Rochester Jazz Festival Announces 2013 Lineup

The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival (XRIJF) has announced their full line-up, to be held over nine days June JazzFest21-29, 2013. Since its inception in 2002 this festival has brought a myriad of legendary performers to this region and this year’s lineup is no less spectacular.

With heavy hitters like Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus, the already Sold Out Willie Nelson & Family, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Roger Hodgson, and for the fourth year in a row, Trombone Shorty, this year’s festival is going to be off the hook! Music lovers can expect to enjoy several new additions this year including a new venue at The Little Theatre.

More than 1200 artists from around the world will perform in 280 concerts including more than 75 free shows at 19 venues and outdoor stages. Last years festival drew more than 187,000 people from around the world and across the U.S. XRIJF has grown to become one of the worlds largest jazz festivals with one of the nations most extensive international lineups.

What’s New in 2013!

Jazz Workshops for Aspiring Music Students – This new series of five structured jazz workshops will be hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School of Music Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar, and led by five visiting international musicians performing at XRIJF. Aspiring students will have an opportunity to meet, listen to and learn from professional jazz musicians from overseas, and also play. [...more info here]

Free Shuttle Service Added – For all nine days of the festival a new free shuttle service will be available connecting festival fans with City parking, garages making it easier to get to venues.

Additions to the festival also include, a Big Free Concert Added on First Friday on East Ave & Chestnut Stage, the return of the Free Library Series, and an App for Android & iPhone users to help streamline their festival experience.

Headliner Series Tickets on Sale Now at
June 21 – An Evening with Pink Martini, $105/$85/$70/$55 + service charges
June 22 – An Evening with Willie Nelson & Family – SOLD OUT
June 25 – David Byrne & St. Vincent, $105/$95/$85/$70 + service charges
June 26 – Roger Hodgson The Legendary Voice of Supertramp, $125/$105/$85/$70 + service charges
June 27 – Bob James and David Sanborn with Special Guest Steve Gadd, $85/$70/$55/$40 + service charges
June 28 – Frampton’s Guitars Circus, featuring Peter Frampton and Robert Cray, $125/$105/$85/$70 + service charges

Free Shows – All shows FREE! No tickets required. Shows go on rain or shine.

City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by The Community Foundation
June 21-29, all nine days on Gibbs Street (Jazz Street), concerts starting from 3:45pm and 4:15pm daily until 11. See full schedule at

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Wegmans
June 21: 7pm, Joshua Panda & The Hot Damned / 9pm, Dr. John

City of Rochester East Avenue & Chestnut Street Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System
June 22: 7pm, Coupe De Villes / 9pm, Delbert McClinton
June 28: 7pm, Shemekia Copeland / 9pm,  The James Hunter Six
June 29: 7pm, Thunder Body / 9pm, Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express

City of Rochester East Avenue & Alexander Street Stage Presented by Rochester General Health System
June 29: 7pm, Mingo Fishtrap / 9pm, Trombone Shorty

Full Schedule of Concerts – See for the complete lineup.

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