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Rochester Jazz Festival line-up announced
(Published: March 20, 2012)

Producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) (www.rochesterjazz.com) presented by M&T Bank today announced the lineup for their largest festival ever, to be held June 22-30, 2012.


The XRIJF 11th Edition will present more than 1000 artists performing at 18 venues and outdoor stages, in 300 concerts, including almost 70 free concerts.


Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Zappa Plays Zappa, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Daryl Hall "Live From Daryl's House" with special guest Keb' Mo', Norah Jones, and Queen Latifah will headline the nine-day event. Concerts for Diana Krall, Norah Jones and Steve Martin (including second show added) are sold out. Tickets for Daryl Hall and Zappa Plays Zappa are on sale now. Tickets for Queen Latifah go on sale Friday March 25 at 10 AM at rochesterjazz.com.


More than 200 Club Pass shows will be presented at 12 Club venues including Kilbourn Hall, which will feature Christian McBride, Tom Harrell, Ninety Miles, Terrence Blanchard Quintet, Benny Green Trio, Eliane Elias Trio, Colin Stetson, Roy Haynes and Raul Midon.


"In assembling more than 300 performances for our annual nine-day celebration of creative improvised music, my goal is to harness the power of human expression through music in a calculated fashion, " said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. "Like flying an airplane, we will get our audience up in the air, on cruise control and deliver them to a destination of musical utopia or shang-gri-la. The super wave of talent coming will bring our audience to new heights of aural ecstasy not yet experienced! It's going to be our best festival yet!"


Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, said, "Once again with overwhelming multiyear sponsor commitments, XRIJF emerges as a gift-wrapped event that is ready to be opened and enjoyed by our festival fans. Exciting additions such as a new Club Pass Venue in the Eastman School of Music will welcome talented musicians and patrons. Our community will once again be an international focal point of one of America's true art forms. Even though Jazz was developed around the turn of the 20th century, it is reborn every June in Rochester, NY!"


The very first RIJF jazz star, Norah Jones, returns for the first time since 2002, as will the incredible Icelandic singer, Eivor Palsdottir and sensational trumpeter Terence Blanchard. Others to watch, recommends Nugent, are the return of Liane Carroll, Tessa Souter and Get The Blessing; first-time visits by leading Canadian stars Brandi Disterheft, Chic Gamine and Gypsophila; international rising stars IPA, Goran Kfajes, Mederic and Mathias Eick. The incomparable Catherine Russell is back by popular demand as are top American jazz stars, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Terence Blanchard and 86-year-old jazz-drumming master, Roy Haynes. Trombone Shorty returns for a third straight year. XRIJF first-timers, Jimmie Vaughan & The Tilt-a-Whirl Band (Jimmie is the brother of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan), Gov't Mule with Warren Haynes and the southern rockers Outlaws will fill the streets with excitement on the major free open-air stages.


Presenting one of the most extensive international lineups of any U.S. jazz festival, groups will travel to Rochester from 14 countries including Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Scotland, Ireland, England, Norway, Sierra Leone, Hungary, Cuba, France, Italy and Russia.


New in 2012

New Club Pass Venue - Hatch Recital Hall at the Eastman School of Music
Closing Main Street - To accommodate continually rising attendance, Main Street will be closed to traffic from Scio to Chestnut Streets from 4 - 11 p.m. all nine days. Two lanes remain open daily until 4 p.m. for vehicular traffic.
The official XRIJF App for smartphones will debut before the Festival and will be available free from iTunes.
"A Little Taste of Jazz at the Little Theatre" - Presented by the Little Theatre and WXXI, 9 days of free jazz films including a Steve Martin Marathon, the 10th Anniversary WXXI/XRIJF series of shows, and free music at the Little Cafe.
Club Pass Series: "It's not who you know, it's who you don't know."
The Club Pass Series will present more than 200 shows and will be held at 12 venues. It includes three international series: Made in the UK, Nordic Jazz Now, Viva Italia, and the Roots and Americana series. Entry is first-come, first-served with the Club Pass or tickets purchased at the door. The Club Pass has sold out. Individual Club Pass show tickets will be available for all shows at the door cash only for $20/ $25 per show. Individual Club Pass show tickets are not available in advance. See rochesterjazz.com for the schedule and venues.

Free Concerts on four outdoor stages & Central Library - no tickets required. Hear almost 70 free concerts, all rain or shine. See schedule at rochesterjazz.com.
Jam Sessions at the Rochester Plaza State St. Bar & Grill - 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. Free admission.


2012 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Artist Lineup

78 RPM Band, Acoustic Alchemy, Arun Ghosh Quintet, Bat McGrath, Benny Green (solo), Benny Green Trio, Big James & The Chicago Playboys, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Bill Cunliffe, Bill Dobbins Plays Ellington, Bill Evans Soulgrass, Bill Tiberio Band, Bjorn Thoroddsen Trio, Blackie & The Rodeo Kings, Brandi Disterheft, Breach, Brockport Community Big Band, Brockport HS Jazz Band, Buffalo Acad./Visual and Perf. Arts HS Jazz Band, Calle Uno, Catherine Russell, Chic Gamine, Christian McBride's Inside Straight, Clinton Curtis Band, Colin Stetson, Danielia Cotton, DARYL HALL "Live from Daryl's House" with Special Guest Keb' Mo', DIANA KRALL, Dominick Farinacci Quintet, Don Thompson & Neil Swainson, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra, Eastridge HS Jazz Band, ECMS Jazz Combo led by Bob Sneider, ECMS Jazz Combo led by Howard Potter, ECMS Jazz Combo led by Mike Kaupa, ECMS Latin Jazz Ensemble, ECMS Saxology + Jazz Bones, Eivor Palsdottir with Mikael Blak, Eldar, Eliane Elias Trio, ESM Honors Performance Units 1, 2 & 3, ESM-XRIJF Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance, ESM-XRIJF Jazz Scholarships Alumni Combo, Fairport HS Jazz Band, FFEAR, Five After Four, Fraser Fifield, Fred Costello, Gap Mangione Sextet, Gates-Chili HS Jazz Band, Generations Trio with Rich Thompson, Gerald Clayton Trio, Get The Blessing, Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra, GOV'T MULE, Greece- Athena HS Jazz Band, Greece- Olympia HS Jazz Band, Gregoire Maret Quintet, Gypsophila, Ha Ha Tonka, Hakon Kornstad, Harold Danko, Hilton HS Jazz Band, IPA, J.M.O.G, Jack Allen Big Band, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Jayme Stone Group, Jazz FM Big Band directed by Jules Estrin, Jean Michel Pilc, Jeff Lorber Fusion, JIMMIE VAUGHAN & THE TILT-A-WHIRL BAND FEATURING LOU ANN BARTON, Joanne Brackeen, Joe LaBarbera Quintet, John LaBarbera Big Band, Karrin Allyson, Kim Lenz & The Jaguars, Kneebody, Kristian Blak, Liane Carroll Trio, Lorkestre Des Pas Perdus, Luca Ciarla Quartet, Lucio Ferrara Trio, Marcello Pellitieri Quartet, Marco Pignataro Quartet, Mario Romano Quartet Featuring Pat LaBarbera, Mark McKnight Organ Trio, Mathias Eick, Mederic Collignon, Mike Cottone Quartet, Mike Stern Group, Monophonics, Music Educators Big Band, Newark HS Jazz Band, New Horizons Big Band, NeWt, Nicholas Payton, Ninety Miles, NORAH JONES, Orlando LeFleming Trio, Osian Roberts/Steve Fishwick Quintet, OUTLAWS, Pedrito Martinez Group, Penfield Rotary Big Band Jim, Farrington, Peter Karp & Sue Foley, Pittsford-Sutherland HS Jazz Band, Po 'Boys Brass Band, Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three, QUEEN LATIFAH, Raul Midon, Rino Cirinna & Friends, Robi Botos Trio, Rochester Area High School Jazz Bands, Rosie Flores, Roy Haynes Fountain of Youth Band, RPO Marimba Band, Russell Scarbrough Soul Jazz Big Band, School of The Arts HS Jazz Band, Spencerport HS Jazz Band, Ruthie Foster & The Family Band, Shirantha Beddage Quartet, Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars, Soul Stew, STEVE MARTIN & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Sultans of String, Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, Taurey Butler Trio, Teagan & The Tweeds, Terence Blanchard Quintet, Terje Rypdal & Bergen Big Band, Tessa Souter, The Abney Effect, The Barrel House Blues Band, The Bridge Trio, The Gutbusters, The Music of Gil Evans with Ryan Truesdell, The Sadies, The Uptown Groove, The Westview Project, Tom Harrell Chamber Ensemble Plays Debussy & Ravel, Tommy Smith & KARMA, TROMBONE SHORTY & ORLEANS AVENUE, Tussey Mountain Moonshiners, Victor Goines Quartet, Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band, Webster-Thomas HS Jazz Band, West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band, Yggdrasil featuring Eivor, Yvette Landry, and ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA.


More Info: Visit rochesterjazz.com for the schedule, map, artist bios & photos.


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