News Release
June 25, 2019

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Photo: last night, Tamás Barabás - bass guitar in Djabe from Hungary. Photo by Peter Parts for RIJF.
Day 5 - Tuesday June 25
Rochester, NY –– June 25, 2019 ––The nine day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival continues today starting at 12 noon with a free show featuring William Petito at the Central Library downtown. Free Jazz Workshops sponsored by Wegmans continue today at 1 p.m., with saxophonist Dave Glasser. At 8 p.m. Marc Cohn and the Blind Boys of Alabama headline at Eastman. Tickets available at the door, at or at the Ticket Shop.

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
  • Download the Free Festival App!
  • Brochures and Program Guides available at venues & the Ticket Shop
  • Free Harris Beach Shuttle circulates around the fest. Look for the signs. See map
  • McCarthy Merchandise Tent, Gibbs St., 4-11 p.m. gear, posters, more!
  • 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
Marc Cohn & The Blind Boys of Alabama
Headline Tonight at Eastman!
After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. He is joined by guest vocalists the Blind Boys of Alabama, who almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st century. 8 PM. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

 Buy tickets online , at the Ticket Shop or at the door.

NOTE TO EDITORS ; Photo/ Video Guidelines: First 3 songs, no flash.
Harold Mabern
Harold Mabern , the Memphis- born hard bop and soul jazz pianist plays two shows tonight at Hatch Hall at 5:45 & 7:45 PM
$30 cash at the door or Club Pass

This power trio of seasoned music veterans returns to RIJF with its inventive three-part harmonies and a treasure trove of instruments including banjos, bottles, squeezebox, and zills. 5:30 & 7:30 p.m. / Geva Theatre Wilson Stage presented by Montage Wealth Management, $30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Rob Tardik
Canadian-born, Toronto-native Rob Tardik is multi-award winning “FUNlectic” guitarist and contemporary pop / jazz/ world / fusion instrumental music artist. His last 4 CD’s have spawned 5 U.S Billboard charting singles. 8:30 & 10 PM, Rochester Regional Health Big Tent , $30 cash at the door or Club Pass

(photo left) OZMOSYS

Photo Credits:
Student Workshop with Ali Ryerson - Photo by Dave Deffenbaugh for RIJF
Shuttle Bus - Photo by tim Fuss
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.