I caught the first episode of this, with Bill Frisell, which was terrific. Harry Allen this Sunday eve.
Six Concerts from 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival to Air This Summer on PBS Stations Nationwide
See and hear more exciting scenes and sounds from the Rochester International Jazz Festival on PBS stations around the nation.
WXXI Public Broadcasting (wxxi.org) in Rochester, NY will present season two of the Festival capturing the essence of the 2007 nine-day music festival with spectacular performances by some of today’s hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz.
The entire series will air on PBS HD across the country (including WXXI-HD DT21.1/cable 1011) in July and run through August.
Shot in breathtaking high-definition, Season Two series is comprised of six half-hour episodes shot in the historic Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music – just one of the festival venues located in Rochester’s east end cultural district.
Each episode features one amazing concert from six distinctively different and talented artists: renowned guitarist Brill Frisell, jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen, tenor saxophone jazz soloist Harry Allen, trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophone master James Moody, and jazz clarinetist Don Byron.
Bill Frisell – Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m. and, Monday, July 21 at 4 a.m., and Friday, July 25 at 11 p.m.
Geri Allen – Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and, Monday, July 28 at 4 a.m., and Friday, August 1 at 11 p.m.
Harry Allen – Sunday, August 3 at 7 p.m. and, Monday, August 4 at 4 a.m., and Friday, August 8 at 11 p.m.
Christian Scott – Sunday, August 10 at 7 p.m. and, Monday, August 11 at 4 a.m., and Friday, August 15 at 11 p.m.
James Moody – Sunday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and, Monday, August 18 at 4 a.m., and Friday, August 22 at 11 p.m.
Don Byron – Sunday, August 31 at 4 p.m. and, Monday, August 25 at 4 a.m., and Friday, August 8 at 11 p.m.
A preeminent arts and cultural center in Upstate New York, Rochester is home to the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Memorial Art Gallery, and George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film. With record-breaking attendance year after year, the Rochester International Jazz Festival will continue to make its home in the City as well. In 2007 the festival saw more than 120,000 jazz fans catching more than 220 concerts.
The 7th edition, held June 13 – 21, 2008, drew more than 125,000 people from 27 states and more than 15 countries. The success of this world-class festival reaffirms that the arts in Rochester are one of the City’s greatest assets.
More about the featured performers:
Bill Frisell – This renowned guitarist’s career spans more than 25 years, and his projects have explored American music ranging from country to folk, blues to jazz, as well as Brazilian, Greek and Malian.
Geri Allen – An American post bop jazz pianist, Geri Allen has been described as “a jazz pianist who dares to follow an unmarked road.” She was the first recipient of Soul Train’s Lady of Soul Award for jazz album of the year for Twenty-One, and was the first woman to win the Danish Jazzpar prize.
Harry Allen – A world-class tenor saxophone jazz soloist, Harry Allen has over thirty recordings to his name. He has performed with Rosemary Clooney, Ray Brown, Hank Jones, Frank Wess, Flip Phillips, among others.
Christian Scott – This trumpeter from New Orleans is one of the brightest jazz stars to emerge in the last few years. He is known for his warm tone and ability to make notes that sound unlike a trumpet.
James Moody – Serenading lovers for over six decades, this saxophone master is best known for his hit “Moody’s Mood for Love, an improvisational based on “I’m in the Mood for Love.” James Moody played be-bop with Dizzy Gillespie, recorded with Milt Jackson and worked with Mike Longo.
Don Byron – As clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, arranger, and social critic, Don Byron redefines every genre of music he plays. Rooted in jazz he is still adventurous in his style having recorded klezmer music, hard rock and metal, and a rapper track.
The Rochester International Jazz Festival series is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. For more information, visit WXXI.org/jazz or aptonline.org.