JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2017 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

View from Golden Port at Rochester International Jazz Festival

After securing our wrist bands for early entrance to Kilbourn Hall on Sunday night we took refuge in Golden Port where we split a Curried Vegetable dish. It rained twice while we were in there but the sun came out just as we left.

Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan at Rochester International Jazz Festival

We sported Bill Frisell and his bass player, Thomas Morgan, going in the side door of the Eastman for their soundcheck. We've heard Frisell everytime he's been here and almost decided to skip this one but I'm glad we didn't. We found front row seats and sat right next to Bob Martin and Ken Frank from Margaret Explosion. In this duo setting Frisell sounded better than ever. The musicalexchanges between the two were intense. The minor key "Rambler'" an early song of Frisell's, was my favorite.

Matthew Leonard from the D&C  at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Matthew Leonard from the D&C introduced the band at Harro East.

Shabaka & the Ancestors  at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Shabaka & the Ancestors tore it up. They started with a chant and the "In the burning of the republic. . ." theme ran throughout their set. "We need you people. You need these hymns. Feminize the government. Feed our children. Black lives matter." I assume the Ancestors are artists like The Last Poets and Sun Ra. Shabaka Hutchings certainly channelled Pharoah Sanders on tenor sax.

Red Hook Soul at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Red Hook Soul does classic, King Curtis style, r&b. Tenor sax player, Michael Blake, whose band, "Blake Tratar was out favorite groups of the fest a few years back and who was just in town performing at the Bop Shop, leads the band, amoney making project for him. Bill Frisell's long time bassist, Tony Scheer, plays guitar in this band. They play again tomorrow night at Xerox Auditorium.

Fred Costello at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Fred Costello was playing a Bill Dogget's Honky Tonk on the stage at Gibbs Street. His band sounded great and we couldn't help thinking how his R&B sounded so much more authentic than Red Hook Soul. Could have just been the great Bill Dogget number.

Elliot Galvin Trio at Rochester International Jazz Festival

Elliot Galvin Trio at Christ Church was contemplative and very pretty. Their spartan sound and delicate touch worked really well in this space. Not entirely ethereal they even played an off kilter blues.

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