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Get your jazz on 

The Rochester International Jazz Festival's fourth year is its biggest so far, and seeing your favorite acts may take a little planning.

Three concert series

Eastman Theatre Series: Headliner shows are held in the Eastman Theatre (60 Gibbs Street). These are ticketed shows; a Club Pass doesn't work here. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets, which range from $27.50 to $65, are available through Ticketmaster (, 232-1900) or Ticket Express (885 East Main Street, 222-5000).

Club Series Pass: A Club Pass is your ticket to the Club Series: You can go to as many concerts as you'd like (100-plus) at smaller clubs and venues. A Club Pass is $75 before June 10; $85 after June 10. If you don't have a Club Pass you can still buy tickets ($15-$20) to the Club Pass Series concerts at the door, if space is available. But be advised that Club Pass shows tend to sell out. Even if you have a Pass, you should get there early. Admission is space-limited.

The best thing about the pass is the sense of freedom and serendipity it affords. You can walk from venue to venue, sampling everything until you find an act that you like. Some of the best are bound to be acts you've never heard of. If you're going to more than four or five shows, get the pass.

The Club Pass is available at (service charges apply), at Ticketmaster (232-1900,, or in person at the Ticket Express Box office at 885 East Main Street, 222-5000.

The Club Pass venues are:

Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs Street

RIJF Club Pass Big Tent, the corner of Main and Gibbs Streets

Max of Eastman Place, 387 East Main Street

Milestones, 170 East Avenue

Montage Grille, 50 Chestnut Plaza

Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue

State Street Bar and Grill, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 70 State Street

Jazz Street: RIJF turns Gibbs Street into Jazz Street on the two festival weekends. There is food and drink to buy, the street is blocked to traffic, and there's music in the air. All shows at the three Jazz Street-adjacent stages are free (yes FREE). Check them out: The Jazz Street Stage (corner of Gibbs Street and East Avenue), East Avenue Stage (corner of East Avenue and Chestnut Street), and The Chrysler Performance Area (East Main and Gibbs Streets).


Parking for all East End venues can be found in the East End parking garage at the corner of Scio Street and East Avenue. All other venues will have on-site parking available.

More info

There are two websites for information on RIJF: and

In This Guide...

    In her dreams

    Juana Molina’s nighttime missives have been keeping us happily awake
    Juana Molina’s nighttime missives have been keeping us happily awake

    Rochester International Jazz Festival 2005

    'Some nice music'
    500 musicians. 100 acts.

    Giant footsteps

    Ravi Coltrane forges his own path on the saxophone
    Ravi Coltrane forges his own path on the saxophone

    Music from the first voice

    Kahil El'Zabar takes percussion from Africa to America
    Kahil El'Zabar takes percussion from Africa to America

    Roll call

    Our guide to picking and choosing
    To take full advantage of all RIJF has to offer, you have some planning to do. Read this section for short descriptions of almost every act in the festival.

    On screen: 'Miles Electric'

    The jazz film makes a welcome reappearance in the RIJF lineup this year. On Wednesday, June 15, at the Eastman Theatre, you can relive the great plugged-in controversy as it related to Davis, not Dylan, during a free 8 p.m. screening of Miles Electric: A Different Kind of Blue.

    Bending chords

    Bill Frisell re-invents the jazz guitar
    Bill Frisell re-invents the jazz guitar

    Bass ambitions

    Jay Leonhart strokes at Swing 'n Jazz
    Jay Leonhart strokes at Swing 'n Jazz


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