Friday, June 30
Ariel Pocock (Vocal jazz) Click here for more information.
Binker and Moses (New jazz) Saxophonist Binker Golding blows hot and fresh with economic bursts and fluttering flurries that fly in the face of his stripped down outing with drummer Moses Boyd. It's not that the tunes are reduced so much as this English duo makes each note or beat count. (FD) binkergolding.com
Bill Goodwin Trio (Straight-ahead jazz) In recent years, Bill Goodwin may be best known as the drummer for jazz great Phil Woods. But the Californian has had a long career that has included some unlikely twists and turns, like playing on Jefferson Airplane's "Crown of Creation" album. After that gig, and before his steady work with Woods, he lent his talents to Art Pepper, Gábor Szabó, Charles Lloyd, and many more. (RN) billgoodwindrummer.com
Bill Tiberio Band (Funky jazz) He's the director of the jazz band at Fairport High School, but Bill Tiberio has also carved out a reputation as a soulful saxophone player with a decidedly funky sound reminiscent of Maceo Parker. Over the years he's lent his talents to a variety of artists, including Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, The Four Tops, and many more. (RN) billtiberioband.com
Bonerama (Trombone-centric brass) When Harry Connick Jr. took a little hiatus, two of his trombone players went AWOL and formed a band that centers around the freight train blast of three trombones. It's a funk party wrapped in a parade. (FD) boneramabrass.com
Caravan Palace (Electro-swing) Mixing 1920's flapper jazz — complete with an undeniable Helen Kane-esque harmonious warble — with a dance club punch makes France's Caravan Palace a sort of Django-meets-Moby mash-up. It's sexy, super cool, and irresistible. (FD) caravanpalace.com
Down North (Super soul) Seattle's supersonic soul sensations, Down North, are merciless, relentless, and salacious. It's your favorite band's favorite band. All the cool kids will be talking about this show, so get on the good foot and don't miss this soul party. (FD) downnorth.bandcamp.com
Eric Krasno Band (Soul, funk, and blues) He was the co-founder of both Soulive and Lettuce; the producer and songwriter for artists as diverse as Norah Jones, Aaron Neville, and Tedeschi Trucks; and he's also the winner of several Grammy Awards. Eric Krasno is now out in front of his own smoking, soulful band, singing and playing raw blues guitar. (RN) erickrasno.com
Erik Stabnau (Straight-ahead jazz) If traditional jazz standards are your cup of tea, and you like them played melodically, saxophonist Erik Stabnau is your man. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Stabnau has shared the stage with Bill Holman, David Paich, and The O'Jays in addition to playing with Rochester's premier big band, the Dave Rivello Ensemble. (RN) erikstabnau.com
Iris Bergcrantz Group Featuring Anders Bergcrantz (Vocal jazz, folk) Iris Bergcrantz was 14 years old when she won third prize in an international vocal competition. The awards kept piling up during her teenage years in Macedonia. It only takes a short time listening to her ethereal voice to understand why Bergcrantz is one of Europe's up-and-coming singers. At the XRIJF she will be joined by the superb Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz. (RN) facebook.com/iris.bergcrantz
Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio (Jazz jam) Click here for more information.
Jon Ballantyne (Straight-ahead jazz) After winning the grand prize of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 1986, pianist Jon Ballantyne headed to New York City. It wasn't long before he started working with top artists like Joe Henderson, Roy Haynes, Dewey Redman, and Dave Liebman. He won a Juno Award in 2007 for his album "Avenue Standard" and has been featured on Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz." At the XRIJF Ballantyne will lead a workshop for young musicians. (RN) jonballantyne.com
HEADLINER | King Crimson (Prog-rock, fusion) Formed in London by guitarist Robert Fripp in 1968, this is the quintessential prog-rock band. With 21 members through its ranks over the years, King Crimson still endures with Fripp at the wheel. (FD) dgmlive.com
La Barbera Brothers (Straight-ahead jazz) Along with the Mangiones, the La Barbera Brothers are jazz royalty in these parts, or more specifically, Mt. Morris, where Joe, John, and Pat got their start. As individuals and together they've rubbed elbows with the likes of Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie. (FD)
Ronnie Foster Organ Trio (Straight-ahead jazz) Buffalo native Ronnie Foster sets himself apart from the B3 crowd by emphasizing the rhythmic possibilities of the Hammond organ. When he arrived in New York City, it didn't take long before he became an in-demand sideman with greats like George Benson, Stanley Turrentine, and Grant Green. By the 1970's, Foster was stepping out as a leader and recording his own acclaimed soul-jazz albums. (RN) bluenote.com/artists/ronnie-foster
Sammy Miller and The Congregation (Soulful jazz) This band is all about the joy, like a Pentecostal church filled with helium. Sammy Miller leads this big little band from his drum throne. The joint's gonna be jumpin'. (FD) sammymillercongregation.com
Soul'd Out Jam Sessions with Karl Stabnau Quartet (Jazz jam) Click here for more information.
Tessa Souter (Vocal jazz) English vocalist Tessa Souter is an extremely expressive lyricist, composer, and vocalist who makes sure every note and every word is ready to leave the nest before sending it sky-ward on gossamer wings. (FD) tessasouter.com
Toronto Community Soul Project (Funk) This here is an orchestra without all those pesky violins and instruments of subtlety to get in the way of the drive. A diverse and fun funk factory with amazing vocals up front. (FD) communitysoulproject.com