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Thursday, June 27 - Artist Bios

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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. (AC) davidsanborn.com

Brad Turner Quartet Canadian artist Brad Turner is a triple threat on drums, piano, and trumpet. His compositions are airy but not frivolous, exploratory without leaving the audience wishing for its GPS. (FD) bradturnermusic.com

Carmen Souza London-based Carmen Souza's voice is quite elastic as it weaves around in elegant swirls between a flurry of irresistible scat topped off with a Nina Simone warble/vibrato. Her guitar and piano work is rather understated as it gives way to her voice, but is no less jaw-dropping. (FD) myspace.com/carmensouza

Culture Clash with Carl Atkins Before directing the music program at Rochester Institute of Technology, saxophonist Carl Atkins was known for his leadership roles with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Hochstein School of Music. Over his career Atkins has also co-directed the Thelonious Monk Institute and played with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, and Jaki Byard. (RN)

Dirty Dozen Brass Band Dirty Dozen's blend of funk, jazz, and R&B will make you want to party. The band's songs are defined by a funky bass line and fast beat combined with high-energy horns that will leave your head spinning. (AC) dirtydozenbrass.com

Garland Jeffreys Band He was part of the more subversive side to New York's folk scene in the late 1960's, rubbed elbows with a pre-Velvet Lou Reed, and played guitar on John Cale's "Vintage Violence." Jeffreys often tackles difficult topics based on race and life through the eyes of a musician. (FD) garlandjeffreys.com

Gem City Based in Dayton, Ohio, Gem City plays a mix of rock, funk and jazz. The group is half-rock band, half-jazz band, with horns blaring alongside guitar riffs. Gem City has opened for artists like Lupe Fiasco and The Werks. (AC) gemcityhorns.com

Herb Smith He is the third trumpet with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, but Herb Smith's range extends well beyond classical music. The Eastman School of Music professor has played with Al Jarreau, Natalie Cole, Yes, Doc Severinsen, The O'Jays, and other top acts. (RN) herbtrumpet.com

Howard Levy Howard Levy's harmonica technique helped Bela Fleck and the Flecktones find its signature sound. Levy has won two Grammys and played with greats like Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Styx, and Paul Simon. His music blends Latin, jazz, funk, and classical elements. (AC) levyland.com

Jacob Karlzon & Viktoria Tolstoy Though I don't believe in man-made structures built to trap god, when swell Swede Viktoria Tolstoy (Leo's great-granddaughter) performed in the Lutheran Church at the Jazz Fest a few years back, it made the concept of the divine a bit more plausible. This year Tolstoy will be accompanied on piano by Jacob Karlzon. (FD) jacobkarlzon.com,viktoriatolstoy.com

Mingo Fishtrap Folks can get touchy when it comes to their soul and r&b. If you stray too far from it, you lose them. If you adhere to tradition too hard, they're gone. However, if you get funky and do it right, they'll flock to you. Join the flock as this Texas band gets up and gets down. (FD) mingofishtrap.com

Ravi Coltrane Quartet OK, he's John Coltrane's kid. There, we said it. And certainly musical talent runs in families, but Ravi Coltrane is his own man. He's a post-bop, angular, free-wheeling saxophonist who emits sweet bursts of melody with antagonistic honks, as if he's off on a kind of search for something. Be there when he finds it. (FD) ravicoltrane.com

Rudresh Mahanthappa's Gamak See feature on page 34. rudreshm.com

Scottish National Jazz Orchestra The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra has mastered the playing styles of classic big bands, like the ones run by Ellington and Basie. They have studied Monk, Mingus, Davis, and Coltrane. Latin and modern jazz are no challenge, either. Whether tackling standards or movie scores, these musicians make their predecessors proud. (AC) snjo.co.uk

Soul Stew Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Teddy Pendergrass may be gone, but Soul Stew is keeping their music alive and funkin'. Made up of the top studio musicians in Toronto and featuring the powerful lead vocals of Michael Dunston, Soul Stew will see to it that you get up offa that thing. (RN) myspace.com/torontosoulstew

Zoe Rahman An extraordinary pianist with British and Bengali heritage, Zoe Rahman studied classical piano at the Royal Academy of Music and attended Oxford University before crossing the Atlantic to hone her skills at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since then Rahman has collaborated with artists like George Mraz and Courtney Pine. (RN) zoerahman.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.

    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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