In celebration of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival WXXI-TV/HD presents an encore broadcast of The Bad Plus with Wendy Lewis, part of WXXI's 2008 RIJF TV series.
Shot at the Rochester International Jazz Fest in June 2008, WXXI recorded the progressive jazz trio the Bad Plus. The episode will air at 12 a.m. Friday morning, June 17on WXXI-TV/HD.
The Bad Plus is a progressive jazz trio that the New York Timesdescribes as “better than anyone at mixing the sensibilities of post 60’s jazz with indie rock.” Bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, drummer David King and vocalist Wendy Lewis draw on sources as diverse as classical, jazz, rock, pop and beyond. They have created a singular aesthetic that forces even the most skeptical listener to rethink the commonly held notions of what differentiates one style of music from another.
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.