JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule and bios for Sunday, June 24

Ha Ha Tonka. PHOTO PROVIDED

Sunday, June 24

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

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

5:30 p.m.: Catherine Russell Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

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

6 p.m.: Joe LaBarbera Quintet Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Ninety Miles Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

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

6 p.m.: 78 RPM Big Band Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Luca Ciarla Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

6:15 p.m.: Brandi Disterheft Group Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

6:30 p.m.: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

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

7 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Catherine Russell Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

7:15 p.m.: Jazz FM Big Band directed by Jules Estrin Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:30 p.m.: Eivor Palsdottir with Mikael Blak Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Ha Ha Tonka Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

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

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

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

9 p.m.: Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

9:15 p.m.: Jazz FM Big Band directed by Jules Estrin Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

9:30 p.m.: Eivor Palsdottir with Mikael Blak Lutheran Church ($20 or Club Pass)

9:45 p.m.: Ha Ha Tonka Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Luca Ciarla Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Brandi Disterheft Group Max of Eastman Place ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Ninety Miles Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Joe LaBarbera Quintet Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

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

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

 

78 RPM Band

[ BIG BAND ]

Starting out as an Oktoberfest band way back in 1973, local band 78 RPM plays a mix of big-band favorites as well as contemporary cuts with its brassy flourish. (FD)

78rpmband.com

 

Bill Tiberio Band

[ JAZZ ]

Bill Tiberio is one of the most beloved music teachers in the Rochester area, having led jazz bands and other ensembles at Fairport High School for more than two decades. But when he’s not teaching, he’s honking away on his saxophone with a broad, funky sound reminiscent of Maceo Parker. Tiberio specializes in nicely shaped melodic solos catchy enough to appeal to both jazz and pop audiences. Often called upon to enhance a visiting performer’s horn section, Tiberio has shared the stage with Fred Wesley, Lou Gramm, The Temptations, Nestor Torres, and The Four Tops. (RN)

http://www.billtiberioband.com

 

Brandi Disterheft

[ JAZZ WITH A TWIST ]

Bassist-singer Brandi Disterheft left her native Vancouver for New York City to study with the legendary bassist Ron Carter. But it isn’t all jazz. This young lady studies classical as well, and incorporates doses of eccentricity and rock to the mix. She is both beautiful and beautifully compelling. [FD]

brandidisterheft.com

 

Breach

[ AVANT-GARDE ]

Breach is an experimental trio composed of three of the most progressive musicians in Scotland. Guitarist Graeme Stephen, organist Paul Harrison, and drummer/percussionist Chris Wallace use a variety of electronic devices to enhance their traditional jazz instruments. The resulting compositions invite audiences to enter ethereal sonic landscapes that can instantly veer in a variety of unexpected, but always dynamic, directions. (RN)

http://www.breachtrio.com/

 

Catherine Russell

[ SOUL/JAZZ ]

Chances are you’ve previously seen or heard Catherine Russell. Russell, an associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music, has lent her formidable pipes to songs and concerts by Steely Dan, Paul Simon, David Bowie, Madonna, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, and Rosanne Cash, to name a few. That’s because the vocal utility in her arsenal is fortified with everything from barrelhouse bellows to sultry ballad swoon to cool torch-song come-ons. And the talent runs deep; her dad was Louis Armstrong’s musical director when Satchmo moved operations to New York in 1935. (FD)

catherinerussell.net

 

Eivør Palsdottir w/Mikael Blak

[ WORLD ]

It doesn’t matter what language she sings in, or if she uses words at all; the trance-inducing sounds that emanate from Eivør Palsdottir make her seem a woman possessed. Possessed with a gorgeously haunting vocal style, that is. The voice of the Faroe Islands singer at times may recall that of folk-hippie Melanie or emotional British rocker Kate Bush, but mostly it’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Mikael Blak supplies solid support on bass and keyboards. Together they can be counted upon to produce some of the most ethereal sounds of the festival. (RN)

http://eivor.sweetgiggles.net/

 

Ha Ha Tonka

[ AMERICANA ]

Ha Ha Tonka is a roots-rock band, but one that stretches beyond the genre’s usual themes and limits. There’s plenty of faded denim and big-sky vistas, but Ha Ha Tonka isn’t fenced in. Think Wilco, just not as extrapolated, or maybe even early R.E.M. The band delivers its message hook, groove, and sinker in tight little episodes and anthemic opuses, like the ones all over its most recent album, “Death of a Decade.” (FD)

http://www.hahatonkamusic.com

 

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

[ JAZZ ]

Medeski Martin & Wood and Bad Plus may be the best known of the fusion groups to have emerged when jazz bands and jam bands collide, but the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey is gaining ground. Hailing from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the quartet is unusual not only for its use of lap steel guitar, but also for its repertoire. In addition to playing tunes by Charles Mingus and Dave Brubeck, JFJO also covers songs by Bjork, Brian Wilson, Jimi Hendrix, and Neil Young. The group’s most recent project is also its most serious and ambitious, a suite of music inspired by the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. (RN)

http://jfjo.com/

 

Jam Session with Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

Joe LaBarbera Quintet

[ JAZZ ]

Drummer Joe LaBarbera was born in Mt. Morris, New York, to a family that produced three major jazz players. (The other two are saxophonist Pat LaBarbera and trumpeter-arranger John LaBarbera.) He was a top drummer on the Rochester scene in the mid-1960’s when he worked with Joe Romano, and in the 1970’s when he played with Chuck Mangione. LaBarbera rose to national fame while touring for two years in the trio of pianist Bill Evans. Since then he has worked with some of the top names in jazz, including Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker, and Jim Hall. (RN)

http://www.myspace.com/joelabarberamusic

 

Kristian Blak

[ Nordic/World ]

Ever heard of the Faroe Islands? I hadn’t, but the musical soundscape there has given Denmark-born Kristian Blak his muse. A pianist and composer, Blak blends the Nordic folk tradition with jazz sensibilities, creating a sound that is rooted in both world and folk music, yet also knocks on the door of jazz’s rhythmic complexities and musical intricacies. Each song is a musical journey to the very island shores that Blak now calls home, taking the listener to worlds not often travelled. Blak is also the founder and member of Nordic group Yggdrasil, also playing the festival. (WC)

kristianblak.com

 

Luca Ciarla Quartet

[ JAZZ ]

Falling somewhere between Gypsy and Mediterranean, and traditional and modern, Luca Ciarla is taking the violin (and baritone violin) kicking and screaming into the future. His equally virtuosic partners in his quartet are Vincenzo Abbracciante on accordion; Nicola Di Camillo, acoustic bass guitar and double bass; and Francesco Savoretti, drums and percussion. Aside from his own tunes, Ciarla favors the music of greats like Dizzy Gillespie and Django Reinhardt. (RN)

http://www.lucaciarla.com/

 

Monophonics

[ PSYCHEDELIC SOUL ]

Since 2005, San Francisco psychedelic sextet Monophonics has brought as much funky heat as it has the fuzzy cool. The band plays psychedelic soul, which sometimes gets pegged as black rock on account of its marriage of black soul and white rock. There’s some Sly soul in there along with some big rhythm ’n’ brass in the band’s overall classic groove. It’s a groove from an era when funk, r&b, rock, and soul shared the airwaves to create excitement and a sexy groove. It ain’t the Mothership, but it’ll get you there. (FD)

monophonics.com

 

Ninety Miles

[ JAZZ ]

Trumpeter Christian Scott was born in New Orleans, saxophonist David Sánchez is from Puerto Rico, and vibraphonist Stefon Harris hails from in Albany. All three are bona fide stars on the American jazz scene, but their latest project takes them off shore, over 90 miles of ocean, to reach the great musical legacy of Cuba. Seeking to explore the links between rhythmically and harmonically challenging Aftro-Cuban musical traditions and American jazz, Scott, Sánchez, and Harris recorded their latest album in Havana. The project — which also includes some excellent Cuban musicians — is among the most vibrant they have produced in their careers. (RN)

http://ninetymilesproject.com/

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