Its Just 9 Days Away! The Festival Goers Guide to the Rochester International Jazz Festival June 8-16

May 30, 2007

Rochester, NY June 1, 2007-- The Rochester International Jazz Festival (RIJF), one of the nations fastest growing music festivals will soon be in full swing! For nine big days, June 8-16, music fans can enjoy more than 600 musicians perform in 220 plus concerts. To help music fans prepare, here is some helpful information.

Festival Series

The Festival is presented in four series and held in 18 venues in and around the East End Cultural District in Downtown Rochester. Park once and walk to most festival venues.

Senator Jim Alesi Eastman Theatre Headliner Series: 60 Gibbs St., individual tickets required. Buy in advance or at the door. All concerts 8 p.m.

Club Pass Series Presented by Lacy Katzen LLP: 120 plus concerts during nine days at Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, Robert Mondavi Club Pass Big Tent, Max of Eastman Place, High Fidelity, Montage Grille, Harro East Ballroom and Lutheran Church of the Reformation. Show times vary. Check schedule at No reserved seating or advance ticket sales. Unlimited access to all shows with the Club Pass. $20-25 single entry at the door, cash only without Club Pass. Admission not guaranteed. Shows frequently sell out so arrive early. First come-first served!

Free Concerts Outdoor Stages

More than 60 free concerts including 18 high school bands, rain or shine - all free outdoor shows will take place!

- City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by Rochester Area Foundation - Jazz St., 4:30, 5:15, 6, 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. daily June 8-16

- City of Rochester East Ave. and Chestnut St. Stage Presented by M&T Bank - East Ave. at Chestnut St, 7 & 9 p.m., June 9, 15, 16

- City of Rochester East Avenue and Alexander St. Stage Presented by M&T Bank 7 & 9 p.m. / June 15 & 16

Free Concerts Museums & Gallery Series

- Memorial Art Gallery (500 University Ave.), 4 p.m., June 8, 9

- Sam Patch Riverboat (Corn Hill Landing), 3 p.m., June 9, 10

- George Eastman House (900 East Ave.) 4 & 7 p.m., June 10, 11,

- Rochester Museum & Science Center (657 East Avenue), 4 p.m., June 12, 13

- Rochester Public Library (115 South Avenue), Noon, June 13

- Strong National Museum of Play, (1 Manhattan Square) 4 p.m., June 14, 15, 16

When Venue Doors Open

- Eastman Theatre - 45 minutes before each show

- Kilbourn Hall - 15 minutes before each show

- Mondavi Festival Tent - 30 minutes before each show

- Max of Eastman Place - 30 minutes before shows

- Montage - 30 minutes before shows

- High Fidelity - 30 minutes before shows

- Harro East Ballroom 30 minutes before shows

- Lutheran Church of the Reformation - 30 minutes before shows

Where to Buy Tickets

Ticketed show prices range from $20-$80 plus service charge.

The Club Pass is $119 + $4 service charge until festival begins, while supplies last, $129 during the festival if still available. Purchase ONLY at the festioval Ticket Shop, 100 East Avenue, No advance sales on individual Club shows.

Purchase tickets for Eastman Theatre Headliner shows at the door or in advance at:

- Ticketmaster/Ticket Express outlets &


- Festival Store, open May 22, 100 East Avenue Rochester, NY 14607 Hours: until June 8: open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; June 9-17: daily, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. (Service charge is $1 per Eastman ticket, $4 per Club Pass)

- Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main Street, in Rochester, NY. 585-232-1900. (Service charge is $1 per Eastman ticket)

Special Discounts: Eastman theatre Show Tickets: at these locations only the service charge is $1 per ticket - The Festival store, 10 Gibbs St. and Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main St.

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

- Gibbs St., closed June 6 8 a.m. through June 18 (Midnight)

- East Ave. from Main to Chestnut, closed June 9, 15, 16, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.

- East Ave. from Prince St. to Alexander, closed June 15, 16, 7 a.m.- 11 p.m.

- East Ave. from Chestnut to Scio, closed June 9, 15, 16, 4:30 p.m. - midnight

- East Ave. from Prince St. to Union, closed June 15, 16, 4:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

- Chestnut St. from Main to East Ave., closed June 9, 15, 16, 4:30 p.m. -Midnight

Make Jazz Street Your Destination!

- Gibbs St. is closed to traffic all nine days June 8-16 from 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. and becomes Jazz Street.

- Fans may bring stadium or folding chairs to enjoy free outdoor concerts.

- A 30 x 60 curb-to-curb tent will cover a portion of Jazz Street to house the main Official Merchandise Store, sponsor kiosks, CD sales by Bop Shop, and the Toyota Artist Signing area for autograph signings by festival artists.

- All sidewalks on both sides of the street remain useable.

- The RIJF Jazz Street Caf will offer food service at tables.

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


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

For Jam Sessions at the Crowne Plaza Hotel park in Sister Cities Garage, 8 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614, $0.45/per half hour, $4 max, after 5:30 p.m., weekends free, (585) 423-9837

Festival Ticket Shop & Info Center

Located at 10 Gibbs St. at the corner of Gibbs and East Avenue in the heart of the Festival. Purchase Club Passes and Eastman Theatre tickets, get information, programs, and brochures. Open May 21 to June 7, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 9-17: daily, 10 a.m. to midnight.

Nightly Jam Sessions - Jazz Never Sleeps!

For late night Jam Sessions dont miss the State St. Bar & Grill in the Crowne Plaza, 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 8-16, 5 p.m. daily. Purchase Official Festival Merchandise, and CDs of Festival artists sold courtesy of The Bop Shop. Artist autograph signings from 7:30 p.m. -10 p.m. daily according to artists availability. Buy official gear including t-shirts, caps, berets, fleece and denim jackets, performance t-shirts, MP3 player cases, coffee mugs, ties, and more.

Merchandise and select CDs also available at some venues. Merchandise also available online at while supplies last starting May 22.

Food and Beverages

Food and beverages will be available at all venues during performances and at multiple locations outdoors on Jazz Street and East Avenue. There are also restaurants within walking distance of all venues.


RIJF 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.

Festival Sponsors

City of Rochester, Heluva Good Quality Foods, Senator Jim Alesi, the Democrat and Chronicle, Eastman School of Music, Crowne Plaza Hotel, M&T Bank, Consteallation Brands, Monroe County, Toyota, Rochester Community Foundation, Lacy Katzen LLP, Mercury Print Productions, 13WHAM TV / CW, Harris Interactive, Air Tran, DownBeat, Max of Eastman Place, GRVA, House of Guitars, Brooklyn Brewery, Michelob, Spaten Beer, Ballantyne RV and Marine, Exodus to Jazz Productions, Mid-town Athletic Club and SUNY Brockport.


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