Thursday, June 25 - Musician Bios 

Thursday, June 25 - Musician Bios

Ali Jackson Trio The son of bassist Ali Jackson Sr., drummer Ali Jackson had strong encouragement at an early age from stars like Max Roach, Milt Hinton, and Aretha Franklin. At the age of 12 his percussion skills stood out to Wynton Marsalis, who was visiting his high school. Today Jackson occupies the drum chair in Marsalis's prestigious Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. (RN)

Bill Charlap Bill Charlap is the son of legendary Broadway composer Moose Charlap and singer Sandy Stewart, so it's no surprise that several of his recent albums have paid homage to songwriters Hoagy Carmichael, Leonard Bernstein, and George Gershwin. When it comes to new readings of the Great American Song Book, Charlap has few equals. (RN)

Dave Douglas & High Risk Dave Douglas is not only an excellent trumpet player, but he is also a leading promoter of his instrument as director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music in New York City. A tireless innovator, Douglas has formed a new group delving into electronics. He'll be joined by beatmaker Shigeto, electric bassist Jonathan Maron, and drummer Mark Guiliana. (RN)

Halie Loren Over the course of eight well-received albums, Halie Loren has proven herself a force as an independent artist. She has played in concert halls around the world, maintained top sales spots in Canada and Japan, and received the Independent Music Award's Vox Populi poll for best jazz song of the year in 2010. (NP)

Harold Danko Before becoming a professor 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. Danko, who has recorded more than 30 albums, is a formidable composer; both Baker and Konitz recorded his great tune, "Tidal Breeze." (RN)

Julia Biel See listing for Wednesday, June 24.

Mama Corn They call it Allegheny mountain bluegrass. This five-piece whirling dervish of old time fun is at the top of the bluegrass game with nods from the Bluegrass Preservation Society as well as countless fans getting turned out for the very first time. (FD)

Obara International Maciej Obara is a progressive saxophonist and composer from Poland who is making a splash on the international jazz scene. A top award winner in his native country, Obara can play melodically with beautiful tone, but he is also capable of explosive avant-garde improvisation.

Peter Rowan After playing under bluegrass legend Bill Monroe in the 1960's, Peter Rowan went onto a successful solo career in the 70's. During that time he penned the song "Panama Red," which was made into a hit by the New Riders of the Purple Sage. (NP)

Sonny Knight and the Lakers See listing for Wednesday, June 24.

Soul Stew Back in the day (as they say) there was James, Marvin, and Teddy. Now there's Soul Stew to keep your backfield in motion. Oww! (FD)

Stanley Clarke Band Though he rubbed elbows with myriad jazz greats like Art Blakey, Pharoah Sanders, and Dexter Gordon, to name a few, Stanley Clarke's legacy will no doubt be linked with his work with the seminal jazz fusion group Return To Forever with Chick Corea and Al di Meola. Stanley Clarke is the master of the electric bass slap and thump. (FD)

Teagan and the Tweeds Rochester band leader and singer Teagan Ward is a red-headed powder keg with a short fuse. With a voice easily twice her size, Ward leads the 6-piece Tweeds in blowing the lid off joints wherever they play. By the way, that fuse? Yeah, well it's lit. (FD)

Tedeschi Trucks Band Fronted by the husband and wife team of guitar slingers, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, this is the truest example of a super-group. With Trucks summoning the ghost of Duane Allman and Tedeschi's salty wail in front of a large, in the pocket band, you'll see why classic rock became classic in the first place. (FD)

Theo Croker The grandson of legendary trumpet player Doc Cheatham, Theo Croker was obsessed with the instrument as a teenager. After studying with Donald Byrd at Oberlin Conservatory, Croker began playing with older masters like Jimmy and Tootie Heath and Marcus Belgrave. Now a top trumpeter in his own right, Croker lives and plays in Shanghai, China. (RN)

XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio See listing for Friday, June 19.

In This Guide...

  • Jazz Festival Guide 2015

    City Newspaper's guide to Rochester's biggest music festival. For more reviews, blogs, photos, and the latest news, check our website every day of the festival.

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    Tickets, Venues, Parking and Additional Information

  • Friday, June 19 - Schedule

    Friday, June 19 3:45 p.m.: Buckman Heights Elementary School Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Friday, June 19 - Musician Bios

    Friday, June 19 - Musician Bios Anthony Strong Fortified with an acclaimed live show, a tailored suit, and a grand piano, the Anthony Strong wears the "English Gentleman" role well.

  • Saturday, June 20 - Schedule

    Saturday, June 20 3:45 p.m.: Gates-Chili High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Saturday, June 20 - Musician Bios

    Saturday, June 20 - Musician Bios 78 RPM Big Band A 16-piece band based out of Dansville, 78 RPM brings big band music all through Western New York.

  • Raul Midon

    When I reached Raul Midon by phone he had just returned from a tour of Europe. With a vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bassist, percussionist, and trumpet player in tow, it could have been a complicated tour.

  • Sunday, June 21 - Schedule

    Sunday, June 21 3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

  • Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios Benny Green Solo See listing for Saturday, June 20.

  • Herb Alpert

    It's 9 a.m., Pacific Time when Herb Alpert gave us a jingle-jangle a few weeks ago. He'd been up for hours recording "Whatever pops into my head," the 80-year-old jazz and pop trumpeter says.

  • Monday, June 22 - Schedule

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Kaupa Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

  • Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios Blue Highway With more than 20 years together and 11 albums to show for it, Blue Highway is at the top of the bluegrass heap.

  • Jane Bunnett

    What is it about Afro-Cuban music that makes it the very embodiment of joy? Is it the dance of the exuberant polyrhythms as they weave in and out of one another?

  • Tuesday, June 23 - Schedule

    Tuesday, June 23 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Danny Ziemann Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

  • Tuesday, June 23 - Musician Bios

    Tuesday, June 23 - Musician Bios Aaron Diehl Aaron Diehl turned more than a few heads with his gorgeous keyboard work when he played last year's XRIJF with Cecile Mclorin Salvant.

  • Wednesday, June 24 - Schedule

    Wednesday, June 24 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mel Henderson Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

  • Wednesday, June 24 - Musician Bios

    Wednesday, June 24 - Musician Bios Aaron Diehl Solo See listing for Tuesday, June 23.

  • Fred Hersch

    Growing up in Cincinnati, Fred Hersch noticed that there was a piano in his house, so, at the age of 4, he sat down and started to pick out tunes. That precocious beginning led Hersch to a career as a sideman with greats like Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer; as a leader on more than 40 albums; and an innovator who has expanded jazz into multimedia and the classical realm.

  • Thursday, June 25 - Schedule

    Thursday, June 25 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Doug Stone Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

  • Sharon Jones

    Sharon Jones was scheduled to sing at the 2013 Rochester International Jazz Festival when her career was abruptly put on hold due to a bout with cancer. Consequently, the following feature article was also put on hold.

  • Friday, June 26 - Schedule

    Friday, June 26 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Melito Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

  • Friday, June 26 - Musician Bios

    Friday, June 26 - Musician Bios Arstidir Iceland's Arstidir has spent the last six years touring in more than 30 countries.

  • Ingrid Jensen

    If instruments have personalities, trumpet has to be the most audacious and in your face. Maybe that's why not many budding female musicians are handed one.

  • Saturday, June 27 - Schedule

    Saturday, June 27 3:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE)

  • Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios

    Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios Alex Pangman Regarded as Canada's "sweetheart of swing," Alex Pangman has proven herself a talented and learned student of the classic jazz singers.

  • Steep Canyon Rangers

    To the untrained ear, bluegrass tunes tend to run into each other, the patterns and loops of notes both picked and plucked can be a confusing barrage. That's not to say bands like this aren't accessible, you've just gotta be on your toes.

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