The 2016 Rochester Music Hall of Fame Inductees have been announced. They include:
- Alfred “Pee Wee” Ellis, saxophonist who worked with James Brown,
- Joe Locke, world-renowned jazz vibraphonist,
- James Rado, Grammy award-winning composer known for the ground-breaking musical “Hair,”
- The Rustix, an R&B/soul band with hits like “Come on People,”
- Wendy O. Williams, rock singer known for her infamous stage theatrics.
All the inductees have ties to Rochester. Music Hall of Fame organizers say there is a strong music community in this area.
“We have a document that is 55 pages of potential inductees. It goes back a long time,” says Jack Whittier, vice chairman of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame board. “There are so many great musicians that have ties to our area. We felt it is was really important to honor them.”
The induction ceremony will take place April 24.