Jazz Never Sleeps - Last Three Nights for the Jams!

June 27, 2013

If you've been there you know that the XRIJF jams sessions at the Rochester Plaza State Street Grill is THE late night place to be. Jazz never sleeps and you never know who will show up to play!

For the 12th straight year, the incomparable Bob Sneider (hardest working guitarist in western, NY!) leads our festival nightly jam session at the Rochester Plaza State Street Bar & Grill.

From 10:30PM, join Bob, Phil Flanigan and Mike Melito as they burn through all the classics. You never know who will show up!

Bob Sneider, reports on the highlights of who's played at the jams so far!

Friday June 21

Gilad Hekselman, guitarist from Patricia Barber Trio, lots of local talent, John Nugent and Mike Cottone.

Saturday June 22

Terrell Stafford and his whole band at different times, Ted Quinlan - guitarist with Sienna Dahlen, John Nugent, lots of Eastman and local talent, local attorney Bob Brenna on drums!

Sunday June 23

Christine Tobin, Phil Robson, John Sneider, Gary Versace, Steven Lance (trumpet) from Armstrong Legacy, John Nugent, Mike Cottone and lots of Eastman guys.

Monday June 24

John Sneider, Mike Titlebaum, Gary Versace (from Sneider Bros Band), 11 year old Ben Sneider on trombone, Mike Cottone, Shirantha Beddage, Roberto Occhipinti, Harold Mabern, drummer from Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet - Justin Faulkner, and Henry Cole, the drummer from Alfredo Rodriguez Trio.

Tuesday June 25

Julian Arguelles whole group, Sage Melcher (young vocalist -- 15 from EYJO), Mark Kelso from Shine On, Justin Faulkner from Anat Cohen's group, John Nugent, lots of Eastman guys. Including downbeat award winner Mark Schwartz. This year's EMS/XRIJF scholarship winner Ryder Eaton and particularly cool, Danny Ziemann was the hired trio bass player this night. He was a former XRIJF/ESM jazz fest scholarship recipient!

Wednesday June 26

Brian Kellock (Scotland), Soweto Kinch (UK), Larry Goldings - piano, Adam Rogers - guitarist with Ravi Coltrane and Dezron Douglass - bass with Ravi Coltrane, John Nugent, and his brother in law Charles Ellison (trumpet). Charles was one of Bob Sneiderís teachers at Jazz in July at UMASS Amherst back in late 1980s.