Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest Wraps up 13th Edition with 9 Days of Incredible Music Next year's festival is June 19-27, 2015
July 3, 2014
Rochester, NY--June 30, 2014--The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival wrapped up a spectacular 13th edition on Saturday after delivering nine days of creative improvised music to more than 196,000 people from around the world. More than 1500+ musicians from 19 countries performed at the festival in 325+ concerts at 20 venues in downtown's East End Cultural District.
Next year's festival will return to Rochester for another nine days, June 19-27, 2015.
"Another nine beautiful days of incredible music have come and gone, and as co-producer/artistic director of this amazing festival I feel a great sense of fulfillment and pride," said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. "All of our plans went like clockwork and I truly believe the artists and audiences had a magnificent experience. This is why we produce the festival for this city, everyone coming together to celebrate the great American art form known as Jazz in its many genres."
"We are overwhelmed by the reception that our community has shown during this year's festival," said Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director. "Once again the nine evenings proved to be both relaxing and high energy. Club Pass artists performing made often commented on how passionate attendees are about the music. Our success can be attributed to the 'perfect arrangement' musically, and with all involved, our sponsors, a focused team and a dedicated fan base here and outside of our community."
Highlights of this year's fest included:
325+ shows produced on time involving the coordination of millions of details for travel, scheduling, equipment and more!
Three sold-out headliner shows.
Successful introduction of newest venue, Squeezers at the Inn on Broadway, a tribute to the old Squeezers on State St in the 1940's and 50's.
Providing the extraordinary opportunity for youth to perform in an internationally recognized festival including 22 regional high school bands, several Eastman School ensembles, more than 130 music students who participated in the Youth Jazz Workshops, and even performances at the jam sessions.
Scholarships awarded to two high school students, providing financial assistance so that they can attend the Eastman School of Music in the fall.
XRIJF unites as the festival never fails to bring together a diverse and appreciative audience.
39 regional groups or individual artists (not including students) performed at the festival.
More than 75 free shows were presented for families and people of all ages to enjoy.
Four shows were recorded live by WXXI for future broadcast on PBS television stations across the U.S.
Jam sessions were packed nightly.
Area businesses had the opportunity to leverage large audiences to showcase products and services.
Making Rochester an international destination for music reinforcing its rich cultural arts heritage, resources and reputation.
Generous donations of 21 musical instruments at the festival to Rochester Education Foundation, including violins, a saxophone, clarinet, and more in addition to instruction books, and accessories - all to benefit City school students.
Rochester General Health System gave out 5000 pedometers free to attendees to measure their steps and promote walking for good health.
I Love NY showcased attractions to promote the region's other interesting tourist destinations to people visiting during the festival.
Proceeds from the Eric Waugh paintings done live during the Lou Gramm concert sponsored by Wegmans will be auctioned to benefit Hillside.