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Puss N Boots & Wynonna Judd & The Big Noise Added to Headliner Lineup

February 25, 2020

Tickets on Sale Friday February 28 at 10AM!

Rochester, NY—February 25, 2020—Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona announced today two more headliners for the 2020 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival – Puss N Boots - featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper, and Wynonna & The Big Noise.

Puss N Boots – featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper will perform on Friday June 19. Puss N Boots first formed in 2008 as a live band performing around Brooklyn. With a repertoire anchored in Americana, country, folk, pop and rock, the band became an outlet for Jones, Dobson and Popper to switch instruments and allowed them to showcase a different side of themselves than on their various solo and side projects. Tickets go on sale Friday February 28 at 10 a.m. and are $83/$73/$53/$33 + service charges.

Wynonna & The Big Noise Saturday June 20. Wynonna Judd and her band The Big Noise, is led by Judd's husband drummer/producer, Cactus Moser. Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. Opening for Wynonna & The Big Noise is Country Tribute Celebration The Music of Tim McGraw/Eric Church & Jason Aldean. Tickets go on sale Friday February 28 at 10 a.m. and are $73/$63/$53/$33 + service charges.

Tickets for both shows go on sale Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. exclusively at RochesterJazz.com or by calling (585) 454-2060. All headliner shows are at 8 PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The festival's 19th edition will be held June 19 to 27, 2020 featuring more than 325 shows and 1750 artists in multiple indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Rochester, New York. The 2019 festival wrapped up with attendance of more than 208,000.

The full lineup including the Club Pass Series and free shows will be announced March 17.

Tickets are on sale now for previously announced headliners Spyro Gyra, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, and Garth Fagan Dance & Monty Alexander. Three and nine-day Club Passes are also on sale. Prices increase March 17. The Club Pass is the festival's popular value pass to discovery, with access to more than 228 Club Pass shows at a record 13 Club Pass venues.

Puss N Boots – Featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones & Catherine Popper

Tickets: $83/$73/$53/$33 + service charges

On sale Friday February 28, 2020

Puss N Boots first formed in 2008 as a live band performing around Brooklyn. With a repertoire anchored in Americana, country, folk, pop and rock, the band became an outlet for Jones, Dobson and Popper to switch instruments and allowed them to showcase a different side of themselves than on their various solo and side projects. After years of live performances, the trio made a full-length album which resulted in their 2014 debut No Fools, No Fun. Comprised of originals and covers, studio recordings and live performances, the album was praised by Rolling Stone, Paste, American Songwriter and led to TV performances on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and CBS This Morning

About Norah Jones (vocals, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, pipe organ, drums) Norah Jones first emerged with the 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described “moody little record” that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon and swept the 2003 GRAMMY Awards.   

About Sasha Dobson (vocals, electric guitar, electric bass, drums) 

Sasha Dobson is a dynamic New York jazz singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She grew up in a family of accomplished jazz musicians including her father, the great pianist Smith Dobson (Red Holloway, Bobby Hutcherson, Art Pepper); her mother, the endearing and sought-after jazz vocalist and educator, Gail Dobson; and her brother, multi-instrumentalist and prodigy of jazz drums, Smith Dobson.

About Catherine Popper (vocals, electric guitar, electric bass, drums, Haken Continuum) Catherine Popper is a North Carolina native who has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Hem, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Levon Helm, Karen Elson, Rhett Miller, Willie Nelson, Peter Rowan and Tony Rice, Norah Jones, Tommy Stinson, Alejandro Escovedo, She and Him, Jesse Malin, Boy George, Brian Fallon, Larry Campbell, and Jack White.

Wynonna & The Big Noise 

Plus! Country Tribute Celebration – The Music of Tim McGraw/Eric Church & Jason Aldean

Saturday June 20, 8 p.m.

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre

Tickets: $73/$63/$53/$33 + service charges

On Sale Friday February 28 at 10AM

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and undeniable talent, Wynonna Judd's rich and commanding voice has sold over 30-million albums worldwide spanning her remarkable 34-year career. As one-half of the legendary mother/daughter duo "The Judds," Wynonna was once dubbed by Rolling Stone as “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline." This iconic performer has received over 60 industry awards, with countless charting singles, including 20 No.1 hits such as “Mama He’s Crazy,” “Why Not me,” and “Grandpa, (Tell Me ‘Bout The Good Ole Days).” 

Wynonna and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband drummer/producer, Cactus Moser, released their debut full-length album in February 2016 via Curb Records to critical acclaim. Wynonna has described the new sound as “vintage yet modern” and a “return to the well.” It’s a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock. The album features special guests Derek Trucks, Jason Isbell, Susan Tedeschi and Timothy B. Schmit. NPR’s Ann Powers noted that, “With her tight band behind her after touring together for several years, she just sounds like she’s home…You can just feel the grin on her face.” 

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