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Producers forge ahead on October Jazz Festival

The producers of the annual CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival continue to make plans for a rescheduled show, the duo said Monday.

“This is a message of hope,” said RIJF producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent in a festival update this week. “Music is the soul of all humanity and we all crave the spirit of creative improvised music now more than ever. This has been a trying time for festivals and live events, including RIJF as we have been forced to make painful decisions to either cancel or postpone our events and see a domino effect of financial and emotional burdens, and in some cases devastation.”

Iacona and Nugent said they are continuing to forge ahead to reschedule the popular event for Oct. 2 through Oct. 10 this year.

“These plans are fully predicated on being able to gather safely according to recommendations of our health and government officials,” they said. “If we are able to proceed with our plans, we will follow all guidelines as specified by our health and government officials. We will also take additional precautions to provide our patrons with masks and hand sanitizer.”

As expected, there are four headliner shows that are unable to reschedule for the new dates: 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.

The producers will contact ticket holders for the canceled Eastman Theatre headliner shows directly to find out refund preferences, which include either a full refund or an RIJF credit for the full ticket purchase price toward a future festival headliner ticket, club pass or merchandise purchase in 2021 or 2022.

“This will be a big help to assure the future of the festival following the losses we will be sustaining this year due to these unexpected turn of events,” Nugent and Iacona said.

Club Passes will be good at the postponed festival in October, or for the 20th Anniversary Festival in 2021 or at the 2022 festival.

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