Rochester International Jazz Festival

250 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604

585-454-2060

About Us:

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals presenting legendary performers, familiar favorites, rising stars and new discoveries from around the world.

The multi-dimensional nine-day festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY and presents more than 1750 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 21 venues. Founded in 2002, attendance has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2019. The economic impact delivered to the region now exceeds $180 million.

Navigating all genres of creative improvised music the festival brings together unique musical sounds from many countries, highlighting international artists' take on the only truly American art form - jazz.

In addition to a headliner series and Club Pass Series of 220+ shows, we present more than 100 free shows and events including workshops for music students and nightly jam sessions, where there's no telling who will drop in to play. It's said that jazz never sleeps and this event proves it as the music goes on deep into the night  – often with unsung musicians who electrify the room.

Our jazz scholarship program has awarded almost $500,000 in scholarships to 40 students entering Eastman School of Music since 2002.  

The CGI Rochester International Jazz 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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