Jennifer Hudson and Gary Clark Jr. to Headline at Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival -- Tickets on Sale Thursday at 10 AM

February 9, 2015

Rochester, NY--February 9, 2015-- Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced two more headliners for the nine day 14th edition Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival June 19-27.

Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson will perform on Wednesday June 24. Grammy winning guitarist, songwriter and singer Gary Clark Jr. with very special guest singer, Beth Hart will perform Tuesday June 23. Both concerts start at 8PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

Tickets go on sale Thursday February 12 at 10AM only at To order by phone call 585-454-2060. Tickets for Hudson are $120/$95/$75/$55 + service charges. Tickets for Clark and Hart are $63/$53/$43/$33 + service charges.

Hudson and Clark join already announced headliner Diana Krall, who is performing in two shows on opening night Friday June 19. Tickets are still available at for the 4PM matinee show added after the 8PM show sold out.

The Club Pass is also on sale at for $194 plus service charges.

For complete bios on the artists see For high res photos of the artists see Press Room.

Jennifer Hudson

From humble beginnings, Jennifer Hudson began singing in a small Chicago church where, week after week, she brought the congregation to its feet. From there, she's gone on to worldwide acclaim. Hudson most recently released her third critically acclaimed album, "JHUD," which opened in the Billboard Top 10 in September 2014.

Hudson has made quite an impact in the world of music with the successful release of both of her Sony/Arista Records albums. Her sophomore album, "I Remember Me," was introduced in 2011 to rave reviews, debuting at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 and R&B Albums charts. It has since been certified RIAA Gold in the U.S.

Hudson's 2008 debut self-titled record won a Grammy Award for "Best R & B Album." She also received three additional nominations including "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance," "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals" and "Best R&B Song."

This past spring, Hudson was seen in "Lullaby," a film by director Andrew Levitas. In 2013, Hudson also appeared in her first movie musical since "Dreamgirls," in "Black Nativity." Just prior, Hudson was seen in "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete." In September of the same year, Hudson starred alongside Terrence Howard in Darrell Roodt's "Winnie Mandela." The role recently garnered Hudson an NAACP Image Award nomination for "Best Actress".

In 2012 Hudson released her New York Times best-selling memoir, "I Got This: How I Changed My Ways, Found Myself and Lost Everything that Weighed Me Down".

In 2007, Hudson won an Academy Award for her role as "Effie" in the smash hit "Dreamgirls," an adaptation of the Broadway musical.

Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. is a musical universe unto himself, expanding at a nearly immeasurable rate, ever more hard to define - as a mind-blowing guitarist, a dazzling songwriter and engagingly soulful singer.

With his debut album Blak And Blu he has just become the first artist ever recognized by the Recording Academy with Grammy Award nominations in both the rock and R&B categories for the same album in the same year, winning the latter: Best Traditional R&B Performance" - "Please Come Home" (from the album Blak And Blu).

Rock and R&B sure, but blues, soul, pop, psychedelia, punk and hip-hop are also in Clark's expansive musical embrace and insatiable hunger for inspiration, which he's internalized into music all his own. That, in turn, has been inspirational to others - including some who inspired him. Just ask Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Jimmy Page, Alicia Keys, the Roots, Buddy guy, Dave Matthews, Roger Waters, Keith Urban, Sheryl Crow, Jeff Beck, among the many who hailed his arrival as a major talent and cherished chances to perform with him. He was invited to make more "special guest" appearances on the Stones' recent 50th anniversary tour than any other artist, including the concluding Hyde Park blowout in which he and band also were the opening act.

Beth Hart

Some say there can be no artistry without agony. And the real life-changing events that shape the creative spirit don't happen overnight. Singer Beth Hart has been dealing with demons that have pursued her for her whole life: a father who had ongoing legal problems, a mother so sick and broken-hearted she couldn't get out of bed at times, siblings on drugs, her older sister who died from complications from AIDS when Beth was only 20 and her own battle with drugs, booze, bad relationships, bad decisions and ultimately the diagnosis that tied the knot on the whole damn thing, bi-polar disorder.

And on face value, her new album, Better Than Home, is saying, "anything is better than what I came from, so I'm gonna go out of my way to create something better than that."

After her close friend and manager, David Wolff, saw her performing on the streets of LA, she got her record deal with Atlantic in a matter of weeks. The incomparable Jeff Beck invited her to tour with him as his lead singer on one of his US tours.


About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

The nine-day 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. Almost 200,000 music lovers attend the festival from around the U.S. and the world. The Festival is presented in three series - Club Pass, Headliner and Free Shows. It features a diverse and eclectic performance roster of 1,500-plus artists performing in more than 300 concerts including 75+ free shows at 19 venues.