JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule and bios for Monday, June 25

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio. PHOTO PROVIDED

Monday, June 25

4:30 p.m.: Webster-Thomas HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:15 p.m.: ECMS Latin Jazz Ensemble Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:30 p.m.: Jeff Lorber Fusion Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

5:45 p.m.: Eldar Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: ESM Honors Performance Units Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

6 p.m.: Mike Cottone Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Pedrito Martinez Group Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Brockport Community Big Band Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Terence Blanchard Quintet Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

6:15 p.m.: Gregoire Maret Quintet Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

6:30 p.m.: Nicholas Payton XXX Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

6:45 p.m.: Fraser Fifield Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7 p.m.: Teagan & The Tweeds RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Jeff Lorber Fusion Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

7:15 p.m.: Calle Uno Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:30 p.m.: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Eldar Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Kim Lenz & The Jaguars Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

8 p.m.: Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance Kodak Hall (FREE)

8:30 p.m.: Gypsophilia Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

8:45 p.m.: Fraser Fifield Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Nicholas Payton XXX Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Teagan & The Tweeds RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

9:15 p.m.: Calle Uno Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

9:30 p.m.: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9:45 p.m.: Kim Lenz & The Jaguars Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Terence Blanchard Quintet Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Pedrito Martinez Group Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Mike Cottone Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Gypsophilia Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Gregoire Maret Quintet Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

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

Calle Uno

[ LATIN ]

If you are an aficionado of salsa and merengue music, or you simply love to move and shake, your best bet at this year’s XRIJF will be the hottest band this side of the Genesee. Calle Uno’s got it all: the punctuating horns, the polyrhythmic percussionists, and dynamic singer Robert Navarro ruling the roost. Once this group enters the Afro-Cuban groove, it never lets it go. This band is simply impossible to resist. (RN)

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

Eldar

[ JAZZ ]

Eldar Djangirov has been turning heads since the age of 9, when he wowed the audience at a jazz festival in the Russian city of Novosibirsk. The following year a jazz aficionado brought him from his home in Kyrgyzstan to the United States to study at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. His family moved to Kansas City in 1998, and at the age of 12 he was on “Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz.” After winning a variety of jazz competitions in his teenage years, he was signed to Sony at the age of 17. Now in his mid-20s, Eldar is still stunning audiences at every appearance. (RN)

http://www.eldarmusic.com/

Fraser Fifield

[ WORLD ]

Whether he’s playing pipe, saxophone, or low whistle, Fraser Fifield seems to channel the entire musical legacy of Scotland in his beguiling melodies. But it’s by no means merely echoes of the past that emanate from the instruments he plays; Fifield’s gorgeous improvisations are as contemporary as those of any musician at the XRIJF. At the age of 9 Fifield started with bagpipes. By the time he reached the Royal Scottish Academy of Music in Glasgow he had moved on to saxophone and, in recent years, he has favored the low whistle. Before striking out on his own, Fifield played with Wolfstone and The Old Blind Dogs. (RN)

http://www.fraserfifield.com

Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance

[ JAZZ ]

When Gerry Niewood died in a plane crash near Buffalo three years ago, the world lost a brilliant musician and a wonderful human being. Though he was an occasional bandleader and a sought-after session man, Niewood’s most familiar role was as sideman extraordinaire with Chuck Mangione, playing multiple reed instruments. Niewood studied at Eastman, and it’s a safe bet some of the students playing at this concert in his name will be the jazz stars of the future. (RN)

Gregoire Maret Quintet

[ SMOOTH JAZZ ]

You know, I was just going to say that Swiss harmonicat Gregoire Maret plays with the same fluid elegance as Toots Thielemans, when I read that Toots and Maret have shared both studio and stage time together. Maret is in high demand, and has played with contemporary jazz favorites like Pat Metheny, George Benson, Cassandra Wilson, and David Sanborn. His style could be very easily tagged as smooth jazz if it weren’t for his pursuit of the ethereal. (FD)

gregoiremaret.com

Gypsophilia

[ GYPSY JAZZ/POP ]

It seems that Gypsy jazz is the go-to spice on the rack for a lot of artists in search of delicate heat. So what happens when Gypsy jazz gets infused with, let’s say, indie rock? The answer is Nova Scotia’s Gypsophilia. The band started in 2004 as a Django send-up, with the inclusion of related styles like klezmer and even classical. But with the introduction of a poppy indie component, the band found itself standing alone, but also standing in front of sold-out audiences everywhere it went. The music is fun, with forays into darkness and light, like a disco breakdown in the middle of a violin-driven bop number. That’s right. (FD)

gypsophilia.org

Jam Session with Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

Jeff Lorber Fusion

[ Fusion/Smooth Jazz ]

Jeff Lorber was playing fusion before fusion was simply called “contemporary jazz.” At one point he dropped the term “fusion” from his group entirely, only to now find himself pushing the musical envelope with his 2012 genre-mixing and -mashing release, “Galaxy,” which pulls in more styles and genres than there are stars in the sky. His song “Rain Dance” became a huge hit for Notorious Big and Lil’ Kim as “Crush on You.” You may also recognize a few of his tunes without knowing it: several of his songs have been featured on the Weather Channel’s various segments, and he also did musical work on the video game “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,” in case the Weather Channel doesn’t get your blood rushing. (WC)

http://www.lorber.com/

Mike Cottone Quartet

[ Jazz ]

Currently residing in New York City, where he performed with the likes of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Mike Cottone will return to his hometown of Rochester for this year’s XRIJF. Cottone holds degrees from both Eastman and Julliard, has performed on the Royal Caribbean cruise lines, aboard the Queen Mary 2, and at previous iterations of the RIJF. Last year saw the release of his debut album, “Just Remember,” on which Cottone demonstrated both his performing and composing chops. After the homecoming festivities, Cottone will be heading to Los Angeles to study with the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as part of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, putting his name in some great company indeed. (WC)

mikecottone.com

Nicholas Payton

[ JAZZ ]

Looking back it seems inevitable that Nicholas Payton would become a great trumpet player. Born in New Orleans to a musical family, he received his first trumpet at the age of 4. By age 9 he was sitting in with the Young Tuxedo Brass Band, and by 12 he was touring with the All-Star Brass Band. When it came time for college he chose the University of New Orleans, where he studied with the great Ellis Marsalis. Since then his beautiful tone has enhanced the music of Clark Terry, Ray Brown, Elvin Jones, Roy Haynes, and many others. Among his many recordings is a Grammy Award-winning collaboration, 1997’s “Doc Cheatham and Nicholas Payton.” (RN)

http://www.nicholaspayton.com/

Pedrito Martinez

[ WORLD ]

With roots in the Afro-Cuban rumba tradition and the vocal chants of Yoruba and Santeria music, the Pedrito Martinez Group is one of the most infectious bands you’re likely to hear. While Martinez and keyboard player-vocalist Ariacne Trujillo were born in Havana, Cuba, percussionist Jhair Sala is from Peru, and bassist Alvaro Benavides is from Venezuela. At the age of 11 Martinez was already singing and playing. In 1998 Jane Bunnett brought him to the United States with Spirits of Havana and, in 2000, he took first place in the Thelonious Monk Competition in Afro-Latin Hand Drumming. Since moving to New York he’s worked with Paquito D’Rivera, Eddie Palmieri, Arturo “Chico” O’Farrill, Bebo Valdés, and many others. (RN)

http://pedritomartinezmusic.com/

Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio

[ WORLD ]

Born near Reykjavik, Iceland, pianist Sunna Gunnlaugs plays in a contemplative style that may remind you of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. As a child Gunnlaugs began playing Beatles songs, polkas, and Strauss waltzes on the organ. Then she heard her first record by Evans and there was no turning back. In 1993 she came to study in the United States and 1996 she moved to Brooklyn. As deeply as she dived into jazz, she never left Icelandic folk music behind, and it’s that intriguing combination that makes her music unique. Seven albums later she is living in Iceland and touring the world with her music. (RN)

http://www.sunnagunnlaugs.com/

Teagan and the Tweeds

[ ROCK ’N’ ROLL ]

Back in 2006, a then-18-year-old singer-songwriter Teagan Ward determined that she had had enough of the laid-back coffee-bean scene. She wanted to step it up a little bit and have more fun with a lot of people on stage, play a little bit louder, and a little bit faster. Ward’s material always came on strong with its rock hooks and tenacity; you could almost hear the ghost of a band clamoring in the background even when she was a solo act. The now fleshed-out band comes off pleasant and unassuming in person but sprouts horns once it hits the stage. (FD)

teaganandthetweeds.com

Terence Blanchard Quintet

[ JAZZ ]

You probably know more of trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s music than you think. Blanchard has composed more than 50 film scores, including several for Spike Lee (“Malcolm X,” “Jungle Fever”), and he has played on others (“Do The Right Thing” and “Mo’ Better Blues”). He has a wonderful trumpet tone that, when muted, recalls the finest work of Miles Davis. In recent years Blanchard has appeared on HBO’s New Orleans-based series, “Treme,” and has expanded his scoring work to include a Broadway production of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” (RN)

http://www.terenceblanchard.com

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