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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Heads into Last Three Days!


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Rochester, NY -- The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) presented by M&T Bank, is heading into its last three days tonight, wrapping up June 19. The Festival's ninth edition started Friday June 11 featuring headliners Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Keb' Mo', Herbie Hancock, John Pizzarelli, and Bernie Williams.

The Festival is delivering a wide range of creative improvised music from some of the finest musicians in the world. More than 1,000 musicians representing 15 countries are making Rochester their destination as they perform in more than 250 concerts including more than 60 free shows. Last year, more than 133,000 people attended the festival. For the complete schedule see Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

The Festival is presented in three series and held in 17 venues in and around the East End Cultural District in Downtown Rochester. Park once and walk to most festival venues.

Headliners still to come:
  • June 17 - Bernie Williams - 8PM - $90, $75, $65, $55+service charge
  • June 18 - Jeff Beck - 8PM (Sold Out) and 11 PM - $125, $105, $85, $70
Free Concerts on Outdoor Stages
  • Friday June 18 9 PM on two outdoor stages - Booker T & The MGs & Marc Broussard
  • Saturday June 19, 9 PM - Smash Mouth
Four International Series

Doors open 30 minutes before shows at all venues, buy tickets at the door. For the complete schedule see XRIJF
Roots & American Series at Abilene
Made in the UK Series at Christ Church
Nordic Jazz Now Series at Lutheran Church of the Reformation
Viva Italia Series at the Rochester Club

Nightly Jam Sessions - Jazz Never Sleeps!

For late night Jam Sessions don't miss the State St. Bar & Grill in the Rochester Plaza Hotel, official hotel of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. You never know who will stop by to play! Sessions start at 10:30 p.m. and run through 2:30 p.m.

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Third Annual Kids Jam Session is June 19

Students ages 14-19 are invited to participate in the third annual Kids Jam Session. Young players will have an opportunity to play with Eastman faculty Bob Sneider, guitar; Paul Hofmann, piano; Jeff Campbell, bass, and Rich Thompson, drums. It all takes place Saturday June 19 at 2 p.m. at the Eastman School of Music, Room 120. Suggested repertoire to practice includes “Tenor Madness," “C Jam Blues," “Rhythm Changes," “Oleo," “St Thomas," “So What," “Autumn Leaves," “Blue Bossa," “Straight No Chaser," “Mr. P.C." and other jazz standards. Sign-up starts at 1:30 p.m. and is first-come first-served basis.


Xerox, City of Rochester, M&T Bank, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, the Democrat and Chronicle, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Plaza Hotel, Brooklyn Brewery, Michelob, Spaten Beer, Verizon Wireless, The Community Foundation, 13WHAM TV, Rochester General Health System, Visit Rochester, Mercury Print Productions, SUNY Brockport, ADMAR, Presentation Source, AirTran, DownBeat Magazine, Constellation, Max of Eastman Place, House of Guitars, MidTown Athletic Club.

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.

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