News Release
June 26, 2019

Media Contacts
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Last night Jazz Street, Bill Tiberio Band. Photo for RIJF by Aaron Winters
Day 6 - Wednesday June 26
Rochester, NY –– June 26, 2019 ––The nine day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival continues today with 37 shows and events starting at 12 noon with a free show featuring Ryan Barksi at the Central Library downtown. Today's free Jazz Workshops sponsored by Wegmans for music students of all ages at 1 p.m., features trombonist John Fedchock.

And Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra headline tonight at 8 p.m. 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, apparel, custom t-shirts, printed on the spot, 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
Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra Headline at Eastman Tonight!
You know his film credits including "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day," "The Fly," "The Big Chill," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and “Thor: Ragnarok." And his theatre credits including "The Pillowman," "Speed the Plow" and "Domesticated;" and television appearances include “Portlandia” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Will & Grace,” Jeff Goldblum also plays jazz with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

See them tonight at 8 PM. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater. Buy tickets online , at the Ticket Shop or at the door. Box Office opens at 7 p.m.

Note to Credentialed Media: First 2 songs still and video/sound. See PR Team for assistance in being directed to the designated locations.

Tamar Korn & A Kornucopia
An incredible voice! Don't miss Tamar Korn , a full-time NYC-based vocalist playing a repertoire steeped in early jazz tunes of the 1920's and 30's and traditional New Orleans jazz, western swing, and American roots music.  6 & 10 PM / Montage Music Hal l / $30 at the door or Club Pass
Kandace Springs
This Nashville-born artist has a lithe and smoky voice and an intensely expressive mastery over the piano. 7 & 9:15 p.m. at the Temple Building Theater Presented by the Democrat & Chronicle . $30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Roosevelt Collier

Roosevelt Collier  does his hollering on the pedal steel guitar. "The Dr." leaves an indelible mark on listeners, flooring audiences with his lightning-fast slide work on the pedal steel. 8:30 & 10 PM - Rochester Regional Health Big Tent $30 cash at the door or Club Pass
Lionel Loueke & Raul Midón
Genre-bending icons Raul Midón and Lionel Loueke join forces to present a special night of song and guitar wizardry. The revered instrumentalists and vocalists will perform sets of original material in an evening that will culminate in an unforgettable jam. Kilbourn Hall, 6 & 9 p.m. $35 cash at the door or Club Pass

(photo left) Swedish reedplayer Thomas Backman, and his band of award winning, well-known Swedish musicians

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.