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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. (RN) aarongoldberg.com

Curley Taylor& Zydeco Trouble Curley Taylor started out banging drums as a kid with his dad's band before hitting the road with cats like C.C. Adcock and C.J. Chenier. It was Chenier that first turned Taylor from drums to accordion. He learned it in six months and you know that ain't easy. (FD) curleytaylor.com

Djabe See listing for Tuesday, June 25.

Goldings-Stewart-Bernstein So versatile a B-3 organist is Larry Goldings that he provided the entire back-up band for James Taylor's "One Man Band" project. Peter Bernstein is guitarist of choice for Jimmy Cobb, Joe Lovano, and others. And drummer Bill Stewart has made his name with stars like Maceo Parker and John Scofield. Together they give new meaning to the term triple threat. (RN) larrygoldings.com, peterbernsteinmusic.com, zildjian.com/Artists/S/Bill-Stewart

Gretchen Parlato Gretchen Parloto has played with enough famous jazz musicians to fill a whole other festival line-up. Esperanza Spalding, Marcus Miller, Terence Blanchard, and Herbie Hancock are just some of the big names with whom she's shared the stage. Parlato's singing is unique, and often involves using her voice as an instrument. (AC) gretchenparlato.com

Harold Danko Before becoming Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music, Harold Danko served as a sideman with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, and Lee Konitz, and was a featured performer in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. His tune "Tidal Breeze" has been recorded by greats like Baker and Konitz. (RN) esm.rochester.edu/faculty/danko_harold

Jacob Karlzon 3 Innovative and playful pianist Jacob Karlzon has been winning awards in his native Sweden since his debut album came out in 1992. His style, which has been compared to that of Keith Jarrett, has made him a sought-after sideman for top players like Billy Cobham, Tim Hagans, and Kenny Wheeler. (RN) jacobkarlzon.com

Jaimoe's Jasssz Band Jai Johanny "Jaimoe" Johanson is the legendary drummer behind the Allman Brothers Band. This Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer has brought together a septet worthy of his drumming. Jaimoe's Jasssz Band combines Southern rock, blues, and soul in a way that makes you feel like you're in his home state of Mississippi. (AC) jaimoe.com

Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience If you like your jazz smooth, with some funk on the side, Jimmie Highsmith Jr. is the sax player for you. After studying at Rochester's School of the Arts, Highsmith joined the United States Air Force and formed a jazz band to play USO events. He has recorded four albums since returning to Rochester in the early 1990's. (RN) jimmiehighsmith.com

Lee Fields& The Expressions In the spirit of window-foggin', panty-droppin', slow-grind soulsters like The Delfonics and The Stylistics, Lee Fields does soul and r&b right. This isn't a retro rehash, either; the cat's been doing it since the late 60's, from lo-fi blues to hi-fi ballads. This is going to be date night. (FD) leefieldsandtheexpressions.com

Roberto Occhipinti Group Bassist Roberto Occhipinti plays with so many groups at the XRIJF — Sicilian Jazz Project, Hilario Duran, Soul Stew — that you might see him on three stages in one night. But he's far more than a sideman. His recent album, "A Bend in the River," displays a gloriously ambitious musical vision. (RN) robertoocchipinti.com

Rocky Lawrence plays Robert Johnson Like most bluesmen of this generation, Rocky Lawrence stumbled on the blues while deconstructing rock music. And all roads lead to the crossroads and Robert Johnson. Lawrence's Johnson send-up is more a portrayal, a one-man play if you will. Lawrence may be from Connecticut, but you can still hear the hellhound on his trail. (FD) myspace.com/RockyLawrence

Roger Hodgson: The Legendary Voice of Super Tramp Supertramp's songs have endured for decades, and have amounted to more than 60 million records sold. Roger Hodgson wrote, arranged, and sang most of the British rock group's hits. Among the most memorable are "Dreamer," "It's Raining Again," and "Give a Little Bit." (AC) rogerhodgson.com

Soweto Kinch It's probably safe to say that Soweto Kinch is the only alto saxophone player and hip-hop MC to hold a degree in modern history from Oxford University. When he's not playing an urgent solo on his alto, Kinch is rapping and rhyming in rhythm with the best of them. (RN) soweto-kinch.com

Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes Some fathers and sons bond by going fishing; others go to the ball game. Judging by their musical bond, Sam Nicolosi started playing guitar with his son Ted at an early age. The result is Shared Genes. When it comes to finger-style guitar, they are adept at re-creating the sounds of guitarist Tommy Emmanuel and Acoustic Alchemy. (RN)

Trio Globo with Howard Levy It's hard to describe what Trio Globo does. With influences from six different countries and roots in both jazz and classical, the group is truly unique. Howard Levy (harmonica, piano) has played with Bela Fleck, Paquito d'Rivera, and Kenny Loggins. He is joined by cellist Eugene Friesen and percussionist Glen Velez. (AC) trioglobo.com

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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • 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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