Frank Sinatra Jr., Dee Dee Bridgewater, Boz Scaggs, and Al Green to Headline Rochester International Jazz Festival 7th Edition June 13-21, 2008


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Rochester, NY-- Frank Sinatra Jr. & His Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater with special guest Richard Bona Band, Boz Scaggs, and Al Green will headline the seventh annual Rochester International Jazz Festival (www.rochesterjazz.com) presented by M&T Bank. The nine-day Festival, June 13-21, will deliver a diverse lineup of creative improvised music with more than 800 artists from around the world performing in 250 concerts.

Two special ensemble concerts will be presented in the Eastman series:

* “Gillespiana" - A Tribute To Dizzy Gillespie with special guests Jeanie Bryson (Dizzy's daughter); Byron Stripling; Gerry Niewood and a 21-piece Jazz Orchestra conducted by Jeff Tyzik

* RIJF Jazz at the Philharmonic - an all-star jam session starring the stellar ensemble of Carmen Lundy, Houston Person, Eric Alexander, Vince Herring, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, Slide Hampton, Peter Bernstein, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Peter Washington, David Williams, Kenny Washington, and Louis Hayes.

Tickets for headliner shows go on sale Friday April 11 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, 585-232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com and www.rochesterjazz.com. Tickets prices vary. Service charges apply. For Eastman Theatre tickets purchased at RBTL box office at the Auditorium Theatre, the service charge per ticket is $1. For a complete schedule of all events and times visit rochesterjazz.com.

“I am overwhelmed by the growing support we have received each year from all corners of the community," says Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director. “It gives us passion and energy to continue to bring a preeminent music event to this city that can enhance our quality of life, attract people from all over the world and favorably impact our area's economy."

“As event producers, our mantra and our driving force is to bring together diversity and the highest level of artistic creativity including all styles of the art form in our program," says John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “The expansive landscape of jazz music's many forms and genres that have developed over the past several decades, will all come together and take center stage at this year's Festival."

“We're very proud to present hundreds of incredible improvising artists from the far reaches of Scandinavia to the boroughs of NYC, from downtown Rochester to the center of Russia, and from South America to the west coast of Africa," adds Nugent. “RIJF 2008 will see our strongest lineup assembled to date. As we say each year, 'it's not who you know, it's who you don't know!'"

Senator Jim Alesi Eastman Theatre Headliner Series All concerts 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted

June 13 - Frank Sinatra Jr. “Sinatra Sings Sinatra", $85/$65/$45 + service charges

June 14 - Dee Dee Bridgewater Presents “Red Earth" - A Malian Journey, and special guest, Richard Bona Band, $50/$37.50/$27.50 + service charges

June 15 - At the Top: Six Classic Jazz Films from Retro Rochester - WXXI Special Screening Event (4-8 p.m.), suggested donation $5 to support the RIJF-ESM Jazz Studies scholarship program

June 16 - RIJF-Eastman School of Music Jazz Scholarship Concert featuring Joe & Pat Labarbera, suggested donation $5 to support the RIJF-ESM Jazz Studies scholarship program

June 17 - “Gillespiana" - A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie with special guests Jeannie Bryson, Byron Stripling, Gerry Niewood and 21-piece Jazz Orchestra Conducted by Jeff Tyzik, $50/$37.50/$27.50 + service charges

June 18 - RIJF All Star Jam Session Celebrating The American Jazz Jam Session, Starring: Carmen Lundy, Houston Person, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, Slide Hampton, Peter Bernstein, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Peter Washington, David Williams, Kenny Washington, and Louis Hayes, $50/$37.50/$27.50 + service charges

June 19 - Boz Scaggs, $65.00/ $50.00/$37.50 + service charges

June 20 - Al Green, $85.00/$65.00/$45.00 + service charges

Kilbourn Concerts The Festival's Kilbourn Hall Concerts will feature the Al Foster Quartet, Lou Donaldson Quartet, John Scofield Trio, The Bad Plus, Slide Hampton & Friends, David Murray's Black Saint Quartet, Joe Locke & Friends, the Sliding Hammers, and Catherine Russell. Three concerts in this series - The Bad Plus, Slide Hampton and Catherine Russell - will be filmed in high definition by WXXI Television in Rochester for broadcast nationwide on PBS. This is the third year that WXXI will be filming concerts for national distribution. Six, half-hour shows filmed in high definition last year will be broadcast nationwide this year.

Nordic Series Back for its second year at the Lutheran Church of the Reformation, the highly praised Nordic Series will showcase groups from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands, many of which have never played before in the U.S. The groups include the Timo Lassy Band, Ola Kvernberg Trio, Jacob Anderskov, Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil “Ravnating", Wildbird & Peacedrums, Iro Haarla Quintet, Beady Belle, Music Music Music and the ever popular Swedish trombonists, the Sliding Hammers.

Free Shows on Outdoor Stages! More than 59 free shows will be held on three outdoor stages, promising lively sounds in downtown streets for music fans of all ages. Shows will feature Cross Canadian Ragweed, Soulive, Kentucky Headhunters, Third World, The Skatalites, Joe Bonamassa and Medeski Martin & Wood and seventeen area high school bands. Other free shows will be at the Rochester Public Library downtown and aboard the Mary Jemison boat at Corn Hill Landing. Stages include:

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation (Gibbs St.) - June 13-21, shows from 4:30 p.m. daily

City of Rochester East Ave. and Chestnut St. Stage - June 14, 20, 21

City of Rochester East Ave. and Alexander St. Stage - June 20, 21

Club Pass Series Grows A new venue, Christ Church on East Avenue, has been added to the Club Pass Series, co-presented by the Greater Rochester Association of Realtors, Presentation Source & Hamilton AV. This year's Club Pass Series will feature about 150 concerts.

Individual Club Pass Show tickets are available at the door only for $20 and $25. No advance tickets. Seating is first-come, first-served. The Club Pass, offers access for all nine days to all Club Pass Series Shows on a first-come first-served basis, and is on sale now while supplies last at all Ticketmaster outlets, 585-232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com and www.rochesterjazz.com. The Club Pass is $125 plus $4 service charge now until May 31, and $135 plus $4 service charge from June 1 and during the Festival if still available. The Club Pass sold out the past two years. * Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, $25 at the door or Club Pass (26 Gibbs Street) * Robert Mondavi Festival Tent, $20 at the door or Club Pass (Main St. & Gibbs St.) * Max of Eastman Place, $20 at the door or Club Pass (Gibbs St.) * High Fidelity, $20 at the door or Club Pass (170 East Avenue) * Montage Grille, $20 at the door or Club Pass (50 Chestnut Plaza) * State St. Bar & Grill, free, Rochester Plaza Hotel FREE (70 State Street) * Harro East Ballroom, $20 at the door or Club Pass (155 North Chestnut Street) * Reformation Lutheran Church, $20 at the door or Club Pass (111 North Chestnut Street) * Christ Church (NEW!!), $20 at the door or Club Pass (141 East Ave) Jam Sessions Nightly at the State Street Bar and Grill Nightly Jam Sessions led by the tireless Bob Sneider and his Trio are back for the seventh year starting at 10:30 p.m. nightly at festival's official hotel, the Rochester Plaza Hotel and Conference Center.

2008 Rochester International Jazz Festival Artist Lineup

Al Foster Quartet, Al Green, Alison Brown Quartet, Amina Figarova Sextet, Six Classic Jazz Films from Retro Rochester - a WXXI Special Screening Event, Barbara Dennerlein, Beady Belle, Beaucoup Blue, Ben Britton Band, Ben Riley, Bill Tiberio Band, Billy's Band, Blake Tartare, Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, Boz Scaggs, Breit-Thomson, Brockport HS Jazz Band, Carmen Lundy, Carolyn Wonderland, Catherine Russell, Cedar Walton, Cindy Blackman Quartet, Crittendon, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project, David Liebman Quartet, David Murray's Black Saint Quartet, David Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewater “A Malian Journey", Denis Parker & Scott Goudie “Rowdy Blues", Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Dharma Jazz, DJABE, Downchild Blues Band, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Eastman Community Music School - Latin Jazz Combo, Saxology, Jazz Combo Showcase, Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra - Combo, Eddie Daniels Quartet, Eric Alexander , Eric Reed, Fairport HS Jazz Band, Frank Sinatra Jr. “Sinatra Sings Sinatra", Gates-Chili HS Jazz Band, “Gillespiana" - A Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Directed by Jeff Tyzik, Greece Athena HS Jazz Band, Greece Odyssey HS Jazz Band, Greece Olympia HS Jazz Band, Guy Barker & Ian Shaw “Made in The UK", Henderson-Owens 3 Featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith, Herb Smith, Hilton HS Jazz Band, Honeoye Falls-Lima HS Jazz Band, Houston Person, Howard Alden, Iro Haarla Quartet, Jacky Terrasson, Jacob Anderskov, Jae Sinnett Quartet, Jake Shimabikuro, JazzKamikaze, Jeremy Pelt, Joe & Pat Labarbera, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Locke “Force of Four", John Beck Quartet featuring Mike Cottone, John Scofield Trio, John Viviani & Filthy Funk, Juliette Lloyd, Kendall HS Jazz Band, Kenny Washington, Kris Davis Quartet, Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil “Ravnating", Lou Donaldson Quartet, Louis Hayes, Medeski Martin & Wood, Miguel Zenon Quartet, Music Educators Jazz Ensemble, Music Music Music, Nate Rawls Band, Neocollage, New Energy Jazz Orchestra, New Horizons Big Band, New York's Finest Jazz Ensemble, Newark HS Jazz Band, Nicholas Payton, Ola Kvernberg Trio, Penfield HS Jazz Band, Peter Bernstein, Peter Washington, Pittsford Sutherland HS Jazz Band, Rachel Z, Richard Bona Band, RIJF All Star Jam Session, Robi Botos Trio, Robin McKelle, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Rush-Henrietta HS Jazz Band, Sachal Vasandani, Saturday Night Fish Fry, School of the Arts HS Jazz Band, Shirantha Beddage Quartet, Slide Hampton & Friends, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Soulive, Soulstew, Spam All Stars, Spencerport HS Jazz Band, Stephanie McKay, Supergenerous, Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage, The Bad Plus, The Buddhahood, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Nighthawks, The Skatalites, The Sliding Hammers, The Yellowjackets, Third World, Tierney Sutton Band, Tim Blane, Timo Lassy Band, Todd Londagin Quartet, Trio East, Vince Herring, Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band, West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band, Wild Magnolias, and Wildbird & Peacedrums

About the Rochester International Jazz Festival (RIJF)

Founded in 2002, RIJF has become one of nation's largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing fans from all across the U.S. and around the world to hear legendary Grammy award-winning artists and critically-acclaimed jazz and contemporary groups. Attendance has grown annually from 15,000 in 2002 to a record 121,000 in 2007. Each year the Festival makes a donation to support the Jazz Studies Scholarship Program it founded in 2002 at the Eastman School of Music.

RIJF is produced by John Nugent, founder, Co-Producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-Producer and Executive Director. Nugent and Iacona also produce the 2008 PAETEC Music Tour. Nugent also produces the Stockholm Jazz Festival, which just celebrated its 23rd successful year. Nugent, a noted tenor sax player, has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Clark Terry, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Iacona, a Rochester native, business and community leader, avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts, is President of Simcona Electronics.

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