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Opening Day For The Jazz Festival

Xerox Rochester Int'l Jazz Festival

Friday kicks off the  The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in Rochester’s East End. The nine day festival includes over 300 shows and more than 1200 artists, including headliners like Pink Martini, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, David Byrne, Bob James, David Sanborn and Steve Gadd.

Besides the shows inside the Eastman Theatre and other venues, there are also many free performances including along Gibbs Street, East Avenue, and at Chestnut and Alexander Streets.

Friday night’s free music includes Dr. John playing at East Ave. and Chestnut. There are about a dozen club venues including a new one this year in The Little Theatre.

Last year the festival drew 187,000 people and organizers are hoping to top that this year.

One new way for you to get around is with a free shuttle service which will run during the festival, which will make stops at various city garages. You can get details on that along with other details about the festival here.

Keep up to date with news about the Jazz Fest at the special section on our website.


Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.