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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253

FREE SCREENING OF WXXI-PRODUCED VINTAGE JAZZ CONCERTS AT THE EASTMAN THEATRE ON JUNE 15 AS PART OF THE ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Rochester, New York (June 4, 2008) – WXXI Public Broadcasting and the Rochester International Jazz Festival present a free screening of WXXI’s 1970’s series At The Top on Sunday, June 15 beginning at 4 p.m. at the Eastman Theatre. In the mid-1970s WXXI produced a series of one-hour jazz programs that were shown nationally on PBS. Most of the programs were filmed in Rochester at the Top of the Plaza, which is how the series got its name, At the Top.

The screening will be hosted by AM1370’s Mostly Jazz Tom Hampson, who was present at the 1970 filming of the programs featured, and will briefly share his memories of each of the performances. The screening will include four programs on Sunday, June 15:

At 4 p.m. – The Count Basie Orchestra, featuring Jimmy Forrest, Al Grey, Butch Miles and Freddie Greene. 

At 5 p.m. – The Modern Jazz Quartet for a half-hour, followed by French violinist Stéphane Grappelli’s Quartet.

At 6 p.m. – The Woody Herman Orchestra, featuring Eastman graduate Jim Pugh on trombone, followed by Manhattan Wildlife Refuge -- the big band of trombonist Bill Watrous.

At 7 p.m. – The duo of pianist Oscar Peterson and guitarist Joe Pass.

Hampson points out, “All the programs contain many shots of the audience, so here’s a chance to see yourself as you were a third of a century ago.” The At the Top screening is free and open to the public, but an opportunity to make a donation to the Eastman Jazz Scholarship Fund will be available during the event.

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