Save the dates!  15th Edition is June 24 - July 2, 2016

15th Edition | June 24-July 2, 2016

The Festival, held in Rochester, New York, is presented in three series: Headliner, Club Pass and Free Shows. There are also nightly jam sessions. 

Presented by Monroe County 
Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Tickets required; Doors open 30 minutes before concerts; Show times vary, check scheduleClub Pass not valid for these concerts.

221 Shows, 13 Venues
Doors open 30 minutes before shows at all venues. Seating is first-come first-served with Club Pass or by paying cover charge of $30 ($35, Kilbourn Hall) at the door. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as concerts frequently sell out. No advance sales. 

  • Anthology at 336 East Ave
  • Christ Church
  • Harro East Ballroom 
  • Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman East Wing
  • Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
  • Little Theatre
  • Max of Eastman Place
  • Montage Music Hall 
  • Reformation Lutheran Church
  • Rochester Club Ballroom 
  • Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (8:30/10:30 shows)
  • NEW Squeezers Stage at Anthology 
  • Lyric Theatre at 440 East Avenue
  • Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza

93 Shows, 6 Venues
All concerts take place rain or shine. No tickets required. Bring lawn chairs. Food and beverages available for sale. 

  • City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation on Gibbs St.
  • City of Rochester Stage Presented by Wegmans at East Ave. at Chestnut St.
  • City of Rochester Stage Presented by Rochester Regional Health System at East Ave. at Chestnut St.
  • The RG&E - LiDestri Spirit Stage
  • Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (6PM shows)
  • Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County 

Nightly from 10:30 'til... 
No cover charge. Food and beverages available.
State St. Bar & Grill at the Rochester Plaza Hotel


Please be advised that no photography or video/audio recording is allowed inside any venue except by credentialed media photographers and official festival photographers. Anyone taking pictures will be asked to leave the venue.

2013 Festival Time Lapse 

About the Festival

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) in Rochester, New York, has quickly become one of the nation's most popular and most respected music festivals.

  • 1500+ artists
  • 19 venues
  • 324 concerts including 93 free shows and events!

The 2014 Festival wrapped up June 29 after delivering nine days of exceptional music at more than 325 concerts at 20 venues in downtown Rochester's East End Cultural District. 

Founded in 2002 in Rochester NY,  attendance at the Festival has grown each year, from 15,000 the first year to nearly 200,000 in 2014,  attracting music lovers from around the U.S. and the world. 

The Festival is produced and owned by RIJF, LLC, a privately held company owned by John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director.  

Nugent and Iacona consistently deliver a multi-dimensional festival with something for everyone. Nugent, a noted tenor sax player, has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Iacona, a Rochester native, business and community leader, is an avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts, and is President of Simcona Electronics. 

Signature Highlights
The reasons for XRIJF's success are as diverse as its programing.  

From legendary performers and familiar favorites  -  to rising stars and new discoveries -  this is a festival that navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world. 

The popular Club Pass, a "value pass to discovery," allows people access to all club venues to sample a wide spectrum of music. It's no wonder the festival motto is "It's not who you know, it's who you don't know."

As one of the nation's leading international music festivals, it brings together unique musical sounds from many countries, highlighting international artists' take on the only true American art form - jazz. 

The Festival's European style makes it the place to meet! With many streets closed the lively and vibrant ambiance makes it a destination for friends to connect, discuss favorite music, and enjoy a bite to eat. 

The diversity of 19 venues, all located within walking distance in and around Rochester's east end cultural district, ranges from elegant concert halls to intimate clubs to vibrant outdoor stages. Each offers a comfortable setting in which to appreciate and savor the many genres of creative improvised music, all under the auspices of jazz. 

Nightly jam sessions at the Holiday Inn Downtown Rochester, are another highlight, since there's no telling who will drop in to play. It's said that jazz never sleeps and this event proves it as the music goes on deep into the night  -  often with unsung musicians who electrify the room.   

Rising Recognition
The Festival's popularity continues to escalate. It has three times been named the top favorite arts and cultural event by Rochester Business Journal readers. Sponsorships have sold out. The Club Pass sold out before the event lineup was announced. 

For the seventh time, the Festival and WXXI Television (a PBS network station) will partner on a series of one-hour concerts recorded live at the festival. The shows will be shown nationwide on PBS stations.  

Nurturing the Next Generation
Investing in the next generation is a major focus of the festival.

The festival established the first jazz music scholarship at the renowned Eastman School of Music. Twenty-eight students have received scholarships to attend the prestigious school since the festival began in 2002. Each year a scholarship concert is held during the festival featuring the scholarship winners.  

Kids jam sessions were held in 2010, 2011, and 2012 on the last day of the festival.   

In 2013 and 2014 an expanded Youth Workshop Series led by visiting musicians performing in the Made in the UK series was offered over five days for young music students, and was sponsored by Wegmans.

More than 20 high school jazz bands, the best in the region, are invited to perform each year on the Jazz Street stage. Many youth ensembles from the Eastman School's community education program are also given an opportunity to play.  

Economic Impact
In addition to delivering an exhilarating and diverse program of music, XRIJF is also proud to make a significant economic impact to the Rochester region, exceeding $130 million over 13 years. 

Impacting tourism - people come from all across the world to attend, corporations schedule major meeting and events during the festival, travel and meeting planners attend to explore the region for future meetings and conferences, and local music lovers often take the week off to enjoy all nine days of the festivities without worrying about staying up late!  

The festival's impact can be felt throughout the year. It has paved the way for more live music in area venues, and built audiences for many artists who are invited back by other area organizations for fundraisers and concerts. 

The XRIJF organization has been a tireless advocate for the arts as a key sector of our economy and a significant influence in showcasing Rochester, New York's wide-ranging resources and riches in the cultural arts making it a destination for people worldwide.  

Updated 1/2016