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Contact:  Kristin Tutino, WXXI, (585) 258-0253 and Peter Wayner, The Little, (716) 867-1031


(Rochester, New York) June 18, 2014– 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.
WXXI will tape four Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) performances at Kilbourn Hall as part of its XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL series, which will premiere in 2015 on WXXI-TV, and on PBS stations across the country. The tapings will include:

  • Saturday, June 21:  Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet
  • Monday, June 23:  Vijay Iyer
  • Tuesday, June 24:  Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band
  • Wednesday, June 25: Diane Schuur

This will be WXXI’s sixth season taping the series, which has been seen by more than three million viewers across the country. Support for the series is provided in part by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation. 
In addition to WXXI being on-site for the taping, 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 20, Monday-Friday, June 23-27
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 20, Monday-Friday, June 23-27
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.

Connections with Evan Dawson Specials and Jazz News Reports on AM 1370 and WRUR-FM 88.5
Monday-Friday, June 24-28
Connections with Evan Dawson 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 20 -Saturday, June 28
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 20 -Saturday, June 28
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– Jazz interviews
Thursdays, June 19 and June 26 on WXXI-TV
On June 19, host Hélène Biandudi Hofer will interview guitarist Gabe Condon, who will be performing at the Festival on June 24 at 12 p.m. at the Central Library. Guest for the June 26th show TBD.

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Anniversary series
Friday, June 20 -Sunday, June 29 on WXXI-TV
For those getting home after an evening at the jazz fest and want a little more, WXXI-TV airs episodes from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Season Five  at midnight. 

  • Friday, June 20 at 12 a.m. Gregory Porter
  • Sunday, June 22 at 12 a.m. Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band
  • Tuesday, June 24 at 12 a.m. Gretchen Parlato
  • Wednesday, June 25 at 12 a.m. Ravi Coltrane
  • Thursday, June 26 at 12 a.m. Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio
  • Sunday, June 29 at 12 a.m. Best of Fest

The Little Theatre is bringing something new to the festival this year:  Salena’s Sangriaville, an open air sangria bar located outside the entrance of Theaters 2-5 on Winthrop Street. A respite from the hustle on Jazz Street, The Little will be serving both chilled and frozen varieties of sangria prepared by Salena’s Mexican Restaurant. Salena’s Sangriaville will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 20, Saturday, June 21, Thursday, June 26, Friday, June 27 and Saturday, June 28.

In addition to Sangriaville, The Freed Maxick Jazz Theatre, Little Theatre 1 (on East Avenue) is an official Club Pass venue. The Little Café (off Winthrop Street) will offer free musical performances, as well as a full food and drink menu. Theaters 2-5 will be open for business, screening its regularly scheduled films.
A complete list of WXXI jazz programs, coverage, and special events, including those planned at The Little, can also be found at WXXI.org/jazzfest.


WXXI is the essential, life-long educational media resource for the Greater Rochester area. WXXI puts the community first with programming that stimulates and expands thought, inspires the spirit, opens cultural horizons and promotes understanding of diverse community issues. The formal affiliation between WXXI and the Little Theatre, established in December 2011, enables the two organizations to work more efficiently by pooling resources and strengths in a number of areas including back-office operation and improved fundraising capabilities.  Log on to wxxi.org for more information about our services and programs.

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