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Jazz Fest 2019: CITY's Daily Jazz Blogs

The 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival runs from Friday, June 21, through Saturday, June 29, and CITY Newspaper will be out every night of the festival, covering multiple shows. Check back each day for reviews, photos and video of each nights festivities. For live updates follow us on Instagram @roccitynews and follow the hashtag #jazzcity.

Saturday, June 29

Frank reviews Acoustic Alchemy and Joey DeFrancesco

Jeff reviews Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and Kansas Smitty's House Band

Friday, June 28

Frank reviews The Suitcase Junket, Marty stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives, and Steve Miller Band

Jeff reviews Catherine Russell, "Jubilation! A Celebration of Cannonball Adderley," and Itamar Borochov Quartet

Thursday, June 27

Frank reviews Veronica Swift and George Benson

Ron reviews George Coleman Quartet, Gary Versace with Scott Robinson, and Elda Trio

Jeff reviews Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters and DH's Random/Control

Wednesday, June 26

Frank reviews Funknut, Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, and Kandace Springs

Ron reviews Harold Danko, Ian Shaw, Lionel Loueke & Raul Midón

Jeff reviews Vilray, Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia, and Thomas Backman

Tuesday, June 25

Frank reviews 'Nat King Cole at 100' with Paul Marinaro and Marc Cohn & the Blind Boys of Alabama

Ron reviews Harold Mabern, Trish Clowes My Iris, and Mikkel Ploug Trio

Jeff reviews VickiKristinaBarcelona and Ozmosys

Monday, June 24

Frank reviews The Willows, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, and Bria Skonberg

Ron reviews Cyro Baptista, Adam Ben Ezra, and Kari Ikonen

Jeff reviews Enemy and Paa Kow

Sunday, June 23

Frank reviews Stefon Harris & Blackout, Over the Rhine, and Michael Winograd & The Honorable Mentshn

Ron reviews Kit Downes, Bill Dobbins, and Jostein Gulbrandsen

Jeff reviews the Campbell Brothers and Circus No. 9

Saturday, June 22

Frank reviews Steven Taetz, Patti LaBelle, and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes

Ron reviews Peter Johnstone & Tommy Smith, Gilad Hekselman, and Empirical

Jeff reviews Bill Frisell Trio and Kevin Gordon Trio

Friday, June 21

Frank reviews Jake Shimabukuro, Scott Sharrard, and Downchild Blues Band with Dan Aykroyd

Ron reviews Leo Richardson Quartet, Girls in Airports, and Janice Friedman

Jeff reviews Steve Gadd Band and Western Centuries

In This Guide...

  • Jazz Fest Guide: Three thoughts for the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

    The 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is here, and with it, a whirlwind of concerts by national, international, and local musicians. It can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned jazz fest fan.

  • Festival Information

    Everything you need to know about tickets, venues, parking, and how to connect with us to make the most of your Jazz Festival experience.

  • Feature: Sasha Berliner Quintet

    When 20-year-old vibraphonist Sasha Berliner received the call, letting her know that she'd won the 2019 LetterOne RISING STARS Jazz Award, she couldn't believe it. "It was a surreal moment," Berliner says.

  • The Players: Friday, June 21

    Teagan and the Tweeds | teaganandthetweeds.com 4:30 p.m.: M&T Pavilion - Squeezers Stage (Bluesy rock 'n' roll)

  • Profile: Dawn Thomson's Imagine That

    When digging on an artist of two or more disciplines, you have to wonder which one dominates in that artist's heart and head. Dawn Thomson plays it slick and sweet on the guitar.

  • The Players: Saturday, June 22

    Ambassadors Jazztet | armyfieldband.com/about/ensembles/jazz-ambassadors 4:30 p.m.: M&T Pavilion – Squeezers Stage | (Straight-ahead jazz)

  • Interview: The Honey Smugglers

    Blame it on love. Rochester's The Honey Smugglers is here because it's frontman, Brian MacDonald, fell in love.

  • The Players: Sunday, June 23

    Zion Hill Mass Choir 4:30 p.m.: M&T Pavilion – Squeezers Stage | (Gospel)

  • Interview: The Willows

    The voices of Krista Deady, Andrea Gregario and Lauren Pedersen are spun gold, blended so well that they come across as one three-tiered voice. The trio known as The Willows makes other vocalists sound like Edith Bunker.

  • The Players: Tuesday, June 25

    Soul Passenger | soulpassenger.com 4:30 p.m.: M&T Pavilion – Squeezers Stage | (Rock)

  • The Players: Monday, June 24

    Fred Costello | fredcostello.com 4:30 p.m.| M&T Pavilion – Squeezers Stage | (B-3 organ jazz)

  • Profile: Harold Mabern

    When Harold Mabern was growing up in Memphis, he had no ambition to become a jazz pianist. "I didn't choose it; it chose me," says Mabern, a self-taught musician.

  • Feature: Jeff Goldblum & the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra

    When you're known for being chased by dinosaurs and being turning into a giant fly, it's inevitable that you'll have to do the rounds: going on press junkets, shaking babies, kissing hands, and hocking your latest wares -- in this case, a jazz recording. Jeff Goldblum, the actor and Hollywood bon vivant found himself on the Graham Norton Show about a year ago, doing the standard media song-and-dance for the movie "Thor Ragnarok."

  • The Players: Wednesday, June 26

    Herb Smith Freedom Trio | herbtrumpet.com 4:30 p.m.: M&T Pavilion – Squeezers Stage | (Straight-ahead jazz)

  • Feature: George Coleman Quartet

    In the early 1960's, after saxophonist George Coleman had earned his way to the top of the jazz world playing with Booker Little, Max Roach and Slide Hampton, he was tapped by Miles Davis to play in one of the greatest quintets in the history of jazz. Coleman recorded four seminal albums with Davis: "Seven Steps to Heaven," "My Funny Valentine, "Four," and "Miles Davis In Europe."

  • The Players: Thursday, June 27

    The Buddhahood | thebuddhahood.com 4:30 p.m.: M&T Pavilion – Squeezers Stage | (Jam-band, world music)

  • Profile: Bill Charlap

    You might say pianist Bill Charlap was born to play standards. His father, Moose Charlap, was a Broadway composer best known for his iconic musical "Peter Pan."

  • The Players: Friday, June 28

    Kansas Smitty's House Band | kansassmittys.com 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.: Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage | (Straight-ahead jazz)

  • Interview: Cha Wa

    The music of New Orleans band Cha Wa is a party in itself, a joyful collision of brass band music, funk, soul, and Mardi Gras Indian music and culture. The group is led by singer J'Wan Boudreaux and drummer Joe Gelini, both of whom learned from the preeminent musician Monk Boudreaux, Big Chief of the Mardi Gras Indian tribe Golden Eagles and J'Wan's grandfather.

  • The Players: Saturday, June 29

    Acoustic Alchemy | acousticalchemy.co.uk 5:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.: Geva Theatre Center – Wilson Stage | (Smooth jazz)