First Headliners Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 13th Edition – Earth, Wind & Fire, and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Featuring Edie Brickell

February 4, 2014

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the first two of six headliner series shows at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 13th Edition, which will be held June 20-28. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m. at rochesterjazz.com. Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers last performed in Rochester at the XRIJF in 2012 in two sold-out shows.



• Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell will perform on Saturday, June 21. Tickets are $105 boxes/$95 orchestra/$80 mezzanine and loge/$65 balcony plus $8 per ticket service charge/facility fee.

• R&B Superstars Earth Wind & Fire will perform on Friday, June 27. Tickets are $155 boxes/$130 orchestra/$110 Mezzanine and loge/$85 balcony plus $8 per ticket service charge/facility fee.

All performances will be at 8:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets

Tickets go on sale Friday, February 7 at 10:00 a.m.

• Exclusively at rochesterjazz.com – the fastest way to order!

• February 7 only from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Kodak Hall Oval Lobby Box Office

• Or order by phone, 585-454-2060

The service charge/facility fee per headliner ticket is $8 for in person, phone and online e-ticket orders, $10 if tickets are mailed.

Club Pass Also on Sale

The popular Club Pass, the exceptional value pass that provides entry to more than 230 shows at 13 venues in the festival’s Club Pass Series, is available for $194 plus service until sold out. The service charge is $6, $8 if mailed. Buy online only at rochesterjazz.com. Supply is limited. The Club Series, free show lineup and any remaining headliner shows will be announced in March.

About the 2014 Headliner Artists:

Earth, Wind & Fire – Friday, June 27

During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism.

Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

Their latest album, Now, Then and Forever, was released in September 2013. EW&F has been recognized with six GRAMMY’S and numerous other honors.

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers and Edie Brickell – Saturday, June 21

Steve Martin says Love Has Come for You, his new collaboration with Edie Brickell, "Feels like a giant step into uncharted territory. When we started, we thought we were just playing around. But when we finished, we realized we weren't."

Although the new musical partners have already built widely loved individual bodies of work, their inaugural duo effort is a substantial departure, as a well as a creative milestone, for both artists.

Steve Martin is currently in the fifth decade of a uniquely varied and accomplished career in which he's excelled as a comedian, actor, author and playwright, and as a Grammy-winning, boundary-pushing bluegrass banjoist and composer. His fellow Texas native Edie Brickell initially burst onto the national scene in the late 1980s fronting the New Bohemians, and has since carved out an iconoclastic solo career that's solidified her reputation as a uniquely compelling singer and a songwriter of rare insight.

"It's the way I've longed to play and hear the banjo for so long, rather than it being present at every moment and playing sixty notes a second," Martin says. "I think the banjo can be so evocative when it's used sparingly, and that was in the back of my mind as we were writing. In these songs, the point is to tell the story and get out."

Note to Editors

For complete bios of the artists see: rochesterjazz.com.

For high-resolution photos of the artists see: rochesterjazz.com/php/press_room.php

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About XRIJF

2014 marks the 13th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank. The festival was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. As one of the leading jazz festivals in the USA, the event delivers more than 300 concerts including more than 70 free shows, at 19 venues over nine days. The 2013 Festival drew more than 195,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.