Insider Guide to the Rochester International Jazz Festival June 20-28th, 2014



Tickets for headliner shows and club passes, as well as all other ticket info, can be found at

Click on each stage below for full listing:


Tuesday, June 24  @  8:00pm Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre 

For two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. Read more

June 24 – Fourplay
June 25 – Michael McDonald
June 26 – Buddy Guy
June 27 – Earth, Wind & Fire – Sold Out


Wednesday, June 24  @  8 & 10pm Squeezers Stage at the Inn on Broadway

A 5Head show feels like an illegal party. Not the kind where the cops come because it’s too loud, but the kind that the government might try to ban because it’s too much fun. With seemingly boundless energy, they dish out fiercely solid rhythm section grooves underneath traditionally catchy ska guitar stabs, all while sometimes sweet and sometimes red hot horn harmonies duke it out with front man Rob Reed’s freight train inspired vocals. Read more.

JAZZ FEST POCKET SCHEDULES – Complimentary Jazz Fest pocket schedules are available at M&T banks, many restaurants in the Jazz Fest area, the ticket shop corner of East Ave and Gibbs and Barnes and Noble in Pittsford.


Artist Lineup
About Jazz Fest
Travel Info/Best Parking


If there is a show you really want to see, make sure you get in!  Go early. Even if you are a Club Pass holder, this does not mean guaranteed admission if the venue is already full. There is limited seating and the lines start early.  One hour early is not out of the question.

Non Clubpass holders, if you want to see a show at the Atrium at Max at Eastman Place, make a dinner reservation or go early to the lounge for drinks.  The walls are made of glass, sound is piped into the lounge and it is all open so once you are in, you are in… enjoy the show(s)!

Enjoy free music nightly at 2Vine 7-10pm with raw bar, grill items, lobster rolls, wine and cocktails.


For Festival in general and free concerts (Please note: many side streets will be closed off. Parking is available at area City of Rochester garages and other private lots. Parking is not run by the Festival.)

East End Garage: 475 Main St. East, Rochester, NY 14604. $7 per car, starting 4:00 PM daily, Sat/Sunday $7 per car starting at 11 am (585) 325-7860 Use Scio Street entrance

Washington Square Garage, 111 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, NY 14607. $7 per car, starting at 5:00 PM daily, Sat $7 per car starting at 11 am (585) 232-3810

NYSUT & Isaac Heating lots, 30 N. Union Street (corner of Charlotte St.), Rochester, NY 14607. $7 daily, No overnights or WILL be towed.

Surface lots, fees vary, all are operated by private owners, the festival does not operate any parking.

Sister Cities Garage, 28 N. Fitzhugh St., Rochester, NY 14614, closest to Rochester Plaza Hotel for Jam Sessions, 1st 2 hours: $2, each additional hour (or any part of) add $2.00/hr up to $10.00 daily max, weekends free

Click here for more travel information and a list of street closings

Featured Eateries

24 Winthrop St.
(585) 454-6020Live Under the Stars: A 2Vine Jazz Experience.  Head to 2Vine for music, food and drink. Nightly 7-10pm in the 2Vine jazz festival tent- raw bar, outdoor grill, lobster rolls, wine, cocktails and live music.2Vine Jazz Brunch Sunday June 22 featuring the Bobby Dibaudo Trio from noon to 2pm.

City Grill
384 East Ave.
(585) 222-2489

Before and after the festival stop in for delicious food and cocktails. Make reservations for June 28th when the Jazz is at the East and Alexander Stage. City Grill’s patio offers the perfect viewing spot for the June 28th shows of Prime Time Funk and Soulive.  Reserve your spot on the patio and receive complimentary parking.

City Grill Jazzfest


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