Jazz Festivals 2019: Best Jazz Fests in New Orleans, Jacksonville & Rochester

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By: Mike Dunn | Segun Oduolowu | Victor Padilla Posted: 11:41 AM, Apr 10, 2019

There are hundreds of jazz festivals across the country every year. Some have been going for over 50 years! That’s a lot of wailin’ sax. Here are three of the biggest springtime favorites.


1. New Orleans Jazz Fest 2019 – New Orleans, Louisiana


Let’s start our list of 2019 jazz festivals in the Big Easy for the 50th Anniversary of the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson kicked off the first New Orleans Jazz Fest back in 1970, and the event has gotten a lot bigger since. Around 400,000 music fans descend on this fiesta. In fact, it’s so huge that it even draws non-jazz superstars like Katy Petty and Chris Stapleton, as well as lesser-known up-and-comers. Bonus: there’s a motherload of Cajun cuisine and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. The New Orleans Jazz Fest runs from April 25th through May 5th with tickets starting at around $75.


2. Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2019 – Jacksonville, Florida


Let’s continue our 2019 jazz festivals tour by heading east to the Sunshine State for the 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival. On Memorial Day weekend, Downtown Jacksonville goes mad for jazz. The 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival is the second largest in America with two stages and ten blocks of music, food, shopping and entertainment. And best of all, it’s free! The 2019 Jacksonville Jazz Festival kicks off May 23rd and goes through the 26th.


3. Rochester International Jazz Festivals 2019 – Rochester, New York


Finally, let’s end our road trip of 2019 jazz festivals in New York for the 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival. More than 1,500 artists from around the world play over 300 shows at 20 indoor and outdoor venues. The 2019 Rochester International Jazz Festival runs from June 21 through the 29th and tickets start at around $35.


Get those jazz hands ready, because now you’ve got three cool 2019 jazz festivals to attend this year!


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