JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule and bios for Saturday, June 23

Tom Harrell. PHOTO PROVIDED

Saturday, June 23

4:30 p.m.: Gates HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:15 p.m.: Buffalo Acad./Visual and Perf. Arts HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:30 p.m.: Mike Stern Group Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

5:45 p.m.: Bill Cunliffe Hatch Recital Hall ($20 Or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: RPO Marimba Band Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: ECMS Jazz Combo led by Mike Kaupa Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

6 p.m.: Mathias Eick Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble Plays Debussy & Ravel Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Gap Mangione & Special Guests Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

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

6:30 p.m.: J.M.O.G. Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

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

7 p.m.: Danielia Cotton East Ave./Chestnut Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: L’Orkestre Des Pas Perdus Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Mike Stern Group Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

7:30 p.m.: Yggdrasil featuring Eivor Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

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

7:45 p.m.: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

8 p.m.: Esperanza Spalding Radio Music Society Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($33-$65)

8:30 p.m.: Sultans of String Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

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

9 p.m.: Outlaws East Ave./Chestnut Stage (FREE)

9 p.m.: J.M.O.G. Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9:15 p.m.: L’Orkestre Des Pas Perdus Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

9:30 p.m.: Yggdrasil featuring Eivor Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9:45 p.m.: Blackie & The Rodeo Kings Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Gap Mangione & Special Guests Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

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

10 p.m.: Mathias Eick Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Sultans of String Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble Plays Debussy & Ravel Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

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

 

Bill Cunliffe

[ JAZZ ]

Jazz pianist-composer-arranger Bill Cunliffe is the musical equivalent of a Renaissance man — he does it all. He’s won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and toured as pianist and arranger with the Buddy Rich Big Band. He’s also worked with Frank Sinatra, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Benny Golson, James Moody, and many others. Cunliffe has garnered four Grammy and two Emmy Award nominations. In 2009 he won the Best Instrumental Arrangement Grammy Award for “West Side Story Medley,” on the album “Resonance Big Band Plays Tribute to Oscar Peterson.” (RN)

http://www.billcunliffe.com/Bill/HOME.html

 

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings

[ ALT-COUNTRY ]

With multiple Juno Awards to its credit, Hamilton, Ontario’s Blackie and The Rodeo Kings is a powerfully compelling alt-country trio. And it doesn’t just rely on the twang and heartache; it rocks steady on its latest release, “Kings and Queens,” with undeniable duets with a pile of amazing artists like Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Roseanne Cash, to name a precious few. The music rollicks and soars where Byrds and Burrito Brothers fly. (FD)

blackieandtherodeokings.com

 

Danielia Cotton

[ ROCK ]

Switching between acoustic guitar and singing with Joe Cocker-with-a-feminine-twist moves, Danielia Cotton belts, bellows, shouts, and sings. Her songs combine a singer-songwriter tone with rock passion and determination. She seasons it all with anger and joy. She is mesmerizing. Cotton fleshes out her tunes in such a way that it’s easy to see where they came from: they’re lean and tight interpretations of simple, beautiful ideas accompanied by simple, beautiful hooks. They may not come from a place of splendor, but Cotton’s brassy patina sure makes them sound that way. (FD)

myspace.com/danieliacotton

 

Esperanza Spalding

[ JAZZ ]

Esperanza Spalding fell in love with the bass while a high school student in Portland, Oregon. Starting with a simple blues run, Spalding found that she could produce a good sound right from the start. So good, that by the age of 20 she had graduated from — and become the youngest musician ever to teach at — Berklee College of Music. In the process she met and played with Michel Camilo, Pat Metheny, Joe Lovano and others. When she formed her own group and began to record, the world found that not only is Spalding an excellent bassist, she also has a beautiful voice. In 2011 Spalding achieved the nearly impossible when her unstoppable talent beat out four pop acts, including Justin Bieber and Drake, for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. (RN)

http://www.esperanzaspalding.com/

 

Gap Mangione

[ JAZZ ]

Growing up in Rochester, pianist Gap Mangione and his brother, Chuck, were introduced by their father to some of the greatest musicians in jazz. After collaborating as The Jazz Brothers in the 1960’s, they worked together on several of Chuck’s landmark albums in the early 1970’s. And, after Chuck’s phenomenal crossover success, they reunited in 2007 for the “Friends & Love” reunion concerts. A fixture on the Rochester music scene for five decades, Gap Mangione has pursued a three-pronged career, playing solo, leading small groups, and directing a big band. (RN)

http://www.gapmangione.com/

 

Gerald Clayton

[ JAZZ ]

Pianist Gerald Clayton was literally born into the jazz family. His father is bandleader John Clayton and his uncle saxophonist Jeff Clayton. At the age of 22 he was a strong enough stylist to place second in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., impressing judges like Herbie Hancock, Billy Taylor, and Randy Weston. In the years since then Clayton has lead his own trio, with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown, but he hasn’t cut the family ties. He also plays in The Clayton Brothers, a quintet, with his dad and his uncle. (RN)

http://geraldclayton.com

 

Jam Session with Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

L’Orkestre Des Pas Perdus

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

Liane Carroll Trio

[ VOCAL STANDARDS ]

British songstress stretches her vocal prowess across multiple octaves and tones. Consequently, the standards in the well-worn bible she swears on get a nice kick in the ass. She has performed in groups with the likes of Trevor Watts and in the Dave Holdsworth Band before forming her own group in 1990 with her husband, Roger Carey. (FD)

lianecarroll.co.uk

 

Mathias Eick

[ Smooth Jazz ]

Norwegian trumpet player Mathias Eick has been quite busy for somebody who just hit 30. He’s won international jazz-talent awards, has a second album in the works, and yet still has time to lend his chops to the Jaga Jazzist group, the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, and Chick Corea. His touring band currently includes not one, but two drummers, bass, and piano, all mixing with Eick’s soft and warm trumpet swoons and swells that hang overtop the musical foundation beneath him. Listen closely, and let the complexity sink in; Eick knows how to blow his horn. (WC)

http://mathiaseick.no/

 

Mike Stern Group

[ JAZZ ]

The fluid sound achieved by Mike Stern on guitar does not just refer to the beautiful, easy flow of his legato runs. Like Pat Metheny, Stern plays with a liquid quality that transports the music into dream territory. Fresh out of Berklee College of Music, he joined jazz-rockers Blood, Sweat & Tears at the age of 22. Next stop was Billy Cobham’s fusion band. And then, still in his 20s, Stern was tapped by Miles Davis. After three years with Davis, he joined Jaco Pastorius’ group and, later, the fusion band Steps Ahead. Since the mid-1980’s Stern has recorded more than a dozen albums as a leader and hundreds more as a sideman, always remaining true to his unique sound. (RN)

http://www.mikestern.org

 

Outlaws

[ SOUTHERN ROCK ]

Since 1967, Tampa’s The Outlaws have been a mainstay in American Southern rock. The band hit its stride with its hit “Green Grass and High Tides” in 1975. Since then the band has endured personal tragedy with the loss of members, as well as a revolving door of replacements, before arriving at its current line-up, which includes original members singer-guitarist Henry Paul and drummer Monte Yoho. The group’s latest album, “Hidin’ Out In Tennessee,” was released this spring. (FD)

outlawsmusic.com

 

Sultans of String

[ WORLD ]

Canadian guitar quintet Sultans of String plays a joyous mix of flamenco, Arabic, Cuban, and Gypsy jazz. Each component serves to augment the other, helping the band flesh out entire hybrid genres usually left in the cracks between by other artists. The band further dominates its own style with the inclusion of other rhythm sources and stringed instruments, like the six-string violin. (FD)

http://www.sultansofstring.com

 

Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble

[ JAZZ/CLASSICAL ]

Tom Harrell once compared playing jazz to an artist painting spontaneously, expressing feelings “through the textures and colors of the sensual material world and then transcending that into the spiritual realm.” Those words are an apt description of the gorgeous music Harrell creates when picks up his trumpet. Since the late 1960’s he’s worked with Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Horace Silver, Bill Evans, Lee Konitz, and many more. He’s also recorded more than two-dozen albums as a leader. Harrell’s beautiful playing combined with the wonderful compositions of Ravel and Debussy sounds like a match made in heaven. (RN)

http://www.tomharrell.com

 

Yggdrasil featuring Eivor

See listing for Friday, June 22.

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