Keyboardist for Bruno Mars, John Fossitt, to Replace Soil & "Pimp" Sessions Who Are Unable to Travel Due to Visa Processing Delay

June 22, 2016

Rochester, NY -- June 22, 2016 -- Soil & "Pimp" Sessions will be unable to perform in the festival due to delayed Visa processing by U.S. Immigration Services. 

The group, from Tokyo, Japan, was scheduled to play at this year's festival on Wednesday, June 29 at Anthology.  Delays in government Visa processing has prevented them from being able to travel to the time to perform.  

The delay was no fault of the band or the festival, which applied for their Visa in January, following the process to the letter. Despite their Visa being approved, a delay in government processing made it impossible for them to get to Rochester in time.  

Replacing Soil & "Pimp" Sessions at Anthology is the John Fossitt Project. Fossitt who happens to be from Rochester, is the keyboardist for Bruno Mars' band. Fossitt and his band will play two shows at Anthology on June 29 at 7:45 and 9:45 PM. Entry is with the Club Pass or $30 cash at the door, no advance sales.

 John Nugent, XRIJF Artistic Director said, "We are very disappointed that Soil & "Pimp" Sessions is unable to appear at the festival due to these circumstances, but are fortunate to have John and his band join us. John is not only a leading keyboardist touring with one of the top acts in the R&B world today, but he is also a local talent and success story."

 Born and raised in Rochester, New York, John Fossitt is an accomplished world-renowned self-taught musician. He began his musical journey learning gospel/classical pieces by ear at the age of five. His formal theory training began at Gates Chili High School and continued at Bethune Cookman University in Daytona Beach Florida.

To pursue a professional career, John left BCU and moved to Los Angeles. His professional accomplishments include playing for artists such as Amerie, Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo, Jodeci, Faith Evans and more. John is currently the keyboardist for Bruno Mars which has blessed him with the opportunity of performing at multiple Super Bowls, award shows and has shared stages with many legendary artists.

With an eclectic ear for music, John's musical influences are legends such as Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jordan Rudess, Art Tatum, Gino Vannelli, Russell Ferrante, Keith Jarrett, Bill Evans, and countless others.

The 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will present more than 1500 artists in 325+ shows at 19 venues in three series - the Club Pass series with 235 shows, Headliner Series with six shows and 99 free shows and events. 

Headliners include Chick Corea, Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Gregg Allman, Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (free), Erykah Badu, and Grace Potter. This marks Chris Botti's fourth appearance at XRIJF and Trombone Shorty's sixth. 

Other artists include Brecker Brothers Reunion Band, Kandace Springs, Rai Thistlethwayte, Red Baraat, Judith Hill, Sarah McKenzie,  Moscow Jazz Orchestra, Tord Gustavsen, Jamison Ross, Nacka Forum, Jon Cleary & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen, John Mooney Band, Los Lonely Boys (who were unable to make it last year), Fitz & The Tantrums, Curtis Stigers, Avishai Cohen Trio, Eric Lindell, John Scofield-Joe Lovano Group, Lizz Wright, Catherine Russell, Eldar, Cyrille Aimee, Lenny White's Present Tense, Nicholas Payton, Mingo Fishtrap, Pedrito Martinez, Bria Skonberg and many more.

  • Tickets available for all headliners shows, $40-125 plus service charges
  • 3-day ($154) and 9-day ($194) Club Passes also on sale.  Service charges apply. 
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  • Founded in 2002, XRIJF is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2016. Produced by John Nugent and Marc Iacona, XRIJF has become one of the nation's most respected music festivals, navigating all genres of creative improvised music. This year's nine day festival, June 24 to July 2, will feature 1500 artists from 14 countries who will perform at 19 venues in more than 325 concerts including 99 free shows and events.