Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Biggest Festival Ever for 6th Edition June 8-16, 2007 600+ Artists, 200+ Concerts, 18 Venues Tickets on Sale April 6

April 4, 2007

Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Jerry Lee Lewis, Madeleine Peyroux, Dr. John, Solomon Burke, Raul Midon, Jean Luc Ponty, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette & Larry Goldings & MORE!

Rochester, NYApril 4, 2007The sixth annual Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods today 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, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra w/ Wynton Marsalis Play "Congo Square" with Yacub Addys Odadaa!,

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 Maytalls.

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 Rochesters 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 Rochesters reputation as one of the nations fastest growing music destinations.

Festival Series ticketed and free concerts (see for schedule)

- Eastman Theatre Series: tickets $27.50-$80 plus service charges, on sale April 6 at 10 AM at all Ticketmaster outlets, 585-232-1900, and 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, and $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.

Whats 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.

The 2007 Lineup: 4 Brothers 7, 8Ryan Shaw, Andy Milne's "Dapp Theory, Alytaus Diksielandas (Lithuania), Andreas Petterson 4tet (Sweden), Avishai Cohen Trio, Bettye Lavette, Bill Frisell Trio, Bob Sneider Trio, Bonerama, Brockport Community Big Band, Catherine Russell, Christian Scott, CNYJO with Brett Z, Corey Harris, Corneliu Tutu (Hungary), Cowboy Mouth, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Das Contras (Scotland), Dave Brubeck, Dave Glasser 4tet, Dave Rivello Ensemble + guest , Don Byrons Ivey Dyvey, Eastman School of Music Trio, Eldar (Russia), Esperanza Spalding (Spain), Fedchock, Five Corners 5tet (Finland), Fred Costello Quartet , Fred Hersch Trio, Gap Mangione, Gene Bertoncini solo, Geri Allen Trio, Hannah Flanigan 4tet , Harry Allen Quartet, Hilario Duran Trio, Ilmiliekki Quartet (Finland), In The Country (Norway), James Moody 4tet, Jason & Bandwagon, Jazz Animated Films, Jens Winther European Quintet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonathan Kriesberg Trio, Josh Irving 4tet , Kyle Eastwood Band, Lalo, Layah Jane (Canada), Los Lonely Boys, Lotte Anker (Denmark), Maceo Parker, Madagascar Slim (Madagascar), Madeleine Peyroux + Dr. John, Mamadou Diabate Ensemble, Mambo Kings, Martin Rickert 4tet (Canada), Matt Wilson Arts & Crafts, Michelle Lambert Bebop for Babies, Midaircondo (Sweden), Mike Cottone Quartet, Motor Kings, Mr. Something Something, Music Educators Big Band, Nancy Kelly, Olu Dara, Omar Sosa (Cuba), Paradigm Shift + Gray/Marcus/Wycliffe, Paul Tillotson Love Trio, Peter Asplund Quartet (Sweden), Randy Brecker 5tet, Revision, Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins, Rik Emmit, Robin Eubanks EB3, Rusted Root, Saskia Laroo (Netherlands), Scott Goudie (Canada), Shooter Jennings, Shuffle Demons, Sisters Euclid (Canada), Solomon Burke + Raul Midon, Soul Rebels (New Orleans), Stephane Wrembel Trio, Steps Ahead, Ted Michaels Sings Sinatra, Tessa Souter, The Capital Cs, The Latin Side of Miles Davis, Tony Caramia, Toots & The Maytalls, Trio Beyond / Jean Luc Ponty, Tiempo Libre, Vince Ercolamento Quartet, Walter Wolfman, Wynton Marsalis w/ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Zanussi 5 (Norway), Zapp String Quartet (Netherlands) and Animated Jazz Shorts from the Hubley Studio.

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Sponsors: City of Rochester, Heluva Good Quality Foods, Senator Jim Alesi, Eastman School of Music, Democrat and Chronicle, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Constellation Brands, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Monroe County, Lacy Katzen LLP, Mercury Print Productions, 13 WHAM TV, Harris Interactive, Lake Beverage Corporation, DownBeat Magazine, Max of Eastman Place, Mid-Town Athletic Club, House of Guitars, SUNY Brockport, and Jazz 90.1.

About the Rochester International Jazz Festival (RIJF)

RIJF has become one of nations largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing fans from all across the U.S. and around the world to hear legendary Grammy award-winning artists and critically-acclaimed jazz and contemporary groups. The 2006 Festival drew a record crowd of 80,000 people. RIJF is presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods and produced by John Nugent, founder, Co-Producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-Producer and Executive Director. Nugent and Iacona also produce the PAETEC Jazz Festival premiering August 9-11, 2007 in Baltimore MD. Nugent also produces the Stockholm Jazz Festival, which just celebrated its 23rd successful year. Nugent, a noted tenor sax player, has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Clark Terry, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Iacona, a Rochester native, business and community leader, avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts, is President of Simcona Electronics.