George Benson and Steve Gadd Band are First Two Headliners Announced for 18th Edition

December 4, 2018

Tickets on Sale Friday, Dec 7 at 10 AM

-Rochester, NY--December 4, 2018--The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is pleased to announce the first two headliners for the 18th edition June 21 to 29, 2019. Rochester's favorite famed drummer Steve Gadd and his Band will play Friday, June 21, 2019. Ten-time GRAMMY winner, George Benson will perform on Thursday, June 27, 2019.

Gadd performed at RIJF in 2015 in a sold-out performance that was recorded live for a CD that earned a GRAMMY nomination. He also performed with David Sanborn at RIJF in 2013. George Benson headlined at RIJF in 2003, also for a sold-out performance.

Both shows will be at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 7 at 10 a.m. at

Ticket Prices: $103/$83$63/$43 + service charges

Steve Gadd is one of the most sought-after studio musicians, in the world. Regarded as one the most influential drummers in contemporary music, Gadd can play anything, easily bridging different musical styles. His feel, technique, and musicality on such tunes as Paul Simon's "Fifty Ways," and Steely Dan's "Aja", and Chick Corea's "Nite Sprite" were so awe-inspiring and his concepts so innovative that they instantly assured his special position in the history of the percussive arts. Gadd rapidly rose to prominence on the studio scene. His resume includes a variety of artists, including Carly Simon, Phoebe Snow, Aretha Franklin, Al DiMeola, Stanley Clarke, Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Scott, Frank Sinatra, and Stuff. Steve Gadd Band has released four albums to date. Their 2016 release, "Way Back Home," the CD and double DVD set was recorded live at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2015 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. Read full bio

Ticket Prices: $123/$93$73/$53 + service charges
NEA Jazz Master and 10 time Grammy winner, George Benson, is appreciated as both a musician and performer. Benson plays the dual role of expert improviser and vibrant entertainer Rounding out his singular approach with a strong sense of swing, he is considered one of the greatest guitarists of all time.

Benson began his career as a guitarist working the corner pubs of his native Pittsburgh. Legendary jazz guitarist Wes Montgomery came across Benson early on, complimenting him and urging him to continue his already impressive work. In the early 1960s, Benson apprenticed with organist Brother Jack McDuff; he found the organist's gritty swing a fertile ground for the sly, confident, and adventurous guitar lines that earned him an early reputation as a master. Read full bio

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