Jeff Goldblum, Patti LaBelle and Marc Cohn + Guest Vocalists The Blind Boys of Alabama to Headline

January 22, 2019

Rochester, NY––Jeff Goldblum, Patti LaBelle and Marc Cohn with special guest vocalists, The Blind Boys of Alabama, will join the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival's headliner series lineup. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 25 at 10 a.m. exclusively at rochesterjazz.com or by calling 585-454-2060.

Tickets for previously announced 2019 headliner shows with George Benson and the Steve Gadd Band are on sale now.

The nine-day CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival runs June 21 to 29 and will feature more than 1500 artists in 320+ shows in 20 venues in downtown Rochester, NY. In addition to the headliner series, the festival presents the popular Club Pass Series of 220+ shows, and more than 90 free shows and events including nightly jam sessions and five youth jazz workshops led by artists performing in the festival. The festival's full lineup will be announced on March 19.

Editors: High res photos of artists are available in the Press Room.

JEFF GOLDBLUM & THE MILDRED SNITZER ORCHESTRA
Wednesday, June 26 – 8PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Tickets: $115 / $105 / $85 / $70 + service charge

With film credits including "Jurassic Park," "Independence Day," "The Fly," "The Big Chill," "The Grand Budapest Hotel," and “Thor: Ragnarok;" theatre performances including "The Pillowman," "Speed the Plow" and "Domesticated;" and television appearances including “Portlandia” “Inside Amy Schumer” and “Will & Grace,” Jeff Goldblum also plays jazz with his band, The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra. Whether performing regularly at Los Feliz's Rockwell Table and Stage, or elsewhere, Goldblum will take your questions, ask you trivia questions, and play classic jazz. The evening typically features Goldblum on piano, John Storie on guitar, James King on tenor saxophone, Alex Frank on bass, Joe Bagg on organ and Kenny Elliott on drums, along with special guests. Recently Goldblum signed with Decca Records and recorded his first full length record, entitled “Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, The Capitol Studios Sessions”. The record was released in November 2018.

PATTI LABELLE
Saturday, June 22 – 8PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Tickets: $115 / $105 / $85 / $70 + service charge

Beautiful simply does not describe the incomparable force known to the world as Patti LaBelle. As time continues to evolve, the soulful songbird’s name has become synonymous with grace, style, elegance and class. Belting out classic rhythm and blues renditions, pop standards and spiritual sonnets have created the unique platform of versatility that she is known and revered for. It’s a small wonder that Patti has time for anything else in between recording and touring, but she makes time and the world is oh so happy that she does! She has written six books, Don’t Block the Blessings, LaBelle Cuisine: Recipes to Sing About, Patti’s Pearls, Patti LaBelle’s Lite Cuisine, Recipes for the Good Life and her most recent, Desserts LaBelle. Several years ago, she introduced Patti’s Good Life, a successful product line that includes a variety of sauces, sweet potato pie, cobblers and cakes. She stars in her own highly rated cooking show, Patti LaBelle's Place, which premiered its second season on the Cooking Channel in 2017. Additionally, Patti released her first jazz album, Bel Hommage, and a holiday album, Patti LaBelle and Friends - Home for the Holidays, in 2017.

MARC COHN & Special Guest Vocalists THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
Tuesday, June 25 – 8PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Tickets: $84 / $74 / $54 / $34 + service charge

After winning a Grammy for his soulful ballad “Walking in Memphis,” Marc Cohn solidified his place as one of this generation’s most compelling singer-songwriters, combining the precision of a brilliant tunesmith with the passion of a great soul man. Rooted in the rich ground of American rhythm and blues, soul and gospel and possessed of a deft storyteller’s pen, he weaves vivid, detailed, often drawn-from-life tales that evoke some of our most universal human feelings: love, hope, faith, joy, heartbreak. The Blind Boys of Alabama have the rare distinction of being recognized around the world as both living legends and modern-day innovators. They are not just gospel singers borrowing from old traditions; the group helped to define those traditions in 20th century and almost single-handedly created a new gospel sound for the 21st. Since the original members first sang together as kids at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s (including Jimmy Carter, who leads the group today), the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. The Blind Boys' live shows are roof-raising musical events that appeal to audiences of all cultures, as evidenced by an international itinerary that has taken them to virtually every continent. The Blind Boys of Alabama have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 75 years and shows no signs of diminishing.