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Go out and hear some jazz this week in Rochester

Hello, is anyone out there interested in some jazz? Here is where to find live jazz music this week in Rochester, NY.  Get out there and listen to some....

I'd also like to shout out to the artists out there (or their management). Although I get about 100 people a day visiting this site, many who are looking for something to go out and hear, I'm finding it harder to find if and where you all are playing. My usual sources for information have become much more sparse. Perhaps that is all that is out there and it's just the dead of winter, but I'm wondering if it's more. I hope that you know that you can send me your gigs if you're not getting them into the usual sources like City Newspaper and Freetime. Venues are welcome to speak up, too. Thanks to those who already give me the scoop.  Just use the email link in the left column and drop me a line to let me know. Remember to get them to me before Wednesday evening, when this post is usually written.

Thursday, January 31st

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Spinner @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, February 1st

  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Shared Genes @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm 
  • Mike Kaupa w/ the Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Quartet @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, February 2nd

  • Dave Spinner @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • An Evening of Jazz @ Spencerport High School, 2707 Spenceport Rd, 6:00 pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa and Bob Sneider @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm [added]
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Brio Mediterranean (3400 Monroe Ave.), 7:30 pm
  • Tom Pesciotta @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Steve Curry Trio w/ Todd East @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Hard Logic @ The Cottage Hotel of Mendon (1390 Pittsford-Mendon Rd.), 9:30 pm
  • Freddy Colon Latin Jazz Quartet @ Clarissa's (yes, they're open again, under new ownership--more about that later), no time provided [added]
  • Tom Monte Trio @ Pomodoro's, no time provided

Sunday, February 3rd

  • Quinn Lawrence Trio at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • "Musicale Sundays” hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00-5:00 pm

Monday, February 4th

  • Jazz Dawgs @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, February 5th

  • Deborah Branch @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Bending and Breaking "Night of Mayhem" @ Boulder Coffee Co., 8:30 pm

Wednesday, February 6th

  • The Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Steve Curry Trio w/ Todd East @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken were changes found after initial publication of the post. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources and from the artists themselves, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know if something is wrong and I'll get the change up on the site as soon as possible. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Lights, camera . . . jazz on film and film in Rochester

Rochester High Falls International Film FestivalGoing way back, jazz has been part of cinema, from questionable racial portrayals in movies from earlier in the 20th century to Clint Eastwood's movie Round Midnight, the smoky bar with jazz music has often been a staple of the silver screen.  To celebrate the coming of the Rochester High Falls International Film Festival (new moniker, same great films), which set to screen from April 30th through May 5th, I thought I'd share a site with you that provides links and information about the jazz music that is available on film. JazzOnFilm.com is a UK-based site is meant to be comprehensive in its listings of documentaries, shorts and TV programs, but with feature films its links and listings are more selective. The site "features films that feature musicians playing jazz or ghosting for actors and are about the jazz life are included" and "welcome[s] additions and corrections to any film mentioned".  Enjoy!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Jazz Listings . . . Served up hot in a cold climate

As usual, there's some jazz to hear out there in Rochester, New York, over the next seven days. I hope to get out there and hear some and hope you do, too.

Thursday, January 24th

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Pera's Trio @ Stephanie's Ristorante & Party House, 6:30 pm
  • Joan Matthews @ Spot Coffee, 8:00 pm
  • Jonathan Feldman Trio +2 @ St Thomas Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave. ($6), 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster with pianist John Nyerges @ Virtu, 7:30 pm
  • Animal Forum @ Bop Shop Atrium, 8:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, January 25th

  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Spinner @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Tasteology, 3400 Monroe Ave. 7:00 pm
  • Raul Midon @ High Fidelity, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Devon Trumell Duo @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Karn with the Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 26th

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Bodhi's Café & Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Vocalist Tina Albright with The Steve Greene Trio @ House Of Hamez, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Karn with the Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Mike Cottone Trio @ Flat Iron Café, 9:00 pm
  • Jennifer Heieck Trio @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., & Friends @ Clarissa's (formerly Clarissa Room), 293 Clarissa St., Rochester, 9:00 pm [added]

Sunday, January 27th

  • Quinn Lawrence with Special Guest Harold Pannell at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Bill Slater (Solo Piano) @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • "Musicale Sundays” hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00 pm

Monday, January 28th

  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, January 29th

  • Deborah Branch @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Vocal Studies Master Class @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Swing Dance w/Johnny Matt Band @ Edgerton Community Center, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 30th

  • Steve Curry Trio w/ Todd East @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Hannah Richardson, Syracuse jazz vocalist, master class open to public @ Hochstein Recital Hall, 7:00 pm [added]
  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

[Added 1-24: Sorry about my mistakes about the dates.  I was rushing this out last night with much else on my mind. Thanks to my commenter on the Hochstein performance by Hanna Richardson, which resulted in me discovering my dunderhead error.]  Those with "[added]" or that are stricken were changes found after initial publication of the post. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. Artists please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

RIJF brings in a favorite . . . Raul Midon plays High Fidelity on Friday

Raul Midon photo The Rochester International Jazz Festival folks are co-sponsoring a local appearance of singer Raul Midon.  Midon is a favorite of the RIJF audiences and Rochester audiences have had several opportunities to catch him over the past few years. He's appearing at High Fidelity, 170 East Ave. in downtown Rochester on Friday, January 25. Doors open at 7:00 pm with the show starting at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $20.00 in advance at Aaron’s Alley and High Fidelity with no service charge or are also available at all Ticketmaster outlets.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

George would be proud . . . Musicale Sundays at Artisan Works

Artisan Works logo Can't promise jazz every Sunday, but Fred Stone Musicale let me know that, starting last Sunday, Host Ernesto LaBella will be programming music, including jazz, on Sundays 1:00 to 5:00 pm, at Artisan Works gallery. According to their promotions, George Eastman used to hold similar events at the Big House on East Ave.  Every Sunday, various artists will be performing throughout this wonderful melange of art and 60,000 square feet of space. Some of the artists associated with this include Tony Giannavola, "Big Al" Foreman, Ross Bracco, Roslyn Germano, Lisa Winter, Dave Arenius, Jeffery Veuillequez, Jeff Riales, Jed Curran, Connie Deming, Jerry Falzone, Steve West, Joe Dady, John Dady, Ned Paulsen, Roseanne Paulsen Mascari, Nick Mascari, Mark Cassara, Sonny Miles, Steve Curry, Steve Greene, Brian Coughlin, Peter Chinnock, Sammy Difranco, Warren Jayne, Tom Henderson, Fred Vine, Brian Terho and Tim Brinduse. General Admission is $12, with students with school ID at $8. Artisan Works members are FREE.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Serving up Jazz@Rochester Listings . . . fresh and hot

It's Wednesday and I hope you're ready to go out, starting tomorrow, and listen to some jazz as there is some to be heard in Rochester over the next 7 days. Here's what I could find....

Thursday, January 17th

  • Dave Spinner @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Pera's Trio @ Stephanie's Ristorante & Party House, 6:30 pm
  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Derrick Lucas from Jazz 90.1 spinning Bossa Nova/Latin/Jazz/Lounge/Chill @ Solera Wine Bar, 647 South Avenue, Rochester, 7:00 pm [added]
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, January 18th

  • Bob Sneider-Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • An evening of Jazz, Funk and Soul' with Kinetik~flo @ Club Pazzo, Main Street, 36 W. Main St., Downtown, 6:00 pm [added]
  • Sonic Duality @ Tasteology, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Squeaky Chair Jazz Band @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Lee with the Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Thatt Group @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 19th

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Dave Spinner @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • The Gabriel Alegria Sextet @ VENU Resto-Lounge (Exodus to Jazz), 7:00 pm
  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Pane Vino Ristorante, 175 N. Water St., Rochester, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Lee with the Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Ben Britton Quartet/Tenor Madness @ Flat Iron Cafe, 9:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Sunday, January 20th

  • Quinn Lawrence with Special Guest Harold Pannell at the After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Bill Slater (Solo Piano) @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • "Musicale Sundays” hosted by Ernesto LaBella @ Artisan Works, 12:00-5:00 pm.

Monday, January 21th

  • Canal Street Strutters @ Green Lantern Inn, One Church St, Fairport, 6:30 pm
  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, January 22nd

  • Deborah Branch @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Swing dance w/Nice-n-Easy @ Edgerton Community Center, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 23rd

  • Steve Curry Trio w/ Todd East @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken were changes found after initial publication of the post. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. Artists please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

The 2008 season of the Exodus to Jazz series opens with jazz from the Southern Hemisphere--Gabriel Alegria and the Afro-Peruvian Sextet

About two years ago, Peruvian jazz man Gabriel Alegria  and his Afro-Peruvian Sextet brought his 4FutureMusic Tour to the University of Rochester to play for a large handful of hardy souls (it was a dark and stormy night . . . ). Although it is supposed to be cold outside on January 19th when he comes into town again to open up the 2008 season of the Exodus to Jazz series at VENU, it will be hot inside. As you can read here, I really enjoyed their set at UofR in 2006. Gabriel Alegria is one of the most influential figures on the jazz scene in Peru, creating music that combines the African roots found in American jazz with Afro-Peruvian music from his country’s Pacific coast. He has played with Maria Schneider, Placido Domingo, Ingrid Jensen, Tierney Sutton, Russell Ferrante, Bill Waltrous and Bobby Shew. During their ETJ set, the Sextet will feature music from their latest recording entitled “Nuevo Mundo”, which is scheduled for release in January 2008.  The Sextet’s current tour sponsors include the Asociación Internacional Jazz Perú (AIJP), the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) and the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

Come out and see Gabriel Alegria on Saturday, January 19th at VENU Resto-Lounge and Niteclub on St. Paul St. downtown. There are two shows (7:00 PM and 9:00 PM). Tickets are $17.00 through TicketWeb.com (search “Gabriel Alegria” or “Exodus To Jazz”). Tickets purchased at the door, by calling 585-325-9162 or through an email to ExodusToJazz@aol.com are $ 20.00. Student tickets are $ 10.00 with a current ID.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

New jazz website with an unlikely name . . . OK, it's about as likely as they come . . . Jazz.com

Jazz.com logo selectionThere's another great website out there for you to check out with an unlikely moniker (OK, it is the most likely and they must have paid dearly to buy the domain)--Jazz.com.  As it's "About Us" page describes, Jazz.com is:

[D]edicated to sharing our love of the jazz art form, and serving the the global jazz community. We publish reviews, interviews, historical overviews and other material of interest to our visitors, and encourage them to share their expertise and opinions on our Forums and elsewhere on the site. Our Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians is the most comprehensive on-line reference work focused on currently active musicians, and is offered as a resource to our site visitors. Registered members also can list in our site directory, where they can promote their goods and services, or create their own web page at jazz.com. In addition to our advocacy of jazz music, we also are committed to sharing the work of visual artists who focus on the jazz idiom. These works are on display at our Visual Jazz galleries.

It's quite easy to set up a site on Jazz.com, which gives their readers another place to find your site if you're a musician, jazz educator or have a little jazz website like this one.  There's also a blog, where they have been sending regular updates from the International Association of Jazz Educators conference in Toronto.  They're just getting started, so check them out.  Let me know what you think in the comments.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

While the IAJE parties across the pond, we have some jazz right here in Rochester, NY....

I wish I was up in Toronto at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Association of Jazz Educators started this morning and running through the 12th. Well, this blog is something like being a jazz educator. There will be over 100 performances by artists like Kurt Elling, New York Voices, Christian Scott, Paquito D'Rivera, Tierney Sutton, Kenny Werner, Nordic Connect, and Joel Harrison (who was here this week at the Bop Shop). Here are the headliners. However, I work for a living and it's not jazz work, so here I am in Rochester. Good thing there's quite a lot of jazz to pick from around here this week if the listening bug catches me.

Thursday, January 10

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Standard Jazz Quartet @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Rebel Jelly @ Spot Coffee, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (East Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, January 11

  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann Duo @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Devon Trumell Duo @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Swing Dance w/Solomon Douglas Quartet @ Rochester Museum and Science Center, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster w/Chris Ziemba (quartet) @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 12

  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Susan Power (Piano) @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • DubbleStuff @ Tasteology (Pittsford Colony Plaza), 7:00 pm [added]
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons at the Lodge at Woodcliff, 7:30 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Sunday, January 13

  • Quinn Lawrence After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Dave Mancini Productions presents the debut of the Jazz Loves Art Series @ Artisan Works, 1-5 pm [added]
  • Jazzbone Trombone Ensemble @ All Things Art, 3:00 pm

Monday, January 14

  • Big Apple Monday (Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio) @ Flat Iron Cafe, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, January 15

  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, January 16

  • The Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken, if any, are changes or new gigs found after initial publication of the post. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. Artists please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

And now for something completely different . . . three guys from Sweden

Sorry that I've been offline for more than the usual number of days. Just couldn't be avoided. While I prepare the listings and some other posts over the next few days I wanted to share a video I ran across. Before there was a separate venue for the guys and gals from Scandinavia at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, I was enjoying the set in 2006 by the Swedish group e.s.t. (Esbjörn Svensson Trio) in Kilbourn Hall. Here's a video of e.s.t. performing Serenade for the Renegade Jazz at Juan Les Pins festival in France in July, 2003:

They may not be your cup of tea.  If not, what are your thoughts on e.s.t. and other groups like them?  Leave a comment and let us know.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Our man Crane gets his props . . . .

Jason Crane has two interviews that were named among the Best Interviews of 2007 over at AllAboutJazz.com. Click on over to The Jazz Session to check out those interviews and the rest of his jawboning with jazz artists (over 40,000 served . . . ).  I know how difficult it is. You make it look sound easy, Jason.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

Did you think I forgot? I almost did . . . Here are your jazz listings, Rochester

So, I felt so good about posting that video and that I was "done" for the night and then . . . I remembered . . . it's Wednesday. If it's Wednesday, it must be time for Jazz@Rochester listings (except for last week, when it was Thursday).

I tried to draw as much from as many sources I had, but I have a sinking feeling there is some missing gigs on these listings. Just like me, I'm sure that many were too busy (or just out of town) and some of their gigs didn't get in the usual places.  Check back later as I'll add things that come up after I post this.

Thursday, January 3rd

  • Mark Filsinger Trio @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, January 4th

  • Greg Wachala & Dave Arenius @ Stucko's Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • FHS Student Jazz Combo, the "Summer Salsa" Ensemble directed by Fairport resident and Eastman School student Paul Gaspar, and the "Fairport Jazz Quintet" (composed completely of professional musicians and educators living in Fairport  Joe Chiappone, Paul Gaspar, Bill Tiberio, John Viavattine, Jr., and Mark Viavattine) @ Martha Brown Middle School Auditorium at 665 Ayrault Road, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster w/Chris Ziemba (quartet) @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Tony Cruz & Friends featuring Noel Leon @ Salena's Mexican Restaurant, 10:30 pm

Saturday, January 5th

  • Bob Sneider/Paul Hofmann @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Susan Power @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello @ Red Fedele's Brook House Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Ralph Scicchitano @ Flat Iron Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins Quartet  @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Project 2 Jazz Trio @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Steve Curry Trio @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. & Friends @ Clarissa's (yes, formerly the Clarissa Room in Corn Hill), 9:00 pm

Sunday, January 6th

  • Quinn Lawrence After Hours Jam @ Flat Iron Cafe, 12:00 am
  • Chris Ziemba @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan,  8:30 pm

Monday, January 7th

  • No jazz?  Say it ain't so....

Tuesday, January 8th

  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, 7:00 pm
  • Joel Harrison Trio with Steve Green @ Bop Shop (in the Atrium of Village Gate), 8:00 pm
  • Bending and Breaking Post-Holiday Concert "Feelin great in 2008" @ Boulder Coffee Co., 8:30 pm [added]

Wednesday, January 9th

  • Steve Curry Trio w/Todd East @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Those with "[added]" or that are stricken, if any, are changes or new gigs found after initial publication of the post. Check the venue sites or call for more information. I've compiled these from other sources, so please forgive me if there are any discrepancies with reality. Artists please feel free to let me know via email (link on left panel) if one of your gigs isn’t on here and I’ll try to add it to the post before the gig happens. Email subscribers should check back here to see if there has been an update or revision before you make decisions on jazz to see (subscribers won't get an update email or posting).

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

The good Dr. Lonnie Smith at Exodus to Jazz . . . Some of the live jazz from last year in Rochester

I loved this little "ditty" from Dr. Lonnie Smith's performance at the Exodus to Jazz series during 2007 with our own Mel Henderson on guitar with Yoron Israel on drums.  I was there for this one. He started out with a whisper, almost like he was trying to get some keys on his B3 to quit sticking, but as you'll see he gets a funky groove going soon thereafter keeps at it with help from Mel (from whom you will be hearing more from in this blog) and Yoron. 

Sorry you missed it? Get out and see some of the live jazz like this that we have right here in Rochester during 2008.  If you don't, they may just quit coming down the Thruway.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.