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Friday, June 21 - Artist Bios

Bill Dobbins Bill Dobbins is director of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Studio Orchestra, but European jazz aficionados know him as the long-time conductor of the WDR Big Band (1994-2002) and occasional conductor of the Metropole Orchestra. Dobbins is also an excellent pianist who has played with Clark Terry, Phil Woods, and Peter Erskine. (RN) esm.rochester.edu/faculty/dobbins_bill

Christian McBride & Inside Straight Listening to Christian McBride's lyrical — and impossibly dexterous — style, it's easy to understand why, soon after arriving in New York, he was the bassist of choice for Freddie Hubbard, Jimmy Smith, and McCoy Tyner. McBride not only provides a solid foundation, he is perhaps the most melodic bassist on the scene today. (RN) christianmcbride.com

Cleveland Watkiss He has been the featured singer with symphony orchestras, but jazz vocalist extraordinaire Cleveland Watkiss is also capable of becoming the ultimate one-man band. With the help of digital loops he can construct a wondrous symphony starting with beat-box percussion and moving on to various instrumental and vocal sounds. (RN) clevelandwatkiss.net

Dr. John Dr. John —The Nite Tripper — originally slung guitar for cats like Professor Longhair, Joe Tex, Art Neville, and Frankie Ford before a gun-related mishap forced him to change direction toward the piano and organ. Instruments aside, it's The Dr.'s laid-back drawl that is truly the voice of New Orleans. (FD) nitetripper.com

Gap Mangione Big Band You might remember Gap Mangione from 1960's and 1970's recordings with his brother Chuck. Or you might have caught him in the 2007 recreation of Chuck's "Friends & Love" concert. Whether playing solo or with his big band, Gap has been a force on the Rochester scene for five decades. (RN) gapmangione.com

Gregoire Maret Move over, Toots Thielemans. There is finally another great jazz harmonica player. Born in Switzerland, Gregoire Maret was classically trained at the Conservatoire de Musique de Genève. Since moving to New York he has played with George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, and Youssou N'Dour, and toured extensively with Pat Metheny. (RN) gregoiremaret.com

Hackensaw Boys Charlottesville, Virginia, upstarts The Hackensaw Boys represent everything about bluegrass and mountain music that revs up the genres' fans and scares off the philistines. This ragamuffin sextet doesn't so much play as it careens. This is what it sounds like when you've got yourself a hoedown. (FD) hackensawboys.com

Josh Panda & The Hot Damned Checking out a show by Vermont-based singer Josh Panda is like spinning the dial on your dashboard, with stops along the way to acoustic country, soul, and rock 'n' roll, with Van Morrison in the shotgun seat. Sweet, low down, and utterly righteous. (FD) reverbnation.com/joshuapanda

Kat Edmonson With her distinctive, wispy rasp of a voice, Kat Edmonson has emerged from the Austin, Texas, music scene to become one of the country's hottest up-and-coming jazz vocalists. She has already recorded and toured with Lyle Lovett and is poised to become the next crossover sensation. (RN) katedmonson.com

Nikki Yanofsky She made her debut at the Montreal Jazz Festival at the tender age of 12, and landed impresario Quincy Jones in her corner, so all eyes are on Nikki Yanofsky. Yanofsky's lilting voice is a beautiful and sweet contralto that divides its time between jazz phrasing and pop accessibility. Jazz doesn't need saving, but if it did, this Canadian chanteuse would be the one for the job. (FD) nikkiyanofsky.com

Noah Preminger Quartet w/Ben Monder Noah Preminger is among the most heralded of the new generation of saxophonists on the New York scene. His bold sound is perfectly complemented by the wonderfully impressionistic guitar style of Ben Monder, who has lent his talents to the bands of Paul Motian, Maria Schneider, and others. (RN) noahpreminger.com, benmonder.com

Patricia Barber Patricia Barber has a deep, richly textured, sexy voice, and when she wraps it around a song you know, the song will never be the same. She is also a formidable pianist with a distinctive style, combining a film-noir sense of forbidden romance with a hipster's cool detachment. (RN) patriciabarber.com

Pink Martini See feature on page 6. pinkmartini.com

Prime Time Brass With a drum corps and a bugle corps all in one, Prime Time Brass brings some big sound. The local group has played everything from "Sweet Caroline" to "Mack the Knife" and "Girl from Ipanema." (AC) primetimebrass.com

Robin McKelle & The Flytones Singer Robin McKelle has always enticed, enthralled, enamored, and elated audiences with her crystal pipes on stock-jazz joy. But on her new release, "Soul Flower," she has sharpened her pencil and written her own take on the idiom with splashes of gospel, soul, and blues. (FD) robinmckelle.com

Thiefs They may have flunked spelling, but Guillermo Brown is an innovative drummer and vocalist, Christophe Panzani has an entrancing sound on saxophone, Keith Witty plays a decidedly different brand of bass, and all three enhance their performances with electronics. Together they are Thiefs, the latest wild incarnation of the jazz trio. (RN) thiefs.bandcamp.com

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra This power-packed ensemble is one of the leading — and most innovative — groups to emerge from Norway's decidedly forward-looking jazz scene. Over the years the group's cutting-edge approach has attracted a steady stream of world-class guest artists like Joshua Redman, Chick Corea, and Pat Metheny. (RN) trondheimjazzorchestra.no

In This Guide...

  • Friday June 21 - Schedule

    3:45, 4:30 & 5 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE) 5:30 p.m.: Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky Harro East Ballroom ($20-$25, or Club Pass)

  • INTERVIEW: Pink Martini

    With equal dashes Esquivel lounge and Martin Denny exotica, chilled on retro rocks and poured into a Camelot-era America glass, Pink Martini is the ultimate in sophisticated pop cool and classic, jazzy swing. Since 1994, this ensemble from Portland, Oregon, has traveled the world plugging into orchestras along the way.

  • Saturday, June 22 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Saturday, June 22 - Artist Bios

    78 RPM Big Band This group originated in the early 70's as an Oktoberfest band in Western New York. Over the years it has traded the oom-pa-pa-oom for some sweet swing a la Glenn, Tommy, and Artie.

  • Sunday, June 23 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • INTERVIEW: Marti Brom

    There's a spot in certain female voices — a transitional spot, if you will — between sweet vibrato and growl. Texas rockabilly songstress Marti Brom traverses this vocal twilight beautifully, leaving a slew of broken hearts in her wake.

  • Sunday, June 23 - Artist Bios

    BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet Brothers Michael and David Doucet began touring Louisiana in 1986. Since then their cajun dance music has earned them Grammy nominations and even a Super Bowl performance.

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  • Monday, June 24 - Schedule

    Noon: Mike Kaupa Quartet Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Monday, June 24 - Artist Bios

    Alfredo Rodriguez When Alfredo Rodriguez plays a ballad, he leans so far into the piano that you might think he's kissing the keys. In a way he is, with the exquisite touch of his fingers.

  • Tuesday, June 25 - Schedule

    Noon: Nick Finzer Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • INTERVIEW: Anat Cohen

    When Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen steps out of her Brooklyn home, she finds herself between two worlds. Cohen resides in Williamsburg, a vital neighborhood in the New York jazz scene.

  • Tuesday, June 25 - Artist Bios

    Alfredo Rodriguez See listing for Monday, June 24. Anat Cohen See feature on page 22.

  • Wednesday, Jun 26 - Schedule

    Noon: Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes Central Library (FREE) 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Wednesday, Jun 26 - Artist Bios

    Aaron Goldberg Trio When Wynton Marsalis hired Aaron Goldberg to play piano for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, he called him "a modern improviser of great clarity, finesse, and dexterity." A sought-after sideman, Goldberg has lent his keyboard talents to Betty Carter, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and many others.

  • Thursday, June 27 - Schedule

    Noon: Herb Smith Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120)

  • INTERVIEW: Rudresh Mahanthappa

    It's not unusual for a jazz artist to lead several groups, but Rudresh Mahanthappa just might hold the record. He leads or co-leads 10 different ensembles.

  • Thursday, June 27 - Artist Bios

    Bob James and David Sanborn with Steve Gadd Saxophonist David Sanborn has played with famous artists from every genre imaginable — David Bowie, Stevie Wonder, the Grateful Dead, Billy Joel, and Eric Clapton are just a few. For this concert he will be joined by keyboardist Bob James, drummer Steve Gadd, and bassist James Genus.

  • Friday, June 28 - Schedule

    Noon: Karl Stabnau Central Library (FREE) 1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120)

  • INTERVIEW: Gas House Gorillas

    So, five gorillas walk into a bar... But seriously folks, five guys from Brooklyn walk into a joint in Anytown, USA, and promptly take the stage.

  • Friday, June 28 - Artist Bios

    Ben Taylor Imagine the expectation that comes with being the son of James Taylor and Carly Simon. Ben Taylor lives up to that expectation, but with a voice all his own.

  • Saturday, June 29 - Schedule

    1 p.m.: Student Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music (Room 120) 3:45, 4:30 & 5:15 p.m.: High School Jazz Bands Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Saturday, June 29 - Artist Bios

    Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk No doubt you've seen his mug and heard his horn on the tube. For 15 years he honked his horn on "Late Night with David Letterman."

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