Dec 3, 2019
19th Edition - June 19-27, 2020
  First 3 Headliners Announced
for the 19th Edition!
Nile Rodgers & CHIC,
Garth Fagan Dance with Monty Alexander, and Spyro Gyra!
Tickets on Sale
Friday Dec 6 at 10AM!
Buy online at or call (585) 454-2060.
All headliner shows are at 8 PM at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.
Nile Rodgers & CHIC
Friday June 26
Tickets: $130/$125/$90/$65 + service charges
Among music legends, Nile Rodgers is truly exceptional. He amplifies his legacy as a multiple GRAMMY-winning composer, producer, arranger and guitarist by constantly traversing new musical terrain and successfully expanding the boundaries of popular music. As the co-founder of CHIC and the newly elected Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Rodgers pioneered a musical language that generated chart-topping hits like “Le Freak,” (the biggest selling single in the history of Atlantic Records!) and sparked the advent of hip-hop with “Good Times.” Nile Rodgers transcends all styles of music across every generation with a body of work that’s garnered him inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame.   Read more
A Celebration of 50 Years, Garth Fagan Dance with Monty Alexander Sextet
Wednesday June 24
Tickets: $93/$73/$53/$33 + service charges
This special performance is a coming together of two magnificent Jamaicans and friends who have known each other a very long time to celebrate music and dance at the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival! Featuring Garth Fagan’s “No Evidence of Failure” performed in two selections from Monty Alexander’s Harlem-Kingston Express Live: “King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown” and “No Woman No Cry”. “No Evidence of Failure “celebrates the variations, changing contours and depth of love possible between two people in a long term, loving & caring relationship. In addition, hear a world premiere by Norwood Pennewell and a selection from Monty Alexander Wareika Hill (Rastamonk Vibrations).   Read more
Spyro Gyra
Tuesday June 23
Tickets: $63/$53/$43/$33 + service charges
Spyro Gyra are contemporary jazz icons now observing their 45th year as a band. Spyro Gyra is an unlikely story of a group with humble beginnings in Buffalo, NY that has continued to reach an international audience over 40 years, resulting in sales of over 10 million albums and having played over five thousand shows on five continents. They have accomplished this due to a forward looking approach combined with the work ethic of an underdog, always challenging themselves to do something new while never resting on past success. It has proven to be a recipe for longevity for this jazz group while music has gone in and out of styles in ever shorter cycles.   Read more
Club Passes On Sale Now
 at Lowest Prices

Access Club Pass shows any three days of the Festival. Fully shareable and transferable.

  • Now to Dec 31 – $154*
  • Jan 1 to Mar 16 – $174*
  • Mar 17 to Festival – $194*
*Plus $6 service charge; $8 if mailed.

Access any Club Pass Series shows all nine days of the Festival. Fully shareable and transferable.

  • Now to Dec 31 – $194*
  • Jan 1 to Mar 16 – $224*
  • Mar 17 to Festival – $254*
*Plus $6 service charge; $8 if mailed.
About the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
19th Edition - June 19-27, 2020
The  CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival  is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. Founded in 2002, the nine-day Festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY and presents more than 1500 artists from around the world in 325+ shows at 20 venues. From legendary performers and familiar favorites, to rising stars and new discoveries, the Festival navigates all genres of creative improvised music from all corners of the world.  The festival is produced by RIJF, LLC, a privately held company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona. Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director, is a noted tenor sax player, who has traveled the world with many jazz artists including Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, The Woody Herman Orchestra and The Vanguard Jazz Orchestra. Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, is a Rochester native and President of Simcona Electronics. A business and community leader, he is an avid trumpeter and supporter of the arts.
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