rochester-international-jazz-festival1.jpgJune 22-30, 2012 Rochester, N.Y. - Get ready for the music Rochester! The 11th anniversary edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) ( presented by M&T Bank starts Friday June 22! The world of creative improved music is coming to Rochester with more than 1,000 musicians from 14 countries performing at 300+ concerts. See for the complete schedule, map and artist info.  Accessibility All venues are handicapped accessible. Individuals needing assistance may call the Festival office in advance at 585-454-2060 or see a volunteer at venue entrances. Individuals being dropped off may pull up at the corner of Main St. and Gibbs. App Download the XRIJF iPhone App free from iTunes! Artist Info See the lineup by artist  and by day and plan your festival experience! ATMs ATMs, courtesy of presenting sponsor M&T Bank, are conveniently located at various places throughout the festival including on Jazz Street and in the Big Tent. Cameras and Recording Devices Please note that the use of cameras (still, video, cell phones) and recording devices is strictly prohibited at all indoor concerts at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. Photography is permitted only by credentialed photographers in designated areas. Concert-goers are asked to please abide by these guidelines out of respect for the artists and others in the audience. Anyone not abiding by these rules will be asked to leave the venue. CDs CDs of many artists will be available for purchase following shows. Checkpoints XRIJF encourages all patrons to drink responsibly. Checkpoints will be set up at all exposed entrances/exits so to remind people not to leave with alcoholic beverages. On nights of free East Avenue concerts, wristbands will be issued and will be required to purchase any alcoholic beverage from outdoor vendors. Individuals wishing to purchase alcoholic beverages must show ID with proof of age. Club Pass Shows & Tickets

  • Access with a Club Pass or buy individual tickets at the door for all Club Shows for $20 and $25 (Kilbourn Hall), cash only, no advance sales.
  • Access to Club Shows is first-come first-served whether you have a ticket or Club Pass. No reserved seating.
  • Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show.
  • Food and beverages are available at all Club venues except Kilbourn Hall, Lutheran Church (bottled water available) and Christ Church.
  • Exchange Your Club Pass Ticket for Laminated Pass Before Your First Concert - Redeem your ticket at the Jazz Fest Ticket Shop (10 a.m. - 11 p.m. during the festival; 10-6 before the festival), Merchandise Tent (4 -11 p.m. daily), Official Festival Ticket Kiosks on Jazz Street (Gibbs St.) or Main Street (between Chestnut & Gibbs St.)

Donate Musical Instruments & Accessories Donate your new or used musical instruments and musical instrument accessories to help City of Rochester kids who are interested in studying music.  Bring them to the festival to the Rochester Education Foundation booth, generously donated by M&T Bank, and located in the Merchandise Tent. Volunteers will be there from 5-8 PM daily to take your donations. For more information: 585-271-5790 or Enewsletter Sign up at for enews First Aid Rochester General Health System operates the festival's first aid tent, which will be located outside the Big Tent. Food You'll find food and beverages at most venues, on Jazz Street, outside the Verizon Big Tent and at many restaurants in the area.

  • On Jazz Street - Bayou Billy's, Abbott's, Artichoke French, Tony Pepperoni Pizza, Ludwig's
  • Outside Big Tent: Beale Street Cafe-BBQ, Chef Marco - Italian, Bayou Billy's, Abbott's
  • At all of official jazz fest bars: Holy Cow Cookie
  • Inside RGE Tent: Red Osier
  • East & Chestnut: Snow Daze, Tuscan Wood Fired Pizza, Sonny's Landing, Red Osier
  • Abilene: Le Petit Poutine, Tavern 58, Orange Glory

Free Shows Thanks to the City of Rochester, The Community Foundation and Rochester General Health System, the festival offers almost 70 free shows on Jazz Street, East Ave and Chestnut Street and East Ave and Alexander Street stages. Plus free shows daily at noon at the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County. No tickets required. Shows go on rain or shine. Hatch Hall, New Club Pass Venue Hatch Recital Hall, located on East Main St. next to Eastman Theatre, seats 222 and is the latest jewel among Eastman's concert venues. Acoustically and aesthetically, this beautiful is ideal for the acoustic solo concerts you'll hear there in this year's Club Pass series. Headliner Concert Tickets

  • Saturday June 23 - ESPERANZA SPALDING Radio Music Society  $60/$53/$43/$33 + Service Charges
  • Tuesday June 26 - ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA With Dweezil Zappa  $95/$85/$65/$40 + Service Charges
  • Thursday June 28 -DARYL HALL "Live From Daryl's House" With Special Guest Keb 'Mo  $115/$105/$95/$75 + Service Charges 
  • Also Purchase Headliner Tickets at (Service charges apply)·Festival Ticket Shop & Info Center, 100 East Ave. at the corner of Gibbs St. & East Ave. Open daily during the festival, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. or at the door day of show if available  - Kodak Hall Box Office is open every day from 6:30 p.m. even for sold out shows.
  • Will Call at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre - Open at 7p.m. for all headliner show days; 3 p.m. for Steve Martin matinee.
  • E-tickets - Bring your e-tickets for headliner concerts to be scanned at the door.

Jam Sessions - Jazz Never Sleeps! Jam Sessions start at 10:30 p.m. and run through 2:30 a.m. at the State St. Bar & Grill in the Rochester Plaza Hotel, official hotel of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival. You never know who will stop by to play! Jazz Classes & Pre-concert Discussions at Eastman School The Eastman School of Music will offer a daily pre-concert discussion/demonstration called Legacy of the Masters of Jazz and three jazz-related classes June 25-30 during the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Pre-registration is required for the classes. See information and to register. Kids Jam is June 30 Kids ages 13-19 can sign up to jam with Eastman School of Music faculty during the Festival on Saturday June 30, from 2-4 p.m. The jam is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs St. in Room 120. Please arrive to sign up at 1:45 p.m. For more information call 585-274-1953 or email Bob Sneider at Lost & Found Anything turned into the Festival will be held at the Festival Ticket Office at the corner of Gibbs St. and East Ave. until the end of the Festival. Map You can download a map on homepage, there is a map in the brochure and Program Guide that you can pick up at most venues and at the Ticket Shop. Our iPhone app also has maps for each venue. Merchandise In the Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street - Open daily - 4:30 - 11:00 p.m. New designs and colors this year! Come and see our selection of hats, youth and adult tees, insulated grocery totes, polos, windshirts, camp shirts, oxfords, scoop neck tees, hoody sweatshirts, posters, soft shell jackets, infant romper tops, golf balls, wine glasses, and umbrellas. Most credit cards accepted. Sizes from S-3X. More merchandise is available in our online store. Mobile Site Type in on your smartphone device. News Updates Posted on our web site daily. Photos Check daily for photos from the festival taken by our team of professional photographers. Also watch for photos posted on our Facebook page. Poster Signing- Thursday June 28, 7-8 p.m.This year's official poster is once again the creation of Rochester artist David Cowles. Meet him and have yours autographed.Parking XRIJF is held in downtown Rochester's East End Cultural district. All venues are within walking distance of each other so park once and walk to everything. The Festival does not operate any parking but there are many surface lots and parking garages located near festival venues. Please note, many side streets will be closed off. See city parking garage web site

  • East End Garage, 475 Main St. East, $2 per car, starting 5:30 PM daily, (585) 325-7860 Use Scio Street entrance
  • Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Boulevard, $4 per car, starting at 5:00 PM daily, (585) 232-3810
  • NYSUT & Isaac Heating lots, 30 N. Union Street (corner of Charlotte St.), FREE after 5:00 PM daily, No overnights or WILL be towed
  • Sister Cities Garage, 28 N. Fitzhugh St., closest to Rochester Plaza Hotel for Jam Sessions, 1st 2 hours: $1, each additional hour (or any part of) add $1.00/hr up to $6.75 daily max, weekends free

Prime Time TV Special Tune into 13WHAM TV or set your DVR on Wednesday June 20th for the 1tth edition jazz fest special. 8:00 - 8:30 PM. Adam Chodak and Norma Holland are hosts. Interviews with the artists and more! See the Jazz Lounge for ongoing coverage. Street Closings These streets are closed to vehicle traffic during the following times to accommodate festival concerts and festival-goers. Gibbs St (From East Ave to E. Main) Monday, June 18 (Midnight) to Sunday, July 1 (Midnight) Chestnut St (From E. Main to East Ave) June 23 (6AM) to June 24 (2AM) June 29 (6AM) to July 1 (2AM) East Ave  (From E. Main to Scio) and CHESTNUT (From Broad to East Ave) June 23 (5PM-Midnight) June 29 (5PM-Midnight) June 30 (5PM-Midnight) East Ave (From Prince to Alexander) June 30 (6AM) to July 1 (2AM) East Ave (From Alexander to Union) & ALEXANDER (From Charlotte to Park) June 30 (5PM-Midnight) Main St (from Gibbs to Chestnut-not to include Gibbs or Chestnut) Friday, June 22 to Saturday June 30 (5pm-midnight) Main St. Detour Routes: From the East traveling west on Main, traffic will be diverted north of Main St. right on University Ave to Chestnut St. Left on Chestnut southbound back to Main St. Detour signs will be posted. Local traffic will be allowed to Gibbs St. From the West traveling East all traffic will turn left northbound on Chestnut St. Right on University back to Main St. Detour signs will be posted. Ticket Shop 100 East Ave. at the corner of Gibbs St. & East Ave. Open daily during the festival, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. Pick up a brochure/ schedule guide, program guide, get headliner tickets or info! Phone - 585-315-7742 Twitter Follow us on WXXI/Little Theatre - Free Music,  Films & Fun for Kids The Little Theatre and WXXI are presenting "A Little Taste of Jazz" at the Little Theatre. Enjoy nine days of free jazz films including a Steve Martin Marathon, the 10th Anniversary WXXI/XRIJF series of shows, and free music at the Little Cafe. Plus bring the kids to The Little for hours of fun free activities., Hep Kids: The Family Spot at the Jazz Fest Sat, 06/30/2012 - 11:00am - 3:00pm Xerox House of Grooves! What Type of Jazz Are You? In its fourth year as title sponsor, Xerox works behind the scenes with producers to enhance the attendee experience.  Xerox is printing passes, with built-in, state-of-the-art security features, posters, banners and other signage. They will connect you with the music you love via their Find Your Jazz scavenger hunt, a free photo opportunity and complimentary listening stations.  And they Xerox has created an augmented reality app that allows you to learn more about some of the popular jazz genres and choose your favorite. Browse artists by genre, listen to music samples, sync calendars with show times and locations and more-all with the free JazzFinder app available at the App Store and Google Play.   Stop into the Xerox House of Grooves in Syncopation Square during the festival to learn more. Media Contacts: Jean Dalmath 585-755-6911 Amanda Antinore. 585-729-7533 See Press Room for high res artist photos, past news releases, background info and more.