The XRIJF 12th Edition will feature Bob James & David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, David Byrne and St. Vincent, Roger Hodgson, Pink Martini, Willie Nelson & Family (SOLD OUT), Frampton’s Guitar Circus, Trombone Shorty (his fourth appearance at XRIJF), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings], Dr. John, Christian McBride's Inside Straight, Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio, Louis Armstrong Society Jazz Band, Alfredo Rodriguez Trio, John Patitucci Trio, Gretchen Parlato, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling, New York Voices, Eric Alexander & Harold Mabern, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Anat Cohen, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius, Larry Goldings-Peter Bernstein-Bill Stewart, Matt Herskowitz Bach to Brubeck, Ravi Coltrane Quartet, Ben Taylor, Gregoire Maret, Terell Stafford, Hilario Duran Trio and many more!
More than 1200 artists from around the world will perform in 280 concerts including more than 75 free shows at 19 venues and outdoor stages. Last year’s festival drew more than 187,000 people from around the world and across the U.S. XRIJF has grown to become one of the world’s largest jazz festivals with one of the nation’s most extensive international lineups. With bands coming to XRIJF from more than 15 countries, the festival will offer something musically exciting for everyone.
“I am very excited and am looking forward to year 12,” said Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director. “The festival has fast become a best-in-class event for culture and music for Rochester, New York State and the world. Local businesses will benefit from the economic impact from almost two hundred thousand attendees. This year we are pleased to add the Little Theatre as a new Club Pass venue. We are welcoming four new sponsors, Wegmans, Unity Health System, Delta Air Lines, LiDestri Spirits and CMI Communications. And with the support of Wegmans, we will be expanding our jazz improv educational program for youth with a new five-day jazz workshop series.”
“As we prepare to welcome the world to the 12th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, the concept we have created - ‘it's not who you know, it's who you don't know’ - has once again proven true,” said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “We have had strong advance sales for Club Pass before any artists were announced. Our headliners this year are also either sold out or near capacity and we expect the free shows to attract tens of thousands to downtown Rochester.”
“We've learned that music lovers truly enjoy artistic discovery and our nine-day voyage into the musical unknown,“ added Nugent. “We salute our incredible patrons and sponsors for their belief in the power of great music and the amazing artists who bring their creativity to us at the highest level.”
June 21 - An Evening with Pink Martini
June 22 - An Evening with Willie Nelson & Family - SOLD OUT
June 25 - David Byrne & St. Vincent
June 26 - Roger Hodgson The Legendary Voice of Supertramp
June 27 - Bob James and David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd
June 28 - Frampton’s Guitars Circus, featuring Peter Frampton and Robert Cray
Free Shows - All shows FREE! No tickets required. Shows go on rain or shine.
City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation
June 21-29, all nine days on Gibbs Street (Jazz Street), concerts starting from 3:45pm and 4:15pm daily until 11.
City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Wegmans June 21: 7pm, Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned / 9pm, Dr. John
City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System
June 22: 7pm, Coupe De Villes / 9pm, Delbert McClinton
June 28: 7pm, The James Hunter Six / 9pm, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
June 29: 7pm, Thunder Body / 9pm, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express
City of Rochester East Avenue & Alexander Street Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System
June 29: 7pm, Mingo Fishtrap / 9pm, Trombone Shorty
2013 marks the sixth year for the ‘Made in the UK’ concert series, part of the Club Pass Series and held at Christ Church. Made in the UK has grown to become the largest presentation of British jazz outside of the United Kingdom.
This year’s free scholarship concert on Monday June 24 will feature Mike Brignola with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins. The winner(s) of the 2013 Scholarship will be announced at the concert. The festival has awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to almost 30 Eastman School of Music students since 2002.
Twenty-one high school jazz bands, a record number, will perform this year on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by The Community Foundation.
What’s New in 2013!
Jazz Workshops for Aspiring Music Students - This new series of five structured jazz workshops will be hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar, and led by five visiting international musicians performing at XRIJF. Aspiring students will have an opportunity to meet, listen to and learn from professional jazz musicians from overseas, and also play. Sponsored by Wegmans, the new series will be held in room 120, the Ray Wright Room, at Eastman School of Music from 1:00-2:30 p.m. Workshops are open to all aspiring grade school and high school music students, no registration is required.
Saturday, June 22 – Cleveland Watkiss, Voice
Sunday, June 23 – Yolanda Brown, Saxophone
Thursday, June 27 – Ryan Quigley, Trumpet
Friday, June 28 – Jasper Hoiby, Acoustic Bass
Saturday, June 29 – Gwylim Simcock, piano
Free Shuttle Service Added - For all nine days of the festival a new free shuttle service will be available connecting festival fans with City parking garages making it easier to get to venues. The route will include multiple stops. The free service is being sponsored by AAA Horizon Club Tours and Simcona Electronics. The route and schedule will be announced in June.
Big Free Concert Added on First Friday on East Ave & Chestnut Stage Featuring Dr. John - Dr. John, the universally celebrated living embodiment of the rich musical heritage exclusive to New Orleans will perform on June 21 at 9 p.m. in a free concert sponsored by Wegmans. Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned, a rising star in the music world from Vermont will open at 7.
New Venue - The Little Theatre 1 is being added as a new Club Pass Venue with 18 concerts over nine days.
Free Library Series is Back - Monday June 24 - Friday June 28 with Mike Kaupa, Nik Finzer, Ted Nicolosi and Shared Jenes, Herb Smith, and Karl Stabnau.
New Venue Name - The RGE-LiDestri Spirit Stage at the corner of Chestnut Street and East Ave will feature free concerts June 23-27 including the Bill Tiberio Band, Violet Mary, Calle Uno, Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience, and Customer Service & The Gem City Horns.
See our website for ticket information.