Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios
Alex Pangman Regarded as Canada's "sweetheart of swing," Alex Pangman has proven herself a talented and learned student of the classic jazz singers. After initial successes in the Canadian circuit and a subsequent health-necessitated break from touring, Pangman discovered Toronto's bluegrass and string-band scene. The singer's latest album was recorded in New Orleans, a fitting retreat for a true jazz lifer. (NP) alexpangman.com
Arstidir See listing for Friday, June 26.
Bill Tiberio Band A top local musician and educator at Fairport High School, Bill Tiberio is a also soulful saxophone player with a funky, honking sound recalling the style of Maceo Parker. Over the years Tiberio has lent his talents to a wide range of artists, including Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, and The Four Tops. (RN) billtiberioband.com
Bobby Henrie and The Goners This band celebrates rock 'n' roll's big bang: the collision between white country and black blues. But The Goners ain't no throwback, Jack. They pump out big bad rockabilly with a swinging sophistication and jazzy aplomb. (FD) reverbnation.com/bobbyhenrieandthegoners
California Honeydrops See listing for Friday, June 26.
Champian Fulton When Champian Fulton takes off on a piano solo, she rivals the finest keyboardists playing today. But that's just the half of it. Fulton is also a singer of great warmth and expression. Having grown up around her father's friends, like Clark Terry and Major Holley, it's no wonder she's emerged a formidable musical force. (RN) champian.net
Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen See feature on page XX.
Clifton Anderson Quintet At the age of 7, Clifton Anderson was given a trombone by his uncle, Sonny Rollins. That was the beginning of a career that has seen Anderson collaborating with Stevie Wonder, Dizzy Gillespie, Paul Simon, and, since 1983, his uncle. Since 1997 Anderson has expressed his own musical vision as a leader of his own band. (RN) cliftonanderson.biz
Culture Clash Before directing the music program at Rochester Institute of Technology, Carl Atkins, leader of the local band Culture Clash, was known locally for his leadership roles with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and Hochstein School of Music. But it was before he came to Rochester that Atkins established his credentials on the jazz scene, playing with Ray Charles, Herbie Hancock, and Jaki Byard and co-directing the Thelonious Monk Institute. (RN)
Freshly Ground See listing for Friday, June 26.
GoGo Penguin In what seems like an endless chord progression of its own making, Manchester trio GoGo Penguin delivers its tunes in a gentle piano cascade full of wonderment and deceptively simple arrangements. Its complexity hides behind its beauty and willingness to skate the edge to include hip-hop and electronic influences to come in and pour out. (FD) gogopenguin.co.uk
Ikebe Shakedown See listing for Friday, June 26.
Katie Ernst It's not necessarily clear what's accompanying what when it comes to the wonderful Chicago-based singer and bassist Katie Ernst. The Eastman School of Music educated Ernst is an insightful artist with a palpable hunger for something new. But it's her gentle, sincere voice that'll send you. Her latest album, Little Words is a collection based around the poetry of Dorothy Parker (FD) katieernstmusic.com
Robin McKelle and the Flytones See listing for Friday, June 26.
Steep Canyon Rangers See feature on page XX.
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Straight out of New Orleans with funk, big brass, and a lot of edge, Trombone Shorty has been a Jazz Fest favorite for years. He'll get the crowd going and let the music take over. It's as easy as that. (JC) tromboneshorty.com
The Wood Brothers Though they ain't wood, they are real brothers who play up to the folk end of Americana with a timeless swing and lilt. Daddy was a molecular biologist who sang around the campfire and mama was a poet who instilled a turn of phrase in her boys. You'll like what they've raised. (FD) thewoodbros.com
XRIJF Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 19.