Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Lineup for 15th Anniversary Edition June 24 - July 2 Chick Corea, Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Gregg Allman, Trombone Shorty, Erykah Badu, and Grace Potter Headline - N
March 22, 2016
Rochester, NY - March 22, 2016 - Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the festival's 15th anniversary edition. The festival returns to Rochester's East End Cultural and Entertainment District June 24-July 2 for nine days of amazing creative improvised music from around the world.
The 2016 Festival will present more than 1500 artists in 325+ shows at 19 venues in three series-the Club Pass series with 235 shows, headliner series with six shows and 99 free shows and events.
Headliners this year include Chick Corea, Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Gregg Allman, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (free), Erykah Badu, and Grace Potter. Tickets are on sale now for all shows at rochesterjazz.com.
Other artists include Brecker Brothers Reunion Band, The Wood Brothers, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, John Mooney Band, Los Lonely Boys (who were unable to make it last year), Fitz & The Tantrums, Curtis Stigers, Avishai Cohen Trio, Eric Lindell, John Scofield-Joe Lovano Group, Lizz Wright, Catherine Russell, Eldar, Cyrille Aimee, Lenny White's Present Tense, Nicholas Payton, Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Mingo Fishtrap, Pedrito Martinez, Bria Skonberg and many more.
A record 99 free shows and events will be presented:
- City of Rochester Jazz St. Stage Presented by the Community Foundation (51 shows)
- City of Rochester Stage at Chestnut and East Ave. Presented by Rochester Regional Health (6 shows)
- City of Rochester Stage at Chestnut and East Ave. Presented by Wegmans (2 shows)
Rochester Regional Health Big Tent 6 p.m. shows are free (9 shows)
- AvanGrid Foundation/RG&E Fusion Stage (10 shows)
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (5 shows)
- City of Rochester Stage at Midtown Presented by Heluva Good! and Rochester Regional Health (2 shows)
Jam Sessions nightly during the festival at Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown (9 jams)
- Kids Workshops sponsored by Wegmans (5 workshops)
As one of the world's leading international music festivals, artists will travel to Rochester this year from 14 countries including Canada, Japan, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Scotland, England, Australia, Israel, France, Cuba, Russia, and Brazil.
This year's festival presents three international series over nine days:
Made in the UK series, which started at XRIJF in 2008, showcases artists from the UK. Eight years later, it remains the largest presentation of UK jazz outside the U.S. and has expanded to other major festivals in Canada and major U.S. cities.
Nordic Jazz Now series, in its ninth year at the festival, will present artists from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.
The inaugural Oh, Canada! series will be held at The Rochester Club. Nine bands from across Canada perform all nine days sponsored in part by The Canada Council for The Arts. Nine concerts in this series will be recorded live by WXXI-TV (PBS) in Rochester and broadcast on PBS stations across the U.S.
Highlights and What's New in 2016
The inaugural "Oh, Canada!" series will be held at The Rochester Club. (see above)
Squeezers Stage moves to a larger venue, Anthology Music Hall at 336 East Avenue (corner of East Ave. and Lawrence St.) in downtown Rochester, in the center of the East End Entertainment District. Capacity is 900.
A new City of Rochester Midtown Stage presented by Heluva Good! and Rochester Regional Health is being added on the final night, featuring Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue. This stage is located in the Midtown redevelopment site bordering East Main Street.
Heluva Good! returns to the fest as a sponsor of the House of Heluva Good! hospitality tent and co-presenting sponsor with Rochester Regional Health of the new City of Rochester Midtown stage. The company will be doing its popular cheese sampling throughout the fest.
In addition to the festival's popular 9-day Club Pass, a new 3-day Club Pass is available this year. This "value pass to discovery" allows people access to all club venues to sample a wide spectrum of music and live the festival's motto, "It's not who you know, it's who you don't know."
A new line process will be implemented to reduce wait times at two Club Pass venues, Kilbourn Hall and Max of Eastman Place.
Single entry fees at the door for Club Pass venues are now $30 ($35 Kilbourn Hall). This is the first price increase in eight years.
Lidestri is sponsoring the Harro East Ballroom Club Pass venue.
AvanGrid Foundation/RG&E is now the exclusive sponsor of the free Fusion Stage. In addition to free shows on five nights, other activities are being planned for the community.
13WHAM-TV will once again present a half-hour prime time special on the festival on June 15 at 8:30 p.m.
The Shuttle Service Trolley returns for all nine days courtesy of Harris Beach LLC, giving people a lift to and from various venues. The route will be available in June.
Nightly Jam Sessions will be held at the Holiday Inn Rochester Downtown (formerly the Rochester Plaza), the official hotel of the festival, located at 70 State Street. 10 p.m. until... You never know who will show up to play!
Young musicians can take advantage of five free workshops sponsored by Wegmans that will be held at the Eastman School of Music and led by world-renowned musicians performing at the festival.
Hundreds of young music students from 24 regional schools (elementary, high school and colleges) and from programs at the Eastman School of Music will perform at the festival.
Lyric Theatre will not be a venue this year but will return in the future as a venue following the Theatre's renovations.
Jazz brunches and other events will be offered at The Strathallan on East Avenue during the festival. Details will be announced closer to the festival.
Artist Lineup for 2016 in Alphabetical Order
12 Corners Middle School Jazz Band, 78RPM Big Band, Alexander Hawkins Group, Alicia Olatuja, Arild Andersen Trio, Avishai Cohen, Ben Monder, Bill Tiberio Band, Bloomfield HS Jazz Band, Brecker Brothers Band Reunion, Bria Skonberg, Brian Dickinson, Brockport, Big Band, Brockport HS Jazz Band, Bruce Barth, BRUCE HORNSBY & THE NOISEMAKERS, Buckman Heights Elementary Band, Calle Uno, Canandaigua HS Jazz Band, Catherine Russell, Charles Ruggiero's "As Heard on TV", CHICK COREA "TRILOGY" TRIO, CHRIS BOTTI, Christine Tobin, Claudia Quintet, CNY Jazz Orchestra, Cortex, Curtis Stigers, Cyrille Aimee, Dan Brubeck Quartet, Danielle Ponder, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Davina and The Vagabonds, Denis Parker & the Modern Saints, Dizzy Gillespie Afro-Cuban Experience, Djabe, Driftwood, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Eastridge HS Jazz Band, ECMS Jazz Combo W/Bob Sneider & Mike Kaupa, ECMS Jazz Combo W/Mike Kaupa & Paul Hofmann, ECMS Latin Jazz & Junior Jazz, ECMS Saxology 1 & 2 Jazz Bones, Eldar, Elio Villafranca, Elizabeth Shepherd, Emefe, Eric Lindell, ERYKAH BADU, ESM Youth Jazz Orchestra + Music Educators Big Band + New Horizons Big Band, ESM-XRIJF Scholarships Alumni, EYOJ, Fairport HS Jazz Band, Fitz & The Tantrums, Flat Earth Society, Gabe Condon, Gates-Chili HS Jazz Band, GRACE POTTER, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Greece Athena HS Jazz Band, Greece Jazz Band, Greece Olympia HS Jazz Band, GREGG ALLMAN, Gwyneth Herbert, Hannah Walpole, Harley School Jazz Band, Harold Danko, Helen Sung Quartet, Herb Smith, Hilton HS Jazz Band, Honeoye Falls Lima HS Jazz Band, Igor Butman Quartet, Ikiz Cabin Crew, Jacky Terrasson, Jacob's Cattle, Jam Sessions with Bob Sneider Trio, Jamison Ross, Jeff Johnston & Friends, JOEY ALEXANDER TRIO, Johannes Linstead - Guitar of Fire!, John Abercrombie Organ Trio with Gary Versace & Adam Nussbaum, John Mooney & Bluesiana, Jon Ballantyne, Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, Judith Hill, Julia Vari, Jumaane Smith, Junior Brown, Kandace Springs, Karl Stabnau, Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet, Lafayette Suite, Laura Dubin, Lauren Sevian Quartet, Lenny White's Present Tense, Lizz Wright, Lleuwen Steffan, Lorna Reid, Los Lonely Boys, Lucky Chops, Major & the Monbacks, Makoto Ozone & Tommy Smith, Mammal Hands, Marc Silver, Marianne Trudel Trio + Special Guest Ingrid Jensen, Mats Eilertsen Trio, Matthew Halsall & the Gondwana Orchestra, Mel Henderson Trio, Mika Pohjola, Mike Herriott Quartet, Mike Murley Trio, Mikkel Ploug Equilibrium, Mingo Fishtrap, Monroe Community College Jazz Band, Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Nacka Forum, Nazareth College Jazz Band, New Energy Jazz Orchestra, New Horizons Big Band, Newark HS Jazz Band, Nicholas Payton, Nikki Hill, Oli Rockberger, Orgone, Paul Hofmann, Pedrito Martinez, Penfield HS Jazz Band, Penfield Rotary Big Band, Pete McCann Quartet, Phil Robson Trio, Pittsford Mendon HS Jazz Band, Pittsford Sutherland HS Jazz Band, Polyrhythmics, Prime Time Brass, Pugs and Crows, Quinn Bachand's Brishen, Rai Thistlethwayte, Red Baraat, Rhythm Future Quartet, RIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance Directed by Jeff Campbell, Robert Rodriguez, Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Rodriguez Brothers, Roses & Revolutions, Russell Malone, Sarah McKenzie, School of the Arts Jazz Band, Scofield - Lovano Quartet, Scott Neumann Spin Cycle, Soil & "Pimp" Sessions, Soul Stew, Spencerport HS Jazz Band, Takuya Kuroda, The Congress, The Majestics, The Revelers, The Wood Brothers, Tia Brazda, Tia Fuller Quartet, Tord Gustavsen, Toronto Community Soul Project, Trio East, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Velvet Caravan, Webster Schroeder HS Jazz Band, Webster Thomas HS Jazz Band, West Irondequoit HS Jazz Band.
Note to Editors:
The festival logo, PDFs of the Schedule, Festival Map and Free Shows, press releases and advisories, and high res photos of the artists can all be found in the Press Room: rochesterjazz.com/php/press_room.php
About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)
Founded in 2002, XRIJF is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. Produced by John Nugent and Marc Iacona, XRIJF has become one of the nation's most respected music festivals, navigating all genres of creative improvised music. This year's nine day festival, June 24 to July 2, will feature 1500 artists from 14 countries who will perform at 19 venues in more than 325 concerts including 99 free shows and events.