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Jazz Fest draws 196,000 over 9 days

Rochester Business Journal
July 1, 2014

Catherine Russell played June 23 at Harro East. (Photo by Garry Geer)

The 13th Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival wrapped up June 28, boasting more than 196,000 attendees and 325 concerts over its nine-day run.

Next year’s Jazz Festival is slated for June 19 to 27.

People from around the world came to East End in downtown Rochester to see more than 1,500 musicians representing 19 different countries. Headliners included Janelle Monae, Fourplay, Michael McDonald. Earth, Wind & Fire and Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers. More than 75 were free and open to the public.

The festival also showcased 22 regional high school bands, as well as several ensembles from Rochester’s own Eastman School of Music.

"Another nine beautiful days of incredible music have come and gone,” said John Nugent, producer and artistic director of the festival. “I feel a great sense of fulfillment and pride. All of our plans went like clockwork and I truly believe the artists and audiences had a magnificent experience.”

Besides featuring a wide array of jazz styles, the city streets were lined with food vendors and area businesses showcasing different products and services.

"We are overwhelmed by the reception that our community has shown during this year's festival," said Marc Iacona, producer and executive director of the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival. "Once again the nine evenings proved to be both relaxing and high energy.”

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