JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule and bios for Thursday, June 28

Colin Stetson. PHOTO PROVIDED

Thursday, June 28

4 p.m.: The Gutbusters Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

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

5:30 p.m.: Ruthie Foster & The Family Band Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

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

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

6 p.m.: The Abney Effect Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Bat McGrath Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

6 p.m.: Colin Stetson Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Dominick Farinacci Quintet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

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

6:30 p.m.: Terje Rypdal & Bergen Big Band Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

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

7 p.m.: The Barrel House Blues Band RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Ruthie Foster & The Family Band Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

7:15 p.m.: Soul Stew Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:30 p.m.: Bjorn Thoroddsen Trio Lutheran Church $20 or Club Pass)

7:45 p.m.: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

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

8 p.m.: Daryl Hall “Live from Daryl’s House” w/Special Guest Keb’ Mo’ Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre ($75-$115)

8:30 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

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

9 p.m.: The Barrel House Blues Band RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

9 p.m.: Terje Rypdal & Bergen Big Band Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9:15 p.m.: Soul Stew Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

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

9:45 p.m.: Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: The Abney Effect Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Dominick Farinacci Quintet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

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

10 p.m.: Colin Stetson Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

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

 

The Abney Effect

[ JAZZ/FUNK ]

Trumpeter Mario Abney emerged from the Dayton, Ohio, jazz scene to become a versatile sideman for a wide range of musicians, including Wynton Marsalis to Erykah Badu. His latest concoction, The Abney Effect, is a little big band exploring musical genres like neo-soul, funk, Latin, and reggae, and the music of Parliament Funkadelic. Fortified by three horn players and two drummers, the group features the dynamic vocals of Zena Moses soaring over an irresistible groove. (RN)

http://www.myspace.com/abneyeffect

 

Barrel House Blues Band

[ ROADHOUSE BLUES ]

You know you’re going to have a good time when a band has cats with names like Chooch, Papa Joe, Barstool Billy, and Nine Fingers Tommy in its ranks. This band offers up non-stop, down-and-dirty barroom blues with music by Muddy Waters, Jimmy Thackery, ZZ Top, Cream, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Gary Moore, Walter Trout, and Jeff Healey in its arsenal. (FD)

Bhouseblues.com

 

Bat McGrath

[ SINGER/SONGWRITER ]

In the early 1960’s, singer/songwriter Bat McGrath cut his teeth in this area with The Showstoppers, a band he formed with guitarist Don Potter. The band caught the ears of Columbia Records’ John Hammond and the band released two singles. In the early 1970’s McGrath worked with Chuck Mangione on the albums “Friends and Love” and “Together.” Since the late 1980’s McGrath has lived in Nashville cranking out tunes for artists like Wynonna Judd, who recorded his “Come Some Rainy Day.” (FD)

web.me.com/batmcgrath

 

Björn Thoroddsen

[ JAZZ ]

Whether he’s playing acoustic or electric guitar, Björn Thoroddsen reinvents the instrument with his lightning-fast runs and thumping percussive techniques. Thoroddsen started with rock in his native Iceland, and there’s still more than a little bit of Dick Dale in his playing. But he gradually gravitated toward jazz and, over the years has collaborated with Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Ulf Wakenius, James Carter, Larry Coryell, and many others. If you want to hear virtuoso guitar at the XRIJF, Thoroddsen is your man. (RN)

http://www.bjornthoroddsen.is/

 

Colin Stetson

[ JAZZ ]

Let’s just say Colin Stetson does the impossible. He lays down a percussive and melodic pattern on his gigantic bass saxophone and doesn’t stop playing it until the end of the tune. But that somehow does not stop him from soloing over that pattern in an astoundingly dream-like manner. His cheeks flare and his face turns red, and you might think he’s going to explode, but it’s all under control. There are few musicians who really deserve to be described as remarkable; Colin Stetson is one of them. (FD)

http://colinstetson.com/

 

Dominick Farinacci Quintet

[ JAZZ ]

His beautiful tone and the flights of fancy in his solos have prompted comparisons to Clifford Brown and Miles Davis. Not bad for a 28-year-old New York City-based jazz trumpeter. Dominick Farinacci caught the ear of Wynton Marsalis when he was 17. Impressed, Marsalis asked him to perform with him on a PBS special at Lincoln Center. Since then he’s become an international star, collaborating with top players like Kenny Barron, Mulgrew Miller, Ron Carter, Joe Lovano, and Benny Golson. (RN)

http://www.dominickfarinacci.com

 

Dwayne Dopsie and the Zydeco Hellraisers

[ ZYDECO ]

Dwayne “Dopsie” Rubin’s old man, Rockin’ Dopsie, is considered the king of Zydeco. So here comes the prince. Dopsie grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, surrounded by Zydeco music’s spicy rattle and cry. The young man first got involved by strapping into a washboard before moving on to the accordion, where he really shines. People in the know know; Dopsie was voted “Hottest Accordion In America” in 1999 by the American Accordionists Association. (FD)

dwaynedopsie.com

 

The Gutbusters

[ ROCK/BLUES/FOLK ]

These five Newfoundlanders may look familiar. They’re some of the smiling mugs who have taken your ticket at the door at past RIJFs. This time they’ll be onstage as the Gutbusters, giving us their take on classic rock, blues, and folk standards. But while their bustin’ guts, who will man the doors? Will chaos ensue? Tune in jazz fans; same jazz time, same jazz channel. (FD)

 

Harold Danko

[ JAZZ ]

Before becoming chairman of the Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media Department at the Eastman School of Music, pianist extraordinaire Harold Danko honed his skills on the road with greats like Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and others. His own solo, trio, and quartet albums rival the work of any pianist recording today. Danko, who has released more than two-dozen CDs as a leader since 1975, is also an excellent composer. His best-known tune, “Tidal Breeze,” has been recorded by Baker and Konitz, among others. (RN)

http://www.esm.rochester.edu/faculty/danko_harold

 

Jam Session with Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

Mark McKnight

[ JAZZ ]

Mark McKnight is an absurdly dexterous guitarist whose fingers seem to fly over the frets, creating beguiling melodies as they go. With his extraordinary technique and distinctive style, it’s hard to believe that McKnight is still in his 20s. Born in Ireland, he honed his technique at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Back home in Ireland he won the Best Young Irish Musician Award at the Cork Jazz Festival. In Switzerland he garnered third place in the Montreux Jazz Guitar Competition. (RN)

http://www.markmcknight.co.uk/

 

Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three

[ OLD TIME/TIN PAN ALLEY ]

If you’re a fan of The Asylum Street Spankers or The Hot Club of Cowtown, then St. Louis sensation Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three’s period-accurate swing and shuffle is for you. Where some artists infuse their own twist or contemporary elements to the music, Pokey sticks with the classic, the tried, and true. LaFarge intones with that tight megaphone projection reminiscent of Eddie Cantor or Al Jolson. (FD)

pokeylafarge.net

 

Ruthie Foster and the Family Band

[ BLUES/GOSPEL/R&B ]

Here’s the perfect jazz festival artist. Blending blues, rock, and r&b along with some sanctified and Dixie-fried gospel redemption, Austin, Texas’ Ruthie Foster scratches one itch while creating two more. Born into a gospel-singing family, Foster has applied that joy to more secular sounds. She was nominated in 2009 for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album and won Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year at the 2010 Blues Music Awards. (FD)

Ruthiefoster.com

 

Soul Stew

[ R&B ]

Many members of the greatest generation of soul singers — Marvin Gaye, Philippe Wynne, James Brown, Teddy Pendergrass — are no longer with us. And legends like Al Green and Stevie Wonder are too expensive for a free show. Soul Stew comes to the rescue, grooving down from Canada to re-create the greatest hits of those stars and a whole lot more. Made up of Toronto’s top studio musicians, driven by the propulsive bass of Roberto Occhipinti, and featuring the powerful lead vocals of Michael Dunston, Soul Stew will see to it that you get up offa that thing. (RN)

http://www.myspace.com/torontosoulstew

 

Taurey Butler Trio

[ Jazz/Soul ]

Some say the music always finds a way. For Taurey Butler, his college life ended with him holding degrees in Japanese and electrical engineering; nothing close to the love for the jazz piano that he was cultivating. After music stints in New Jersey, New York Ctiy, Hong Kong, and Dubai, Taurey moved to Montreal, where he honed his fingers at the House of Jazz. Last year saw his first release on Justin Time Records, and this young, swinging pianist sure shows that it takes true musicianship, not just a degree, to be a real performer. (WC)

http://www.myspace.com/taureybutler

 

Terje Rypdal & Bergen Big Band

[ AVANT-GARDE ]

Terje Rypdal began his career as a rock guitarist in his native Norway, but he gravitated toward jazz and, in 1968, joined Jan Garbarek’s group. He also worked with George Russell and became increasingly interested in free jazz. With most of his recordings on the adventurous ECM label, Rypdal is now best known for his atmospheric and ethereal style, but he can still rock out with the best of them. He’ll be nicely matched at the XRIJF with the perpetually cutting-edge Bergen Big Band. (RN)

http://www.myspace.com/terjerypdalodyssey

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