JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2008 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Blake Tartare at the Rochester Jazz Festival

We didn't find time yesterday to read the lineup for the Jazz Fest until we were in our seats at Kilbourn waiting for Joe Locke. The notes in the program guide said "Blake Tartare's repertoire includes works by Charles Mingus and Sun Ra" so we decided to head over to Montage. Blake Tartare was loose, freewheeling and sensational like a wedding band after a break in the parking lot. They did a song from Rahsaan Roland Kirk's "Rip, Rig & Panic" that lasted a half hour and received a standing ovation. They were the most exciting group of the festival so far. We made plans to come back for the second show. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next