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Superstars Tony Bennett, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck, Spyro Gyra headline 2003 Rochester International Jazz Festival

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Rochester, NYApril 1, 2003 Legendary performers Tony Bennett, George Benson, Al Jarreau, Dave Brubeck, and Spyro Gyra will headline an extraordinary lineup of more than 60 artists at the Rochester International Jazz Festivals (www.rochesterjazz.com) second edition, June 5-14.

The vibrant lineup of critically acclaimed jazz and contemporary musicians also includes Medeski Martin & Wood - a big favorite last year, saxophonist Chris Potter, trombone great Fred Wesley, and critically acclaimed vocalists Claudia Acuna and Kevin Mahogany. Weve also booked several rising artists who will turn heads, including wonderful vocalist Lizz Wright, says John Nugent, Festival Producer.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m., Friday April 4. Concert venues include Eastman Theatre, High Falls, Montage Grill, Milestones, Max of Eastman Place, Kilbourn Hall, Memorial Art Gallery, Strong Museum, Water Street Music Hall, and The Crowne Plaza Hotel Big Tent and State Street Bar & Grill. The full schedule, artist profiles and MP3 samples are available at www.rochesterjazz.com.

The festival will also feature:  Wegmans Concerts by The Shore - June 11, Greece High School Jazz Band and Prime Time Funk, free  Jazz for Kids Concerts, Strong Museum - June 10, Streetnix; June 13, David Leonhardt Trio  Jazz Film Series - June 9-13, 5 films, Little Theatre, free  The return of popular nightly jam sessions at the Crowne Plazas State Street Bar & Grill - one never knows who will show up to play!  Invitation Only Sponsor Gala, June 5

Weve worked hard to develop an innovative, diverse, and comprehensive lineup that includes exceptional jazz and creative improvising artists from around the world, said Nugent. This festival will offer an outstanding opportunity for all music fans to hear celebrated favorites, international artists, rising stars and the best Rochester talent. It will definitely make Rochester a prime destination for music fans this summer. Nugent is President of NY JAM, INC., and producer of international concert tours and jazz events including the long-running Stockholm Jazz Festival, now in its 20th year.

Complete Artist Lineup Al Jarreau, Alex Skolnick, Avishai Cohen/Jason Lindner/Marc Gouliani, Bill Carrothers Trio plus One, Bob Sneider Trio, California Guitar Trio, Chris Potter Quartet, Claudia Acuna Band, Curtis Steigers Band, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Dave Rivello Ensemble, David Leonhardt Trio, David Liebman Group, Dawn Thomson Quartet, East Hill Classic Jazz Quartet, Eastman Jazz, Fred Wesley & The Horny Horns, Gap Mangione Trio, George Benson, Greater Rochester Jazz Orchestra, Greece HS Jazz Band, Gypsy Jazz with the Stephane Wrembel Trio, Joe Romano, Jon Ballantyne Quartet, Kenny Werner Trio, Kevin Dean's B3 Band, Kevin Mahogany Trio, Kurt Rosenwinkel Band, Lalo, Leni Stern Trio, Lizz Wright Band, Mambo Kings, Maria Schneider with ESM Alumni & ESM Jazz Ensemble, Mark Whitfield Trio, Matt Wilson's “Carl Sandburg Project", Medeski Martin & Wood, Mynta - Music From India, Nancy Kelly & Friends, Prime Time Funk, Ray Barretto & New World Spirit, Rich Perry with The Eastman Jazz Quartet, Rik Emmett, Roberta Piket & Alternating Current, Ryan Kisor Quartet, Sonny Fortune/Rashied Ali Duo, Spyro Gyra, Streetnix, The Fins, Tony Bennett, Two Siberians, U Street All Stars from Finland, Victoria Corrigan Quartet, and Yggdrasil featuring Eivr Plsdttir - from Iceland.

Get The Club Pass! The Club Pass allows entrance (first come, first served) to any club pass venue including 40 club performances at: Montage Grill, Milestones, Max of Eastman Place, Kilbourn Hall, The Crowne Plaza Hotel Big Tent and State Street Bar & Grill. Passes are $60 in advance plus service charge ($75 festival week) at Wegmans or www.rochesterjazz.com.

Tickets Tickets range from $15 to $65. The Club Pass and tickets for Water Street Music Hall and High Falls shows are available at www.rochesterjazz.com and at all Wegmans Thats T.H.E. Ticket! outlets in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. All tickets for the Eastman Theatre shows are ONLY available: in person at Ticket Express, 100 East Avenue, Rochester; at Ticketmaster outlets; online at www.ticketmaster.com, by calling 585-232-1900, or at the ticket information area at www.rochesterjazz.com. For details, see brochures available mid-April at Wegmans and throughout Rochester, www.rochesterjazz.com, or call 585.234.2002.

Festival Sponsors The festival is sponsored by New York State Senator Jim Alesi, Monroe County, Wegmans, Democrat & Chronicle, Time Warner Cable, Eastman School of Music, Heluva Good Quality Foods, Simcona Electronics, Harris Interactive, Kipling Light Beer, Constellation Brands, JetBlue Airways, HSBC, Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, T Mobile, Greater Rochester Visitors Association, Max of Eastman Place, Hartke Amps, House of Guitars, Swingn Jazz, The Commission Project, City of Rochester, Ballantyne RV & Marine, Little Theatre, cdstreet.com, jazztimes.com.

Media contact: Vicki Brown, 585-256-2587 (vbrown@rochester.rr.com)

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