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Tickets, Venues, Parking and Additional Information

Festival Information 

Friday, June 19-Saturday, June 27

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre Series

Headliner shows are held in the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs Street). These are ticketed shows; a Club Pass doesn't work here. Tickets, which range from $20 to $120 (plus service charges), are available through the Jazz Festival website (rochesterjazz.com) or by calling 585-454-2060. Note that some headliner shows are already sold out, including The Wheels of Soul Tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Jennifer Hudson. Kodak Hall is also the site of the free ESM-XRIJF Scholarship Concert Monday, June 22, at 8 p.m.

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 13 smaller clubs and venues (listed below). Club Passes cost $194, plus service charges, and almost always sell out in advance of the festival. If you don't have one, you can still buy tickets ($20-$25) to the individual Club Pass concerts at the door, if space is available. Be advised that Club Pass shows tend to sell out on a first-come, first-served basis; even if you have a Pass, you should get there early.

Club Pass venues:

Christ Church 141 East Avenue (Made in the UK Series)

Harro East Ballroom 155 North Chestnut Street

Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music 433 East Main Street

Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music 26 Gibbs Street

Little Theatre 240 East Avenue

Lutheran Church of the Reformation 111 North Chestnut Street (Nordic Jazz Now Series)

Lyric Theatre 440 East Avenue

Max of Eastman Place 25 Gibbs Street

Montage Music Hall 50 Chestnut Plaza

The Rochester Club Ballroom 120 East Avenue (Groove Nights Series)

Squeezers Roots and Americana Stage at the Sibley Building 228 East Main Street

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent Corner of Main and Gibbs streets

Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza 100 South Clinton Avenue, entrance on Broad Street

Free Venues

Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (115 South Avenue) Free shows June 22-26

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

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Free shows June 19-20, 26-27

Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (corner of Main Street and Gibbs) Free shows daily at 6 p.m.

RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage (corner of East Ave. & Chestnut St.) Free shows June 21-25

State Street Bar and Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel (70 State Street) Free jam sessions 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 Boulevard) and the NYSUT & Isaac Heating lots (30 North Union Street). Daily parking at each of these locations costs $7 per car. Also be on the lookout for street parking or spots in surface lots throughout the neighborhood. Parking for jam sessions at the Rochester Plaza Hotel can be found at the Sister Cities Garage (28 N. Fitzhugh Street, $2 per hour up to $10 max, weekends free). For further details and specific street closings, visit XRIJF's website (rochesterjazz.com)

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, open daily during the festival, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The XRIJF also has a mobile-phone app for both Apple and Android phones. It includes a full schedule, venue and artist lists, maps, and an option to buy tickets online. Find the download button on the Jazz Fest website's homepage.

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 post updates on our Facebook page (facebook.com/CityNewspaper) and on Twitter (@roccitynews).

In This Guide...

    Jazz Festival Guide 2015

    City Newspaper's guide to Rochester's biggest music festival. For more reviews, blogs, photos, and the latest news, check our website every day of the festival.

    Friday, June 19 - Schedule

    Friday, June 19 3:45 p.m.: Buckman Heights Elementary School Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Friday, June 19 - Musician Bios

    Friday, June 19 - Musician Bios Anthony Strong Fortified with an acclaimed live show, a tailored suit, and a grand piano, the Anthony Strong wears the "English Gentleman" role well.

    Saturday, June 20 - Schedule

    Saturday, June 20 3:45 p.m.: Gates-Chili High School Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 20 - Musician Bios

    Saturday, June 20 - Musician Bios 78 RPM Big Band A 16-piece band based out of Dansville, 78 RPM brings big band music all through Western New York.

    Raul Midon

    When I reached Raul Midon by phone he had just returned from a tour of Europe. With a vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bassist, percussionist, and trumpet player in tow, it could have been a complicated tour.

    Sunday, June 21 - Schedule

    Sunday, June 21 3:45 p.m.: MCC Jazz Band Jazz Street Stage (FREE)

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios

    Sunday, June 21 - Musician Bios Benny Green Solo See listing for Saturday, June 20.

    Herb Alpert

    It's 9 a.m., Pacific Time when Herb Alpert gave us a jingle-jangle a few weeks ago. He'd been up for hours recording "Whatever pops into my head," the 80-year-old jazz and pop trumpeter says.

    Monday, June 22 - Schedule

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Kaupa Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios

    Monday, June 22 - Musician Bios Blue Highway With more than 20 years together and 11 albums to show for it, Blue Highway is at the top of the bluegrass heap.

    Jane Bunnett

    What is it about Afro-Cuban music that makes it the very embodiment of joy? Is it the dance of the exuberant polyrhythms as they weave in and out of one another?

    Tuesday, June 23 - Schedule

    Tuesday, June 23 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Danny Ziemann Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Tuesday, June 23 - Musician Bios

    Tuesday, June 23 - Musician Bios Aaron Diehl Aaron Diehl turned more than a few heads with his gorgeous keyboard work when he played last year's XRIJF with Cecile Mclorin Salvant.

    Wednesday, June 24 - Schedule

    Wednesday, June 24 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mel Henderson Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Wednesday, June 24 - Musician Bios

    Wednesday, June 24 - Musician Bios Aaron Diehl Solo See listing for Tuesday, June 23.

    Fred Hersch

    Growing up in Cincinnati, Fred Hersch noticed that there was a piano in his house, so, at the age of 4, he sat down and started to pick out tunes. That precocious beginning led Hersch to a career as a sideman with greats like Joe Henderson, Stan Getz, and Art Farmer; as a leader on more than 40 albums; and an innovator who has expanded jazz into multimedia and the classical realm.

    Thursday, June 25 - Schedule

    Thursday, June 25 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Doug Stone Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Thursday, June 25 - Musician Bios

    Thursday, June 25 - Musician Bios Ali Jackson Trio The son of bassist Ali Jackson Sr., drummer Ali Jackson had strong encouragement at an early age from stars like Max Roach, Milt Hinton, and Aretha Franklin.

    Sharon Jones

    Sharon Jones was scheduled to sing at the 2013 Rochester International Jazz Festival when her career was abruptly put on hold due to a bout with cancer. Consequently, the following feature article was also put on hold.

    Friday, June 26 - Schedule

    Friday, June 26 12:00 p.m.: Jazz Starts at the Library with Mike Melito Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (FREE)

    Friday, June 26 - Musician Bios

    Friday, June 26 - Musician Bios Arstidir Iceland's Arstidir has spent the last six years touring in more than 30 countries.

    Ingrid Jensen

    If instruments have personalities, trumpet has to be the most audacious and in your face. Maybe that's why not many budding female musicians are handed one.

    Saturday, June 27 - Schedule

    Saturday, June 27 3:00 p.m.: Bill Tiberio Band East Ave. & Chestnut St. Stage (FREE)

    Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios

    Saturday, June 27 - Musician Bios Alex Pangman Regarded as Canada's "sweetheart of swing," Alex Pangman has proven herself a talented and learned student of the classic jazz singers.

    Steep Canyon Rangers

    To the untrained ear, bluegrass tunes tend to run into each other, the patterns and loops of notes both picked and plucked can be a confusing barrage. That's not to say bands like this aren't accessible, you've just gotta be on your toes.

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