Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Festival Lineup – June 9-17, 2006

ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 6 /PRNewswire/ — The fifth annual Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods, returns June 9-17, 2006. The spectacular nine-day event features over 170 concerts and 600 musicians representing more than a dozen countries.

Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band open the Festival June 9th in a rare performance outside New York City that is an exclusive benefit for the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund. Other stars include the godfather of soul James Brown, Phil Woods, McCoy Tyner, Toots Thielemans, Wayne Shorter, Susan Tedeschi, Etta James, Little Feat, Soulive and Dickey Betts.

Tickets for headliner shows go on sale April 7 at all Ticketmaster outlets, http://www.ticketmaster.com/, and http://www.rochesterjazz.com/. Show prices are $15-$95 plus service charge. Club Passes provide access to more than 120 club shows and are on sale now at the same locations for $95 plus service charge. Individual club shows are $15-25 cover at the door only.

“We’re cookin’ up a musical storm in Rochester,” said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “RIJF’s ingredients include multiple genres of creative improvised music. Add a dash of New Orleans old, a dash of New Orleans new. Throw in a main course of jazz legends, open up a fantastic bottle of blues and finish off with a dessert sampling of the finest emerging artists from around the world. RIJF’s plate offers something for everybody’s taste buds!”

“An important feature this year is a major tribute to New Orleans,” said Marc Iacona, Festival Executive Director. “In addition to the spectacular opening night with Woody Allen we are also presenting five New Orleans-based groups, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Papa Grows Funk, Asylum Street Spankers, Red Stick Ramblers and Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers.”

The festival also offers more than 50 free concerts including the new Museum and Gallery Family Series, presented by Rochester Area Community Foundation, at the Memorial Art Gallery, George Eastman House and on the Mary Jemison Riverboat.

Artist Lineup Highlights: James Brown, Asylum Street Spankers, Badi Assad, Ben Allison Quartet, Billy Bang Quintet, BraamDeJoodeVatcher, Bruce Katz Band, Byron Striping, Cedar Walton, Charlie Hunter Trio, Chris Berry & Panjea featuring Michael Kang, Dickey Betts, Djabe, Dwayne Dopsie & The Zydeco Hellraisers, e.s.t, Eddie Henderson Quartet, Eldar, Etta James & The Roots Band, Folk Alarm 5 featuring Kevin Breit, Gray Mayfield + Delfeayo Marsalis, MK Groove Orchestra, Italian Tenors featuring Frank Tiberi and George Garzone, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Jane Bunnett & Spirits of Havana Quartet, Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Quartet, Karrin Allyson,, Kelley Hunt, Kenny Garrett Quartet, Little Feat, Magnus Lindgren Quartet, Mahavishnu Project, McCoy Tyner Trio, Mose Allison, Soulive, Papa Grows Funk, Phil Woods & Strings “Celebrating Bird”, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Red Stick Ramblers, Rigmor Gustafsson Quartet, Rob McConnell Trio, Robert Glasper Trio, Roomful of Blues, Schonig-Henderson Trio Featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith, Sonya Kitchell, Susan Tedeschi Band, Terrell Stafford B3 Band, Tim Posgate Hornband Featuring Howard Johnson, Tom Harrell Quartet, Toots Thielemans & Kenny Werner Duo, Wayne Shorter Quartet, Whit Smith’s Hot Jazz Caravan, Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band and dozens more.

Visit http://www.rochesterjazz.com/ for complete festival information.

Founded in 2002, the Rochester International Jazz Festival has become one of nation’s largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing fans from across the U.S. and around the world. 2005 attendance topped 65,000.

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