The Festival Goers Guide to the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 7, 2010

Starts Friday June 11th 1,000 Artists, 250 Concerts, 9 Days!

Gibbs Street Closing Today for Preparations

Rochester, NY June 7, 2010-- The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) presented by M&T Bank, starts Friday June 11. Jeff Beck, Gladys Knight, Keb Mo, Herbie Hancock, John Pizzarelli, and Bernie Williams will headline the nine-day event, which runs through June 19.

The Festival will deliver a wide range of creative improvised music from some of the finest musicians in the world. More than 1,000 musicians representing 15 countries will make Rochester their destination as they perform in more than 250 concerts including more than 60 free shows.

To help music fans prepare, here is some helpful information.

Festival Series

The Festival is presented in three series and held in 17 venues in and around the East End Cultural District in Downtown Rochester. Park once and walk to most festival venues.

Headliner Series Presented by Monroe County

Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Individual tickets required. Buy in advance at the Festival Ticket Shop, 10 Gibbs St. at the corner of East Avenue or at the door if still available. Doors open 45 minutes before each show

- June 11 - Gladys Knight, 8PM - $95, $85, $75, $60+service charge

- June 12 - Keb' Mo', 8PM - $65, $60, $35+service charge

- June 14 - XRIJF-ESM Jazz Scholarships Performance with special guest, Dave Glasser, 7 PM - FREE or $5 donation,

- June 15 - Herbie Hancock - 8PM, $90, $75, $65, $55+service charge

- June 16 - John Pizzarelli with The Woody Herman Orchestra directed by Frank Tiberi, 8PM - $65, $50, $35, $25+service charge

- June 17 - Bernie Williams - 8PM - $90, $75, $65, $55+service charge

- June 18 - Jeff Beck - 8PM (Sold Out) and 11 PM - $125, $105, $85, $70

Club Pass Series

Enjoy 185 concerts during nine days. See the full concert schedule at or visit the Jazz Festival Ticket Shop or any venue during the Festival for a brochure.

- Buy tickets at the door, no advance sales, for $20 ($25 at Kilbourn Hall), cash only. There is no reserved seating. Admission is first come-first served for everyone! Shows frequently sell out so arrive early.

- Club Pass holders get unlimited access to all shows. Admission is first come-first served for everyone! Shows frequently sell out so arrive early.

Club Venues

Doors open 30 minutes before shows at all venues

- Abilene

- Christ Church

- Harro East Ballroom

- Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School

- Lutheran Church of the Reformation

- Max of Eastman Place

- Montage Grille

- Rochester Club

- Verizon Wireless Festival Big Tent

- Xerox Auditorium

Free Concerts Outdoor Stages

Hear more than 60 free concerts including 20 area high school bands, rain or shine - all free outdoor shows will take place! No tickets required.

June 11-19 - City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation - Jazz St. (Gibbs St.) 4:30, 5:15, 6, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m.

June 12, 18, 19 - City of Rochester East Ave. and Chestnut St. Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System - East Ave. at Chestnut St, 7 & 9 p.m.

June 19 - City of Rochester East Avenue and Alexander St. Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System 7 & 9 p.m.

Other Free Concerts

Mary Jemison Riverboat (Corn Hill Landing), cruises at 2:00 and 4 p.m., June 12 and 13

Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County (115 South Avenue), Noon, June 14, 15, 16, 17, 18

Where to Buy Tickets

Headliner Shows

Buy at the XRIJF Ticket Shop 10 Gibbs St., corner of Gibbs St. & East Ave. Open daily during the Festival from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. or at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater box office before each show if still available. Tickets are $25-$125 plus service charges.

Club Pass Shows

Individual tickets for all Club Pass shows will be available at the door, cash only, for $20 and $25 (Kilbourn Hall). Club Pass tickets are not sold in advance. The Club Pass has sold out. Arrive early as shows sell out.

Club Pass How it Works

- Club Pass holders can access more than 185 Club Pass Series shows.

- The Club Pass is a value pass it does not provide priority access.

- Club Pass tickets are non-refundable and will NOT be replaced if lost.

- Exchange your Club Pass ticket for a laminated pass at the first Festival venue entered.

- Seating for Club Pass shows is the same for everyone - first-come first-served - whether you are Club Pass holder or buy your ticket at the door. Arrive early to avoid disappointment as shows sell out.

Individual Club Pass Show Tickets

You dont need a Club Pass to attend Club Pass Series shows. Individual Club Pass show tickets are available at the door at all venues, $20, $25 (Kilbourn Hall), cash only. Tickets for Club Pass Series shows are not available in advance. Just line up at the venue before each concert. First-come first-served.

Street Closings & Parking

These streets are closed to vehicle traffic during the following times to accommodate festival concerts and festival-goers.

GIBBS STREET (From East Ave to E. Main)

Monday, June 7 (Midnight) to Sunday, June 20 (Midnight)

EAST AVE (From E. Main to Chestnut)

June 12 (6AM) to June 13 (2AM)

June 18 (6AM) to June 20 (2AM)

EAST AVE (From Chestnut to Scio) and CHESTNUT (From Broad to East Main)

June 12 (5PM-Midnight)

June 18 (5PM-Midnight)

June 19 (5PM-Midnight)

EAST AVE (From Prince to Alexander)

June 19 (6AM) to June 20 (2AM)

EAST AVE (From Alexander to Union) & ALEXANDER (From Charlotte to Park)

June 19 (5PM-Midnight)

Make Jazz Street Your Destination!

Gibbs St. is closed to traffic during the Festival June 11-19 from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. and becomes a pedestrian walkway, Jazz Street.

Bring stadium or folding chairs to enjoy free outdoor concerts.

A curb-to-curb tent will cover a portion of Jazz Street to house the main Official Merchandise Store, sponsor kiosks, CD sales by Barnes & Noble, and the Artist Signing area for autograph signings by festival artists.

All sidewalks on both sides of the street remain useable.

The XRIJF Jazz Street Caf will offer food service at tables.

More food and beverages are available from vendors and restaurants on Jazz St. and adjacent streets.

Where to Park

For Festival in general and free concerts (Please note: many side streets will be closed off. Parking is available at area City of Rochester garages and other private lots. Parking is not run by the Festival.)

Valet Parking (NEW!!), In front of Verizon Wireless Big Tent, look for signs on where to park, $10 weekends, $5 weekdays, provided by Regal Parking Services. First-come, first-served.

East End Garage, 475 Main St. East, Rochester, NY 14604. $2 per car, starting 5:00 PM daily, (585) 325-7860

Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14607. $4 per car, starting at 5:00 PM daily, (585) 232-3810

NYSUT & Isaac lots, 30 N. Union Street (corner of Charlotte St.), Rochester, NY 14607. FREE after 5:00 PM daily, NO overnight or WILL be towed

Surface lots, fees vary

For Jam Sessions at the Rochester Plaza Hotel

Sister Cities Garage, 8 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614, $1 per hour, $6.35 max, Less than one hour free, weekends free, (585) 423-9837

Information, Food & Beverages & Accessibility


All venues are accessible to the handicapped. Individuals needing special assistance may call the Festival office in advance at 585-454-2060 or see a volunteer at the entrance of each venue. Individuals being dropped off may pull up in front of the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at the corner of Main St. and Gibbs.

Festival Info Centers

Get information, programs, and brochures at:

- At the Information Booth in the Merchandise Tent on Jazz Street during the Festival

- All venues during the Festival

- At the Ticket Shop at 10 Gibbs Street (entrance is on East Ave) at the corner of Gibbs and East Avenue in the heart of the Festival. Open now through June 11, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., June 11-19: daily, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages will be available outside the Verizon Wireless Festival Tent, inside Max of Eastman Place, Abilenes, Harro East, Montage, Rochester Club, and at multiple locations outdoors on Jazz Street and East Avenue. Water is available the Lutheran Church. There are also restaurants within walking distance of all venues.


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.

And More!

Nightly Jam Sessions - Jazz Never Sleeps!

For late night Jam Sessions dont miss the State St. Bar & Grill in the Rochester Plaza Hotel, official hotel of the Rochester International Jazz Festival. You never know who will stop by to play! Sessions start at 10:30 p.m. and run through 2:30 p.m.

Merchandise Tent, CD Sales & Artist Signings

Open on Jazz St. June 11-19, 5 p.m. daily. Purchase Official Festival Merchandise including t-shirts, hats, berets, polo shirts, fleece jackets, tote bags, grocery totes, mugs, ties, umbrellas, and more. Vintage items from past years are also available. Prices range from $5 to $40.

CDs of Festival artists will be available for purchase courtesy of Barnes & Noble. Dont miss artist autograph signings from 7:30 p.m. -10 p.m. daily according to artists availability.

2010 Official Poster & Artist Signing

David Cowles is the artist who has designed this years Official 2010 Poster. Purchase it at the merchandise tent for $15, unframed, $35 framed. David will be signing posters Friday June 18 from 5-7 p.m. in the Merchandise Tent.

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Thank You Sponsors

Xerox, City of Rochester, M&T Bank, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks, the Democrat and Chronicle, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Plaza Hotel, Brooklyn Brewery, Michelob, Spaten Beer, Verizon Wireless, The Community Foundation, 13WHAM TV, Rochester General Health System, Visit Rochester, Mercury Print Productions, SUNY Brockport, ADMAR, Presentation Source, AirTran, DownBeat Magazine, Constellation, Max of Eastman Place, House of Guitars, MidTown Athletic Club.

About the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF)

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival presented by M&T Bank was founded in 2002 and is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The 2009 Festival drew more than 133,000 music lovers to hear some of the finest artists in the world perform.