Yoram Silberstein, Yasushi Nakamura, Billy Drummond and John Nugent. Credit : Aaron Winters
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Our audience at Christ Church on the second night of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
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Poster for the second half of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. I’m on it TWICE!

Each year that I go back to this jazz festival (this was my sixth year) it’s better than before! Rochester was my first ever festival (in 2007) and I think it will always be my favorite. I will always be forever grateful to Ron Netsky who wrote my first preview, and first review, which was the beginning.

This year I went a day early without even realizing that meant I could see my favorite contemporary singer, the phenomenal Korean vocalist Youn Sun Nah. She was, as usual, amazing and we all loved her. At least I think that’s what three standing ovations means , , ,  DDhrlcLXsAAM9FE

And afterwards, backstage with Ron Netsky, she hugged and kissed me and asked after my family. I was amazed she would remember so much about me. from one meeting plus my having picked one of her songs as one of my Jazz Jukebox (click the play arrow) choices when I played at Ruth Price’s Jazz Bakery one year. Then again, that’s how she sings – very real and engaged and generous. I have bought her albums for the children in my life  – I am nine, so I know what other nine-year-olds love – and they all love her too.

Me, Ron Netsky and Youn Sun Nah backstage
Preview in the Rochester City Paper

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Our own festival gigs were fantastic. The Rochester crowd is always incredible. Someone in the audience on the first night welcomed me “home” and that is what it feels like now! But this year I was worried about filling such large capacity rooms (700 and 500) over two nights. But there had been so much fantastic pre-press in the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle  and the Rochester City Paper (see below) that all the shows were packed and a lot of people came to both nights! Thank you.  Here are the reviews of the first night for the first set (by Justin Murphy of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle) and the second set (by Ron Netsky of the Rochester City Paper). Being interviewed by Derrick Lucas of 90.1 definitely helped too – although please excuse my appearance. Who knew that a radio interview would be video-ed! And thank you also Lee Russ on North Coast Radio.  I’ll be back! Here are some of the pictures.

I caught the end of our own standing O at Xerox Auditorium
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In the bar with Evan Gregor, Billy Drummond, Bill Goodwin, Joe LaBarbara, Mike Melito and Pat LaBarbera
Preview in Rochester Democrat and Chronicle for Youn Sun Nah and me, both picked as the one show overall not to miss for entire festival

 

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Second night at Christ Church at the festival
Audience at Xerox Auditorium. Tessa Souter, Yotam Silberstein, Yasuhi Nakamura and Billy Drummond
Yotam and Yasushi making their way to meet us at the festival
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Audience at Christ Church at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. for Tessa Souter Quartet
Xerox Auditorium at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Tessa Souter with Billy Drummond

Okay, it is totally insane but SOMEHOW, along with one of my favorite singers in the whole world, Youn Sun Nah, I have been picked as the one show overall not to miss at the upcoming (and actually star-studded) nine-day Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Youn will be performing on June 29th (I’ll be in the audience) and I will be performing on June 30 and July 1.  So you can see us both! Hooray! Not sure how that happened but I am thrilled! You can read the whole article here.   Thank you Jack Garner (who picked me) and Jeff Spevac (who picked Youn Sun Nah) for putting me in the same camp as one of my ultimate musical heroines. And thank you, Rochester, for having me back. This will be my sixth year!younsun and me the one best overall

Billy Drummond and I went to see Youn Sun Nah perform a couple of years ago at the Blue Note in New York. When we went back stage, I was amazed that she knew who I was. She gave me three of her CDs, which she’d specially saved for me. It is so great to meet someone you admire and find out that they are every bit as lovely as their music. w-Billy-Drummond-and-Youn-Sun-Nah-after-her-gig-at-Birdland-2014