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We take you behind the scenes of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Jason Crane interviews festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona. With more than 600 artists, 200+ concerts and 18 venues, the RIJF has quickly become one of the leading jazz festivals in North America.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.