We have been to every Rochester International Jazz Festival and I take a few notes on the acts we catch.
The European Jazz Ensemble at Montage Grill were the best act we saw at the first Rochester International Jazz Festival. They are world class players with an avant bent. We didn’t know anything about Norah Jones so we missed her. That’s the cool thing about this festival. You can not do it all. There are shows in different venues at the same time. If you don’t like what you hear just get up and walk down the street to the next venue.
Jason Moran with Greg Osby at Montage was really nice. Great players in a polite setting
This Cuban band backed Jane Bunnett, a Canadian sax player, and was really hot. They were playing at a tent behind the Museum & Science Center. You need a program to follow the schedule and keep track of the venues.
We saw Joe Lovano play at Cutler Union in the MAG and then Joe Romano played downstairs at Montage. Joe is a Rochester favorite and he was very relaxed here. He even took requests. That’s Gap Mangione on piano.
We saw many other acts but these were the only photos I have from 2002.