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From WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York comes more exciting sounds and scenes from the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Reaching an audience of more than three million people, the first season of the ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL offered viewers an unsurpassed look into one of the most popular and most respected jazz festivals in the country. Season two of the ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL captures the essence of the 2007 nine-day music festival with spectacular performances by some of today’s hottest musicians and legendary names in jazz.

Shot in breathtaking high-definition, 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.

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. The success of this world-class festival reaffirms that the arts in Rochester are one of the City’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.