The Rochester International Jazz Festival has decided to postpone rather than cancel this year’s event.
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“Rather than giving up during this time of uncertainty, we are continuing to take a hopeful course and are forging ahead to the best of our ability to reschedule our 19th edition festival for October 2 to 10, 2020,” festival officials announced.
The organizers added that the postponed meant the loss of being able to reschedule four headliner shows: Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Wynonna and the Big Noise, Trombone Shorty, and Garth Fagan Dance and Monty Alexander due to artist and/or venue unavailability.
Those holding tickets to these events will be contacted and offered a refund minus service fees.
“Refunds will be processed beginning May 1, 2020. RIJF Credit – We will provide an RIJF credit to you for full ticket purchase price toward a future festival headliner ticket, club pass or merchandise purchase in 2021 or 2022,” the organizers said.
“As we have previously noted, Club Passes will be good at the postponed festival in October. If you cannot use it in October for any reason, you can use it for our 20th Anniversary Festival in 2021 or at our festival in 2022,” the officials continued.
The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is one of the world’s leading jazz festivals. 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 2019. Economic impact delivered to the region now exceeds $180 million.
“Music is the soul of all humanity and we all crave the spirit of creative improvised music now more than ever,” the officials wrote.