[JPL] Fwd: [RIJF] 5 Headliners Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 10th Edition -- Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Natalie Cole, Béla Fleck and The Fab Faux -- Tickets on Sale Friday January 21!!

Tom Mallison tomthejazzman at embarqmail.com
Tue Jan 18 10:01:14 EST 2011

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  5 Headliners Announced for Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
  10th Edition -- Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Natalie Cole, Béla Fleck
  and The Fab Faux -- Tickets on Sale Friday January 21!!

Rochester, NY ? January 18, 2011 ? Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona 
today announced five headliners for the Xerox Rochester International 
Jazz Festival 10th Edition, which will be held June 10-18, 2011.

    * Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will perform on opening night,
      Friday June 10.
    * The Fab Faux, the most musically satisfying Beatles tribute band
      on the scene today plays Saturday June 11.
    * Premier banjo player Bela Fleck & The Original Fleckstones
      performs Tuesday June 14.
    * k.d. lang, called ?the best singer in her generation? by Tony
      Bennett takes the stage on Thursday June 16.
    * And Elvis Costello & The Imposters, one who has followed his
      musical curiosity in a career spanning more than 30 years, plays
      on Friday June 17.

All performances will be at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

*Link:* http://www.rochesterjazz.com


Tickets for headliners go on sale Friday January 21 at 10 a.m. Prices 
range from $35 to $125 plus Ticketmaster service charges. (Online 
service charges vary. Only $1 service charge at The RBTL Box Office at 
The Auditorium Theatre, East Main St.) Tickets may be purchased at 
rochesterjazz.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and 
all Ticketmaster locations and in person at the Auditorium Theater Box 
Office, 885 East Main Street Rochester, NY 14605. Subscribers to 
rochesterjazz.com email news can purchase tickets Wednesday January 19 
at 12 noon EST.

"I've learned over the past nine years producing our festival with Marc 
Iacona that our Rochester audiences are wonderful listeners,? said 
Festival Producer and Artistic Director John Nugent. ?When an audience?s 
ears and hearts are wide open, the process of delivering talent here for 
our annual artistic feast becomes a rite of passion. Our amazing 
headliners this year are all Grammy winners, trailblazers in so many 
ways! We've received more than 1,300 artist submissions to consider for 
very limited space in this year?s 10th Anniversary Edition. It's a 
testament to our fantastic patrons that artists from around the globe 
have such a strong desire to perform at our jazz festival. This June 
will be a music celebration like no other!"

?While achieving personal milestones is always wonderful, being part of 
an event that delivers a milestone for a community is even more 
rewarding for me,? said Producer and Executive Director Marc Iacona. 
?John and I are honored and blessed to be involved in an international 
collaboration of music that provides memories lasting months after each 

??Jazz in June? and ?It?s not who you know...its who you don't know,? 
are now synonymous with Rochester, NY,? added Iacona. ?For the past nine 
years attendees have come to enjoy high quality programming, a growth in 
the number of concerts, venues and series, and music from around the 
world. We are grateful to our corporate and government sponsors, 
attendees, talented musicians, volunteers and our dedicated festival 
team for driving this success during our 10-year journey.

  Club Pass Also on Sale

The ever-popular Club Pass, providing entry to the festival?s Club Pass 
Series, went on sale in October selling briskly. Less than 20% of passes 
remain available for sale. Passes are $150 Advance + $4 service charge 
until March 22 at 11:30AM; $175 Advance + $4 service charge from 11:30AM 
Tuesday March 22 until the festival begins or passes are sold out. Club 
Passes may be purchased at rochesterjazz.com, Ticketmaster.com, charge 
by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster locations and in person at 
the Auditorium Theater Box Office, 885 East Main Street Rochester, NY 

The Pass is an exceptional value pass, provides access on a first-come 
first-served seating basis to approximately 185 Club Pass shows during 
the entire Festival. Individual tickets are available at the door for 
all Club Pass shows.
The remaining lineup for Club Series and free shows will be announced on 
March 22.
About the Headliner Artists:

The daughter of jazz and pop legend Nat King Cole, Grammy Award winner 
Natalie Cole has forged her amazing career in two phases, via R&B/urban 
contemporary and jazz-based pop. She made her stage debut at age 11 and 
sang in college. Cole met the writing and producing team of Chuck 
Jackson and Marvin Yancey in 1973. The next year they collaborated on 
some sessions that were recorded at Curtis Mayfield's Curtom studios in 
Chicago. These helped her land a deal with Capitol, and she teamed with 
Jackson/Yancey for a string of hit albums and singles from 1975 until 
1983. Such LPs as Inseparable, Natalie, Thankful, Unpredictable, and I 
Love You So yielded five number one R&B hits between 1975 and 1977. 
These included "This Will Be, "Inseparable," "Our Love," and "I've Got 
Love on My Mind."

She stayed with Capitol until 1983, then switched to Epic for her final 
album with the Jackson/Yancey tandem. Cole made duets with Peabo Bryson 
in 1979 and 1980 and Ray Parker, Jr., in 1987. She scored more hits with 
"Jump Start," "I Live for Your Love," and "Over You" in 1987, and "Pink 
Cadillac," a cover of a Bruce Springsteen tune, in 1988, and then made 
her stylistic shift. Cole eased into the transition with "When I Fall in 
Love," a number her father recorded in 1957. It was included on her 1987 
LP Everlasting. She fully embraced the move with the 1991 LP 
Unforgettable: With Love, earning Grammy Awards and landing a number one 
pop album that eventually sold over five million copies. The title track 
featured her doing a duet with her father via electronic elaboration.

She continued the jazzy trend with Take a Look in 1993, and she toured 
and did television specials working with a large orchestra conducted by 
Nelson Riddle. Holly & Ivy (1994) and Stardust (1996) both continued 
Cole's exploration of American pop standards. Snowfall on the Sahara was 
released in 1999, as was The Magic of Christmas, recorded with the 
London Symphony Orchestra. Ask a Woman Who Knows (2002) and Leavin' 
(2006) followed for Verve. Cole switched to Rhino for 2008?s Still 
Unforgettable, an acclaimed collection of pop standards that won the 
Grammy for Best Traditional Pop Vocal album. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi

The Fab Faux is without a doubt the most musically satisfying Beatles 
tribute band on the scene today. Performing a wide variety of Beatles 
classics in "The Glorious Hodpodge Show" the Fab Faux boasts the high 
visibility of TV star/musicians Will Lee from The Late Show with David 
Letterman and Jimmy Vivino from Late Night with Conan O'Brien; five 
strong lead vocalists (including Rich Pagano, Frank Agnello, Jack 
Petruzzelli) and a commitment to the accurate reproduction of The 
Beatles' repertoire; this is the band to see if you want to know what it 
might have been like if The Beatles toured behind their later albums 
(with a healthy portion of the early guitar-based stuff that most 
tribute bands play.) Imagine hearing complex material like "Strawberry 
Fields Forever," "I Am the Walrus," and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. 
Kite," performed in complete part-perfect renditions; or such 
harmony-driven songs as "Because," "Nowhere Man," and "Paperback 
Writer," reproduced not only! note-for-note, but with extra vocalists 
available to achieve a double-tracked effect!

Since their formation in the spring of '98, the Fab Faux have created a 
buzz among Beatles fans in the New York City area; packing The Bowery 
Ballroom, Webster Hall, Irving Plaza, The Bottom Line, and The China 
Club with high energy shows; for an audience liberally sprinkled with 
fellow musicians, celebrities, and fans alike. Apparently, people have 
taken notice, as the group was featured in a full-length profile on CNN 
that was broadcast all over the world on several of that network's 
programs; and participated in a CD of original material by Beatles 
tribute bands, recorded in London at Abbey Road Studios! Since August 
'99, the group has performed multiple times in Liverpool, England, where 
they play three shows each year for that city's annual Beatle Week 
festivities, including outdoor concerts for over 35,000 people on the 
Apple-sponsored Yellow Submarine and Let It Be stages.

So, for Beatles fans (and music fans), the choice is clear: If you want 
to hear songs recreated that were written, arranged, and performed with 
a genius and talent sadly missing from today's music scene; if you're 
too young to remember what all the fuss was about; or if you just want 
to see one of the best live rock bands performing today, look no further 
than The Fab Faux!

Premier banjo player Béla Fleck is considered one of the most innovative 
pickers in the world and has done much to demonstrate the versatility of 
his instrument, which he uses to play everything from traditional 
bluegrass to progressive jazz. Fleck always had diverse musical 
interests, and his own style was influenced by Tony Trischka, Earl 
Scruggs, Chick Corea, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, the Allman 
Brothers, Aretha Franklin, the Byrds, and Little Feat. After graduation, 
he joined the Tasty Licks, a group from Boston.

At this year?s Xerox Rochester international Jazz Festival, Fleck brings 
his original members together, Howard Levy on piano, harmonica, and 
ocarina, among other instruments; bass guitarist Victor Lemonte Wooten, 
and his brother Roy "Future Man" Wooten on the drumitar, an electronic 
drum shaped like a guitar. The "Original Flecktones" recorded their 
eponymous debut album in 1990 and followed it up with Flight of the 
Cosmic Hippo (1991). In 1993, they released their third album, UFO Tofu, 
which featured music blending different genres ranging from bluegrass to 
R&B to worldbeat. In 1995, they released Tales from the Acoustic Planet; 
Left of Cool followed in 1998, and Tales from the Acoustic Planet 2: The 
Bluegrass Sessions was released a year later. Outbound followed in 
mid-2000. Busy and prolific, Fleck tours non-stop bringing his unique 
virtuosity to avid fans around d the world. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Music 

k.d. lang
k.d. lang is that rare performer who, over 25 years as a major-label 
artist, has matured before our very ears. The Western Canada native 
launched her career with a blend of country-rock stylings and playfully 
punk-like attitude, by turns whimsical and subversive; back then, she 
practically put the alternative in alt-country. But from the very 
beginning, her bravura singing belied her kitschy cowgirl outfits and 
spiky hair; anyone lucky enough to attend very first appearance in the 
United States, on a triple bill of unsigned artists at New York City's 
Bottom Line, could hear that she was marked for greatness.
Her 1989 Grammy Award-winning Absolute Torch and Twang (Best Female 
Country Vocal Performance) combined her love of country with 
increasingly sophisticated, emotive torch singing typified by "Pullin' 
Back the Reins." With the 1992, platinum-selling Ingenue she had 
fashioned a sound?if not a genre?all her own: an elegant and impassioned 
adult contemporary approach. That yielded her biggest hit, "Constant 
Craving," as well as another Grammy, this time for Best Female Pop Vocal 
lang has collaborated, in the studio and on stage, with many pop and 
country performers, including Bonnie Raitt and Elton John. But her 
best-known collaboration has been with veteran crooner Tony Bennett, 
with whom she recorded the 2002 Wonderful World duets album and 
continues to tour regularly, often in symphonic settings. Bennett may, 
in fact, be her biggest fan and he declared to the press what so many 
fans have come to believe over the last two and a half decades: "She's 
one of the most innovative pickers in the world."

Elvis Costello has followed his musical curiosity in a career spanning 
more than 30 years. He is perhaps best known for his performances with 
The Attractions, The Imposters and for concert appearances with pianist 
Steve Nieve. However, he has also entered into acclaimed collaborations 
with Burt Bacharach, The Brodsky Quartet, Paul McCartney, Swedish 
mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter, guitarist Bill Frisell, composer Roy 
Nathanson, The Charles Mingus Orchestra, record producer and songwriter 
T Bone Burnett and Allen Toussaint. Costello?s songs have been recorded 
by a great number of artists. The list of performers reflects his 
interest in a wide range of musical styles: George Jones, Chet Baker, 
Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Dusty Springfield, Robert Wyatt, Charles 
Brown, No Doubt, Solomon Burke, June Tabor, Howard Tate, the gospel 
vocal group The Fairfield Four and the viol consort Fretwork with the 
countertenor Michael Chance. In 2003, he began a songwriting partnership 
wi! th his wife, the jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall, resulting in 
six songs included in her highly successful album ?The Girl In The Other 

During his career Costello has received several prestigious honors, 
including two Ivor Novello Awards for songwriting, a Dutch Edison Award 
with The Brodsky Quartet for ?The Juliet Letters?, the Nordoff-Robbins 
Silver Clef Award, a BAFTA for the music written with Richard Harvey for 
Alan Bleasdale?s television drama series ?G.B.H.? and a Grammy for ?I 
Still Have That Other Girl? from his 1998 collaboration with Burt 
Bacharach, ?Painted From Memory?.

Note to Editors: High-resolution photos of the artists are available in 
the ?Press Room? at www.rochesterjazz.com

  About XRIJF

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank 
was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director 
and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The 2010 Festival drew more than 
162,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world 
perform. It is sponsored by Xerox, the City of Rochester, M&T Bank, 
Monroe County, the Democrat and Chronicle, Eastman School of Music, 
Rochester Plaza Hotel, Brooklyn Brewery, Michelob, Spaten Beer, Verizon 
Wireless, The Community Foundation, 13WHAM TV, Rochester General Health 
System, Visit Rochester, Mercury Print Productions, Constellation 
Brands, SUNY College at Brockport, Admar, Presentation Source, AirTran, 
DownBeat Magazine, Max of Eastman Place, and House of Guitars.
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