Rochester International Jazz Festival

June 10, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Crowd at the stage on East Ave.

My favorite time of the year is the second week in June during the Rochester International Jazz Festival. For 9 days Rochester is the coolest, and swingin’est place earth. Gibbs Street changes to Jazz Street, (location of the Eastman Theater) and is closed off, with a stage at one end, and the Xerox hospitality tent  at other end. John Nugent, an internationally renown sax player, who who cut his festival teeth at the Stockholm Jazz Festival, is the Rochester Festival’s founder and producer.

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Map of all venues

The magic of this festival is that at any given moment there are several performances taking place, held at multiple venues throughout downtown Rochester’s East End cultural district:

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Fun on Jazz Street

There are more than 70 free concerts at outdoor stages, rain or shine.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

Booker T

Rochester International Jazz festival

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba

The best deal is to buy a Club Pass, which allows you unlimited access to 185 concerts at 14+ venues (purchase in advance).

Last year 162,000 people attended the Festival’s 250 concerts.

Rochester International Jazz Festival

10:30-2:30 every night: free Open Jam at Crown Plaza

For those wishing for an opportunity to play, there are nightly jam sessions, 10:30 p.m. – 2:30 a.m. at the State St. Bar & Grill in the Rochester Crown Plaza Hotel. Festival performers will stop by and jam with Bob Schneider’s combo.


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