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.
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.
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.