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Less Than 3 Weeks To The Start Of The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 16th Edition - June 23 - July 1


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The nine-day multi-dimensional festival has something for everyone! 325+ Shows, 19 Venues, 95 Free Shows and Events
The nine-day Xerox Rochester International Festival (XRIJF) 16th Edition returns to Rochester starting June 23 through July 1 presenting more than 1500 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 19 indoor and outdoor venues.

Free shows on 5 outdoor stages

One of the nation's largest jazz festivals, XRIJF draws more than 200,000 people from around the world and is presented in three series- the Club Pass Series with 230+ shows, the headliner series of six shows and 95 free shows and events all held in Rochester's East End Cultural and Entertainment District.

Ticketed headliner shows will feature King Crimson, Joss Stone, Sheryl Crow (SOLD OUT), Mavis Staples, “To Ray With Love" Maceo Parker & The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes, and Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox.

Free show headliners

Include St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Jerry Douglas Band, Caravan Palace, Colin James, and The Hooligans: Musicians of Bruno Mars Band. Free shows go on rain or shine, no tickets required.

Billy Childs plays Sat June 24 at Kilbourn Hall.

The Club Pass Series (entry with Club Pass or $30/35 at the door) is held in 13 Club Pass venues and will feature Billy Childs, Tierney Sutton, Monty Alexander, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Youn Sun Nah, Donny McCaslin, Bill Goodwin, Steve Kuhn, Miguel Zenon, Jacob Collier, Biel Ballester, Binker & Moses, Dakha Brakha, The Quebe Sisters, Derek Gripper, Barbara Lica, Allan Harris, Marquis Hill and Kendrick Scott and more than 120 additional artists.

95 Free Shows and Events- no tickets required

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by the Community Foundation (47shows)

City of Rochester Stage at Chestnut and East Ave. Presented by Rochester Regional Health (6 shows: Early James, The Jerry Douglass Band, Toronto Community Soul Project, Caravan Palace, Balkun Brothers, & Colin James))

City of Rochester Stage at Chestnut and East Ave. Presented by Wegmans(2 shows: The Steppin' Stones and Paul and the Broken Bones

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent 6 p.m. shows only are free (9 shows)

AvanGrid Foundation/RG&E Fusion Stage (10 shows)

Noon Lunch Series at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (5 shows, bring your lunch)

City of Rochester Stage at Midtown Presented by Heluva Good! (2 shows: Danielle Ponder and the Tomorrow People and The Hooligans, the Musicians of Bruno Mars)

Jam Sessions nightly during the festival at Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside (9 jams) Youth Workshops sponsored by Wegmans (5 workshops)

Artists from 18 Countries Will Be Performing This Year— Plus Made in the UK and Nordic Jazz Now Series Return

Music is the universal language at XRIJF, which is one of the world's leading international music festivals. Artists will travel to Rochester this year from 18 countries including Canada, Scotland, England, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Peru, Spain, Jamaica, Israel, Russia, South Korea, Austria, Japan, France, and the USA.

Made in the UK series started at XRIJF in 2008, to showcase artists from the UK. Now in its 10th year, it remains the largest presentation of UK jazz outside the U.S. and has expanded to other major festivals in Canada and major U.S. cities. In memory of the series curator, John Ellson, who passed away in October 2016, the festival will present a special tribute concert at Christ Church on July 1 with Tessa Souter.

Nordic Jazz Now series, now in its 10th year at the festival, will present artists from Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Faroe Islands and Iceland.

Five Free Jazz Workshops Offered for Young Music Students

Sponsored by Wegmans and held at the Eastman School of Music, the series of five structured jazz workshops is June 26-30 and led by five extraordinary musicians performing at XRIJF: Jae Sinnett, drums; Tommy Smith, sax; Tim Hagans, trumpet; Manuel Valera, piano; and Jon Ballantyne, piano. Free, no pre-registration required.

Two Official Jam Sessions This Year

Nightly Jams all nine nights June 23- July 1 in Riverview Ballroom- 10:30 p.m. until......at the festival's official hotel, Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, 120 E Main St, Rochester, NY 14604. Led by the Bob Sneider Trio. You never know who will show up to play!

New!! Soul'd Out Weekend Jams June 23, 24 and Jun 30 in Legends Bar and Grill at Radisson Rochester Riverside, led by the Karl Stabnau Quartet. From blues to soul to funk and RnB to crossover genres and beyond it will be anything but the “traditional jazz" experience.

20 School Jazz Bands to Perform

We are pleased to welcome the next generation of jazz musicians from elementary, high school, colleges and programs from the Eastman School of Music, who will perform daily at the festival starting at 3 p.m. in free shows on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by The Community Foundation. Great concerts for the whole family.

More Festival Highlights

Tune into 13WHAM-TV (ABC) for the XRIJF Prime Time Special previewing the festival with artist interviews and more on June 21, 8 to 8:30 p.m.

Download Official App- free for iPhone and Android, make custom schedules, get alerts, artist bios, search schedule by day and venue, see photos, videos, news, special offers.

Lyric Theatre returns as a Club Pass venue with five shows, 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25 through Thursday, June 29 sponsored by the Democrat and Chronicle.

Shuttle Service courtesy of Harris Beach LLC, will run all 9 days around the festival. The shuttle is accessible, accommodates wheelchairs and has onboard WiFi and GPS tracking. See travel info.

Save Time in Line wristbands to reduce wait times at Kilbourn Hall and Max of Eastman Place will be offered for the early shows at both venues.


Tickets for headliner shows and Club Passes are available online exclusively at RochesterJazz.com or by calling (585) 454- 2060.

The Festival Ticket Shop opens June 5 at 100 Gibbs Street, at the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street. Club Pass Series Shows: cash only $30/$35 at the door, or enter with the Club Pass. No advance sales on individual shows. First-come, first- served for all patrons.

The 9-Day Club Pass: offers first-come, first-served access to all Club Pass Series shows for all nine days. Not good for headliner shows. See as many shows and come and go as you like. Not transferable. $204 plus service charges.

The 3-Day Club Pass: offers patrons unlimited access to shows on any three days of their choice during the festival. Not transferable. $154 plus $6 service charges.

Headliner Show available at RochesterJazz.com. Prices vary.

Free shows: no tickets required. Shows go on rain or shine.

Schedule Changes

Veronica Swift and Trio will be replacing the Biel Ballester Trio, which is unable to play due to illness. You can see them on June 23 at the Little Theatre and June 24 at the Wilder Room. At just 23 years of age Veronica has been recognized as one of the top young singers in jazz for her distinctive voice, sterling musicianship, and deep repertoire.

Jacob Dupre will replace Erik Stabnau on Friday June 30 at the Noon Series at the Central Library. Dupre is a fifth generation musician and composer from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Accomplished far beyond his age, he plays piano, trumpet, bass, drums, and is a vocalist and composer.

Artist Lineup for 2017 in Alphabetical Order

78RPM Big Band, Adam Kolker Trio, Adam Wakefield, Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk, Alana Davis, Allan Harris, Ariel Pocock, Balkun Brothers, Barbra Lica, Ben Tiberio, Benny Green, Bill Dobbins, Bill Evans Band Featuring Tommy Smith, Bill Frisell & Thomas Morgan, Bill Goodwin Trio, Bill Tiberio Band, Billy Childs Quartet, Binker & Moses, Bobby Militello Quartet, Bonerama, Brockport Big Band, Buried Treasure, Caravan Palace, Charles Pillow Large Ensemble Feat. Tim Hagans & Clay Jenkins, Charlie Hunter Trio, Chris Northingham, Christian Crawford, Colin James, Conrad Herwig Latin Side, Cynthia Sayer, Dakha Brakha, Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People, Dave O'Higgins Quartet, Derek Gripper, Django Festival All Stars, Donny McCaslin Group, Down North, Durham County Poets, Early James, Eastman Community Music School (ECMS) Jazz Combo withBob Sneider & Mike Kaupa, ECMS Jazz Combo With Bob Sneider & Paul Hofmann, ECMS Latin Jazz & Junior Jazz, ECMS Saxology 1 & 2 Jazz Bones, Eivor, Electric Kif, Elliot Galvin Trio, Eri Yamamoto, Eric Krasno Band, ESM-XRIJF Scholarships Alumni, ESM- XRIJF Scholarships Concert With Jeff Campbell, EYJO, Fred Costello, Gabriel Alegria Afro- Peruvian Sextet, Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity, Gene Bertoncini, George Cables, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Greece Jazz Band, Gwilym Simcock, Harold Danko, Herb Smith's Freedom Trio, Holophonor, Hot Club Of Cowtown, Igor Butman Quartet, Ikonostasis, International Orange, Iris Bergcrantz Group Feat Anders Bergcrantz, Jack Broadbent, Jacob Collier, Jacob Dupre, Jae Sinnett's Zero To 60 Quartet, Jeff Coffin “In Orbit", Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Jochen Rueckert Quartet, Johannes Linstead- Guitar of Fire!, John La Barbera Big Band “Celebrating Buddy Rich At 100", John Paul White, JOSS STONE, Karl Stabnau Quartet, Katy Wright, Kendrick Scott's Oracle, Kenny Barron, Benny Green, George Cables, Cyrus Chestnut, KING CRIMSON, Klabbesbank, Kristian Blak, Labarbera Brothers, Laura Dubin, Laura Dinosaur, Lera Lynn, LSAT, MACEO PARKER FEATURING THE RAY CHARLES ORCHESTRA & THE RAELETTES, Manuel Valera, Marcia Ball, Mario Rom Interzone, Mark Kelso & The Jazz Exiles, Marquis Hill Blacktet, Matthew Stevens, MAVIS STAPLES, Melissa Gardiner, Miguel Zenon “Tipico," Monty Alexander, Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Music Educators Big Band, Neil Cowley Trio, New Breed Brass Band, New Energy Jazz Orchestra, New Horizons Big Band, Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, Noble Vibes, Ole Mathisen Floating Points, Oskar Stenmark, Penfield Rotary Big Band, Phronesis, Polly Gibbons, Prime Time Brass, Red Hook Soul, Roberta Piket, Roberto Occhipinti Trio, Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Ronnie Foster Organ Trio, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis, Sammy Miller & The Congregation, SCOTT BRADLEE'S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX, Shabaka & the Ancestors, Shauli Einav Quartet, SHERYL CROW, Soul Stew, St Paul & The Broken Bones, Steve Kuhn Trio, Tessa Souter, The Dustbow Revival, The Hooligans “The Musicians Of Bruno Mars", The Huntertones, The Jerry Douglas Band, Majestics, The Nth Power, The Quebe Sisters, The Red Hot & Blue Band, The Steppin' Stones, The Wee Trio, Tierney Sutton, Tim Woodson & The Heirs Of Harmony, Tommy Smith, Toronto Community Soul Project, Vanessa Rubin, Vanishing Sun Band, Veronica Swift Trio, Vince Ercolamento Quintet, Walt Weiskopf Quartet, Yggdrasil, Youn Sun Nah, and the Zion Hill Mass Choir.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

Founded in 2002, XRIJF is produced by John Nugent and Marc Iacona, XRIJF has become one of the nation's most respected music festivals, navigating all genres of creative improvised music. This year's nine-day festival, June 23 to July 1, will 320+ concerts including 95 free shows and events.

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