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Peterson and Sanborn to Headline Rochester Fest

Here’s a fine way to spend your tax refund (we hope you’re getting a refund): Tickets for the Rochester International Jazz Festival, to be held June 4-12, go on sale Friday, April 16. Despite the festival being only three years old, the festival bookers have rounded up a number of capital-S stars including Oscar Peterson (pictured), David Sanborn, Bobby McFerrin, Marian McPartland, Yolanda Adams, Stanley Clarke, Jean-Luc Ponty and Al DiMeola. And that’s a small sample of the fest’s total talent pool, made up of some 70-plus groups.

The fest takes place in Rochester, N.Y. and will include two new features this year: Jazz Street (Rochester’s Gibbs St. will close to traffic on the festival weekends and become Jazz Street, featuring free live music and an outdoor stage located at the corner of Gibbs St. and East Ave.) and Club Pass Big Tent (a 10,000 sq. ft. carpeted nightclub with a stage that seats 350 and features a full bar and food service).

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