Changes in Store for 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival

The 15th annual Xerox International Jazz Fest is slated for June 24 to July 2, 2016, and it will feature some changes from previous years.

This year’s festival drew almost 200,000 people from all over the world, featuring 1,500 artists from 19 countries playing more than 320 concerts, including 93 free shows. Memories of the stellar 2015 edition are still fresh on the mind, but it’s never too early to make plans for the next one.unnamedThe full Club Pass lineup won’t be announced until sometime next March, but the Club Passes are on sale now at a special early bird price until the end of the year. The traditional nine-day pass, which gives you access to more than 25 daily shows at 13 different venues totaling more than 230 shows over the course of the festival, is selling for $174. New this year is the three-day Club Pass for $134, which will give you the full Club Pass experience for any three days of the festival you chose. This is a great new option for people traveling in for a weekend or for locals that can only make it out a few nights during the week.

Without a pass, club shows will cost $30 cash at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. That is an increase from the previous $20 standard that has held for the last eight years. The Kilbourn Hall shows are up to $35 and will now be accessed via a wristband system, so festival-goers will no longer need to wait in long lines while missing other shows in the meantime. Wristbands will also be used for the shows across the street at Max.

The Squeezers Americana Stage will move once again as producers seem to be experimenting until they find the perfect locale for this increasingly popular series. In 2016 it will reside at the brand new East Avenue club Anthology, bridging the gap between the existing Little Theater and Lyric Theater venues. Additionally, the Rochester Club venue will now host a new Canadian music series.