Grammy Winners Oscar Peterson, David Sanborn, Bobby McFerrin, Marian McPartland, Yolanda Adams, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty, Al DiMeola - Headline All-Star Lineup of 70+ Groups at Rochester International Jazz Festival June 4-12, Tickets Go on Sale April 16

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Legendary Grammy award-winning artists join jazz favorites for the Rochester International Jazz FestivalÂ?s most eclectic and international edition to date June 4-12, in Rochester, New York. More than 100 shows and 500 artists perfoming. At nine venues all within walking distance and outdoors in the Club Tent and the Verizon stage on Jazz Street.

Legendary Grammy award-winning artists join jazz favorites for the Rochester International Jazz Festival’s most eclectic and international edition to date June 4-12, in Rochester, New York.

Organizers announced the artist lineup today, which encompasses a wealth of international talent representing all genres of creative improvised music. More than 70 critically-acclaimed jazz and contemporary groups featuring more than 500 musicians will perform including Oscar Peterson, David Sanborn, Bobby McFerrin, Marian McPartland, Yolanda Adams, and Rite of Strings (Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty & Al DiMeola).

The third annual event will be the festival’s largest, promising once again to make Rochester one of 2004’s ultimate summer music destinations.

“I’m very proud of this progressive, well-rounded program,” said John Nugent, Producer. “Our event has gained widespread respect from the jazz festival world; consequently other promoters worldwide are referring hundreds of artists.” Nugent is President of NY JAM, INC., producer of international concert tours and jazz events including the long-running successful Stockholm Jazz Festival, now in its 21st year.

“The festival is an outstanding opportunity for all music fans to hear celebrated favorites, rising stars, international performers and the best of Rochester talent including exceptional artists of the renowned Eastman School of Music,” added Nugent.

Two Big Festival Additions: Jazz Street with Free Concerts on 2 Weekends! And—Club Pass Big Tent – a New Club Pass Venue New this year, Gibbs Street will close to traffic and become Jazz Street, featuring live music and the outdoor Verizon Stage located at the corner of Gibbs Street and East Avenue.

On June 4-6 and again June 11-12, from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., enjoy more than 30 hours of fantastic music from international artists to regional high school groups. Performers include Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Latin Giants of Jazz (musicians from Tito Puente’s Orchestra), Sam Kininger, duos, trios and many other styles. Bring the family, grab a snack, have a drink and enjoy the best of jazz – for free!

“I’ll Meet You at the Big Tent”

The growing popularity of the Club Pass and Club locations prompted organizers to add a new Club Pass venue this year. The Club Pass Big Tent, a 10,000 sq. ft. carpeted nightclub with stage, will seat 350 and feature full bar and food service by Tapas Restaurant. It will be located at the corner of Gibbs Street and East Main Street. All Club Pass venues are within walking distance and pass holders can easily access a variety of music on any night.

Full Artist Lineup

Visit for the complete schedule, artist profiles and MP3 samples.

Antonio Ciacca/Wessell Anderson Quartet, Assaf Rozov (Israel), Avanti Galoppi, Benny Green & Russell Malone, Bill Tiberio Quartet, Bob Sneider Trio, Bobby McFerrin & Jack De Johnette, Brad Mehldau, Brian Lynch Quartet, Campbell Brothers Sacred Steel Guitar, Cedar Walton Trio, Cloud Nine Music, Cuong Vu Group (Vietnam), Curtis Stigers, Dave Rivello Ensemble, David "Fathead" Newman & Paradigm Shift Trio, David Gibson Quartet, David Giudice Plays The Great American Songbook, David Sanborn, Dawn Thomson, Deanna Witkowski Trio, Djabe, Don Thompson Quartet (Canada), Earl Klugh Band, Eastman Jazz Performance Workshops, Eliane Elias Quartet, Eric Alexander Trio, Harold Danko & Special Guests, Harper, Hot Club of Cowtown, Ian Shaw Jam Session!, James Blood Ulmer, Jamie Baum Group, Jeff Johnston Trio (Canada), Jeremy Pelt Quartet, Joe Locke Quartet, Joe Romano & Friends, John O'Gallagher Quartet, Jon Ballantyne, Jonas Kulhammar Quartet, Latin Giants of Jazz, Ligeti/Bjorkenheim Duo, Marc Miralta's Flamenco Reunion (Spain), Marian McPartland, Matthias Lupri Quintet, Mel Henderson Plus One, Melvin Sparks Band, Michel Besceglia Trio, Mike Stern Band, Mose Allison, New Birth Brass Band, Orquesta Fama Sin Gafas, Oscar Peterson Quartet, Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans, Phil Flanigan & Bob Sneider Duo, Raul Midon, Rite of Strings (Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty & Al DiMeola), Sam Kininger Band, Seongsik Jeon Quartet (Korea), Shikandaza (Japan) featuring Ian Smith, Sim Redmond, Sliding Hammers, Sunny Jain Collective, The Holmes Brothers, Tim Ries-Music of The Rolling Stones, Trio Da Paz, Trip Hazard, Valery Ponomarev Quartet, Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Manthrappa, The Vitale Brothers, Wallace Roney Quartet, and Yolanda Adams.     


Tickets go on sale Friday, April 16, at 10 a.m. at Ticketmaster/Ticket Express outlets and at Ticketed show prices range from $10 to $65.

For the complete schedule, pick up an official Festival Program Guide or event brochure at locations throughout Rochester. Visit or call the Festival Hotline at 585-234-2002.

Check Out The Club Pass!

The Club Pass allows entrance to any club pass venue including 70+ performances at participating clubs: The Club Pass Big Tent, The Montage Grille, Milestones, Max of Eastman Place, Little Theatre, Kilbourn Hall, and The Crowne Plaza State Street Bar & Grill. Cost is $65 in advance plus service charge until April 30; $75 May 1 through the week of the festival. Available at Ticketmaster/Ticket Express outlets and at

All entrance is first come, first served for Club Pass shows. Venues can hit capacity at any given time or date. Arrive early and avoid disappointment!

Single-entry admission tickets will be sold night of show at individual clubs for $15 per person, based on availability.

Schedule Highlights

Eastman Theatre Series

June 4 - David Sanborn Band with special guests The Earl Klugh Band

June 5 - The Oscar Peterson Quartet

June 6 - Eastman School of Music all-star groups to support the Rochester International Jazz Festival Scholarship Program (free)

June 7 - Marian McPartland w/ The Eastman Jazz Ensemble & guests

June 8 - The Rite of Strings (Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty & Al DiMeola) with                 special guests Eliane Elias Trio

June 9 -Yolanda Adams and special guests The Campbell Brothers Sacred Steel             Guitar

June 10 -Bobby McFerrin w/Jack De Johnette and special guest Brad Mehldau

Nightly Jam Sessions at the Crowne Plaza State Street Bar & Grill begin at 10:30 p.m.

Thank You Sponsors

The 2004 Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by The Democrat and Chronicle is proud to recognize this year's official sponsors: NY State Senator Jim Alesi, County of Monroe, City of Rochester, Time Warner Cable, Heluva Good Quality Foods, Crowley Foods, Greater Rochester Visitors Association, Eastman School of Music, Ciroc Vodka, Grand Marnier, Crowne Plaza Hotel & Resorts, Preferred Care, Warsteiner Beer, Chrysler, Constellation Brands, Strong Health, AARP, Uneeda Birkenstock, Verizon Wireless, Harris Interactive, Eagle Motor Sports, House of Guitars, CustomeriCity, JazzTimes Magazine, and Max of Eastman Place.

For details on sponsor opportunities contact Jeff Springut, The Springut Group, Festival Development Director, 585-473-4482 or

The Rochester International Jazz Festival is now in its third year. Last year’s event attracted more than 40,000 music fans from around the world.

Media Contacts:

Vicki Brown (585) 256-2587

Jean Dalmath (585) 586-6650

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