Rochester International Jazz Festival: Slide Hampton

Sun, 05/10/2009 - 7:00pm
Slide Hampton performing at Kilbourn Hall.
WXXI Public Broadcasting delivers more exciting sounds and scenes from Rochester, New York with its latest installment of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, shot during the nine-day festival in June 2008.  Season three of the Rochester International Jazz Festival captures the essence of one of the most popular and most respected jazz festivals in the country, featuring spectacular performances by some of today’s hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz. Rochester International Jazz Festival series airs Sundays at 7 p.m. through May 24 on WXXI-TV21 (cable 11) and WXXI-HD (DT 21.1/ cable 1011). The radio version of the series airs Thursdays at 6 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. on WRUR-FM 88.5.

On Sunday, May 10 at 7 p.m. the episode featuring Slide Hampton and his band premieres on WXXI-TV/HD. Slide Hampton's career spans decades in the evolution of jazz. At the age of 12 he was already touring the Midwest with his family. By the age of 20 he was performing at Carnegie Hall with the Hampton Band. As his reputation grew, he worked with the likes of Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakely, Dizzy Gillespie, Barry Harris, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Max Roach. A charismatic figure, master arranger, and formidable trombonist, Slide Hampton holds a place of distinction in the jazz tradition.The radio version airs Thursday, May 7 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 9 at 3 p.m.m on WRUR.

Shot in breathtaking high-definition, the series is comprised of four hour-long episodes recorded in the historic Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music. Each of the first three episodes feature one amazing concert from: jazz and blues singer Catherine Russell, arranger and trombonist Slide Hampton, and jazz trio The Bad Plus. Between concerts, the artists talk candidly about their music. The final episode includes selections from all three performances and provides sights and sounds in and around the nine-day festival.

A preeminent arts and cultural center in Upstate New York, Rochester is home to the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Memorial Art Gallery, and George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film. With record-breaking attendance year after year, the Rochester International Jazz Festival will continue to make its home in the City as well. In 2008 the festival saw more than 125,000 jazz fans catching more than 250 concerts. The success of this world-class festival reaffirms that the arts in Rochester are one of the City’s greatest assets.

The Rochester International Jazz Festival series is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. The Rochester International Jazz Festival is underwritten by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, New York State Music Fund, and the Office of New York State Senator Jim Alesi.