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. His trio — with Owen Howard on drums and Antonio Miguel, bass — builds a large enough sound to match the grandeur of Jahnel's playing. (RN)

Bill Tiberio Band A top local music educator at Fairport High School, Bill Tiberio is also a masterful saxophone player with a funky, honking sound recalling the style of Maceo Parker. Over the years, Tiberio has lent his talents to artists ranging from Fred Wesley to Lou Gramm and The Four Tops. (RN)

Brubeck Brothers Featuring two cats (drummer Dan and bassist-trombonist Chris) from one of jazz's royal families, The Brubeck Brothers Quartet is rooted in straight-ahead jazz but isn't afraid to take on time signatures less traveled, just like their namesake. Elegant, effortless, and even a bit romantic. (FD)

Cécile McLorin Salvant See feature on page X.

Dave Glasser & Friends Alto saxophonist Dave Glasser has performed with some of the greatest players in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Barry Harris, and Clark Terry. As a leader, Glasser keeps the hard bop tradition alive with a sound that recalls the melodic shaping of Paul Desmond and the tone of Sonny Stitt. (RN)

Euan Burton Quartet Born in Scotland, Euan Burton started playing the bass at the age of 10. Once he discovered jazz in his teens, he won the Jazz Course Prize at Birmingham Conservatoire. After honing his skills under teachers like bassist Dave Holland and trumpeter Dave Douglas, Burton became a top player capable of crossing over from folk to rock and jazz. (RN)

Flat Earth Society See listing for Saturday, June 21.

Gerald Clayton Gerald Clayton was literally born into the jazz family. His father is bandleader John Clayton; his uncle, saxophonist Jeff Clayton. A formidable pianist, at the age of 22, he placed second in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Piano Competition, where he impressed judges like Herbie Hancock, Billy Taylor, and Randy Weston. (RN)

Grupo Calle Uno If you've ever found yourself ferociously shaking a tail feather to salsa or merengue in Rochester, chances are Latin powerhouse Calle Uno was on the bandstand. The music is pure polyrhythmic bliss, with each beat and subsequent counter rhythm targeting specific body parts — some you forgot you had or haven't moved in years. (FD)

Harris Eisenstadt Golden State Originally from Toronto, progressive percussionist Harris Eisenstadt has performed with Yusef Lateef, Butch Morris, Sam Rivers, and many others. His new group, Golden State, plays a highly contemporary form of chamber jazz with co-conspirators Nicole Mitchell on flute, Sara Schoenbeck, bassoon, and Mark Dresser, bass. Eisenstadt not only plays drums, but he also writes all of the compositions. (RN)

Hot Club of Detroit This red-hot quartet sets a Django-centric groove with images of cocktails, cafes, and Cuban-heeled nylons. Maybe it's the triple-guitar shuck 'n' jive, or the prestidigious accordion that'll grab you. Looking for love? This is its soundtrack. (FD)

Jon Ballantyne Trio After winning the grand prize of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal in 1986, Canadian pianist Jon Ballantyne moved to New York City to study with Barry Harris and Kenny Barron. After tours with the Woody Herman Big Band, Clark Terry, and Joe Henderson, Ballantyne won a Juno award for his 2007 album, "Avenue Standard." (RN)

Les Doigts de L'Homme Les Doigts de L'Homme simply means "fingers of man" in French. In this case, the fingers belong to guitarist Olivier Kikteff. With Gypsy jazz as a platform, Les Doigts de L'Homme travel beyond the genre with Kikteff's incorporation of oud and banjo as well as the guitar. (FD)

Rachel Brooke Band Yeah, yeah, I know; they're all femme fatales, but not since Neko Case have I heard the noir in a country singer's soul like I do in Rachel Brooke's killer voice. Her music, though rooted in country, has so much more, like lounge, exotica, and a casual Southern gothic gallows swing. Look out. (FD)

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.

  • 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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