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17th EDITION

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WELCOME TO XRIJF 2018! Welcome to the 17th anniversary edition of your Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! Thank you to our loyal patrons who’ve taken time to complete our annual survey last year. You’ve spoken, and we’ve listened! XRIJF patrons, in unison with the incredibly gifted artists who travel to Rochester from all over the world have unquestionably turned XRIJF into one of the most respected and closely watched jazz festivals anywhere in the world. The energy and excitement felt at XRIJF is what continually renews Rochester’s reputation as a region with the most knowledgeable audiences anywhere in the world. On behalf of the entire festival management team, we offer sincerest thanks to our large family of fantastic sponsors who help XRIJF in countless ways! We also recognize our welcoming community and give thanks to the many suppliers who help us deliver the festival to you. Together, XRIJF helps bring a seriously significant positive economic in the millions of dollars to Rochester every year while offering a diverse lineup of all styles of creative improvised music. Don’t forget our well-known XRIJF motto, “it’s not always who you know, it’s who you don’t know!” We hope you make it to all the festival stages this year and enjoy the bands you know and those you’ve never heard of before. Welcome 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 17th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! Set in the heart of beautiful Downtown Rochester, you are in the company of more than 200,000 visitors who will enjoy nine music-filled days filled with more than 300 shows featuring more than 1,500 artists from around the globe. Thanks to City support and sponsorship, we are proud to offer more than 50 shows on 4 free stages, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the festival. This year, we are excited to launch a new City of Rochester Stage at the popular Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park. On behalf of the citizens of Rochester, I extend our thanks to producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona and to the many volunteers, crew and staff as well as the event’s sponsors who make this event such a great success year in and year out. This year the City of Rochester is celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of the great abolitionist and freedom fighter Frederick Douglass. As we celebrate his legacy, I am confident that he would be proud to see his adopted hometown hosting this fantastic showcase of the world’s very finest musicians during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Please enjoy the music and thank you for coming Downtown to enjoy the festival. Sincerely, Lovely A. Warren, Mayor, City of Rochester

Dear Jazz Fans: I am thrilled to welcome you to the annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! In its 17th year, this Jazz Festival has become one of the most 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 small portion of the cultural attractions that make Monroe County such a great place to live. We are a community proud of our rich music culture. There is no doubt that Rochester has a strong love for jazz. Each year, the Rochester Jazz Festival continues to expand not only in terms of performances and artists but also in venues and size. Arts and culture take center stage when it comes to attracting visitors and helping make a positive impact on our local economy, tourism and quality of life. The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival event has become a staple of Rochester and continues to impress us with incredible talent and star studded lineups. On behalf of Monroe County’s 745,000 residents, I welcome all of the artists and visitors to our home. 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. Thanks to everyone who has been involved in organizing this remarkable musical festival. I hope you have a great time enjoying this year’s fantastic lineup of music! Sincerely,

Cheryl Dinolfo Monroe County Executive

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SPONSORS 5 PRODUCTION TEAM 6 TICKET INFORMATION 6 7 SAVE TIME IN LINE / CLUB PASS SERIES FREE SHOWS 8-9 YOUTH WORKSHOPS 8-9 FRIDAY JUNE 22 11 SATURDAY JUNE 23 23 35 SUNDAY JUNE 24 MONDAY JUNE 25 43 TUESDAY JUNE 26 53 WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 69 THURSDAY JUNE 28 79 FRIDAY JUNE 29 89 101 SATURDAY JUNE 30 GETTING AROUND THE FEST 108, 110-111 CONCERT SCHEDULE 56-57 112-113 FESTIVAL MAP 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 XEROX 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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XRIJF 2018 PRODUCTION TEAM PRODUCER/ARTISTIC DIRECTOR: JOHN NUGENT PRODUCER/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: MARC IACONA ASSISTANT TO THE PRODUCERS: JANE FORD PUBLIC RELATIONS: JEAN DALMATH, AMANDA ANTINORE, DALMATH ASSOCIATES, INC., DALMATH.COM LOGISTICS DIRECTOR: JENNA MANETTA-KNAUF, BELLA EVENTS GROUP, BELLAEVENTSGROUP.COM

TICKET SHOP SALES/KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATRE BOX OFFICE: DEEJAY NATRIAGO, JESS NUGENT HIGH SCHOOL BANDS COORDINATION: BILL TIBERIO VENUE DOOR STAFF: COLE BOYLETTE, JOHN CARPENTER, ALYSSA IACONA, MARCUS KREIGER, KATHI LILL, RAY LILL, BOB “THE MAN” MADARA, TOM MCMANUS, RYAN MCMANUS, WAYNE OLSHARK, DAVID VENDETTA, CAITLIN YEIHL

FESTIVAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATION, TRANSPORTATION AND HOTEL COORDINATION: JANE FORD

SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO THE STAFF AND FACULTY OF THE EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC – WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED AND NEVER-ENDING SUPPORT, YOUR YEARROUND PARTICIPATION IN OUR FESTIVAL VISION AND FOR BEING A VITAL AND VIBRANT COMPONENT OF THE EVENT SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2002!

TRANSPORTATION TEAM: FRED ARMSTRONG, JULIE CONTI, MARK CONTI, NANCY DALEY, COLLEEN HOLMAN, LARRY JESSUP, RAY JOHNSTON, TRACY KROFT, ELLEN MUTO, JIM OTIS, MIKE QUATTROCHIOCCHI, JEROME WILSON, BARRY KUCKER, GREG LAWSON, DAN MCCADDEN, MICHAEL REISS, RALPH SUTTON

OUR THANKS TO ALL FESTIVAL VENUE OWNERS, MANAGERS AND THEIR ENTIRE STAFFS FOR BEING PART OF XRIJF. WE APPRECIATE YOUR PARTICIPATION, SUPPORT AND KINDNESS!

FESTIVAL GRAPHIC DESIGN: PIXHELLDESIGN

PRODUCTION TEAM FESTIVAL LEAD PRODUCTION MANAGER: ERIC WRIGHT KARL STABNAU PHOTOGRAPHY COORDINATION: AMANDA ANTINORE, DALMATH ASSOCIATES, INC. PHOTOGRAPHERS: THOM BELL, DICK BENNETT, DAVE DEFFENBAUGH, MARK DEFFENBAUGH, JAMES DOLAN, MARK DRUZIAK, TIM FUSS, TOMAS FLINT, GARRY GEER, DEVIN MACK, KELLI MARSH, PETER PARTS, DON VER PLOEG, MARCIE VER PLOEG, KELLEY YOST

VENUES

CHRIST CHURCH: CARLOS MERCADO EASTMAN THEATRE/KILBOURN HALL/HATCH RECITAL HALL: DEAN JAMAL ROSSI, MICHELE GIBSON, JULIA NG, HAROLD DANKO, JEFF CAMPBELL, RON STACKMAN, AND THE ENTIRE FACULTY AND STAFF OF THE EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC ANTHOLOGY SQUEEZERS STAGE: PHIL FITZSIMMONS HARRO EAST BALLROOM: TED RUND

LOGISTICS TEAM: KRISTIN HONDORF, MELISSA SELNER, BRI CARPENTER, REY DEGUZMAN, KAREN MANETTA

HYATT REGENCY ROCHESTER AND ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE HOTEL DOWNTOWN: JAY RETTBERG TRAVANIA CLARK

PROGRAM GUIDE CONTENT: JOHN NUGENT

LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION: MIKE OTTO

STAGE/VENUE MANAGERS: RON STACKMAN, DAN MASON, JULES CORMIGLIA, LOU WIESNER, MICHAEL DORNBERGER, MIKE OTTO MIKE DZIAKONAS, MIKE COTTONE, MATT GUARNERE, PAUL DILELLA, ED MCCLIVE, MATT GRANT, MIKEY JAMES, JEN DIGAETANO, JENNA MANETTA-KNAUF, BUDDY NYHOF, PHIL FITZSIMMONS, BOB MADARA AND GLEN TILLY

MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE: TONY GULLACE MONTAGE MUSIC HALL: RANDY PECK ROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTH BIG TENT: JEN DIGAETANO ROCHESTER PUBLIC LIBRARY: KEVIN LOUGHRAN AND DEBORAH NEVIN

VENUE SOUND/LIGHTING/POWER: AUDIO IMAGES, SEBASTIAN MARINO (ROCHESTER) APPLIED AUDIO, DAN MCKENZIE (ROCHESTER) ADMAR, RICH DIMARCO (ROCHESTER)

TEMPLE BUILDING THEATER: GRACE ROAD CHURCH STAFF AND CONGREGATION AND COSTANZA ENTERPRISES, JIM COSTANZA AND DREW COSTANZA

BEVERAGE MANAGER: JEN DIGAETANO

WILDER ROOM: JENNA KNAUF

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: THE HYATT REGENCY ROCHESTER AND ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE HOTEL

XEROX AUDITORIUM: LORI FRANCIS, BILL MCKEE, LISA ORLANDO

MERCHANDISE SALES: STUART BOYER, COOLEY GROUP

TICKET INFORMATION KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATRE SERIES Presented by

FRIDAY, JUNE 22 – 8:00 PM SEAL $115/$105/$85/$70 + SERVICE FEES

THURSDAY, JUNE 28 – 8:00 PM LAKE STREET DIVE $75/$65/$45/$30 + SERVICE FEES

SATURDAY, JUNE 23 – 8:00 PM BOZ SCAGGS $102/$92/$72/$52 + SERVICE FEES

FRIDAY, JUNE 29 – 8:00 PM JILL SCOTT $135/$125/$105/$75 + SERVICE FEES

TUESDAY, JUNE 26 – 8:00 PM BÉLA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES $85/$70/$55/$40 + SERVICE FEES

BUY CLUB PASSES AND TICKETS FOR KODAK HALL AT EASTMAN THEATRE SHOWS:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 27 - 8:00 PM ALISON KRAUSS SOLD OUT

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• ONLINE ONLY AT ROCHESTERJAZZ.COM • CALL 585-454-2060 • AT THE TICKET SHOP AT 100 EAST AVENUE (MONDAY - FRIDAY FROM NOON - 5PM, JUNE 4-21, AND FROM 10AM – 10PM, JUNE 22-30)


XRIJF CLUB PASS SERIES 2018

ENTRY WITH A CLUB PASS

THE XRIJF 2018 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

3-DAY SHAREABLE CLUB PASS TICKET(S) ARE $194+$6 SERVICE FEE 9-DAY SHAREABLE CLUB PASS TICKET(S) ARE 244+$6 SERVICE FEE SINGLE ENTRY WITHOUT A CLUB PASS YOU DO NOT NEED A CLUB PASS TO ATTEND CLUB PASS SHOWS. ENTRY WITHOUT A PASS $30 OR $35 (KILBOURN HALL), CASH ONLY AT THE VENUES. NO ADVANCE SALES ON SINGLE SHOW ENTRY. NO RESERVED SEATS IN ANY CLUB PASS SERIES VENUES. SEATING IS FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVED FOR EVERYONE WHETHER YOU HAVE A CLUB PASS, OR YOU PAY AT THE DOOR. SEATING IS NOT GUARANTEED. ARRIVE EARLY AND QUEUE ON LINE. WE DO NOT OVER SELL SEATING. REDEEM YOUR CLUB PASS TICKET FOR PASS YOU MUST REDEEM YOUR 3-DAY OR 9-DAY CLUB PASS TICKETS FOR A PASS BEFORE ATTENDING ANY SHOW. BRING YOUR CLUB PASS TICKET RECEIPT OR ORDER NUMBER TO OUR TICKET SHOP AT 100 EAST AVENUE FROM 10AM-5PM MONDAY-FRIDAY FROM JUNE 4 - JUNE 21 OR, 10AM-10PM JUNE 22-30 AND PICK UP YOUR PASS(ES)! 2018 XRIJF CLUB PASS VENUES ANTHOLOGY (SQUEEZERS STAGE), CHRIST CHURCH EPISCOPAL (MADE IN THE UK SERIES), HATCH RECITAL HALL, HARRO EAST BALLROOM, KILBOURN HALL, MAX OF EASTMAN PLACE, MONTAGE, ROCHESTER REGIONAL HEALTH BIG TENT, LUTHERAN CHURCH OF THE REFORMATION (NORDIC JAZZ NOW/EURO JAZZ), TEMPLE BUILDING THEATER, WILDER ROOM, AND XEROX AUDITORIUM.

SAVE TIME IN LINE! Save Time in Line at Kilbourn Hall and Max of Eastman Place

At two of our busiest venues, Kilbourn Hall and Max of Eastman Place (6 PM & 6:15 PM shows only), we offer a wristband system to save you time spent in line giving you more time to enjoy other festival shows and activities.

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!

Kilbourn Hall

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 of Eastman Place

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

Please note:

Seating is first-come, first-served, whether you have a wristband, a Club Pass or paid 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 after 5:45 (Kilbourn) or 6:00 (Max) you must go to the back of the general line. Only wristbands that are on your wrist will be accepted for entry

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FESTIVAL FREE SHOWS RAIN OR SHINE! NO TICKETS REQUIRED!

EAST AVE. & CHESTNUT ST. OUTDOOR STAGE

PRESENTED BY

VINTAGE TROUBLE

EAST AVE. & CHESTNUT ST. OUTDOOR STAGE

PRESENTED BY

BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT!

SCOTT SHARRARD

7PM

7PM SIGNIFICANT OTHER

FRIDAY • JUNE 22 • 9PM

SATURDAY • JUNE 23 • 9PM

EAST AVE. & CHESTNUT ST. OUTDOOR STAGE

PRESENTED BY

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR, M E M O R I A L PA R K S TAG E

PRESENTED BY

POKEY 7PM LAFARGE

ST. GERMAIN 7PM THE KLICK

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES

FRIDAY • JUNE 29 • 9PM

FRIDAY • JUNE 29 • 9PM

EAST AVE. & CHESTNUT ST. OUTDOOR

STAGE

PRESENTED BY

TOWER OF POWER 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR 7PM COMMUNITY SOUL PROJECT

SATURDAY • JUNE 30 • 9PM XRIJF Jazz Workshops for Young

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FESTIVAL FREE SHOWS RAIN OR SHINE! NO TICKETS REQUIRED!

CITY OF ROCHESTER JAZZ STREET STAGE

PRESENTED BY THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION No tickets required. All shows rain or shine.

FRIDAY JUNE 22 4:30PM GREECE ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM HONEOYE FALLS - LIMA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM BOB SNEIDER’S ECMS JAZZ PERFORMANCE WORKSHOPS 7:30PM LAKECIA BENJAMIN & SOUL SQUAD 9:30PM LAKECIA BENJAMIN & SOUL SQUAD SATURDAY JUNE 23 3:45PM HARLEY SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30PM PENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM WEBSTER SCHROEDER HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM EASTMAN-RCSD JAZZ ENSEMBLE & MIKE KAUPA JAZZ PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP 7:30PM SCOTT SHARRARD 9:30PM SCOTT SHARRARD SUNDAY JUNE 24 3:45PM WEST IRONDEQUOIT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 4:30PM PITTSFORD MENDON SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM HILTON HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM COLIN GORDON 7:30PM PARADIGM SHIFT & THE PSHIFT HORNS 9:30PM PARADIGM SHIFT & THE PSHIFT HORNS MONDAY JUNE 25 4:30PM GREECE ODYSSEY HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM FAIRPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM NATHAN KAY QUINTET 7:30PM CNY JAZZ BAND 9:30PM CNY JAZZ BAND TUESDAY JUNE 26 4:30PM GREECE ATHENA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM SPENCERPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND

6:00PM 7:30PM 9:30PM

NEW HORIZONS BIG BAND DIRECTED BY PRISCILLA TODD BROWN BILL TIBERIO BAND BILL TIBERIO BAND

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27 4:30PM VICTOR HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM WEBSTER THOMAS HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM NEW HORIZONS VINTAGE JAZZ BAND DIRECTED BY DON SHERMAN 7:30PM MUSIC EDUCATORS BIG BAND 9:30PM MUSIC EDUCATORS BIG BAND THURSDAY JUNE 28 4:30PM BLOOMFIELD HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:30PM SCHOOL OF THE ARTS JAZZ BAND 6:00PM JUNIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE 7:30PM SOUL STEW 9:30PM SOUL STEW FRIDAY JUNE 29 4:30PM CANANDAIGUA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM BROCKPORT HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 6:00PM EASTMAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY DOUG STONE 7:30PM COMMUNITY SOUL PROJECT 9:30PM COMMUNITY SOUL PROJECT SATURDAY JUNE 30 3:45PM HOBART AND WILLIAM SMITH JAZZ BAND 4:30PM NEWARK HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND 5:15PM MCC JAZZ BAND 6:00PM ABE NOURI 7:30PM JOE BEARD 9:30PM JOE BEARD

FUSION STAGE

CENTRAL LIBRARY OF ROCHESTER & MONROE COUNTY

SONIDOS UNIDOS - JUNE 24 TEAGAN AND THE TWEEDS - JUNE 25 FAT CITY - JUNE 26 TEMPEST - JUNE 27 QUINN LAWRENCE BAND - JUNE 28

HANNAH PK - JUNE 25 MIKE MELITO - JUNE 26 BRENDAN LANIGHAN - JUNE 27 DJANGONERS - JUNE 28 RYAN JOHNSON PROJECT - JUNE 29

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

115 SOUTH AVENUE • ALL SHOWS 12 NOON

Music Students 1-2:30 PM FREE EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC - ROOM 120, RAY WRIGHT ROOM No registration is required. Open to all grade school and high school music students. Join us for a series of five structured jazz workshops gives aspiring 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 XRIJF!! MONDAY JUNE 25

TOMMY SMITH, SAXOPHONE

TUESDAY JUNE 26

DMITRY MATHENY, TRUMPET

THURSDAY JUNE 28

LIAM NOBLE, PIANO

FRIDAY JUNE 29

JON BALLANTYNE, PIANO

(See bio on Page 59)

MADE POSSIBLE BY

WEDNESDAY JUNE 27

MIKE MELITO, DRUMS

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Friday

JUNE 22

4:30PM & 5:15PM

GREECE ARCADIA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND HONEOYE FALLS-LIMA HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ BAND Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

MINDI ABAIR & THE BONESHAKERS

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

One of the most recognized and sought-after saxophonists/vocalists, two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair has been electrifying audiences with her dynamic live performances and utter command of the saxophone since her debut album in 2000. No one since Junior Walker has brought saxophone and vocals in one package to the forefront of modern music, with a raucous tone and dynamic stage presence. She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts.  In 2014, Mindi received her first GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Pop Instrumental Album category, followed by a 2015 GRAMMY® nomination for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for her solo LP Wild Heart featuring Gregg Allman, Joe Perry, Trombone Shorty, Booker T. Jones, Keb’ Mo’, and Max Weinberg. 

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

MATT SAVAGE

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

MATT SAVAGE, a pianist and composer of the highest rank, is officially an "autistic savant" whose musical genius was recognized by Dave Brubeck when Matt was 8 years old. In 2015 on his 23rd birthday, he received his master’s degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Now a high-functioning adult, Matt has headlined at festivals both here and abroad as well as the Kennedy Center and legendary NYC clubs Birdland, Jazz Standard, the Blue Note, and Iridium – and any Jazz musician would love to have his resume of radio and TV appearances: NPR's All Things Considered and Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, the Today Show, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and the Late Show with David Letterman.

6:00PM

PRIME TIME BRASS

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:00 PM

ECMS LATIN JAZZ & JUNIOR JAZZ City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

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"A difference of opinion, like a discord in music, sometimes gives the highest effects of harmony."

-Frederick Douglass

Library of Congress: Frederick Douglass, seated beside his grandson, Joseph Henry Douglass, the first African-American concert violinist to tour internationally.

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Music has the unique ability to link a shared human experience through infinite expression of emotions and passion. As you enjoy the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, we hope you will feel especially inspired as our city celebrates the legacy of the great Frederick Douglass, who, like you, appreciated the power of music.

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Friday

JUNE 22

6:00 PM

SARA GAZAREK QUARTET Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

In a community teeming with startlingly gifted young singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers. With Blossom & Bee, her highly anticipated debut release on the respected indie label Palmetto, Gazarek turns over an exciting, glistening new leaf. Sara and her band will present a program of emotionally expansive standards, inspired contemporary fare, and uncommonly memorable originals, all delivered with her insouciant sense of artistry.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

TERELL STAFFORD QUINTET Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Terell Stafford is an acclaimed trumpet player based in New York who has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism. Stafford’s exceptionally expressive and well defined musical talent allows him to dance in and around the rich trumpet tradition of his predecessors while making his own inroads. The members of the quintet are all highly accomplished educators, composers, arrangers and band leaders. Terell Stafford Quintet albums include: Time To Let Go, Centripetal Force, New Beginnings, Taking Chances, Fields of Gold and This Side of Strayhorn.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

HIP SPANIC ALL STARS

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

The San Francisco music scene has historically been a hotbed for many creative styles of music, often blending the cultural sounds of its varied population.  The city’s Latino-flavored Mission District is an especially fertile part of this phenomenon. The Hip Spanic AllStars were born out of this neighborhood in 2010, the product of a musical collaboration involving longtime friends and residents of the Mission, Happy Sanchez, Karl Perazzo (Santana), Norbert Stachel and Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Dave Shul (Michael Franti and Spearhead) and Jay Lane (Primus). They all drew from their shared experiences to create an amazing blend of Latin, Jazz, Funk and World Music - mixing it all together into a melodic and rhythmic gumbo. They called their debut album "JazzyAfroLatinFunk" and named their band the Hip Spanic Allstars.

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

DUCHESS TRIO

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

A vocal trio blending the classic and the contemporary, Duchess – Amy Cervini, Hilary Gardner and Melissa Stylianou – has quickly earned a reputation for beautiful singing and big fun at the group’s shows of “girl-on-girl harmony,” as the three so saucily put it. The New York-based threesome made its debut on record with the eponymous Duchess, released by Anzic Records in 2015. The album channels the 1930s inspiration of the virtuosic Boswell Sisters into a wonderfully entertaining package – one that brims with sure-footed swing, sweet-toned harmony and ever-insouciant charm.

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FRIDAY

JUNE 22

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ & PEDRITO MARTINEZ Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

Grammy®-nominated artists Alfredo Rodríguez and Pedrito Martinez first worked together on Alfredo’s 2012 release “Invasion Parade.” Since that initial recording session, they have had the rare occasion to perform together as a duo, leaving audiences mesmerized by their fearless and virtuosic playing. Each artist brings a different approach to the collaboration. A protege of Quincy Jones, who took him under his wing when he defected to the US in 2009, Alfredo was schooled in the rigorous classical conservatories of Havana. His riveting artistry is informed as much by Bach and Stravinsky as it is by his Afro Cuban and jazz roots. Pedrito’s musical training came directly from the streets of the Cayo Hueso neighborhood of Old Havana in which he was raised, and he has subsequently performed with artists such as Sting, Paul Simon, and Wynton Marsalis. Together, these two master musicians take listeners on a unique and exciting journey.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

WILL VINSON TRIO Christ Church

Made in the UK Series

Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by PizzaExpress Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK Alto-saxophonist Will Vinson celebrates the May 2018 release of his new bass-less trio recording, ‘It’s Alright With Three,’ featuring Gilad Hekselman on guitar, and for this Rochester performance, drummer Ziv Ravitz. Originally from London UK, Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has since performed/recorded with some of the leading lights of modern jazz, including Kurt Rosenwinkel, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Aaron Parks, Ari Hoenig and Kurt Elling. His releases as a leader, including ‘Live at Smalls’ and ‘Perfectly Out of Place,’ have garnered critical acclaim, with the latter leading Jazz Times to hail “Vinson’s ability to cut through to the emotional heart of a song” and Downbeat describing a collection of tunes that “challenge the notion of how jazz is defined in this era.” Will's saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity and is characterized by his imposing sound and technique; influenced by saxophonists from Cannonball to Chris Potter, he nevertheless brings his own unique approach to every performance. Will Vinson (alto sax), Gilad Hekselman (guitar), Ziv Ravitz (drums).

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO

Temple Building Theater Club Pass or $30

Too often, talented young artists succumb to believing so much in their own ability that they lose sight of their true potential as significant contributors to their field. Thankfully, there are others committed to evolving and lifting the music to new levels of appreciation with enthusiasm, engagement, and emotional depth. Enter pianist Joey Alexander, who at the age of 14 has already recorded two GRAMMY®-nominated studio albums, 2015’s My Favorite Things and 2016’s Countdown, as well as Joey. Monk.Live!, a critically acclaimed surprise release from late 2017 to honor Thelonious Monk’s centennial. With his third studio effort Eclipse, his most personal statement to date, Joey takes another giant step forward, demonstrating his aptitude as a composer, bandleader, and musician, hinting at the many artistic paths open to him in the decades ahead. Eclipse, recorded over a three-day period beginning on the day of the solar eclipse of 2017, features the pianist with a stellar rhythm section of bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland, and guest appearances by saxophonist Joshua Redman on three tracks. The program ranges from jazz classics penned by John Coltrane and Bill Evans, to the Beatles’ hit “Blackbird,” and a reverent gospel reimagining of the 1875 hymn “Draw Me Nearer.” Most importantly though, Eclipse showcases Alexander’s significant progress as an astute composer, writing six of the eleven tunes.

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FRIDAY

JUNE 22

7:00 PM

SCOTT SHARRARD

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

Free

Scott Sharrard joined the Gregg Allman Band as a touring guitarist in 2008, being hailed as “Gregg Allman’s secret weapon” by Glide magazine. He’s been called “One of the best guitarists in the country” by Billboard and “the next Eric Clapton or Mike Bloomfield” by the Indianapolis Star Tribune. Gregg Allman, has high praise for the guitarist. “I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.” Along touring with Gregg Allman, Scott continued to work on his solo career with his band, the Brickyard Band releasing a self-titled debut in 2012 embarking on a national tour soon after.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

MARIUS NESET

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

At 29 years of age, Marius Neset is being talked about as a big tenor in a lineage that extends from the post-bop Americans from Michael Brecker, Chris Potter through to fellow Norwegian Jan Garbarek. But there’s a lot more to one of Europe’s brightest young stars than that. “I’m very inspired by people like Frank Zappa, Django Bates, Pat Metheny and Wayne Shorter where the music and the playing is one,” he has said. Neset’s classy, cohesive composition and arranging skills have come into even sharper focus with his album Lion released in 2014, his debut for the Munich-based ACT, one of Europe’s leading jazz labels, in a collaboration with the celebrated Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

7:30PM & 9:30 PM

LAKECIA BENJAMIN & SOUL SQUAD

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free

Though her own music is immersed in the vintage sounds of James Brown, Maceo Parker, Sly and the Family Stone and the Meters as well as classic jazz, Lakecia Benjamin's soaring, dancefloor-friendly grooves take the classic vibe to a whole new level. The constant throughout it all is Benjamin's summery, sultry alto saxophone, adding something special on every cut – be it a smoldering late-night ambience, an erudite, forceful jazz intensity or the tight funk multi-horn harmony sections that pepper the proceedings throughout. Hit producer Ben Kane (D'Angelo, Krystle Warren), who engineered and co-produced the album with Benjamin, gives the tracks a rich, full-bodied analog sound that nods to the great radio hits from the golden age of soul.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

PHONY PPL

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

Phony Ppl either crash-landed from the past or the future: critics and fans can’t decide. Since throwing warehouse shows around New York in 2011, the five Brooklyn natives have tossed together vintage astral funk, soulful complex R&B, and dusted-out hip-hop which evokes a newfound genre-less form of music originating in the basement of a Bedford-Stuyvesant home studio where the band begin making music together in high school. Co-founded by lead vocalist Elbee Thrie and keyboardist Aja Grant, whose brother Bari is the bassist, the band self-released hits like “Why iii Love the Moon” which is featured in EA Sports’ NBA Live 16 and “End of the Night,” and was praised by none other than Tyler the Creator as one of his favorite songs of 2016. The dynamic quintet also features Elijah Rawk on guitar and drummer Matthew Byas. Together they have been direct support on tours with like-minded experimental performers Theophilus London, Erykah Badu and The Roots. Their most recent effort, 2015’s “Yesterday’s Tomorrow” gained rotation on BBC1 and Odd Future Radio, and the L.A. Times applauded it’s “meteoric rise” via social media, with the album peaking at #6 on the iTunes R&B chart. The band is releasing a new, and as of now untitled, follow up LP in 2018.

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FRIDAY

JUNE 22

8:00 PM

SEAL

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$120/$95/$75/$55 + SERVICE CHARGES

Much like the legends who originally popularized them, Seal sounds right at home singing the classics that comprise his tenth studio album and first for Republic Records, Standards— arriving in 2017. At the same time, the London-born and Los Angeles-based four-time GRAMMY®  Award-winning icon imbues all 14 tracks with his singular sense of soul. Undeniably, the performances stand out as show-stopping, stunning, and signature Seal. In many ways, Standards represents destiny for Seal. It’s as if his unmistakable and undeniable voice were always meant to carry these numbers as his love for the music can be traced back to childhood. “This is the album I have always wanted to make,” he affirms. “I grew up listening to music from the Rat Pack era, so recording these timeless tunes was a lifelong dream.” Seal elaborates, “It was a true honor to collaborate with the same musicians who performed with Frank Sinatra and so many of my favorite artists, in the very same studios where the magic was first made—it was one of the greatest days of my recording career.”

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FRIDAY

JUNE 22

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Ron Artis II has been ‘living’ in music for as long as he can remember. Living and growing up in Hawaii, lends a peaceful background to his music. “Music is to be lived, as life is to be lived.” Soul, Soul, Soul - that best describes Ron’s sound. But you must see him to believe that there are no genre limitations. Ron has worked with Mick Fleetwood, Booker T Jones, Jack Johnson, Mike Love, Jake Shimabukuro, Eric Krasno, Soulive, Doyle Bramhall II and many others, as he says, “It’s time to bring conscious soul music to the world.”

9:00 PM

VINTAGE TROUBLE

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

FREE

Over the past few years, Vintage Trouble have wowed audiences across the globe by opening for The Rolling Stones in London’s Hyde Park, touring North America and Europe with The Who, and playing sold-out headline shows worldwide. Now, on their debut album for Blue Note Records, the Los Angeles-based foursome — singer Ty Taylor, guitarist Nalle Colt, bassist Rick Barrio Dill, and drummer Richard Danielson — channel the vitality of their live show into a fresh and urgent take on guitar-powered rhythm & blues. Produced by Blue Note president Don Was (a three-time Grammy Award-winner known for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Al Green, and Iggy Pop), 1 Hopeful Rd. finds Vintage Trouble building off the groove-fueled sound that Yahoo! once painted as “James Brown singing lead for Led Zeppelin” and blending blues, soul, and riff-heavy rock & roll with joyfully gritty abandon.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel, The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar FREE

Every night, from 10:30 PM, the Hyatt will be jammed for the XRIJF Nightly Jam Sessions. As the festival's new official hotel, this is where the artists stay so since jazz never sleeps, the food will be sizzling, and so is the music!! You never know who will show up!

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RHYTHM OF

LIFE

Each one of our bodies holds a unique beat—a beat that brings rhythm to every moment in life. It shapes our minds and our bodies. At Rochester Regional Health we are here to care for every next moment, and every unique beat in our patients’ lives. It’s delivering care that exceeds expectations today, while harnessing technologies for tomorrow. It’s keeping our finger on the pulse of what’s next. Because next is now.

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SATURDAY 3:45 PM, 4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

JUNE 23

HARLEY HS JAZZ BAND PENFIELD HS JAZZ BAND WEBSTER SCHROEDER HS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

JACK BROADBENT

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

Hailed as “The new master of the slide guitar” by the Montreux Jazz Festival and “The real thang” by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals. Born and raised in rural England, Jack grew up listening to artists such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Robert Johnson, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. These legends of rock, blues, roots and folk influenced Jack’s distinctive song writing, singing and performance style, which have a depth and heart that decries strict musical genres. Jack‘s performances exude a warmth, humor and energy that has electrified audiences worldwide.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

DAVID HAZELTINE

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

David Hazeltine is one of a handful of contemporary pianists who has mastered all of the major musical skills, from improvisation and technique to accompaniment, arranging, and composition. Even more impressive, David is the rare artist able to innovate in each category. Thus, it’s no surprise that he’s the most recorded contemporary jazz pianist of our time, having recorded thirty-five cd’s as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman, on various major labels globally.

6:00 PM

78 RPM BIG BAND

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Free

Ride the FREE Shuttle! The XRIJF Shuttle sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC runs from 3PM to 11:45PM daily during the festival. Hop on at any one of the stops. see page 7 & 111 for details

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H O U S E - M A D E . S E A S O N A L . I TA L I A N.

Stop by before the Jazz Fest to enjoy noted Rochester chef Pasquale Sorrentino’s fresh, authentic menu! 175 0 E ast Ave , Ro ch e ste r (5 8 5) 4 52- 8780 wegman s am ore .com

Gnocchi alla Bolognese


SATURDAY

JUNE 23

6:00PM & 10:00 PM

DOUG STONE QUARTET FEAT: JOSIAH WILLIAMS Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic, and with a number of ensembles from Chicago, Illinois. His time on the road has taken him to virtually every corner of the United States as well as Asia, Europe, the Caribbean, and Canada. Josiah Williams can be defined as a lyrically expressive, adult-kid who leaves it all on the stage and allows his faith to be the center of his artistry! As a performing and creative artist, Josiah utilizes his God-given gifts as an actor, an emcee, a percussionist, a photographer and videographer, public speaker, digital editor, and he leads with his work as a musician.

6:00 PM

EASTMAN & ROCHESTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT JAZZ ENSEMBLE & MIKE KAUPA JAZZ PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

(see bio on page 21)

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

MELISSA ALDANA

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana follows up her 2014 Concord release Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio with the explorative and deeply swinging Back Home, this time released on the Wommusic label. Pablo Menares, Aldana’s fellow native of Santiago, Chile, is again on bass. On drums is the in-demand Tommy Crane, bringing a supple and unpredictable rhythmic élan to the session and Pica Thomas on piano. These four musicians turn on a dime and project an uncommonly full orchestral sound, rich in spiritual intensity, all in the absence of a harmony instrument.

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

DES SOURCILS

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Hailing from historical Quebec City, Canada, Des Sourcils offers a colorful blend of sounds via a platform of Django Reinhardt classics. Formed in 2012, this especially gifted trio offers a unique perspective on gypsy jazz flowing out of diverse source of styles and influences from pop to folk to funk. Several of their original tunes have been recorded on their self-titled CD “Des Sourcils” in 2014. They have taken their show to over 150 performance venues across Canada and are currently preparing for a new CD release in 2018.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 23

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

MWENSO & THE SHAKES Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii the Shakes all now call Harlem their home. Taking from the stylings of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other American musical legends - Michael Mwenso leads an electrifying show the New York Times calls “intense, prowling, and ebullient.”

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

DJANGO BATES BELOVED TRIO

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK Described as "One of the most talented musicians Britain has produced,” composer, pianist and band leader Django Bates returns to ECM with Belovèd, one of his finest groups yet. With Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Danish drummer Peter Bruun, the conventions of the jazz piano trio are subtly challenged on an  aptly named album, ‘The Study Of Touch,’ recorded at Oslo’s Rainbow Studio in June 2016, and produced by Manfred Eicher. Belovèd’s work has included inspired reconstructions of Charlie Parker and on this new album Parker’s ‘Passport’ is played with respect, contemporary sensibility and joy, amid pieces written specially for the album and  Django’s classics like  ‘We Are Not Lost, We Are Simply Finding Our Way,’  which is eternally remodeled by these master improvisors. Bates’ composing skills are highlighted, along with his freewheeling, free-flowing melodic sense. The terse, percussive edge of Eldh’s bass provides momentum and drummer Bruun details the music with a painterly touch. Django Bates (Piano), Petter Eldh (Double Bass), Peter Bruun (Drums) 

7:00 PM

SIGNIFICANT OTHER

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

Free

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

THE BAD PLUS

Temple Building Theater Club Pass or $30

The Bad Plus came together at the end of the 20th century and has avoided easy categorization ever since, winning critical hosannas and a legion of fans worldwide with their creativity, unique sound and flair for live performance. The intensely collaborative trio has constantly searched for rules to break and boundaries to cross, bridging genres and techniques while exploring the infinite possibilities of three exceptional musicians working in perfect sync. The band consists of founding members Reid Anderson (bass) and Dave King (drums) and new member Orrin Evans (piano) — a group of passionate collaborators with no single “leader.” Never Stop II  is the first full-length release from this lineup, comprised entirely of original music with each member contributing fresh compositions. The New York Times calls it "an exhilarating document" that sparks an exciting new chapter for the iconic group.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 23

7:30PM & 9:30 PM

SCOTT SHARRARD

(see bio on page 17)

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

Free 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

SIGURDUR FLOSASON

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

The Icelandic Saxophonist, Sigurdur Flosason, has emerged as one of his country’s most active jazz musicians, performing frequently at home and abroad. He has recorded more than 20 CDs within the scope of a wide variety of jazz - everything from his own compositions and jazz standards to experimental music and improvisational solo performances - with the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra and the Swedish Norrbotten Big Band. Sigurdur is a driving force and frequent conductor of the Reykjavik Big Band and a founding member of the Icelandic Saxophone Quartet. He has performed in all the Scandinavian countries, the US, Canada, Japan, China, Thailand and various European countries.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

CHARLIE LINDNER TRIO & FRIENDS

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

Rochester native Charlie Lindner is a jazz pianist and electronic music producer active in the local and regional New York scene. Lindner performs his original compositions with drummer Mathew Ramerman and Upright Bass player Kyle Vock.  Gravitating more towards fusion jazz, Lindner’s sound incorporates R&B and other elements into his compositions. Past projects ranged from Progressive Rock (Derelict Brew, 1999), Fusion Jazz (The Move, 2003), Funk and Soul (Macro Meltdown 2008), and Live Electronic Dance Music (The Manhattan Project, 2010). The Manhattan Project proved to be the most successful endeavor resulting in international tours and sharing the stages with big names such as The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Bassnector, Big Gigantic, and many more.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 23

8:00 PM

BOZ SCAGGS

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$102/$92/$72/$52 + SERVICE CHARGES

“I’m at a point where I’m having a lot of fun with music, more than ever,” Boz Scaggs says about his spellbinding new album, A Fool to Care. “It’s like I’m just going wherever I want to go with it.” You can hear that sense of fun, as well as that ability and willingness to wander in any musical direction throughout the album’s twelve tracks. The inspirational heart of those songs lies in the sounds of Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma that played such a vital role in shaping Scaggs’ musical sensibility, but they venture forth boldly from there, ranging from the seductive New Orleans rumble of the title track to the wry social commentary of “Hell to Pay” and a heartbreakingly wistful interpretation of The Band’s “Whispering Pines.” As he did on his most recent previous album, Memphis (2013), Scaggs worked with producer Steve Jordan and a telepathic core band consisting of Jordan on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, Ray Parker, Jr. on rhythm guitar and Jim Cox on keyboards. “Steve works on a high energy level,” Scaggs says of his prized collaborator. “It’s relaxed and easy, but also very highly charged. His direction is laser-focused, and his playing is intense. It’s a whirlwind and he’s a strong leader, but it’s also lovely and loose and cool. That’s all a comfort to me. I’ve produced myself and I feel pretty solid in the studio, but it’s really nice for me not to have to do anything but help select the material and be free to be a singer and a guitar player.”

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

HIP SPANIC ALL STARS

(see bio on page 13)

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

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SATURDAY

JUNE 23

9:00 PM

BRIAN SETZER’S ROCKABILLY RIOT! City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Wegmans

Free

Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and 3-time Grammy-award-winner Brian Setzer  is a “Musician’s Musician” credited with continually taking chances with innovative and daring musical styles, while single-handedly resurrecting two forgotten genres of music (rockabilly in the ‘80’s and  swing  in the ’90’s). Along the way, he has  scored chart-topping hits,  sold 13 million records and received the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award throughout his decorated career as founder/leader of the Stray Cats, his 19-piece Brian Setzer Orchestra, and as a solo artist. He is consistently cited as one of the world’s greatest living guitarists, and has a best-selling, extensive line of elite  Gretsch signature model guitars  bearing his name. Brian appeared in the 1987 film, La Bamba, portraying rockabilly pioneer Eddie Cochran. In 2002, Brian earned the privilege of being one of the few musicians to be animated in an episode of “The Simpsons.” That same year, Setzer was personally requested to induct Chet Atkins into the 17th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Setzer had the honor of being invited in 2006 to perform at the White House for the President of the United States. In 2014, Setzer received the distinct honor of being asked by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. to donate a replica of his original 1959 Gretsch 6120 “Stray Cat” guitar, joining an elite collection of iconic treasures at the museum.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel, The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar Free

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XRIJF 2018 17th EDITION POSTER

available in the Merchandise Tent.

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SUNDAY

JUNE 24

3:45 PM, 4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

WEST IRONDEQUOIT HS JAZZ BAND PITTSFORD MENDON HS JAZZ BAND HILTON HS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation FREE

5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

Over the last few years, The Dustbowl Revival has become known for their free-flowing and joyous live shows, combining their funk rhythm and brass section with a fast-picking string band section - opening for bands as diverse as Lake Street Dive, Trombone Shorty and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, touring China as a guest of the state department and headlining festivals like Delfest, Floydfest, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and recently Bergenfest (Norway) and Tonderfest (Denmark). While bluegrass, gospel, New Orleans swing and blues were what brought the gang together, after touring over two hundred dates a year for the last four years, the band realized as it began to collaborate more on the road, that it was never content to be a throwback band recreating lost eras. When they recorded "Busted" it was like a door opening. As they charge into 2018, Dustbowl is ready to bring their new sound, more emotional, experimental and bolder than ever to a much wider audience. 

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

BILL DOBBINS

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Bill Dobbins teaches courses in jazz composing and arranging, gives applied lessons to jazz writing majors, and directs the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra. As a pianist he has performed with classical orchestras and chamber ensembles under the direction of Pierre Boulez, Lukas Foss, and Louis Lane, and has performed and recorded with such jazz artists as Clark Terry, Al Cohn, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, Bill Goodwin, Dave Liebman, Kevin Mahogany, Paquito D'Rivera, Peter Erskine, and John Goldsby. He was a prizewinner in the 1972 International Gaudeamus Competition for interpreters of contemporary music and has received several jazz composition grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. He joined the Eastman faculty in 1973 and was instrumental in designing both the graduate and undergraduate curricula for Eastman's jazz studies 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, and Maria Schneider, have become successful in the LA TV and film music industry, and are on the faculties of jazz programs in many of the world's leading music schools.

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

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SUNDAY

JUNE 24

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

TRIOCITY

Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Triocity features multi-reedist Charles Pillow, bassist Jeff Campbell, and drummer  Rich Thompson. Coming together on their newest recording, I Believe In You, Triocity delivers a warmly interpretive expression via their combined artistry as they performing a collection of well-known jazz standards, challenging each other to new heights of improvisation.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

ONE FOR ALL

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

The cooperative sextet One For All was formed in 1996 in NYC at the legendary jazz club Augie’s (now Smoke). Collectively, the band has forged a powerful, yet sleek sound which has become synonymous with hard-swinging, straight-ahead modern jazz. Individually, the six musicians of One For All have earned sterling reputations not only as soloists/bandleaders (via solo recordings and tours), but as top-shelf, first-call players on the NYC scene. As a band, One For All has worked hard to achieve their own unique sound, while at the same time placing a premium on assimilating the tradition from the masters. The group’s members have played with a broad range of jazz icons over the years, including… Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Cedar Walton, Jackie McLean, George Coleman, Harold Mabern, Cecil Payne, James Moody, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Charles Earland, Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver, Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, Johnny Griffin and Chick Corea. One For All released “Return Of The Lineup” in 2009 (Sharp Nine Records) and their brand new CD “Incorrigible” (JLP) has risen to # 1 on the Jazz Week Radio Chart (May 2010). Since 1997, the band has recorded 15 CDs and continues to garner rave reviews for their live performances in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world. One For All has also recorded extensively for the Venus (Japan) and Criss Cross Jazz labels.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

CHRISTIAN SANDS TRIO

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Pianist Christian Sands invents and re-invents himself with sonorities, which define each moment, rhythms which impel his music forward, structures which are surprising and fascinating — and never for a moment unmusical. He personifies the rising musicality and spiritual aspirations of a singularly gifted musical soul. “To whom much is given, much is expected.” Christian Sands doesn’t disappoint. An in-demand composer and arranger, he appeared on six albums in 2015 as well as releasing two live recordings: Christian McBride Trio “Live at the Vanguard” and his debut recording in Denmark “ Take One” Live at Jazzhus Montmartre Copenhagen with drummer Alex Reil and bassist Thomas Fonnesbaek, which has received national and international rave reviews.

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

STAR PEOPLE WITH BOBBY MILITELLO Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Not to be confused with a tribute band, Star People, whose members are stars themselves within the Buffalo jazz scene, feature trumpeter, Tim Clarke, saxophonist, Bobby Militello, pianist George Caldwell, and drummer John Bacon. Together, they offer nuanced and often startling performances of the legendary Miles Davis’ compositions. In keeping a unique focus on the musical history of the man, Star People will perform some striking versions of songs of the famous sidemen that Miles discovered, such as Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, Wayne Shorter and John Coltrane. As trumpeter Clarke points out “We don’t try to imitate his music, we’re not a cover band, but we use (Davis’) music as a point of departure.”

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SUNDAY

JUNE 24

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

JACK BROADBENT

Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

Hailed as "The new master of the slide guitar" by the Montreux Jazz Festival and "The real thang" by the legendary Bootsy Collins, Jack Broadbent has spent the past year wowing international audiences with his unique blend of virtuosic acoustic and slide guitar, and poignant folk and blues inspired vocals. Born and raised in rural England, Jack grew up listening to artists such as John Lee Hooker, Peter Green, Robert Johnson, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell, to name a few. These legends of rock, blues, roots and folk influenced Jack's distinctive song writing, singing and performance style, which have a depth and heart that defies strict musical genres. Jack's performances exude a warmth, humor and energy that has electrified audiences worldwide.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

BEATS & PIECES BIG BAND

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK Beats & Pieces Big Band is not your average ‘big band’ - rather, a band that happens to be big. These 14 musicians led by composer and conductor Ben Cottrell will immediately capture you with their very own sound, embracing raw rock energy, refined jazz concepts, pop melodies to sing along, primal improvisation and grooves to shake your body to. First playing together as students in Manchester in 2008, ten years on they know each other inside out, forming “a big band with the feel and dynamics of a small group and the force and impact of an orchestra” (AJ Dehany, London Jazz News). Their music is an expression of the band members’ varied musical backgrounds and activities, all brought together in Cottrell’s inspired writing. One of the most exciting touring ensembles of its kind anywhere in Europe, with international awards under their belt and their third album up their sleeves, Beats & Pieces Big Band are the most compelling bunch of friends you’ve encountered in a long time. Ben Cottrell (director), Anthony Brown, Ollie Dover, Tom Ward (saxophones), Owen Bryce, Graham South, Nick Walters (trumpets), Richard Foote, Simon Lodge, Richard McVeigh (trombones), Anton Hunter (guitar), Richard Jones (piano/Rhodes), Stewart Wilson (bass), Finlay Panter (drums).

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

SONIDOS UNIDOS

Avangrid Foundation/RG&E/Barclay Damon LLP Fusion Stage FREE

7:30 PM & 9:30PM

PARADIGM SHIFT & THE P-SHIFT HORNS

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation FREE

In the early ‘90s, Paradigm Shift  was born in Rochester, NY to bring the spirit back to neo-jazz with organic, funky grooves and street-level ambiance. Bandleader  Melvin  Henderson  and co-founder  Gerry Youngman  grew up in the golden age of jazz clubs. They spent their formative years watching and listening to the great jazz legends. After attending Berklee School of Music, Youngman toured with classic R&B icons like The Drifters, The Platters, Martha Reeves, and St. Louis soul legend Walter Scott. Also, out of Berklee, Henderson has recorded or shared the stage with Al Jarreau, Roy Ayers, Cheryl Lynn, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and legendary organists Jack McDuff and Dr. Lonnie Smith. In the mid-2000s, Drummer-composer Sean Jefferson completes the trio with an orchestral sensibility and fresh perspective. He has performed alongside prominent musicians such as Jeff Tyzik, Marcus Printup, Wycliffe Gordon, Huston Person, and Bobby Militello. After almost 30 years, Paradigm Shift still keeps it raw and vibrant in an ever relevant and evolving art form.

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SUNDAY 7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

JUNE 24

KUARA TRIO

Nordic & Euro Jazz No @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation Club Pass or $30

With 2010 recording Kuára – Psalms and Folksongs (ECM Records 2116), long-time musical companions pianist Samuli Mikkonen and drummer-percussionist Markku Ounaskari brought their sound to the spotlight of European jazz. On their ECM debut, they explore the melodic universe of Fenno-Ugrian folk music and old Russian religious hymns, enlightened by the expressive, spontaneous trumpet playing and singing of Norwegian Per Jørgensen. For the past four years, the trio has worked with another great Norwegian wind instrumentalist, saxophonist Trygve Seim. Working with Seim, the trio ventures into original compositions tailored for the current lineup, and cherishes the moment in spontaneous, free-form improvisations. Deep forests sing elks rumble their way through the bushes, waves wash over the surface of the open lake – with new sounds and ideas, Kuára is now taking the music of their ECM debut one step further.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

KNOWER

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

KNOWER is a searing hot music group from Los Angeles spearheading a new musical movement. The two members are Louis Cole and Genevieve Artadi. KNOWER's exclusive sound comes from the use of hard-hitting funk, cool chords, and deep melodies. KNOWER's whole purpose is to create deep feelings through their music. Everyone likes KNOWER because they never hold back, and they never settle. Watch out for KNOWER

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

MOON HOOCH

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

“I‘m realizing more and more every day that you can make anything happen for yourself if you really want to,” says Moon Hooch horn player Mike Wilbur. “You can change your existence by just going out and doing it, by taking simple actions every day. If any band is a poster child for turning the power of positive thoughts and intention into reality, it’s the explosive hornand-percussion trio Moon Hooch. In just a few short years, the group—Wilbur, fellow horn player Wenzl McGowen, and drummer James Muschler—has gone from playing on New York City subway platforms to touring with the likes of Beats Antique, They Might Be Giants, and Lotus, as well as selling out their own headline shows in major venues around the country. On ‘Red Sky,’ their third and most adventurous album to date, the band uses everything they’ve learned from their whirlwind journey to push their sound to new heights, bringing together the raw, transcendent energy of their live performances and the sleek sophistication of their studio work into a singular, intoxicating brew that blends elements of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel, The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar FREE

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MONDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 25

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH HANNAH PK Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County FREE

1:00PM

YOUTH JAZZ WORKSHOP LED BY TOMMY SMITH (SAXOPHONE) ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) FREE

4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

GREECE ODYSSEY HS JAZZ BAND FAIRPORT HS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

COLD CHOCOLATE

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

Cold Chocolate is a groovy Americana band that fuses bluegrass, folk, and rock to create a sound all their own. With tight three-part harmony and skillful musicianship, this trio from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond. Since their formation in 2011, Cold Chocolate has quickly gained recognition for their original songs and high-energy shows. The band has shared bills with Leftover Salmon and David Grisman, and regularly performs at venues and music festivals up and down the East Coast.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

CHRISTIAN SANDS

(See bio on Page 37)

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

MOON HOOCH

(See bio on Page 41)

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30 6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

THE ROYAL BOPSTERS

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Four years in the making, The Royal Bopsters Project  was initially conceived by producer/ vocalist/arranger Amy London as a twilight years feature for her musical hero and close friend Mark Murphy, who she cites as a key influence, (as do scores of other successful jazz singers.) One by one, the other ‘Royal Bopsters’ signed on for the project at London’s behest. “ I can’t believe my luck to have all of my vocal jazz heroes on this one recording,” says London, a jazz vocal hero herself at this point, having helped to found the prestigious New School Jazz BFA Vocal program, one of the first and most respected such programs in the country, out of which many top young vocalists have emerged. “I wanted to honor these elders and bring their music to a new generation who may not be aware of their importance to this music.”

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MONDAY

JUNE 25

6:00 PM

ESM JAZZ HONORS PERFORMANCE UNIT 2 City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation FREE

6:00 PM

BROCKPORT BIG BAND Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

PAUL JOST

Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Paul Jost is an eclectic artist with great skill as a drummer, vocalist, arranger and composer in genres that range from jazz to country and more.  Over the years, his musical talents extended to guitar and harmonica, but it’s his voice that truly makes him a standout. His vocals are so soulful that music journalist  Buster Maxwell wrote … “he nearly single-handedly reclaims the male voice as a valid and critically important jazz instrument.” Peter McLaren in Jazz in Europe wrote Paul is … “is a force to be reckoned with and an artist that deserves to be seen on all great festival stages worldwide”. Michael Barbiero, producer/engineer/songwriter, who has worked on projects for such legends as John Lennon, Whitney Houston and Metallica, thinks that Paul Jost brings vocal styling to a new level. “Once in a great while an artist comes along whose talent and vision allow all that we knew to be viewed through a new facet. Paul is such an artist.”

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

JOE FARNSWORTH QUARTET FEATURING ERIC ALEXANDER Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

One of the most highly regarded jazz drummers on the scene today, Joe is known for his blazing speed, precision, musical, and melodic playing. Joe grew up in a musical family; his father was a music educator and he has four older brothers, two of whom became professional musicians. He studied with Alan Dawson and Arthur Taylor prior to attending and graduating from William Patterson College in New Jersey in 1994 where he began playing with saxophonist,  Eric Alexander and guitarist,  Peter Bernstein. The hard swinging tenor titan Eric Alexander says, “The people I listened to in college are still the cats who are influencing me today. The legacy left by Bird and all the bebop pioneers, that language and that feel—that's the bread and butter of everything I do." George Coleman is a big influence because of his very hip harmonic approach. And I'm still listening all the time to Coltrane because I feel that—even in the wildest moments of his mid- to late-60s solos—I can find these little kernels of melodic information and employ them in my own playing.”

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

STRINGS ATTACHED

Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

The brainchild of impresario Charles Carlini, Strings Attached features four of New York City’s premier six-string jazz masters on a single stag—Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Ron Affif, and Mark Whitfield. They join forces as Strings Attached for a uniquely spectacular show with special guest guitarists!

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MONDAY

JUNE 25

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

ZARA MCFARLANE

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK Eloquent and provocative singer-songwriter, Zara McFarlane, is the UK’s foremost black British female jazz vocalist, positioned neatly between the twin worlds of modern jazz and nu-soul. Winning the MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’ in 2014, Urban Music Award for ‘Best Jazz Act’ in 2015 and a Jazz FM Award for ‘Vocalist of the Year’ in 2015 and with two critically acclaimed albums to her name, she inhabits an unusual musical landscape, fearlessly exploring original material and reworking well known classics from the worlds of jazz and Jamaican music. “ARISE,” (Brownswood Recordings, September 2017) is her third studio album, produced by multi award-winning drummer Moses Boyd - a product of their exploration of the meeting points between British Jazz sounds and the rhythms of Jamaica, namely; Reggae, Kumina and Nyabinghi. Both of Caribbean descent, the collaboration has resulted in a very sophisticated, honest offering of socio-conscious lyrics and pulsating rhythm. Zara’s music is seductive and earthy. As a performer she is uniquely engaging, deftly combining the intricacies of jazz with a deep soulfulness, melding multiple influences from reggae to pop, folk and blues with both her originals and choice of covers.  Zara McFarlane (vocals), Binker Golding (tenor saxophone), Peter Edwards (piano), Max Luthert (bass), Sam Jones (drums)

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

TEAGAN & THE TWEEDS

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

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

JANE BUNNETT & MAQUEQUE Temple Building Theater Club Pass or $30

Multiple Juno Award winner, Jane Bunnett, has turned her bands and recordings into showcases for the finest musical talent from Canada, the U.S and Cuba. She has been up for Grammy Awards, numerous Junos, received The Order of Canada, The Queens Diamond Jubilee and most recently The Premiers Award for Excellence. An internationally acclaimed musician, Jane Bunnett is known for her creative integrity, improvisational daring and courageous artistry. Her exploration of Afro-Cuban melodies expresses the universality of music and her ability to embrace and showcase the rhythms and culture of Cuba has been groundbreaking. She has toured the world bringing her own special sound to numerous jazz festivals, displaying her versatility as a flutist, saxophone player and pianist.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

CENTRAL NY JAZZ BAND

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation FREE

CNYJO is an award-winning, all-star, regional “big band” made up of Central New York’s finest jazz musicians. Led by internationally acclaimed Music Director Bret Zvacek, CNYJO performs concerts that feature the world’s finest guest soloists. Formed in 1996, CNYJO has made it possible for Syracuse to claim a national caliber, regional, not-for-profit jazz orchestra, one of a few cities that can claim this accomplishment. CNYJO is the flagship program of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, whose mission is to sustain the art form of jazz by presenting, performing, and teaching jazz in a variety of public and scholastic settings.

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FINE ARTS SERIES

For our students, the arts at The College at Brockport mean learning and performing in an academically and creatively charged atmosphere. In turn, the actors, musicians, dancers, artists, scholars and technicians who graduate with a degree from Brockport enrich their community at every turn. For our audiences, the Fine Arts Series helps enhance the imagination and nourish the intellect. The College at Brockport celebrates the arts in every concert, dance performance, art exhibit and theatrical production that we offer on our campus and throughout the Greater Rochester area.

MAINSTAGE SERIES SEPTEMBER 7 Eastman School of Music Trombone Choir

FEBRUARY 8 Shibuki Taiko Drums

NOVEMBER 2 Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra

MARCH 29 Jeff Campbell and Friends

DECEMBER 2 Sounds of the Season

MAY 11 Brockport CollegeCommunity Chorus

BROCKPORT ENSEMBLE SERIES OCTOBER 31 • DECEMBER 5 • MARCH 27 • MAY 8

BROCKPORT JAZZ ENSEMBLE NOVEMBER 9 • MAY 10

BROCKPORT COLLEGECOMMUNITY ORCHESTRA NOVEMBER 15 • MAY 9 For information or tickets to a season of comedy, drama, soaring music and dynamic dance, call (585) 395-2787 or purchase tickets online at fineartstix.brockport.edu.

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MONDAY

JUNE 25

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

TRAIL OF SOULS

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

Jazz, in all its forms, has always found inspiration in vernacular music. In Norway, traditional folk music has merged with jazz - often labeled as North European Mountain Jazz. Fiddle tunes, Sami joiks and folk songs,  often based on hymns from central Europe and England  with their modest intensity have been sources for Scandinavian jazz since Jan Garbarek's Nordic sound emerged in the late sixties. Singer Solveig Slettahjell, guitarist Knut Reiersrud and the innovative piano trio In the Country came together and did something new: they recorded an original set of songs - a combination of archaic religious songs from the Norwegian countryside combined with old African American spiritual music from sources such as Blind Willie Johnson, Ethel Waters and the famed Mahalia Jackson. The album was given the title "Trail Of Souls." What gives this band it's unique sound is the Nordic approach to musical forms that are familiar to the American listener, and then - slowly - the songs turn into an enchanting Scandinavian experience. Sometimes dark as the Nordic winter night - sometimes fresh as a sweet shower of summer rain in the Norwegian highlands.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

QUINCY MUMFORD & THE REASON WHY

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

In the making of “STATE OF MIND,” Quincy took a bold new approach to creating soul music by working with the world-renowned performer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Michael Ghegan, who has worked with such established and iconic artists such as Justin Timberlake, Elton John and Andrea Bocelli. Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why are excited to continue their tireless performance schedule. Mumford’s previous tours have found him sharing the stage with acts such as Slightly Stoopid, Rusted Root, moe., Donovan Frankenreiter, Tedeschi Trucks Band and performing at major music festivals like Firey, The Gathering of the Vibes, and Muskiest. Optimistic, charismatic, and undeniably genuine, Quincy’s music possesses the same “feel good” attitude that the young man himself does. This forthcoming album produced by Michael Ghegan, establishes Quincy Mumford as an “Artist to Watch” in 2018. 8:00PM ESM-XRIJF

GERRY NIEWOOD JAZZ SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT

BUJAZZO (GERMANY) EASTMAN JAZZ ENSEMBLE Directed by BILL DOBBINS

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Free

(Donations accepted for ESM-XRIJF Jazz Scholarship Endowment) The Bundesjazzorchester (BUJAZZO) is the official youth jazz orchestra of the Federal Republic of Germany. Outstanding young musicians and renowned conductors and lecturers jointly form a resonating body of the highest musical level. Founded in 1988 by Peter Herbolzheimer, the Bundesjazzorchester is nowadays considered to be an excellent talent factory of tomorrow’s successful jazz musicians. After passing an initial audition, each member is accepted into the orchestra for a maximum of two years. Most of the musicians are either conservatoire students or graduates. Jiggs Whigham and Niels Klein jointly account for the artistic conception; they are closely connected to the orchestra. The 17-to-24-year-old young talents regularly develop new programs together with them and with changing guest conductors. Among the approximately 900 former members are outstanding musicians such as Till Brönner, Roger Cicero, Tom Gaebel and Julia Hülsmann. The Bundesjazzorchester represents modern-music Germany at home and abroad via regular, transcultural exchange projects. As cultural ambassadors, the Bundesjazzorchester has already built many bridges of friendship and always presented an every new-sounding business card of “Jazz made in Germany” on its concert tours. BuJazzO is twinned with WDR Big Band, National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK) and Nationaal Jeugd Jazz Orkest (Netherlands).

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JUNE 25

JOHNNY GOLDTOOTH & THE CHEVY CASANOVAS

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Johnny Goldtooth & The Chevy Casanovas began with a photo on the wall in the basement studio (just a corner of the basement) in the house Kevin Breit shares with his wife, three kids, two dogs and a cat. In it, a matador decked out in the finery of his profession, all swagger and danger. Beside it another photo, this one from a Halloween in the ‘70s—Breit’s father, a towering, complicated, larger than life, heart-breaking man, dressed up as a matador, cloudy looking and cradling a bass guitar. Superimpose these two pictures, and you might get an idea of who Johnny Goldtooth is. In fact, that beginning is not the beginning. The real birth of Johnny Goldtooth was at a session Kevin Breit did for a recording artist of note. The gig was to replace the lush and silky guitar parts of a famous rock star with something at the other end of the spectrum. In the steps it took from the recording console to his guitar station, Breit had come up with the whole approach: a thinner sound, twangy, a little uncouth, a little boneheaded ... riffs that anybody could play but would love because they were great. “Imagine it played by a guy with a gold tooth,” he said to the producer and artist. They went with the silky famous guy, but Johnny Goldtooth stayed born.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel, The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar FREE

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TUESDAY

JUNE 26

12:00 NOON

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

1:00PM

YOUTH JAZZ WORKSHOP LED BY DMITRI MATHENY (TRUMPET) ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) FREE

4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

GREECE ATHENA HS JAZZ BAND SPENCERPORT HS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Sydney, Australia’s finest singer-songwriters - Elana Stone, Katie Wighton, Hannah Crofts and Georgia Mooney – here combining in fourpart, indie-folk harmony heaven. On mandolin, ukulele, accordion and guitar, the Exes are a powerhouse of charm and songwriting prowess. Fair warning: this foursome is the most badass female folk band around. All Our Exes Live in Texas have had an impressive career to date. They've toured with The Backstreet Boys (USA), Passenger (UK), Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats (USA) and Tiny Ruins (NZ), not to mention Australian icons Megan Washington, Kate Miller-Heidke and Mama Kin. It wasn't until three years ago at an O Brother Where Art Thou show, featuring Sydney folk royalty, that they combined their musical forces. Little did they know they were planting the seeds for a folk foursome of epic proportions. The Exes share a deep passion for vocal harmonies and heartbreakingly good songwriting. Since the release of their self-titled, widely celebrated EP, All Our Exes Live in Texas has embarked on three national headline tours releasing singles Tell Me, Sailboat and The Devil’s Part from their successfully crowd-funded debut album, When We Fall, released in March via ABC Music.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

GARY VERSACE TRIO

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Since basing himself in NYC in 2002, 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 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. Recent CD releases include appearances as pianist on Ralph Alessi's 'Quiver" (ECM records) which received 4.5 stars in Downbeat, as accordionist on Maria Schneider's Grammy-winning 'The Thompson Fields,' as Hammond organist on Ellery Eskelin's 'Trio Willisau: Live' and Rich Perry's 'Organique,' and on all three instruments on Kurt Elling's 'Passion World.' 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.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 26

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

ROCHESTER METROPOLITAN JAZZ ORCHESTRA Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

VICKIKRISTINABARCELONA

SINGS THE MUSIC OF TOM WAITS

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

VickiKristinaBarcelona is Rachelle Garniez, Amanda Homi, and  Terry Radigan, a power trio dedicated to re-imagining the songs of Tom Waits via gorgeous three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles and bells, creating 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.  VKB performs regularly in New York City; most recently at The City Winery, Pangea and on WNYC's live variety show 44 Charlton. They are currently in the studio, recording their first album. 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. 

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

JOE LOCKE GROUP

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

For his new recording, world-renowned vibraphonist and 2016 Rochester Music Hall of Fame inductee Joe Locke  has assembled a tightly knit quartet which brings to life this diverse and emotionally powerful music, and lays the framework for stellar contributions from special guests  Adam Rogers  (guitar),  Dave Binney  (alto), and vocalists  Raul Midón  and  Alina Engibaryan. The subjects of love, loss, history and social awareness are explored in six new original songs and two blues-imbued covers by Bob Dylan and Blind Willie Johnson. For this year’s XRJIF Joe will be joined by Jim Ridl (piano), Lorin Cohen (bass) and Samvel Sarkisyan (drums), the core quartet from the Subtle Disguise album, as well as the amazing jazz/rock vocalist Paul Jost and maybe even a surprise or two!

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LUTHERAN CHURCH

$30 or Club Pass 5:30PM & 7:15PM $30 or Club Pass 5:45PM & 7:45PM

HATCH RECITAL HALL HATCH RECITAL HALL

HARRO EAST BALLROOM

$30 or Club Pass $30 or Club Pass 6:30PM & 9PM 6:30PM & 9PM

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$30 or or Club Club Pass Pass $30 6 PP M M & & 1 10 0 PP M M 6

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

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

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$35 or Club Pass 6PM & 9PM

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MELISSA ALDANA

RON ARTIS II & THE TRUTH

DJANGO BATES BELOVED TRIO

MATT SAVAGE

DAVID HAZELTINE

ALFREDO RODRIGUEZ & PEDRITO MARTINEZ MWENSO & THE SHAKES

HIP SPANIC ALLSTARS

WILL VINSON TRIO

BILL DOBBINS

TUESDAY • JUNE 26

MOON HOOCH

ZARA MCFARLANE

JOE FARNSWORTH QUARTET FEAT: ERIC ALEXANDER

THE ROYAL BOPSTERS

CHRISTIAN SANDS GARY VERSACE TRIO

BUJAZZ ORCHESTRA

VICKIKRISTINABARCELONA

SINGS THE MUSIC OF TOM WAITS

PARTIKEL

HOUSE OF WATERS

JOE LOCKE GROUP

BUJAZZ ORCHESTA + ESM JAZZ ENSEMBLE ESM-XRIJF GERRY NIEWOOD JAZZ SCHOLARSHIPS BÉLA FLECK NIGHT & THE FLECKTONES

MONDAY • JUNE 25

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CHRISTIAN SANDS TRIO

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FRIDAY • JUNE 22

THURSDAY • JUNE 28

HAROLD DANKO

SHAKE STEW

LIZ VICE

JULIAN SIEGEL QUARTET

MEGUMI YONEZAWA TRIO

SONGS OF FREEDOM

JILL SCOTT

FRIDAY • JUNE 29

SATURDAY •JUNE 30

MEGUMI YONEZAWA

GOGO PENGUIN

DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS

“SONGBOOK”

GEORGIA MANCIO/ALAN BROADBENT

GWYNETH HERBERT

JEAN MICHEL PILC

GEOFFREY KEEZER TRIO

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GWYNETH HERBERT

STEPHANE WREMBEL

GEOFFREY KEEZER

GAP MANGIONE

& THE NEW BIG BAND IN CONCERT!

AKIKO TSURUGA TRIO

MARK LEWANDOWSKI TRIO

WILLIAM SPERANDEI QUARTET FEAT: PAT LABARBERA

VINCENT HERRING NICHOLAS PAYTON MATT WILSON’S QUARTET HONEY & SALT BAND FRONT & CENTER

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WEDNESDAY • JUNE 27


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PRIME TIME BRASS

JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO

SARA GAZAREK QUARTET

MINDI ABAIR

& THE BONESHAKERS

PHONY PPL

MARIUS NESET

MATT SAVAGE

KNOWER

KUARA TRIO

BILL DOBBINS

TRIOCITY

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DOUG STONE QUARTET

BUJAZZ ORCHESTRA

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QUINCY MUMFORD

TRAIL OF SOULS

DMITRI MATHENY GROUP JAZZ NOIR

KATE MCGARRY TRIO

GHOST-NOTE WITH MONONEON

RAI THISTLETHWAYTE

TORBEN WALDORFF

HAROLD DANKO

SHAKE STEW

& THE CHEVY CASANOVAS

JOHNNY GOLDTOOTH

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DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS

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JUNIOR BROWN

LUCIA CADOTSCH “SPEAK LOW”

CHRISTIAN SANDS GARY VERSACE TRIO

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GEOFFREY KEEZER TRIO

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TUESDAY 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

JUNE 26

DMITRY MATHENY GROUP JAZZ NOIR

Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Celebrated for his warm tone, soaring lyricism and masterful technique, American musician Dmitri Matheny has been lauded as “one of the most emotionally expressive improvisers of his generation” (International Review of Music).  Matheny’s discography lists over 120 albums on which he appears as a composer, arranger, producer, annotator or flugelhorn soloist. He has released eleven critically-acclaimed albums as a leader: Red Reflections (1995), Penumbra (1996), Starlight Café (1998), Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag (2000), Nocturne (2005), The SnowCat (2006), Spiritu Sancto (2007), Best of Dmitri Matheny  (2008),  Grant & Matheny  (2010),  Sagebrush Rebellion  (2014) and  Jazz Noir  (2016). Dmitri Matheny has received several prestigious music awards, including “NW Instrumentalist of the Year” in the 2016 Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Awards and “Best New Artist” (with Brad Mehldau, Stefon Harris and Ravi Coltrane) in the 1999 JazzTimes Readers Poll. 

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

HOUSE OF WATERS

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

“In today's world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of ‘House of Waters,’ a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West-African, jazz, psychedelic, indie rock, classical and world music into their astonishingly unique sound. Five years after their groundbreaking  Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. The album features Max on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass and percussionist Luke Notary - Though now the band tours with Argentinian-born Ignacio Rivas-Bixio! The album also features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky and the singer Priya Darshini. House of Waters’ music is both complex and easy to enjoy, a musical exploration that invites listeners to open themselves to new sounds.  One of those sounds is that of Max’s instrument, the hammered dulcimer, a percussion/stringed instrument that takes years of study and spans dozens of cultures around the globe. Most often associated with traditional American and Irish folk music, Max has taken the instrument in entirely new directions.  “I’ve been playing it since I was seven,” says Max. “And my folks reminded me I first fell in love with it when I was two: I saw it performed at an exhibit opening, walked up to it, sat underneath and just listened to it for hours.”  

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

BUJAZZO

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Xerox Auditorium

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

PARTIKEL

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK After six years of extensive touring throughout the UK, Europe and China, Partikel have built a reputation as one of the most exciting and forward-thinking groups working in Europe. Since their debut as an acoustic trio, Partikel have progressively pushed at developmental possibilities, and their newest venture - ‘Counteraction’ (2017 Whirlwind) sees the band exploring the  more electronic side of their music, bringing guitarist Ant Law into the band whilst maintaining their exciting, high-energy approach. Strong melodies are fused with mixed meter vamps and atmospheric soundscapes, creating a fiercely interactive and totally engrossing live experience. "One of the hottest young bands on the UK scene" - Jazzwise   "A continuous musical narrative with many detours exceeding all expectation" - Jazzthetik  Duncan Eagles (saxophone), Ant Law (guitar), Max Luthert (double bass/electronics), Eric Ford (drums)

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TUESDAY

JUNE 26

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

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

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

BRUBECK BROTHERS QUARTET

Temple Building Theater Club Pass or $30

Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966—nearly a half-century ago. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant  Dave Brubeck, and with their own  Brubeck Brothers Quartet. With Dan and Chris as the foundation, guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb, complete this dynamic quartet. They perform at concert series, colleges, and jazz festivals across North America and Europe including the Newport, Detroit, Montreal, Playboy/Hollywood Bowl, and Monterey Jazz Festivals. The Quartet’s last cd,  LifeTimes,  was a hit on the Jazz Week radio chart where it made the Top Ten list as one of the most played jazz recordings of the year.  “The playing that takes place on  LifeTimes  – the wondrous combination of swing, melodic majesty, masterful arrangements and a truckload of truly inspirational solos – just adds a vibrancy and color to songs I thought I knew and loved on a deep level. It turns out that there was still plenty of depth I could have discovered. I just needed someone to point the way and that is exactly what these four gentlemen have done through LifeTimes.” – Seattle Times

7:30 PM & 9:30PM

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. At Fairport, Bill conducts the top Concert Band, two jazz ensembles, jazz combos, pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, and teaches woodwinds throughout the district. He is the former president of the NY State Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, and is on the summer jazz faculty for the Eastman Community Music School high school program and the founder and director of the Hochstein School of Music summer jazz camp. Bill is also a regular faculty member for the Tritone Jazz Fantasy Camps, held in Rochester in the summer. He is the founder and conductor of the Eastman Community Music School High School Chamber Winds, and is the conductor of the University of Rochester Wind Symphony and the University of Rochester Jazz Ensemble. During the 2010-11 school year, Bill started the Eastman Community Music School Jazz Educators Ensemble, and also taught the Thursday Night Jazz Lab Band at Ithaca College.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 26

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

LUCIA CADOTSCH “SPEAK LOW”

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

With a sharp-eared love of the past but a sensibility resolutely of the present, new-era jazz singer Lucia Cadotsch’s trio “Speak Low” – featuring tenor saxophonist Otis Sandsjö and double-bassist Petter Eldh – reanimates songs long seemingly set in amber. Hailing from their adopted home of Berlin, Germany – the 21st-century culture capital of Europe – these three musicians come at the Great American Songbook from a European angle, their “retro-futurist” sound as informed by remix culture and free jazz as by their appreciation for classic vocal records. Reviewing the group’s eponymous debut album of 2016, Speak Low (Yellow Bird/Enja), The Guardian declared: “Remember the name Lucia Cadotsch – you’re going to be hearing a lot of it,” adding: “Cadotsch is a young, Zurich-born vocalist who possesses a classical clarity, a folk singer’s simplicity and an appetite for performing very famous songs (‘Moon River,’ ‘Don’t Explain,’ ‘Strange Fruit’) in the company of two edgy free-jazz instrumentalists, who flank her sedate progress with split-note sax sounds and spiky basslines with percussive strumming. In this compelling trio’s hands, the process is remarkably melodious and illuminating... It’s all eerily beautiful.” Along with glowing reviews, Lucia won the 2017 Echo Jazz Prize – the German equivalent of a Grammy Award – for Best Vocalist of the Year for Speak Low. She and her Swedish friends Otis and Petter bring the bittersweet repertoire of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln and Dinah Washington vividly alive for a new generation of listeners, as well as for veteran music lovers in search of fresh treatments of these timeless songs.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

JUNIOR BROWN

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

With his unique voice, more unique song writing, and even more unique double necked “GuitSteel” guitar, there has absolutely never been ANYONE like Junior Brown. He’s an American Original. Born in 1952 in Cottonwood, Arizona, Junior Brown showed an affinity for music at an early age when the family moved to a rural area of Indiana near Kirksville. In the following years, Junior began to experience Country music and remembers it as “growing up out of the ground like the crops – it was everywhere; coming out of cars, houses, gas stations and stores like the soundtrack of a story, but Country music programs on TV hadn’t really come along much yet; not until the late fifties.” Discovering a guitar in his grandparent’s attic, he spent the next several years woodshedding with records and the radio. Junior was also able to tap into music he couldn’t hear at home, which older, college-aged kids were listening to. This was possible due to his father’s employment at small campuses throughout the next decade as the family moved twice again. As a young boy he was able to experience the thrill of performing before live audiences, at parties, school functions even singing and playing guitar for 5000 Boy Scouts at an Andrews Air Force Base jamboree; then while still a teenager, getting the chance to sit in with Rock and Roll pioneer, Bo Diddley. Armed with this broad spectrum of influences, he began to develop a storehouse of musical chops.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 26

8:00 PM

BELA FLECK & THE FLECKTONES Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

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Groundbreaking banjoist/composer/bandleader Béla Fleck has reconvened the original 'Béla Fleck & The Flecktones,' the extraordinary initial line-up of his incredible combo. Rocket Science marks the first recording by the first fab four Flecktones in almost two decades, with pianist/harmonica player Howard Levy back in the fold alongside Fleck, bassist Victor Wooten, and percussionist/ Drumitarist Roy “Futureman” Wooten. Far from being a wistful trip back in time, the album sees the Grammy Award-winning quartet creating some of the most forward thinking music of their long, storied career. While all manners of genres come into play – from classical and jazz to bluegrass and African music to electric blues and Eastern European folk dances – the result is an impossible to pigeonhole sound all their own, a meeting of musical minds that remains, as ever, utterly indescribable. Simply put, it is The Flecktones, the music made only when these four individuals come together. “All the different things I do come together to make a new ‘hybrid’ Béla',” Fleck says. "Everybody else in the group is doing the same things, collaborating with different people, and pursuing a wide variety of ideas, so when we come together and put all of our separate soups into one big stockpot it turns into a very diverse concoction.” Fleck first united the Flecktones in 1988, ostensibly for a single performance on PBS’ Lonesome Pine Special. From the start, there was a special kinship between the four musicians, a bond forged in a mutual passion for creativity and artistic advancement.

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TUESDAY

JUNE 26

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

JOHANNES LINSTEAD – GUITAR OF FIRE!

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

From being named Canada’s “Guitarist of the Year,” to winning eight “Best Album” awards, to seven top-ten US Billboard charting albums, and winning the “People’s Choice” award in the UK, Johannes Linstead has become recognized internationally as one of the best-selling guitarists in the Instrumental, Jazz and World Music genres. Chances are even if you don’t know the name you’ve heard his music. Johannes’ songs have been used in some of the most popular TV shows, such as Californication  with David Duchovny, The Following with Kevin Bacon, Burn Notice, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Pawn Stars,  Person of Interest, and others. World champion figure skater Stephane Lambiel used Johannes’ song “Zabuca” as part of his choreography during the Winter Olympics, and recently “Cafe Tropical” was featured in the hugely popular video game  Tropical 4 and 5. Johannes is an endorsed “Influential Artist” with Yamaha Guitars USA, the largest musical instrument manufacturer in world, and in 2016 signed an endorsement deal with D’Addario, the largest string manufacturer in the world.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

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WEDNESDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 27

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH BRENDAN LANIGHAN Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County FREE

1:00PM

YOUTH JAZZ WORKSHOP LED BY MIKE MELITO (DRUMS) ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) FREE

4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

VICTOR HS JAZZ BAND WEBSTER THOMAS HS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

GHOST-NOTE WITH MONONEON Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

Multi-Grammy Award-winning artists Robert Sput Searight and Nate Werth take percussion out of the shadows and into the spotlight with their new project, Ghost-Note. World renown for their ongoing catalog with international sensation Snarky Puppy, this dynamic duo expands their rhythmical voice into a celebration of music in all its forms. This is music that takes listeners on a mind-blowing journey, inspired by the influences of James Brown, J Dilla, and the Beastie Boys, all the way to folkloric West African, Afro-Cuban, and Brazilian samba grooves. GhostNote’s impressive rotating roster of heavy hitters combine their decades of experience to create a night of unforgettable musical madness. Band members include Sylvester Onyejiaka (Prince, Quantic) on flute, tenor, and baritone sax, Jonathan Mones (Funky Knuckles, RC and the Gritz) on flute, alto, and tenor saxophone, A.J. Brown (Fred Hammond) on bass, internet star Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas (Prince) on bass and guitar, Justin Stanton (Snarky Puppy) on keyboards, Daniel Jones (Jay-Z, Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake) on keyboards, Nick Werth (Galaxe, Yak Attack) on xylosynth, Mike Jelani Brooks (Kirk Franklin, RC & the Gritz) on tenor saxophone, and Alvin Ford Jr. (Pretty Lights, Dumpstaphunk) on drums.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

HAROLD DANKO

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Harold Danko is well recognized from longterm associations with impressive jazz legends including Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Woody Herman, in performances at major jazz venues throughout the world as well as on recordings, television and video. During the last two decades he has become increasingly known as a band leader, composer, and solo pianist, and is well documented in those capacities on more than thirty CDs on the Steeple Chase and Sunny Side labels.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

LIZ VICE

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Liz Vice is an unlikely breakout artist—she never intended to share her singing voice with anyone—but she's overcome the odds with a survivor's spirit, discovering that sometimes we have to travel dark roads and long nights before the sun can illuminate our true path. Born the middle of 5 children and raised by a single mother, Vice grew up in Oregon with dreams of becoming a filmmaker. At the age of 15, though, she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and her kidneys began to fail. By 19, she'd begun a three-and-a-half years of dialysis, faced congestive heart failure, dangerous weight loss, and a series of almost fatal infections. While working in film, she began attending a new church in Portland and inexplicably found herself compelled to audition for the worship team, a small group of singers and musicians who led the young congregation in contemplative, folk-inspired songs. Vice began singing in smaller, laid back services during the week, until one Sunday, Vice was called to sing solo in front of the full congregation of nearly 400 parishioners. It was a life-changing performance. Vice has found music to be a vehicle for the same type of positive social influence she hoped to have as a director. Come what may, Liz Vice is gonna let it shine.

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WEDNESDAY

JUNE 27

6:00 PM

GREATER FINGER LAKES JAZZ ORCHESTRA Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

“SONGS OF FREEDOM” ULYSSES OWENS, JR.

Music Director, Featuring Alicia Olatuja and Theo Bleckmann

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

First presented under the auspice of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the 1960s are explored through the work of three prolific artists: Joni Mitchell, Abbey Lincoln, and Nina Simone – all of whom have made an indelible mark in music. Each artist expressed freedom in various ways. Joni composed and sung about the freedom of love, Abbey expressed freedom of her individuality and race through her lyricism, and Nina Simone demanded freedom politically through song. The project is under the musical direction of Grammy Award-winning drummer, Ulysses Owens Jr. To effectively deliver this vast repertoire, the program features vocalists Theo Bleckmann and Alicia Olatuja.

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

KATE MCGARRY TRIO Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

With six critically acclaimed CDs and a Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Vocal CD Kate McGarry has become recognized as a jazz artist who brings authenticity and vitality to every song regardless of genre. The Wall St. Journal calls her music, "Austere and elegant," New York Times pronounced it, “astute and sensitive."  She currently performs in jazz clubs, performing arts centers and festivals throughout the US and abroad. As an educator she has taught at New England Conservatory and currently serves on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music.  Downbeat Magazine cited McGarry as 'Rising Star' vocalist for the past nine years. In July of 2016  DownBeat's 64th Critics Poll named McGarry the #1 Rising Star Female Vocalist.  She has been interviewed on All Things Considered, and has performed on Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater, Piano Jazz with Marion McPartland, and a host of nationally syndicated radio shows.

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

MEGUMI YONEZAWA

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Megumi Yonezawa is from Hokkaido, Japan. She is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as the Jazz Performance Award, Clare Fisher Award and the Techniques Endowed Scholarship. Megumi received a recommendation from Jason Moran (Blue Note Recording Artist) and became the regular pianist for the brilliant saxophonist, Greg Osby (Blue Note Recording Artist). Since Megumi has been in the U.S. she has performed with Greg Osby, Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Sam Newsome, Nicholas Payton, Ambrose Akinmusire, Robert Hurst, Ben Williams, Mike Moreno and many others. Megumi has now released her debut album as a leader titled "A Result of the Colors" on Fresh Sound New Talent, with John Hébert on bass and Eric McPherson on drums. It is set in the trio format which performs Megumi’s original compositions and one cover. Her music is creative, emotional and powerful.

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WEDNESDAY

JUNE 27

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

SHAKE STEW

Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

With two drummers, two bass players and three horns, seven-piece Austrian band Shake Stew is not your average outfit. Led by dynamic bassist Lukas Kranzelbinder, Shake Stew features some of the leading lights on the young Austrian and German jazz scenes, their unusual set up helping create a unique sound of hypnotic afro-beat and jazz grooves mixed with intense and mysterious soundscapes. Their critically acclaimed debut, The Golden Fang (2016) led one Austrian newspaper to liken them to “an intergalactic road movie for the ears,” others speaking of a musical masterpiece! Formed by Kranzelbinder in 2016, specifically to perform at the prestigious Jazz festival Saalfelden, Shake Stew released The Golden Fang shortly after, going on to sell out a six-month residency at Vienna’s legendary jazz club Porgy & Bess. From there on they developed a remarkable hype around this septet with its unique combination of pure energy and spiritual eruptions often leading the critics to create new terms and genre-labels to put their life experiences into words. Their forthcoming new album‚ Rise And Rise Again was released in spring 2018 and further establishes their status as one of Europe‘s most upcoming Jazzbands, with London-based saxophone-wizard Shabaka Hutchings joining the band on two tracks.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

JULIAN SIEGEL QUARTET

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK With the Julian  Siegel Quartet,  the ‘BBC Jazz Award’- winning saxophonist and composer has chosen to  work with some of this generation’s most  distinctive voices, creating one of the most in-demand quartets on the UK &  European Jazz scene. The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel’s music and  playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can  turn. With the  creative spark of dynamic drummer  Gene Calderazzo  and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble, this is unquestionably one of the UK’s most exciting and powerful quartets.  Following up from their award-winning album 'Urban Theme Park’ the band release their third Album 'VISTA’ on Whirlwind Recordings in early  2018. Recorded at Livingston Studios, London it features ten of  Julian’s  compositions plus an arrangement of Bud Powell’s ‘Un Poco Loco.’ This new acoustic set of music moves freely through varied sound worlds and colors, from undercurrents of bop to searching ballads and joyful melodies. Julian Siegel (tenor/soprano sax & bass clarinet), Liam Noble (piano), Oli Hayhurst (double bass), Gene Calderazzo (drums).

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

TEMPEST

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

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

JAZZMEIA HORN

Temple Building Theater Club Pass or $30

Winner of the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, Jazzmeia Horn has a name that speaks for itself capturing her very essence. Hailing from the great Dallas, Texas Jazzmeia has already earned a reputation in New York as a “Rising Star.” With the ambition to pursue a solo career, Jazzmeia graced the New York scene in 2009 and earned her degree at The New School for Jazz and contemporary Music. It wasn’t much later when she began to perform as a sideman with musicians Winard Harper, Junior Mance, Billy Harper, Lincoln Center Alumni Vincent Gardner, Delfeayo Marsalis, Mike LeDonne, Peter Bernstein, Johnny O’Neal, Vincent Herring, Kirk Lightsey, Frank Wess, and Ellis Marsalis. She appears in various clubs on the jazz scene nationally and internationally leading her dynamic group “The Artistry of Jazz Horn” which includes pianist, bassist, drummer, saxophonist, poet, dancer and herself as vocalist. Jazzmeia humbles her life and gift of music before God and says, “I am thankful for the opportunity to play music professionally and have a deep desire to uplift the souls of others in need through my artistry in the spirit of music.”

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WEDNESDAY

JUNE 27

7:30PM & 9:30PM

MUSIC EDUCATORS BIG BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE

The ECMS Jazz Educators Ensemble was formed in the summer of 2006 and was founded by Bill Tiberio with wonderful support from then ECMS dean Dr. Howard Potter. Members of the ensemble include public and private school educators, retired teachers, private lesson instructors, and related career professionals. The ensemble exists to give Rochester-area music educators an outstanding outlet to perform the best traditional and contemporary large ensemble jazz repertoire, and to provide professional development opportunities to teachers. Recent years have seen the band delving into newer compositions, while never neglecting the rich history of the master big band composers. In March, the ensemble was invited to perform as a featured group at the New York State Band Directors Association Symposium in Syracuse, NY.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

TORBEN WALDORFF

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

In 2017 ”Holiday On Fire” was released, marking Torben Waldorff’s 10th year and sixth CD with ArtistShare. Recorded after a tumultuous and celebrated gig at Smalls Jazzclub in New York, with Ingrid Jensen on trumpet, Johnathan Blake on drums, Drew Gress on Bass, and Maggi Olin on piano, this record was a new direction and sound. Penned by Waldorff the record features ”his flair for hooks within sophisticated harmonics and a resonant guitar that rocks with intelligence, making something catchy out of something that has harmonic heft.” (something else!) Downbeat had four stars for this recording and Allaboutjazz wrote: one—he rips like a rock star; and two—the band he has put together has a sharply distinctive, modern, maybe even futuristic sound.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

RAI THISTLETHWAYTE

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

Rai Thistlethwayte grew up in Sydney, Australia and early on developed an appreciation for a wide variety of music including classical, rock, pop and jazz. After high school, Rai was awarded a scholarship to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where he studied jazz piano. But before he could finish the program, Rai came to the attention of Columbia Records in the US, and signed his first record deal. Before his first album was released, however, Columbia Records experienced a management shake-up, and Rai was released from his contract. He returned to Australia and started Thirsty Merc, a rock band which over the next ten years would release three successful albums (one platinum, one double-platinum in Australia). After the third album with his band, Rai decided to take a break to focus on writing music that incorporated jazz and his other early influences. In 2012, Rai came to Los Angeles and started writing and performing extensively, landing opening slots on tours with Bernhoft and Oh Land. His music soon attracted the attention of the LA music community including tastemakers like Chris Douridas of KCRW. Rai released three EPs under the moniker “Sun Rai,” as well as an album of live-in-the-studio recordings.  He’s got a new album of studio recordings which he’s preparing to release in later in 2015.  Later this year, Rai will be returning to Sydney for the release of a new Thirsty Merc album. 

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WEDNESDAY

JUNE 27

8:00 PM

ALISON KRAUSS

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre SOLD OUT

Alison Krauss' new album, Windy City, is her first effort away from her band Union Station in a decade. The album, which is her debut project for Capitol Records and produced by renowned music legend Buddy Cannon, has received critical acclaim and two GRAMMY nominations. Alison has won seven Country Music Association Awards and 27 GRAMMY Awards, including five for Raising Sand, her collaboration with Robert Plant that won Album of the Year and Record of the Year in 2009. Alison Krauss and Union Station's 2011 Paper Airplane album won the GRAMMY Award for Best Bluegrass Album and topped Billboard's Folk, Country and Bluegrass charts.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

DAVINA SOWERS AND THE VAGABONDS have created a stir on the national music scene with their high-energy live shows, level A musicianship, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers’ commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting audiences one show at a time, from Vancouver to Miami and across Europe. In 2011 Davina released her first full length, all original album Black Cloud. It was named one of the 10 best releases of the year by the Minneapolis Star & Tribune and awarded 4 ½ stars from Downbeat Magazine. Their next release in 2014, Sunshine, hit number 13 in the Billboard Blues Chart and led them to landing a performance on the hit BBC2 show, Later with Jools Holland.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

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THURSDAY 12:00 NOON

JUNE 28

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH THE DJANGONERS FEATURING BOBBY HENRIE Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County FREE

1:00PM

YOUTH JAZZ WORKSHOP LED BY LIAM NOBLE (PIANO) ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) FREE

4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

BLOOMFIELD HS JAZZ BAND SCHOOL OF THE ARTS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

THE SUFFERS

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

The Suffers are Houston's award-winning eightpiece ensemble that has redefined the sound of Gulf Coast Soul. Established in 2011, The Suffers’ lineup was curated by bassist Adam Castaneda and vocalist/keyboardist Pat Kelly, who brought on trumpet player Jon Durbin, trombonist Michael Razo, guitarist Kevin Bernier, percussionist Jose "Chapy" Luna, and drummer/vocalist Nick Zamora filled out the rhythm section, while frontwoman Kam Franklin topped off the group with soaring vocals. The last two years have brought the band to new heights, as they played 300+ shows across North America, visited NPR in Washington, DC for a Tiny Desk Concert, made their national television debut on Late Show With David Letterman, and officially released their much anticipated self-titled album followed by performances on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel Live. This year they will embark on their first international tour and spread the sweet sound of Gulf Coast Soul across the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Australia. The Suffers have quickly progressed from packing Houston venues to accepting invitations nationally for featured performances at notable festivals and events, all while still remaining a local Houston favorite, accepting 23 Houston Press Music Awards in the last four years.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

MEGUMI YONEZAWA

(see bio on page 71)

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

6:00 PM

SYNDICATE JAZZ BAND Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

DAVINA & THE VAGABONDS

(see bio on page 77)

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

6:00 PM

JUNIOR JAZZ ENSEMBLE City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

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JUNE 28

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

VINCENT HERRING QUARTET

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Alto saxophonist Vincent Herring's intense, soulful, multi-noted style and ebullient swing have excited audiences worldwide for over 30 years. On stage, Herring and his band often make an incendiary sound over fine and controlled rhythms of modern times. Herring moved to New York City in early 1980s attending Long Island University. He first toured in the United States and Europe as part of the Lionel Hampton Big Band. With his sound strongly influenced by Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Herring’s virtuosity and promise came to the attention of Nat Adderley. The two forged a nine-year musical relationship, producing nine albums and touring around the world year after year. After Nat’s death,  Louis Hayes collaborated with  Vincent to form  the Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band.  Herring worked and recorded with Cedar Walton for more than 20 years. He has also appeared on stage and or recordings with Freddie Hubbard,  Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Hayes, Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, Horace Silver  Quintet, Jack DeJohnette’s Special Edition, Larry Coryell, Steve Turre, The Mingus Big  Band (won a Grammy in 2010), Kenny Barron, Nancy Wilson, Dr. Billy Taylor, Carla Bley, Mike LeDonne, Carl Allen, Ron McClure, and John Hicks among others. His extensive guest soloist appearances include performances with Wynton Marsalis at Lincoln Center and Jon Faddis and The Carnegie Hall Big Band.

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

AMANDA MONACO QUARTET Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Grammy-nominated guitarist/composer Amanda Monaco has performed at venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Flushing Town Hall, and with artists such as Milt Hinton, Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid, and the Mingus Orchestra. She has released five albums to date and her current jazz projects include her eclectic quartet Deathblow, rambunctious organ quartet Girly Day and chamber jazz trio Mo-Fi-Co. Her New Music ensemble The Pirkei Avot Project performs her original music with lyrics from selected verses (from a collection of rabbinical teachings with the same name) compiled in the third century C.E. Amanda’s guitar playing is “well within the modernist canon, but quite distinctive: her phrasing is often made up of tartly dissonant chords and insistent yet off-kilter repetitions that remind one of Grant Green by way of Andrew Hill… her playing is utterly unique, a breath of fresh air in the cookie-cutter climes of both mainstream and free jazz.” (Clifford Allen, The New York City Jazz Record)

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

GWYNETH HERBERT

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, award-winning composer/lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. Drawing on influences from the worlds of jazz, folk, contemporary classical music and theatre, she has released six critically acclaimed albums to date. This past year has seen her tour across the world with her band; perform her own works with the London Sinfonietta; record a live session for the BBC Radio 2 Jamie Cullum show; and appear on BBC news on Christmas Day discussing her forthcoming children’s opera. A self-proclaimed Rochester fan - and judging by the mid-performance standing ovation during her last visit, the feeling’s mutual! - Gwyneth's return to the festival sees her world-class trio première songs from ambitious new album Letters I Haven't Written: an exploration of the lost art of letter-writing.  Diving into an archive of musical correspondence – letters of love, longing, gratitude, grief, friendship and fury – the show invites the audience on an immersive journey from a blank sheet of paper, to the joyful sharing of voice. “A remarkably gifted talent” - The Guardian  “Positively riveting… of the let's say top 10 singers I've ever seen, Herbert is two of them.” - Rochester City News Gwyneth Herbert (lead vocals, ukulele, French horn, percussion), Ned Cartwright (piano, vocals, saxophone), Sam Burgess (bass, vocals)

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THURSDAY

JUNE 28

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

GOGO PENGUIN

Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

Manchester-based leftfield piano trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner. Their music has been described as acoustic-electronica but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalism, game soundtracks and glitchy-electronica to create their unique music. It’s music for the heart, head and feet and saw their album v2.0 (Gondwana records) named a Mercury Prize album of the year 2014 alongside albums from Damon Albarn, Young Fathers and Jungle. In 2015 they signed to Blue Note Records and released the album Man Made Object in 2016. More recently they have been touring their own score to Godfrey Reggio’s cult film Koyaanisqatsi. Their new album, A Humdrum Star was released in February 2018.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

GEORGIA MANCIO/ALAN BROADBENT SONGBOOK

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK Songbook is the exquisite collaboration between double Grammy-winning jazz pianist/composer/ arranger Alan Broadbent (Charlie Haden, Diana Krall, Natalie Cole, Woody Herman) and award- winning vocalist/lyricist Georgia Mancio (Bobby McFerrin, Ian Shaw, Gwilym Simcock, ReVoice! Festival). Alan and Georgia began performing together in 2013 and co-writing the following year. In April 2017 they released Songbook marking Alan’s 70th birthday and the first time his music has been heard entirely with words. Their sold-out debut headline show at world-renowned Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club was followed by performances including Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Birdland Jazz Club (Hamburg) and Krakow Jazz Festival. Initially inspired by Great American Songbook writers Harry Warren, George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart, their songs are both timeless and modern, seeking to create new standards rather than emulate the past. Alan’s sophisticated melodies and peerless arranger’s ear find their perfect match in Georgia’s superbly crafted lyrics of both beauty and bite. Their already prolific output flows from joyous bebop to brooding ballads and bossa novas; through journeys and resting places, childhood and old age. “Songbook is pure perfection” - JazzWax (US) "a magnificent example of strength and talent… one of the best performances I’ve seen this year….10 out of 10!”  - Jazz in Europe   Georgia Mancio (voice & lyrics), Alan Broadbent (piano & music), Don Falzone (double bass), Dave Ohm (drums)

7:00 PM & 9:00 PM

QUINN LAWRENCE BAND

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

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

JAZZ GOES TO THE MOVIES WITH MARK WATTERS Temple Building Theater

This Performance made possible in part by The Beale Institute at ESM

Club Pass or $30

Emmy Award-winning composer and conductor Mark Watters’ vast resume includes music for motion pictures, television, DVD, video games, and special events such as the Olympics. In addition to serving as director of the Beal Institute, Watters oversees Eastman’s newly established Master of Music degree in Contemporary Media/Film Composition and teaches graduate courses. Watters holds the distinction of serving as music director for two Olympics—the 1996 Centennial Games in Atlanta and the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City—which garnered him two of his six Emmys. He also received Emmys for Outstanding Music Direction for Movies Rock; Outstanding Music for True Life Adventure Alaska: Dances of the Caribou; and two Outstanding Music Direction and Composition Daytime Awards for  Aladdin  and  Tiny Toon Adventures. As a film composer, Watters wrote the scores for MGM’s The Pebble and the Penguin and All Dogs Go to Heaven 2, and for Disney’s Doug’s First Movie and Get a Horse, a new animated short featuring characters from 1920s Mickey Mouse cartoons that accompanied the theatrical release of Frozen. In addition, his music can be heard on almost two dozen direct-to-video/DVD releases, including Aladdin and the King of Thieves and several Winnie-the-Pooh features for Disney, My Little Pony and Candyland movies for Hasbro, and a Tom and Jerry feature for Warner Brothers.

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THURSDAY

JUNE 28

8:00 PM

LAKE STREET DIVE Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$75/$65/$45/$30 + SERVICE CHARGES

Since Lake Street Dive's February 2016 release of Side Pony on Nonesuch Records the band has been a tour de force, hitting some major career milestones.  They were invited to play at the White House, sold out 42 shows in 2016 throughout the United States and were musical guests on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Today Show.  Lake Street Dive was featured on Chris Thile’s hosting debut of A Prairie Home Companion, among many other high points that include sold-out shows at the iconic venues like the Wang Theatre in Boston and Radio City Music Hall in New York. The quartet’s live shows have been widely praised by publications such as  Billboard,  saying Lake Street Dive successfully combined “Amy Winehouse, Rita Hayworth and R&B charisma,” and Rolling Stone called their album Side Pony, produced by Grammy winner Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell) “irresistible.”   Upon its release the album was #1 on the Alternative chart and #11 on the Billboard Album Sales chart. The title Side Pony takes its name from a song on the record that refers to a whimsical hairstyle, but it also serves as a metaphor for Lake Street Dive’s philosophy and personality as a band. As bassist Bridget Kearney puts it, “When we were settling on the album title, that one just stuck out to us as embodying the band’s spirit. We’ve always been this somewhat uncategorizable, weird, outlying, genre-less band. That’s the statement we wanted to make with this record: be yourself.”

7:30PM & 9:30PM

SOUL STEW

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE

Soul Stew, Toronto's legendary Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Jazz Funk ensemble, is a fixture of the Toronto music scene. Soul Stew is made up of some of the finest musicians in Canada. 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.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

PILC-MOUTIN-HOENIG

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

This remarkably intuitive trio has the ability to collectively bend the harmonic and rhythmic content of familiar jazz standards like taffy. In their most playful mode, as they were during a recent engagement at the Blue Note, it’s like watching the Flying Karamazov Brothers tossing bowling pins back and forth from across the stage. While they have been playing together as a trio off and on since 1995, with each member leading the group at different times throughout the years, they have arrived at a place now where there is no leader. Hence, the cooperative band name and album title, which implies three playing as one, freely. As pianist Jean-Michel Pilc has stated, “It’s something that to me transcends who we are individually. It’s not a trio, it’s Pilc/ Moutin/Hoenig solo.” – Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine

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THURSDAY

JUNE 28

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

GHOST-NOTE WITH MONONEON

(See bio on page 69)

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

SAX-O-MATIC

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Sax-O-Matic was formed in the summer of 2000 for the Rimouski International Jazz Festival as a street band. Their unique and humoristic approach was an instant hit. Whether on stage, on the sidewalks, or standing on your table, the four saxophone players of  Sax-O-Matic  are full of surprises. They have a way of bringing everyone into their world with a very witty and spontaneous sense of humor. The concept for Sax-O-Matic is based around four rather undisciplined characters (Al, Joe, Dave and Seb), who under the guise of being refrigerator repair men blunder their way through one wacky scenario after another that is guaranteed to surprise, embarrass, and make people smile as they back up their antics with some pretty groovy playing. When not performing with Sax-O-Matic, these four very accomplished saxophonists can be found performing throughout Quebec and around the world in many other formations. Together, their experience and talent make for a rare and exceptional musical happening.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY BOB SNEIDER

Hyatt Regency Rochester, The Street Craft Kitchen FREE

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FRIDAY

JUNE 29

12:00 NOON

JAZZ STARTS AT THE LIBRARY WITH RYAN JOHNSON PROJECT Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County FREE

1:00PM

YOUTH JAZZ WORKSHOP LED BY JON BALLANTYNE (PIANO) ESM Ray Wright Room (Room 120) FREE

4:30 PM & 5:15 PM

CANANDAIGUA HS JAZZ BAND BROCKPORT HS JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

ROBIN MCKELLE

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

Singer/writer Robin McKelle is a musical enigma, and proudly so. On her upcoming April 20th album Melodic Canvas, she’s empowered by the alchemy, embracing her genre-blurring style and no longer trying to fit into a box. The result is a deeply textured, rich, authentic collection, a mix of timely social commentary, intimate lyrics and a thoughtful call to action. A savvy songwriter and a powerhouse vocalist, McKelle has long found a home where soul, jazz, pop, gospel, blues and the American Songbook cross paths. On the new cd, her sonic template takes listeners on a trip down to the Old South, or sprinkles in a sound that could’ve emerged from the Motown era, or even a Sade album. In her live performances, she exudes a bandleader’s moxie that recalls the Rat Pack era. There’s an insightful storyteller’s voice that connects the new songs, a narrative thread that feels smart and soulful. McKelle’s characters are vividly drawn, from the struggling teen in ‘Lyla’ to the immigrant tale of ‘Simple Man;’ the moments of social awareness, in ‘Yes We Can Can’ (an Allen Toussaint cover featuring Chris Potter) and ‘It Won’t End Up’, are wise and inspiring without feeling heavy-handed; on first single ‘Do You Believe,’ out in March, McKelle questions religion, hate, misogyny. For the upcoming CD (which she produced) McKelle sought a more ‘acoustic’ vibe with a focus on percussion, to allow the subtleties of her voice to shine. In her songwriting and in the arrangements/production of the album, she mixes her varied influences together with strength and grace.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

JEAN MICHEL PILC

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

Born in 1960 in Paris, now an American citizen, self-taught pianist and composer Jean-Michel Pilc has performed internationally with numerous jazz giants: Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Jean Toussaint, Rick Margitza, Martial Solal, Michel Portal, Daniel Humair, Marcus Miller, Kenny Garrett, Lenny White, Chris Potter, John Abercrombie, Mingus Dynasty & Big Band, Lew Soloff, Richard Bona etc. He has also worked with Harry Belafonte, as his musical director and pianist, and has performed a duet with the legendary opera singer Jessye Norman.

6:00 PM - 6:45 PM

EASTMAN YOUTH JAZZ ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY DOUG STONE City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

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FRIDAY

JUNE 29

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

BURIED TREASURE FEATURING BARI KORAL

Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30

Buried Treasure is influenced by Tom Petty's fine Sirius/XM radio show of the same name, Buried Treasure pairs award winning singer/ songwriter Bari Koral with Hudson Valley favorites Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison, Will Bryant and Danny Blume. Lee, Brandon and Will are among the finest young players in the Hudson Valley and rose to national attention backing up Donald Fagen from Steely Dan on his last national tour. All songwriters in their own right, Buried Treasure takes a look back, paying homage to incredible artists from the 60s and 70s to contemporary artists of today. From Wings to Lucinda Williams, JJ Cale, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Neil Young, Nicolette Larson, Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor, Chuck Berry, the Zombies and many more, the band hunts for the best songs – the hidden gems and deeper cuts that you haven't heard in a while, or maybe haven't heard at all, and now you have a new favorite. Deeply inspired by these great songwriters and recordings, Buried Treasure delivers an extremely well-curated, energetic and adventurous performance with jangling guitars, rich vocal harmonies and exceptional musicianship.

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

NICHOLAS PAYTON FRONT & CENTER

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

“I play Postmodern New Orleans music. Louis Armstrong and Danny Barker play Traditional New Orleans Music. Ellis Marsalis and James Black play Modern New Orleans music. Kidd Jordan and Clyde Kerr play Avant-garde New Orleans music. Donald Harrison plays Neoclassical New Orleans music. I play Postmodern New Orleans music. I am a part of a lineage. I am a part of a blood line.” ~Nicholas Payton, November 27, 2011

6:00 PM

GREECE JAZZ BAND

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

ROCHESTER JAZZ ALL STARS Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

Rochester, NY has an amazing jazz and entertainment legacy. Some of the world’s greatest artists were born right here in Rochester NY. Think of Cab Callaway, Chuck Mangione, Steve Gadd, Renee Fleming and countless others. The Pythodd Lounge was a main stop on the jazz circuit back in the day when just about every major jazz artist would visit town and leave their indelible mark on our local musicians. XRIJF 2018 is proud to assemble a one-time only classic jazz group which features a sextet of Rochester's finest jazz artists who will celebrate the American song book in their own way, and that's just the way it should be! The Rochester Jazz All Stars features: Bill Dobbins/ piano, Danny Vitale/Bass, Mike Melito/Drums, Bob Sneider/ Guitar, Vince Erocolamento/Saxophone and Mike Kaupa/Trumpet.

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

STEPHANE WREMBEL

Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world. The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. To say that Wrembel (who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside) has already had a remarkable career would be an understatement. This prolific, virtuoso guitarist from France has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. The New York Observer said, "Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of Gypsy jazz." Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “a revelation.”

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THURSDAY FRIDAY

JUNE 29 30

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

GEOFFREY KEEZER TRIO

Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

With his highly regarded discography, unique compositions, and acclaimed performances in a variety of configurations, multiple GRAMMY®nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer commands the attention typically reserved for the living legends of jazz. A native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, Keezer was playing in jazz clubs as a teenager, holding down the piano chair for Art Blakey at age 18, and touring in the company of Ray Brown, Joshua Redman, Art Famer, Benny Golson and Barbara Hendricks in his 20s. More recently he has toured with Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, David Sanborn, Chris Botti, Sting, Joe Locke and Christian McBride; produced and arranged three GRAMMY®-nominated recordings with vocalist Denise Donatelli, and released a series of albums drawing influences from Hawaiian, Okinawan and Afro-Peruvian folk traditions. Geoffrey’s 2013 solo piano release, Heart of the Piano (Motema Records), seeks to redefine solo jazz piano as a personal and interactive showcase of melody, energy and groove, while his upcoming album “On My Way To You” is a stunning new set of music featuring his working trio with the addition of guest vocalist Gillian Margot.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

GWYNETH HERBERT

(See Bio on Page 81)

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK

7:00 PM

THE KLICK

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

FREE

Founded by drummer, Billy Goodness, The Klick is an eight-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, and Half Ton Horns 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.

7:00PM

SARAH BORGES & THE BROKEN SINGLES

City of Rochester Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health

FREE

Change is something that takes a little getting used to. If you need proof of this, ask the soulful singer-songwriter Sarah Borges. After a long and successful stint with her band, The Broken Singles, 2011 marked the band’s breakup and Sarah embarking on a solo career. Whether it be through performances or her writing, Massachusetts native Borges has learned to dazzle – and do it well. That ability can be heard all over her 2014 Radio Sweetheart album, as well as her follow-up, Good and Dirty EP. She attributes that ability to a very eclectic sound, which she comes by naturally, she says, “I would say that my sound is straight up rock and roll, but it’s the sum total of what my record collection looks like. The latest record is certainly more Americana than the last record was. It’s also more rock than the last record. I would say that it’s a version of the live shows – a lot of loud guitars and loud singing. You can certainly dance to it.”   

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FRIDAY 7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

JUNE 29

JERRY GRANELLI BAND FEATURING ROBBEN FORD

Temple Building Theater Club Pass or $30

Jerry Granelli is one of the most widely recognized and highly regarded musicians from Canada. He is a mentor for musicians and artists of all ages and backgrounds. Jerry was instrumental in the establishment of the Halifax Jazz Festival (formally the Atlantic Jazz Festival), which over the past 30 years has evolved to become a Signature Event in Halifax and the largest music festival in the Maritimes. With a career that spans 60 years, Jerry has had the opportunity to perform with the likes of Charlie Heyden, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Sly Stone, Ornette Coleman and Vince Guaraldi. Jerry has recorded over 30 albums. Robben Ford is one of the premier electric guitarists today, particularly known for his blues playing, as well as his ability to be comfortable in a variety of musical contexts. A five-time Grammy nominee, he has played with artists as diverse as Joni Mitchell, Jimmy Witherspoon, Miles Davis, George Harrison, Phil Lesh, Bonnie Raitt, Michael McDonald, Bob Dylan, John Mayall, Greg Allman, John Scofield, Susan Tedeschi, Keb Mo, Larry Carlton, Mavis Staples, Brad Paisley, and many others.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

COMMUNITY SOUL PROJECT

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation FREE

Community Soul Project features 10 exceptional musicians comprising one of southern Ontario’s leading R&B Bands. The Soul Project The band formed several years ago with a plan to cover all the classic Motown hits, and have they ever. Their appearances at XRIJF 2016 left audiences screaming for more in delight and many requests for a return appearance. Welcome back, Soul Project!

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

MACIEJ OBARA QUARTET

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

Jazztopad Festival Presents: Maciej Obara Quartet With support from The Poilish Cultural Institute. New York Maciej Obara is a Polish saxophone player and improviser, characterised by his discernible phrasing and powerful sound. Obara is a musician who has consequently developed his own musical language from the very beginning of his career, and, despite collaborations with artists from Japan, USA and Europe, his main focus remains his original quartet with Dominik Wania on piano, Ole Morten Vaagan on double bass and Gard Nilssen on drums. The members of the band represent a narrow group of European jazz musicians who consciously and uncompromisingly avoid musical literality, and create their own clearly distinguishable sound. The most recent album, “Unloved”, is Obara’s ninth original recording, and will be released in Autumn 2017 on the prestigious Munich record label ECM. Released recordings and live concerts at the most important jazz festivals in the world have built a well-deserved and unmistakable brand of the saxophonist.

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JUNE 29

8:00 PM

JILL SCOTT

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

$135/$125/$105/$75 + SERVICE CHARGES

Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet, and critically acclaimed actress are only a few titles held by Jill Scott. Before having the #1 album in the country with "The Light Of The Sun", performing at The White House, being named People Magazine's Top TV Breakout Star of 2010 and appearing on VH1 Divas alongside Aretha Franklin, the triple threat began her career collaborating with musical icons, The Roots, Will Smith, and Common in the late 90s. In 2000, she released her much anticipated debut record, Who is Jill Scott? Words & Sounds, Vol. 1, a double platinum album that earned Scott several Grammy nominations, including Best New Artist. Two more critically acclaimed albums followed, Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds, Vol. 2 and The Real Thing: Words & Sounds, Vol.  3  which garnered two more Grammy Awards and spawned multiple worldwide tours. Never limited to music, Jill Scott is a true multimedia brand across books, clothing, TV and film. Most recently, Jill starred in Get On Up: A James Brown Biopic, as DeeDee, the wife of James Brown. She also starred alongside Tyler Perry & Janet Jackson in the #1 national movie series Why Did I Get Married? (Pt. 1 and 2), Baggage Claim, Steel Magnolias and Sins of the Mother which aired on Lifetime and became the second-most watched premiere in the network's history. Jill was casted as the lead character in the HBO/BBC mini-series filmed on location in Botswana, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency, a Peabody Award-winning show directed by the late Oscar Award-winning director Anthony Minghella.

7:45 PM & 9:45 PM

JAZZ IS PHSH

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

JAZZ IS PHSH is an instrumental tribute to Phish inspired by the popular tribute to The Grateful Dead, “Jazz is Dead”. JAZZ IS PHSH is a collective of prominent musicians from the Jazz and Jam scenes that have come together in their appreciation of Phish music to reimagine Phish in an instrumental, jazz fusion setting! The arrangements and performances of the band are built around their upcoming album which will feature many amazing musicians including Dennis Chambers (Santana, Miles Davis, Parliament-Funkadelic), Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band, The Flecktones), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Giant Country Horns, Cosmic Crewe), Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio Band), Grant Green Jr. (Groove Masters), Anthony Wellington (Victor Wooten Band), & many more! Founded in 2015 by The Chase Brothers, Adam Chase and Matthew Chase, JAZZ IS PHSH has quickly become a world renown tribute to Phish, attracting some of the most influential musicians in the jazz and jam scenes to take part in this collective approach to paying tribute to one of the most important and influential bands in Rock and Roll history.

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THE TAVERN AT GIBBS

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ocated in downtown Rochester on the corner of University Avenue and Gibbs Street, the Tavern at Gibbs is your destination for a great meal, night out, or late night bite after the show. Start your evening off with a cocktail, locally brewed craft beer, or glass of wine at our bar and enjoy the classic approachable comfort of the Tavern at Gibbs. Our chef sources local meats, vegetables and produce for each freshly prepared dish. The menu features mouthwatering steaks, chicken, and Italian dishes. Follow us on our Facebook page (Tavern at Gibbs) for the most current Specials & Events.

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FRIDAY

JUNE 29

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

TFUNK CREW

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

TFunk Crew features several of Toronto’s finest Studio Musicians. Well known to Rochester audiences as the rhythm section for Soul Stew, they will be making their American debut at the Xerox Rochester International Festival! TFunk crew performs a selection of Instrumental  Jazz/ Funk classics by artists such as Grant Green, The Meters, Head Hunters, Eddie Harris, Crusaders and Tom Scott. Look for some surprise guests, jamming with them too. The band is led by Roberto Occhipinti on bass,John Johnson on sax,David Gray on Guitar ,Matt Horner on Organ and Mark Kelson on Drums

9:00 PM

ST GERMAIN

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

FREE

An uncontested and respected figure in the world of electronic music for the past two decades, a pioneer of the “French Touch” and a creator of intelligent, sensual and original deep house, St Germain has always stood out. His consummate art thrives on a subtle mixture of machines and instruments, of authentic roots and modern influences. His music is a complex blend, reflecting his love of the blues, jazz and Black music of all kinds, with hypnotic electronic loops and harmoniously intertwined vocal samples.  Who can forget the renowned “Alabama Blues” or “Rose Rouge,” the hit single played all around the world… even during Rolling Stones’ concerts!

9:00PM

POKEY LAFARGE

City of Rochester Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health

FREE

Day after day, pencil in hand, always dressed in blue. Never feeling satisfied. Itchy. Incomplete. Attired halfway between a businessman and a janitor, Pokey LaFarge tries to make sense of trouble he’s seen and trouble he’s been in. This is the Great Why of his unending passion for songwriting. An unquenchable need to be heard in a world where everyone is talking and nobody is listening. The songs on Pokey’s transformative new album MANIC REVELATIONS demand your attention. Here, you get the feeling this man is constantly reshuffling the deck in favor of some outcome or other. Each chord, each riff shades the stories he sets up in his lyrics. But make no mistake – no matter how the cards lay, he is searching for the purest truth; he loves laying in the muck. Whatever it takes to serve the song. He wouldn’t know what to do if his life were any other way. Sit with him over a cup of coffee at The Mud House on Cherokee Street in South City St. Louis, and you’ll see for yourself: he easily is uneasy, pushing one squalid thought away to make way for another, sometimes darker one. It’s not that he’s a miserable guy; quite the opposite. To lay it plain: you simply don’t get songs like these without becoming very friendly with the darkness in your head, and with the social distortion of the day. These are the currents Pokey dips into to create his songs.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester, The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar FREE

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SATURDAY 3:45PM, 4:30PM & 5:15PM

JUNE 30

HOBART & WILLIAM SMITH JAZZ BAND NEWARK HS JAZZ BAND MCC JAZZ BAND City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 5:30 PM & 7:15 PM

DEVA MAHAL

Harro East Ballroom

Club Pass or $30

Deva Mahal was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she’s forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel. Listeners will get their first taste of that distinctive approach in October 2017 with the release of Deva’s debut EP from Motéma Music. The full scope of her voice and vision will be revealed in 2018 on Run Deep, her aptly-named first album, produced by Scott Jacoby (Vampire Weekend, José James, Coldplay) along with newcomer Jarrett Wetherell. The title captures not only her estimable musical bloodline but the finely-hewn emotions that course through her songs. Deva plumbs her own emotional depths to explore issues of overcoming adversity, battling one’s own demons and dealing with the pains of love and loss, alongside wry observations on contemporary romance. She breathes vivid life into those songs with a knockout voice that combines pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. Deva (presciently, or perhaps an example of self-fulfilling prophecy, her name is pronounced “Diva” but given a slight twist) is the daughter of blues icon Taj Mahal and Inshirah Mahal, a dancer, artist and educator who Deva refers to as “my rock.” Their support and influence combined with Deva’s inborn passion and soaring talents make her a formidable and inspirational artist.

5:45 PM & 7:45 PM

GEOFFREY KEEZER

(See Bio on Page 93)

Hatch Recital Hall

Club Pass or $30

6:00 PM

ABE NOURI

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE 6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

AKIKO TSURUGA ORGAN TRIO Montage Music Hall

Club Pass or $30 She’s “Sweet and Funky,” she’s “Cute and Bad.” A Composer. A Performer extraordinaire. The legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith describes her this way: “Akiko's playing is like watching a flower blooming, a bird spreading her wings in the music world. Akiko is here to stay.” Raised in Osaka, Japan, this talented musician began studying the organ at the age of three, at the famed Yamaha Music School. After discovering her passion for jazz very early on in her musical journey, Akiko launched her career immediately after graduating from the Osaka College of Music. While living and playing in Osaka, she had many opportunities to perform with worldrenowned jazz musicians from the U.S. Meeting Grady Tate, in particular, was a life-changing event for Akiko. He took a great interest in her after hearing her play, and ultimately convinced her that to fully pursue her career in jazz she must make the move to the United States. He further showed his belief in her talent by performing on her debut album in Japan, Harlem Dreams. After landing in New York City, it didn’t take long for Akiko to make her mark - she was soon embraced not only by audiences, but by her fellow musicians, as one of the top organ players in the city.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 30

6:00 PM & 10:00 PM

BILL GOODWIN TRIO Wilder Room

Club Pass or $30

An almost completely self-taught drummer, Bill attributes his early interest in the drums to Shelly Manne's playing on the movie soundtrack of “The Man with the Golden Arm.” Before that he had taken piano lessons and studied the tenor saxophone. His father's extensive record collection gave him the opportunity to hear and learn songs, and he still hears the form of the music first. From 1959 to the present, Goodwin has been a professional drummer, playing with the likes of Bill Evans, Dexter Gordon, Art Pepper, Jim Hall, George Shearing and Bobby Hutcherson, and singers such as June Christy, Joe Williams, Roseanna Vitro, Tony Bennett and Manhattan Transfer. The drum chair with Gary Burton brought him to the East Coast in 1969. After a three year stint with Burton's group Bill settled down in an old farmhouse in the Poconos and worked the resorts. It was there that he and bassist Steve Gilmore became a team. Goodwin, like Gilmore, is a charter member of The Phil Woods Quartet (now Quintet), joining at its inception in 1974. Phil Woods says, "Bill is the magic ingredient in our all acoustic group. He is one of the masters who plays the song, not just the time. He shades and tints beautifully. He plays the music."

6:00 PM & 9:00 PM

MATT WILSON’S HONEY & SALT BAND

Kilbourn Hall, ESM

Club Pass or $35

Matt Wilson, his versatility, dedication, and sense of humor, is in high demand for his unique drumming style. He was voted the Downbeat Critic's Poll #1 Rising Star Drummer for five consecutive years. Wilson recently performed with Herbie Hancock, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dianne Reeves, Chris Botti, Randy Brecker, Antonio Hart, and James Genus for a White House State Dinner concert hosted by President Obama. Wilson works with band leaders Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Charlie Haden, Lee Konitz, Bob Stewart, Denny Seitlin, Ron Miles, Marty Ehrlich, Ted Nash, Jane Ira Bloom, and Dena DeRose. Wilson also leads the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts and Crafts, Christmas Tree-O and now, his latest, "Honey And Salt," music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg. Wilson's newest group and project - a music & spoken word effort - not only offers the audience to hear his special musical sensibilities but also have the pleasure of hearing others join the ensemble and hear Sandburg's poetry read and woven into the performance's fabric.

6:00 PM

NEW ENERGY JAZZ ORCHESTRA Rochester Regional Health Big Tent FREE

6:15 PM & 10:00 PM

WILLIAM SPERANDEI QUARTET FEATURING PAT LABARBERA Max of Eastman Place Club Pass or $30

At the recommendation of Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter William Sperandei left Canada to continue his studies at the University of New Orleans under the direction of Ellis Marsalis. During the time he lived in Louisiana, he played with some of the best of the best including Nicholas Payton, Marcus Roberts, Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, Victor Goines, Charmaine Neville, and Harry Connick Jr. In 1992, he opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Rome Jazz Festival and undertook a stint teaching jazz improvisation at the University of Innsbruck in Austria. William recently performed as the trumpet of Louis Armstrong in the live film score for the biopic “Louis” written by Wynton Marsalis. “Accomplice” is William’s fourth album.  In addition to the Juno-nominated “Stealing Genius,” which he released with Amy McConnell, William released two critically acclaimed solo albums:  “Bobo’s Blues” and “When I Fall In Love.” Western NY’s own Pat LaBarbera has been among the key members of the Toronto jazz scene for the past three-plus decades, claiming Junos and 'Jazz Report' Awards for writing and performing with his own jazz ensembles all along the way. He has been on the full-time teaching faculty at Humber College instructing on Saxophone, Ensemble Performance, Jazz Repertoire Development, and Advanced Jazz Theory and Performance Practice, while continuing to write, perform, and record with his own trios and quartets.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 30

6:30 PM & 9:00 PM

GAP MANGIONE

& THE NEW BIG BAND IN CONCERT!

Xerox Auditorium

Club Pass or $30

Gap Mangione has always loved big bands. His first experiences with them was as a youngster when his father would take him and his brother Chuck to hear the best of them in live performance. As a teenager he was arranging for and playing in semiprofessional groups. During his college days at Syracuse University, he was house pianist at the 1200-seat Three Rivers Inn Theater Restaurant and played in big bands accompanying the likes of Sammy Davis, Jr. and Nat King Cole. His first solo recording, Diana In The Autumn Wind, introduced the big band writing talents of Gap Mangione and Chuck Mangione to a national audience. Today, Gap has his own big band and sustains a passion for the sounds and possibilities of this wonderful musical entity. The Big Band was formed to play a 30-week engagement at a dance club in 1990. Assembling the best musicians who lived near Rochester, Gap wrote for the group and gathered musical contributions from others including Dizzy Gillespie and Chuck Mangione. The resulting combination of musicians, arrangements, and variety of material has kept the band in demand from dance clubs and jazz festivals to formal gala social occasions, from concerts to business entertainment functions. This band with three trumpets, three trombones, four saxophones, rhythm section and vocalists, includes in repertoire arrangements from swing era bands through more modern big bands to the best in popular music, arranged specifically for this group.

6:45 PM & 8:45 PM

MARK LEWANDOSKI TRIO

Christ Church - Made in the UK Series Club Pass or $30

Bassist Mark Lewandowski brings together two of the most highly respected musicians from the UK and U.S. jazz scenes to explore the catalogue of one of the most nostalgic early innovators of jazz - the great Thomas ‘Fats’ Waller. They will be delving into Waller’s music and bringing their own personal spin on his repertoire following the release of Mark’s highly acclaimed debut release, ‘Waller.’ Three musicians known for their intricate dialogues and strong humor, paying tribute to another musician who had these attributes. Mixing the traditional with the modern, this trio brings a little of 1930s Harlem into the 21st Century. Mark originally hails from Nottingham, England and his interest in the bass took him to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. While studying at the school Mark rapidly created a strong name for himself on the London scene; playing regularly at the world-famous Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in only his second year in the capital. He was also awarded the Yamaha Jazz Award, and now resides in New York where he is continuing his studies as part of the celebrated Artist Diploma program at the prestigious Juilliard School. He has performed with a diverse range of musicians including John Surman, Buddy Greco, Wynton Marsalis, Vic Juris, Martin Carthy & Zoe Rahman. "Three musicians, closer to the cutting edge of jazz, have successfully brought Fats Waller’s 1930’s classics into the 20th century...absolutely delightful..."  - Bebop Spoken Here  "This thoroughly modern trio never lose sight of the playful, hard-swinging and hard-living personality that lay at the heart of all Waller’s music."  - Jazz Views  Mark Lewandowski (Double Bass), Liam Noble (Piano), Francesco Ciniglio (Drums) This performance made possible by Pizza Express Live and the PRS Foundation in the UK

7:00 PM & 9:15 PM

SULTANS OF STRING Temple Theater

Club Pass or $30

2017 JUNO nominees and SiriusXM winners Sultans of String  create  “Energetic and exciting music from a band with talent to burn!”  (Maverick Magazine UK).  Thrilling their audiences with their genrehopping  passport of Celtic reels, flamenco, Gypsy-jazz, Arabic, Cuban, and South Asian rhythms, Sultans of String  celebrate musical fusion and human  creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Fiery violin dances with rumba-flamenco guitar, while bass and percussion lay down unstoppable grooves. Acoustic strings meet with electronic wizardry to create layers and depth of sound, while world rhythms excite audiences to their feet with the  irresistible need to dance. Since forming 10 years ago, Sultans of String’s CDs have hit #1 across Canada on Top Ten national radio charts, and have received  multiple awards and accolades,  including 3  JUNO  (Canada’s Grammy) nominations, first place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), three Canadian Folk Music Awards, plus special guest recordings and sharing the stage with artists such as  Bruce Cockburn,  Paddy  Moloney  and  The Chieftains, Richard Bona, Benoit Bourque (Bottine Souriante), Nikki Yanofsky, Alex Cuba, Ruben Blades, Crystal Shawanda, and Ken Whiteley.

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SATURDAY

JUNE 30

7:00 PM

COMMUNITY SOUL PROJECT

(See Bio on Page 95)

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage

FREE

7:30 PM & 9:30PM

JOE BEARD BAND

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage

Presented by The Community Foundation

FREE

Joe Beard was born in Ashland, Mississippi and grew up in Tennessee with Matt ‘guitar’Murphy, learning guitar from Ernest Scruggs and Nathan Beauregard. In the early 1960s, Joe sat in with John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, and B.B. King. Joe became friends with the most influential blues men of all time, Son House, in Rochester NY, where he played often with him before his death. He has had several successful albums, including recordings with Ronnie Earl, David ‘fathead’ Newman, and Duke Robillard. Joe has played and shared the stage with nearly every blues star, including a Bobby Bland, Albert Collins, Johnny and Shemeka Copeland, Roomful of Blues, Gatemouth Brown, Charles Brown, and his good friend, Buddy Guy. Joe was inducted into the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2017.

7:30 PM & 9:30 PM

THOMAS STRONEN – TIME IS A BLIND GUIDE

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

In 2017, Thomas Strønen and his ensemble Time is A blind Guide recorded their new album "Lucus" at the marvelous Auditorio of radio RSI in Lugano  with ECM master Manfred Eicher. The result? A true master work! Very special "Lucus" was released by ECM in January 2018.   Time Is A Blind Guide  is, quite simply, a stunning record that stands out in Strønen's already impressive discography as one of his most expansive, cinematic and flat-out lyrical albums to date. An album so compelling that it truly deserves the term masterpiece, in a time when the word "classic" is bantered about far too often, it also creates hope that there will be more Time Is A Blind Guide compositions to come from Strønen's pen...and from this nimble group, clearly responsive and connected to his music at the deepest, mitochondrial level. Thomas Strønen – drums, Ayumi Tanaka – piano, Håkon Aase – violin, Leo Svensson Sander – cello, Mats Eilertsen – bass

7:45PM & 9:45 PM

ERIC KRASNO BAND

Squeezers Stage at Anthology Club Pass or $30

For nearly two decades, Eric Krasno has been an omnipresent figure in popular music. We've heard his virtuosic, innovative guitar playing with Soulive and Lettuce (both of which he cofounded), seen him onstage supporting the likes of the Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, John Mayer and The Roots, watched him take home multiple GRAMMY Awards, and benefited from his deft, behind-the-scenes work as a producer and songwriter for everyone from Norah Jones, Tedeschi Trucks, and 50 Cent to Talib Kweli, Aaron Neville, and Allen Stone. Krasno's recent solo album, 'Blood From A Stone,' reveals a previously unknown and utterly compelling side of his artistry, though, inviting us to bear witness as he both literally and metaphorically finds his voice.

8:30 PM & 10:00 PM

BUTCHER BROWN

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Club Pass or $30

Marcus Tenney, Morgan Burrs, Corey Fonville, Andrew Randazzo, and DJ Harrison. Straight out of the underground, a steady rumble is building and it’s called Butcher  Brown. Pulsing from the nerve center of Jellowstone Studios in Richmond VA,  Butcher  Brown  takes careful note of the history and legacy of jazz and throws caution to the wind with wanton abandon. Garage punk jazz funk on the low end of the dial gives way to delicate and elegant compositions as the band shows off without trying. These are not just players, these are musicians.

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GETTING AROUND THE FESTIVAL VISIT ROCHESTERJAZZ.COM AND DOWNLOAD OUR FREE APP FOR INFO, MAPS, AND MORE! ACCESSIBILITY 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 and Saturday (on Chestnut) • Near Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park Stage (Friday June 29 only) • Free Shuttle sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC - is wheelchair accessible. (See shuttle info on page 111) 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. AIRPORT Distance from the airport to the festival is about 15 minutes.  Greater Rochester International Airport Information ATMS Courtesy of our presenting sponsor, M&T Bank, ATMs are located in several locations around the festival. See the map for exact locations. BIKE RACKS & BIKE SHARE You may park your bike in racks located in the parking lot of the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent at the corner of Main and Chestnut. Bikes are also for rent via Zagster at multiple locations around downtown.  Here are the Zagster/Pace bikeshare stations are in and around the Festival: • Main & Gibbs • Main & Scio • Liberty Pole Plaza • East & Winthrop • East & Alexander • Chestnut & Court BUS ROUTES - ROCHESTER TRANSIT SERVICE • 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 1 a.m., 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. EATING   We offer a wide variety of food and beverages at the festival on: • E. Main St. between Chestnut St. and Gibbs St. • East Ave. near Chestnut St. and Gibbs St. on Fridays and Saturdays Food and beverages are also served at the following Club Pass venues. • Harro East Ballroom • Max at Eastman Place • Anthology • Wilder Room • Rochester Regional Health Big Tent There are also many restaurants in the festival area. 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 100 East Avenue, open during the festival 10 a.m. –10 p.m. daily during the fest. Call (585) 454-2060 • Get the official XRIJF App! Free, 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, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram

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SATURDAY

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TOWER OF POWER – 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR! City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health

FREE

Tower of Power's musical odyssey actually began in 1968 when Emilio Castillo met Stephen "Doc" Kupka in July of that year. When Doc auditioned during a band rehearsal at Emilio's house, Emilio's father called him into the kitchen and offered the following advice: "Hire that guy, he's got something." Doc and his signature baritone sax sound were now in the band, and on August 13, 1968, Tower of Power, as we know them today, began playing gigs, and soon became very well known in the area. Many other bands came out of the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60's. Bands like The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Santana, Big Brother, Journey, Cold Blood and others all helped to define the "San Francisco Sound." Tower of Power has always claimed Oakland, California as its hometown. Playing area venues and making a name for themselves, Tower of Power's big break was just around the corner. Each year Tower of Power tours the U.S., Japan and Europe, playing to sold-out crowds all over the world. Recent releases include their 40th Anniversary Concert Blu Ray recorded at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco and "Hipper Than Hip" a remastered gem that was tucked away in the Warner Brothers vault since 1974. Tower has never been busier or more in demand. New generations of fans come to see the band perform as their timeless music continues to excite fans of all ages.

10:30 PM

JAM SESSION LED BY KARL STABNAU

Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel, The Street Craft Kitchen & Bar FREE

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LODGING Official XRIJF 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 XRIJF 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.

LOST & FOUND

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. 

MERCHANDISE

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.

PARKING

XRIJF 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 people who park illegally.

● EAST END GARAGE, 475 MAIN ST. EAST, ROCHESTER, NY 14604 (585) 428-6870. Use Scio Street entrance $7 per car, starting 4:00 PM daily, Sat/Sunday $7 per car starting at 11AM ● MIDTOWN GARAGE, ENTRANCE IS ON CLINTON AVE OR 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 ● METERED PARKING NEAR MIDTOWN - free after 6PM and on weekends ● WASHINGTON SQUARE GARAGE, 111 WOODBURY BOULEVARD, ROCHESTER, NY 14607. (585) 232-3810. $7 per car, starting at 5:00 PM daily, Sat $7 per car starting at 11AM

● NYSUT LOT, 30 N. UNION STREET (CORNER OF CHARLOTTE ST.), ROCHESTER, NY 14607 Free,  No overnights or WILL be towed.

● SOUTH AVENUE GARAGE, 39 STONE STREET, ROCHESTER, NY 14604

First two hours: $2.00; Each additional hour or fraction: $2.00; Daily Maximum: $10.00; Saturday and Sunday Maximum: $6.00 ● SURFACE LOTS, fees vary, all are operated by private owners, the festival does not operate any parking.

● NYSUT & ISAAC HEATING LOTS, 30 N. UNION STREET (CORNER OF CHARLOTTE ST.), ROCHESTER, NY 14607. $7 daily, No overnights or WILL be towed. ● SISTER CITIES GARAGE, 28 N. FITZHUGH ST., ROCHESTER, NY 14614, 1st 2 hours: $2, each

additional hour (or any part of) add $2.00/hr up to $10.00 daily max, weekends free ● METERED STREET PARKING, free after 6PM, please read signs and only park in legal spots STREET CLOSINGS GIBBS STREET (From East Ave to E. Main) Friday, June 15 (7AM) to Monday, July 2 (Midnight) CHESTNUT (From East Main to East Ave)

Friday, June 22 (6AM) to Saturday, June 23 (2AM) Friday, June 29 (6AM) to Saturday, June 30 (2AM)

EAST AVE (From East Main to Scio) and CHESTNUT (From Broad to East Ave)

June 22-June 30 5PM - 11PM

MAIN STREET (from Gibbs to Chestnut-not to include Gibbs or Chestnut)

Friday, June 22 to Saturday June 30 (5pm-midnight)

COURT STREET (Broad Street to Chestnut Street) June 29 (7AM-Midnight)

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PHOTOGRAPHY NOTICE The use of cameras (still, video, cell phones) and recording devices is strictly prohibited at all indoor concerts at XRIJF. Photography is permitted only by credentialed photographers in designated areas. Concertgoers 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.  RESTROOMS Restrooms are located inside every venue. There are also portable bathrooms outside of the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent, the alley adjacent to Kilbourn Hall, along with the Avangrid/RG&E Barclay Damon Fusion Tent, and on Chestnut Street during the Friday and Saturday concerts.  SHUTTLE SERVICE Look for our shuttle bus that is accessible and accommodates two wheelchairs. It will circulate all 9 days of the fest from 3PM–11:45PM stopping at key festival venues. Onboard WiFi. Look for shuttle stop signs. Shuttle route loop takes approximately 30 minutes. Sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC. Shuttle Stops - final list of stops will be announced  in June  • Anthology on East Ave.  • Harro East Ballroom on N. Chestnut St. • Hyatt Regency Rochester on E. Main St. • E. Main St. at N. Chestnut St. • Temple Building Theater on Liberty Pole Way • Xerox Auditorium on E. Broad St. • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial Park Stage on Chestnut St. (Friday, June 29 only) TICKETS • Headliner show and Club Pass tickets if still available – purchase online at rochesterjazz.com, or visit the Jazz Fest Ticket Shop at 100 East Ave open now through June 22 from 10PM–5PM and daily during the fest June 22 - June 30  from 10AM–10PM.  • Club Shows – enter with the Club Pass or $30/$35 cash only at the door. Firstcome, first-served for everyone, no reserved seating, no advance sales. Redeem your Club Pass ticket before you attend any shows at Ticket Shop as soon as it is open in June and during the festival or in the Merchandise Tent during the festival. Tickets cannot be redeemed at venues. • Free Shows – no tickets required, all shows rain or shine. WHAT TO  BRING • For free shows, you can bring lawn/stadium chairs • Your tickets and Club Pass! (Please write your cell number on your pass.) WHAT NOT TO BRING •Pets, Coolers, and Food ©2002-2018 Copyright RIJF, LLC. d/b/a Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank. All rights reserved.

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