JAZZ FEST GUIDE 2012: Festival Information

Jazz Festival Information

Welcome to the 2012 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. From Friday, June 22, through Saturday, June 30, hundreds of artists will perform more than 285 concerts in a variety of venues in downtown Rochester.


Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Series

Headliner shows are held in the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs St). These are ticketed shows; a club pass doesn’t work here. Tickets, which range from $35 to $125 (plus service charges), are available through Vendini (vendini.com) or by calling 585-454-2060. Note that many of the headliner shows are already sold out. Kodak Hall also hosts the free Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance on Monday, June 25.

Club Pass Series

A Club Pass is your ticket to the Club Series: you can go to as many concerts as you’d like at 11 smaller clubs and venues (listed below). Club Passes for 2012 XRIJF have already sold out. If you don’t have one, you can still buy tickets ($20-2$25) to the individual Club Pass concerts at the door, if space is available. Be advised that Club Pass shows tend to sell out; even if you have a Pass, you should get there early.

Club Pass venues:

Abilene Bar and Lounge 153 Liberty Pole Way (Roots & Americana Stage)

Christ Church 141 East Ave. (Made in the UK Series)

Harro East Ballroom 155 N. Chestnut St.

Hatch Recital Hall Inside Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St.

Kilbourn Hall Inside Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St.

Max of Eastman Place 25 Gibbs St.

Montage Music Hall 50 Chestnut Plaza

Lutheran Church of the Reformation 111 N. Chestnut St. (Nordic Jazz Now Series)

Rochester Club 120 East Ave. (Viva Italia Series)

Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent Corner of Main and Gibbs streets

Xerox Auditorium 100 S. Clinton Ave.

Free Venues

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage (Gibbs Street at East Avenue) Free music daily

City of Rochester East Ave & Chestnut St Stage Free shows June 23, 29 & 30

City of Rochester East Ave. & Alexander St Stage Free shows June 30

Monroe County Public Library (115 South Ave.) Free shows June 25-29

RG&E Fusion Stage (corner of East Ave. and Chestnut St.) Free shows June 22, 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

State Street Bar and Grill (Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St.) Free jazz jams starting nightly at 10:30 p.m.


Parking for all East End venues can be found in the East End parking garage at the corner of Scio Street and East Avenue. Additional parking can be found in the Washington Square Garage (111 Woodbury Blvd.). Also be on the lookout for street parking or spots in surface lots throughout the neighborhood.


The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival’s official website is rochesterjazz.com. You can also visit the Jazz Ticket Shop & Info Center on the corner of East Avenue and Gibbs Street, daily during the festival 10 a.m.-11 p.m. New this year is the XRIJF iPhone app, which can be downloaded on iTunes and includes a full schedule, venue and artist lists, maps, and an option to buy tickets online.

For additional Jazz Fest info, check out rochestercitynewspaper.com to get the online version of this guide, plus our daily Jazz Blog. City’s critics will offer up their reviews of the previous night’s concerts, and you can post your own thoughts in the comments section. We’ll also be posting photos, videos, and more. New blogs will be up by 7 a.m. each morning of the festival. We’ll also be posting updates on our Facebook page (facebook.com/CityNewspaper) and on Twitter (@roccitynews).


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