RIJF Club Pass

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The Club Pass is RIJF's unique pass that gives you access to up to all Club Pass Series shows June 19 - 27, 2020 at the festival's 13 official Club Pass Series venues.

Notice to 19th Edition Club Pass Ticket Holders 

May 3, 2021 -- After intensive efforts to deliver a festival this year, CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced today that despite holding onto hope that a socially distanced festival could take place this year at a more spacious location, it will not be viable from either a business or health safety perspective due to necessary NY State health guidelines and capacity restrictions.
“We are disappointed to announce that the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival 19th Edition will be postponed to June 17 to 25, 2022. We will be back next year and are committed to making every effort to move forward in downtown Rochester and also explore expanding the Festival with programming at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT),” said Iacona and Nugent. See full announcement

Club Pass Ticket Information, Policy & FAQs

Club Pass tickets will be honored at the postponed 19th edition festival June 17-25, 2022. In consideration of these unprecedented times, since the Pass is a value pass to a festival series and not a ticket to a specific show on a specific date, pass holders may use their passes in 2022 or 2023. Passes may also be shared or transferred. We have been honored to bring you the finest in creative improvised music from around the world for 18 years in our renowned club pass series.

We are all living through unprecedented times that have caused grief, confusion, and anxiety and we completely understand that hardships and frustration are mounting in many forms.

We would like to explain RIJF’s appeal to you regarding the Club Pass series ticket policy. In order to ensure your jazz festival stays healthy past the current worldwide Covid-19/Coronavirus pandemic, before the festival was forced to postpone the 19th Edition to 2021 and now 2022 due to the force majeure nature of this pandemic. We have agreed, as have the majority of our patrons, that this is necessary and in the best interests of health and safety.

FAQs on Club Pass Ticket Policy

Q: Can I get a refund for the Club Pass tickets I purchased? 

A: On your ticket purchase, it states that “RIJF shall reserve the right to credit your ticket toward a future festival performance.” Please know that RIJF has re-committed to 240 concerts by artists whose performances were placed in a force majeure situation by the pandemic, beyond everyone’s control. As a matter of ethics, RIJF will honor all contracts made with artists who were scheduled to appear this year, for our postponed 19th Edition June 17-25, 2022. As schedules change, every effort will be made to present artists who were supposed to perform at RIJF in 2020. RIJF will announce the revised lineup in March 2022.

Your investment in purchasing your Club Pass tickets early is unprecedented in the music industry. For 18 years now, you have allowed RIJF to build the Club Pass series and offer you tickets at extremely discounted prices. RIJF is unique and world-renowned because of this. For ethical purposes, we will maintain our commitments to the artists who will be rebooked to appear in 2022.

Refunding 2020 Club Pass series “value” tickets to patrons and still honoring contracts with rescheduled artists would spell financial disaster for RIJF. To save the festival for you, our patrons, the only solution is what we are doing, which is to credit all purchased tickets.

Q: I bought Club Pass tickets: 1) as a Christmas gift for my family, 2) I will not be here,  3) I am moving,  4) the rescheduled dates do not work for me, can I please get a refund?

A: We are appealing to our patrons to take advantage of the open and extended credit on the value of your purchase for our 2022 or 2023 festivals. You may also transfer your ticket order or credit to another person. Your Club Pass tickets are general admission, multi-entry, multi-venue, value ticket and are non-refundable.

Q: I bought tickets to other events and was offered a refund, why aren't you offering Club Pass ticket refunds?

A: RIJF has now refunded (or will soon refund) tickets held to all completely canceled shows that will not happen, Wynonna & The Big Noise, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Garth Fagan & Monty Alexander, and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue as well as Puss N Boots and Spyro Gyra (just canceled) which are reserved seat Eastman Theatre shows. 1 show, 1 seat, 1 ticket.

There is a vast difference between reserved seat events and RIJF’s 3- and 9-Day Club Pass series tickets, which are steeply discounted value tickets allowing attendance to as many shows as physically possible. Club Passes are fully transferable and shareable. They are a specially-priced value tickets for an experience. As stated already, in light of our festival's current situation due to the pandemic, we will consider refund requests.

Since 2002, RIJF has developed its Club Pass series to offer as many performances on one ticket (a pass) as possible. Patrons who purchase 3- and 9-Day Club Pass tickets from late October to March before any artist names have been announced, know that the festival delivers high-level entertainment for a very low price over the course of several days in multiple venues. 

Even because of the pandemic and a postponed event, Club Pass ticket holders have invested in an experience that not been canceled but has been postponed due to a pandemic, which is far beyond everyone’s control. The flight has been delayed so to speak. Plus, we want all our patrons to understand that if our pass price increases during the next three years, there will be no extra cost to them when they redeem their ticket during that time.

Thank you for your patience, understanding, support, and trust. We are hopefully optimistic we’ll see you on Jazz Street June 17-25, 2022.

Why Get the Pass

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Club Pass is a unique value pass that allows you to sample music from some of the finest artists from throughout the world!

  • Come and go as you please to all Club Pass shows at official Club Pass venues. 
  • Save off the individual entry cover charges of $30 at all RIJF 2022 Club Pass venues.
  • If you use your pass for just two shows a day for nine days, the individual ticket cost would be almost $600. Most people attend an average of five shows a day. The savings add up! 
  • You have the freedom and flexibility to see as many shows as you want each day. 
  • Just show your Pass at the door and enjoy the music!
  • Make great gifts for music lovers and perfect for customer and employee appreciation.

Club Pass Options

Please stay tuned for an announcement on when the 19th Edition Club Pass good for the postponed festival in 2022 will go on sale. 

9-Day Club Pass

    • Good for access to all revised Club Pass Series shows all nine days of the festival.
    • Can be shared and transferred.

3-Day Club Pass

    • Good for access to all revised Club Pass Series shows on any 3 days of the festival.
    • Can be shared and transferred.

Please note: No refunds on any Club Pass purchase.

Club Pass Venues

All venues for RIJF 2022 will be announced in spring, 2022.


Redeeming Your Club Pass Ticket for a Club Pass

Please stay tuned for information that will be announced in spring 2022. 

Club Pass Show Entry without a Club Pass

You don't need a Club Pass to access Club Pass Series shows. Enter at the door for $30, cash only. No advance tickets are sold for Club Pass Series Shows and there are no reserved seats. Entry is first-come, first-served for all, whether you pay cash at the door or have a Club Pass. Since venues may fill to capacity prior to shows so to ensure a better chance of a seat, arrive early and wait in line. Doors open 30 minutes before shows. 

Updated May 3, 2021

"The club pass is fantastic. It's very cool to be able to walk to all the different venues and to have different types of venues i.e. churches, bars, concert halls, etc .”

"As always, the Club Pass acts are both new and familiar. The range of types of jazz is broad. All performances i attended were well worth the price of the Club Pass."

“The club pass makes it possible to see a lot for a little. Great quality of music!

Club Pass Frequently Asked Questions

Club Pass tickets may be redeemed for a pass at the Ticket Shop when it opens in June. Stay tuned for dates and times. You must get your pass and lanyard at the Ticket Shop before entering any venue. Tickets cannot be redeemed for passes at venues.

Yes. You can purchase a Club Pass online. 

Choose from 3 or 9 Day Passes, choose ticket delivery option and check out. Simple as that!

All Passes are shareable and fully transferable. 

Redeem your ticket for a Pass at the Ticket Shop at 100 East Avenue whe it openes in June. Hours to be announced in May. 

No, the Club Pass is good for the 13 official Club Pass venues only.  You can purchase individual tickets for shows at Eastman Theatre.  See Ticket Info

Day passes are only available for sponsors and volunteers and are not for sale. You can still enter any Club Pass Series Show by paying the cover charge at the door, $30 or 3$5 (Kiibourn Hall), first come, first served.

  • Yes! Please share your pass when you cannot use it.  All Club Passes are now fully shareable and transferrable. Share the joy! 
  • You must bring your Pass with you to enter a show. Club Passes cannot be replaced. 


  • Club Passes cannot be replaced if lost. 
  • Always wear your Pass on the lanyard provided.
  • Please write your cell phone number on the Pass so that if it is lost and turned in to our Lost and Found (Ticket Office), we can notify you.