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Jazz Festival

Jazz Festival
2:09 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Need to Know Rochester: Jazz Festival Recap

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
9:56 pm
Sun July 1, 2012

Jazz Festival Sets New Attendance Record

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.

Jazz Festival
4:10 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Jazz Festival Video - Daryl Hall, Jazz Street and More

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.

Jazz Festival
2:40 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Jazz Festival Video - Steve Martin, Bill Evans & More

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.

Education
11:15 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Local Aspiring Jazz Pianist Heads Off to Berklee

Wes Powell

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.

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Jazz Festival
9:30 am
Thu June 28, 2012

Jazz Break - Thursday, June 28

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.

Jazz Festival
4:44 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Jazz Festival Video - The Little Jazz Tent & Tommy Smith and Karma

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 atmosphere at The Little Jazz Tent and Tommy Smith and Karma at the Xerox Auditorium as they performed on Tuesday, June 26 of the 2012 festival.

Health
4:40 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Some Musicians are Singing the "Healthcare Blues"

Musician Bob Miller

 Many artists say finding affordable health insurance is like trying to find a guitar pick in a haystack. WXXI's LeShea Agnew reports on how local artists are coping with the high cost of monthly premiums on a less than stable income.

Arts & Culture
4:24 pm
Wed June 27, 2012

Garth Fagan Plans for a New Premiere This Fall

One of Rochester’s greatest jazz events this year is happening a few blocks from the festival, behind closed studio doors at Garth Fagan Dance.

Tony winning choreographer Garth Fagan is starting to put together a new dance.

He knows what it’s going to look like, at least in broad strokes.  But he doesn’t know what it’s going to sound like yet.  That’s because he’s asked a friend of his to write an original piece for the dance.  The friend is Grammy winning jazz musician Wynton Marsalis, and he’s not finished yet.

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Jazz Festival
11:06 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Jazz Break - Wednesday, June 27

Scott Regan and Alex Crichton preview Wednesday'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 Wednesday, June 27, 2012. Wednesday's complete lineup can be found here.

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