Five Headliners Announced for 12th Edition - Willie Nelson & Family, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Bob James & David Sanborn w/ special guest Steve Gadd, Pink Martini and Roger Hodgson, the Voice of Supertramp!

January 22, 2013

Tickets on Sale Friday January 25!!

Rochester, NY – January 22, 2013 – Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced five headliners for the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival 12th Edition, which will be held June 21-29. Tickets go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at

• An Evening with Pink Martini, Friday June 21, Tickets are $105/$85/$70/$55 + service charges.

• An Evening with Willie Nelson & Family, Saturday June 22. Tickets are $105/$95/$85/$70 + service charges.

• David Byrne & St. Vincent, Tuesday June 25. Tickets are $105/$95/$85/$70 + service charges.

• Roger Hodgson The Legendary Voice of Supertramp, Wednesday June 26, Tickets are $125/$105/$85/$70 + service charges.

• Bob James and David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, Thursday June 27. Tickets are $85/$70/$55/$40 + service charges.

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

“We are excited to bring a diverse lineup of legendary headliners to our 12th edition celebrating many styles of creative improvised music,” said John Nugent, Co-producer and Artistic Director. “This headliner series has a very high level of musicianship, second to none. There are also many very strong songwriters this year, and they have been around for decades, including our legendary hometown drummer Steve Gadd, who will make his premiere appearance at XRIJF with his long-time colleagues.”

Nugent said one additional headliner will be announced.


Tickets are from $40 to $125 and go on sale Friday January 25 at 10 a.m. at Tickets will also be on sale for one day only at the Kodak Hall Oval Lobby Box Office, located at the corner of Gibbs and Main Streets in Rochester, on Friday January 25 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 e-ticketing system. Customers who don’t have computer access may order by calling 585-454-2060.

Club Pass Also on Sale

The ever-popular Club Pass, the exceptional value pass that provides entry to 221 shows at 12 venues in the festival’s Club Pass Series, is still available for $194 plus service until sold out. The service charge is $6, $8 if mailed. Buy online only at Supply is limited. The Club Series and free show lineup will be announced on March 26.

About the 2013 Headliner Artists:

Willie Nelson - The iconic Texan is the creative genius behind historic recordings like "Crazy," "Hello Walls," “Red Headed Stranger” and “Stardust.” With a career spanning six decades, and more than 200 albums, he's earned every conceivable award and honor for his profession and has amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. Born in April 1933 in Abbott, Texas, Nelson began writing songs in elementary school and played in bands as a teenager. His stardom translated to roles in feature films including The Electric Horseman, Honeysuckle Rose, Stagecoach and many more. He tours tirelessly, climbing aboard Honeysuckle Rose III, taking his music and fans on a seemingly endless journey to places that were well worth the ride. In the last five years alone Nelson delivered 10 new releases, two of which received Grammy nominations, released his debut novel and again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, all the while continuing to lobby against horse slaughter and produce his own blend of biodiesel fuel. His latest album Heroes, was released in 2012.

David Byrne & St. Vincent - Known as the force behind Talking Heads and the creator of the record-label Luaka Bop, David Byrne is also a photographer, film director, author, and solo artist. He has published and exhibited visual art for more than a decade. Among his works are Playing the Building, an interactive sound installation at NY’s Battery Maritime Building and London’s Roundhouse; Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, My Life in the Bush of Ghosts; and a series of unique bike racks installed throughout New York City in conjunction with the New York City Department of Transportation. Bicycle Diaries, a chronicle of his bicycle travels features narration and original music by Byrne; Talking Heads: Chronology, a DVD featuring live performances from 1976-1983; a soundwork created while in residence at Living Architecture and Artangel’s A Room for London installation; and a collaboration with Will Oldham for the soundtrack of This Must be the Place. Love This Giant, Byrne’s collaboration with St. Vincent and his latest book How Music Works was released in 2012. Here Lies Love, his 22-song cycle about the life of Imelda Marcos in collaboration with Fatboy Slim, will make its theatrical debut in NYC in 2013.

Roger Hodgson is recognized as one of the most gifted composers, songwriters and lyricists of our time. As the legendary voice, writer and arranger of most of Supertramp’s greatest hits that led to more than 60 million record sales, his enduring songs include: “Give a Little Bit," “Dreamer,” “It's Raining Again,” “Take the Long Way Home,” “The Logical Song,” “Breakfast In America,” “Fool’s Overture” and others. Hodgson co-founded the progressive rock band Supertramp in 1969 and was with them for 14 years. He wrote and sang most of the classic hits that brought Supertramp worldwide acclaim. Roger recently received two awards from ASCAP for his songs being in the top played songs in their repertory, proving that they have indeed stood the test of time. Hodgson left the band in 1983 to spend more time with his family and raise his small children. His songs are still played on the radio around the world, and his unforgettable voice, trademark lyrics, innovative keyboard sounds, masterful 12 string guitar and piano skills, and repertoire of non-stop hits continue to touch the hearts of three generations. All his gifts continue to shine through - in every concert he takes people on a musical journey that is both powerfully moving and intimate. Don't miss the incredible Roger Hodgson and his band at XRIJF 2013!

David Sanborn first headlined at XRIJF in 2004. This time he will be joined by the incomparable pianist, Bob James and Steve Gadd, Rochester’s own world-renowned drummer. Sanborn is one of the most commercially successful American saxophonists to earn prominence since the 1980s. He has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. Having inspired countless other musicians, Dave has worked in many genres that typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. He released his first solo album Taking Off in 1975, but has been playing the saxophone since before he was in high school when he was inspired by the great Chicago blues artists near his hometown of St. Louis. He continues to be one of the most highly active musicians of his genre, with 2010 tour dates exceeding 150. Considered as a whole, Dave is an artist who pushes the limits and continues to make music that challenges the mind and goes Straight to The Heart.

Bob James - In a career spanning five decades, Bob James has produced an impressive body of work - more 58 albums, innumerable awards, and 15 Grammy nominations. Add to that Jazz Artist of the Year, Jazz Producer of the Decade, #1 Jazz radio hits and five #1 tracks on Billboard Jazz Charts. From his first days in Marshall, Missouri, his music has captivated audiences. James was discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, the year he recorded his first solo album. His collaboration in 1985 with David Sanborn, Double Vision, was a Grammy winner, selling over a million albums. He composed the theme song for the television series ‘Taxi' as well as all original music for the show's entire run. He founded the group Fourplay in 1991, which has recorded ten albums and toured the world. Recognized as one of the progenitors of smooth jazz, his music has also had a profound effect on the history of hip-hop music and he demonstrated a different aspect of his musical on the three classical albums he has recorded. His long and varied career continues to evolve.

Steve Gadd - born in Irondequoit, NY, is an American session and studio drummer, who has worked with popular musicians from a wide range of genres. When he was seven years old, his uncle encouraged him to take drum lessons. By age eleven he had sat in with Dizzy Gillespie. By the late 1970s, Gadd was an accomplished drummer. A short list of musicians with whom Gadd has worked includes Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, Steely Dan, Al Jarreau, Joe Cocker, Bob James, Chick Corea, Eric Clapton, James Taylor, Jim Croce, Eddie Gomez, The Manhattan Transfer, Steps Ahead, Al Di Meola, Carly Simon, Jon Bon Jovi, Chet Baker, Paul Desmond, The Bee Gees, Michael McDonald, Kate Bush, and David Sanborn.

Pink Martini - Thomas Lauderdale, who was working in politics, was dismayed to find the music at many live events to be underwhelming, lackluster, loud and un-neighborly. So drawing inspiration from music from all over the world – crossing genres of classical, jazz and old- fashioned pop – and hoping to appeal to conservatives and liberals alike, he founded the “little orchestra” Pink Martini in 1994 to provide more beautiful and inclusive musical soundtracks for political fundraisers for causes such as civil rights, affordable housing, the environment, libraries, public broadcasting, education and parks. Featuring 10-12 musicians, Pink Martini has performed its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with more than 50 orchestras around the world throughout the world. Pink Martini’s debut album Sympathique was released independently in 1997 on the band’s own label, Heinz Records. In 2011 the band released two albums – A Retrospective, a collection of the band’s most beloved songs spanning its 18-year career, and 1969.

Note to Editors: High-resolution photos of the artists are available 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 2012 Festival drew more than 187,000 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, Stella Artois, The Community Foundation, Rochester General Health System, 13WHAM TV & The CW Rochester, Parrone Engineering, M/E Engineering, SWBR Architects, RG&E, Visit Rochester, Mercury Print Productions, Constellation Wines, SUNY College at Brockport, AirTran, DownBeat Magazine, MidTown Athletic Club, Max of Eastman Place, and House of Guitars.