JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Schedule and bios for Tuesday, June 26

Big Sam’s Funky Nation. PHOTO PROVIDED

Tuesday, June 26

4:30 p.m.: Greece- Athena HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:15 p.m.: Pittsford-Sutherland HS Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

5:30 p.m.: Big Sam’s Funky Nation Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

5:45 p.m.: Bill Dobbins Plays Ellington Hatch Recital Hall ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Jack Allen Big Band Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Marcello Pellitteri Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

6 p.m.: 5 After 4 Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

6 p.m.: Benny Green Trio Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

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

6:30 p.m.: Tommy Smith & KARMA Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

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

7 p.m.: Tussey Mountain Moonshiners RG&E Fusion Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: New Horizons Big Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

7:15 p.m.: Big Sam’s Funky Nation Harro East Ballroom ($20 or Club Pass)

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

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

7:45 p.m.: Clinton Curtis Band Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

8 p.m.: Zappa Plays Zappa Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre ($40-$95)

8:30 p.m.: Pedrito Martinez Group Big Tent ($20 or Club Pass)

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

9 p.m.: Tommy Smith & KARMA Xerox Auditorium ($20 or Club Pass)

9 p.m.: Tussey Mountain Moonshiners RG&E Stage (FREE)

9:15 p.m.: Music Educators Big Band w/Bill Tiberio Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

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

9:45 p.m.: Clinton Curtis Band Abilene ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Marcello Pellitteri Quartet Rochester Club ($20 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: Benny Green Trio Kilbourn Hall ($25 or Club Pass)

10 p.m.: 5 After 4 Montage ($20 or Club Pass)

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

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

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

 

5 After 4

[ JAZZ ]

Powerhouse drummer Vito Rezza is one of the most in-demand percussionists on the Toronto jazz scene. Just watch him solo, making use of every facet of the drum set — seemingly all at once — and you will understand why. The formidable group he leads, 5 After 4, with Matt Horner on various keyboards, John Johnson on sax, and Peter Cardinali on bass, gives new meaning to the term “wall of sound.” (RN)

http://5after4.com

 

Benny Green Trio

[ JAZZ ]

While Benny Green was growing up, the stereo in his Berkley, California, home was always playing music. And, since his dad was a jazz saxophonist, the music tended to be by Thelonious Monk and Charlie Parker. By the time Green was 7, he was trying out some of those tunes at the piano. In his teenage years he joined a band with Chuck Israels. Then it was off to New York, where he played with Betty Carter, Art Blakey, and Freddie Hubbard. In 1993 the great Oscar Peterson recognized his talent when he selected Green as the first recipient of the City of Toronto’s Glenn Gould Protégé Prize in Music. Since then he has forged a career as one of the top pianists in jazz. (RN)

 

Big Sam’s Funky Nation

[ NEW ORLEANS FUNK ]

Fronted by ex-Dirty Dozen Brass Band trombonist Big Sam Williams, Big Sam’s Funky Nation is like a parade at a red light, just waiting on the green. Williams has added his brassy blast to tours with artists like Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. But don’t let the funk scare you; there’s a whole lot of swing in there, too. It’s going to get sweaty up in this joint. (FD)

bigsamsfunkynation.com

 

Bill Dobbins Plays Ellington

[ JAZZ ]

Bill Dobbins has a well-earned reputation as a top-notch big band director. In Rochester he currently serves as director of the Eastman Jazz Ensemble and the Eastman Studio Orchestra. In Europe jazz fans know him as the long-time conductor of the WDR Big Band (1994-2002) and occasional conductor of the famed Metropole Orchestra. But when his hands are not busy conducting large ensembles, they are gliding over a piano keyboard with equal measures of facility and dexterity. Dobbins, who has played with Clark Terry, Red Mitchell, Phil Woods, and Peter Erskine, is an expert on Duke Ellington, whose oeuvre he’ll be exploring at the XRIJF. (RN)

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

 

Clinton Curtis Band

[ ROCK ]

Clinton Curtis is all over the map, literally and musically. His parents owned the legendary dancehall Club Kokua on Negril Beach, where a young Clinton got to hang with reggae greats like Gregory Isaacs and Desmond Dekker. At 17 Curtis moved to the Big Apple to pursue acting before settling back on music. If it weren’t for his rock leanings, you might think he’s a jammer. Everything is in there, but it isn’t blended into an indiscernible puree. It still rocks. (FD)

clintoncurtis.com

 

Jack Allen Big Band

[ BIG BAND ]

Legendary band leader Jack Allen shuns the standard-issue podium, opting to sit in the trench with the other players, often playing his horn with one hand so as to conduct with the other. The man’s an expert, operating with confidence and ease. That’s because he’s been playing for most of his 80 years. By the time Allen was 17 he was gigging regularly in Rochester hotspots like The Swing Club on Buffalo Road, The Riviera Club on Mt. Read Boulevard, The Bartlett Club on Bartlett Street, and The Chateau on Monroe Avenue. In 1943 Allen hit the road with The Tommy Reynolds Big Band, touring the East Coast and Midwest, including stands at The St. Charles Theatre and The Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. In the late 70’s he joined The Chick Edmond Big Band. Fifteen years later he would take over the group with Edmond’s blessing. (FD)

thejackallenbigband.com

 

Jam Session with the Bob Sneider Trio

See listing for Friday, June 22.

 

Jayme Stone

[ FOLK/WORLD ]

The Globe and Mail in Toronto has called Jayme Stone “the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo,” and it’s not hard to see why. Two-time Juno Award-winning banjoist extraordinaire Stone specializes in investigating the folk music of different cultures. From West Africa to Scandinavia, from South America to Appalachia, Stone finds vital indigenous music and breathes new life into it. His latest album, “Room Of Wonders,” with music from North America, Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, and Italy, is indicative of the wide sweep of his interests. (RN)

http://jaymestone.com/

 

Marcello Pellitteri Quartet

[ JAZZ ]

The most common name of a school you will encounter when reading about jazz musicians is Berklee College of Music in Boston. So the fact that Marcello Pellitteri is a professor who has taught drums there for 25 years is no small matter. Of course Berklee professors don’t just teach; Pellitteri has shared the stage with jazz giants like Joe Henderson, Woody Shaw, Jon Hendricks, and Paquito D’Rivera, not to mention the Boston Pops, the Taipei Philharmonic, and the Gipsy Kings. (RN)

http://www.myspace.com/marcellopellitteri

 

NeWt

[ Experimental ]

Scottish trio NeWt’s music is much like the animal itself. It’s slippery and hard to catch, but that won’t stop you from trying to listen or grasp the creature or musical concepts being presented. Guitar, trombone, and drums swirl into an avant-garde stream of musical consciousness. Moments of what you may expect to hear will break through, but they’re only brief stopping points on a musical narrative that M. Night Shyamalan could have penned. To some NeWt may be an acquired taste, but here’s to trying something a little out of the norm. (WC)

http://www.newtnet.co.uk

 

Tommy Smith & KARMA

[ Fusion ]

Perhaps Scottish Saxophonist Tommy Smith did something really right in a past life. He was only 14 when he won both the best solo and group titles at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and then his first album followed a year later at the ripe old age of 15. Now with his super-group, KARMA, Smith is joined by Steve Hamilton on piano and keys, Kevin Glasgow on bass, and Alyn Cosker on drums. The group blends myriad styles on what the group calls an “acid jazz adventure.” Now how’s that for some good karma? (WC)

tommy-smith.co.uk

 

Tussey Mountain Moonshiners

[ BLUEGRASS ]

This spirited Central Pennsylvania band has been playing bluegrass and “dodging revenuers” since 2007. It has recently gone from quartet to quintet with the addition of another guitar to the fiddle-mandolin-banjo-bull-fiddle arsenal. This is just good ol’ red-blooded mountain music played by folks who actually reside on the mountain. (FD)

Tusseymountainmoonshiners.com

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