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. Frisell is going to explore seminal six-stringers like Chet Atkins, Speedy West & Jimmy Bryant, Link Wray, Chuck Berry, Duane Eddy, and more. Despite the material's awesome roots, I've got a feeling it'll be out there. (FD)

Earth, Wind & Fire With infectious melodies, gorgeous harmonies, meaningful lyrics, and the occasional funky beat, Earth, Wind & Fire was the American rhythm & blues answer to the Beatles. You could hardly turn on a radio in the 1970's without hearing great tunes like "Devotion," "Reasons," or "Keep Your Head To the Sky." And when they come on the radio, odds are you'll still turn them up today. (RN)

Ester Rada Taking a page from the powerful neo-soul women of recent years — Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott — Israeli-born Ester Rada's voice soars over her jazz-funk and R&B tracks. With an Ethiopian heritage, pieces of diverse cultures occasionally float up through Rada's music, making it all the more enchanting. (JC)

Harold Danko It takes a lot more than theoretical knowledge to become Chair of Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Harold Danko earned his jazz cred as a sideman with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra. He also staked a claim as a composer; both Baker and Konitz recorded his wonderful tune, "Tidal Breeze." (RN)

Honey Island Swamp Band See listing for Thursday, June 26.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble See listing for Thursday, June 26.

Ibrahim Electric Guitarist Niclas Knudsen plays with brilliant technique matched by a wonderful sense of adventure. Organist Jeppe Tuxen milks the Hammond B3 for all it's worth. And drummer Stefan Pasborg is endlessly inventive behind the set. Together they are Ibrahim Electric, Denmark's punk-spirited answer to The Bad Plus. (RN)

John "Papa" Gros Band John Gros started this affair out of musicians he met at a jam session at New Orleans' Maple Leaf Bar. Gros picked the funkiest of the bunch to handle his take on and complement the improvisational jam and boogie of his organ. The band rocks steady with one foot in New Orleans heritage and one on the way to oblivion. (FD)

Marcus Miller Band Slap-happy bassist Marcus Miller has driven the rhythm sections of R&B giants Aretha Franklin and Luther Vandross, rock icons Donald Fagen and Eric Clapton, and jazz giants Dizzy Gillespie and Wayne Shorter. He played on and produced three albums for Miles Davis and has won two Grammy Awards for his own albums. (RN)

Mark Lockheart Known for his work with the radical, genre-stretching Loose Tubes in the 1980's, British saxophonist Mark Lockheart has gone on to many more influential projects, such as Perfect Houseplants and Orlando Consort, as well as colabs with notables like recorder virtuoso Pamela Thorby. and Irish composer Michael O'Suilleabhain. (FD)

Pat LaBarbera Quartet Saxophonist Pat LaBarbera was born in Mt. Morris, New York, to a family that would produce three formidable jazz players, including drummer Joe LaBarbera and trumpeter John LaBarbera. Fresh out of Berklee College of Music, Pat LaBarbera joined the Buddy Rich Band. Influenced by John Coltrane, he toured and recorded extensively with Coltrane's drummer, Elvin Jones. (RN)

Phaedra Kwant See listing for Thursday, June 26.

Rufus Reid Trio The names read like a "Who's Who" of jazz: Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, Dizzy Gillespie, Dexter Gordon, Freddie Hubbard. Bassist Rufus Reid played with all of them and countless others. In the late 1960's, he started with the hard-bop giants. Through the 1970's to the present day, Reid has adapted to the music's changes and remained at the top. (RN)

The Deciders Straight out of Boulder comes the hard-rockin' Deciders. And its decision is to get your ass out of your seat and get down as the band puts a big twist on blues, jam, and classic rock. (FD).

The Dirt Daubers Colonel J.D. Wilkes is one of the last of the truly great Southern carnival sideshow performers. Part madman, part contortionist, Wilkes is a sight to behold. As a member of Nashville's Legendary Shack Shakers, Wilkes' on-stage antics were a full-on roots rock demolition derby, often resulting in the spilling of his own blood. His more recent endeavor, The Dirt Daubers, with his Rochester-born wife Jessica, is a bluegrass rave-up with the same intensity, but a lot less blood. Wilkes is by far one of the best harmonica players alive. (FD)

The Wee Trio Vibraphonist James Westfall, bassist Dan Loomis, and drummer Jared Schonig can certainly swing with the best of them. But the group is also known for reaching well beyond jazz, recording an entire album of David Bowie music. A major force in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz scene, The Wee Trio defies classification. (RN)

Vince Ercolamento Quartet Saxophonist Vince Ercolamento has had a storied career. He's studied with George Coleman, played with Jimmy McGriff and Bo Diddley, and performed at the Lionel Hampton Jazz club in Paris. Along with leading his own quartet, he is a performer and arranger with local band Prime Time Funk. (JC)

XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 20.

In This Guide...

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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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