Summer Music Happenings

It’s that time of year again when the city of Rochester presents many opportunities to enjoy a wide variety of music offerings. The Annual Rochester International Jazz Festival which takes place from June 10 to 18 will feature Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bela Fleck & the Flecktones and many, many more artists performing not only jazz but music of other genres. In the spirit of the Festival the Rochester Public Library will host The Jazz Starts Here series from June 13 to 17.  These hour long lunchtime concerts are from noon to 1 pm and will feature:

MONDAY, June 13 – Herb Smith
TUESDAY, June 14 – Mambo Kings
WEDNESDAY, June 15 – Trio Slaye
THURSDAY, June 16 – Mike Kaupa Quartet
FRIDAY, June 17 – Jimmie Highsmith

This concert series takes place in the Kate Gleason Auditorium, Bausch and Lomb Library Building, Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, 115 South Avenue.

Other summertime Rochester music events are Party in the Park , a concert series that brings thousands of music fans to downtown Rochester each summer for a night of world class entertainment in an outdoor setting and the 17th annual MusicFest,  a two-day, multi-venue format highlighting the best in R&B and hip-hop and urban contemporary music.

The Arts Division has an extensive recorded music collection.  It is our goal every year to acquire new CDs of the current Jazz Festival, MusicFest and Party in the Park artists. Call 428-8140 to learn more or visit our website at

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