From the President
The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is in full swing and whether you spend one night or all nine there, you can be sure that WXXI will have you all jazzed up! From concert previews during Morning Edition with Beth Adams and Julia Figueras to performance reviews during All Things Considered with Alex Crichton, we'll keep you informed on all the artists. And if you want a different all-round perspective on the Jazz Festival, tune intoOpen Tunings on WRUR weekdays at 10:30am as the Democrat and Chronicles' Jeff Spevak joins host Scott Regan for a more irreverent take — plus a few tips to make your trip to the Festival a lot more fun. You'll also be hearing news reports peppered through our daily broadcasts as well as guests on Connections with Evan Dawson. And if you're a classical music listener, Classical 91.5 will pay tribute to the Jazz Festival by presenting classical that intersect both the jazz and classical worlds.
Meanwhile WXXI will be taping four Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival performances at Kilbourn Hall as part of its XEROX ROCHESTER INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL series, which will premiere in 2016 on WXXI-TV, and on PBS stations across the country. To get a taste of past episodes, be sure to watch encore episode of last year's Festival at midnight on select nights on WXXI-TV.
Finally, I recommend heading over to the Little Theatre during the Jazz Fest to check out Salena’s Sangriaville. It's a new space at The Little, adjacent to the theater 1. A respite from the hustle on Jazz Street, you can enjoy both chilled and frozen varieties of sangria prepared by Salena’s Mexican Restaurant, as well as wine and beer. In addition, Salena’s will be selling food and is open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. throughout Jazz Fest.
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