The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, held June 21st thru the 29th, was a huge success. The streets of downtown Rochester, New York, are the perfect venue to host nine straight days (and nights) of jazz. The eighteenth annual festival had a little something for everyone, including perfect weather. From high school bands, to rising stars, to NEA Jazz Masters; every level of jazz was heard and seen. The lineup included jazz greats George Benson
, Eddie Henderson
, Steve Gadd
, Harold Mabern
and George Coleman
; along with music icon Patti LaBelle. Many are already looking forward to next year's world class festival.