News Release
June 24, 2019

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Day 4 - Monday June 24
Jazz at the Library Starts at Noon Today! Free!
Jazz Workshops Start Today 1 PM - Free!
Jazz Scholarship Concert & Presentation is Tonight at 8 PM
Rochester, NY –– June 24, 2019 ––The nine day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival continues today starting at 12 noon with a free show featuring Escape Terrain at the Central Library downtown. Free Jazz Workshops sponsored by Wegmans also kick off today at 1 p.m., with jazz flutist Ali Ryerson. The annual free RIJF / Eastman School of Music Scholarship Concert is at 8 p.m. at Eastman Theatre.

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.
  • 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 Highlights
Starts Today! Free Jazz Workshops For Music Students
Jazz students of all ages are invited to participate in our free Jazz Workshops sponsored by Wegmans. 1-2:30 p.m., Room 120, Ray Wright Room at the Eastman School of Music. No pre-registration required. No registration is required. Attend one or more days. Hosted by Bob Sneider, Eastman School Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media and Senior Instructor of Jazz Guitar, and led by five musicians performing at the Festival.
Bria Skonberg
New York-based Canadian singer, trumpeter and songwriter Bria Skonberg has been described as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation” and one of 25 for the Future by DownBeat Magazine 6 & 9 PM PM / Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music / $35 at the door or Club Pass
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio 
With Delvon’s soulful organ sound, and Jimmy’s explosive guitar sound and former drummer perfect pocket drumming, the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio has the perfect blend of Soul, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues & Rock & Roll.
7 & 8:45 PM M&T Pavilion - Squeezers Stage  $30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Follow the Beat with
Paa Kow
In the small Ghanaian village of Enyan Denkyira, where Paa Kow w as born, there was no electricity until he was 13. He fashioned drums out of metal cans, wire, and a fertilizer bag, and practiced for hours every da y. Today he tours the world. 6 & 10 PM, Montage Music Hall $30 at the door or Club Pass
Jazz Scholarship Concert & Presentation Tonight at 8 PM
The annual Rochester Intl Jazz Fest / Eastman School Scholarship concert features the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, Bill Dobbins and Dave Glasser. Congratulations to year's scholarship winner, Roy Marshall ,(pictured) a drummer and Penfield HS grad, who will enter Eastman School as a first-year student in the Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media department.
The Gift of Music - In Their Words
Watch our new video on the Rochester International Jazz Festival / Eastman School of Music Scholarship program produced by our friends at CGI Communciations, the Festival's new title sponsor. Hear from some of our scholarship recipients on what the program has meant to them.

(photo left) The Willows

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
T op photo: Jazz Street, photo by Tom Flint 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.