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Rochester International Jazz Festival Set For June 8-16

Rochester, NY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) –The sixth annual Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods released its lineup for its biggest and most diverse festival of creative improvised music. More than 600 artists from 13 countries will perform in more than 200 concerts at 18 venues during the nine-day event June 8-16.

“This year marks the most extensive and by far the most diverse lineup we have ever presented,” said John Nugent, founder, artistic director and co-producer. “Each year as we expand our event, our main goal is to present a multifaceted artistic celebration of all forms of American music in a smorgasbord of musical tastes. We always work hard to leave no ears behind.”

“Thanks to the City of Rochester’s increased support, we have been able to expand the number of free concerts and are adding another major free outdoor stage,” said Marc Iacona, executive director and co-producer. “That means more fantastic music for the tens of thousands of people who will come here from all over the nation, adding to Rochester’s reputation as one of the nation’s fastest growing music destinations.“

The Festival is presented in 18 venues, most within walking distance, including the Eastman Theatre, Kilbourn Hall, Max of Eastman Place, Harro East Ballroom, Robert Mondavi Festival Tent, Montage Grille, High Fidelity, Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House, Rochester Museum & Science Center, Strong National Museum of Play, Mary Jemison Riverboat, Nordic Jazz Now at the Reformation Lutheran Church, Crowne Plaza State Street Bar & Grille, City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by Rochester Area Community Foundation, City of Rochester East Ave. Stage at Alexander St., City of Rochester East Ave. Stage at Chestnut St.

Artists will be coming from 13 countries and the U.S. including Lithuania, Sweden, Hungary, Scotland, Spain, Finland, Norway, Canada, Madagascar, Cuba, Netherlands, Brazil, and Russia.

The 2007 lineup includes 4 Brothers 7, 8Ryan Shaw, Andy Milne's "Dapp Theory, Alytaus Diksielandas (Lithuania), Andreas Petterson 4tet (Sweden), Avishai Cohen Trio, Bettye Lavette, Bill Frisell Trio, Bob Sneider Trio, Bonerama, Brockport Community Big Band, Catherine Russell, Christian Scott, CNYJO with Brett Z, Corey Harris, Corneliu Tutu (Hungary), Cowboy Mouth, Dan Hicks & The Hot Licks, Das Contras (Scotland), Dave Brubeck, Dave Glasser 4tet, Dave Rivello Ensemble + guest , Don Byron’s “Ivey Dyvey”, Eastman School of Music Trio, Eldar (Russia), Esperanza Spalding (Spain), Fedchock, Five Corners 5tet (Finland), Fred Costello Quartet , Fred Hersch Trio, Gap Mangione, Gene Bertoncini solo, Geri Allen Trio, Hannah Flanigan 4tet , Harry Allen Quartet, Hilario Duran Trio, Ilmiliekki Quartet (Finland), In The Country (Norway), James Moody 4tet, Jason & Bandwagon, Jazz Animated Films, Jens Winther European Quintet, Jerry Lee Lewis, Jonathan Kriesberg Trio, Josh Irving 4tet , Kyle Eastwood Band, Lalo, Layah Jane (Canada), Los Lonely Boys, Lotte Anker (Denmark), Maceo Parker, Madagascar Slim (Madagascar), Madeleine Peyroux + Dr. John, Mamadou Diabate Ensemble, Mambo Kings, Martin Rickert 4tet (Canada), Matt Wilson Arts & Crafts, Michelle Lambert Bebop for Babies, Midaircondo (Sweden), Mike Cottone Quartet, Motor Kings, Mr. Something Something, Music Educators Big Band, Nancy Kelly, Olu Dara, Omar Sosa (Cuba), Paradigm Shift + Gray/Marcus/Wycliffe, Paul Tillotson Love Trio, Peter Asplund Quartet (Sweden), Randy Brecker 5tet, Revision, Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins, Rik Emmit, Robin Eubanks EB3, Rusted Root, Saskia Laroo (Netherlands), Scott Goudie (Canada), Shooter Jennings, Shuffle Demons, Sisters Euclid (Canada), Solomon Burke + Raul Midon, Soul Rebels (New Orleans), Stephane Wrembel Trio, Steps Ahead, Ted Michaels Sings Sinatra, Tessa Souter, The Capital C’s, The Latin Side of Miles Davis, Tony Caramia, Toots & The Maytalls, Trio Beyond / Jean Luc Ponty, Tiempo Libre, Trio Nossa (Brazil), Vince Ercolamento Quartet, Walter Wolfman, Wynton Marsalis w/ Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Zanussi 5 (Norway), Zapp String Quartet (Netherlands) and Animated Jazz Shorts from the Hubley Studio.

Sponsors include City of Rochester, Heluva Good Quality Foods, Senator Jim Alesi, Eastman School of Music, Democrat and Chronicle, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Constellation Brands, Rochester Area Community Foundation, Monroe County, Lacy Katzen LLP, Mercury Print Productions, 13 WHAM TV, Harris Interactive, Lake Beverage Corporation, DownBeat Magazine, Max of Eastman Place, Mid-Town Athletic Club, House of Guitars, SUNY Brockport, and Jazz 90.1.

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen