ROCHESTER, N.Y. — After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival will be returning to downtown in 2022.

Festival producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona confirmed on Friday that planning for the event's return is already well underway.

“We are extremely excited to bring the Festival back to Downtown Rochester,” said Nugent, Producer and Artistic Director. “It has been a stressful two years of scheduling, postponing, rescheduling and postponing again, and again. Finally, though, on June 17, 2022, our much-anticipated 19th Edition will open!” 

“Postponing our Jazz Festival for two years in a row has left a void for all of us,” said Producer and Executive Director Marc Iacona. “We can look forward once again to hearing vibrant music from around the world in June in downtown Rochester.”

The full lineup and details for the festival will be announced at the annual spring news conference on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

The 2022 Club Pass Series will feature 219 sets of music at 12 venues in downtown including the Bethel Church, Hatch Hall, Hyatt Regency Ballroom, Kilbourn Hall, The Little Theatre, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Max of Eastman Place, Montage Music Hall, Temple Theater, Theater at Innovation Square, Rochester Regional Health Big Tent and the Wilder Room. 

Anyone who holds Club Pass Series tickets for the 19th edition, postponed due to the pandemic, does not need to do anything. Their tickets are automatically valid for the 2022 festival or 2023 festival if they are unable to attend in 2022. 

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