News Release
June 23, 2019

Media Contacts
Dalmath Associates  | 585-586-6650 (office)
Amanda Antinore  | 585-729-7533 (m)
Jean Dalmath  | 585-755-6911 (m)

Day 3 - Sunday June 23
Avangrid/ RGE /Barclay Damon Fusion Free
Stage Opens Today 7 & 9 PM!
Free shows on Jazz Street Start at 3:45 PM, Squeezer's Stage at 4:30 PM and RRH Big Tent at 6 PM
Rochester, NY –– June 23, 2019 ––The nine day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival continues today with free shows and Club Pass series shows in multiple venues. The 18th Edition Festival runs through Saturday, June 29 and presents more 1500 legendary performers, familiar favorites and rising stars in 320 shows. It's the place to be in June!
Make the Most of Your Festival Experience!

  • Before you go -  see street closings and parking info
  • Tickets & Info - Ticket Shop, 100 East Ave & Gibbs. 10 AM - 10 PM
  • Exchange Club Pass tickets for Passes before you attend a show at the Ticket Shop
  • Food and beverages available at many venues, on Main St. & East Ave
  • Free Festival App
  • Brochures & Program Guides available at venues & the Ticket Shop
  • Free Harris Beach Shuttle circulates around the fest, 3 p.m. to Midnight. Look for the signs. See map
  • McCarthy Merchandise Tent, Gibbs St., 4-11 p.m. apparel, posters
  • Rochester Regional Health First Aid Tent, Gibbs at Main
  • M&T Bank ATMs available in multiple locations around the fest
  • Share your feedback! Take our quick audience survey during the fest
  • Donate musical instruments for City school students, McCarthy Merchandise Tent, 5-7:30 PM
  • CGI Photo Booth - Free, McCarthy Merchandise Tent, 5-10 p.m.
  • WiFi Hotspot & Charging Station - D&C booth in McCarthy Merch Tent
  • Nightly Jam Sessions - Start at 10:30 PM, Hyatt Regency, no cover, park free in South Ave garage from 10:30 PM to 2 a.m. courtesy of City of Rochester
Artist Spotlight
It's Made in UK's 12th Anniversary! Organist Kit Downes Plays Tonight on Craighead Saunders Organ
Kit Downes is a BBC Jazz Award-winning, Mercury Music Award nominated, solo recording artist who has toured the world winning numerous awards including 'Best Album Award' at the UK’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
6:45 & 8:45 PM, Christ Church
$30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Passionate Artistry and Astonishing Virtuosity
Stefon Harris's passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as "one of the most important artists in jazz" (The Los Angeles Times). With four GRAMMY™ nominations, He has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association.
6 & 9 PM, Kilbourn Hall , $35 at the door or Club Pass
Scott Robinson Quartet
Saxophonist Scott Robinson celebrates his 60th birthday and the first all-tenor outing of his wide-ranging career: Tenormore, with Helen Sung, Martin Wind and Dennis Mackrel  6:15 & 10 PM / Max of Eastman Place / $30 at the door or Club Pass

(photo left) Over the Rhine musical couple Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler

3-Day Club Passes Value pass gives unlimited access to all 12 Club Pass Series venues for any three days. May be transferred and shared. Come and go from shows as you like. Save off individual entry fees. Not valid for headliners shows.
Buy online at the Ticket Shop, 100 East Ave June 3 to 20 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. (M - F); June 21 - 29 (10 a.m. to 11 p.m.) Buy online at or on the RIJF App or order by calling 585-454-2060.
Photo Credits
Top: the crowd on Jazz Street for Bonerama. Photo by Mark Druziak for RIJF
Thank You to our Sponsors & Partners
The  CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. From legendary performers and familiar favorites, to rising stars and new discoveries, the Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world. 

Founded in 2002 in Rochester, NY, the multi-dimensional nine-day Festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY and presents more than 1500 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 20 venues. Attendance has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2018. Economic impact delivered to the region now exceeds $180 million. In addition to a headliner series and Club Pass Series of 220+ shows, the festival also presents 100+ free shows and events including nightly jam sessions and jazz workshops. The Festival's jazz scholarship program has awarded almost $500,000 in scholarships to 40 students entering Eastman School of Music.  Read more

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  is produced by RIJF, LLC, a privately held company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona. Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, is a noted tenor sax player, who has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, is a Rochester native and President of Simcona Electronics. A business and community leader, he is an avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts.