15th Edition is 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. 

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

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.
  • AvanGrid Foundation RG&E Fusion Stage
  • Rochester Regional Health Big Tent (6PM shows)
  • Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County 

JAM SESSIONS - Radisson Rochester Riverside Riverview Ballroom

  • 120 East Main Street, Rochester, NY
  • Nightly from 10:30 – 'til... 
  • No cover charge. Food and beverages available. 


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.

2015 Festival Time Lapse 

14th Edition Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (2015) from Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Fest on Vimeo.

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!

Beginning in 2002 in Rochester NY, as a three-day festival attended at by 15,000 people, the annual event is now nine days drawing more than 200,000 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, where you can walk to all venues, 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, enjoy drinks and a bite to eat. 

The diversity of 19 venues, all located within walking distance in and around Rochester's East End Cultural and Entertainment 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. More than 30 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 from 2010 to 2012 on the last day of the festival.   

In 2013, a five-day Youth Workshop Series was introduced for young music students and led by visiting musicians performing in the festival. It is sponsored by Wegmans.

More than 20 schools, the best elementary, high school and college jazz bands, 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 & Tourism
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 $150 million over 15 years. 

People come from all across the world to attend, corporations schedule major meetings and events during the festival, travel and meeting planners convene in Rochester 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 also be felt throughout the year. It has paved the way for more live music in area venues, and new music venues. It has developed audiences for many artists who are invited back by other area organizations for fundraisers and concerts. 

The XRIJF organization has also 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 music and the cultural arts making it a destination for people worldwide.  

Updated 5/2016