Wednesday, April 23, 2008


Frank Sinatra Jr. & His Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater with special guest Richard Bona Band, Boz Scaggs, and Al Green will headline the seventh annual Rochester International Jazz Festival ( presented by M&T Bank. The nine-day Festival, June 13-21, will deliver a diverse lineup of creative improvised music with more than 800 artists from around the world performing in 250 concerts. The festival is being held in 15 venues in Rochester's downtown cultural district, the Festival is presented in several series, the Eastman Theater Headliner Series, more than 59 free shows on three outdoor stages and 150 concerts in the Club Pass Series. For a complete concert schedule, artist bios, photos and past festival photos visit

This year's Eastman Series features two special concerts:
"Gillespiana" - A Tribute To Dizzy Gillespie with special guests Jeanie Bryson (Dizzy's daughter); Byron Stripling; Gerry Niewood and a 21-piece Jazz Orchestra conducted by Jeff Tyzik
Jazz at the Philharmonic - Celebrating the Jam Session starring CarmenLundy, Houston Person, Eric Alexander, Vince Herring, Nicholas Payton, Jeremy Pelt, Slide Hampton, Peter Bernstein, Cedar Walton, Eric Reed, Peter Washington, David Williams, Kenny Washington, and Louis Hayes.

Three of the Festival's Kilbourn Hall Concerts will be filmed in high definition by WXXI Television for broadcast nationwide on PBS. This is the third year that WXXI will be filming at the Festival. Six, half-hour shows filmed in high definition last year will be broadcast nationwide this year. Back for its second year, the highly praised Nordic Series will showcase groups from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and the Faroe Islands, many of which have never played before in the U.S. Nightly Jam Sessions led by Bob Sneider and his Trio are back for the seventh year starting at 10:30 p.m. nightly at The Rochester Plaza.

Here is the 2008 Artist Lineup:
Al Foster Quartet, Al Green, Alison Brown Quartet, Amina Figarova Sextet, Six Classic Jazz Films from Retro Rochester, Barbara Dennerlein, Beady Belle, Beaucoup Blue, Ben Britton Band, Ben Riley, Bill Tiberio Band, Billy's Band, Blake Tartare, Blue Vipers of Brooklyn, Boz Scaggs, Breit-Thomson, Carmen Lundy, Carolyn Wonderland, Catherine Russell, Cedar Walton, Cindy Blackman Quartet, Crittendon, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Dave Samuels Caribbean Jazz Project, David Liebman Quartet, David Murray's Black Saint Quartet, David Williams, Dee Dee Bridgewater "A Malian Journey", Denis Parker & Scott Goudie "Rowdy Blues", Devon Allman's Honeytribe, Dharma Jazz, DJABE, Downchild Blues Band, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, Eastman Community Music School – Latin Jazz Combo, Saxology, Jazz Combo Showcase, Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra - Combo, Eddie Daniels Quartet, Eric Alexander, Eric Reed, Frank Sinatra Jr. "Sinatra Sings Sinatra", "Gillespiana" - Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie Directed by Jeff Tyzik, Guy Barker & Ian Shaw "Made in The UK", Henderson-Owens 3 Featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith, Herb Smith, Houston Person, Howard Alden, Iro Haarla Quartet, Jacky Terrasson, Jacob Anderskov, Jae Sinnett Quartet, Jake Shimabikuro, JazzKamikaze, Jeremy Pelt, Joe & Pat Labarbera, Joe Bonamassa, Joe Locke "Force of Four", John Beck Quartet featuring Mike Cottone, John Scofield Trio, John Viviani & Filthy Funk, Juliette Lloyd, Kenny Washington, Kris Davis Quartet, Kristian Blak & Yggdrasil "Ravnating", Lou Donaldson Quartet, Louis Hayes, Medeski Martin & Wood, Miguel Zenon Quartet, Music Educators Jazz Ensemble, Music Music Music, Nate Rawls Band, Neocollage, New Energy Jazz Orchestra, New Horizons Big Band, New York's Finest Jazz Ensemble, Nicholas Payton, Ola Kvernberg Trio, Peter Bernstein, Peter Washington, Rachel Z, Richard Bona Band, RIJF All Star Jam Session, Robi Botos Trio, Robin McKelle, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Sachal Vasandani, Saturday Night Fish Fry, Shirantha Beddage Quartet, Slide Hampton & Friends, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Soulive, Soulstew, Spam All Stars, Stephanie McKay, Supergenerous, Taylor Eigsti & Julian Lage, The Bad Plus, The Buddhahood, The Kentucky Headhunters, The Nighthawks, The Skatalites, The Sliding Hammers, The Yellowjackets, Third World, Tierney Sutton Band, Tim Blane, Timo Lassy Band, Todd Londagin Quartet, Trio East, Vince Herring, Wild Magnolias, and Wildbird & Peacedrums.

The Rochester International Jazz Festival is produced by John Nugent, Founder, Co-Producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-Producer and Executive Director. Founded in 2002, it has become one of nation's largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing fans from all acrossthe U.S. and around the world. Attendance has grown annually from 15,000 in 2002 to a record 121,000 in 2007.

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