JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule for Saturday, June 30

Chic Gamine. PHOTO PROVIDED

Saturday, June 30

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

5:15 p.m.: Jazz Bones Directed by Evan Dobbins Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

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

6 p.m.: Raul Midon Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Mario Romano Quartet feat. Pat LaBarbera Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

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

6 p.m.: Greece Jazz Band Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Mederic Collignon Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6:15 p.m.: Chic Gamine Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

6:30 p.m.: Victor Goines Quartet Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

6:45 p.m.: Arun Ghosh Quintet Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7 p.m.: Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars East Ave. & Chestnut Stage (FREE)

7 p.m.: Thunder Body East Ave. & Alexander Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Big James & The Chicago Playboys Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:30 p.m.: Hakon Kornstad Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: The Sadies Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

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

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

8:45 p.m.: Arun Ghosh Quintet Christ Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Victor Goines Quartet Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Gov’t Mule East Ave. & Chestnut Stage (FREE)

9 p.m.: Trombone Shorty & Oleans Avenue East Ave. & Alexander Stage (FREE)

9:15 p.m.: Big James & The Chicago Playboys Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

9:30 p.m.: Hakon Kornstad Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9:45 p.m.: The Sadies Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

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

10 p.m.: Raul Midon Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Mario Romano Quartet feat. Pat LaBarbera Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Chic Gamine Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Mederic Collignon Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

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

 

Arun Ghosh

[ World ]

Arun Ghosh may possess all of the brilliant technique of a top jazz clarinetist, but he doesn’t unwind his beguiling melodies in the usual way. Born in India and raised in Britain, Ghosh has absorbed the best of both musical worlds and reflects them beautifully in his distinctive compositions and his solos. The resulting improvisational music has strains of Southern Asia but it is more often than not played over urban beats with a punk attitude. (RN)

http://camoci.co.uk/arunghosh/

 

Big James and the Chicago Playboys

See listing for Friday, June 29.

 

Chic Gamine

[ A CAPPELLA ]

Not only are Chic Gamine’s lush harmonies punctuated by beautiful harmonic structure, but by rhythm as well. The Montreal-based quintet refers to its output as soul songs for a cappella and percussion. Even with a drum kit behind it, the group remains essentially a cappella, but with a drive that speaks with beautiful simplicity and a hint of ragged soul. It’s the street corner with a beat. (FD)

Chicgamine.com

 

Gov’t Mule

[ JAM ROCK ]

Dragging “By A Thread” — its first CD in three years — along with it, Gov’t Mule brings solid Southern-rock muscle to bluesy jams. Head mule Warren Haynes (who also slings strings in The Allman Brothers Band and the Warren Haynes Band) is one of the few musicians that, though embraced by the jam scene, keeps it epic and to the point. (FD)

mule.net

 

Hakon Kornstad

[ JAZZ ]

The harmonies are beautiful, and so are the percussive bass notes that support the imaginative saxophone solos by Hakon Kornstad. It’s all the more remarkable when you consider that Kornstad is alone on the stage. Through an incredible expansion of the instrument’s vocabulary, he is creating the harmonies and playing the bass line on his sax while soloing. Born in Oslo, Norway, Kornstad studied sax at Trondheim Jazz Conservatory. But, judging from his truly distinctive technique, he’s spent countless hours reinventing his instrument. (RN)

http://www.kornstad.com/

 

Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

**Jazz Bones**

 

Joanne Brackeen

[ JAZZ ]

Born in California, pianist Joanne Brackeen was precocious enough to play with musicians like Charlie Haden, Charles Lloyd, Bobby Hutcherson, and Dexter Gordon while still in her teens. When she moved to New York in her 20s, she added greats like Sonny Stitt, Woody Shaw, Lee Konitz, and George Benson to the list. Brackeen, who has the distinction of being the first and only female member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, also did significant stints in the bands of Joe Henderson and Stan Getz. Since the mid-1970’s she has released two-dozen albums as a leader, showcasing her wonderfully lyrical style. (RN)

http://www.joannebrackeenjazz.com/

 

Locarno

[ LATIN ]

Born in Mexico City, Locarno leader Tom Landa moved to Ontario, Canada, as a teenager and listened to American and Canadian pop music. But, when he heard a Mexican song on a Los Lobos album, his past came rushing back. Since then Landa has explored the music of his Mexican roots, but he’s spiced it up by adding Cuban songs, folk, pop, funk, and salsa into the mix. In Locarno, Landa’s gritty vocals are supported by guitars, bass, and drums, embellished by violin, and punctuated by trumpet and trombone. The result is an irresistible melting pot combining the best of many wonderful worlds. (RN)

http://www.locarnomusic.com/

 

Mario Romano Quartet feat. Pat LaBarbera

[ JAZZ ]

In the 1970’s Mario Romano was an excellent young pianist on the Toronto jazz scene. After a 36-year detour, spent as one of Canada’s major real-estate developers, Romano has returned to his first love, music. He’s playing once again with tenor saxophonist Pat LaBarbera, who joined the Buddy Rich Band fresh out of Berklee College of Music. Influenced by the style of John Coltrane, LaBarbera went on to tour and record extensively with Coltrane’s drummer, Elvin Jones. More recently LaBarbera has been an influential figure, as an educator and player, on the Toronto jazz scene. (RN)

http://www.marioromano.ca/home.html

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pat-LaBarbera/105518426148272

 

Mederic Collignon

[ AVANT-GARDE ]

It’s safe to say that you have not seen or heard anyone quite like Mederic Collignon. When he sings, he uses parts of the voice that you didn’t know existed — squeals, shrieks, and percussive noises that somehow make perfect musical sense. But that’s only half of it. In the middle of a song, he will pick up his tiny pocket trumpet and proceed to prove himself a virtuoso on this most curious of instruments. Did I mention repertoire? Collignon transforms it all, from jazz to King Crimson. Look out avant-garde; this guy will make you feel down right old fashioned. (RN)

http://www.myspace.com/medericollignofficial

 

Raul Midon

[ JAZZ/FLAMENCO/POP ]

New York City singer-songwriter Raul Midon stands alone, wringing funk out of his acoustic guitar with a deft attack of slaps, string pops, harmonics, and blows to its wooden body. Atop the froth of this polyrhythmic spree floats a warm voice of multi-dimensional soul. And then of course there’s his imaginary horn. Through just his pursed lips, Midon creates tones that sound exactly — exactly — like a trumpet. You could save yourself some time and simply file the man under jazz, but Midon’s multi-genre, multicultural dalliances make him a little more global. He makes room for jazz, flamenco, blues, soul, pop, and folk. They all show up and they never seem to crowd the party. (FD)

raulmidon.com

 

The Sadies

[ ROOTS/AMERICANA ]

The Sadies’ sound is a heady mix of classic country, bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, punk, psychedelic rock, garage rock, and surf dusted with a dark ambient cool. It’s Gram Parsons’ cosmic Americana realized. The Sadies can play everything, and have been playing everything everywhere with everyone for the past 15 years. The Sadies is the go-to backing band — both live and in the studio — for artists like Neko Case, Jon Langford, Andre Williams, and Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray’s Heavy Trash. The Sadies deliver maximum bang for your concert buck. Dressed in their countrypolitan gentleman suits, the band members spin the dial between original songs, and the songs found in their musical DNA. In a sweaty, two-hour frenzy, you’ll hear the band play stuff from The Byrds to Pink Floyd, and many points in between. (FD)

thesadies.net

 

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars

[ WORLD BEAT ]

Made up of refugees displaced to Guinea by the civil war in the Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars’ mission is that of peace and support of humanitarian efforts worldwide. The band’s uplifting sound is the result of joy and triumph after coming through unspeakable hardship. The band’s polyrhythmic output features layers of pop, world music, and even a dash of hip-hop. Absolutely and undeniably beautiful. (FD)

refugeeallstars.org

 

Thunder Body

[ REGGAE/FUNK/JAM ]

Rochester band Thunder Body serves up one of the deepest grooves you will ever encounter. Clearly a reggae band, Thunder Body takes funk’s intensity and blends it with a casual soul aesthetic. It’s spine-bending, deep, and joyous. And the band’s protracted jams prolong the elation. Thunder Body formed in April 2010 when singer-guitarist Matt O’Brian and keyboardist Rachel Orke split from popular local roots-reggae outfit Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad. Despite the GPGDS in its veins, this band adds a further dash of danger with savage grooves and dreamy ambiance. (FD)

Thunderbody.com

 

Victor Goines Quartet

[ JAZZ ]

Whether he’s playing tenor sax, soprano sax, or clarinet, Victor Goines is undoubtedly among the finest reed men in jazz. He can coax all of the beauty out of a ballad and raise everyone’s blood pressure with his up-tempo tunes. It’s no surprise that Goines is a member of the most prestigious big band in the country, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and one of the top small groups, the Wynton Marsalis Septet. Over his career he’s performed with a variety of jazz and pop greats, from Dizzy Gillespie and Freddie Hubbard to Ray Charles and Bob Dylan. (RN)

http://victorgoines.com/

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