XRIJF adds three more headliners to 2015 festival


The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival today announced three more headliners to its 2015 festival. Trumpeter Herb Alpert will be joined by vocalist Lani Hall for an 8 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 20. Tedeschi Trucks Band with soulsters Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings will perform Thursday, June 25, at 7 p.m. And The Steep Canyon Rangers -- who have sold out four XRIJF shows with Steve Martin -- will return on Saturday, June 27, for a 4 p.m. matinee show.

All performances are at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The festival previously announced headlining shows from Diana Krall, Jennifer Hudson, and Gary Clark Jr. The 14th edition of the XRIJF takes place June 19 through June 27.

The full 2015 XRIJF Club Pass Series lineup, free outdoor stage shows, and a final headliner will be announced on March 24.

Tickets for the recently added shows go on sale Friday, February 27, at 10 a.m. online at rochesterjazz.com. To order by phone call 454-2060.

Herb Alpert and Lani Hall. - PHOTO BY GERRY WERSH
  • Herb Alpert and Lani Hall.

The term "legendary" is appropriate for Herb Alpert. The trumpeter has won nine Grammy Awards -- the latest for his 2013 album, "Steppin' Out" -- and has sold more than 72 million records. He will be joined by his wife, Lani Hall -- herself a Grammy winner -- for the Kodak Hall performance. Tickets range from $33 to $63.

The Tedeschi Trucks Band. - PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • The Tedeschi Trucks Band.

Eleven-piece blues rock act Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by husband and wife, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, came out swinging with its 2012 debut, "Revelator," which won both a Grammy for Best Blues Album and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year. The Kodak Hall show will be part of the band's "Wheels of Soul" summer tour with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, who belt out a fiery brand of 1960's and 70's funk and soul revival. Capping it off, blues guitarist and vocalist Doyle Bramhall II will also perform. Tickets range from $70 to $125.

The Steep Canyon Rangers. - PHOTO COURTESY XRIJF
  • The Steep Canyon Rangers.

The Steep Canyon Rangers should be familiar to Jazz Fest patrons. The group has appeared in Rochester numerous times backing comedian and banjoist Steve Martin. The Asheville, North Carolina, bluegrass group won a Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013 for its eighth record, "Nobody Knows You." Tickets for this show range from $20 to $45.