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Getting Jazzy

August 10, 2012

For the last 10 years I have been a merely a spectator at one of my favorite events in Rochester; the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Tents pop up, streets are closed off and crowds fill the neighborhood as sounds of trumpets and saxophones fill the air for nine incredible, and I mean IN-CRED-I-BLE, days of music.  The festival is hugely popular and this year was no exception; with over 300 concerts at 18 venues in downtown Rochester the East Avenue neighborhood comes alive with the sounds of jazz and has something to offer any music fan.

When I was asked to be an official photographer for the festival this year I was honored, and then incredibly excited when I thought of the lineup and all the music I was about to have access to!  Stage and front row access to festival favorites like Trombone Shorty, Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, and big names like Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Ranchers.  I knew I would love every music filled minute before I even started snapping my camera.  For 9 glorious days I listened to unbelievably talented musicians, bumped into old friends on the streets, made new friends, sampled new foods, drank lots and lots of coffee, and captured fantastic moments from the festival.


Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Ranchers



Ryan Koenig



Pokey Lafarge & The South City Three at Abilene





Big Sam's Funky Nation




Luca Ciarla Quartet at The Rochester Club

Luca Ciarla Quartet at The Rochester Club





Luca Ciarla





Blackie & The Rodeo Kings



Hatch Hall - Harold Danko


Rich Thompson Trio





Trombone Shorty





Trombone Shorty





Trombone Shorty






    • Magic Rainbow Photography says:

      Hi there,

      I admire your work. Great pictures captured at the right moment!

      Marta at hhtp://

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