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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." His latest platter, "Back at the Quonset Hut," was recorded at what was originally known as Bradley's Film & Recording Studios — the famed studio is the country-music equivalent to the Vatican. And these acolytes are honky-tonk royalty, too. (FD) chuckmead.com

Cyrille Aimee There ain't nothing quite like hearing a young artist scat ... and do it right. Vocalist Cyrille Aimee is so cool — frosty actually — as she taunts and teases, wringing the juice out of each note and flirting with time signatures like a careless lover. Enchanting. (FD) cyrillemusic.com

Ester Rada See listing for Friday, June 27.

George Thorogood and The Destroyers See feature on page X. georgethorogood.com

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

Joe Beard Though born and raised in Ashland, Mississippi, Joe Beard has spent his life singing and playing the blues in Rochester. Virtually every blues artist coming through town has this legend sit in. Beard has a classic Chicago style shuffle full of tight, terse twang with his remarkably soulful voice riding on top. Baby, don't you wanna go? (FD) facebook.com/joebeardblues

John Papa Gros Band See listing for Friday, June 27.

Newport Jazz Festival: Now 60 Celebrating the Newport Jazz Festival's 60th anniversary, a dream-team ensemble of world-class musicians is hitting the road, spreading the festival's jazz message. The group includes clarinetist/saxophonist Anat Cohen, vocalist/pianist Karrin Allyson, bassists Larry Grenadier, pianist Peter Martin, guitarist Mark Whitfield, trumpeter Randy Brecker, and drummer Clarence Penn. (JC) newportjazzfest.org

Norma Winstone Trio Though British jazz singer Norma Winstone began her career with jazz standards, she is well-known for her experimental approach to wordless improvisation. Her gorgeous voice and touching lyricism has won countless awards over the years — including an MBE awarded in 2007. Her current trio features Italian pianist Glauco Venier and German saxophonist Klaus Gesing. (JC) normawinstone.com

Prime Time Funk Prime Time Funk picks up the pieces and pulverizes them. With its attention to funky grooves, no concern about what dancing may do to your spine, and a horn section that comes on like a brass-powered blitzkrieg, Prime Time Funk will wear you out. (FD) primetimefunk.com

Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra If you are longing to hear the wonderful tunes made famous by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Natalie Cole, the Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra is the band for you. The 19-piece band, founded in 1998, fosters the preservation of big-band music so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. (RN) rocjazz.com

Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz The small Brazilian hand drum known as a pandeiro is a versatile instrument, but it still took a great deal of audacity when drummer Scott Feiner decided to use only the pandeiro for percussion in his band. Surrounded by superb musicians, Feiner strikes the small drum in every imaginable way. (RN) scottfeiner.com

Soulive Soulive is a 21st-century soul-jazz fusion group with a distinctive hip-hop-tinged style. They've got the funk and they know how to use it. A recent album, "Rubber Soulive," takes the infectious drum-guitar-organ sound on a journey to meet the Beatles. The group's newest, "Spark!," is a tribute to soul-jazz legend Melvin Sparks. (RN) royalfamilyrecords.com/soulive

Stephanie Trick How does a classically trained pianist still in her 20's become one of the leading proponents of stride piano and boogie-woogie, genres dating from almost a century ago? Stephanie Trick was born in St. Louis and went to college in Chicago, two cities known for early jazz prowess. And, it seems she just had a love of — and a knack for —playing the music of Fats Waller, James P. Johnson, and other bygone greats. (RN) stephanietrick.com

Susanna The delicacy in Norwegian singer Susanna's voice makes each song she touches intensely emotional. Susanna and the Magical Orchestra — her duo with keyboardist Morten Qvenild — has released a critically-acclaimed string of albums that feature a low-key, but powerful combination of voice and organ. Take a listen to Susanna's covers of Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and you'll see those classics in an entirely new light. (JC) susannamagical.com

The Deciders See listing for Friday, June 27.

The London Souls New York City-based rock band The London Souls list bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream, and The Beatles as its influences — and so does every other modern blues-tinged rock band. But what makes The London Souls unique is how well it would fit into the late-60's/early-70's hard rock world. The band isn't just influenced by the guitar work of Jimi Hendrix, or Ginger Baker's drumming, it sounds like The London Souls was a band in the same era, and then jammed with these greats when they played New York. (JC) thelondonsouls.com

The Wee Trio See listing for Friday, June 27.

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.

  • 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

  • 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?

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