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Highlights of the 16th Edition of the XRIJF coming in June

“XRIJF OK, I'm a little late to the party, so you may have heard most of this elsewhere after the lineup announcement press conference last Tuesday, but I finally had some time this weekend to start my coverage of the 16th Anniversary Edition of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, coming June 23rd through July 1st. This year's festival will present more than 1,500 artists from around the world in 325+ shows at 19 venues around the East End of Rochester.  I'll just run through a few highlights, including what's new this year:

  • First thing is that XRIJF has a spiffy new website.  While the components are pretty much the same, navigation is much easier and the site is responsive (like this one), so it'll fit whatever screen you're looking at.  
  • The Club Pass will be personalized with your picture and name (using Xerox technology, of course...).  You can see how they'll look on the front page of the new website. While they didn't go into too much detail about the process at the presser, I expect that there will be stations throughout the site to pick up your pass and that's where the photo will be taken and your pass issued. You may want to give yourself some time and look your best (or how you wish to be seen for the next 9 days) before coming down to pick it up for the first time. While the spin on this new development is that it increases security and will make it possible to issue a new pass if you lose yours (and these are good things...), part of its purpose is to close down sharing of passes, which was always frowned upon, so be forewarned unless you have an uncanny resemblance to the person you intend to share with.
  • The after-hours jam sessions each night will be at the Riverview Ballroom of the Radisson Rochester Riverside hotel (and, conveniently, the artists will also be staying there....). There will actually be two different jam sessions, each with a different focus, and the new one led by Karl Stabnau (more on that as I learn of the details). If you haven't been in the Ballroom for a wedding or other event, it is a pretty large space (much larger than the State Street Bar & Grill inside, good sight lines,  and it has a separate and large bar area. I've heard jazz there and, with good sound, some ambience and food/drink, it may be an improvement.  Of course, it may also be a bit harder for the artists to find it... will leave it John Nugent and Bob Sneider to help them find the way.
  • The Lyric Theatre returns as a Club Pass venue after last year's absence due to the Inner Loop construction, with five shows running from Sunday, June 25th through Thursday, June 29th.  The Democrat & Chronicle is sponsoring it this year.
  • The Rochester Club is being renamed (for the festival) "The Wilder Room."  That doesn't mean the music will be wilder, though.  Looks like a good, eclectic lineup for this venue.
  • The Save Time in Line wristbands are returning for the Kilbourn Hall and Max's at Eastman Place venues.  As I missed last year's festival, I didn't experience how these worked, but since I tend to see a lot of the shows at Kilbourn (and Max's for that matter...), I love the idea of being able to leave the line and hear something else.  Nothing worse than showing up to line up for a Kilbourn show after the line has snaked down the alley and then spending more than an hour there.
  • Young musicians will have an opportunity to take advantage of 5 free workshops, working with artists performing at the festival. These are sponsored by Wegmans.

I would love to hear your thoughts about any of the above.  Just click on the Comments link at the bottom of the post, or hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

As I noted on Wednesday, and paraphrasing the bard of "Jazz" Street John Nugent, in this year's XRIJF there will be some you know, some you don’t know ... That's just the way I like it!  More later....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Yes, Rochester, there is jazz not in June, such as the ... Live jazz in ROC, March 23-29

XRIJF_2017LineupAttended the press conference yesterday morning to hear the folks from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announce the lineup for the 16th Annual XRIJF (check out their new website!). I didn't write anything here as I knew I would be writing this tonight (and there was a lot of coverage out there anyway).  As I noted elsewhere, and paraphrasing the sage John Nugent, there are some you know, some you don’t know ... just the way I like it!  More about the XRIJF later ... but you know there is live jazz in Rochester throughout the year, including during the coming seven days....

Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester the other 356 days of the year?  Please give me a hand in helping out with that and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out my post laying it out for you.  

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Continue reading "Yes, Rochester, there is jazz not in June, such as the ... Live jazz in ROC, March 23-29" »

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Too much snow for jazz tonight, but there will be ... Live jazz in ROC, March 16-22

WinterWonderlandRochester is pretty much closed down today, Wednesday, but tomorrow we shall leave our shovels and snow blowers behind, go to work, and be ready to get out there and hear some live jazz ... right?  I take no responsibility for the listings for past two days ...   I was going to be writing this from Chicago, where I was heading for a conference. Alas, both my flight and my rebooked flight were cancelled. I gave up and ash-canned the whole thing.

Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?   I'm trying to help to build one here, so please give me a hand and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out my post laying it out for you.  

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Continue reading "Too much snow for jazz tonight, but there will be ... Live jazz in ROC, March 16-22" »

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Windy tonight, but they'll be blowin ... Live jazz in ROC, March 9-15

Jazz Club sign

While the wind screams outside, I'm hurrying to get this done while I still have power!  So, here are the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester, NY.  Get out there and hear some! 

Would you like to hear more jazz outside of June? Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?   I'm trying to help to build one here, so please give me a hand and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out my post laying it out for you.  

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Continue reading "Windy tonight, but they'll be blowin ... Live jazz in ROC, March 9-15" »

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But wait, there is some ... Live jazz in ROC, March 2-8

Jazz 1 way

Here are the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester, NY.  Get out there and hear some! 

Would you like to hear more jazz outside of June? Would you like to help grow a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?   I'm trying to help to build one here, so please give me a hand and share this post or this site. Use the buttons! Find out all the ways to get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking out my post laying it out for you.  

As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Continue reading "But wait, there is some ... Live jazz in ROC, March 2-8" »

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