Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces Four Headliners for 11th Edition - Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Steve Martin, and Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa -- Tickets on Sale Friday January 27!!

January 24, 2012

Rochester, NY – January 24, 2012 – Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced four headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 11th Edition, which will be held June 22-30, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday January 27 at 10 a.m. at

• Grammy Award winner Diana Krall will perform on opening night, Friday June 22. Tickets are $120/$95/$75/$55

• Dweezil Zappa Plays Zappa performs Tuesday June 26. Tickets are $95/$85/$65/$40

• Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers – “An Evening of Bluegrass and Comedy” takes the stage on Wednesday June 27. Tickets are $105/$95/$75/$55

• Norah Jones, makes her return to Rochester for the first time since the first edition, performing on Friday June 29. Tickets are $125/$105/$85/$70

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

“We’re extremely pleased to announce these amazing star artists today and will also be announcing two more headliners within the next month,” said John Nugent, Artistic Director and Producer. “With these headliner acts combined with the wide scope and depth of all the amazing artistry coming together for our Club Pass Series and free street shows to be announced on March 20, I fully expect our 11th Edition festival to be the best one ever."


Tickets are from $40 to $125 and go on sale Friday January 27 at 10 a.m. at Tickets will also be on sale at the at the Kodak Hall Oval Lobby Box Office, located at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets in Rochester, for one day only on January 27 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. John Nugent will be overseeing box office operations. There is a $7 service charge for all headliner tickets. To have printed tickets mailed to you, the service charge is $9.

The fastest way to order tickets is online at with the festival’s new e-ticketing system. Customers who don’t have computer access may order by calling 585-454-2060. The new e-ticketing system is run by RIJF and replaces all Ticketmaster and Auditorium Theatre sales. Customers will no longer be able to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster or at the Auditorium Theatre. For more information on how the new e-ticketing system works, see

Club Pass Also on Sale – Less than 200 Remain

The ever-popular Club Pass, an exceptional value pass that provides entry to more than 200 shows in the festival’s Club Pass Series, went on sale in October selling faster than ever before. Only a couple hundred passes remain. Passes are $170 plus $4 service charge until Friday March 23 at midnight; 
$185 plus $4 service charge from Saturday March 24 until the festival begins or passes are sold out. Buy online only at

About the Headliner Artists:

NORAH JONES - will perform at the Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theater in the wake of the spring release of her new album entitled Little Broken Hearts, a collaboration with producer and musician Danger Mouse. The two first worked together when Danger Mouse called upon Jones to contribute vocals to his acclaimed 2011 album ROME, and their connection proved deep enough that they decided to collaborate on Jones’ fifth studio album. Little Broken Hearts is the fascinating next step in the artistic evolution of one of the most intriguing singers to have emerged in the past decade, beginning with the release of the Grammy-winning debut album Come Away With Me.

DIANA KRALL – at the age of 43 – has experience in her favor. Born in Nanaimo, Canada, to a musical family – her father is a stride–style pianist and serious record collector –– she grew up absorbing music that guided her future growth. She attended Berklee School of Music in the early ‘80s, then moved to Los Angeles where she continued her studies. By 1990, Krall relocated to New York City and began performing with a trio, and in 1993, she released her debut album on a small Canadian independent label.

Fifteen years later, she can look back over a stellar career path: in ’99, signed to Verve, her career exploded when When I Look in Your Eyes won a GRAMMY® for best jazz vocal and became the first jazz disc to be nominated for Album of the Year in twenty–five years. In 2002, The Look of Love was a #1 bestseller in the US and a five–time platinum album in Canada. 2004’s The Girl in the Other Room, was her first to focus on her own songwriting (with six tunes co–written with husband Elvis Costello); 2005’s Christmas Songs proved one of the season’s best–sellers; and 2006’s From This Moment On was an upbeat, critical success that coincided with the birth of her twin sons – a life–affirming event that LiPuma feels enhanced Krall’s continuing growth as a musician. ”Motherhood definitely agrees with her,” and marriage. I think she’s really come into her own.”

STEVE MARTIN, one of the most diversified performers in the motion picture industry today—actor, comedian, author, playwright, producer, musician – has been successful as a writer of and performer in some of the most popular movies of recent film history.

Martin released his second full-length bluegrass album, Rare Bird Alert on Rounder Records in 2011, which has been nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Bluegrass Album. The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will be broadcast live on February 12, 2012. He is joined by the Steep Canyon Rangers, who toured extensively with Martin. The album features 13 new Martin-penned tracks, including a live version of “King Tut,” and was produced by Tony Trishka. Paul McCartney and The Dixie Chick make special guest vocal appearances on the album. Martin co-wrote two of the CD’s songs with the Steep Canyon Rangers. In 2010, Steve Martin's banjo album, The Crow / New Songs For The Five-String Banjo, won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.

Since becoming involved in the modern bluegrass scene, Martin has been impressed with the overall level of musicianship that exists in the world of the professional and semi-professional player. As such, in 2010, Martin established The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, an annual award that brings recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music.

ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA is Dweezil Zappa’s ongoing homage and performance of his father’s music. Frank Zappa (1940-1993) was an American composer who immersed himself in his craft with equal parts vision and vigor. Over the course of 80 albums—first as the leader of the Mothers Of Invention and then as a solo artist—Zappa raised the bar in a rock world that spent most of its time embracing the ordinary.

Dweezil Zappa is becoming more proactive in the continued public display of his father’s music for years to come. Zappa Plays Zappa is a seven-person-strong ensemble dedicated to keeping Frank Zappa’s music very much alive. Zappa Plays Zappa is the synergistic result of what happens when a vibrant repertoire of music is learned by a stellar band and worshipped by an audience weary of Pro Tools.

“It seems to me that people my age (38) and younger know the Zappa name a little bit, but they don’t know a lot about the music,” says Dweezil. “I feel that Frank’s music needs to be proposed to a new audience.

Note to Editors

High-resolution photos of the artists are available in the “Press Room” at


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 2011 Festival drew more than 182,000 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, Rochester General Health System, 13WHAM TV, 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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