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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. The man rocks it right. (FD)

Bonerama See listing for Monday, June 23.

Etienne Charles Quintet Growing up in Trinidad, Etienne Charles was immersed in folkloric traditions passed down from African slaves. Now a virtuoso trumpet player, he is bringing those traditions, in the form of irresistible music, to audiences around the world. Earlier in his career he shared the stage with Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis, Johnny Mandel, and many others. (RN) etiennecharles.com

Fourplay Twelve studio albums and 23 years on, Fourplay is still going strong. The contemporary jazz quartet — keyboardist Bob James; Nathan East, bass; Harvey Mason, drums; and Chuck Loeb, guitar — found that key mix of R&B, pop, and jazz that attracts a massive audience and hasn't let slip since. (JC) fourplayjazz.com

Fred Costello Fred Costello works the B3 as if he had four hands. He's is a top-notch talent who has gigged everywhere, including extended stands in Vegas. His organ has accompanied Rochester Red Wings' balls, strikes, and home runs since 1977, and you can get the skinny in his autobiography, "Fred Costello: a Lifetime of Nightclubs & Ballparks." (FD) fredcostello.com

Gabe Condon Twenty-three-year-old Gabe Condon asked for a guitar when he was 4 years old. In 2010, Condon was selected as an "Outstanding Jazz Soloist" in Downbeat Magazine. The Eastman School of Music student is now working on his first album. An up-and-comer, Condon should certainly be watched for on the Rochester scene. (JC) gabecondon.com

Jacob Young & Trygve Seim Guitarist Jacob Young and saxophonist Trygve Seim are two of Norway's finest contemporary jazz musicians. Young boasts a clear, ringing tone reminiscent of the style of his teachers, Jim Hall and John Abercrombie. Trygve's sax sound can be mournful or ecstatic, but it's always expansive and beautiful. (RN) jacobyoung.no/index_english.htm; trygveseim.com

Laila Biali Sting gives this Canadian singer-pianist two thumbs up. Need more? Biali has toured the globe, bringing with her a pop accessibility to a decidedly deliberate jazz twist. Biali's music has a lot of complex textures going on but manages to expertly avoid a wreck. A perfect blend of simple beauty and heady sophistication. (FD) lailabiali.com

Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Adderley Legacy Band Drummer Louis Hayes has held down the beat on pivotal albums by John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, and many other giants of jazz. At the XRIJF, Hayes will celebrate the music of another legend he played with, the great saxophonist Cannonball Adderley, with a band boasting top players like trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and saxophonist Vincent Herring. (RN)

Lucky Peterson Lucky Peterson was discovered by Willie Dixon at the age of 3 and released his first album at 5. (I know; right?) A multi-instrumentalist, Peterson's keyboard education came from legends Bill Doggett and Jimmy Smith. Born in Buffalo and now living in Dallas, Peterson's blues is as wide-reaching and diverse as the man himself. (FD) lucky-peterson.com

New Energy Jazz Orchestra Organized by saxophonist Carl Atkins and trumpeter Jonathan Kruger in 2006, the New Energy Jazz Orchestra features 17 of the top players in the region exploring adventurous compositions and arrangements by Atkins, Kruger, David Gibson, and others. (RN) geneseo.edu/music/nejo

Peter Bernstein & Friends In the early 1990's, legendary guitarist Jim Hall called Peter Bernstein "the most impressive young guitarist I've heard." Hall went on to say that Bernstein "plays the best of them all for swing, logic, feel and taste." Since then Bernstein has led all-star groups with Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride, Larry Goldings, Jimmy Cobb, and Eric Alexander. (RN) peterbernsteinmusic.com

Significant Other The six-member Rochester band Significant Other brings in a variety of backgrounds to shape its blues-rock. With an electric violin and saxophone, the band is able to really push traditional thoughts on the blues. (JC)

Sophie Bancroft & Tom Lyne Duo As a duo, vocalist-guitarist Sophie Bancroft and bassists Tom Lyne's stripped-down jazz has a relaxed, at-home feel that's warm and inviting. Bancroft's voice is gorgeous over Lyne's swaying bass, and makes for purely pleasant listening. (JC) sophiebancroft.co.uk

Tessa Souter Anyone who has heard her ethereal voice at a previous XRIJF will not be surprised that Tessa Souter has been invited back for a fourth time. Souter's most recent album, "Beyond The Blue," is a bold excursion featuring her lyrics set to great classical works by Beethoven, Ravel, and others played jazz-style. She pulls it off beautifully. An added bonus: Souter will be bringing the great trumpeter Lew Soloff with her. (RN) tessasouter.com

The Lustre Kings One of the hardest working bands on the road today is Albany's Lustre Kings. The band preaches rockabilly zig-zagging from coast to coast. (FD) lustrekings.com

The Moho Collective This band's tension-release dynamic and chordal structures (some I believe they invented) are rooted somewhere no other band I know has gone. It's a band with its own rudiments; you've got sharp, you've got flat, and now you've got Moho. The band's music is cinematically picturesque, with the aggressively angular compositions serving as a vague template. The listener brings the rest. (FD) themohocollective.com

Vijay Iyer See listing for Monday, June 23.

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.

  • 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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