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Rochester Jazz Fest: Backing musicians for Prince will play a tribute on Friday

Jacob Linton
Updated: June 24, 2022 07:09 AM
Created: June 16, 2022 09:52 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Musicians who spent years performing with Prince will play a tribute to the legend at a Friday night free show at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. New Power Generation will perform starting at 9 p.m.

The Bacon Brothers, the country-rock duo with actor Kevin Bacon and his brother, is another one of the 16 free shows on Friday. The lineup for Friday features 39 total acts. 

The Jazz Fest lineup in 2022 is massive — boasting across 21 stages, with more than 1,700 performers and 335 shows. The festival's closing night is on Saturday.

"Tens of thousands of people are gonna be made happy enjoying each other's company. You know strolling around the streets, outside it's gonna be safe, it's gonna be wonderful, and we're so excited to be able to do this again," said Festival Producer and Artistic Director John Nugent.

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Gibbs Street has once again turned into "Jazz Street" for the duration of the nine-day festival, from June 17 - 25.

The festival received a government grant this year, spearheaded by Senator Chuck Schumer. 

“Instead of putting it into infrastructure and different things that we would be able to do for future festivals, we made a decision to take the majority of this grant, and we put it into all free programming, so this is really really exciting," Schumer said.

The festival will have 27 free shows on Parcel Five. There will also be free shows at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

For a list of FREE shows at this year's Jazz Fest, click here. For a list of the FREE headliner series, click here.

The FULL schedule can be found below. 

Friday June 24 2022

Date Time Artist Cost Show Venue
2022-06-24 12:00 PM Elliot Scozzaro Quartet FREE Free Shows Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
2022-06-24 1:00 PM Jazz Workshop with Gene Perla & Adam Nussbaum (drums & bass) FREE Jazz Workshops Eastman School of Music Ray Wright Room
2022-06-24 4:15 PM Harley School Jazz Band FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-24 5:00 PM The Aquaducks FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5
2022-06-24 5:00 PM Gates Chili High School Jazz Band FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-24 5:45 PM Sunna Gunnlaugs Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-24 6:00 PM Sarah McKenzie Club Pass or $35/door Club Pass Series Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-24 6:00 PM Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Montage Music Hall
2022-06-24 6:00 PM Parker Trio Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Wilder Room
2022-06-24 6:00 PM Greece Jazz Band FREE Club Pass Series RIJF Big Tent
2022-06-24 6:00 PM ECMS Jazz Alumni Band led by ESM students Robert Varon and Ben Sneider FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-24 6:15 PM Mike Ledonne Trio Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Max of Eastman Place
2022-06-24 6:30 PM Davina & The Vagabonds Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Theater at Innovation Square
2022-06-24 7:00 PM Big Lazy Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Little Theatre Roots & Americana Series
2022-06-24 7:00 PM Joe Locke Group Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Temple Theater
2022-06-24 7:00 PM Con Brio FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5
2022-06-24 7:00 PM Julia Nunes FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester MLK Park Stage presented by Wegmans
2022-06-24 7:00 PM Moho Collective FREE Free Shows Avangrid Foundation / RG&E Fusion Stage
2022-06-24 7:30 PM Jonathan Kreisberg Trio featuring Eric Harland and Rick Rosato Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Glory House International - Global Jazz Now Series
2022-06-24 7:30 PM Soul Stew FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-24 7:45 PM Bobby Rush Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Hyatt Regency Rochester Ballroom
2022-06-24 7:45 PM Sunna Gunnlaugs Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-24 8:30 PM Davina & The Vagabonds Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Theater at Innovation Square
2022-06-24 8:30 PM Huntertones Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series RIJF Big Tent
2022-06-24 9:00 PM Sarah McKenzie Club Pass or $35/door Club Pass Series Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-24 9:00 PM New Power Generation FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5
2022-06-24 9:00 PM The Bacon Brothers FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester MLK Park Stage presented by Wegmans
2022-06-24 9:00 PM Moho Collective FREE Free Shows Avangrid Foundation / RG&E Fusion Stage
2022-06-24 9:15 PM Big Lazy Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Little Theatre Roots & Americana Series
2022-06-24 9:15 PM Joe Locke Group Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Temple Theater
2022-06-24 9:30 PM Jonathan Kreisberg Trio featuring Eric Harland and Rick Rosato Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Glory House International - Global Jazz Now Series
2022-06-24 9:30 PM Soul Stew FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-24 9:45 PM Bobby Rush Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Hyatt Regency Rochester Ballroom
2022-06-24 10:00 PM Mike Ledonne Trio Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Max of Eastman Place
2022-06-24 10:00 PM Jonathan Scales Fourchestra Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Montage Music Hall
2022-06-24 10:00 PM Parker Trio Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Wilder Room
2022-06-24 10:00 PM Huntertones Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series RIJF Big Tent
2022-06-24 10:30 PM Jam Session Led by Karl Stabnau FREE Jam Sessions Hyatt Regency Rochester Main Street Gallery - Squeezers Jam Sessions

Saturday June 25 2022 (final day)

Date Time Artist Cost Show Venue
2022-06-25 4:15 PM Victor High School Jazz Band FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-25 5:00 PM Blu FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5
2022-06-25 5:00 PM West Irondequoit High School Band FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-25 5:45 PM Jon Ballantyne Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-25 6:00 PM Kurt Elling "Super Blue" with Charlie Hunter Club Pass or $35/door Club Pass Series Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-25 6:00 PM Grace Serene and the Superclean Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Montage Music Hall
2022-06-25 6:00 PM McDonald La Barbera Quintet "Trane of Thought" Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Wilder Room
2022-06-25 6:00 PM Melody Masters Big Band FREE Club Pass Series RIJF Big Tent
2022-06-25 6:00 PM ESM Jazz Honors Unit 3 with John Hassleback FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-25 6:15 PM 3D Jazz Trio in the Spirit of Ray Brown Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Max of Eastman Place
2022-06-25 6:30 PM Drum Battle: Justin Faulkner vs. Joe Farnsworth Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Theater at Innovation Square
2022-06-25 7:00 PM Immanuel Wilkins Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Temple Theater
2022-06-25 7:00 PM Majestics Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Little Theatre Roots & Americana Series
2022-06-25 7:00 PM Danielle Ponder FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5
2022-06-25 7:00 PM Ward Hayden & The Outliers FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester MLK Park Stage presented by Wegmans
2022-06-25 7:00 PM Red Hot & Blue Band FREE Free Shows Avangrid Foundation / RG&E Fusion Stage
2022-06-25 7:30 PM Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Glory House International - Global Jazz Now Series
2022-06-25 7:30 PM Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-25 7:45 PM Jon Ballantyne Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Hatch Recital Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-25 8:30 PM Drum Battle: Justin Faulkner vs. Joe Farnsworth Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Theater at Innovation Square
2022-06-25 8:30 PM Vanessa Collier Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series RIJF Big Tent
2022-06-25 9:00 PM Kurt Elling "Super Blue" with Charlie Hunter Club Pass or $35/door Club Pass Series Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music
2022-06-25 9:00 PM G Love & Special Sauce FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester Midtown Stage at Parcel 5
2022-06-25 9:00 PM Red Hot & Blue Band FREE Free Shows Avangrid Foundation / RG&E Fusion Stage
2022-06-25 9:00 PM Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors FREE Headliner Series - Free City of Rochester MLK Park Stage presented by Wegmans
2022-06-25 9:15 PM Immanuel Wilkins Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Temple Theater
2022-06-25 9:15 PM Majestics Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Little Theatre Roots & Americana Series
2022-06-25 9:30 PM Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Glory House International - Global Jazz Now Series
2022-06-25 9:30 PM Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band FREE Free Shows City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by the Community Foundation
2022-06-25 10:00 PM 3D Jazz Trio in the Spirit of Ray Brown Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Max of Eastman Place
2022-06-25 10:00 PM Grace Serene and the Superclean Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Montage Music Hall
2022-06-25 10:00 PM McDonald La Barbera Quintet "Trane of Thought" Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series Wilder Room
2022-06-25 10:00 PM Vanessa Collier Club Pass or $30/door Club Pass Series RIJF Big Tent
2022-06-25 10:30 PM Jam Session Led by Karl Stabnau FREE Jam Sessions Hyatt Regency Rochester Main Street Gallery - Squeezers Jam Sessions


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