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Rochester International Jazz Festival 2024

Join thousands of jazz fans at this resplendent music fest

Dates: June 21-29, 2024

Rochester International Jazz Festival
Rochester International Jazz Festival

Rochester International Jazz Festival is an annual music event, held in Rochester, New York. The fest is a multi-day celebration of jazz culture that presents world-class performers from around the globe and attracts thousands of visitors in June of each year.


The festival takes place across multiple venues in downtown Rochester, including the city’s Central Library, The Little Theatre, Kodak Hall, Hyatt Regency Rochester Astor, and others. There are approximately 20 amazing locations across the city’s downtown, each with its own purpose and vibe.

RIJF Lineup

Rochester International Jazz Fest can compete with some of the largest jazz festivals in the world due to its rich lineup. Almost 2000 artists annually perform in the Flower City, showcasing the best of blues, jazz, neo-soul and acoustic music. This year features many legendary figures, including Christone "KINGFISH" Ingram, Michael Mwenso & The Shakes, Sheila E., Los Lonely Boys, CIMAFUNK, Laufey and many more. Consider checking out the lineup prior to the event to choose the day that best fits your music taste.


One of the distinctive features of the RIJF is that, in addition to showcasing established jazz musicians, it offers a platform for up-and-coming jazz singers. The festival conducts several educational activities and workshops for aspiring musicians as part of its strong commitment to developing and supporting emerging jazz artists. Young talents have a chance to learn from some of the biggest names in the industry by attending five workshops at the festival. This year's instructors are Jae Sinnett, Roberto Occhipinti, Johnny Johnson, Tommy Smith, and Mike Kaupa.

Past Performers

Jazz musicians from all over the world, including local, national, and international artists, are annually featured in the event. Some of the greatest names in the business, including Bonnie Raitt, Artimus Pyle Band, and Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, have sung at the festival throughout the years. The event includes classic jazz performances as well as fusion, blues, and Latin jazz. Therefore, everyone can enjoy their favorite music.


The Harley School Jazz Band will kick off the festival at the Street Stage on June 21 at 3:45 pm. The concerts on June 22, June 23, and June 29 will also take place at 3:45 pm at the same venue. Jam sessions, led by Mike Cottone or Bob Sneider Trio, serve as the day's last performance and unfold at 10:30 pm at the Hyatt Regency Rochester Astor. Starting from June 24th to June 28th, the first performances start at 12 pm in the Central Library of Rochester.


The RIJF provides a variety of food and drink options, as well as merchandise. The festival is popular for its lively environment and draws attendees of all ages, including jazz enthusiasts and families seeking a fun day out. Tickets can be bought online and at the RIJF Ticket Shop, which opens about two weeks before the festival. Prices depend on the concert but typically range from $30 to $90. You can also buy a 3-Day Club Pass, which costs $194, and a 9-Day Club Pass, which costs $324. If you're on a budget, some performances are completely free to attend, so you'll still be able to experience the magic of jazz.

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