Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces World Music Acts for Biggest Festival Ever for 6th Edition

Rochester_Jazz_2007Rochester (New York), USA – The sixth annual Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods announced the lineup for its biggest and most diverse festival of creative improvised music. More than 600 artists from 13 countries will perform in more than 200 concerts at 18 venues during the nine-day event June 8-16.
 
 The diverse artist roster includes Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra performing "Congo Square," Jerry Lee Lewis, Madeleine Peyroux + Dr. John, Solomon Burke + Raul Midon, Jean Luc Ponty + Trio Beyond featuring John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Goldings, plus Los Lonely Boys, Maceo Parker, Rusted Root, Shooter Jennings, Cowboy Mouth and Toots & The Maytals.Other celebrated jazz, blues and world artists include, Eldar, Kyle Eastwood Band, Geri Allen Trio, Randy Brecker 5tet, Esperanza Spalding, Omar Sosa, Mamadou Diabate, Nossa Trio (Brazil), a new Nordic Jazz Now Series (featuring nine groups from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), Christian Scott, Bill Frisell Trio, Olu Dara, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks and Corey Harris.

"This year marks the most extensive and by far the most diverse lineup we have ever presented," said John Nugent, founder, Artistic Director and Co-producer. "Each year as we expand our event, our main goal is to present a multifaceted artistic celebration of all forms of American music in a smorgasbord of musical tastes. We always work hard to leave no ears behind!"

"Thanks to the City of Rochester’s increased support, we have been able to expand the number of free concerts and are adding another major free outdoor stage," said Marc Iacona, Executive Director and Co-producer.

"That means more fantastic music for the tens of thousands of people who will come here from all over the nation, adding to Rochester’s reputation as one of the nation’s fastest growing music destinations."

Festival Series – ticketed and free concerts

• Senator Jim Alesi Eastman Theatre Series: tickets $27.50-$80 plus service charges, on sale April 6 at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, 585-232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com and www.rochesterjazz.com. Also purchase at Ticket Express, 885 E Main St, (585) 222-5000 (service charge for Eastman shows is $1 per ticket).

Shows start at 8 p.m.
June 8: Raul Midon and King Solomon Burke
June 9: Jerry Lee Lewis
June 11: ESM-RIJF 2007 Jazz Scholarships Concert w/ John Fedchock
June 12: Jean Luc Ponty, Trio Beyond w/John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Goldings
June 13: Dave Brubeck Quartet
June 14: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra W/Wynton Marsalis Play Congo Square
June 15: Dr. John, Madeleine Peyroux

• Club Pass Series Presented by Lacy Katzen LLP – 125+ shows – Entry first-come first-served with the Club Pass or individual tickets for sale at the door, $20-$25, no advance sales. Kilbourn Hall, Max of Eastman Place, Harro East, Robert Mondavi Festival Tent, Montage Grille, High Fidelity, the Reformation Lutheran Church, Crowne Plaza State Street Bar and Grille. Purchase the Club Pass at all Ticketmaster outlets, 585-232-1900, www.ticketmaster.com and www.rochesterjazz.com. $109 + $4 service charge until April 6 at noon. $119 + $4 service charge April 6 at 12:01pm until festival begins, $129 June 8-16 during the festival while supplies last. Club Passes sold out last year.

• Museum & Gallery Series (free) – Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Mary Jemison Riverboat, Strong National Museum of Play, and Rochester Public Library.

• Three Open Air Outdoor Stages (free) – City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by Rochester Area Community Foundation on Gibbs Street, City of Rochester Stage at East Avenue at Chestnut St., and new this year, the City of Rochester Stage at East Avenue and Alexander St.

What’s New
• Third outdoor free stage, the City of Rochester Stage at East Ave. and Alexander St.
• Two new Club Pass venues, Harro East and Reformation Lutheran Church
• Nordic Jazz Now Series – featuring nine groups from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden
• Three more venues in the Museums and Gallery Series, the Strong National Museum of Play, Rochester Museum and Science Center and Rochester Public Library join the previous venues, George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, and Mary Jemison Riverboat on the Genesee River.
• The 6-part Music Series, Rochester International Jazz Festival, produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, will air this year on PBS stations around the country. The five half-hour programs and a one-hour compilation — including highlights from each episode — were shot in high-definition, and offer an unsurpassed look into the 2006 Festival.

18 Venues: The Festival is presented in 18 venues, most within walking distance, including the Eastman Theatre, Kilbourn Hall, Max of Eastman Place, Harro East Ballroom, Robert Mondavi Festival Tent, Montage Grille, High Fidelity, Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strong National Museum of Play, Mary Jemison Riverboat, Nordic Jazz Now at the Reformation Lutheran Church, Crowne Plaza State Street Bar & Grille, City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by Rochester Area Community Foundation, City of Rochester East Ave. Stage at Alexander St., City of Rochester East Ave. Stage at Chestnut St.

International Soul: Artists will be coming from 13 countries and the U.S. including Lithuania, Sweden, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, Finland, Norway, Canada, Madagascar, Cuba, Netherlands, Brazil, and Russia.

Author: World Music Central News Department

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