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. (RN)

Buddy Guy You might get the idea from just listening to a song or reading about him, but when you see Buddy Guy live, that's when you know why he's a legend. He's high up on the list of Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time," and guys like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jeff Beck have gone crazy over his licks. But you don't really understand it completely until you see Guy go wild on a Stratocaster, masterfully toying with every emotion and squeal in a blues-filled, rocking solo. (JC)

Brian Kellock & Tommy Smith See listing for Wednesday, June 25.

Cyndi Cain See listing for Wednesday, June 25.

Hey Mavis The problem with recent neo-folk injection pop is that there ain't no ominous; ain't no intimidation. It's too nice. Akron's Hey Mavis ain't too nice and leans heavy on its sound with a rockin' energy, profane lyricism, and stance. There's still the dust and sunlight and cobwebs in the cracks between the notes, but Hey Mavis could be single-handedly taking the boredom out of folk music in the spirit of the hard-core troubadour. (FD)

Honey Island Swamp Band Musicians know how to find one another — like an unavoidable magnetic force. After Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans, four Crescent City evacuees bumped into one another in San Francisco. The musicians were familiar with each other from working the scene back home, so they started Honey Island Swamp Band. The band's "Bayou Americana" finds a sweet-spot common ground among Swamp Blues, New Orleans rhythm & blues, and a more western-tinged roots music. (JC)

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Get together eight sons of jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran, and of course some really cool is going to happen. The Chicago-based brass ensemble creates music ranging from hip-hop to funk, a little bit of world, and naturally, jazz. Well-composed, layered brass over a drum beat, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's music is hip, immersive, and the soundtrack for big city scenes. (JC)

Ian Shaw Brit vocal sensation, Ian Shaw has been crowned Best Vocalist by the BBC Jazz Awards twice. The cat has a seasoned voice with arresting emotion, bravado, and a scat style so stretchy it brings to mind a swinging batch of silly putty. (FD)

Ivan Jansen Aruba Jazz Project See listing for Wednesday, June 25.

Joey DeFrancesco This très cool cat was copying Jimmy Smith verbatim when he was knee-high to a B3, and was signed to Columbia Records by the time he was 16. DeFrancesco's name is practically synonymous with the instrument, given his lush coloring and his furious note flurry. I mean, DeFrancesco and Studiologic have developed his own signature model organ called Numa. (FD)

Manuel Valera The leader of the vibrant New Cuban Express, Manuel Valera is a formidable pianist who filters his Cuban musical heritage through a powerful vision of contemporary and forward-looking jazz. His latest album "Expectativas" garnered a Grammy Award nomination. The album's title means expectations, and when Valera plays, mine are always high. (RN)

Nate Rawls A long-time trumpet professor at the Hochstein School of Music and a Duke Ellington Award winner, Nate Rawls leads his bands — The Sound Spectrum Band and Nate Rawls Big Band — through classical, jazz, blues, big band standards, and Top 40 hits. (JC)

Phaedra Kwant Phaedra Kwant is a five-string bassist and singer-songwriter from the Netherlands who has taken her unique sound to festivals all over the world. She started out on cello at the age of 8 but switched to bass at 12. Kwant studied at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam but she honed her jazz skills through further study with Victor Bailey, Richard Bona, and Christian McBride. (RN)

Selwyn Birchwood Band Selwyn Brichwood got his start playing guitar for Texas bluesman Sonny Rhodes when we has 19 years old. Today, the Florida-based musician works with drummer Curtis Nutall, bassist Huff Wright, and Regi Oliver, saxophone, for pure, deep river blues. (JC)

Shine The seven-piece party band Shine has a song list a mile long. The band plays everything from 60's to the latest Top 40 hits. This is serious business for the professional band. (JC)

Soul Stew Marvin Gaye, James Brown, and Teddy Pendergrass are no longer with us, but their music will never die as long as Soul Stew is on stage. Powered by vocalist Michael Dunston and featuring the top studio musicians in Toronto, Soul Stew will see to it that you get up offa that thing. (RN)

The Brain Cloud See listing for Wednesday, June 25.

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)

  • 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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