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CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival

Fred SanFilipo

Downtown bar owners are hoping the organizers of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Fest will change their mind on moving the event to Henrietta, if not this year, then next. 

Festival co-producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced Thursday that they plan to move the nine-day concert series to Rochester Institute of Technology, in part to adhere to current social distancing guidelines. The event attracted more that 200,000 people in 2019.

Jazz festival will happen but will move to RIT

Feb 11, 2021
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After being canceled last year due to the pandemic, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is on track for this summer -- but will be held for the first time outside the city and later than usual, festival organizers announced Thursday.

The festival’s co-producers, Marc Iacona and John Nugent, said they were moving the popular nine-day concert series to the Rochester Institute of Technology campus in Henrietta to better adhere to state health guidelines. The festival is scheduled for July 30 to Aug. 7.

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Following Monday’s news from the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival that it is shooting for an Oct. 2-10 rescheduling of the event, the festival announced Tuesday that two of the shows slated for June at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre have confirmed new dates at the venue.

The alt-country singer-songwriter trio of Puss N Boots, featuring Sasha Dobson, Norah Jones and Catherine Popper, will play 8 p.m. Oct. 3 at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre.

The jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra is rescheduled for 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at Eastman Theatre.

Courtesy Rochester International Jazz Festival

Most years, by this point in the story, John Nugent, the producer and artistic director of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, generally exudes an attitude that the event is on automatic pilot. All acts are booked, the food trucks are gassed up, the weather vanes are blowing in the right direction.

Puss N Boots Music

The summer concert season forecast includes a Norah Jones Confluence for western New York. The Rochester area will have two opportunities to see the jazzy pop singer this summer, in different configurations. 

And as they’re potentially competing for the same audience, the promoters of both events aren’t giving the other a jump start on tickets; both shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.