Last Two Nights for the Jams!!

June 28, 2013

XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio


June 28 State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel 10:30 pm

June 29 State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel 10:30 pm

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!

Everyone from George Benson to Jake Shimabukuro, and Carolyn Wonderland to Wynton Marsalis has made an appearance at the jam. Count on an appearance by jazz fest producer and tenor saxophonist, John Nugent who has not missed sitting in at the jam session in 10 straight years.

Be sure to arrive early if you can as the joint is packed to the rafters every single night!

2013 - Highlights of Who Has Played This Year!

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 Sneiders teachers at Jazz in July at UMASS Amherst back in late 1980s.

Thursday June 27

Adam Rogers, Jonathan Blake, Desron Douglass -- all from Ravi's band, Cyrus Chestnut, half of the Scottish Nation Jazz ensemble plus Tommy Smith, Ryan Quigley, and Brian Kellock, father and son Chris and David Azara. Chris is an ESM professor in music education. David is 15 and is the lead alto player in EYJO. John Nugent of course.

We also had 8 year old pianist Leo Sciortino and his brother Aidin(12) on trumpet.