John Oates from Hall & Oates will headline Rochester jazz festival

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — John Oates, co-founder of the chart-topping duo Hall & Oates, will headline the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival during its second week.

That’s the latest announcement on the lineup at the festival that will return on Friday, June 21 and will run through Saturday, June 29. The festival has already announced that Taj Mahal, the three time Grammy-winning guitarist who incorporates world music into his style, will headline the opening night. Jazz vocalist Samara Joy, a 2023 Grammy winner, will close out the festival. The full lineup will be announced on Tuesday, March 19.

John Oates will perform on Thursday, June 27 at Kodak Hall within the Eastman Theatre. The shows begins at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $43 and they go on sale Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m. You can get tickets here or by calling (585) 454-2060.

Since forming their duo in the 1970s, John Oates and Daryl Hall have recorded 21 albums together and have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duos in rock history. They also have more than 20 hits of the top-40 charts. John Oates is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the American Songwriters Hall of Fame, and has multiple Grammy nominations.

This year will be the 21st edition of the jazz festival with 20 indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Rochester. Here is what we know about the festival’s lineup so far:

  • Friday, June 21: Guitarist and vocalist Taj Mahal will perform at Kodak Hall at 8 p.m. You can get tickets here.
  • Saturday, June 22: The Lee Ritenour Band will perform at Kodak Hall at 8 p.m. with special guests Randy Brecker and Bill Evans. You can get tickets here.
  • Wednesday, June 26: Laufey, an Icelandic jazz vocalist and multi-instrumentalist who won a 2024 Grammy award, will perform at Kodak Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out.
  • Friday, June 28: Jazz vocalist Samara Joy will perform at Kodak Hall at 8 p.m. You can get tickets here.