14th Edition of Xerox Rochester International Jazz Fest Wraps Up After Another Amazing 9-Day Run - Next Year's Fest Dates Announced - June 24-July 2, 2016
June 29, 2015
ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- June 28, 2015 -- The 14th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) wrapped up Saturday, June 27 after delivering nine days of more than 320 shows including 90+ free concerts, at 19 venues with 1500+ artists.
John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director said, "After an amazing run over the past nine days, the incredible outpouring of love and affection from our patrons has been overwhelming. Rochester was alive in a most powerful way through music. From the 12-year old genius in Joey Alexander to the powerhouse soul of Trombone Shorty, Hollywood starlets to a local hero named Steve Gadd, people were able to find the pure ecstasy and enjoyment of music at every turn. Tens upon tens of thousands of people attended and without question I would put this as our best festivals to date. We thank everyone who supported the event."
Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director said, "Once again we had another fantastic jazz festival in Rochester, New York. Because of loyal fans, a great team and a phenomenal sponsorship family we were able to produce a world-class event. We achieved our goal, which is to put Rochester on the map for delivering the best jazz festival that America has to offer!"
Next year's 15th edition will be held June 24 to July 2, 2016.
John Ahlman, Vice President of Global Experiential Marketing for Xerox Corporation, announced Friday that Xerox would renew its title sponsorship for another three years.
Trombone Shorty back for his fifth performance at XRIJF (Photo for XRIJF by Dick Bennett)
The music flowed from noon to the wee hours of the morning in the festival's three series - the Headliner Series at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, which presented five sold-out shows, Diana Krall, Steve Gadd and Special Guest James Taylor, Wheels of Soul Tour, Gary Clark Jr. and Jennifer Hudson; the Club Pass Series at 13 venues and Free Shows Series on five outdoor stages.
It was homecoming for many artists with Rochester roots who have gone on to acclaim and fame including Steve Gadd for a special 70th birthday concert with James Taylor, Joe Locke, Katie Ernst, Robin McKelle, and Jon Regen.
Artists performing at XRIJF this year came from 18 countries and the US, including Canada, Aruba, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, England, Scotland, France, Mali, Israel, Netherlands and Poland.
In addition to the sold-out headliner shows, packed clubs and vibrant streets, the festival featured:
The popular Made in the UK series marked its eighth year and remains the largest presentation of British jazz outside the UK. Nordic Jazz Now, which originated at XRIJF, celebrated its ninth year at the festival.
Free Trolley Shuttle Service was offered all 9 days, courtesy of Harris Beach PLLC.
Two New Club Pass Venues - Squeezers Roots & Americana Stage at the Sibley Building, and Lyric Theatre at 440 East Ave presented by St. John Fisher College, a 1000 capacity acoustic-only solo concert venue, was a popular destination to experience the brilliance of five solo piano performances.
Harro East Ballroom Club Pass Venue was open for two additional nights this year with two shows nightly all nine days.
Rochester Regional Health Big Tent 6PM shows were free this year and drew large crowds all nine days.
Jam Sessions held nightly and led by Bob Sneider, drew capacity crowds and stellar artist participation at the Rochester Plaza Hotel.
A new enhanced official App for iPhone and Android smartphones was introduced.
Four shows were taped for national broadcast on PBS Stations - Benny GreenTrio, Tessa Souter, Antonio Sanchez & Migration and Clifton Anderson Quintet. This marked the 7th season that WXXI has taped concerts at the festival. Previous series have been seen by more than three million viewers.
Xerox, our title sponsor, presented numerous exciting activities to enhance the festival experience including an expansive digital Social Media Wall, a Lip Sync Challenge to benefit AutismUp, and the Sweet Spot where people created 3D videos and personalized posters.
13WHAM TV aired a pre-festival Prime Time Special on June 17 visiting some of the venues and talking to headliners.
Jazz Workshops for Young Music Students sponsored by Wegmans, were very well attended. They were 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.
Rochester Education Foundation collected used instruments for City School students throughout the festival.