Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, John Pizzarelli, Keb' MO' & Bernie Williams to Headline Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 9th Edition June 11 - June 19


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More than 1000 Musicians to Perform at 285 Concerts, in 17 Venues

Rochester NY - March 30, 2010 - The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank today announced its largest lineup ever with more than 1000 artists performing at 285 concerts and a record number of international artists.

Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Herbie Hancock, Keb' Mo', Bernie Williams and John Pizzarelli will headline the nine-day event that runs from Friday June 11 through Saturday June 19. After a fast sell-out of the first Jeff Beck performance on June 18, festival producers added a second show that evening.

The Festival's ninth edition includes more than 60 free shows. It takes place in 17 different venues and outdoor stages all within walking distance in Rochester's East End Cultural District. Gibbs Street will become “Jazz Street" and will be closed to traffic for all nine days.

The Festival, already known for delivering one of the most extensive international lineups of any jazz festival in the United States, will add even more concerts this year from artists outside the United States. In addition to two well-established popular international series, Nordic Jazz Now and Made in the UK, three bands from Denmark will be presented in association with Copenhagen Jazz Festival Experience.

Also new this year, are two new Club Pass Series and venues: the Roots and Americana Series, which will be held at Abilene Bar, and the Viva Italia Series, which will be held at the Rochester Club Ballroom.

“These new series and the breadth of international talent will whet the appetites of our loyal Club Pass connoisseurs and more than satisfy the musical palates of all in attendance," said Marc Iacona, Festival Producer and Executive Director. “We're proud to feature the hottest up and coming artists from around the globe."

“We're also very pleased to welcome two new sponsors this year, Verizon Wireless, sponsor of the Verizon Wireless Club Pass Big Tent and Rochester General Health System, presenting sponsor of the East Avenue and Alexander and East Avenue and Chestnut Street free stages.

“The canvas is wet, the 'painting' is ready and all the pieces of the puzzle have come together," said John Nugent, Festival Producer and Artistic Director. “We have a great headliner series, and what has become our calling card, an amazing presentation of international artists and strong emerging artists."

“What is magical about having so many different styles of music," added Nugent, “is that it creates a sense of euphoria for the audience. When you hear so much great music night after night, it becomes intoxicating. It gets into your soul, it uplifts you and that's a big part of why our festival is serendipity. The movement of people, sharing their feelings about what they have heard, it's uplifting, and that's something everyone needs."

Headliner Shows

All shows are at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Tickets are $55 - $125 plus services charges.

June 11 - Gladys Knight, 8 PM
June 12 - Keb' Mo', 8 PM
June 14 - XRIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance with special guest, Dave Glasser, 7 PM, Free or $5 donation
June 15 - Herbie Hancock, 8 PM
June 16 - John Pizzarelli with The Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi, 8 PM
June 17 - Bernie Williams - 8 PM
June 18 - Jeff Beck - 8 PM (Sold Out) and 11 PM (Tickets Available)

Club Pass Series - “It's not who you know, it's who you don't know." This year's Club Pass Series is bigger than ever with two new venues and 180 shows in ten venues.

“We received a record number of artists submissions this year and it's no secret why," said Nugent. “With shows packed to the rafters, artists who perform here have the time of their lives and want to come back."

Billy's Band will be back by huge popular request, as will Cat Russell, Mose Allison, Lynne Arriale, Djabe, Robin McKelle and many other favorites. Just a few of the many new international artists not to miss are Joyce, one of the best Brazilian singers ever; Dmitry Baevsky from Russia “a ridiculous bebopper," according to Nugent, Grace Kelly, an 18-year-old Nugent heard in Italy last year who plays like Charlie Parker; Viktoria Tolstoy from Stockholm, who will dazzle the audience; and Stan Tracy, “the Godfather of British Jazz" and a virtuoso who hasn't been to the states in 50 years, who will play here in the Made in the UK Series.

A number of New Orleans artists dot the roster this year. Sauce Boss, will cook a huge pot of gumbo during his show and share with the crowd afterward, and Bryan Lee, a guitarist who is blind, will perform on the last night in the Verizon Wireless Big Tent.

Club Pass Series Venues

Abilene - Roots & Americana Stage, 53 Liberty Pole Way, NEW!
Christ Church - Made In The UK Series, 141 East Ave.
Harro East Ballroom, 155 North Chestnut St.
Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Jazz Street
Max of Eastman Place, Jazz Street
Montage, 50 Chestnut Plaza
Nordic Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church Of The Reformation, 111 N. Chestnut St.
The Rochester Club - Viva Italia Series, 120 East Ave., NEW!
Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, 100 S. Clinton Ave., entrance on Broad St.
Verizon Wireless Club Pass Big Tent, corner of Gibbs and East Main St.


Tickets are on sale now for headliner shows at rochesterjazz.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster locations.

Tickets for John Pizzarelli, and Keb' Mo' go on sale to the public Friday April 2 at 10 a.m. EST.

Tickets for Club Pass shows are $20 and $25 available at the door only, no advance sales. Or access all Club Shows for all nine days (first-come, first-served) with a Club Pass, on sale now at www.rochesterjazz.com and www.ticketmaster.com for $135 until April 2, when it increases to $150 until sold out. Service charges apply. Tickets for Eastman headliner shows may also be purchased in person only at the Auditorium Theater Box Office, 885 East Main St. Rochester, NY 14605, where the service charge is $1 per ticket. The Jazz Ticket Shop will open mid-May at the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs St.

Free Concerts

Hear more than 60 free concerts including 20 area high school bands: Brighton, Brockport, Buffalo City, Eastridge, Fairport, Hilton, Honeoye Falls-Lima, Gates Chili, Greece Arcadia, Greece Athena, Greece Olympia, Newark, Penfield, Pittsford Sutherland, School of the Arts, Spencerport, Rush Henrietta, Webster Schroeder, Webster Thomas, and West Irondequoit. All concerts rain or shine - all free outdoor shows will take place! No tickets required.

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation - Jazz Street (Gibbs St.)

June 11-19 - 4:30, 5:15, 6, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. daily. See rochesterjazz.com for schedule.

City of Rochester East Ave. and Chestnut St. Stages Presented by Rochester General Health System - East Ave. at Chestnut St., 7 & 9 p.m., June 12, 18, 19 -

June 12, Mick Hayes Band - 7:00 PM, Los Lonely Boys - 9:00 PM,

June 18, Nils Landgren Funk Unit 7:00 pm, Booker T & The MG'S 9:00 PM,

June 19, James Hunter - 7:00 PM, Marc Broussard - 9:00 PM

City of Rochester East Avenue and Alexander St. Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System

June 19, Smash Mouth- 9:00 PM

Mary Jemison Riverboat (Corn Hill Landing), cruises at 2:30 and 4 p.m., June 12, 13

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County (115 South Avenue), Noon, June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Jam Sessions at the Rochester Plaza State St. Bar & Grill Jam Sessions will once again be held nightly from 10:30 p.m. with The Bob Sneider Trio at the Festival's official hotel the Rochester Plaza, located at 70 State Street. Admission is free.

2010 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Artist Lineup

Adam Niewood Quartet, Alison Brown Quartet, Amy Lavere Trio, Antonio Ciacca Trio, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, Bernie Williams, Bill Dobbins Trio with Chuck Israels, Bill Tiberio Band, Billy, Blaggards, Booker T & The MG, Bottlerockets, Brad Shepik, Brass Jaw, Bryan Lee & The Blues Power Band, Catherine Russell, Charnett Moffett Trio, Christine Ohlman & Rebel Montez, Chuchito Valdes, Das Contras, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio, Djabe, Dmitry Baevsky Quartet, Dominic Mancuso, Earl Pickens & Family, Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, ECMS Jazz Combo led by Bob Sneider & Howard Potter & Mike Kaupa, ECMS Latin Jazz & Saxology with Jose Encarnacion, Eivind Opsvik Overseas, Erik Telford Collective, ESM-XRIJF Jazz Scholarship Alumni, Filthy Funk, Francois Bourassa Quartet, Fred Costello & Company, Gap Mangione Sextet, Get The Blessing, Giorgio Ferrara Quartet featuring Mirko Guerrini, Gladys Knight, Grace Kelly Quintet, Gwyneth Herbert Quartet, Hackensaw Boys, Hazmat Modine, Herbie Hancock, Hilario Duran Trio, Ibrahim Electric, Jack Allen Big Band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, James Hunter, Jane Monheit, Janet Planet, Jazz Contingent Big Band, Jeff Beck, Jeremy Pelt Quintet, Jimmy Highsmith, Joe Krown Trio with Walter Wolfman & Russell Batiste Jr., Joe Locke Group Featuring Vocalist Kenny Washington, John Pizzarelli with The Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi, John Taylor, Joyce, Joyce Cooling Group, Katie Thiroux Trio, Keb' Mo', Little Red Suitcase, Los Lonely Boys, Lynne Arriale Trio, Marc Broussard, Mark Stuart & The Bastard Sons, Miami Sax Quartet, Michael Kaeshammer, Mick Hayes Band, Mikko, Innanen & Innkvistio, Mose Allison, New Energy Big Band, New Horizons Big Band, Nils Landgren Funk Unit, Oberg/Petrescu Quartet, Pablo Menendez & Mezcla, Palle Mikkelborg, Pat LaBarbera Group, Po Boys Brass Band, Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Big Band, Robin McKelle, Rochester Area High School Jazz Bands, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Rochester/Roland All-Star Accordion Jam!, Rosie Ledet & The Zydeco Playboys, Royal Welsh College of Music, Russell Malone Quartet, Ryan Quigley Sextet, Samuel Hallkvist Center, Sauce Boss, Scott Hamilton /Harry Allen Quintet, Sean Jones Quartet, Sicilian Jazz Project, Smash Mouth, Somi, Soul Stew, Stan Tracey Trio, Stanley Jordan, Stefan Karlsson Trio, Steve Turre Quartet, Susanna & The Magical Orchestra, Ted Michaels, Terry Clarke Trio, The Joe Locke Group, The Lawnmowers, Tommy Smith & Brian Kellock. Torben Waldorff Group featuring Donny McCaslin, Trio Slaye with Chris Ziemba, Trombone Shorty, and Viktoria Tolstoy.

Get all the Information

Please see rochesterjazz.com for the complete schedule, a map of festival venues to print, schedule grid to print for ticketed shows, artist bios, and more.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The 2009 Festival drew more than 133,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.


The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is sponsored by Xerox, the City of Rochester, M&T Bank, Monroe County, the Democrat and Chronicle, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Plaza Hotel, Brooklyn Brewery, Michelob, Spaten Beer, Verizon, The Community Foundation, 13WHAM TV, Rochester General Health System, Visit Rochester, Mercury Print Productions, SUNY College at Brockport, ADMAR, Presentation Source, AirTran, Harris Interactive, DownBeat Magazine, Max of Eastman Place, and House of Guitars and MidTown Athletic Club.

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