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Women performers take over day 2 of Jazz Fest

If you were lucky, you had the chance to see two female power houses take the stage Saturday for Day 2 of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.

That included vocalist and Greece native Robin McKelle .

"It's a great feeling to be here because I have so many family here and friends here," said McKelle. "It's just a good feeling to come home."

The soulful artist has been compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse -- which speaks to the root of her soul.

"From Aretha Franklin to Donny Hathaway. Stevie Wonder. Michael Jackson; you know, I grew up listening to Michael Jackson and Whitney."

For the first time, festival-goers were treated to saxophonist YolanDa Brown. The 30-year-old phenom who hails from the UK.

Brown said her music is something for everyone.

"For me, music comes from within, it's what I feel, it's like my diary. It's music everyone can relate to."

Brown, whose debut album topped 20,000 sales, talked about being a lead lady on sax who sees herself as a musician first.

"The more that people get to see a female musician and a female saxophonist it becomes normal so I try not to think about it."

As these women on fire pour their passion for their craft on stage, they leave a lasting note for their audience.

"There's something that really draws me to the sound and the way that I feel when I sing it and I hope that I can make people feel that same energy and spirit," said McKelle.

"It's really rewarding, it really is," said Brown. "To know that some people may not have heard of me before but to take a chance on me -- that's what this is all about: me expressing myself and pushing boundaries."

 
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