The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival’s 19th edition will not take place as scheduled June 19-27 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Festival producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent said they hope to reschedule this year’s festival for the fall, and would offer all artists in the headliner, club pass and free show series a new slot on the schedule.
“In the past two weeks since we announced our 2020 festival lineup, our world has been turned upside down. The health crisis we are experiencing has resulted in significant loss of life and illness, growing fear, and unprecedented disruption in all aspects of our lives,” Iacona and Nugent said in a statement.
“During this time we have been communicating around the clock with artists and other festivals around the world, as we are all in similar circumstances, trying to determine what we can and cannot do. Most importantly, we have been closely communicating with the City of Rochester and Monroe County and its Department of Public Health. It is with a very heavy heart that we announce today that we must cancel our 19th edition festival for June 19-27. This is a matter of public safety. We need to do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.”