Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester International Jazz Festival concert review

by Staff Music Critic John Pitcher
Published: June 13, 2003

The best concert of the day, for my money, was pianist Jon Ballantyne’s at the Memorial Art Gallery. As a pianist, he has everything: a lyrical tone, a commanding technique and, most importantly, a vivid musical imagination. Indeed, his best pieces could have easily been mistaken for long-lost masterpieces by Milhaud or Ravel. Bring this guy back, but next time to Kilbourn Hall.