Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 14th Edition Lineup, June 19-27 -- 1500+ Artists, 320+ Concerts, 9 Days

March 24, 2015

Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson, Gary Clark Jr., Herb Alpert, Steve Gadd, and More Headline

Trombone Shorty Returns for 5th Appearance

93 Free Shows and Events

2 New Venues

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – March 24, 2015 – John Nugent and Marc Iacona, Producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) (, today announced the full lineup for the festival’s 14th edition, June 19–27, 2015.

Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, said “This year’s festival will be presented at 19 venues over nine days and feature another eclectic international lineup of legendary and emerging artists from 18 countries and the U.S. In addition, we will deliver a record 93 free shows and events, making this truly a festival with something for everyone.”

Artists performing include Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson, Gary Clark Jr. plus Beth Hart, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue back for their fifth appearance at XRIJF, Wheels of Soul Summer Tour 2015 featuring Tedeschi Trucks Band plus Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Herb Alpert and Lani Hall, Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Gadd Band with a special surprise guest, Stanley Clarke, Antonio Sanchez, Kenny Werner, Fred Hersch, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Arstidir, Peter Rowan, Saxofour, Wood Brothers, Bill Charlap, Grace Kelly, Kurt Rosenwinkel, 11-year old Indonesian piano prodigy Joey Alexander, The Mavericks, Blood Sweat and Tears with Bo Bice, Los Lonely Boys and many more.

The final headliner show was just announced today. Steve Gadd Band 70th Birthday Celebration with special surprise guest will perform Friday, June 26 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 27 at 10:00 a.m. online only at To order by phone call (585) 454-2060. Prices range from $64 to $104 plus services charges.

“Jazz never sleeps,” said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “This year more than 1500 incredible artists will grace our stages. We again received well over 2500 artist proposals with requests to perform. This year’s lineup will provide a wide spectrum of sound, style, color and vibe. On behalf of our team of over 300 volunteers, crew and support staff we thank everyone for their patronage and hope they’ll enjoy all the fantastic music.”

In addition to being one of the world’s largest jazz festivals, XRIJF presents one of the most extensive lineups of international talent. Made in the UK, now in its eighth year, is the largest presentation of British jazz outside the UK. Nordic Jazz Now will celebrate its ninth year at the festival.

New in 2015

Two New Club Pass Venues

• Squeezers Roots & Americana Stage at the Sibley Building – Featuring two shows nightly at 7:30 and 9:30PM, this new venue with views of Main Street will be located on the second floor and seats 400.

• Theatre at 440 East in the First Church of Christ, Scientist – This 1000-capacity intimate acoustic-only solo concert venue will feature one show daily from 4-5PM Sunday, June 21 through Thursday, June 25.

Harro East Ballroom Club Pass Venue will be open for two additional nights this year with two shows nightly all nine days.

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent 6PM shows will be FREE and feature regional big bands. 8 and 10PM shows are $20 at the door or access with Club Pass.

New Official App for iPhone and Android smartphones will be released in May.

Eastman School of Music – XRIJF Gerry Niewood Scholarship Concert is free, Monday, June 22 at 8PM, Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins, “Miles Davis Electric Project” with Charlie Pillow & Clay Jenkins. Scholarship recipients will be announced.

Temporary Relocation of Alexander Street Stage Concerts – Due to construction of the Inner Loop, there is no stage at Alexander Street and East Avenue this year. Instead, those concerts have been added to the Chestnut Street Stage schedule.

Jazz Workshops for Music Students – June 22–26 – This series of five structured jazz workshops for grade school and high school music students is sponsored by Wegmans, hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar, and led by visiting musicians performing at XRIJF. See for details.

Full Schedule of Concerts – See for complete schedule and lineup.

2015 Artists (in alphabetical order) – 78 RPM Big Band, Aaron Diehl, Alex Pangman, Ali Jackson Trio, Andrew McCormack, Anthony Strong, Antonio Sanchez & Migration, Artsidir, Benny Green, Bill Charlap, Bill Dobbins, Bill Tiberio Band, Blood Sweat And Tears With Bo Bice, Blue Highway, Bob Albanese, Bobby Henrie & The Goners, Bob Sneider, Brian Molley Quartet, Brockport Community Big Band, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Champian Fulton, Charlie Pillow, Chatham County Line, Chet Catallo & The Cats, Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra with Ingrid Jensen, Clay Jenkins, Clifton Anderson, Cloudmakers Trio, Culture Clash, Dana Fuchs Band, Dave Douglas, David Gibson, Denys Baptiste, Diana Krall, Eivind Opsvik Overseas, Emmett Cohen, Eric Revis Trio, Fred Hersch, FreshlyGround, Gap Mangione, Gary Clark Jr. + Very Special Guest Beth Hart, George Colligan, Gogo Penguin, Goodbyemotel, Grace Kelly, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Greece Jazz Band, Gypsophilia, Halie Loren, Hard Logic, Harkness Herriott Duo, Harold Danko, Harry Allen Quartet, Herb Alpert with Lani Hall, High Definition Quartet, Hilario Duran, Holly Cole, Ignacio Berroa & Hilario Duran, Ikebe Shakedown, Interzone, Jack Allen Big Band, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque, Jelly Bread, Jennifer Hudson, Jeremy Pelt Quartet, Jimmie Highsmith, Joe Locke, Joey Alexander, Jon Regen, Julia Biel, Julia Hülsmann, Kat Edmonson, Katie Ernst, Kavita Shah, Kenny Werner, Kirk McDonald Quartet, Kneebody, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Los Lonely Boys, Mama Corn, Melissa Aldana, Mike Kaupa, Mitch Frohman Latin Jazz Quartet, Moutin Factory Quintet, Music Educators Big Band, Music Music Music, Nancy Kelly, New Energy Big Band, New Horizons Big Band, New Horizons Vintage Jazz Band, New West Guitar Group, Nils Berg Cinemascope, Obara International, Omer Avital, Paul Hofmann, Penfield Rotary Big Band, Peter Rowan, Pilar, Prime Time Brass, Ranee Lee, Raul Midon, Renee Rosnes Quartet, Rob & Trey, Robin McKelle & The Flytones, Rochester Metro Jazz Orchestra, Roddy Ellias, Roses & Revolutions, Sauce Boss, Saxofour, Seldom Scene, Shannon & Barrett, Significant Other, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Soul Rebels, Soul Stew, Spectra, Stanley Clarke, Steep Canyon Rangers, Stephane Wrembel, Steve Gadd Band, Such Sweet Thunder, Teagan & The Tweeds, Tedeschi Trucks Band + Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings + Doyle Bramhall II, Tessa Souter, The California Honeydrops, The Hillbenders, The Honeycutters, The Mavericks, The New Mastersounds, The Rad Trads, The Splendor, The Wood Brothers, Theo Croker, Trio Red, Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue, Troyka, and Yellowjackets.

Tickets & Admission

• Club Pass Series: Entry is first-come, first-served, cash only at the door for $20/ $25 (Kilbourn Hall) per show or with the Club Pass, on sale at for $194 plus service charge ($6 if purchased online, $8 if mailed) until sold out. Club show tickets are not available in advance.

• Headliner Shows: Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, tickets at

• Jam Sessions: Rochester Plaza Hotel State St. Bar & Grill, free admission, nightly from 10:30 p.m.

• Outdoor Stages: Free, no tickets required, all shows rain or shine.

More Information – Visit for the full schedule, map, venue information, artist bios & photos.

About XRIJF – 2015 marks the 14th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank. The nine-day Festival was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. Almost 200,000 music lovers attend the festival from around the U.S. and the world. The Festival is presented in three series ¬– Club Pass, Headliner and Free Shows and features a diverse and eclectic performance roster of 1,500-plus artists performing in more than 300 concerts including 90+ free shows and events at 18 venues.

The festival is sponsored by Xerox, the City of Rochester, M&T Bank, Monroe County, the Democrat and Chronicle Media Group, Rochester Plaza Hotel, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Regional Health System, DiMarco Group, Lake Beverage, Wegmans, The Community Foundation, 13WHAM-TV, Fox Rochester & The CW Rochester, Delta, Cooley, CMI Communications, Hank Parker, I Love NY, VisitRochester, Lidestri Spirits, RG&E, SUNY College at Brockport, Constellation Brands, DownBeat Magazine, MidTown Athletic Club, Max Rochester, House of Guitars, The Bonadio Group, DeCarolis Truck Rentals, and Gates Automotive.



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