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The producers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival have announced the first three headliner shows for next year’s event.

Multiple Grammy winner Seal, will perform on Friday, June 22, 2018.

Banjoist, composer and bandleader Béla Fleck, who played in a sold out show at XRIJF in 2011, will perform on Tuesday, June 26.

Singer-songwriter, Alison Krauss, a two-time Grammy 2018 nominee, will perform on Wednesday, June 27. 

All shows will take place at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8 p.m.

The annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off Friday.

Festival founder John Nugent joins us in studio to preview the acts, share some behind-the-scenes stories, and talk about how the festival has grown over the last 16 years. We also hear from two of this year’s performers: Laura Dubin and Mike Cottone.

The 16th annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival gets underway this Friday, an event which has grown in both attendance and publicity worldwide over all that time.

One of Rochester’s largest festivals is now in its 16th year, featuring  more than 1,500  and over 325 concerts.

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A well-known drummer from the Rochester area is among this year’s Grammy nominees. 

Steve Gadd is recognized as one of the top drummers in the world, and one of his latest efforts has just received a Grammy nomination for his album ‘Way Back Home: Live from Rochester,’ which includes music from Gadd’s 2015 appearance at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Need to Know Rochester: Jazz Festival Recap

Jul 9, 2012

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival had another record setting year with its biggest crowd to date: 187,000 music fans.

WXXI News Director Julie Philipp interviews Open Tunings host Scott Regan look at the 2012 festival discussing the vibe and some of the highlights. 

Jazz Festival Sets New Attendance Record

Jul 1, 2012

Organizers of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival say the event set a new attendance record with an estimated 187,000 people checking out the hundreds of artists over the nine day extravaganza.

That figure tops last year's estimated total of 182,000.

Next year's festival runs from June 21-29.

WXXI is your ticket to Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival performances – even if you can’t make it to downtown Rochester every night.

Our videographers are hitting the streets, the clubs and the big performance venues to give you a flavor of the festival.

In the video box below see some of the scenes near Jazz Street, the Taurey Butler Trio, Daryl Hall, Keb' Mo' and others as they performed on Thursday, June 28 of the 2012 festival.

WXXI is your ticket to Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival performances – even if you can’t make it to downtown Rochester every night.

Our videographers are hitting the streets, the clubs and the big performance venues to give you a flavor of the festival.

In the video box below Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Bill Evans Soulgrass, Ffear, and others as they performed on Wednesday, June 27 of the 2012 festival.

The name “Wes Powell” is probably an unfamiliar one to many of you. He’s a recent high school grad and a local jazz pianist heading off to the alma mater of some of this year’s Jazz Festival headliners including Esperanza Spaulding. As WXXI’s Helene Biandudi reports, this future Berklee College of Music grad, is just a small-town kid, with big city dreams.

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“I don’t think music’s as great as people think it is,” said Wes Powell.

Jazz Break - Thursday, June 28

Jun 28, 2012

Scott Regan and Alex Crichton preview Thursday's happenings at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

You can listen for "Jazz Break" each morning at 8:35 only on WXXI-AM 1370.

Each "Jazz Break" report will be posted online here later that morning.

Click on the audio player above to listen to Jazz break from Thursday, June 28, 2012. Thursday's complete lineup can be found here.

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