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12th Edition Of The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Starts In 5 Weeks With Record Number Of Artists, Concerts And Venues


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Rochester, NY— May 13, 2013— The nine-day 12th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival starts in just 39 days, June 21-29, delivering  a record number of concerts, and more than 1200 artists performing at 19 venues and outdoor stages.

Headlining this year are Bob James & David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Roger Hodgson, Pink Martini, Willie Nelson & Family (SOLD OUT), Frampton's Guitar Circus with Peter Frampton and Robert Cray, Trombone Shorty (his fourth appearance at XRIJF), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and  Dr. John.

Other artists include Christian McBride's Inside Straight, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, Alfredo Rodriguez, John Patitucci, Gretchen Parlato, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, New York Voices, Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Anat Cohen, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius, Larry Goldings-Peter Bernstein-Bill Stewart, Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Ben Taylor, Gregoire Maret, Terell Stafford, Hilario Duran, Quincy Jones Presents: Nikki Yanofsky and many more.

They join more than 1200 artists from around the world who will perform in 280 concerts including more than 75 free shows. Now one of the world’s largest jazz festivals with one of the nation’s most extensive international lineups, last year’s festival drew more than 187,000 people from around the world and across the U.S.

“We've learned that music lovers truly enjoy artistic discovery and our nine-day voyage into the musical unknown,” said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “As we always say, it’s not who you know, it’s who you don't know.”

Concert Schedule: No tickets required for free shows. 19 Venues: all within walking distance, concert and recital halls, clubs, and free outdoor stages


Several concerts to be recorded live to air nationwide on PBS television stations. This will be the 5th season for PBS shows recorded at the festival’s Kilbourn Hall venue in the Club Pass Series.

New Jazz Workshops for Aspiring Music Students - five structured jazz workshops will be hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Asst.  Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and led by five visiting international musicians perform at XRIJF in the Made in the UK Series.

The 12th XRIJF Eastman School of Music Jazz Scholarship will be awarded. More than $120,000 in scholarships has been provided to almost 30 Eastman School of Music students since 2002.

6th Anniversary of Made in the UK concert series, now the largest presentation of British jazz outside of the United Kingdom.

The first retrospective photo exhibit of images taken at the festival since 2002 will be on exhibit at the Center for High Falls Fine Art Gallery May 23 - June 30.

New shuttle bus service offered running from parking garages to and from the festival. 


The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (rochesterjazz.com) presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The 2012 Festival marked the 10th consecutive attendance record, drawing more than 187,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform..

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