The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! Programming announced for the 19th edition from June 17 to 25. Free Headliner

All headlining shows are free at this year’s CGI Rochester Intl Jazz Festival

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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, June 17-25, Rochester, NY – 19th edition

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 2022 Club Pass Series

CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 2022 Club Pass Series of 196 shows in 11 venues.

The 9-day festival, June 17-25, features legends, familiar favorites, rising stars, and new discoveries! 325 shows, 1750+artists, 20 venues.

We invite you to enjoy another incredible diverse program and the best in creative improvised music, and never forget: “it’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know”.

— John Nugent, producer and artistic director

ROCHESTER, NY, USA, March 16, 2022 / — The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is back! After a two-year hiatus due to the global coronavirus pandemic, producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced the lineup for the long-awaited 2022 Nine-Day Festival, which will return with its 19th edition from June 17-25 at downtown Rochester, New York.

From legendary performers and familiar favorites to rising stars and new discoveries, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival navigates every genre of creative improvised music from around the world. Over 208,000 people attended the 2019 Festival.

The Multidimensional Festival will present 325 shows, including a record 130 free shows and events with more than 1,750 artists in 20 diverse locations.

All headlining shows are free and outdoor – Plus! Record number of free shows
During this transitional year, in order to provide more space for all major shows, all headlining shows will be free and presented on two large outdoor stages, Midtown Stage at Parcel 5, the site of three shows free every night all nine days, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Park, which will host two free shows every night on the final weekend of June 24 and 25.

A record of more than 130 free shows will be presented on 9 free stages. See for full lineup.

Headlining this year, Chris Botti, Devon Allman Project + special guests Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Samantha Fish “Allman Family Revival”, Tommy Emmanuel, Spyro Gyra, Robin Thicke, Sheila E., Booker T Presents: A Soul Stax Revue, New Power Generation, G Love & Special Sauce, The Bacon Brothers and Wynonna Judd. All headlining shows are free this year and open to the public. No ticket is required. Shows take place rain or shine.

The Club Pass series presents 196 shows in 11 Club Pass venues. No reserved seats or advance tickets are sold for Club Pass series shows. Enter with the Club Pass (3 or 9 days), a discovery ticket, or cash at the door. $30/35. The unique RIJF Club Pass gives you access to all Club Pass Series shows from June 17-25, 2022 on the official Club Pass Series Festival websites. See the full lineup at Come and go places as you wish.

“It is with deep gratitude to all of our patrons and sponsors that RIJF has been able to navigate the last two years of the global pandemic,” said John Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “It has been an extremely difficult time worldwide for all live event producers. We are beyond excited to bring you all back to the Rochester International Jazz Festival as global health restrictions ease. June 17-25, we’ll be hosting another incredibly diverse program for all guests to enjoy in downtown Rochester. We invite you all to downtown Rochester to enjoy the best in creative improvised music, and never forget “It’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know”.

“Along with the entire Rochester International Jazz Festival team, we are extremely proud to announce a lineup that cumulatively rivals any festival we have hosted in our 19-year history,” said Marc Iacona, producer and executive director. “We thank everyone for their unwavering support throughout this unprecedented time. Thanks to you, the Rochester International Jazz Festival continues to be one of the best creative music festivals in our country. We’ll see you on Jazz Street!

2022 Producers’ Choice and Rising Stars – Don’t Miss It!
Club Pass Series: Emmaline, Samara Joy, Tivon Pennicott Quartet, Ravi Coltrane, Big Lazy, Itamar Borochov, Ranky Tanky, Adam Melchor, Champian Fulton Trio. Giveton Gelin, Immanuel Wilkins Quartet, Dan Wilson Quartet, Sarah McKenzie, Helen Sung Trio, Robin McKelle, Connie Han, Lioness and Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio.

Highlights and news

• The world returns to Rochester! The Festival will welcome musicians from Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Cuba, England, Finland, Germany, Haiti, Iceland, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands and ‘Scotland.
• The Global Jazz Now series is back!
• Nightly Jam Sessions at the Hyatt Regency Rochester begin at 10:30 p.m. each night. Directed by Bob Sneider and Karl Stabnau.
• 5 free student jazz workshops for music students of all ages will be held Monday, June 20 through Friday, June 24 from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Ray Wright Hall at the Eastman School of Music (120) sponsored by Wegmans. Instructed by guest artists from the RIJF and led by Bob Sneider.
• The annual RIJF/Eastman School of Music Jazz Fellowship Presentation/Concert is free and will take place outdoors on the Jazz Street Stage. The program awarded nearly $500,000 in scholarships to 40 students.
• The free official festival app updated for 2022 will be launched in April.

Check out the full program and discover the lineup of more than 1,750 artists and 325 shows on

About the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the premier jazz festivals in the world. Held annually in Rochester, NY, more than 200,000 music fans attend the nine-day festival, which features more than 325 shows at 20 venues with more than 1,750 artists from around the world. the festival was founded in 2002 and is produced by RIJF, LLC, a private company owned by John Nugent and Marc Iacona. 2022 will mark the 19th edition of the festival. The 2020 and 2021 Festivals could not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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