ROCHESTER, NY - One of the nation's biggest music events begins in just two weeks. The 13th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) will deliver nine days of exceptional creative improvised music at more than 325 concerts with 1500+ artists from around the world June 20-28.
Headlining at this year's festival are Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell (two shows both sold out), Earth, Wind and Fire (sold out), Janelle Monáe, Fourplay, Michael McDonald and six-time Grammy winner and American Blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
This year's lineup also features Roberta Gambarini, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Bill Frisell's Guitars in the Space Age, Snarky Puppy, Catherine Russell, Vijay Iyer, Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet, Roy Hargrove, Dianne Schuur, Lucky Peterson, Norma Winstone Trio, Lou Gramm, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Cyrille Aimee, Roy Hargrove, Phaedra Kwant, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Laila Biali, Jacob Young & Trygve Seim + Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Peter Bernstein & Friends, Hot Club of Detroit, Les Doigts de L'Homme, Susanna, Newport Jazz Festival®: Now 60, and many more.
Headlining the festival's more than 75 free shows on outdoor stages are Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Lou Gramm, Marcus Miller Band, Soulive and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
Festival Series - 20 venues all within walking distance in Rochester's East End Cultural District
Headliner Series - 7 shows at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, ticketed
Club Pass Series - 239 shows at 13 venues, entry with Club Pass or $20/$25 at the door Free Outdoor Stage Series - 76 shows, all free, no tickets required, rain or shine.
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation on Gibbs St.
City of Rochester Stage Presented by Wegmans at East Ave. & Chestnut St.
City of Rochester Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System at East Ave. & Chestnut St.
City of Rochester Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System at East Ave. & Alexander St.
The RG&E LiDestri Spirit Stage
Jam Sessions - nightly from 10:30 p.m. at the Rochester Plaza State Street Bar & Grill, led by Bob Sneider and his Trio, free. You never know who will come out to play!
International Artists Lineup Represents 19 Countries - XRIJF presents one of the nation's most extensive international festival lineups with artists coming from 19 countries including the U.S. Canada, Aruba, Cuba, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Italy, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway, England, Scotland, France, Mali, Israel, Netherlands and Poland. The festival's popular Made in the UK series is now in its seventh year and remains the largest presentation of British jazz outside of the UK.
Nordic Jazz Now, will celebrate its eighth year at the festival.
Young Musicians Will Take Center Stage - Hundreds of young people will perform in the festival including 22 regional high school jazz bands and student ensembles from the Eastman School of Music. The annual XRIJF-Eastman School of Music jazz scholarship will be awarded to students attending the Eastman School of Music next fall at a free concert Monday, June 23 at 8:00 p.m. with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Dobbins and special guest John Sneider. The festival has awarded more than $125,000 in scholarships to more than 30 students since 2002.
A free series of five workshops for young musicians will be held June 23-27, led by musicians performing at festival and Bob Sneider. Sponsored by Wegmans. No registration is required.
Parking and Street Closings
Parking is available at several downtown ramp garages and surface lots. Fees vary. The festival does not operate any parking.
Tickets & Admission
Headliner Show Tickets - Tickets still available for Fourplay, Michael McDonald, Buddy Guy and Janelle Monáe. Purchase at rochesterjazz.com, or call 585-454-2060 or visit the Jazz Fest Ticket Shop at the corner of East Ave. and Gibbs St. in Rochester, open June 2, Noon-5 p.m. M-F, and daily June 20-28 from 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Also available at the door. Kodak Hall Box Office and Will Call open at 6:45 p.m. for all 8 p.m. shows; 2:45 for the 4 p.m. sold out Steve Martin show.
Club Pass Series Shows - 239 shows at 13 venues. Entry is first-come, first-served cash only, at the door for $20 ($25 Kilbourn Hall) per show or with the Club Pass, on sale at rochesterjazz.com for $194 plus service charge ($6 if purchased online, $8 if mailed) until sold out. Club show tickets are not available in advance.
Club Pass Ticket Exchange - Exchange your ticket/e-ticket for a Club Pass starting June 16 at the Ticket Shop or during the fest at the Ticket Shop and kiosk on Jazz Street.
Free Shows - 76 shows, no tickets required, all shows rain or shine. Jam Sessions at the Rochester Plaza Hotel State St. Bar & Grill, 70 State Street, Rochester, free admission, nightly from 10:30 p.m.
New Club Pass Venue - Squeezers!
Squeezers at the Inn on Broadway will feature 18 jazz, blues, and R&B concerts all nine days in a tent with a capacity of 400 adjacent to the Inn on Broadway. Squeezers is named in honor of the former Bandbox on State St., also known as Squeezers, for its owner, pianist Joe Strazzeri. Strazzeri's family, the DiMarco's of Rochester, are sponsoring the venue.
Food and Beverages
A wide variety of food and beverages are available at the festival at: Club Pass venues: Abilene's, Harro East Ballroom, Max at Eastman Place, The Little Theatre Cafe, The Rochester Club, Unity Health System Big Tent, Inn on Broadway On Jazz Street, East Ave (free shows nights) and Main St Many restaurants in the festival area.
Four Concerts to Be Recorded Live for PBS -In partnership with WXXI TV (PBS), four concerts in Kilbourn Hall in the Club Pass Series will be recorded for national distribution on PBS stations.
June 21 - Jason Marsalis Vibes
June 23 - Vijay Iyer
June 24 - Louis Hayes & The Cannonball Legacy Band
June 25 - Diane Schuur
13WHAM TV (ABC) Prime-time Special to Air June 18 -13WHAM TV anchors Doug Emblidge and Adam Chodak will co-host a half-hour prime-time special featuring headliner interviews and more. The show airs Wednesday June 18 at 8:30 p.m.
Live 25 Foot Veggies Rock" Painting Being Done on Stage During Lou Gramm Concert - 9:00 p.m. Sat. June 21 FREE! -Wegmans will bring world renowned Montreal performance artist Eric Waugh, to paint a 5ft tall x 25ft long blend of rock and roll and veggies called Veggies Rock" alongside Lou Gramm live on stage while Gramm and his band are performing. The concert is free, presented by Wegmans on the East Avenue and Chestnut Street stage Saturday June 21.
Wegmans VEG-OUT-LOUNGE" at Main @ Chestnut Streets - FREE! Have a seat on custom landscaping designed by Pietro Furgiuele. Charge your cell phone at the free charging stations. See videos the Lou Gramm concert, the Making of Eric Waugh's painting and Wegmans organic farm
Merchandise Tent & Democrat & Chronicle Social Media Cafe - Get a wide array of official festival gear in the Merchandise Tent on Jazz street including the 2014 Poster by artist David Cowles. Meet artists and get CDs signed in the Democrat and Chronicle's Meet and Greet area. Schedule will be posted daily. Visit the D&C Social Media Café and follow the festival conversation on social media. Get your photo taken and share on social media.
2014 Official XRIJF Free App Available for Download at rochesterjazz.com - The official XRIJF smartphone app for Android and iPhone is available for download. It includes the full schedule, artist bios and photos, venue information, maps and the ability to buy tickets. Users can select favorite artists, make a custom agenda, and take and share photos with Photo Booth. The search tool allows easy browsing.
Ticket Shop Open - The festival's ticket shop is open for Club Pass purchases, headliner ticket sales and information. Located at the corner of East Ave. and Gibbs St. in Rochester, the shop is open through June 19, Monday - Friday from Noon - 5:00 p.m. and open daily during the festival, June 20 - 28, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. The service charge for tickets is the same in the shop as it is online and by phone.
Donate Musical Instruments - Rochester Education Foundation volunteers will once again accept donations of musical instruments for Rochester City School students. Accessories including guitar strings, sheet music, metronomes, and music stands are also needed. Please bring your instruments to the table in the Merchandise Tent, daily during the fest from 4:00-8:00 p.m.
2014 marks the 13th edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank. The festival was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. As one of the leading jazz festivals in the USA, the event delivers more than 300 concerts including more than 70 free shows, at 19 venues over nine days. The 2013 Festival drew more than 195,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.