Rochester Jazz Festival headliner shakeup: Judd out, Drew Holcomb in

ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – In an announcement Thursday, the Rochester International Jazz Festival said Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors will replace Wynonna Judd as the free Saturday, June 25 headliner at Parcel 5. Wynonna’s mother, Naomi, died last month.

“I am writing to let you know my sadness at stepping down from the festival. I am taking the time I need to process the recent loss of my mother. I appreciate your outpouring of love and support, and we will celebrate music again soon. I promise,” Judd said in a statement, addressing his fans.

“Our hearts go out to Wynonna and her family during this most difficult time following the loss of her dear mother,” festival producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent said in a statement. “Although she cannot join us this year in Rochester, she will be with us in spirit and in our thoughts.”

Safer Drew Holcomb and the neighbors:

Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors is an American band from Nashville, Tennessee. Influenced by Tom Petty and Bob Dylan, Drew Holcomb has found his place in the current landscape of the American singer/songwriter. He and his band developed their sound through extensive touring, performing alongside Amos Lee, Willie Nelson, John Hiatt, NEEDTOBREATHE, Don Henley, and more. The band has sold over 150,000 albums to date and played over 2,000 concerts in 7 countries. Their songs have received over 60 TV placements, appearing on How I Met Your Mother, Criminal Minds, Parenthood, Nashville, HOUSE, Justified and more. Their latest album, Dragons, is available now.


Producer’s choices:

Alongside their press conference today, the RIJF unveiled their “producer’s picks”. Both Nugent and Iacona have contributed to this list of artists they consult. But they will say, it’s not who you know, but who you don’t know.

  • Emmaline
  • Samara Joy
  • Tivon Pennicott Quartet
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • big sloth
  • Itamar Borochov
  • ranky tanky
  • Adam Melchor
  • Champian Fulton Trio
  • Giveton Gelin
  • Emmanuel Wilkins Quartet
  • Dan Wilson Quartet
  • Sarah McKenzie
  • Helen Sung Threesome
  • Robin McKelle
  • Connie Han
  • Lioness
  • Sunna Gunnlaug Trio

Dan’s picks:

Digital content journalist Dan Gross has covered the festival for more than half a decade, from freelance to freelance work to News 8. He’s also known as “Music Man Dan,” so take that for what it’s worth.

He highlighted some shows he can’t wait to check out. There is some overlap with producers, and of course local music will be considered… But that’s for the next list.

  • Lioness
  • Helen Sung Threesome
  • Lioness
  • Trio by Lew Tabackin
  • Trio by Bill Frisell
  • Tom Emmanuel
  • Jeremy Pelt Quartet
  • Scott Mulvahill
  • Judah Sealy
  • Moho Collective
  • “SuperBlue” by Kurt Elling with Charlie Hunter

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