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2024 Rochester International Jazz Festival Lineup Announced


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We’re incredibly proud of this year's diverse lineup of incredible artists from around the world and hope everyone will thoroughly enjoy all the spectacular performances.
—Marc Iacona and John Nugent, Producers
Producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced the lineup today for the 21st Edition CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.

The nine-day Festival, one of the leading and largest jazz festivals in the world, will be held from Friday, June 21 to Saturday, June 29, at 20 indoor and outdoor venues, all within walking distance in downtown Rochester's east-end cultural district.

Music will fill the air with more than 1750 artists coming from 16 countries to play in 326 concerts, including 100-plus free shows, including:

  • Five ticketed headliner shows at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Five nights of free headliner shows, four nights on the Wegmans Stage at Parcel 5, and one night on the City of Rochester Stage at East & Chestnut.
  • The Festival's signature Club Pass Series will feature 216 shows at 12 diverse venues with some of the finest jazz artists from around the world. Access with a 3 or 9-day Club Pass, the festival's value pass, or $30 cash at the door ($35 Kilbourn).
  • A record 51 shows will be presented on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage presented by The Community Foundation.
  • 16 free concerts will be presented at the Wegmans Pavilio on East and Chestnut.
  • Jazz Starts at the Library, a series of five free noon concerts, returns to the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County.
  • Five free Jazz Workshops sponsored by Wegmans are led by visiting artists for music students of all ages.
  • Jam Sessions will close out each night at the Hyatt Regency Rochester, Astor on Main.
Tickets for headliner shows and Club Passes are available at rochesterjazz.com/tickets or by calling (585) 454-2060.

  • 9-day Club Passes are $354 plus service charge.
  • 3-Day Cub Passes are $204 plus service charge.
  • Student Club Passes will be available starting June 17 in person only at the Ticket Shop for a discounted price of $174 plus a service charge for 3-Day Passes and $274 for 9-Day Club Passes. A valid student ID is required.
  • No tickets are required for free shows.
Iacona and Nugent said, “We’re incredibly proud of this year's diverse lineup and hope everyone will thoroughly enjoy all the spectacular performances. Once again, there has been no shortage of incredible artists from around the world who have submitted materials to perform for our amazing Rochester audiences! Choosing and confirming artists brings about a serendipity surrounding touring schedules and timing. We’re very pleased to have completed another artistic canvas for our audiences' ears to enjoy. On behalf of our entire RIJF team, we thank everyone who attends the festival, our festival team and volunteers, and our amazing sponsors for their continuing support and loyalty. Three new sponsors are joining us this year: Rochester Institute of Technology, Wow Werks, and the Inn on Broadway. We look forward to welcoming everyone to our 21st Edition on Jazz Street in June!"

Free Headliner Series Announced for Wegmans Stage at Parcel 5 and City of Rochester Stage at East & Chestnut

Free, no tickets required, all shows go on rain or shine.

  • June 22: Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, City of Rochester East Ave & Chestnut Stage, 9 p.m.; Chris Beard Band, 7 p.m.
  • June 26: Sheila E. and E-Train, Wegmans Stage at Parcel 5, 9 p.m.; Grupo Ife, 7 p.m.
  • June 27: Los Lonely Boys, Wegmans Stage at Parcel 5, 9 p.m.; Miller & The Other Sinners, 7 p.m.
  • June 28: Cimafunk, Wegmans Stage at Parcel 5, 9 p.m.; Latriste Fulton & Frequency, 7 p.m.
  • June 29: Rejuvenation 50! Celebrating The Meters, A New Orleans Mardi Gras Party, Wegmans Stage at Parcel 5, 9 p.m.; Jon Cleary & the Absolute Monster Gentlemen, 7 p.m.
Free Shows on the City of Rochester Jazz Street Stage Presented by the Community Foundation

A record 51 shows will be presented on the Jazz Street Stage, including 24 student jazz bands and jazz ensembles from Eastman Community School of Music. All shows are free. No tickets are required.

Two new venues join the Club Pass Series this year: the historic Inn on Broadway, with two shows nightly at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., and The Duke, a new entertainment space located in Sibley Square adjacent to the Mercantile on Main Street, with two shows nightly at 7:45 and 9:45 p.m. Food and drinks will be available at both venues. Inn on Broadway will be offering special packages for Club Pass holders to be announced soon.

This year's artists will come from 16 countries, including Canada, England, Scotland, Cuba, France, Bahamas, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Ghana, Spain, Cameroon, Columbia, Sierra Leone, Brazil, and the United States.

Don't Miss these Producer's Picks: Christie Dashiell Quartet, Stanley Jordan, Benny Benack III III Quartet, Groover Quartet, The Brain Cloud, Jared Schonig, “Two Takes,” Sam Shackleton, Michael Mayo, Ekep Nkwelle, Luca Ciarla solOrkestra, The Levin Brothers, One for All, Hazmat Modine, Steven Bernstein’s Millennial Territory Orchestra, and Canadian Jazz Collective.

The Ticket Shop will move this year due to construction at the usual location at the corner of Gibbs St. and East Ave.

  • Before the Festival, the Ticket Shop will be open in the Kilbourn Hall Box Office at 26 Gibbs St. for ticket sales and Club Pass ticket redemption from June 17 to 20 from Noon to 5 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m. on June 21.
  • During the Festival, it will be located in the Merchandise Tent on Gibbs Street, which will be open June 21-29 from 4-11 p.m. daily.
The RIJF Official App, with the full schedule, artist bios, map, music clips, news, and ability to create a personal schedule of shows, is sponsored by Harris Beach PLLC and will be available for download on iPhones and Android devices at no charge in April. It will also feature a fun photo frame for fans to take pictures at the festival and share.

Five free Jazz Workshops for musicians of all ages are sponsored by Wegmans and will be held at Eastman School of Music from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Ray Wright Room 120. They are free! No pre-registration is required.

Jam Sessions will be held nightly at 10:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Rochester Astor on Main, sponsored by the Dimarco Group. Music never sleeps, so you never know who will come out to play. Jams> will be led by trumpeter Mike Cottone on Fridays and Saturdays and guitarist Bob Sneider on Sunday through Thursday. Food and drinks are available. No cover.

Young jazz musicians once again take center stage with a record 24 student jazz bands from the Rochester region and Maryland performing in free shows on Jazz Street and students playing in several outstanding jazz ensembles with Eastman Community Music School. Two Rochester International Jazz Festival / Eastman School of Music Scholarship concerts will feature this year's and past years' scholarship recipients on the Jazz Street Stage on Monday, June 24.

Ticketed Headliner Series

Five headliner shows will be presented at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater this year. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at RochesterJazz.com for all shows except Laufey, which has sold out.

  • June 21: Taj Mahal, tickets are $93/$83/$63/$43 plus service charge
  • June 22: Lee Ritenour Band + Special Guests Randy Brecker and Bill Evans; tickets are $83/$73/$53/$33 plus service charge
  • June 26: Laufey, Sold Out
  • June 27: John Oates, tickets are $93/$83/$63/$43 plus service charge
  • June 28: Samara Joy, tickets are $83/$73/$53/$33 plus service charge
2024 Full Artist Lineup

About The Rochester International Jazz Festival

The Rochester International Jazz Festival (RIJF) is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. Founded in 2002, the nine-day multi-dimensional festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY, drawing more than 211,000 people to 326 shows and 20 venues. Presenting more than 1750 legendary performers, familiar favorites, and new discoveries, the Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world. RIJF 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 saxophonist 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.

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