Four Headliners Announced For Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival's 15th Edition -- Chick Corea Plus Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Grace Potter And Erykah Badu


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We are very excited to announce these acclaimed artists from various styles of creative improvised music. With more headliners, along with our entire club pass series and free shows lineup still to be announced, we expect our 15th anniversary festival, featuring more than 1,500 musicians, to be far and away our best festival to date.
Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona announced four headliner shows today for the nine-day 15th edition Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) June 24 to July 2.

Singer songwriter Grace Potter will perform on opening night, Friday, June 24. Grammy winner and “First Lady of Neo Soul" Erykah Badu will perform on Saturday, June 25. Twenty-two-time Grammy-winning jazz legend, pianist and composer Chick Corea “Trilogy" Trio plus special guest Joey Alexander Trio, the 12-year-old pianist who mesmerized XRIJF audiences last year, will perform on Tuesday, June 28. Trumpeter and four-time XRIJF headliner, Chris Botti returns to XRIJF to perform on Thursday, June 30. All performances will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8PM.

John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, said, “We are very excited to announce these acclaimed artists from various styles of creative improvised music. With more headliners, along with our entire club pass series and free shows lineup still to be announced, we expect our 15th anniversary festival, featuring more than 1,500 musicians, to be far and away our best festival to date."

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 29 at 10AM only at rochesterjazz.com. To order by phone call (585) 454- 2060. Tickets for Potter are $95 / $85 / $65 / $55. Tickets for Badu are $105 / $95 / $85 / $70. Tickets for Corea and Alexander are $75 / $65 / $55 / $40. Tickets for Botti are $105 / $95 / $75 / $55. $7 service charge, $9 if mailed, for all tickets.

The new 3-day Club Pass and traditional 9-day Club Pass are also on sale at rochesterjazz.com for $154 and $204 respectively, plus service charges.

For complete bios on the artists see rochesterjazz.com. For high res photos of the artists see the Press Room


Born in Waitsfield, Vermont, Grace Potter became the lead singer of the Nocturnals while attending St. Lawrence University. The band self-released two albums before signing with Hollywood Records, and had three full-length studio albums with the label by 2012. The group is known for the song “Paris (Ooh La La)," featuring Potter's vocals. Potter also had a hit duet with Kenny Chesney, “You and Tequila," and in 2015 released a solo album, Midnight.


Grammy winner and “First Lady of Neo Soul," Erykah Badu was exposed to the arts early on, and eventually began to perform in shows at the local Dallas Theater Center. In 1996, Badu's demo caught the attention of music producer Kedar Massenburg, who signed her and paired her with D'Angelo to record the song “Your Precious Love." Kedar Entertainment later merged with Universal Motown. Today, Badu is best known for her soulful music style, which is showcased on albums such as the Grammy Award-winning Baduizm and 1997's Live.


Chick Corea has attained iconic status in music. The keyboardist, composer and bandleader is a DownBeat Hall of Famer and NEA Jazz Master, as well as the fourth-most nominated artist in Grammy Awards history with 63 nods—and 22 wins, in addition to a number of Latin Grammys. From straight-ahead to avant-garde, bebop to jazz-rock fusion, children's songs to chamber and symphonic works, Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his career since playing with the genre- shattering bands of Miles Davis in the late '60s and early '70s.

An extraordinary and uniquely gifted pianist from Bali, Joey Alexander marks his recording debut with the release of My Favorite Things, nominated as Best Instrumental Jazz Album for the 2016 Grammy Awards. Joey brings a delicate, profound and soulful touch to his own interpretation of such classics as “My Favorite Things," “Giant Steps" and “Over the Rainbow" and showcases his talents as an arranger, composer and bandleader...


Chris Botti expresses his love for romantic melodies from across the world on his Grammy-winning Sony CD, Impressions. On it, he plays with his uniquely expressive sound and soaring musical imagination, trumpeter Chris Botti is joined by featured artists Andrea Bocelli, Vince Gill, Herbie Hancock, Mark Knopfler, David Foster and Caroline Campbell. A major artist in his own right, Botti performs worldwide and has found a form of creative expression that begins in jazz and expands beyond the limits of any single genre. Chris Botti has thoroughly established himself as one of the important, innovative figures of the contemporary music world.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

Celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) is one of the world's most respected music festivals, navigating all genres of creative improvised music. Almost 200,000 people come from all over the world each year to hear more than 1500 artists from 19 countries perform in more than 320 concerts over nine days. The 15th anniversary edition takes place June 24 to July 2, 2016 in Rochester, NY in the city's east end cultural district. Walk to all venues. Free and ticketed shows. The full 2016 festival lineup and schedule will be announced March 22, 2016.

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