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Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

Over nine days each June, THE XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL hosts some of the top names in jazz and international music. The festival, held annually since 2002, attracts music lovers from all over the world to Upstate New York. This edition of the series celebrates the festival's 10-year anniversary with performances by an eclectic group of musicians, including violinist Regina Carter, saxophonist and vocalist Curtis Stigers, pianist Kenny Barron, and guitarist Kevin Eubanks. Each one- hour episode includes artist interviews, stories from the festival producers, and musical highlights from the past and present.

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Four-time Grammy Award winner Antonio Sanchez is considered by many critics and musicians alike as one of the most prominent drummers, bandleaders and composers of his generation. In 2013 Antonio was invited by acclaimed filmmaker Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu to create the original film score for his 2014 release "Birdman." This is a very unique project that features Sanchez's drumming as the main musical ingredient in Inarritu's film. It won the Sound Stars Award for best Film Score at the 2014 Venice Film Festival.

Award-winning jazz and world-music vocalist Gretchen Parlato, backed by her touring band, performs songs from her genre-bending repertoire. This episode also features an exclusive interview with the artist.

Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half century, and it's no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

Clifton Anderson grew up surrounded by music. His father was a church organist/choir director, and his mother a singer and pianist. It was no surprise that Clifton exhibited an affinity for music at an early age. When he was just seven years old he got his first trombone, a gift from his uncle Sonny Rollins. Clifton has worked with a "who's who" of diverse musical giants from McCoy Tyner, Stevie Wonder and Dizzy Gillespie to Paul Simon and Sonny Rollins.

Grammy Award-winning vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur inspires the audience by performing music off her album I Remember You (With Love To Stan and Frank).

Vocalist/pianist Elizabeth Shepherd arrived on the international scene in 2006 when her debut album "Start to Move" was voted one of the top jazz albums of the year by the listeners of the influential Gilles Peterson Show on BBC Radio Worldwide. Since then, the Toronto-based soul jazz innovator has released two widely acclaimed records and toured extensively in North America, Europe and Japan. Elizabeth has sold out legendary clubs from Tokyo to Detroit, played festivals like Montreal and North Sea Jazz Festivals, and shared the stage with Branford Marsalis and Christian McBride.

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