15th Edition of Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Wraps up with Harmony in the Heart of Rochester!

July 6, 2016


Save the Dates for 2017  - June 23 - July 1


Rochester, NY -- July 6, 2016 -- The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) nine-day 15th Edition, wrapped up Saturday July 2nd with a spectacular finale night of harmony in the heart of Rochester. Tens of thousands of people came from all over the U.S. and world to see 325 concerts with 1500+ artists at 19 venues including more than 90 free shows. 

On the last night, the universal language of music brought people together in the center of downtown transforming "Parcel 5" into the new Midtown stage and showcasing a whole new view of the City of Rochester. Surrounded by revitalization and redevelopment the excitement and energy was palpable as Trombone Shortly and Orleans Avenue had the crowd moving and cheering in their sixth appearance at the festival.

"Once again, tens of thousands of jazz festival lovers attended our 15th Anniversary XRIJF, filling the streets and indoor venues to capacity," said producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona. "We are extremely proud of the support within our community, from our team and all the incredible artists who provided our listeners with some of the most amazing performances in our 15-year history. We offer our thanks and gratitude to the amazing family of sponsors who help make our festival one of the leading lights in the world for major live music events." 

The 2017 festival will be held June 23 - July 1. Club Passes will go on sale this fall and the lineup will be announced in March 2017. 


Some Highlights of the 15th Edition

  • New Midtown Stage drew thousands for people to the heart of downtown for two spectacular final concerts. 
  • The new Oh, Canada! series held at The Rochester Club featured nine bands from across Canada performing all nine days and sponsored in part by The Canada Council for The Arts. The series were recorded live by WXXI-TV (PBS) in Rochester and will be broadcast on PBS stations across the U.S.
  • New 3-day pass introduced was a great success as was the new Save Time in Line system, eliminating the long lines outside Kilbourn and Max, reducing wait times and giving people more time to enjoy the fest instead of standing in line. 
  • New venue Anthology was very well received.
  • More than 90 free shows and events were presented on multiple stages. 
  • Jazz veteran Chick Corea and 13-year-old Joey Alexander played together for the very first time in a surprise encore, a highlight of the festival for those who were there. 
  • Trumpeter Chris Botti presided over an emotional wedding proposal in Eastman Theatre at his fourth sold out performance at XRIJF.
  • Workshops for young music students sponsored by Wegmans  were extremely well attended. 
  • Saxophonist Grace Frarey was awarded this year's annual XRIJF/Eastman School of Music Scholarship. She is the first female and 33rd recipient of the award. More than $200,000 has been awarded in scholarships by festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona since the festival began. 
  • Rochester Education Foundation collected a record number of instruments at this year's festival, all of which will be donated to city school students.
  • Jam Sessions were packed nightly. 

Relive the Festival.  Photos, videos and more!

Facebook.com/XRIJF - see photo albums from each day and more.

XRIJF App - See Multimedia section for photos and videos.

Rochesterjazz.com - See photos from this year and previous festivals.