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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. While in Japan she honed her skills with Roy Hargrove, Grady Tate, and others. After moving to the U.S., she studied with Dr. Lonnie Smith and quickly became a fixture on the New York jazz scene. (RN) akikotsuruga.com/en

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy See feature on page X. bbvd.com

Don Thompson Toronto's Don Thompson is a virtuoso piano player. That is, when he's not playing the vibraphone. Did I mention that Thompson played bass for several years with Jim Hall and for five years with George Shearing in the 1970's and 1980's? No matter what instrument he decides to play, Thompson swings with the best. (RN) canadajazz.net/2013/01/21/don-thompson

Gap Mangione For more than 50 years, Gap Mangione has been a staple of the Rochester scene. With Gap on piano and his brother, Chuck, on trumpet, The Jazz Brothers recorded their first album in 1960, kicking off fulfilling, robust careers for both. Whether as a soloist or with his big band, Gap continues to pour love into his craft any chance he can. (JC) gapmangione.com

Gem City Dayton, Ohio, rock band Gem City overflows with charisma. The eight-piece rock band's high-energy mix of funk, jazz, and brass has already landed the group opening gigs for The Werks, Joe Pug, and Lupe Fiasco. (JC) gemcityhorns.com

Holophonor The seven members — including Rochester-born trumpeter Mike Cottone — of Holophonor came together in 2012 at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. The group is the perfect blend of improvisational freedom and accessibility. Jazz fans don't sweat it, Holophonor still gets up and out there. (FD) holophonormusic.com

Janelle Monae Thought-provoking concept art is the driving force behind pop-soul singer Janelle Monae's career. It's seen not just in her music — her albums and EP's fit into a larger seven-part series called "Metropolis" — but also in Monae's clothing style, innovative staging, and public image. Behind those swinging electric, retro-meets-future R&B tunes is an artist in full control of her vision. (JC) jmonae.com

Joel Miller Quartet There's no doubt that Montreal-based saxophonist Joel Miller is a muscular, hard-bop tenor player of the highest order. But it may be his inventive and infectious compositions that set his music apart. Miller's quartet features the equally formidable Geoffrey Keezer on piano; Fraser Hollins, bass; and Greg Richie, drums. (RN) joelmillermusic.com

Lorraine Klaasen Group Emerging from Soweto and following in the footsteps of her mother, South African legend Thandie Klaasen, and the great Miriam Makeba, Lorraine Klaasen has taken her infectious brand of African township music to festivals around the world. In 2013 she won Canada's Juno award for World Music Album of the Year. (RN) lorraineklaasen.com

Mingo Fishtrap Folks can get touchy when it comes to their soul and R&B. If you stray too far from it, you lose them. If you adhere to tradition too hard, they're gone. However, if you get funky and do it right, they'll flock to you. Join the flock as this Texas band gets up and gets down. (FD) mingofishtrap.com

Nikki Hill Hyperbole aside, St. Louis-based soul shouter Nikki Hill is one of the best roots-rock singers I have ever seen. At 28 years old, Hill is stiletto sharp and bouffant cool — flamier than Little Richard (or perhaps more appropriately, Esquerita), raunchier than Sharon Jones, more straight-ahead than Rachel Nagy of The Detroit Cobras. I rate her up there with Wanda Jackson, Barbara Pittman, Etta James, and Ruth Brown. Have mercy. (FD) nikkihillmusic.com

Partisans If the name Partisans suggests resistance, guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist and bass clarinetist Julian Siegel, drummer Gene Calderazzo and bassist Thaddeus Kelly are clearly taking a stand against complacent jazz. With the double-barrel attack of Robson and Siegel and the driving force of Kelly and Calderazzo, Partisans' sound is a ferocious departure from the traditional side of the music. (RN) partisans.org.uk

Prime Time Brass Since it formed in 2005, Prime Time Brass has been everywhere from New Orleans to New York. The collection of drum and bugle corps all-stars boosts its repertoire with some of the staples of big band, jazz, and pop, like "Mack the Knife," "New York New York," and the "Mardi Gras Mambo." (JC) primetimebrass.com

Rob Mostert Hammond Group Considered one of the best Hammond B3 musicians in The Netherlands, Rob Mostert leads his nine-piece band through tantalizing soul and jazz with a little bit of funk thrown in to kick it up. (JC) robmosterthammondgroup.com

Roberta Gambarini Singer Roberta Gambarini's parents met at a jazz concert, so it isn't much of a stretch that she would get her start singing around jazz clubs in Northern Italy. Gambarini released her first album, the Grammy-nominated "Easy to Love," in 2006 and quick followed it with "You are There," a collaboration with legendary pianist Hank Jones. (JC) myspace.com/robertagambarini

Roy Hargrove Discovered by Wynton Marsalis while in high school, Roy Hargrove was invited to sit in with Marsalis' band. After working as a sideman with greats like Sonny Rollins and Jackie McLean, Hargrove has made a name for himself both in straight-ahead jazz and, with his R-H Factor, in more of a hip-hop mode. (RN) vervemusicgroup.com/royhargrove

Sun Trio The Sun Trio takes its name from the most powerful force in our solar system, so it's no surprise that these three musicians radiate energy. Consisting of Jorma Kalevi Louhivuori on trumpet, vocals, and electronics; Antti Lötjönen on bass: and Olavi Louhivuori on drums, the Sun Trio has shined on stages far beyond the band's home in Finland. (RN) suntrio.fi

Two Siberians Founded in 1995, Two Siberians is two Siberians who play electric guitar and electric violin. The duo composed a ballet and music for Russian television and wound up in the US after they mistook an American producer's compliment as an invitation. Two Siberians — called White Fort in mother Russia — plays elegantly with an effects-laden curiosity. The approach is earthy, and the sound is beautifully yonder. (FD) twosiberians.com

XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio After all the shows are finished, the out-of-town musicians head back to the Rochester Plaza Hotel. But they don't go to their rooms. Lured by the sound of a world-class combo, many head for the State Street Bar & Grill where the Bob Sneider Trio holds down the after-hours jam session. Sneider is a monster guitarist who has superb support from Mike Melito (drums) and Phil Flanigan (bass). And while the evening might start with student players joining them on stage, the kids step aside for the heavyweights as the session progresses. Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, Chris Potter, Eric Alexander, and too many more jazz stars to mention have sat in with the band. (RN) myspace.com/bobsneidermusic

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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.

  • 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?

  • 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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