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Coordinates: 43°09′43″N 77°37′01″W / 43.162064°N 77.616846°W / 43.162064; -77.616846

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
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Location(s)Rochester, New York
Years active2002-Present
Founded byJohn Nugent, Marc Iacona
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Established in 2002, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival takes place in June of each year, in Rochester, New York. It is produced by John Nugent, Artistic Director and Marc Iacona, Executive Director. The title sponsor is Xerox.

The festival is held at multiple venues throughout the downtown Rochester New York's East End cultural district, including Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, Hatch Recital Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Christ Church, the Festival Big Tent, Max of Eastman Place, Montage, Xerox Auditorium, Rochester Club, The Little Theatre, Lyric Theatre and more - all within walking distance and many on "Jazz Street" (otherwise known as Gibbs Street during the rest of the year), which is closed off for the festival's nine days. In addition, about 70 free concerts are presented on outdoor stages and other free venues.

In 2009, attendance was estimated at a record 133,000 for the 225 concerts presented.[1]

In 2010, 162,000 people attended the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival's 250 concerts presented over nine days, breaking the record set the prior year of 133,000.[2]

2011 saw another record setting year with 285 concerts presented over nine days and in 18 different venues. Attendance reached an all-time high of 182,000.[3]

In 2012, the 11th Edition hit another attendance record of 187,000, a record number of headliner sell-outs, the addition of new venue, Hatch Recital Hall and 9 days of spectacular weather. Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Esperanza Spalding, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Daryl Hall "Live From Daryl's House" with special guest Keb' Mo' headlined this year.


  • 1 Festival history
  • 2 2009 appearances
    • 2.1 Headliners
    • 2.2 Other appearances
  • 3 2010 appearances
    • 3.1 Headliners
    • 3.2 Other Appearances
  • 4 Past performers
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links

Festival history

2009 appearances

The 2009 lineup of major performances was announced on March 24, 2009.[8]


  • Smokey Robinson
  • Michael McDonald
  • Dave Brubeck

Other appearances

  • Taj Mahal
  • The Susan Tedeschi Band
  • Jake Shimabukuro
  • "SMV" (bassists Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten) on their Thunder Tour


The following headlining acts all played ticketed shows at Eastman Theatre

  • Gladys Knight
  • Herbie Hancock
  • Keb' Mo'
  • Jeff Beck's first show sold out soon after it was announced, prompting the announcement of a second show
  • John Pizzarelli
  • Bernie Williams

Other Appearances

  • Trombone Shorty played three nights in a row at the festival
  • Los Lonely Boys made a repeat appearance, playing a free outdoor show
  • Smash Mouth closed the festival with a packed, free, outdoor finale concert.

Past performers

  • Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band
  • Tony Bennett
  • Ravi Coltrane
  • Chaka Khan
  • Al Jarreau
  • The Respect Sextet
  • Chris Botti
  • Bobby McFerrin & Jack DeJohnette
  • Bill Frisell
  • Al (Roomful of Blues) Copley
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Chick Corea
  • Hilton Ruiz
  • Madeleine Peyroux
  • Steve Turre
  • Strunz & Farah
  • Aretha Franklin
  • Charles Ellison Quartet
  • Sonny Rollins
  • Dr. John
  • Dave Brubeck
  • George Benson
  • Stephane Wrembel
  • Norah Jones
  • The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band led by Jon Faddis
  • John Hammond
  • Willem Breuker
  • Michael Moore
  • Harold Danko
  • Dave Pietro & Banda Brazil
  • Wallace Roney
  • Paul Smoker
  • Juana Molina
  • Derek Trucks
  • Gap Mangione
  • Harry Allen
  • Lew Tabackin
  • Paula West Quartet
  • Joe LaBarbera
  • Jonas Kullhammar Quartet
  • autorickshaw
  • Raul Midón
  • Wycliffe Gordon
  • The Shuffle Demons
  • Marian McPartland
  • Dave Mancini Quartet
  • David Sanborn
  • Oscar Peterson
  • James Brown
  • Das Contras
  • Phil Woods
  • McCoy Tyner
  • Toots Thielemans
  • Wayne Shorter
  • Susan Tedeschi
  • Etta James
  • Little Feat
  • Soulive
  • Dickey Betts
  • Dianne Reeves
  • Slide Hampton
  • Medeski Martin and Wood


  1. ^ All About Retrieved 30 January 2009.
  2. ^ [1] Retrieved 22 June 2010.
  3. ^ [2] Retrieved 21 June 2011.
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  7. ^ Spevak, Jeff (June 5, 2011). "10 Years of Jazz". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. pp. 3C,8C. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  8. ^

External links

  • Rochester International Jazz Festival Official Website
  • Jazz@Rochester: A blog covering the RIJF and live jazz in and around Rochester, New York.

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