Friday, June 19-Saturday, June 27
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.
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.
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
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).
City Newspaper's guide to Rochester's biggest music festival. The 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival runs Friday, June 24, through Saturday, July 2. For more reviews, blogs, photos, and the latest news, check our website every day of the festival.
The 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival runs Friday, June 24, through Saturday, July 2, and City Newspaper will be out every night of the festival, covering multiple shows.