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August 21, 2017
Contact: Adele Fico, Arts Center Director 585-242-7682 ext. 1551


The Early Riser

CD Release Event at 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival

Rochester, NY Jazz saxophonist Doug Stone debuts his new CD, The Early Riser at the 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival this fall. Fifteen years in the making, The Early Riser is a collaboration with Illinois lyricist and vocalist Josiah Williams. The work fuses Stone’s modern Jazz compositions and William’s Hip- Hop lyrics together to create a new sound. Joining Mr. Stone and Mr. Williams for the Fringe performance are Jazz artists: Chase Ellison on drums, Chris Potter on guitar and John Tate on bass. The concert takes place at the School of the Arts’ Allen Main Stage Theatre on Friday, September 15 at 5:30 PM. School of the Arts is located at 45 Prince Street in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts.

“We’ve attempted to break a mold and craft a new musical horizon with The Early Riser. We’ve taken straight- up Jazz compositions and infused them with Hip-Hop lyrics written especially for each particular tune, as opposed to playing Jazz in a Hip-Hop style. Josiah brings an entirely fresh sensibility to the work and we believe the audience will find the results exciting,” said Stone.

Doug Stone’s career has involved work as a touring musician, primarily with jazz trumpet legend Maynard Ferguson and his band, the Big Bop Nouveau, as well as with the “world-jazz” group Panoramic. Stone is a published arranger and composer (Kendor Music) whose compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the United States. Mr. Stone performs regularly with the Dave Rivello Ensemble, the Gap Mangione Big Band, the John Nyerges Duo and Quartet, and Rich Thompson among others. He is the director of the Jazz program at School of the Arts, and also serves as chair of the Jazz Department at the Eastman Community Music School. In the summer months, he teaches at the Eastman Summer Jazz Studies Program, and serves as co-director of the Eastman at Keuka College Jazz Camp.

Josiah Williams hails from Illinois; he is a multi-faceted, faith-based artist whose work can be defined as a lyrically expressive, reflective, and fresh. Mr. Williams uses his background in Theatre to engage audiences through lyrical storytelling. Josiah Williams blends Hip-Hop, Rhythmic Soul and Christian Rap into universal music that is appropriate for people of all ages and all walks of life. His signature is to create lyrics that take the listener on a musical and spiritual journey.

The 10-day Rochester Fringe runs from Thursday, September 14, 2017 through Saturday, September 23, 2017. A complete listing of the shows being presented by at SOTA may be found at Advance tickets for all 2017 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival performances are on sale at and

All proceeds from the Fringe benefit the academic, artistic and humanistic needs of the students at School of the Arts. For more information, contact Adele Fico, SOTA Venue Manager at 585-242-7682 ext. 1551 or 585- 402-3947.


Meagan Stone,
Oct 12, 2017, 6:57 PM