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Saturday, June 29 - Artist Bios

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Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk No doubt you've seen his mug and heard his horn on the tube. For 15 years he honked his horn on "Late Night with David Letterman." In 2008 Chez put together the 14-piece Brothers of Funk, a blistering wall of ballsy, horn-driven rock. (FD) alchez.com

Amy Lynn & The Gunshow It's all horns, soul, and sass with this NYC outfit. The Gun Show lays it down in spades, keeping it retro-fresh (yup, made that up myself) while Lynn belts out with her beautiful voice, deprecating wit, and commanding presence. Be still my beating everything. (FD) amylynnandthegunshow.com

Blaggards It may be hard to guess that Blaggards originated in Houston, Texas, nine years ago. The band's mix of traditional Irish music and rock could come straight out of an Irish pub. Vocalists Patrick Devlin and Chad Smalley, fiddler Bonnie Riley, and drummer Michael McAloon will make you grab a pint and break into a jig. (AC) blaggards.com

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers See listing for Friday, June 28.

Five Play A few years ago, jazz critic Nat Hentoff chose an album by Five Play, the all-female band led by percussionist Sherrie Maricle, as Album of the Year. The fact that a quintet of hard-swinging women could beat all the usual male suspects who dominate the jazz world speaks volumes about Five Play. (RN) divajazz.com/fiveplay.html

Gwilym Simcock Gwilym Simcock has found a way to distinguish himself in the crowded international jazz world. In composition and style, the young British pianist's influences stretch from jazz improvisers like Keith Jarrett to classical composers like Maurice Ravel and Igor Stravinsky. (RN) gwilymsimcock.com

Kurt Elling Whether he's scatting a jazz standard or interpreting a Brill Building classic, Kurt Elling milks a song for all it's worth. He's a ubiquitous presence at the top of the Down Beat Critics Poll Male Vocalist category and each of his 10 albums has been nominated for a Grammy Award. (RN) kurtelling.com

Marianne Trudel Marianne Trudel is among the most versatile pianists of her generation, equally riveting whether playing in a Chopin-like romantic style or with Cecil Taylor-flavored dissonance. In 2007 Trudel won the Prix toiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada for the best composition played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. (RN) mariannetrudel.com

Mario Romano Quartet In the 1970's Mario Romano was an excellent young pianist on the Toronto jazz scene. After a 36-year detour, spent as one of Canada's major real-estate developers, Romano has returned to his first love, jazz. His quartet features Toronto's top players: Joe LaBarbera on sax, Roberto Occhipinti on bass, and Mark Kelso on drums. (RN) marioromano.ca

Mingo Fishtrap See listing for Thursday, June 27.

Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express As a teenager, pianist Monty Alexander played clubs in Kingston, Jamaica, with his band, Monty and the Cyclones. He made his first recording in the studio that Bob Marley later bought and named Tuff Gong. Since then he's been exploring the connection between his Jamaican roots and the jazz that flourished in Harlem. (RN) montyalexander.com

Thunder Body There are precious few non-Jamaican-born reggae artists that cut as deep a groove as Thunder Body. As an offshoot from the wildly successful Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, TB has amassed three CDs in its relatively short history. What sets this band apart is what it calls science: freeform, psychedelic meanderings that complement, then counter, each song. (FD) thunderbody.com

Tim Berne Snakeoil Tim Berne is more about presenting new ideas than giving treatment to conversations other artists have already had. This alto-sax player guides his ensemble through unique passages that run deep, but still manage to give and take breath. Organic and different, but not too weird. (FD) player.ecmrecords.com/tim-berne-snakeoil

Torben Waldorff's Wah Wah Born in Denmark and raised in Sweden, the excellent guitarist Torben Waldorff crossed the ocean to attend the famed Berklee College of Music. His "Wah Wah" CD features his latest band, with Gary Versace on keyboards; Matt Clohesy, bass; and Jon Wikan, drums. (RN) waldorff.com

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Trombone Shorty brings all of the funk and soul of New Orleans to wherever he performs. Whether he's covering Ray Charles, singing his own songs, or blasting on the trombone, Shorty makes every part of your body want to move. He and his band blend Cajun, funk, soul, and hip-hop. (AC) tromboneshorty.com

Tyson Naylor Trio Pianist Tyson Naylor is a man of few notes but, in the case of his music, less is quite a bit more. A vital part of the jazz scene in Vancouver, British Columbia, Naylor and his trio are steeped in the experimental tradition that has emerged from Scandinavia over the last several decades. (RN) tysonnaylor.com

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.

    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)

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