JAZZ BLOG 2012

**Looking for schedules, bios, and more information on the 2012 Jazz Fest? CLICK HERE for City Newspaper’s 2012 Jazz Festival Guide.**

Check in every morning of the 2012 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival for our daily blogs, with dispatches from the previous night’s concerts, photos, and a chance for you to post your reviews of your favorite shows.

Sunday, July 1

Day 9 Reviews: Raul Midon, Joanne Brackeen, Arun Ghosh
Ron Netsky wraps up his festival experience with three great performances, and his thought on the fest as a whole.
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Day 9 Reviews: The Sadies, Chic Gamine, Trombone Shorty
See which artist called the best of the fest, and whose show is in his Top 10 concerts of all time.
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Day 9 Reviews: Gov’t Mule, Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, Locarno
Willie Clark wasn’t digging the free shows of final night, but he found some unexpected Spanish flare to soothe him.
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Saturday, June 30

Day 8 Reviews: Norah Jones, Jimmie Vaughan, Bridger Trio
Frank De Blase weighs in on Jones’s return XRIJF performance, and gets down to one of his guitar heroes.
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Day 8 Reviews: Roy Haynes, Jean-Michel Pilc, Orlando LeFleming, Ryan Truesdell
Ron Netsky wishes people had stuck around to see LeFleming, and also that Haynes would be a little less juvenile.
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Day 8 Reviews: Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Robi Botos, Po’ Boys Brass Band
Willie Clark keeps it conventional, but still stumbles into funk with the Po’ Boys.
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Friday, June 29

Day 7 Reviews: Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Terje Rypdal & the Bergen Big Band
Willie Clark says that Dopsie and the Hellraisers put on the best show he has EVER seen at the fest.
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Day 7 Reviews: Daryl Hall & Keb’ Mo’, Bjorn Thoroddsen
Ron Netsky appreciates the cool, laid-back atmosphere of Hall and Mo’s Eastman Theatre show.
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Day 7 Reviews: Colin Stetson, Ruthie Foster, Pokey LaFarge
Frank DeBlase loved Stetson’s polarizing show, but his mom loved it more.
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Thursday, June 28

Day 6 Reviews: Steve Martin, Ffear, Yvette Landry
Frank De Blase thoroughly enjoyed Martin’s Kodak Hall show with the Steep Canyon Rangers.
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Day 6 Reviews: Eliane Elias, Kneebody, Osian Roberts & Steve Fishwick
Ron Netsky responds well to Brazilian beauty Elias and unconventional act Kneebody.
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Day 6 Reviews: Bill Evans Soulgrass, Shirantha Beddage, Russell Scarborough Big Band
With Bill Evans Soulgrass, Willie Clark discovers that multiple musical styles can taste great togethers. Read more… 

Day 6 Video: Rino Cirinna & Friends
The Italian Saxophonist played the Rochester Club with the rest of his Sicilian quartet. Check out a short video excerpt of the show. Read more… 

Wednesday, June 27

Day 5 Reviews: Zappa Plays Zappa, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Jack Allen Big Band
Frank De Blase is impressed by Dweezil Zappa’s homage to his pop, but not with the sound issues.
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Day 5 Reviews: Benny Green, IPA, NeWt
Ron Netsky finds that one of the fest’s most out-there bands puts on one of its best shows yet.
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Day 5 Reviews: Tommy Smith & Karma
Willie Clark only made it to one Jazz Fest show Tuesday night, but at least it was a good one.
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Tuesday, June 26

Day 4 Reviews: Eldar, Terence Blanchard, Nicholas Payton
Ron Netsky is knocked out by Eldar, but is deeply disappointed by trumpeters Blanchard and Payton.
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Day 4 Reviews: Kim Lenz & the Jaguars, Teagan and the Tweeds
Frank De Blase found Kim Lenz so nice, he saw her twice.
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Day 4 Reviews: Jeff Lorber Fusion, Pedrito Martinez Group, Calle Uno
Willie Clark enjoys the fusion, but has a hard time getting into Monday night’s Latin rhythms.
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Monday, June 25

Day 3 Reviews: Ha Ha Tonka, Catherine Russell, Brandi Disterheft
Frank De Blase has a sampling of Sunday night’s acts, checks out some buskers, and considers the devil.
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Day 3 Reviews: Jacob Fred Jazz Orchestra, Ninety Miles, Breach
It was a great night for concept albums at the 2012 XRIJF.
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Day 3 Reviews: Monophonics, 78 RPM Big Band, Eivor
Willie Clark got down with Monophonics, chased fairies with Eivor, and shot video of 78 RPM.
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Sunday, June 24

Day 2 Reviews: Esperanza Spalding, Danielia Cotton, Liane Carroll, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings
Frank De Blase considers on-stage purses, dancing in wheelchairs, and Esperanza Spalding’s enchanting style and sound.
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Day 2 Reviews: Yggdrasil, Tom Harrell, Bill Cunliffe
Ron Netsky comes to embrace the World Tree, goes Impressionistic with Tom Harrell, and revisits Rochester with Bill Cunliffe.
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Day 2 Reviews: J.M.O.G., Sultans of String, Gerald Clayton
Eric Rezsnyak enjoyed his impromptu musical world tour with the Sultans of String.
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Saturday, June 23

Day 1 Reviews: Tessa Souter, Get the Blessing, Karrin Allyson
Ron Netsky bemoans the cancelled Christian McBride concerts, but finds excellence elsewhere.
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Day 1 Reviews: Diana Krall, Acoustic Alchemy, Rosie Flores
Frank De Blase is totally won over by Diana Krall, and says he’s never seen rockabilly Flores so raw.
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Day 1 Reviews:  Lucio Ferrara Trio, Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, etc.
Willie Clark checks out three hard-to-spell bands, including satisfying big band L’Orkestre des Pas Perdus.
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Friday, June 22

Day 1 Preview: Ron Netsky
Get to know City Jazz Writer Ron Netsky, and see where he’s headed Friday night.
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Day 1 Preview: Frank De Blase
Get to know City Music Writer Frank De Blase, and see where he’s headed Friday night.
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Day 1 Preview: Willie Clark
Get to know City Music Editor Willie Clark, and see where he’s headed Friday night.
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For additional information, be sure to check out CITY’s complete guide to the Jazz Festival, featuring schedules, artist bios, interviews and more!

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