Joss Stone

King Crimson, Joss Stone, "To Ray, With Love" Maceo Parker and The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes, and Scott Bradlee's "Postmodern Jukebox" 

Tickets on Sale Friday January 20 at 10AM 

Rochester, N.Y. -- January 17, 2017 -- Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona announced today the final four headliner shows for the nine-day 16th edition Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) June 23 to July 1, 2017.

 

"Every June we bring world-renowned artists to Rochester from around the globe," said John Nugent, artistic director and co-producer. "This year the iconic UK art rock group, King Crimson, led by the incomparable Robert Fripp, makes a rare appearance on American shores. British soul goddess, Joss Stone, brings a powerhouse band along with her amazing vocals. YouTube sensations, Postmodern Jukebox, will deliver their unique sounds in Kodak Hall and we are honored to present the ultimate celebration of the life of the legendary Ray Charles 'To Ray, With Love' starring Maceo Parker with The Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes."

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

Tickets go on sale Friday, January 20 at 10 a.m. only at rochesterjazz.com. To order by phone call (585) 454-2060. Ticket prices: 

  • Friday, June 23 - Joss Stone: $120 / $95 / $75 / $55 + service charges.  
  • Saturday, June 24 - "To Ray With Love" Maceo Parker and the Ray Charles Orchestra featuring The Raelettes: $95 / $85 / $75 / $55 + service charges
  • Tuesday, June 27 - Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox:  $85 / $70 / $55 / $45 + service charges
  • Friday, June 30 - King Crimson:  $125 / $115 / $95 / $75 + service charges 

The 3-day Club Pass and 9-day Club Pass are also on sale at rochesterjazz.com for $154 and $204 respectively, plus service charges. Tickets for headliners already announced, Sheryl Crow and Mavis Staples, are also still available. 

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

Joss Stone (pictured) has been obsessed with soul music since she was a little girl. By the time she was in her early teens she had begun to intuitively hone her now trademark gravelly-but-lustrous vocals by singing along to Aretha's Franklin's Greatest Hits. She began pursuing a singing career at thirteen, securing a record deal at 15, and recording her star-making debut album, The Soul Sessions, which was released in 2003. 10 years on from those stunning debut sessions, Joss decided to bring things full circle and revisit where it all began - with her follow up to that multi million selling debut The Soul Sessions Volume 2. A stunning exercise in vocal poise, passion and power, the album was well received globally and charted in the Top 20 both in the UK and in the US, garnering some of the best her reviews for many years. 2014 will see her complete work on her seventh studio album and start out on her most ambitious project to date - the Total World Tour.

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It's the fall of 1963 and Maceo Parker is standing out back of the Coliseum in Greensboro' North Carolina trying to catch a glimpse of his idol, Ray Charles. He's looking for anyone he would recognize from the band but all he sees is strangers. Out of the corner of his eye he sees the flare of a lighter. Instantly Maceo recognizes Hank Crawford, the epitome of cool in his leather jacket and matching boots. It is nearly midnight but Crawford still has his sunglasses on. The back door of the Coliseum opens and the rest of the band spill out. Then Ray Charles emerges and in an awestruck moment the young saxophonist makes a promise to himself and a silent one to Ray Charles: "one of these days you're all gonna know me." 

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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox was founded by pianist and arranger Scott Bradlee in 2009. The ensemble reimagines contemporary pop, rock and R&B hits in the style of various yesteryears, from swing to doo-wop, ragtime to Motown - or, as Bradlee himself puts it, "pop music in a time machine." The band parlayed a series of YouTube videos shot in Bradlee's Queens living room into massive success, accruing more than 500 million YouTube views and over 2 million subscribers, an appearance on "Good Morning America," and performances at packed houses across the globe.

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"King Crimson is, as always, more a way of doing things. When there is nothing to be done, nothing is done: Crimson disappears. When there is music to be played, Crimson reappears. If all of life were this simple," Robert Fripp. King Crimson was conceived in November 1968 and born on January 13th 1969 in the Fulham Palace Cafe, London (Fripp/Ian McDonald/Greg Lake/Michael Giles/Pete Sinfield), coming to prominence after supporting The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park. Their ground-breaking debut In The Court Of The Crimson King (1969) described by Pete Townshend as "an uncanny masterpiece", began a career that has spanned four decades and influenced many bands and individuals including Yes, Genesis, Tool, and Porcupine Tree.

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