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Jazz Festival headliners
The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday.
It has become one of the nation's most popular and respected music festivals.
Below are a list of the 2014 headlining acts with background courtesy XRIJF:
Friday June 20th Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 8 p.m.
Monae is an award winning songwriter, performer, producer and CoverGirl. Her success has also garnered her six Grammy Award nominations.. She received Billboard's prestigious "Rising Star Award" in 2013.
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Feat. Edie Brickell
Saturday June 21st Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 4 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Although the new musical partners have already built widely-loved individual
bodies of work, their inaugural duo effort is a substantial departure, as a well as
a creative milestone, for both artists. Love Has Come for You offers 13
eloquently rootsy Martin/Brickell compositions that combine the former's
inventive, expressive five-string banjo work with the latter's heart-tugging
vocals and vivid, detail-rich lyrics.
Monday June 23rd Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 8 p.m.
John "Scrapper" Sneider has gained national recognition as an innovative jazz trumpet player and composer. John records, tours, and performs with a diverse group of artists. In 1998, John was the winner of The Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition sponsored by The International Trumpet Guild.
Tuesday June 24th - Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 8 p.m.
For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings - six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album charts - the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.
Thursday June 26th Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 8 p.m.
Eric Clapton called blues legend Buddy Guy "the best guitar player alive." Internationally acclaimed, a Grammy winner and now an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Guy has firmly cemented a blues legacy that places him squarely in the company of his heroes who came before.
Earth Wind & Fire
Friday June 27th Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 8 p.m.
Earth, Wind & Fire, America's seventh top-selling musical group of all-time, was born in Chicago in 1969 and is still going strong in its fifth decade, making music that crosses years and decades and now connects the 20th and 21st centuries.
Inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, Earth, Wind & Fire has earned eight Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards alongside numerous other accolades including the prestigious Soul Train Legend Award. EWF has sold more than 90 million albums worldwide and is one of the world's top touring bands.
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