And All That Jazz
June brings out all the best in Rochester – sunshine (finally), warm, sometimes hot, temps (finally), boating and skiing on our many nearby lakes, camping, and school is out (not forever though). But the hottest and coolest thing in town takes place this year from Friday, June 23 to Saturday July 1 – the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival! The Henrietta Public Library provides some great compact discs to keep you in the mix for this year’s festival. Recent additions to the collection include jazz artists such as Tom Wolfe and Gene Bertoncini with their CD Floating on the Silence – which I think is one of the most evocative titles ever. Marcia Ball sings the blues on Roadside Attractions and The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man. Speaking of alligators, we just received The 45th Anniversary Collection of Alligator Records –which bills itself as “genuine houserockin’ music.” Cuts on the album include artists such as Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Bonamassa, the Kentucky Headhunters, and Guitar Shorty – is he related to Trombone?
Of course, the Festival is not JUST jazz music. R & B and gospel singer Mavis Staples will be at Kodak Hall as well as Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow (sorry - sold out), Scott Bradlee’s Post Modern Jukebox, and then King Crimson will finish on the night of June 30. Among the venues this year is the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. At noon during the week, the library will present some new and young talent: Katy Wright, Jacob Dupre, Fairport’s Ben Tiberio, Melissa Gardiner, and Christian Crawford.
The fest certainly presents many fine musicians from young local high schoolers to established acts from all over the world. I have highlighted only a few of the new discs which have arrived just in time for the festival. Many more jazz artists are represented in the HPL compact disc collection. Come on in and check us out! -- Nancy R. Maxwell, Audio-Visual Librarian and Music Lover