In celebration of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival WXXI-TV/HD presents an encore broadcast of Slide Hampton and Friends, part of WXXI's 2008 RIJF TV series.
Shot at the Rochester International Jazz Fest in June 2008, WXXI captured the the legendary Slide Hampton's performance at Kilbourn Hall. The episode will air at 12 a.m. Thursday morning, June 16 on WXXI-TV/HD (DT 21.1/cable 1011 and 11).
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.
This program is part of season three of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, in which WXXI captured the essence of one of the most popular and most respected jazz festivals in the country, featuring spectacular performances by some of the hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz.
Shot in breathtaking high-definition, seaon three of 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.
The 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival series was produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. The 2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival was 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.