JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule for Friday, June 29

Roy Haynes. PHOTO PROVIDED

Friday, June 29

4:30 p.m.: Greece-Olympia HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:15 p.m.: Newark HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:45 p.m.: Jean-Michel Pilc Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Marco Pignataro Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: The Music of Gil Evans w/Ryan Truesdell Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: ECMS Saxology Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

6 p.m.: Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

6:15 p.m.: The Bridge Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

6:30 p.m.: Robi Botos Trio Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

6:45 p.m.: Orlando LeFleming Trio Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7 p.m.: Po’ Boys Brass Band East Ave. & Chestnut Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:30 p.m.: Terje Rypdal & Bergen Big Band Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Peter Karp & Sue Foley Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Jean-Michel Pilc Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

8 p.m.: Norah Jones Kodak Hall Eastman Theatre ($36-$60; SOLD OUT)

8:30 p.m.: Big James & The Chicago Playboys Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

8:45 p.m.: Orlando LeFleming Trio Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Jimmie Vaughan & the Tilt-A-Whirl Band East Ave. & Chestnut Stage (FREE)

9 p.m.: Robi Botos Trio Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9:15 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

9:30 p.m.: Terje Rypdal & Bergen Big Band Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9:45 p.m.: Peter Karp & Sue Foley Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Music of Gil Evans with Ryan Truesdell Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Big James & The Chicago Playboys Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: The Bridge Trio Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Marco Pignataro Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

10:30 p.m.: Jazz Jam Session w/Bob Sneider Trio State St. Bar & Grill (FREE)

 

Big James and the Chicago Playboys

[ BLUES ]

Big James Montgomery got his start in Little Milton’s band, moved on to backing Albert King, before landing in Johnny Christian’s band. It’s as the late Christian’s backing band that the Chicago Playboys first came to light. The Playboys have since backed Buddy Guy, Otis Rush, and Eric Clapton. The Chicago Playboys are a heavy hitting, horn-centric blues extravaganza. It’s big, it’s bad, it’s blue. (FD).

bigjames.com

 

The Bridge Trio

[ PIANO JAZZ ]

Though this trio calls New Orleans home, The Bridge Trio’s innovative sound isn’t as heavily reliant on the Crescent City’s highly influential blast as you might think. This is piano-driven jazz with a progressive emphasis mixed with an uplifting sensibility and prevalent percussive push. It’s the musical equivalent of springtime. (FD)

Reverbnation.com/thebridgetrio

 

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

See listing for Thursday, June 28.

 

Jam Session with Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

Jean-Michel Pilc

[ PIANO ]

Jean-Michel Pilc is one of the finest pianists to emerge from the Paris jazz scene in the last two decades. With his gorgeous style and his wickedly fast fingers, Pilc has lent his considerable talent to greats like Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, Kenny Garrett, and John Abercrombie. He has also worked extensively as musical director and pianist with Harry Belafonte. Aside from his own excellent tunes, get ready to hear anything from Duke Ellington to Robert Schumann. (RN)

http://www.jeanmichelpilc.com/

 

Jimmie Vaughan

[ BLUES ]

Whereas his brother — the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan — let fly with torrents of Freddie King- and Jimi Hendrix-tinged guitar wizardry, Jimmie Vaughan’s style is thoughtful and reserved. It still packs a wallop, but Vaughan is more akin to the gunfighter with a deadly quick draw. Known for his tenure with contemporary blues heroes The Fabulous Thunderbirds, this Grammy-nominated guitarist’s style is immediately recognizable and just as quickly felt. It’s blues for your soul, blues for your guts. (FD)

Jimmievaughan.com

 

Marco Pignataro Quartet

[ JAZZ ]

Born in Bologna, Italy, Marco Pignataro studied classical music at the Bruno Maderna Conservatory of Music but, by the time he got to the University of Miami, he had crossed over to jazz. When he lifts his tenor saxophone to his lips, you are in for a wild ride featuring swirls of notes reminiscent of John Coltrane. But, like Coltrane, Pignataro is also capable of slowing it down to demonstrate gorgeous tone and a strong melodic flair while slithering in and around a ballad. (RN)

http://www.marcopignataro.net/

 

The Music of Gil Evans with Ryan Truesdell

[ JAZZ ]

Gil Evans was unquestionably one of the greatest arrangers in the history of jazz. While he was best known for arranging four landmark albums for Miles Davis (“Birth Of The Cool,” “Miles Ahead,” “Porgy and Bess,” and “Sketches of Spain”), Evans also recorded significant works as a band leader. After his death, composer-conductor-arranger Ryan Truesdell was given access to Evans’ archive. Truesdell discovered 50 pieces by Evans, from the 1930’s to the 1980’s, that were completely unknown to the public. He is in the process of recording an album of these works. (RN)

http://www.ryantruesdell.com

 

Norah Jones

[ POP/JAZZ ]

Norah Jones is the queen of contemporary cool. But there’s a devil lurking inside Miss Jones. Her songs are exquisitely beautiful, sung in a seductively coquettish contralto. Her music straddles pop and jazz — among other things — without leaning too heavily on either genre. She has won 12 Grammy awards and has collaborated with various artists, including Ray Charles. Her fifth and latest album, “Little Broken Hearts,” was produced by Danger Mouse. (FD)

Norahjones.com

 

Orlando Le Fleming Trio

[ JAZZ ]

Born in Birmingham, England, Orlando Le Fleming grew up with a goal: to play cricket. After five years of professional league play, he changed his focus to music. Le Fleming attended London’s Royal Academy of Music and quickly became a first-call bassist, playing with visiting American musicians like Bill Charlap, Art Farmer, Dave Liebman, and Branford Marsalis. After moving to New York and backing Jane Monheit, Jimmy Cobb, and others, he is more than ready to claim some of the spotlight. His superb trio also boasts Will Vinson on alto sax and Lage Lund on guitar. (RN)

http://orlandolefleming.com

 

Peter Karp and Sue Foley

[ BLUES ]

Years ago I drove two hours to see Sue Foley play. There’s something about a redhead playing Ike Turner tunes, I guess. Her second Blind Pig collaboration with blues troubadour Peter Karp, “Beyond The Crossroads,” takes the blues medium and gooses it with a more advanced and heartfelt lyricism. Nothing rings better in the blues than the truth. (FD)

suefoley.com, myspace.com/peterkarp

 

Po Boys Brass Band

[ NEW ORLEANS JAZZ ]

Trombone: it’s not just for jazzers, symphony cats, or band geeks anymore. It’s often bigger, badder, bolder, and more unavoidable than the electric guitar. And the way Rochester’s Po’ Boys Brass Band uses, abuses, and infuses the instrument, it’s straight-up rock ‘n’ roll. The Po’ Boys play with an element of electric wrong, with the lead trombone getting run through stomp boxes that bend and twist and distort the sound into an intense stratospheric tapestry. It’s like Dumbo on an acid trip. This is the band’s unprecedented third XRIJF appearance in a row. (FD)

poboysbrassband.com

 

Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra

[ Big Band ]

If you are longing to hear the wonderful tunes made famous by the Duke Ellington Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Natalie Cole, the Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra is the band for you. The 19-piece band, founded in 1998, fosters the preservation of big-band music so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come. (RN)

http://www.rocjazz.com/home.cfm

 

Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band

[ JAZZ ]

Most great players have studied the history of jazz; drummer Roy Haynes has lived it. In the late 1940’s and early 1950’s Haynes played in the bands of greats like Lester Young and Charlie Parker. Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie — Haynes kept the time for all of them. Still cooking after seven decades at the top of the jazz world, Haynes currently leads the Fountain of Youth Band with excellent young players like Jaleel Shaw on saxophone, Martin Bejerano on piano, and David Wong on bass. (RN)

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