE TOBIN

Christ Church

Club Pass or $30

Part of the MADE IN THE UK SERIES supported by the PRS Foundation Christine Tobin (voice), Phil Robson (guitar), Mark Lewandowski (bass) Irish born vocalist and composer Christine Tobin is renowned for her unique rich voice and original compositional style. She recently relocated to New York, having forged a name for herself in the London jazz world where she lived for many years. As a leader, she’s recorded eleven highly acclaimed CDs and won four major awards. Her expressive range acknowledges finely acquired folk, jazz and 20th-century classical influences and the Guardian described her sound as 'Tobin’s 24 carat voice.’ She can be junkyard blues philosopher, or snappy beat seductress, a conduit for exquisite zen-like harmonies, or reflective Americana. In 2012 ‘Sailing to Byzantium,’ her settings of WB Yeats poems, won a British Composer Award. The following year she won a ‘Herald Angel Award’ at the Edinburgh Festival for her show ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep,’ her imaginative versions of Leonard Cohen classics. In 2014 she won ‘Jazz Vocalist of the Year’ at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards and earlier in her career, ‘Best Vocalist’ at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards. Since moving to NYC Christine has created her own multimedia and themed jazz series, ’Tobin’s Run on 51,’ which she and partner guitarist Phil Robson curate at the Irish Arts Center in Hell’s Kitchen. Their guests have included Steve Wilson, Ingrid Jensen, Peter Washington, Kate McGarry, Dayna Stephens, and James Genus.

7:00 PM

CHA WA

City of Rochester Midtown Stage

Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

From the funk-laced beats and bass-heavy sousaphone blasts that kick off their album “Spyboy” to the gritty warmth of singer J’Wan Boudreaux’s voice, New Orleans brass bandmeets-Mardi Gras Indian outfit Cha Wa radiates the fiery energy of the best features of the city’s street culture. “Spyboy” was produced by Galactic’s Ben Ellman and features special guests Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (The Wild Magnolias, HBO’s Treme), Nigel Hall (Lettuce, Nth Power), and Danica Hart. Cha Wa’s debut, “Funk N Feathers,” explored contemporary riffs on the traditional music Boudreaux grew up singing alongside his grandfather, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, in the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian tribe. Now “Spyboy” ups the ante by digging deeper into the sound of New Orleans culture and giving it a modern twist. The disc’s largely original material takes advantage of the band’s new horn section to highlight the musicians’ personal ties to the street music of their hometown. “We wanted to take the roots of what we love about New Orleans brass band music and Mardi Gras Indian music and then voice it in our own way,” says the group’s drummer and founder, Joe Gelini.

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

DIRTY BOURBON BLUES BAND

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon Fusion Stage Club Pass or $30

The Dirty Bourbon Blues Band is an electric blues band based in Rochester NY. Performing their original songs alongside spirited covers of blues standards, funk, R&B, rock, and soul, the group has something for everyone. Established in 2006, the band has since played hundreds of gigs, from bars, pubs, and clubs, to weddings, festivals, and shows sharing the stage with notable national touring acts. They are currently supporting their debut record release, while working on recording a follow-up album. Somewhere along the way, the band also attracted a legion of dedicated fans that have become a second family. Their dedication, love, and passion for their craft shines through the music. Men of simple tastes, they live by their motto: "Top Shelf Booze, Red Hot Blues, man that's all I need!"

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GETTING AROUND THE FESTIVAL ACCESSIBILITY ALL VENUES ARE HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE. ACCESSIBLE PORTABLE BATHROOMS FOR THOSE ATTENDING OUTDOOR SHOWS ARE LOCATED:  ● Outside the Rochester Regional Health Club Pass Big Tent on East Main for people attending shows in the tent.  ● The Kilbourn Hall alley, between Gibbs St and Swan St, bathroom area  ● Near Chestnut Street and East Avenue stage free shows Friday & Saturday (on Chestnut) ● Near Midtown Stage on Parcel 5. ● Free Shuttle sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC - is wheelchair accessible. (See shuttle info on pages 108 and 114.) Individuals needing assistance may call the Festival office in advance at (585) 454-2060 or see a volunteer at venue entrances. Individuals being dropped off may pull up at the corner of Main St. and Gibbs. ATMS Courtesy of our presenting sponsor, M&T Bank, ATMs are located in several locations around the festival. See the map for exact locations. FIRST AID TENT Provided by Rochester Regional Health. Located outside the Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street near East Main St INFORMATION | PROGRAM GUIDE | BROCHURES | SCHEDULE | QUESTIONS ● Jazz Fest Ticket Shop at 100 East Avenue, opens June 3. Hours are 12 Noon to 5 p.m. through June 20th, Monday - Friday. During the festival the Shop is open from 10 a.m.. to 10 p.m. daily. Call (585) 454-2060 ● Download the official App! for iPhone or Android ● Pick up a free brochure and program guide at any venue during the festival or at the Ticket Shop during the festival. ● Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter and Instagram RESTROOMS Restrooms are located inside every Club Pass venue and Eastman Theatre. There are also portable bathrooms outside of the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent, Barrett Alley adjacent to Kilbourn Hall, along the Avangrid Foundation/RG&E Fusion Tent, on Chestnut Street and near the Midtown Stage (June 28 & 29) during the Friday and Saturday concerts. LODGING Official CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival hotels ● Hyatt Regency Rochester 125 East Main Street, Rochester, NY 14604, (585) 546-1234 ● Rochester Riverside Hotel 120 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604, (585) 546-6400 ● Special CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Package: Includes two (2) one-day club passes per night booked plus breakfast for two (2) at hotel's restaurant, the Street Craft Kitchen, per night booked.

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DURING THE FESTIVAL: Please go to the Ticket Office at the corner of 100 East Ave.  Open 10 AM - 10 PM daily during the festival. Write your name and cell number on your Club Pass so that you can be notified if lost. 

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Get official posters, apparel, portable seats, and other great gear  are available in the Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street (Gibbs St.) during the festival. Limited items also available online. Open 4:00-11:00 PM daily.

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JUNE 29

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

JOEY DEFRANCESO TRIO

Temple Building Theater

Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle

Club Pass or $30

Joey DeFrancesco’s music embodies the traditional art form infused with a distinct modern approach, just part of what makes his music unmistakably his own. His emergence in the 1980s marked the onset of a musical renaissance. Organ jazz had all but gone into hibernation from the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s until DeFrancesco reignited the flame with his vintage Hammond organ and Leslie speaker cabinet. The son of "Papa" John DeFrancesco, an organist himself, the younger DeFrancesco remembers playing as early as four-years-old. Soon after, his father began bringing him to gigs in Philadelphia, sitting in with legendary players like Hank Mobley and Philly Joe Jones, who quickly recognized his talent and enthusiasm. With a natural gift for music, DeFrancesco also swiftly picked up on the trumpet after a touring stint with Miles Davis one of the two youngest players ever recruited for any of Davis' ensembles. " He has dominated the instrument and the field as no one of his generation has.” – Chicago Tribune “Mr. DeFrancesco is a deeply authoritative musician, a master of rhythmic pocket, and of the custom of stomping bass lines beneath chords and riffs.” - New York Times

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

AL CHEZ & THE BROTHERS OF FUNK

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

Al Chez started his extensive music career at the age of 9 when he joined his father's local drum corps, The Saints. Chez still donates his time to drum corps activity working with many DCI and DCA corps, as well as BOA bands. CHEZ conducts brass music clinics and marching band clinics and performances throughout the country. In 1979, he joined forces with Jon Bon Jovi to create the band the Atlantic City Expressway, which played New Jersey shore clubs for years. Chez went on to play with Tower of Power, Robert Cray Band, Spyro Gyra, Sting, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, CeeLo Greene, Snoop Dogg, James Brown as well of many others. In 1997, Alan Chez joined the CBS Orchestra after years of sitting in on trumpet and flugelhorn with Late Night with David Letterman-NBC and the Late Show-CBS, with over 25 years collectively on the two shows. He has performed at multiple Presidential Inaugurations, over 25 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and featured on the DVD collection, John Lennon's 50th birthday celebration in Tokyo Japan, the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games Closing Ceremonies, multiple concerts at the White House, including the Concert of the Century and The Very Special Christmas Concert and the Concert for New York to honor the brave men and women of 9/11 and fundraiser. Al Chez is devoting a lot of his time these days to his passion, "Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk Big Band," a big band that has reinvented the BIG BAND sound, changing up classic rock, soul, jazz and standard music to a unique and powerful sound. As well as writing original tunes, like "For Your Love", featured on their CD, "Chapter One, Reinvented."

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

TUOMO UUSITALO QUARTET

Nordic & Euro Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

Tuomo Uusitalo is an award-winning pianist, composer, arranger and educator. Having released two albums as a leader, and appearing on numerous albums as a sideman, he has established himself in the New York jazz scene, and continues touring internationally both as a leader as well as sideman. Born in Tampere, Finland, Tuomo Uusitalo started to play piano at the age of six. As a teenager he played different types of music from classical to pop/rock, and soon became fascinated by Jazz and the thrilling possibilities of spontaneous improvisation.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

THE KLICK

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

The Klick is a seven-piece band that hails from Rochester, NY and plays a Jazz-Infused mix of Funk, Soul, Pop, and R&B. The band boasts some of Rochester’s finest musicians including current and past members of Hard Logic, Prime Time Funk, Goodness, Vanishing Sun and The Elementals just to name a few. The infectious groove they lay down, along with their unique selection of material, has people smiling from the first note all the way to the very end of every performance.

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PARKING RIJF is held in downtown Rochester, NY in the East End Cultural and Entertainment District. All venues are within walking distance of each other so park once and walk to everything. The Festival does not operate any parking but there are many surface lots and ramp parking garages conveniently located near festival venues. Please note, many side streets will be closed. Please read the signs and make sure that parking is allowed wherever you are parking. Many lots are private for the use of their patrons only, so cars will be towed. The Festival cannot take any responsibility for people who park illegally. • East End Garage, 475 Main St. East, Rochester, NY. Special event parking rates apply. $7

pay upon entry to the garage Saturdays & Sundays. Weekdays, $7 pay upon entry starting at 3 p.m. (585) 428-6870. Use Scio Street entrance. • Midtown Garage, Entrances are located on South Clinton Avenue, Court Street, and East Broad Street. (585) 295-9500) Daily Rates: first two hours: $2, each additional hour (or any part of) add $2/hour up to $10 daily max • Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14607. First two hours: $2, each additional hour or fraction: $2. Daily maximum: $10. Saturdays and Sundays free. (585) 232-3810 • South Avenue Garage, 39 Stone Street, Rochester, NY 14604. First two hours: $2; Each additional hour or fraction: $2; Daily Maximum: $10. Saturdays and Sundays $6. Free for Jam Sessions attendees from 10:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. courtesy of the City of Rochester. • Sister Cities Garage, 28 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614, first 2 hours: $2, each additional hour (or any part of) add $2/hr up to $10.00 daily max, weekends $7 (Special Events) • City of Rochester On Street Metered Parking - Parking meters are in service from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Surface lots, fees vary, ALL are operated by private owners, the Festival does not operate any parking. STREET CLOSINGS

GIBBS STREET (From East Ave to E. Main) Friday, June 14 (7 AM) to Monday, July 1 (Midnight) CHESTNUT (From East Main to East Ave) Friday, June 21 (6 AM) to Saturday, June 22 (2 AM) EAST AVE (From East Main to Scio) and CHESTNUT (From Broad to East Ave) Friday, June 21 (5 PM-Midnight) Saturday, June 22 (5 PM-Midnight) MAIN STREET (from Gibbs to Chestnut-not to include Gibbs or Chestnut) Friday, June 21 to Saturday, June 29 (5 PM-Midnight) ELM (Clinton to Atlas) Friday, June 28 (7 AM) to Saturday, June 29 (2 AM) CORTLAND (ELM to E. Main), ANDREW LANGSTON WAY (Elm to E. Main), ELM (Clinton to Chestnut), ATLAS (Euclid to Elm), and EUCLID (Chestnut to Andrew Langston Way) Friday, June 28 (3 PM-Midnight) Saturday, June 29 (3 PM-Midnight)

TAKE THE FREE SHUTTLE BUS! Hop on and off the trolley that will circulate all 9 days of the fest from 3PM to Midnight stopping at key festival venues. Sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC. Look for shuttle stop signs and pick up a shuttle map at the Ticket Shop or the Merchandise Tent. Harris Beach Shuttle Stops • Hyatt Regency Rochester on E Main Street • Squeezers Stage at M&T Pavilion (Parcel 5) on E. Main Street • Temple Building Theater on Liberty Pole Way • Lutheran Church on Chestnut Street • E. Main Street and Chestnut Street • Geva Theatre Center Center on Woodbury Blvd • Montage Music Hall on Chestnut Street • East Avenue and Scio Street

BUS ROUTES Rochester’s East End can be directly accessed from several east side transit routes, including 31 Park, 33 Goodman, 38 East Main, 48 University and 57 East. The East End is a short walk from the RTS Transit Center, where all bus routes stop. Many routes run until midnight or 1AM, making an evening out without the hassle of parking an easy option. Visit myRTS.com for more information and to download the Where’s My Bus? app for real-time bus arrival info on your smartphone from Google Play and the App Store. There may be minor bus route detours due to festival-related street closures; check myRTS.com or call 585-288-1700 for details.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 29

9:00 PM

TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE City of Rochester Midtown Stage

Presented by Rochester Regional Health

Free

Rochester International Jazz Festival Is proud to close our 18th Edition once again with a 7th time return of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue! Trombone Shorty’s new album opens with a dirge, but if you think the beloved bandleader, singer, songwriter and horn-blower born Troy Andrews came here to mourn, you got it all wrong. That bit of beautiful New Orleans soul—”Laveau Dirge No. 1,” named after one of the city’s most famous voodoo queens—shows off our host’s roots before Parking Lot Symphony branches out wildly, wonderfully, funkily across 12 diverse cuts. True to its title, this album contains multitudes of sound—from brass band blare and deep-groove funk, to bluesy beauty and hip-hop/pop swagger—and plenty of emotion all anchored, of course, by stellar playing and the idea that, even in the toughest of times, as Andrews says, “Music brings unity.” As for why it’s taken Andrews so long to follow 2013’s Raphael Saadiq-produced Say That to Say This, the man simply says, “I didn’t realize so much time passed. Some artists don’t work until they put a record out but I never stopped going.” Truly. In the last four years, Andrews banked his fifth White House gig; backed Macklemore and Madonna at the Grammys; played on albums by She & Him, Zac Brown, Dierks Bentley, and Mark Ronson; opened tours for Daryl Hall & John Oates and Red Hot Chili Peppers; appeared in Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways documentary series; voiced the iconic sound of the adult characters in The Peanuts Movie; inherited the esteemed annual fest-closing set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in the tradition of Crescent City greats like the Neville Brothers and Professor Longhair; and released Trombone Shorty, a children’s book about his life that was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 2016.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar Free

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OFFICIAL MERCHANDISE Posters, apparel, portable seats, and other great gear are available in the McCarthy Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street (Gibbs St.) during the festival. Limited items also available online. Open 4:00-11:00PM daily. WHERE TO STAY Hyatt Regency Rochester is the Official Hotel of the Festival. • Jam Sessions nightly in Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel’s The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar during the Festival • Within walking distance from the Festival. • 125 East Main Street | Rochester, NY 14604 | 585-546-1234 EATING We offer a wide variety of food and beverages at the festival on: • E. Main St. between Chestnut St. and Gibbs St. • In and outside the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent • East Ave. near Chestnut St. and Gibbs St. on Fridays and Saturdays • Midtown Stage at Parcel 5 (Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29) Food and beverages are also served at the following Club Pass venues. • Geva Theatre • Max of Eastman Place • The Wilder Room • Outside Rochester Regional Health Big Tent There are also many restaurants in the festival area. WHAT TO BRING For free shows you can bring lawn/stadium chairs Portable seats to make waiting in line easier are for sale at the Merchandise Tent, or bring your own. Your tickets and Club Pass! (Please write your name and cell number on your pass.) WHAT NOT TO BRING Pets Coolers Food LOST & FOUND Please go to the Ticket Shop at 100 East Ave Open 10 AM - 11PM daily during the festival. Write your name and cell number on your Club Pass so that you can be notified if lost. VISITOR INFORMATION VisitRochester has a booth on Jazz (Gibbs) Street so stop by and pick up info on things to do in the region. See rochesterjazz.com and our App for links to resources.

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SAVE TIME IN LINE AT KILBOURN HALL, MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE & GEVA SHOWS At Kilbourn Hall (6PM shows), Max of Eastman Place (6:15 PM shows), Geva Wilson Stage (5:30 & 7:30 PM shows) and Geva Fielding Stage (6:30 & 8:30 PM shows) we offer a wristband system to save patrons time spent in line and more time to enjoy other shows and activities around the festival. Here's How It Works - Club Pass holders and those paying cash at the door may line up and receive a color-coded wristband that will specify a return time to see the show. You must be present and in line to get a wristband. Come back at your assigned time and enjoy the show! : Seating is first-come, first-served, whether you have a wristband, a Club Pass or pay at the door. If you miss your assigned entrance time you can enter any time afterward up to 15 minutes before the show starts. Space will not be guaranteed if you are late. If you arrive less than 15 before the show starts you must go to the back of the general line. Only wristbands that are on your wrist will be accepted for entry. KILBOURN 6:00 PM shows only (Color-coded wristbands will be issued starting around 4 PM) First 100 wristbands - Entrance time 5:30-5:35 101-250 - Entrance time 5:35-5:40 251-400 - Entrance time 5:40-5:50 MAX 6:15 PM shows only (Color-coded wristbands will be issued starting around 4:15 PM) First 50 wristbands - Entrance time 5:45-5:50 51-100 - Entrance time 5:50-5:55 101-230 - Entrance time 5:55-6:05 Geva Wilson Stage 5:30 & 7:30 PM shows (Color-coded wristbands will be issued starting around 4 PM) 5:30 First 100-Entrance time 5:00-5:05 101-250-Entrance time 5:05-5:10 251-500-Entrance time 5:10-5:20

7:30 First 100-Entrance time 7:00-7:05 101-250-Entrance time 7:05-7:10 251-500-Entrance time 7:10-7:20

Geva Fielding Stage 6:30 PM & 8:30 PM shows (Color-coded wristbands will be issued starting around 4 PM) 6:30 8:30 First 50-Entrance time 6:00-6:05 First 50-Entrance time 8:00-8:05 51-100-Entrance time 6:05-6:10 51-100-Entrance time 8:05-8:10 101-185-Entrance time 6:10-6:20 101-185-Entrance time 8:10-8:20 rochesterjazz.com

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Program Guide – 18th Edition CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  

June 21 – June 29, 2019

Program Guide – 18th Edition CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  

June 21 – June 29, 2019

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