Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces 2006 Dates -- 5th Edition Slated for June 9-17, 2006

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2006 Club Pass on Sale Nov. 14 at Special Holiday Price

The Rochester International Jazz Festival (RIJF) (http://www.rochesterjazz.com) has announced dates for the Festival’s fifth anniversary edition. The spectacular nine-day event will be held Friday June 9 through Saturday June 17, 2006.

RIJF has become one of nation’s largest and fastest growing music festivals, drawing fans from all across the U.S. and around the world. Attendance in 2005 topped 65,000. Each year, the Festival presents more than 100 concerts featuring a diverse and international lineup of legendary Grammy award-winning artists and critically-acclaimed jazz and contemporary groups. The artist lineup and schedule for the Festival's Club Pass Series, Senator Jim Alesi Eastman Theatre series, and free concerts on outdoor stages will be announced in April 2006.

Club Pass on Sale Nov. 14 - Makes a Great Gift

Advance sales of the popular Club Pass start November 14 at 10 a.m. at the special holiday discount price of $75 plus $4 service charge. The discount is good through December 31, 2005. The Pass increases to $85 plus $4 service charge January 1, 2006 through March 3 and to $95 plus service charge April 1 to the Festival. Wrap up your Club Pass gifts with your choice of an official RIJF cap, beret, or 2005 t-shirt (values from $12-16) for just $10 more and no additional shipping and handling fee. Packages only available online at rochesterjazz.com. While supplies last. Lots of other official merchandise also available.

Club Passes may be purchased online at http://www.rochesterjazz.com, at any Ticketmaster /Ticket Express outlet or online at http://www.ticketmaster.com. Rochester area festival-goers may purchase the Club Pass at the Ticket Express Box Office, 885 E. Main St., for a service charge of only $1 per pass. The Club Pass provides access to more than 100 Club Pass Series shows during the festival, which will be held at Max of Eastman Place, Kilbourn Hall, the Big Tent, Montage Grille, the Little Theatre, Milestones and the State Street Bar and Grill at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“The Club Pass is a tremendous value and a unique feature of RIJF,” says John Nugent, Festival Artistic Director and Producer. “As Club Pass veterans have discovered, it not only offers great savings, it allows people to experience a lot of diverse music over the course of the Festival. Jazz covers such a wide range of sounds and styles, it’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know that makes the Festival interesting. The Club Pass makes it easy to check out new and different artists.” Individual Club Pass Series concert tickets are available at the door and range from $15 to $25.

Sponsor Opportunities

RIJF would not be possible without the dedicated sponsors, which enable the Festival to keep ticket prices at reasonable levels and offer an array of free concerts. For information on current opportunities contact Marc Iacona, Executive Director at marc@rochesterjazz.com.

Festival News, Merchandise & Photos

For the latest festival news, official merchandise and photos from previous festivals, visit http://www.rochesterjazz.com and sign up for email news.

About RIJF

The Rochester International Jazz Festival is presented by Heluva Good Quality Foods and produced by founder, Producer and Artistic Director, John Nugent and Executive Director, Marc Iacona. Nugent also produces The Stockholm Jazz Festival, which just celebrated its 22nd successful year. As a performer, Nugent, a noted tenor sax player, has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Clark Terry, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Iacona, a Rochester native, business and community leader, and supporter of the arts, is President of Simcona Electronics.

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