Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Season 5

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Season 5

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 7:00pm

Jazz lovers across the country will enjoy a front row seat to one of the most popular and respected jazz festivals in U.S. when WXXI presents its six-part series, Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Season 5 premiering Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Shot last summer in high-definition at the Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music (ESM) in Rochester, New York, the series features performances by the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Gretchen Parlato, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, and 2014 Grammy award-winner Gregory Porter.

Episode descriptions and airs dates: 

Gregory Porter, airing Sunday, April 20 at 7 p.m.
During this episode of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Grammy winning vocalist Gregory Porter shows why NPR Music calls him “The next great male jazz singer.”

Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, airing Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m. 
In this episode of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival the Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band celebrates the New Orleans heritage of jazz music and one of the most notable and influential individuals of the genre: Louis Armstrong.

Gretchen Parlato, airing Sunday, May 11 at 7 p.m.
Award-winning jazz and world music vocalist Gretchen Parlato is featured in this episode of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Her performance shows why she was voted the #1 Female Vocalist in 2011 by the JazzTimes Critics Poll.  This episode also features an exclusive interview with the artist.

Ravi Coltrane Quartet, airing Sunday, May 18 at 7 p.m.
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is featured in this episode of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  The son of saxophonist John Coltrane and jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, Ravi has been praised for his music's "elusive beauty" (DownBeat), and for his "style informed by tradition, but not encumbered by it" (Philadelphia City Paper).  This episode also features an exclusive interview with the artist.

Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, airing Sunday, May 25 at 7 p.m.
Dr. Lonnie Smith is featured in this episode of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Dr. Lonnie Smith has been a master of the Hammond B-3 organ for over five decades.  He has been featured on over seventy albums, and has recorded and performed with a virtual “Who’s Who” of the greatest jazz, blues and R&B giants in the industry.  This episode also features an exclusive interview with the artist.

Best of Fest, airing Sunday, June 15 at 7 p.m. 
This episode is a “best of” from performances captured over the previous four seasons of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Artists include Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Grace Kelly, and Curtis Stigers.

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Series is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting and distributed nationally by American Public Television. The series is underwritten by The Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation. For more information, visit WXXI.org/jazz or aptonline.org.

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