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. (FD)

Bertoncini/Jenkins/Sturm From the orchestras of The Merv Griffin Show and the Metropolitan Opera House to the bands of Paul Desmond, Wayne Shorter, Bette Midler, and Tony Bennett, guitar virtuoso Gene Bertoncini has done it all. He's formed a powerful trio with trumpeter Clay Jenkins — who's played with Buddy Rich and the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra — and bassist Ike Sturm, who has lent his talents to Bobby McFerrin and Maria Schneider. (RN);;

Brian Kellock & Tommy Smith At the age of 16, saxophonist Tommy Smith already had his first album under his belt. By the time he was 18, he was touring with vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since then he's worked with Joe Locke, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, and others. One of the finest pianists in the United Kingdom, Brian Kellock has collaborated with Stanley Turrentine, Scott Hamilton, and Art Farmer, among others. (RN)

Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez Jazz Fest 2010, and the crowd was packed in for Ohlman's first set in the steamy Abilene tent. Dressed entirely in leopard print (swoon) and high heels (swoon, swoon), with a sky-high beehive — if this lady's hair was a clock, it was high noon — Ohlman wowed the screaming crowd not by ripping it up or serving up a good ol' trademark throwdown in 4/4 time for her opening number. No, she opened with Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is." She sang smoky and cool, and dished out some of the best barroom rock 'n' roll we'd ever heard. She's gonna do it again. (FD)

Cyndi Cain It doesn't matter on what stage you catch Halifax's honeybee of soul singer Cyndi Cain. Wherever she's performing, it's her stage, her audience, her night. Cain owns it, and she's been owning it since she was 3. Hers is a mix of neo soul, classic and contemporary R&B, and a dash of hip hop. (FD)

David's Angels Fantastic Swedish foursome David's Angels is dragging its new album "What It Seems" along for the ride. David's Angels describes its strain as dark sounds and pure melodies — some have called it death jazz. Honestly, it's not as ominous as you might think. It's sonically dark but somehow uplifting with a syncopated get up and go. Stark and beautiful. (FD)

Diane Schurr See feature on page X.

Ivan Jansen Aruba Jazz Project Guitarist is what you might call a world music innovator. By blending contemporary harmonic jazz concepts with traditional Aruban and Antillean rhythms like tumba, danza, and mazurka, Jansen forges through uncharted yet smooth territory. (FD)

Jamey Haddad Group To call Jamey Haddad a drummer would be like calling a computer a typewriter. In his Oberlin, Ohio, home he's got a collection of over 1,000 percussion instruments from around the world. He uses them to teach in his classes at Oberlin Conservatory and takes some of them on the road when he plays with artists like Paul Simon. Haddad has also lent his vast knowledge and technique to Herbie Hancock, Joe Lovano, Paul Winter, and many others. (RN)

Jonathan Gee Trio In 1991, pianist Jonathan Gee won the Guardian/Wire British Jazz Award for "Most Promising Newcomer" and never looked back. Aside from playing his own challenging compositions, he founded the Monk Liberation Front in England, dedicated to the study and interpretation of the work of Thelonious Monk. Gee's New York trio boasts Joseph Lepore on bass and Rob Garcia, drums. (RN)

Lucky Peterson See listing for Tuesday, June 24.

Mel Henderson and Paradigm Shift Mel Henderson and his creative partner Gerry Youngman grew up when jazz had grit, danger, and edge to it — the kind of music played in dark, smoky bars. The two veterans co-founded Paradigm Shift in the early 90's wanting to pump the heat back into jazz. Paradigm Shift is Henderson on organ, Youngman on guitar, and drummer Sean Jefferson. (JC)

Michael McDonald Michael McDonald joined The Doobie Brothers as a pianist in 1975, but it wasn't long before his gravelly vocals become the group's trademark sound. McDonald also came up with a syncopated style of songwriting that spawned hits like "What a Fool Believes" and "Minute by Minute." The hits kept coming in his post-Doobies career, along with interpretations of the Motown songbook. (RN)

Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band featuring Steve Smith and Tom Kennedy Guitarist Mike Stern and saxophonist Bill Evans were both recruited by the great Miles Davis. A languid guitarist, Stern has also played with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Billy Cobham, and Jaco Pastorius. Evans did a stint in John McLaughlin's experimental Mahavishnu Orchestra. Drummer Steve Smith has propelled artists ranging from George Garzone to the rock group Montrose, and bassist Tom Kennedy has played with Sonny Stitt, Freddie Hubbard, and others. (RN);;;

The Brain Cloud This NYC ensemble plays some of the sweetest Western swing you'll ever hear. By definition, this beautiful Americana is comprised of many sub-genres. The Brain Cloud expertly blends jazz, country, Tin Pan Alley, bluegrass, swing, etc., and with vocalist Tamar Korn singing like she's inside an old Gramophone, you'd swear the band was from another time. (FD)

Warren Wolf & The Wolfpack If you heard Warren Wolf when he toured as a pianist with the Rachael Price Group, you may have been surprised to see him behind a drum set with Tia Fuller. If you think that's impressive, when he visits the XRIJF, he'll be playing perhaps his foremost instrument: vibraphone. Barely 30 years old, Wolf earned his reputation playing with Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, and many others. (RN)

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.

  • 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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