Applications for the “Made in the UK” strand at the Rochester Jazz Festival in New York State next June are now open. Each year this set of concerts provides UK musicians with the chance to perform at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in the USA and a number of festivals in Canada. There’s also usually the chance to set up some gigs of your own while you’re over there.
Previous Scottish participants have included Brass Jaw, Breach, Fraser Fifield, Alan Benzie and Tommy Smith with Brian Kellock, while the acts from elsewhere in the UK have included Empirical, Soweto Kinch, Liane Carroll, Mark McKnight, Get the Blessing and the Osian Roberts–Steve Fishwick Quintet.
Applications from performers based in Scotland are being handled by the Scottish Jazz Federation, although it’s the festival promoters who will be making the decision on who will be getting invited, not the SJF. The closing date for applications is September 30th.