The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will take place this year from June 23 through July 1. The full club pass and free show lineup was announced today at the Riverview Ballroom at the festival’s new official hotel, the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside, which will be the new spot to check out the nightly late night jams. The headliner series at the Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater was previously announced.
The free shows this year are anchored by an opening weekend featuring St. Paul and the Broken Bones and dobro-extraordinaire Jerry Douglas and his band on the East Ave. and Chestnut St. stage. The Hooligans, which is Bruno Mars’ band sans Bruno himself, will close out the festival with a big show at Midtown Plaza’s Parcel 5. Jazz Street will once again host free shows by local high school bands as well as other acts during the evenings.
East Ave. and Chestnut St. Free Outdoor Stage
June 23: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, The Steppin’ Stones
June 24: Jerry Douglas Band, Early James
June 30: Caravan Palace, Toronto Community Soul Project
July 1: Colin James, Balkun Brothers
Midtown Parcel 5
July 1: The Hooligans, Danielle Ponder & The Tomorrow People
The club pass series, which takes place at 14 different venues around the East End, are accessible with a Club Pass or are $30-$35 on a first-come first-served basis. This year’s lineup sees the return of Bill Frisell, this time with bassist Thomas Morgan, excellent British trios Neil Cowley Trio and Phronesis, sax man Bill Evans, two nights of Bonerama, and guitar wizard Charlie Hunter with his trio.
Notable new faces include Jeff Coffin from the Dave Matthews Band, Soulive’s Eric Krasno with his solo band, The Nth Power, Donny McCaslin Group from David Bowie’s Blackstar, Shabaka and the Ancestors, Miguel Zenon, and a tribute to Thelonious Monk by four pianists(Kenny Barron, Benny Green, George Cables, Cyrus Chestnut) on two pianos.
The 16th edition of the Xerox International Jazz Festival should be a good one! Start preparing now, June will be here before you know it. Check out the full lineup with band bios at the festival’s brand new web site.