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19th Edition CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Postponed To June 18-26, 2021

19th Edition CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Postponed To June 18-26, 2021

Marc Iacona and John Nugent, producers of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, announced today that the festival‘s nine-day 19th edition, first rescheduled from June 19 – June 27 to October 2 – 10, 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic, will be postponed to June 18 – 26, 2021. “This is the decision ...

Campbell Brothers

Pedal steel guitarist Chuck Campbell and his lap steel-playing brother Darick are two of the finest in this tradition. Rounding out the band, which has been playing together for nearly two decades, is a high-energy rhythm section featuring brother Phil Campbell on electric guitar and his son Carlton on drums. Katie Jackson's classic, gutsy gospel vocals bring the ensemble to a level of energy and expression that defies description.

The Campbell Brothers present a compelling, rich variety of material from the African-American Holiness-Pentecostal repertoire with a new twist: the growling, wailing, shouting, singing and swinging voice of the steel guitar, played as you have never heard it played before.

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Rescheduled For Oct 2-10, 2020

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Rescheduled For Oct 2-10, 2020

Marc Iacona and John Nugent, producers of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, provided an update today on the status of planning for a rescheduled festival, which is proceeding as previously announced. In a message of hope, Nugent and Iacona said, “Rather than giving up during this time of uncertainty, we are continuing to take a ...

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Canceled For June 19-27. Producers Working To Reschedule Festival To Fall 2020

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Canceled For June 19-27. Producers Working To Reschedule Festival To Fall 2020

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced today that the festival's 19th edition, originally scheduled for June 19-27, will be canceled on those dates due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but that they are working hard to reschedule the festival to fall of 2020. Iacona and Nugent said, “In the past ...

Colin Gordon

Colin Gordon is a saxophonist, composer, and musical educator residing in Rochester, NY. Originally from Corning, NY, Colin began playing saxophone at age nine and by the time he was in high school was performing regularly with a variety of local musicians. Colin went on to pursue his musical training studying with distinguished artists Steve Wilson, Jon Gordon, Michael Moore, Eric Alexander and Ramon Ricker. He formally studied music at SUNY Purchase, Prince Claus Conservatory (The Netherlands) and is currently pursuing his Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) at Eastman School of Music. Colin has won various awards and prizes, most recently as the featured soprano saxophonist on Jennifer Bellor's piece Midnight Swim (2013) winning the DownBeat Outstanding Performance Award

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The Rita Collective

The Rita Collective is a chamber group from Rochester, NY that plays original and world music with a jazz slant. Performances by the Rita Collective include original compositions written for the group’s unusual instrumentation - bass clarinet, marimba, acoustic bass, and percussion - melodies from the Middle-East or Africa, re-invented jazz tunes from one of the masters like Miles, and re-imagined pop tunes from Rage Against the Machine or the Beatles. The unifying thread for this group is the improvisatory approach to the music, and the deft playfulness of the musicians that create it

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Frank Strazzeri

Frank Strazzeri was an American jazz pianist. He was born in Rochester, New York. Strazzeri began on tenor saxophone and clarinet at age 12, then switched to piano soon after. He attended the Eastman School of Music, then took a job as a house pianist in a nightclub in Rochester in 1952. While there he accompanied visiting musicians such as Roy Eldridge and Billie Holiday. He relocated to New Orleans in 1954, playing with Sharkey Bonano and Al Hirt in a Dixieland jazz setting, but his main focus since has been bebop. He played with Charlie Ventura in 1957-58 and Woody Herman in 1959 before moving to Los Angeles in 1960

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Kyle Vock

Kyle Vocks Profile Kyle Vock is a free-lance bassist and music teacher from the 1000 islands region of New York. After Graduating from SUNY New Paltz and The Eastman School of Music in 2010, he has been an in demand player in Western New York and Rochester having performed with The Mighty High and Dry, Steve Grills and the Roadmasters, the Rick Holland Little Big Band ,The Rita Collective, My Plastic Sun , Carl Adkins’ Culture Clash, The Westview Project, Jon Greeno , and Connie Deming. While at Eastman Kyle was also a member of the renowned Eastman Jazz Ensemble. He has played at the Rochester International Jazz festival for the last 5 years. Most notably, Kyle has had the opportunity to perform with Lee Konitz, Marvin Stamm, Jeff Beal, Wycliff Gordon,Bill Dobbins,Bob Sneider, Rufus Reid,John Menegon, Teri Roiger, Paul Smoker,Mike Kaupa, Dean Keller, Kristin Shiner Mcguire, Adam Falcon, Rebecca Coupe Franks, Dave Bixler, And Al Defino. While an undergrad Kyle Coestablished The New Paltz Jazz Society

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John Nyerges

John Nyerges lives in Rochester, NY writing music and performing as a jazz pianist. BM, MM-Eastman School of Music, Jazz Performance. The John Nyerges Quartet performed at the Syracuse Jazz Fest & the Time Warner Fest in Rochester. As a guest pianist, John has performed with conductor/trumpeter Jeff Tyzik with the Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica, Erie, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Stamford & Hartford CT, and Wilmington, DE Orchestras. John has performed with Doc Severinson, Allen Vizzutti, Don Potter, Linda Hopkins, Chris Vadala, Gerry Niewood, Arturo Sandoval, Eddie Daniels, Ray Ricker, Tony DiPaulo, Steve Lipia


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