Club Passes Go on Sale Friday October 25 for 2020 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

October 22, 2019

All Passes Shareable––Record 228 Shows & 13 Club Pass Venues! + 2 Former Venues Returning––Little Theatre and Auditorium at S. Clinton

Rochester, NY—October 22, 2019—Club Passes for the 2020 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, will go on sale Friday, October 25 at 10 a.m. at early-bird prices at or by calling (585) 454-2060.

The Club Pass is the festival's popular value pass to discovery, with access to more than 228 Club Pass shows at 13 Club Pass venues. Music fans can experience music from some of today's most accomplished artists from around the world at a significant savings over individual show tickets.

The festival's 19th edition will be held June 19 to 27, 2020 in multiple indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Rochester, New York. The 2019 festival wrapped up with attendance of more than 208,000.

John Nugent, co-producer and artistic director said, “Now going into our 19th Edition, it’s at this time of year when an amazing list of artists share their electronic press kits with us seeking a booking at RIJF. We'll go through well over 2,000 submissions searching for the best musicians from the many genres presented. We seek the highest calibre of talent from all over the world for our loyal patrons.

Buying Club Passes before the Series is announced is not taken for granted, and we truly appreciate the belief and trust in our efforts to program the Series. As always, expect to hear well known jazz artists, the very best of emerging talent from across the nation, and of course the finest groups as part of our internationally renowned Made in the UK, and Nordic and Euro Jazz Now Series. We're also pleased to announce that the the Little Theater will now be home to the Roots and Americana stage. I look forward to seeing you on Jazz Street”!

Marc Iacona, co-producer and executive director said, "Our team is preparing another talent- and music-filled Jazz Fest! As expected, there are adjustments being made that we believe will only enhance the festival experience. John and I are excited to welcome back the newly renovated Little Theatre and the Auditorium at South Clinton presented by Buckingham Properties. Each venue will be home to a total of 18 Club Pass shows throughout the 9 nights of the festival.

None of this would be possible without the overwhelming support of our loyal Club Pass patrons and our consummate Jazz Festival sponsors! As John and I say every year, 'It’s not who you know…It’s who you don’t know' so get ready, because in the blink of an eye and it will already be Jazz in June!"


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

Buy before Dec. 31 and save the most!

Oct 25 to Dec 31 – $154*
Jan 1 to Mar 16 – $174*
Mar 17 to Festival or Sold Out – $194*

*Plus $6 service charge; $8 if mailed.


Good for access to all Club Pass Series shows all nine days of the Festival. Fully shareable and transferable.

Buy before Dec. 31 and save the most!

Oct 25 to Dec 31 – $194*
Jan 1 to Mar 16 – $224*
Mar 17 to Festival or Sold Out – $254*

*Plus $6 service charge; $8 if mailed.
How to Buy the Club Pass
Club Passes may be purchased online at starting Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10 a.m. via the festival's secure e-ticketing system or by calling (585) 454-2060. Service charges are the same whether passes are ordered online or by phone, $6 for online print at home tickets and $8 if mailed.

How the Club Pass Works

  • Just show your pass at the door and enjoy the music!
  • Seating at Club Pass Series shows is first-come, first-served with the Club Pass or by purchasing entry at the door.
  • Come and go from concerts as you please with the freedom and flexibility to see as many shows as you want each day.
  • If you do not have a Club Pass you can still see Club Pass shows. The single entry price to any Club Pass Series show is $35 cash at the door at Kilbourn Hall and $30 cash at the door for all other Club Pass venues.
  • No advance sales for individual Club Pass Series shows.
  • Save Time in Line Wristbands are available for the early shows at Max (6:15 p.m.) and Kilbourn (6 p.m.) and both shows at Geva Wilson Stage to save patrons time in line. See for details.

2020 Club Pass Series Venues
Auditorium at South Clinton presented by Buckingham Properties, Christ Church, Hatch Recital Hall at Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall at Eastman School of Music, Geva Theatre Center Wilson Stage, Little Theatre, Max of Eastman Place, M&T Pavilion Squeezers Stage presented by the DiMarco Group, Montage Music Hall, Reformation Lutheran Church, The Wilder Room, Rochester Regional Health Big Tent, and the Temple Building Theater presented by the Democrat and Chronicle

About the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival
The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. 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.

Founded in 2002 in Rochester, NY, the multi-dimensional nine-day Festival is held annually in downtown Rochester, NY and presents more than 1500 artists from around the world in 320+ shows at 20 venues. Attendance has grown from 15,000 in 2002 to 208,000 in 2018. Economic impact delivered to the region now exceeds $180 million. In addition to a headliner series and Club Pass Series of 220+ shows, the festival also presents 100+ free shows and events including nightly jam sessions and jazz workshops. The Festival's jazz scholarship program has awarded almost $500,000 in scholarships to 40 students entering Eastman School of Music. Read more

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.