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Saturday, June 21 - Musician Bios

78 RPM Big Band Starting out as Oktoberfest band The Happy Wanderers, back in 1973, the 16-piece 78 RPM Big Band is based in classic big band, but often branches out into unique versions of contemporary cuts. (JC) 78rpmband.com

Bill Dobbins Plays the Music of Dave Brubeck Eastman Jazz Ensemble Director Bill Dobbins is a superb pianist who has enhanced the music of Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Peter Erskine. In a solo concert, he'll take on the innovative and playful mix of jazz and modern classical music found in the compositions of the great Dave Brubeck. (RN) esm.rochester.edu/faculty/dobbins_bill

Diana Panton Juno nominee Diana Panton is a rising star on the Canadian jazz scene and beyond. Her tone is blissfully youthful, offset by her precious phrasing and trill. She is as heartbreakingly beautiful as her voice. Stick around to hear her take on "Moon River." You'll be sorry if you don't. (FD) dianapanton.com

Flat Earth Society Flat Earth Society is one of those gloriously deranged bands whose sound picks up where Frank Zappa, Thelonious Monk, Sun Ra, and John Cage left off. All 15 of the band's musicians are superb players; together they create textures, voicings, and melodic flights that transport the listener to parts unknown. (RN) fes.be

Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet He is a member of the first family of jazz, the son of Ellis Marsalis, and brother of Wynton, Branford, and Delfeayo. So it's no surprise that Jason Marsalis is a master of the vibraphone. Whether he's playing with the traditional two mallets or using the complex four-mallet technique, Marsalis traverses the bars with equal measures of skill and melodic eloquence. (RN) jasonmarsalis.com

John Escreet With six albums in as many years, pianist and composer John Escreet has gained recognition for his devotion to improvisation. His creativity and daring has made his work with bassist John Hebert and drummer Tyshawn Sorey stand out to critics around the world. (JC) johnescreet.com

Lou Gramm Band With a pile of hits with Foreigner, Rochester homeboy Lou Gramm is truly a jukebox hero. Gramm split from the group in 1990, leaving Foreigner a mere shadow of its former self. Gramm has had moderate success as a solo artist and even took a stab at Christian rock. He's back now rockin' an rollin' and wailin' all hot blooded. (FD) lou-gramm.com

Mingo Fishtrap See listing for Friday, June 20.

Myles Mancuso The term "prodigy" has been thrown around a lot over the last few years to describe guitarist Myles Mancuso, and when you hear the 18-year-old front his band through a mix of funk, rock, and blues, you'll see why. (JC) mylesmancuso.com

Rob Mostert Hammond Group See listing for Friday, June 20.

Ryan Dilmore There's a peaceful tenderness to the tunes singer-songwriter Ryan Dilmore creates. The Rochester-native — now living in L.A. — carries a common theme of community through his music, so if you're a fan of musicians like Jason Mraz, James Blunt, and James Taylor, pay close attention. (JC) ryandilmore.com

Shai Maestro Trio Born in Israel, Shai Maestro began studying piano at the age of 5. At 8 he was listening to Oscar Peterson's "Gershwin Songbook" and, as a teenager, won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. Known for his work with bassist Avishai Cohen, Maestro is now garnering praise with his own trio, which includes Jorge Roeder on bass and Ziv Ravitz, drums. (RN) shaimaestro.com

Snarky Puppy The tagline Snarky Puppy uses is, "Music to move the brain and booty." It's pretty spot-on for the up-beat, creative tunes the instrumental fusion band is putting out. The group is seen more of a rotating collective of nearly 30 musicians, many of whom perform regularly with artists like Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Justin Timberlake, and Roy Hargrove. The band just won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance for its version of Brenda Russell's "It's Something." (JC) snarkypuppy.com

Spectra This local band blends blues, rock, blue-eyed soul, country, jazz fusion, and Latin into a fresh sound. The four members — all well-seasoned musical veterans — bring their own diverse influences to put a spin on familiar songs. (JC) spectrarochester.com

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Steve Martin is more than just a wild guy, and The Steep Canyon Rangers are more than just a bluegrass band. The group exhibits breathtaking dexterity, beautiful harmony, and a slick sense of humor — just dig the group's "Atheists Don't Have No Songs." For his latest album, "Love Has Come For You," Martin collaborated with roots singer Edie Brickell. Note: both performances are sold out. (FD) steepcanyon.com

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio She may be from Iceland but the contemplative sound of pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs is clearly influenced by American jazz greats like Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. What makes her music truly unique is the manner in which she infuses her jazz with evocative strains of Icelandic folk music. (RN) sunnagunnlaugs.com

Two Siberians See listing for Friday, June 20.

Woody Pines With a rambling soul and a twang, Woody Pines writes songs firmly planted with American roots and pleasing for any lover of folk. (JC) woodypines.com

XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 20.

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  • JAZZ FEST 2014: City's Daily Jazz Blogs

    Reviews and photos from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
    The 2014 Xerox International Jazz Festival runs June 20-28, and City Newspaper will be out EVERY NIGHT of the festival, covering multiple shows. Check in first thing each morning for photos and reviews of the previous night's entertainment, listed below by date.

  • Jazz Festival Guide 2014

    CITY Newspaper's guide to the biggest music festival in Rochester! For more coverage, check our website every day of the festival for reviews, blogs, photos and more!

  • Festival Information

    The 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 28

  • Friday, June 20 - Schedule

    4:30 p.m.: Hilton High School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:15 p.m.: Canandaigua High School Jazz Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

    I called up Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's trumpeter Glen "The Kid" Marhevka to discuss his band, its brand of swing, its longevity in the swing scene, its hepcat haberdashery, and its impact on swing. That's right — swing, swing, and more swing.

  • Friday, June 20 - Musician Bios

    Akiko Tsuruga Quartet When the Lou Donaldson Quartet played the XRIJF a few years ago, the audience couldn't help but notice a second star on the stage. Behind the B-3 organ playing one great solo after another was Osaka, Japan, native Akiko Tsuruga.

  • Saturday, June 21 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: Brighton High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:00 p.m.: Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (SOLD OUT)

  • Jason Marsalis

    With pianist Ellis Marsalis and his famous sons, Wynton (trumpet), Branford (saxophone), Delfeayo (trombone), and Jason (drums/vibes), the Marsalis family of New Orleans can stake a claim as the first family of jazz. But if that conjures up images of a father and his sons jamming in the living room, well... that's just not how it was.

  • Sunday, June 22 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: West Irondequoit High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:30 p.m.: Newark High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Cécile McLorin Salvant

    If you go to hear Cécile McLorin Salvant at Kilbourn Hall, you might find yourself squirming in your seat. McLorin Salvant has no qualms about singing songs like "You Bring Out The Savage In Me," a tune few have dared to touch since Valaida Snow sang it in the 1930's."I've had time to delve into the history of early 20th-century American music, vaudeville, minstrel shows, coon songs, and some jungle music," McLorin Salvant says.

  • Sunday, June 22 - Musician Bios

    Benedikt Jahnel Trio With titles of tunes like "Equilibrium" and "Modular Concepts," you might think the Benedikt Jahnel Trio is too cerebral to enjoy the wonder of jazz. On the contrary, the German-born pianist is a joyous player, with a shimmering, melodic sound and a dynamic touch.

  • Monday, June 23 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: John Nyerges Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: John Sneider Student Workshop Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

  • Vijay Iyer

    If you visit the website of pianist-composer Vijay Iyer, you will be greeted with a blurred portrait of a man, vaguely recognizable as Iyer, dashing through an urban landscape. It's a fitting visual metaphor for the frenetic musical journey Iyer has taken over the past two decades.

  • Monday, June 23 - Musician Bios

    Bonerama No, it's not a Vanessa Del Rio flick, it's a four-trombone-powered outfit from New Orleans that makes Phil Spector's "wall of sound" seem like a cardboard fence. This 'bone barrage is the brass band equivalent of a muscle car with a horny teenager at the wheel.

  • Tuesday, June 24 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Gabe Condon Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne Duo Student Workshop Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room (Room 120) (FREE)

  • Louis Hayes

    Louis Hayes was just 19 and living on Detroit's west side when his reputation caught up with him. Pianist Horace Silver, fresh out of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, had heard about the young drummer.

  • Tuesday, June 24 - Musician Bios

    Blind Boy Paxton Despite his abbreviated age, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton is a master of pre-war, acoustic blues. We're talking the storied sounds of Lonnie Johnson, Robert Johnson, and Bessie Smith — to name a few — wrought by a multi-instrumentalist in his mid-20's.

  • Wednesday, June 25 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Mel Henderson and Paradigm Shift Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Jonathan Gee Eastman School of Music RAY WRIGHT ROOM (Room 120)

  • Diane Schuur

    Through the snap, crackle, and pop of a long distance phone call, and suffering from jet lag, Diane Schuur's voice is still absolutely beautiful. She has just returned from an engagement in Osaka, Japan.

  • Wednesday, June 25 - Musician Bios

    5Head Rochester madcap ska skanksters 5Head are full of pants-optional hi-jinx and contagious back beat that starts at your feet and ends with you attempting dance moves that would have put Fred Astaire in traction. This band features lighthearted fun played by some of the best musicians this town has.

  • Thursday, June 26 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Nate Rawls Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Ian Shaw Eastman School of Music (Room 120) (FREE)

  • Thursday, June 26 - Musician Bios

    Anders Hagberg Quartet If you caught Yggdrasil in one of its appearances at the XRIJF, you've heard the wonderful range of sounds Swedish musician Anders Hagberg coaxes out of his soprano saxophone and flutes. When he plays the gigantic contrabass flute, it's a thrilling journey, filled with percussive breathing and scat-singing, and sounds like the workings of several musicians.

  • Friday, June 27 - Schedule

    12:00 p.m.: Vince Ercolamento Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE) 1:00 p.m.: Pat LaBarbera Quartet Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room (Room 120) (FREE)

  • Friday, June 27 - Musician Bios

    Bill Frisell's Guitar In the Space Age Every time Bill Frisell has appeared here, it's been with his eyes on the sonic future; sounds and progressions rarely, if ever heard. This time around, he's got his eye on the origins of his instrument.

  • Saturday, June 28 - Schedule

    3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 4:30 p.m.: Webster Schroeder High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • George Thorogood

    You wanna survive in showbiz? Wanna last in this rock 'n' roll racket?

  • Saturday, June 28 - Musician Bios

    Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys Chuck Mead burst on the scene with the three-time Grammy-nominated retro-hillbilly outfit BR549. With the band officially on hiatus, Mead has focused on a solo career and producing the Broadway hit "Million Dollar Quartet."

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