4th Rochester International Jazz Festival Opens Friday June 10

The fourth annual Rochester International Jazz Festival returns to Rochester June 10-18 for a spectacular nine-day event featuring more than 100 concerts and 500 musicians representing 15-plus countries.

One of the fastest growing and most multi-dimensional festivals offered in the world, the Festival will offer something for everyone - from new sounds to familiar favorites. Among the performers are Sonny Rollins, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea and Chaka Khan. Leading musicians from around the world will begin to arrive in Rochester Friday, June 10 for the start of the nine-day Rochester International Jazz Festival.

Friday Highlights

Sonny Rollins - Eastman Theatre 8 PM. The legendary tenor sax giant has played music with the majesty of a Greek God, and today remains one of the few surviving icons from a golden era of jazz that will probably never be equaled.

Bill Frisell Trio - Kilbourn Hall 6 & 10 PM. The recent Grammy winner is one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. Featured on the July cover of Downbeat Magazine.

Yggdrasil - Big Tent 6 & 10 From the Faroe Islands, Yggdrasil juggles jazz, Faroese dance tunes, children’s rhymes and Christian hymns, Shakespearean sonnets, birdcall actuality, Greenlander kayak vehicles and Swedish drinking songs.

Paula West - Max of Eastman Place 6:15 & 10 PM With a particular dusky soulfulness, singer West has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike from coast to coast.

Hilton Ruiz Trio - Montage Grille 6 & 10 PM One of the finest pianists in Afro-Cuban jazz, Hilton Ruiz is also an expert bop player.

Dennis Parker - Jazz Street Stage - 6 PM Born and raised in London, England, he has been playing and singing the blues for over thirty years.

Autorickshaw - Jazz Street Stage - 9:15 PM This world music ensemble, whose integration of South Asian tradition with jazz and other popular music forms, represents an innovative and refreshing new standard.

Sex Mob - Milestones 6:30 & 10 PM Fusing lovingly academic excursions with good time party music. The downtown scene's late night hang of choice, a favorite of fans, musicians, and critics alike.

Coming Up: Eastman Theatre Headliner Shows. All shows start at 8 PM.
June 10 - An Evening with Sonny Rollins
June 11 - Chaka Khan & Will Downing
June 13 - RIJF-Eastman School of Music Scholarship Concert
June 14 - Chick Corea & Touchstone + special guest Strunz & Farah
June 15 - Jazz Film Premiere, Miles Davis "Live at The Isle of Wight 1970"
June 16 - An Evening with The Dave Brubeck Quartet, 85th Birthday Tour
June 17 - Chris Botti & special guest Madeleine Peyroux

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