Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Jazz Festival

Given Rochester's healthy obsession with music, the presence of a jazz festival should come as no surprise.  What is surprising, however, is the size of Rochester's jazz festival.  The 2014 festival delivered the following:

  • 9 days of live music
  • 196,000 in attendance
  • 325 concerts
  • 20 different venues
  • 1500 artists from 18 countries outside the U.S.

According to this list, the top North American summer jazz festivals can be found in cities such as:
  • Toronto
  • Vancouver
  • Montreal
  • Washington, DC
  • San Francisco
  • Chicago
  • Rochester, NY ?!


  1. Any stats on how many of those 196,000 in attendance travel from outside the region to come to this? While Rochester certainly isn't a vacation destination, Jazz Fest is one of the few events I could see people making a real trip here around.

  2. Great question. The festival's website definitely mentions that visitors come from across the U.S. and even the world...but I haven't seen any stats as to whether this amounts to one hundred, one thousand, or many thousand.