Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 11th Edition Starts Today

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Rochester, NY: The 11th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank starts today!

The nine-day festival has set attendance records for the past 10 years, drawing more than 182,000 in 2011. It has pioneered the introduction of international series including Made in the UK and Nordic Jazz Now. This year's festival will deliver more than 300 concerts at 18 venues including 70 free events. Three concerts will be filmed to air nationwide on PBS stations. Another street will be closed to accommodate crowds and a new venue, Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School has been added.

With one of the nation's most extensive international lineups, artists will travel from 14 countries including Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Scotland, Ireland, England, Norway, Sierra Leone, Hungary, Cuba, France, Italy and Russia.

Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Esperanza Spalding, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Daryl Hall “Live From Daryl's House" with special guest Keb' Mo', will headline this year. Concerts for Krall, Jones and Martin (two shows) are sold out. Tickets for Esperanza Spalding, Daryl Hall and Zappa Plays Zappa are on sale now at rochesterjazz.com.

Diana Krall is the opening headliner tonight at 8 p.m. The sold-out show at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre was one of several record sell-outs for this year's festival. Krall for the few still unknowing is the 41-year old sensation whose cool, heavy-lidded vocals and strikingly sensitive piano-playing has helped her transcend barriers of genre to become a popular artist of the first order who has carved herself a permanent position at the top of the jazz charts.

Exchange e-ticket for Club Pass - get your Pass before your first show at the Merchandise Tent, ticket Shop or the kiosks on Jazz St. and Main St.

Headliner Tickets - available for Zappa Plays Zappa, Esperanza Spalding and Daryl Hall with Special Guest Keb' Mo'. Buy online at rochesterjazz.com or at the Ticket Shop, corner of Jazz St. & East Ave 10 am - 11 p.m.

Club Shows - $20 or $25 (Kilbourn Hall) at the door, cash only, no advance sales, or access with a Club Pass (sold out). First-come first served.

Free Shows - on Jazz Street and in the RG&E Fusion Tent starting at 4:30 today, no tickets required, rain or shine

Main Street will close Friday, June 22 to Saturday June 30 from 5 p.m. to midnight from Gibbs to Chestnut - not to include Gibbs or Chestnut.

Food and beverages - on Jazz street, outside the Verizon Big Tent, at most venues

iPhone users, get the free XRIJF App.

It's the 5th Anniversary of Made in the UK - we welcome all these exceptional artists to the U.S. for this milestone year.

Official Festival Gear - check out our new line of gear (and old favorites) and 24 different posters! Stop and shop at the Merchandise Tent on Jazz St.

CD's - Many artists are bringing their latest CDs, which will be available for sale at the venues following the concerts.

What Type of Jazz are You? Find out at the Xerox House of Grooves on Jazz Street. Xerox, our title sponsor, will connect you with the music you love via their Find Your Jazz scavenger hunt, a free photo opportunity and complimentary listening stations.

Learn More about the Music at the Eastman School of Music's daily pre-concert discussion/ demonstration called Legacy of the Masters of Jazz and three jazz-related classes. June 25-30.

Bring Your Unused Musical Instruments & Accessories to Help Kids

Donate them at the Rochester Education Foundation booth,donated by M&T Bank, in the Merchandise Tent, 5-8 p.m. daily

“A Little Taste of Jazz" Visit the Little Theatre and Little Cafe for 9 days of free films and musics, brought to you by WXXI and The Little.

Stop and enjoy the garden outside the Verizon Big Tent. This is part of Project Scion, which will turn City vacant lots into resident inclusive green spaces. Today's Concert Lineup - June 22, 2012

4:30 pm Fairport HS Jazz Band - City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation - FREE

5:15 pm Hilton HS Jazz Band - City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation - FREE

5:30 pm Acoustic Alchemy Harro East Ballroom - $20 or Club Pass

5:45 pm Don Thompson & Neil Swainson- Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music - $20 or Club Pass

6:00 pm ECMS Jazz Combo led by Bob Sneider- City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation —FREE

6:00 pm Tessa Souter- Montage - $20 or Club Pass

6:00 pm Christian McBride's Inside Straight Kilbourn Hall, ESM - $25 or Club Pass

6:00 pm Penfield Rotary Big Band Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent - $20 or Club Pass

6:00 pm Lucio Ferrara Trio - The Rochester Club - Viva Italia Series - $20 or Club Pass

6:15 pm Karrin Allyson- Max of Eastman Place - $20 or Club Pass

6:30 pm Yggdrasil - Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza - $20 or Club Pass

6:45 pm Get The Blessing - Christ Church - Made In The UK Series - $20 or Club Pass

7:00 pm Uptown Groove - The RG&E FUSION STAGE —FREE

7:15 pm John LaBarbera Big Band - City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation —FREE

7:15 pm Acoustic Alchemy Harro East Ballroom —$20 or Cllub Pass

7:30 pm Annie Wells - A Little Taste of Jazz at the Little Cafe Little Cafe —FREE

7:30 pm Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra - Nordic Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church Of The Reformation - $20 or Club Pass

7:45 pm Rosie Flores - Abilene - Roots & Americana Stage - $20 or Club Pass

7:45 pm Don Thompson & Neil Swainson Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music

8:00 pm Bird - Film at the Little Theatre Little Theatre -FREE

8:00 pm DIANA KRALL Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre - SOLD OUT

8:30 pm L'Orkestre Des Pas Perdus Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent - $20 or Club Pass

8:45 pm Get The Blessing Christ Church - Made In The UK Series - $20 or Club Pass

9:00 pm Yggdrasil Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza - $20 or Club Pass

9:00 pm Uptown Groove The RG&E FUSION STAGE —FREE

9:15 pm John LaBarbera Big Band City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation —FREE

9:30 pm Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra Nordic Jazz Now @ Lutheran Church Of The Reformation - $20 or Club Pass

9:45 pm Rosie Flores Abilene - Roots & Americana Stage - $20 or CLub Pass

10:00 pm L'Orkestre Des Pas Perdus Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent —$20 or Club Pass

10:00 pm Christian McBride's Inside Straight Kilbourn Hall, ESM - $25 or Club Pass

10:00 pm Lucio Ferrara Trio The Rochester Club - Viva Italia Series - $20 or Club Pass

10:00 pm Tessa Souter Montage - $20 or Club Pass

10:00 pm Karrin Allyson Max of Eastman Place - $20 or Club Pass

10:30 pm XRIJF Nightly Jazz Session with The Bob Sneider Trio State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel - FREE

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