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Previewing the 2024 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

A smiling man with short dark hair wearing a blue button-down shirt and a grey blazer. He is holding a pair of eyeglasses. The word "Connections" appears on the left side of the photo in vertical letters.

The 21st edition of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival kicks off this week.

This year’s fest includes more than 325 shows. We talk with the event’s co-producers and two of the featured artists about what audiences can expect, the festival’s impact on the local community, and more.

Our guests:

*Note: Marc Iacona, executive director and co-producer of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, was originally scheduled to join this discussion, but had to cancel his appearance Tuesday morning.

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.