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Jazz Around Town: If you venture outside, you can find some live jazz here and there

Well, while I sat here staying warm and listening to the disc Saturn Sings from guitarist Mary Halvorsen's Quintet and somehow the listings of live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days came into being. Check out the load of new stuff added to the Heads Up portion of the post as well (including Ms. Halvorsen...with her drummer's band):

Thursday, January 27, 2011

  • Anthony Giannavola @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz and Bluz Cruz @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Todd East & Friends @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (East Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, January 28, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans, Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo & Jon Seiger @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm

Saturday, January 29, 2011

  • Melvin Henderson @ American Music Centre, 1:00 pm
  • Ryan Griffith, James Nichols @ Tala Vera Cantina, 5:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Westview Project @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:30 pm
  • Barry Tee Trio, Alana Cahoon @ Memorial Art Gallery, 8:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Co. @ Don's Pub, 2055 Nine Mile Pt., Penfield, 8:00 pm
  • Bob DiBaudo @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Filthy Funk with Funknut @ Lovin' Cup, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 30, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet @ Albright-Knox Gallery, 4:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Westside Jazz Quartet @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, January 31, 2011

  • Tommy Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Paul DeLoria @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Russell Fielder Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

  • Smugtown Stompers @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

  • Smugtown Stompers @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Tom Politzer and Mic Gillette from Tower of Power @ Hilton Central Schools' Evening of Jazz @ Merton Williams Middle School, Friday, February 4, 2011 (contact Mr. Streiff at 585-392-1000 ext. 2293 or jstreiff@hilton.k12.ny.us for more information)
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Annual Penfield Jazz Fund Raiser Concerts, Penfield High School Auditorium, Friday-Saturday, February 4-5, 7:30 pm
  • Spencerport High School Jazz Band Presents 13th Annual Evening of Jazz Featuring Special Guest Artist Mic Gillette of Tower of Power (and featuring the Jazz Bands of Cosgrove Middle School, SUNY Fredonia, Fairport High School, and Spencerport High School) @ Spencerport High School Friday Jazz, Saturday, February 5th, 7:00 pm (Call Mr. Viavattine at 585-349-5217 for more information)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Gerald Clayton Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church,  February 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Jimmy Cobb’s “So What” Band @ University of Buffalo, Center for the Art, February 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Annual Gala, “Jazz at the J” with Featuring Bob Sneider Quartet with Special Guest John Nugent (Other acts include Katie Ernst, Latin Jazz with Tony Padilla, Paul Smoker and the Nazareth Faculty Jazz Group, and Loose Change (Nazareth College Jazz Combo) @ Jewish Community Center, February 12, 7:30pm.
  • New Jazz Ensemble Plays Music of Bob Brookmeyer @ Kilbourn Hall, ESM, Tuesday, March 1st, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Thursday, March 3rd, 8:00 pm
  • Eastman Studio Orchestra, Bill Dobbins conducting, with guest artists Bill Holman & Bob Brookmeyer @ Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall, Friday, March 4, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Four80East @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Ravish Momin @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, March 8th, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz90.1 Presents First-Ever Pancake Breakfast @ Greece Olympia High School Cafeteria, 1139 Maiden Lane, Greece, Saturday, March 12 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Robert Glasper @ Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, March 20th, 3:00 pm
  • Victor Wooten Band and Stanley Clarke Trio @ Water Street Music Hall, Monday, March 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Somi @ Reformation Lutheran Church, Saturday, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Marc Antoine Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church, Saturday, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Eugene Chadbourne & Tatsuy Nakatani @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Monday, March 28th, 8:00 pm
  • Foundation of the Monroe County Bar 1st Jazz For Justice fundraiser @ Harro East, Friday, April 1, 6:00 to 10:00 pm (more info later)
  • Cuong Vu Trio @ Kilbourn Hall, Friday, April 1st, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents The ICP Orchestra @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, April 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar, April 21st, 7:00 pm
  • The Tom Rainey Trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, May 3rd, 8:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Jazz Around Town: Baby it's cold outside...

You see a pattern? Yes, this is Rochester...it's January... I should not be surprised should I? But I'm feeling it in my bones (literally, my old knees and their scar tissue are just about fed up with it). There's a bit of jazz being played here and there around Rochester. Here's what I was able to find out (tell me if you know of more...).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

  • Anthony Giannavola @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm
  • The Agenda @ Tala Vera, 8:00 pm

Friday, January 21, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Williamson, 6:00 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. and Dave Spinner @ Trinities Restaurant, 36 W Main St., Rochester, 7:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Gordon Webster Band and Swing Dance (lessons provided at 7:00 pm) @ Tango Cafe Dance Studio (3rd floor ballroom), 389 Gregory St, 8:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Alana Cahoon Band @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Roger Eckers/Fred Costello Duo @ Luna Piena Bistro, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 22, 2011

  • Mark Cassara Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • The DjanGoners, Django Reinhardt's 101st Birthday Celebration @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Moho Collective @ Monty's Krown Lounge, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 23, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Beyond Borders @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, January 24, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Tommy Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Russell Fielder Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

  • Karl Stabnau @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

  • Tony Gianavola @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Kurt Johnson & The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Charles Lloyd Quartet @ Albright-Knox Gallery, January 30, 4:00 pm
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Annual Penfield Jazz Fund Raiser Concerts, Penfield High School Auditorium, February 4-5, 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Gerald Clayton Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church,  February 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Jimmy Cobb’s “So What” Band @ University of Buffalo, Center for the Art, February 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Annual Gala, “Jazz at the J” with Featuring Bob Sneider Quartet with Special Guest John Nugent (Other acts include Katie Ernst, Latin Jazz with Tony Padilla, Paul Smoker and the Nazareth Faculty Jazz Group, and Loose Change (Nazareth College Jazz Combo) @ Jewish Community Center, February 12, 7:30pm.
  • New Jazz Ensemble Plays Music of Bob Brookmeyer @ Kilbourn Hall, ESM, Tuesday, March 1st, 8:00 pm
  • Eastman Studio Orchestra, Bill Dobbins conducting, with guest artists Bill Holman & Bob Brookmeyer @ Eastman Theatre, Kodak Hall, Friday, March 4, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Four80East @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Robert Glasper @ Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, March 20th, 3:00 pm
  • Victor Wooten Band and Stanley Clarke Trio @ Water Street Music Hall, Monday, March 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Somi @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Marc Antoine Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar, April 21st, 7:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Headliners announced for 2011 10th Edition of XRIJF

Producers John Nugent and Marc Iacona today announced five headliners for the 10th Edition of the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival to be held June 10-18, 2011.

  • Grammy Award winner Natalie Cole will perform on opening night, Friday June 10. 
  • The Fab Faux (a Beatles tribute band) plays Saturday June 11. 
  • Bela Fleck & The Original Fleckstones performs Tuesday June 14. 
  • k.d. lang takes the stage on Thursday June 16. 
  • Elvis Costello & The Imposters, plays on Friday June 17 (ask him about Scorgies)

All performances will be at 8 p.m. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. Tickets for headliners go on sale Friday January 21 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $35 to $125 plus Ticketmaster service charges (online service charges will vary. Only $1 service charge at The RBTL Box Office at The Auditorium Theatre, East Main St). Tickets may be purchased at the website, Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and all Ticketmaster locations and in person at the Auditorium Theater Box Office, 885 East Main Street Rochester, NY 14605. 

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

Jazz Around Town: So the snow didn't all come in December! Here's some jazz to melt it....

Tamir HendelmanWriting this post after shoveling out our driveway (and digging my car out on Park Ave.) for nearly two hours is painful, but it is a labor of love. 

The Tamir Hendelman concert on Sunday, part of the Exodus to Jazz series was great! I leave you with an image (compliments of jazz image maker John Herr) from that gathering at the ETJ's new venue, the Reformation Lutheran Church on Chestnut (hence the pulpit in the background...).

So here are the listings for the next seven days. Enjoy!  Now where did I put ibuprofen....?

Thursday, January 13, 2011

  • Anthony Giannavola @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Gabe Condon Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, January 14, 2011

  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Table Top Three @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • RIT Performing Artists Concert Series presents Transmogrification (with ESM Faculty Member Dariusz Terefenko transforming the music of Chopin into jazz) @ Ingle Auditorium, RIT, Student Alumni Union, 8:00 pm (Ron Netsky's profile here).
  • Rick Holland/Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Geneva High School, 101 Carter Rd, Geneva, 7:30 pm
  • Sofrito @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Roger Eckers/Fred Costello Duo @ Luna Piena Bistro, 9:00 pm
  • Jim Lane @ Lemoncello, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 15, 2011

  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Chilango's Mexican Restaurant, 42 Nichols Street, Spencerport, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Frank's Rat Pack @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 16, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • Footnote with Bill Tiberio @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, January 17, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Tommy Gravino @ Lemoncello,6:00 pm
  • Flower City Jazz Society presents Katie Ernst with the Smugtown Stompers @ Green Lantern Inn, 1 East Church Street, Fairport, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

  • Shades of Grey @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Tony Gianavola @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm (cancelled)
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 7:30 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Groove Juice Swing presents Gordon Webster Band and Swing Dance (lessons provided at 7:00 pm) @ Tango Cafe Dance Studio (3rd floor ballroom), 389 Gregory St, January 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet @ Albright-Knox Gallery, January 30, 4:00 pm
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Annual Penfield Jazz Fund Raiser Concerts, Penfield High School Auditorium, February 4-5, 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Gerald Clayton Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church,  February 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Annual Gala, “Jazz at the J” with Featuring Bob Sneider Quartet with Special Guest John Nugent (Other acts include Katie Ernst, Latin Jazz with Tony Padilla, Paul Smoker and the Nazareth Faculty Jazz Group, and Loose Change (Nazareth College Jazz Combo) @ Jewish Community Center, February 12, 7:30pm.
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Four80East @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Victor Wooten Band and Stanley Clarke Trio @ Water Street Music Hall, Monday, March 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Somi @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Marc Antoine Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar, April 21st, 7:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

Jazz Around Town: So did all the snow come in December .... I doubt it!

So, I hope your 2011 is proceeding well (another way of saying HAPPY NEW YEAR!). A bit sparse out there over the next seven days, but I hope you can come out Sunday to the first concert of the Exodus to Jazz Winter/Spring series with Tamir Hendelman at the Reformation Lutheran Church! Here are the jazz listings around town for the next week.  Let me know if I missed anything....

Thursday, January 6, 2011

  • Anthony Giannavola @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Todd East & Friends @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm

Friday, January 7, 2011

  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Evening of Smooth Jazz with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Trinities Restaurant, 36 W. Main St Rochester in the Executive Building, 7:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Roger Eckers/Fred Costello Duo @ Luna Piena Bistro, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 8, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St, Williamson, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Janet Beaman @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 9, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Tamir Hendelman Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church, 6:00 pm (profile in City by Ron Netsky, and another of Jose DaCosta and ETJ by Anna Reguero in the D&C)
  • Rick Holland Little Big Band @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, January 10, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

  • No jazz for you!?

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

  • Tony Gianavola @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Mark Viavattine @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Bill Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm (cancelled due to weather)
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • RIT Performing Artists Concert Series presents Transmogrification with ESM Faculty Member Dariusz Terefenko transforming the music of Chopin into jazz @ Ingle Auditorium, RIT, Student Alumni Union, Friday, January 14th, 8:00 pm Added since publishing
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Gordon Webster Band and Swing Dance (lessons provided at 7:00 pm) @ Tango Cafe Dance Studio (3rd floor ballroom), 389 Gregory St, January 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Charles Lloyd Quartet @ Albright-Knox Gallery, January 30, 4:00 pm
  • Jake Shimabukuro @ Annual Penfield Jazz Fund Raiser Concerts, Penfield High School Auditorium, February 4-5, 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Gerald Clayton Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church,  February 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Four80East @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Victor Wooten Band and Stanley Clarke Trio @ Water Street Music Hall, Monday, March 21st, 7:00 pm Added since publishing
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Somi @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Marc Antoine Trio @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bug Jar, April 21st, 7:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

ETJ makes Rochester one of Tamir Hendelman Trio's "Destinations"

In his recent profile of the Tamir Hendelman Trio in City for his upcoming January 9th concert in the Exodus to Jazz series, a stop on his tour for his new CD Destinations on Resonance Records, Ron Netsky described a moment a Barbra Streisand set at the Village Vanguard in 2009, when:

[T]he attention shifted from the diva to her pianist. In a brief solo toward the end of "Some Other Time" Tamir Hendelman played a run so complicated and so beautiful that Streisand turned to the audience and, with her hands and the look on her face, asked: is this guy ridiculous or what?

That "ridiculous" pianist was Hendelman. You can see that happen (and why) in the YouTube clip Netsky mentions:

Hendelman is typical of the caliber of artist that Exodus to Jazz brings to Rochester. While he is not a household word, in jazz circles he is known as one of the best (just ask Tom Hampson, who on his radio program "Mostly Jazz" on WXXI played a number of cuts and nearly gushed in his adoration of Mr. Hendelman's playing....). A member of the acclaimed Jeff Hamilton Trio and Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra (both for over 10 years), Hendelman has also recorded with Streisand, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight and John Pizzarelli. He is the pianist/arranger on Jackie Ryan's You and the Night and the Music and Janis Mann's A Perfect Time. He is featured on Natalie Cole’s Grammy-winning CD Still Unforgettable and Barbara Streisand’s CDs Love Is The Answer and One Night Only. Tamir’s 2008 debut CD Playground and last year's Destinations have both been critically acclaimed and reached #3 and #2 on the US Jazzweek charts. Hendelman will be coming to Rochester with German bassist Martin Wind and Tim Horner on drums. There are videos of Tamir Hendelman swinging with a trio last summer in California here and talking about making Destinations here.

This will be the first concert of the Winter/Spring season for Rochester's Exodus To Jazz series (more concerts in the series can be found on ETJ's site here and the first in ETJ's new venue the Reformation Lutheran Church on 111 Chestnut St. in Downtown Rochester, a venue that many love for the great sounds you've heard there during the Nordic Jazz Now series featured there during recent Rochester International Jazz Festivals.

Tamir Hendelman will be here on Sunday, January 9, 2011. The concert starts at 6:00 pm. Doors open at 4:00 to accommodate the pre-concert buffet for reserved ticket holders that begins at 5:00 pm. There  will be two one-hour sets. Reserved Table tickets are for seats at small rounds seating 4 to 5 people; price includes pre-concert buffet beginning at 5:00PM. Reserved Theater tickets are for preferred seats in reserved section available on a "first come, first seated" basis. They are on sale at all Wegmans stores and online at BrownPaperTickets.com. You can get more information from the new Exodus to Jazz website and blog.

Full Disclosure: Jazz@Rochester is now a sponsor Exodus to Jazz and I've been helping Jose DaCosta, ETJ's main man and a friend. Why? The main reason is that while there are a number of great musicians playing jazz in Rochester almost any night of the week, Jose is with ETJ one of the few trying to bring top flight jazz artists from elsewhere into town to share their music live with us. If there is anything that Jazz@Rochester is about, it's supporting live jazz in Rochester. Live is the best way to hear this music. Each concert or club appearance is a unique musical experience&emdash;it will only happen on that one night. I hope you come out and join us for the one that will happen next Sunday!

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