JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2009 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Billy Bang delivers the goods at the Xerox Auditorium - Rochester International Jazz Festival 2009

Along with their sponsorship bucks Xerox has opened the doors to their beautiful performing arts center. We had front row seats for Billy Bang and the band sounded tremendous in this venue. I remember being here in the mid-seventies for jazz shows. The stage is low and wide open. Billy had his regular touring piano player and drummer and a new bass player, Hilliard Green, who looked and sounded like Willie Dixon. Look at this guy. He's standing up back there but getting down! Billy also brought along a trumpet player for some reason. We've seen these guys many times and they are always great. Gutsy, they swing and take it to the edge, reworking Billy's beautiful, haunting, Viet Nam melodies so they never get old. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next