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Contact: Kristin Tutino, (585) 258-0253, Pete Wayner, (716) 867-1031



(Rochester, New York) June 17, 2013 – WXXI and the Little Theatre join in Rochester’s celebration of jazz during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival with special events, programming, and news coverage throughout the nine-day festival.

The Little Theatre offers free live jazz under The Freed Maxick Jazz Tent in the Little parking lot on Winthrop Street. Two local musical acts will perform nightly:

  • Fri., June 21, 5:30-7:30: Josh Netsky l 8:30-10:30: GRR Band
  • Sat., June 22, 5:30-7:30: Connie Deming l 8:30-10:30:  Annie Wells
  • Sun., June 23, 5:30-7:30: Stoney Lonesome Band l 8:30-10:30: Harmonica Lewinsky
  • Mon., June 24, 5:30-7:30: Maria Gillard l 8:30-10:30: The Jane Mutiny
  • Tues., June 25, 5:30-7:30: Steve Grills and The Roadmasters l 8:30-10:30: Significant Other
  • Wed., June 26, 5:30-7:30: The Russell Fielder Trio l 8:30-10:30: Margaret Explosion
  • Thur., June 27, (no 5:30 show) l 8:30-10:30: The Pickpockets
  • Fri., June 28, 5:30-7:30: Josh Netsky l 8:30-10:30: GRR Band
  • Sat., June 29, 5:30-7:30: Michalea Davis l 8:30-10:30: Annie Wells

The Little will also have food and beverages for purchase, including Mexican cuisine from Salena’s Mexican Restaurant, the official food sponsor under the tent.

WXXI will film five Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) performances at Kilbourn Hall as part of season five of its XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL series, which will premiere spring 2014 on WXXI-TV, and on PBS stations across the country. The tapings will include:

  • Saturday, June 22:  The Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
  • Sunday, June 23:  Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band
  • Wednesday, June 26:  Gretchen Parlato
  • Thursday, June 27: Ravi Coltrane Quartet
  • Friday, June 28: Gregory Porter

This will be WXXI’s sixth year taping the series, which has been seen by more than three million viewers across the country. In addition to WXXI being on-site for the filming, it will present special XRIJF news coverage and jazz programming throughout the nine-day event. A list of programs and descriptions are below.

Jazz Breaks on AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5 during Morning Edition
Friday, June 21, Monday-Friday, June 24-28
Morning Edition will feature Jazz Breaks each weekday at 8:35 a.m. with Morning Edition host Beth Adams and Open Tunings' host Scott Regan. Beth and Scott will chat about what's going on around the festival, performance reviews, and things that caught Scott's eye — and ears.

Jazz Preview on AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5 during All Things Considered
Friday, June 21, Monday-Friday, June 24-28
All Things Considered host Alex Crichton will talk with WXXI reporters live from Jazz Street each night for a preview of each evening’s events during All Things Considered at 5:50 p.m.

1370 Connection Specials and Jazz News Reports on AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5
Monday-Friday, June 24-28
1370 Connection will feature jazz-related guests throughout the Festival, weekdays from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. WXXI News Team will present feature reports on the Jazz Fest throughout the week, which will air during Morning Edition (between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m.) and All Things Considered (4 p.m. and 6 p.m.)

WRUR-88.5 to showcase music from the Jazz Fest
Friday, June 21 -Saturday, June 29
Open Tunings with Scott Regan, airing weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.; The All Weather Lunch, airing weekdays from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.; Mystery Train, airing Wednesday at 6 p.m.; Gumbo Variations, airing Thursdays at 6 p.m.; Sunday Session with Ruth Elaine, airing Sunday at 6 p.m.; and Jazz from the Cellar with Tom Hampson, airing Sunday at 8 p.m. will showcase music from the fest.

Classical 91.5 has the Jazz fever, too 
Friday, June 21 -Saturday, June 29
Throughout the period of the XRIJF, Classical 91.5 will pay tribute to the Jazz Fest by presenting classical music influenced by jazz, and artists, such as Wynton Marsalis, that intersect both the jazz and classical worlds.

Need to Know Rochester – Jazz interviews
Fridays, June 21 and 28 on WXXI-TV
On June 21, host Helene Biandudi Hofer will interview Rochester native jazz singer Robin McKelle of Robin McKelle and the Flytones. On June 28 WXXI’s Carlet Cleare will interview English jazz pianist Zoe Rahman.
Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary series
Friday, June 21 -Saturday, June 29 on WXXI-TV

For those getting home from after an evening at the jazz fest and want a little more, WXXI-TV airs episodes from Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary series at midnight.

  • Friday, June 21 at 12 a.m. Curtis Stigers
  • Saturday, June 22 at 12 a.m. John Nugent with Strings
  • Sunday, June 23 at 12 a.m. Grace Kelly
  • Monday, June 24 at 12 a.m. Kenny Barron Trio
  • Tuesday, June 25 at 12 a.m. Regina Carter
  • Wednesday, June 26 at 12 a.m. Kevin Eubanks
  • Thursday, June 27 at 12 a.m. Eliane Elias
  • Friday, June 28 at 12 a.m. Terence Blanchard
  • Saturday, June 29 at 12 a.m. Raul Midon

A complete list of jazz programs and events, including those planned at the Little Theatre, can also be found at <>.



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