The 2014 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 28
TICKETS & VENUES
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 $40 to $105 (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 Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Ranger featuring Edie Brickell, and Earth, Wind and Fire. Kodak Hall also hosts the free Gerry Niewood Jazz Scholarships Performance on Monday, June 23.
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:
Abilene Bar and Lounge 153 Liberty Pole Way (Roots & Americana Stage)
Christ Church 141 East Avenue (Made in the UK Series)
Harro East Ballroom 155 N. Chestnut Street
Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music, 433 E. Main Street
Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, 26 Gibbs Street
Little Theatre 240 East Avenue
Lutheran Church of the Reformation 111 N. Chestnut Street (Nordic Jazz Now Series)
Max of Eastman Place 25 Gibbs Street
Montage Music Hall 50 Chestnut Plaza
The Rochester Club 120 East Avenue (Groove Nights Series)
Squeezers at The Inn on Broadway 26 Broadway
Unity Health System Big Tent Corner of Main and Gibbs streets
Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza 100 S. Clinton Avenue, entrance on Broad Street
Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County (115 South Avenue) Free shows June 23-27
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 20-21, 27-28
City of Rochester East Avenue & Alexander Street Stage Free shows June 28
RG&E-LiDestri Spirit Stage (corner of East Ave. & Chestnut St.) Free shows June 22-26
State Street Bar & Grill (Rochester Plaza Hotel, 70 State St.) Free jazz jams starting 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 N. 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 June 17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and daily during the festival, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. The XRIFJ 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).