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Friday, June 28 - Artist Bios

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Ben Taylor Imagine the expectation that comes with being the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Ben Taylor lives up to that expectation, but with a voice all his own. His singing is soft and relaxing, but delivers a powerful punch of emotion. The Little Theatre should be a perfect venue for his brand of intimate performance. (AC) bentaylormusic.com

Carmen Souza See listing for Thursday, June 27.

Cyrus Chestnut Pianist extraordinaire Cyrus Chestnut is the son of a church organist and a choir director, so it should be no surprise that even when he plays straight-ahead jazz it's infused with gospel. His specialty is inspirational music, so among the standards he chooses, you might hear tunes like "Bridge Over Troubled Waters." (RN) cyruschestnut.net

Dirty Dozen Brass Band See listing for Thursday, June 27.

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers Last summer Dwayne Dopsie blew the roof off of the Jazz Fest Big Tent. This is accordion like you've never heard it before. It's fast, flaming, and has all the cajun spice of Dopsie's Louisiana stomping grounds. And don't forget the washboard, drums, guitar, and saxophone that accompany it. (AC) dwaynedopsie.com

Frampton's Guitar Circus It's not so much a bucket list, but rather a to-do list. Somewhere about midway down is to hear Humble Pie's "30 Days In The Hole" blasting off the Eastman Theatre stage. Most may know the band's guitarist, Peter Frampton, as a solo artist through his top-selling live album, "Frampton Comes Alive." Celebrating the album's 35th anniversary, Frampton is hitting the road with some heavy guitar talent with his "Guitar Circus" show. In Rochester's case it's Robert Cray. (FD) frampton.com

Gas House Gorillas See feature on page 40. gashousegorillas.org

Giacomo Gates & Friends Giacomo Gates has absorbed the vocal stylings of Frank Sinatra, Jon Hendricks, and other greats. He also employs the phrasing of legendary instrumentalists like Dexter Gordon and Lester Young, and not just when he scat-sings. Gates' most recent album, exploring the music of Miles Davis, topped the jazz charts this spring. (RN) giacomogates.com

Gregory Porter The voices of Nat King Cole, Joe Williams, and Donny Hathaway can all be heard in the smooth, classic tones of Gregory Porter. The Grammy-nominated singer draws from these influences and adds his own soulful power. Every line he sings is packed with emotion. (AC) gregoryporter.com

Hilario Duran Trio Cuban-born Canadian pianist Hilario Duran is at the forefront of Afro-Cuban and Latin jazz. His playing and compositions have earned him two Junos, more than a dozen national jazz awards in Canada, and a Grammy nomination (FD) hilarioduran.com

James Hunter Six James Hunter is simply an incredible soul singer. And he slings a mean guitar over his band's classic chug. It's all there: rhythm and blues, swing and swagger. Hunter's voice is reminiscent of Van Morrison, for whom he sang back up in the 1990's. His latest with The James Hunter Six is "Minute by Minute," produced by Daptone Records' Gabriel Roth (Sharon Jones, Amy Winehouse). (FD) jameshuntermusic.com

Karl Stabnau Born and raised in Rochester, baritone saxophonist Karl Stabnau grew up around our city's jazz scene, and it shows. He won the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra's "Search for a Star" competition, and won first place in the Jazz at Lincoln Center's jazz essay competition. Now he teaches and performs around New York State. (AC) karlstabnaujazz.com

Mingo Fishtrap See listing for Thursday, June 27.

Phronesis Bassist Jasper Høiby's fingers fly over his bass, while Ivo Neame and Anton Eger play piano and drums with equal flair. Together they are Phronesis, a word referring to Aristotle's concept of practical knowledge enhancing the quality of life. Jazzwise Magazine calls them "the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST." (RN) phronesismusic.com

Shemekia Copeland Blues-shouting chanteuse Shemekia Copeland goes way beyond her bluesy bloodline (dad was Johnny Copeland), breathing contemporary soul and even pop into her music. This ballsy blast furnace still adheres to the roots as she blows lids off joints worldwide. She's traded licks with the likes of Buddy, B.B., Mick, and Eric. Now it's your turn. (FD) shemekiacopeland.com

Youn Sun-Nah & Ulf Wakenius Swedish guitarist Ulf Wakenius, who played extensively with Oscar Peterson, can cram so many notes into a phrase he might be called the Oscar Peterson of the guitar. Wakenius will meet his match when he collaborates with the other-worldly Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah. (RN) younsunnah.com, myspace.com/ulfwakenius

In This Guide...

    Friday June 21 - Schedule

    3:45, 4:30 & 5 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass)

    INTERVIEW: Pink Martini

    With equal dashes Esquivel lounge and Martin Denny exotica, chilled on retro rocks and poured into a Camelot-era America glass, Pink Martini is the ultimate in sophisticated pop cool and classic, jazzy swing. Since 1994, this ensemble from Portland, Oregon, has traveled the world plugging into orchestras along the way.

    Friday, June 21 - Artist Bios

    Bill Dobbins Bill Dobbins is director of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra, but European jazz aficionados know him as the long-time conductor of the WDR Big Band (1994-2002) and occasional conductor of the Metropole Orchestra. Dobbins is also an excellent pianist who has played with Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Peter Erskine.

    Saturday, June 22 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 22 - Artist Bios

    78 RPM Big Band This group originated in the early 70's as an Oktoberfest band in Western New York. Over the years it has traded the oom-pa-pa-oom for some sweet swing a la Glenn, Tommy, and Artie.

    Sunday, June 23 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    INTERVIEW: Marti Brom

    There's a spot in certain female voices — a transitional spot, if you will — between sweet vibrato and growl. Texas rockabilly songstress Marti Brom traverses this vocal twilight beautifully, leaving a slew of broken hearts in her wake.

    Sunday, June 23 - Artist Bios

    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Brothers Michael and David Doucet began touring Louisiana in 1986. Since then their cajun dance music has earned them Grammy nominations and even a Super Bowl performance.

    Monday, June 24 - Schedule

    Noon: Mike Kaupa Quartet Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

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    Monday, June 24 - Artist Bios

    Alfredo Rodriguez When Alfredo Rodriguez plays a ballad, he leans so far into the piano that you might think he's kissing the keys. In a way he is, with the exquisite touch of his fingers.

    Tuesday, June 25 - Schedule

    Noon: Nick Finzer Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    INTERVIEW: Anat Cohen

    When Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen steps out of her Brooklyn home, she finds herself between two worlds. Cohen resides in Williamsburg, a vital neighborhood in the New York jazz scene.

    Tuesday, June 25 - Artist Bios

    Alfredo Rodriguez See listing for Monday, June 24. Anat Cohen See feature on page 22.

    Wednesday, Jun 26 - Schedule

    Noon: Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Wednesday, Jun 26 - Artist Bios

    Aaron Goldberg Trio When Wynton Marsalis hired Aaron Goldberg to play piano for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he called him "a modern improviser of great clarity, finesse, and dexterity." A sought-after sideman, Goldberg has lent his keyboard talents to Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and many others.

    Thursday, June 27 - Schedule

    Noon: Herb Smith Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120)

    INTERVIEW: Rudresh Mahanthappa

    It's not unusual for a jazz artist to lead several groups, but Rudresh Mahanthappa just might hold the record. He leads or co-leads 10 different ensembles.

    Thursday, June 27 - Artist Bios

    Bob James and David Sanborn with Steve Gadd Saxophonist David Sanborn has played with famous artists from every genre imaginable — David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, the Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, and Eric Clapton are just a few. For this concert he will be joined by keyboardist Bob James, drummer Steve Gadd, and bassist James Genus.

    Friday, June 28 - Schedule

    Noon: Karl Stabnau Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120)

    INTERVIEW: Gas House Gorillas

    So, five gorillas walk into a bar... But seriously folks, five guys from Brooklyn walk into a joint in Anytown, USA, and promptly take the stage.

    Saturday, June 29 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 29 - Artist Bios

    Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk No doubt you've seen his mug and heard his horn on the tube. For 15 years he honked his horn on "Late Night with David Letterman."

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