A crush of people patiently entered the Eastman Theatre to see headliner Steve Martin. Lori Ann Dedline of Macedon was among them.
"When they went on sale I was the first one. I'm here right now to see Steve Martin. Can't wait," she said.
The entertainer gave two sold out performances and didn't disappoint. Martin said he was excited to be here.
"It's been a dream to play at the Rochester Jazz Festival," he stated.
The Jazz Fest, of course, is about more than celebrity appeal.
"It's just fun. Everybody's out to have a good time. There's nobody in a big hurry, everyone's just willing to kick back and have a good time," said Kelly Flaherty of Macedon.
Many of the performers, including Fred Costello, have Rochester roots.
"We have some great, great musicians, professionals that play all over the world and call Rochester home," explained Marc Iacona, the Executive Director for the festival.
As the festival has grown over the past decade, its footprint in downtown Rochester has not changed, and that's by design.
"Our main concern is to be able to walk everywhere." said Iacona.
Artists that travel to the Jazz Festival circuit have spread the word about Rochester, making these nine days in June something truly special. Dedline told us:
"Every year it gets better, it gets bigger and better."
In over nine days of this year festival there will be over 300 concerts at 18 venues.
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