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ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL AIRS ON PBS-HD IN JULY

(Rochester, New York) July 15, 2008 – The captivating sights and sounds of the 2007 Rochester International Jazz Festival return to PBS in high definition on WXXI-HD (cable 1011/DT21.2) and PBS-HD stations across the country beginning Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 7 p.m. Produced by WXXI, ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL – which aired on PBS stations nationwide – presents an unsurpassed look into one of the most popular and respected jazz festivals in the country. Now airing on PBS-HD, not one detail of these first-rate artists and venues will be missed.

The first season broadcast of the ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL reached an audience of more than three and a half million people. Season two promises the same quality performances by some of today’s hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz. The series is comprised of six hour-long episodes shot in the historic Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music – just one of the 18 festival venues located in Rochester’s east end cultural district. Each episode features one amazing concert from six distinctively different and talented artists: renowned guitarist Bill Frisell, jazz pianist and composer Geri Allen, tenor saxophone jazz soloist Harry Allen, trumpeter Christian Scott, saxophone master James Moody, and jazz clarinetist Don Byron.

These episodes will air on WXXI-HD (cable 1011/DT21.1) and on PBS-HD:

Bill Frisell Trio: July 20 at 7 p.m., July 21 at 4 a.m., and July 25 at 11 p.m.

Geri Allen Trio: July 27 at 7 p.m., July 28 at 4 a.m., and August 1 at 11 p.m.

Harry Allen Quartet: August 3 at 7 p.m., and August 8 at 11 p.m.

Christian Scott Band: August 10 at 7 p.m., August 11 at 4 a.m., and August 15 at 11 p.m.

James Moody: August 17 at 7 p.m., August 18 at 4 a.m., and August 22 at 11 p.m.

Don Byron's Ivey Divey: August 24 at 7 p.m., August 25 at 4 a.m., and August 29 at 11 p.m.

A preeminent arts and cultural center in Upstate New York, Rochester is home to the Eastman School of Music, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Memorial Art Gallery, and George Eastman International Museum of Photography and Film. With record-breaking attendance year after year, the Rochester International Jazz Festival will continue to make its home in the City as well. In 2007 the festival saw more than 120,000 jazz fans catching more than 220 concerts. As the Jazz Festival's documentarian, WXXI assists in making the Jazz Festival a world-class event, and reaffirms Rochester's arts and cultural scene as one of the region's greatest assets.

The ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL series is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. For more information, visit WXXI.org/jazz or aptonline.org.

The ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL is underwritten by the New York State Music Fund, Oppenheimer Funds Rochester and the Office of New York State Senator Jim Alesi.

About the Rochester International Jazz Festival

Founded in 2002 – attendance at the Festival has grown each year, from 15,000 the first year to more than 120,000 in year six – attracting music lovers from around the U.S. and the world. John Nugent, Co-producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-producer and Executive Director, consistently deliver a multi-dimensional festival with something for everyone. From legendary performers and familiar favorites – to rising stars and new discoveries – this is a festival that navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world. www.rochesterjazz.com

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