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