by Jake Clapp
Club Passes for the 2015 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will go on sale Friday, October 24, at 10 a.m., the festival announced today. Club Passes will sell for an early bird price of $174 (plus $6 service charge, $8 if mailed) until midnight on December 31. The price will then increase to $194 (plus service charges) until passes are sold out.
The Jazz Festival also announced venue changes to its 14th edition, which will take place June 19-27, 2015. A new combined Squeezer's Roots and Americana Stage will open on the second floor of the Sibley Building on Main Street, and will present two sets nightly, 7:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. The venue will replace the stages at Abilene Bar and Lounge and Squeezers at the Inn on Broadway.
Another new, unidentified major Club Pass venue, with a capacity of 1000 people, will host sets nightly from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. More details will be announced in November, the Jazz Festival said.
The 6 p.m. shows at the Rochester Regional Health System Big Tent will now be free and feature regional big bands. The 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. shows will still be $20 at the door or accessed with the Club Pass.
Two nights will be added to Harro East Ballroom, allowing the venue to be open the full nine days of the festival.
Club Passes will offer access to 234 Club shows at 13 venues across downtown Rochester during the 2015 edition of the Jazz Festival. Passes can be purchased online at rochesterjazz.com or by phone at 454-2060.
Update: Abilene management says it will continue on its own next year with the same national-level entertainment, under the same big tent during past Jazz Fests. There will be three nights booked, two shows nightly at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $15 per show -- June 19, 20, and 21, 2015 -- and a late night band on the club’s indoor stage every night of the festival.
"We're appreciative of our past participation in XRIJF and are tremendously excited as we pursue a different path," said Abilene owner Danny Deutsch. -- BY FRANK DE BLASE