Diverse Lineup Set For Rochester Jazz Fest
More than 100 concerts have been scheduled for the fourth annual Rochester (N.Y.) International Jazz Festival, including shows by Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Chris Botti, Chaka Khan andMore than 100 concerts have been scheduled for the fourth annual Rochester (N.Y.) International Jazz Festival, including shows by Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Chris Botti, Chaka Khan and Derek Trucks, among others. Set for June 10-18, the event will be music will take over various venues around the city, including two free outdoor stages.
The biggest shows will be held at the Eastman Theatre with Rollins (June 10), Khan and Will Downing (June 11), Corea (June 14), Brubeck (June 16) and Botti and Madeline Peyroux (June 17) all slated to play there. Among its programs, the venue will also host the premiere of the Miles Davis film "Live at the Isle of Wight 1970."
Among the artists slated to perform on the free stage are contemporary blues artist Jon Cleary with his band Absolute Monster Gentlemen (June 17) and blues/rock act the Derek Trucks Band (June 18). Nightly jam sessions will be staged at the Crowne Plaza State Street Bar & Grill throughout the festival.
Other performers slated to appear include the Ravi Coltrane Quartet, the Bad Plus, Alex Torres y Su Orquestra, Raul Midon, Sex Mob, Mamadou Diabate, Mad Science, the New School University Jazz Quartet and Soul Stew. The full lineup and schedule can be found at RochesterJazz.com.
"This is one of the most multi-dimensional festivals offered in the world," says the festival's producer/artistic director John Nugent, a tenor sax player who has been a member of the Woody Herman Orchestra. "The 2005 Rochester International Jazz Festival will easily navigate all genres of music's creative improvised landscape."
Tickets range from $27.50 to $65 for Eastman Theatre shows and go on sale tomorrow (April 8) via Ticketmaster. Club passes, which allow access to the majority of the festival's shows, will be available for $69 through April 30, after which the price will increase to $75.