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Previewing the 2023 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

 Marc Iacona and John Nugent on "Connections"
Megan Mack
Marc Iacona and John Nugent on "Connections with Evan Dawson" on Wednesday, June 21, 2023
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The 2023 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday. The nine-day festival, now in its 20th year, draws more than 200,000 fans and includes artists from around the world.

We sit down with co-producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent for a look at this year’s lineup, and we hear from Elizabeth Rodriguez, Grammy and Latin-Grammy nominated violinist co-leader of OKAN, which will be performing at this year’s festival.

Our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.