Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Hits Milestone Friday June 10


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10th Anniversary Edition is June 10-18 for 9 days with 285 Concerts and 1000+ Artists Elvis Costello, Natalie Cole, k.d. lang, Chris Botti, Bela Fleck and The Fab Faux Headline

Rochester, NY—The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) presented by M&T Bank will celebrate its 10th anniversary this Friday. The festival's largest edition opens June 10 and continues through June 18, delivering more than 285 concerts at 18 venues.

Streets are closing, tents are going up, volunteers oriented, travel schedules finalized, sponsor booths built and venues prepped to welcome more than 1,000 of the finest musicians from15 countries, who will make Rochester their destination.

XRIJF was founded in 2002 and has become widely known for its European style, where people can walk from one venue to another. Another popular feature is the Club Pass, which offers unlimited access to Club Show. The Pass sold out before the lineup was announced this year. The festival also delivers one of the most extensive international lineups of any jazz festival in the United States. Last year's event attracted 162,000 people from all over the world, setting the eighth straight attendance record.

John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, said, “For a multi-venue, multi-day music festival to reach a 10-year milestone, it is vital and essential to have a firm belief in the musical product, a dedicated audience, a team of highly skilled professionals, and strong political and corporate support. We have been fortunate to have them all and are confident this year's festival will be finest to date!"

Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, said, “It seems like yesterday, when I was inspired to invest in and co-produce the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. XRIJF has been successful because of the combination of support from attendees and enthusiastic sponsors. They ignite the passion each year. I anticipate the next 10 years being just as successful with our wonderful team and sponsors. Music is truly the international language in June!"

The Festival is presented in three series.

The Headliner Series: Natalie Cole (June10), The Fab Faux (June 11), John Nugent with Strings conducted by Dave Rivello (June12), Bela Fleck & The Flecktones—The Original Lineup (June 14), Chris Botti (June 15), k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang (June 16), and Elvis Costello & The Imposters (June 17, sold out.)

The Club Pass Series: 185 concerts and three international series: Made in the UK, Nordic Jazz Now, Viva Italia, and the Roots and Americana series.

70 Free Concerts on 4 outdoor stages with Southside Johnny, Trombone Shorty, 38 Special, G Love & Special Sauce and much more!

Six Anniversary Concerts to be Produced for National Distribution on PBS

XRIJF and WXXI (PBS) Television in Rochester, NY will partner on the national production of six one-hour programs to be filmed at this year's Festival and distributed to PBS stations nationwide featuring Kevin Eubanks Curtis Stigers, John Nugent's the 10th Anniversary Producers Concert, Grace Kelly, Kenny Barron, and Regina Carter.

Introduction to Jazz History Course Offered June 13-17

A five-part Introduction to Jazz History course will be offered by the Eastman School of Music during the Festival for those who want to “go deeper" into the roots of jazz. See rochesterjazz.com for more info and to register.


Headliner tickets: on sale now at rochesterjazz.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000, all Ticketmaster locations and the Festival Ticket Shop located at 100 East Ave. at the corner of Gibbs and East Avenue in the heart of the Festival. Service charges apply. Tickets for Club Pass Shows: $20 and $25 available at the door only, no advance sales.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The 2011 Festival drew more than 162,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.

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