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Saturday, June 22 - Artist Bios

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

Bruce Barth & Steve Wilson Two of the most sought-after musicians on the jazz scene today are pianist Bruce Barth and saxophonist Steve Wilson. Barth has lent his distinctive keyboard talents to Tony Bennett, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, and others. Wilson's sinuous sound has enhanced the work of Chick Corea, Dianne Reeves, and Joe Henderson. (RN) brucebarth.com, stevewilsonmusic.com

Coupe De Villes Rochester blues cruisers The Coupe De Villes have been rockin de ville for more than 30 years. The band is as much a classic rock 'n' roll outfit as is a straight-up blues group. Humble and swingin,' low down and stinging. (FD) coupedevilles.com

Delbert McClinton Delbert McClinton has one of the most recognizable voices in rock — or should we say blues? After four decades in the biz, this rockin' Texan has the audacity to release one of his best records to date. "Room to Breathe" is a righteously raucous platter full of Texas shuffle, swamp boogie, and straight-up jump 'n' blues. (FD) delbert.com

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio There are several doctors in the house this year. They call Dr. John The Nite Tripper, but they could just call B-3 master Dr. Lonnie Smith a trip. From humble doo-wop beginnings in Buffalo in the Supremes (long before Ms. Ross and crew had the name), to setting the world on fire with George Benson, to becoming the de-facto godfather of acid jazz. Dr. Smith is so cool, he'd make an Eskimo shiver. (FD) drlonniesmith.com

Halie Loren Trio Oregon-born Halie Loren's rich, warm voice has covered everything from jazz standards to original songs. Loren's vocal talents have earned her awards from Billboard International and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. She'll perform with Matt Treder on piano and Mark Schneider on bass. (AC) halieloren.com

John Mooney & Bluesiana As a resident Rochesterian in the early 70's, slide-guitar wizard John Mooney used to sit and watch Son House play on house's porch (Mrs. House reportedly didn't allow the blues in the House house). In 1976 Mooney split for swampier pastures in New Orleans, and released his first album in 1979. This will be the first appearance of the original band in several years. (FD) facebook.com/JohnMooneyLive

Loren and Mark These two guitarists have very different backgrounds. Loren Barrigar has written songs for TV shows "E.R.," "The Young and the Restless," and has played with B.B. King and Patti LaBelle. Mark Mazengarb is a New Zealander who studied classical guitar and learned from Tommy Emmanuel. Together, the acoustic guitarists combine into a flawless duo. (AC) lorenandmark.com

Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck From Bach to Brubeck is not too far a stretch when Matt Herskowitz sits down at the piano. Herskowitz is a virtuoso performer in any genre, and he doesn't mind mixing them up. By the time he's finished you'll be swinging to Schumann and dancing ballet to Brubeck. (RN) mattherskowitz.com

New York Voices New York Voices is a seamless blend of tonsils; a matrimony of gorgeous vocal buoyancy. The Grammy Award-winning quartet must be doing something right, since 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of this musical marriage and all its jazz, pop, and r&b overtones. (FD) newyorkvoices.com

Robin McKelle & The Flytones See listing for Friday, June 21.

Shuffle Demons Going to a Shuffle Demons concert gets you somewhere between a jazz show, a comedy act and a subway performance. Picture five Canadians wearing funny suits, dancing with the audience and playing some very catchy music. The band consists of saxophonists Richard Underhill, Kelly Jefferson, and Perry White, with George Koller on bass and Stich Wynston on drums. (AC) shuffledemons.com

Sienna Dahlen Sienna Dahlen's music is a gentle soundtrack to a movie too precious to make. So this Canadian multi-instrumentalist and vocalist's sonic beauty will have to take up residence in the theater of the mind. Gentle and picturesque to the max. (FD) siennadahlen.com

Terell Stafford Quartet So enthusiastic were the fans at Montage Grille during the 2006 Rochester International Jazz Festival, that they would hardly allow Terell Stafford to leave the stage. It's easy to see why Stafford is the trumpeter of choice for Benny Golson, Kenny Barron, and McCoy Tyner, who has called him, "one of the great players of our time." (RN) terellstafford.com

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra See listing for Friday, June 21.

Willie Nelson & Family At 80 years old, Willie Nelson is an American icon, a national treasure, a living legend, and a legacy. He's done everything from penning uber hits like Patsy Cline's "Crazy" to doing duets with unlikely cats like the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg. Nelson has recorded more than 60 studio albums, 10 live albums, and has been featured in numerous comps and soundtracks. On the road again? Hell, he's never come off. (FD) willienelson.com

YolanDa Brown Saxophonist YolanDa Brown was born in London, but her Jamaican heritage adds a twist to her music. It's jazz saxophone with a reggae beat. Brown has worked with greats like Monty Alexander, Hilario Duran, Otis Williams, and The Temptations. She is regarded as one of the U.K.'s premier saxophonists. (AC) yolandabrown.co.uk

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)

    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.

    Friday, June 28 - Artist Bios

    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.

    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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