Rochester International Jazz Festival
|CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank|
|Location(s)||Rochester, New York|
|Founded by||John Nugent, Marc Iacona|
Established in 2002, the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank takes place in June of each year, in Rochester, New York. It is owned and produced by RIJF, LLC, whose principles are John Nugent, Co-Producer and Artistic Director, and Marc Iacona, Co-Producer and Executive Director.
The nine-day festival is held at 20 diverse venues throughout downtown Rochester New York's East End cultural and entertainment district, including Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Kilbourn Hall at the Eastman School of Music, Hatch Recital Hall, Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Christ Church, the Rochester Regional Health Big Tent, Max of Eastman Place, Montage Music Hall, Xerox Auditorium, Wilder Room, The Little Theatre, and multiple outdoor free stages and venues - all within walking distance and many on "Jazz Street" (otherwise known as Gibbs Street during the rest of the year), which is closed off for the festival's nine days. More than 90 free concerts and events are presented on outdoor stages and other free venues. A five-day Youth Jazz Workshop provides an opportunity for elementary and high school music students to learn from and play alongside noted musicians performing at the festival. The festival supports the RIJF Eastman School of Music Jazz Scholarship, which has awarded almost $500,000 in scholarships since 2002 to 40 students to attend the Eastman School of Music.
In 2018, the festival drew a record-setting crowd of more than 208,000 people from around the world to see more than 1500 musicians from 20 countries performed in 320+ shows.
CGI Communications became the festival's new title sponsor as of July 2018, succeeding Xerox, which was the title sponsor for 10 years from 2009 through 2018. M&T Bank is the presenting sponsor.
In 2009, attendance was estimated at a record 133,000 for the 225 concerts presented.
In 2010, 162,000 people attended the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival's 250 concerts presented over nine days, breaking the record set the prior year of 133,000.
2011 saw another record-setting year with 285 concerts presented over nine days and in 18 different venues. Attendance reached an all-time high of 182,000.
In 2012, the 11th Edition hit another attendance record of 187,000, a record number of headliner sell-outs, the addition of new venue, Hatch Recital Hall and 9 days of spectacular weather. Norah Jones, Diana Krall, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers, Esperanza Spalding, Zappa Plays Zappa, and Daryl Hall "Live From Daryl's House" with special guest Keb' Mo' headlined this year.
|Year||Days||Headliners||No. of shows||No. of venues||Est. attendance||Notes|
|50||14||15,000||Norah Jones was booked as an up-and-comer, before her debut album was released—but she performed as a new superstar after it became a runaway success; Franklin concert held at Frontier Field; Chris Botti opened for The Rippingtons|
|55,000||First year that Gibbs Street was renamed "Jazz Street"; first year for the RIJF Big Tent|
|2005||9||The Bad Plus
Chris Botti & Madeleine Peyroux
|80,000||First year club passes sold out|
|2007||9||Dave Brubeck Quartet
Dr. John and Madeleine Peyroux
Jerry Lee Lewis
Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra
Raul Midon and "King" Solomon Burke
Jean-Luc Ponty, Trio Beyond
|200+||18||120,000||First year for Nordic Jazz Now|
Medeski Martin & Wood
|125,000||Jake Shimabukuro, Carolyn Wonderland, and Catherine Russell also appeared|
Jake Shimabukuro & Carolyn Wonderland
Susan Tedeschi & Taj Mahal
|225||133,000||First year with Xerox as title sponsor|
|250||15||162,000||A second Jeff Beck concert was added after the first sold out; club passes also sold out in advance; Trombone Shorty appeared; Smash Mouth closes|
The Fab Faux
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
|285||18||182,000||Club passes sold out two months in advance; Kevin Eubanks appears; Trombone Shorty plays a free show; G Love and Special Sauce close out the festival|
|2012||9||Daryl Hall with Keb' Mo'
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
Zappa Plays Zappa
|> 300||19||187,000||A second Steve Martin concert was added after the first sold out; club passes sold out four-and-a-half months in advance, before shows were even announced; Trombone Shorty appears for the third straight year|
|2013||9||David Byrne & St. Vincent
Peter Frampton with Robert Cray
Bob James & David Sanborn with Steve Gadd
Willie Nelson and Family
|280||19||195,000||Trombone Shorty again closes the festival with a free concert|
|2014||9||Earth, Wind & Fire
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers ft. Edie Brickell
|322||20||196,000||Just as in 2012, a second Steve Martin show was added after the first quickly sold out; Bob James appears for second straight year, this time as a member of Fourplay|
|2015||9||Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
Gary Clark, Jr., with Beth Hart
Steve Gadd Band with special surprise guest
Steep Canyon Rangers
Tedeschi Trucks Band with Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Doyle Bramhall
|> 325||19||TBD||James Taylor was Gadd's surprise guest; Blood, Sweat & Tears and Trombone Shorty among free concerts; Yellowjackets, Joey Alexander, and Grace Kelly among the club shows
Steve Gadd's 70th birthday concert was recorded and later released as a Grammy-nominated album, Way Back Home: Live from Rochester, NY
Chick Corea "Trilogy" Trio with Joey Alexander
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
|325||18||205,000||Trombone Shorty again closes the festival with a free concert|
Maceo Parker and the Ray Charles Orchestra ft. The Raelettes
|2018||9||Béla Fleck and the Flecktones
Lake Street Dive
- Table data gleaned primarily from 
The 2009 lineup of major performances was announced on March 24, 2009.
- Taj Mahal
- The Susan Tedeschi Band
- Jake Shimabukuro
- "SMV" (bassists Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller, and Victor Wooten) on their Thunder Tour
The following headlining acts all played ticketed shows at Eastman Theatre
- Gladys Knight
- Herbie Hancock
- Keb' Mo'
- Jeff Beck's first show sold out soon after it was announced, prompting the announcement of a second show
- John Pizzarelli
- Bernie Williams
- Trombone Shorty played three nights in a row at the festival
- Los Lonely Boys made a repeat appearance, playing a free outdoor show
- Smash Mouth closed the festival with a packed, free, outdoor finale concert.
- Woody Allen and His New Orleans Jazz Band
- Tony Bennett
- Ravi Coltrane
- Chaka Khan
- Al Jarreau
- The Respect Sextet
- Chris Botti
- Bobby McFerrin & Jack DeJohnette
- Bill Frisell
- Al (Roomful of Blues) Copley
- Sonny Rollins
- Chick Corea
- Hilton Ruiz
- Madeleine Peyroux
- Steve Turre
- Strunz & Farah
- Aretha Franklin
- Charles Ellison Quartet
- Sonny Rollins
- Dr. John
- Dave Brubeck
- George Benson
- Stephane Wrembel
- Norah Jones
- The Carnegie Hall Jazz Band led by Jon Faddis
- John Hammond
- Willem Breuker
- Michael Moore
- Harold Danko
- Dave Pietro & Banda Brazil
- Wallace Roney
- Paul Smoker
- Juana Molina
- Derek Trucks
- Gap Mangione
- Harry Allen
- Lew Tabackin
- Paula West Quartet
- Joe LaBarbera
- Jonas Kullhammar Quartet
- Raul Midón
- Wycliffe Gordon
- The Shuffle Demons
- Marian McPartland
- Dave Mancini Quartet
- David Sanborn
- Oscar Peterson
- James Brown
- Das Contras
- Phil Woods
- McCoy Tyner
- Toots Thielemans
- Wayne Shorter
- Susan Tedeschi
- Etta James
- Little Feat
- Dickey Betts
- Dianne Reeves
- Slide Hampton
- Medeski Martin and Wood
- "Rochester International Jazz Festival Announces New Title Sponsor". 17 July 2018. Archived from the original on 17 July 2018. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
- All About Jazz.com Retrieved 30 January 2009.
-  Retrieved 22 June 2010.
-  Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- Spevak, Jeff (June 5, 2011). "10 Years of Jazz". Democrat and Chronicle. Rochester, New York. pp. 3C,8C. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
- Rochester International Jazz Festival Official Website
- Jazz@Rochester: A blog covering the RIJF and live jazz in and around Rochester, New York.