JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2013 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Festival Promoter John Nugent pulled a rabbit out of his hat by scheduling Monty Alexander's Harlem-Kingston Express on one of the big East Avenues stages going head to head with Trombone Shorty. Monty was our festival favorite from a few years ago and this setting - Monty sitting amidst two bands, his jazz trio with drums and double bass on the left and his Jamaican band on the right - was nothing short of magical. Each band was featured and they traded portions of songs and all played at once while Monty winged it in true jazz master fashion. Only a seasoned performer and top shelf entertainer could handle two electrical outages in the middle of the set by picking up his melodica and getting the crowd to sing along on the Banana Boat song. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next