Patti LaBelle, along with Jeff Goldblum and Marc Cohn with the Blind Boys of Alabama, join the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival headliners
Three more headliners this week were added to the lineup for the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, which features more than 320 shows at 20 venues, with styles all over the jazz map and beyond.
That goes for the headliners, too: The new headliners — all of whom play in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre on Rochester's Gibbs Street — include an R&B legend, a roots rocker joined with a famed gospel group; and a movie star who plays classic jazz with his band.
Patti LaBelle will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 22. A rhythm and blues legend with hits including "Lady Marmalade," "You Are My Friend," "New Attitude" and "On My Own" — either solo, in duets or with bands, LaBelle is known for R&B renditions, pop standards, spirituals and, for that matter, jazz: She released her first jazz album, "Bel Hommage," in 2017.
You know Jeff Goldblum from films ranging from "Independence Day" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel," from "The Big Chill" to his iconic performance in "The Fly." But Goldblum is also a jazzman, who will bring his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, to Kodak Hall at 8 p.m. June 26. Their shows usually feature Goldblum on piano, along with John Storie on guitar, James King on tenor saz, Alex Frank on bass, Joe Bagg on organ, and Kenny Elliott on drums. Their first full-length record was released this past November.
Marc Cohn's soulful 1991 single "Walking in Memphis," with its evocation of that musical mecca and one of its most famous denizens The King himself, remains the singer-songwriter's biggest hit and has become something of a standard. Cohn is teaming up with The Blind Boys of Alabama, a gospel group with a career spanning more than seven decades in various lineups, for a show at 8 p.m.June 25.
The three acts join previously announced headliners Steve Gadd Band, led by drummer and highly sought after studio musician Gadd, on June 21; and 10-time Gramy-winning jazz guitarist George Benson on June 27.
Tickets for the new headliners go on sale Friday, Jan. 25, at 10 a.m. exclusively at rochesterjazz.com or by calling 585-454-2060. Tickets for Benson and the Gadd band are currently on sale.
The nine-day festival's full lineup will be announced March 19.
RCB returns to Cobblestone
Rochester City Ballet will perform a variety of duets and fun pieces from its repertoire at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 Route 332, Farmington.
RCB had performed a children's show when Cobblestone first opened, and now returns with an all-ages mix of pieces from a number of their audience favorites showcasing classic ballet techniques set to jazz, classical and popular music. Capping the evening is a sultry, tango-inspired work called "Quizas."
“The dancers will be able to show off the wide range of ballet,” RCB Executive Director Nichole Gantshar said in a release. “The first act shows love, jealousy, passion, and a few pieces that simply showcase a love for music.”
Tickets are $35 ($30 seniors, students and military discounts available) and are available at 585-398-0220 or www.cobblestoneartscenter.com/tangoandduets.
Send in your plays
Written a play — or working on it now — and not sure of your next step? You may be able to have it read aloud in front of an audience — and benefit from both the actors' interpretations and the audience's input — if it's selected for the 2019 Playwright's Playreadings event, set for April 27-29.
The Geneva Theatre Guild is currently accepting submissions of original one-act play scripts, with a running time of 30 minuts of less. After the performances will be a talk-back session to go in depth with each script for the benefit of the playwrights. (Can't make it in person? The guild can work with you via FaceTime or Skype.)
The deadline for submissions is March 1. All submissions will be given a blind review by a play selection committee that will choose the works to be presented. Playwrights will be notified of the selections by the end of March.
The guidlines, according to GTG board member Larry Ann Evans: No more than two submissions per playwright; and they must be typed, one side of the page only, easy to read, with at least 1-inch margins and free of any stray markings. Submissions must have two title pages: One with the title of the play only and one with the title of the play, playwright’s name, address, phone number, email address and an approximate running time for the play. Include a brief synopsis of the plot, setting and a list of the characters before the first page of dialogue. All pages must be numbered, starting with the first page of dialogue as page one. If you are submitting your script in hard copy, please include four copies. If mailed, submissions should be unbound and in a folder. If you wish your submission returned, please include a SASE with sufficient postage.
Plays can be submitted online at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to: Geneva Theatre Guild, PO Box 424, Geneva, NY 14456.