Day 1: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 11, 2011 at 8:35 pm Leave a comment

"How I drove from Vermont to Rochester, via Shortsville, Poland and Rome!"

Best Show of the evening: Matt Wilson, Arts and Crafts, at the Montage Grill, 6 and 10pm.

From City Newspaper Blog: By Paloma Capanna

“Wilson is a drummer, composer, bandleader, and more. For five consecutive years in a row, Wilson has been voted the No. 1 Rising Star Drummer in the DownBeat Critics Poll. From his downbeats to his change-ups, Wilson played the drums as an instrument not to be thought of as background. During “The Bat,” Wilson tapped the edge, ran sticks around, shook the wire brushes in the air. Wilson made slow, jazz love upon the drums.

Not to be outdone, Eastman graduate Gary Versace made his way around the electric organ, dancing his fingers around the keyboard in sequences and combinations of notes that can’t be learned in a classroom. This ain’t your auntie’s church organ. Versace is jazz organ.

And on the bass was Martin Wind, eyes closed, left hand up and down the neck, right hand plucking a low note range.

There were moments that Arts & Crafts resembled a revival, so intent were they within the music they were making. Arts & Crafts has an uncanny ability to feel the jazz rhythms, modulations, and entrances and exits of each individual instrument.”

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Terrell Stafford on trumpet

Matt Wilson on drums

For more of this see The Gary Versace Trio tonight at 6 and 10 in the Rochester Club.

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Entry filed under: Jazz Festivals, Music festivals, New York, Rochester.

Rochester International Jazz Festival Day 2: Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

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