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U.K. Stage at the Jazz Festival

Rochester, N.Y. - The 13th Annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is winding down. Saturday is the final day jazz music will flood downtown Rochester until next year.

Performers from all over the world come to this festival including bands from the U.K.
Lockheart/Noble/Hoiby, a trio from the U.K. were rehearsing in the Christ Church, Thursday.

Saxophonist Mark Lockheart explained while a lot of their jazz influence comes from the U.S. their sound is different from what Americans know as jazz.

"There's a lot of influence with classical music and European folk music," said Lockheart.

"It's nice to feel like you're getting an audience for something people normally wouldn't be exposed to," said the group's pianist Liam Noble.

Thats one of the reasons Rachel Deaton of Hilton was heading into the Lockheart/Noble/Hoiby concert.

"I love the variety going to new music, going to a band you've never seen before and then you end up loving them," said Deaton.

The bands in the Christ Church are all from the U.K. The first year for the stage was 2008 and its only continued to grow.

"We had 90 English groups apply this last year to be selected to come over here," said John Ellson organizer for the U.K. stage at the Jazz Festival. He said those selected have seen their opportunities in North America increase. "It built up into Canada and all the Canadian festivals."

Proof the reputation of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival has reached far beyond our city.

"I just want to hit them in the heart probably and if we can achieve that I'll be happy," said Jasper Hoiby, bassist of Lockheart/Noble/Hoiby.

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