Once again this year, Miner Library is thrilled to host an exhibit of Kelley Yost’s images of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF). “Mostly Jazz” is on display through the end of September.
During the nine-day festival, Gibbs Street becomes a pedestrian mall, aptly renamed Jazz Street. The Festival is now considered to be one of the top 5 in North America and showcases acts from North and South America, Europe, and Africa. In 2011, over 125,000 people attended.
“People ask me who they should see,” says Kelley. “My reply is always, ‘Someone you’ve never heard of before.’ As befits a city with extraordinary local musical talent, the festival talent level is exceptional. It gives high school students the opportunity to plan in front of a very different audience. It is not uncommon to see professional musicians in the crowd listening to a good high school show. The streets are filled with people. This is Rochester at its best.”
The images are vibrant and expressive. They depict individuals, groups, and crowds; sunlight and moonlight. A delight for the senses.
In addition to being one of five official Jazz Festival media photographers, Kelley is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry (University of Rochester, School of Medicine & Dentistry).
Edward G. Miner Library is an academic health sciences library serving the University of Rochester Medical Center, including the Eastman Dental Center, School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, Strong Memorial Hospital, University Medical Faculty Group, and members of the public in the eleven county area surrounding Rochester, New York.