Chris Botti

Last night, my husband and I went to dance class – we do ballroom dancing – and another couple there asked if we were going to the Jazz fest, meaning the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

“Wouldn’t miss it!”

They mentioned that they’ve had the club pass for the past five years and we talked about how early the Jazz Fest Club Pass sold out this year…in early April, as I recall.

This is the tenth anniversary of the Jazz Festival. It takes a lot of perseverance, patience and business acumen to cultivate a festival. To the credit of all involved, including the partners, sponsors and especially Marc Ioconna and John Nugent, this festival has not only thrived, but has grown and flourished, even over the past couple of lean years.  It does far more

Natalie Cole

than contribute to the economy, although it certainly does that.  At a time when the arts and many cultural institutions are at risk, it is a “tangible” reminder of what music, and the arts in general, contribute to society — yes, economic stability, but more importantly, quality of life. 

Congratulations Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival on your 10th Anniversary…and here’s to many more!

Even if you don’t have a Club Pass, even if you don’t think you like jazz music, GO!  As Marc and John have often said, the jazz festival is designed so the diverse artist lineup offers something for everyone at both the paid and free venues!  The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival runs from Friday, June 10 through Saturday, June 18 and is a not-to-be-missed event.

CNY Jazz Orchestra

All photos, courtesy of Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.