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Jazz Around Town: And the thaw begins...

JazzClub imageLots of live jazz in and around Rochester this coming week. Hang out with some lawyers while grooving to some great live jazz at the Jazz for Justice benefit on Friday at Harro East, check out trumpeter Cuong Vu at Eastman on Saturday, or bop on over to Bop Arts presentation of the ICP Orchestra on Tuesday...plus everything in between.  Hope to see you out there some....

Thursday, March 31, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • A. 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
  • The Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, April 1, 2011

  • Stefan Love public lecture & dissertation defense, "On Phrase Rhythm in Jazz" @ Eastman School of Music, Room 209, 9:00 am
  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Foundation of the Monroe County Bar 1st Jazz For Justice fundraiser @ Harro East, 6:00 to 10:00 pm
  • The Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Smooth Jazz Trio @ Trinities Restaurant, 36 W Main St, downtown Rochester (Executive Building), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St, Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Cuong Vu Trio @ Kilbourn Hall, ESM, 8:00 pm (Ron Netsky short profile in City)
  • University of Rochester Jazz Ensemble Spring Concert @ UofR Strong Auditorium, 8:00 pm
  • Anat Cohen Quartet @ Cornell University’s Bailey Hall, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello-Roger Eckers Duo @ Charlie Brown's, Penfield, 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 2, 2011

  • The Westview Project with Ethan Helm @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Nikola Tomic recital (jazz trumpet) @ Eastman School of Music, Howard Hanson Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Take 6 @ Roberts Wesleyan College, Saturday, 7:30 p.m
  • Cool Club Septet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Fred Costello-Roger Eckers Duo @ Charlie Brown's, Penfield, 8:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Stone Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Joe Santora @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn, 4400 Nine Mile Point Rd, Fairport, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 3, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • “Loose Change” Jazz Combo Concert @ Nazareth College-Wilmot Recital Hall, 3:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm
  • The Meta Accord @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, April 4, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Band@ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

  • Mark Viavattine @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Hard Logic Live Recording "Night of Fun & Funk" @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents The ICP Orchestra @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square,  8:00 pm
  • Charles Pillow guests with Eastman Lab Band @ Kilbourn Hall, ESM, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

  • Rick Holland @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Tony Gianavola @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Second Annual ECMS Jazz Performance Workshop Showcase (student groups of Bob Sneider, Mike Kaupa, and Chris Teal @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • John Nyerges @ Jazz 90.1 Live Concert, 7:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

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

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 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 to let us know 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: Hard to start thinking about XRIJF in June when there's snow falling....

Robert Glasper at University of RochesterYeah, I'm getting sick of it, too (but couldnt' resist yet another snow/cold reference in the title...). But seriously, the Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival starts up June 10th and, based on the lineup announced yesterday, I'm stoked to begin planning my "playlist." While I haven't decided whether to change my approach, my usual gig is to do posts over time between now and XRIJF that set out who I'm planning on catching, a bit on why, and some additional information on the artists that I run across. These make for handy-dandy references during the festival. However, they are personal to my own very eclectic tastes, so may not be for everyone. One artist who will be here at least 5 of the 9 days is bassist Roberto Occhipinti (profile at City), who is here with some of his own projects and playing with some others who will be appearing. He's playing Friday at SUNY Brockport at their Jazz Day (wish I could make it out...). Today's image is from Robert Glasper's great concert at UofR on Monday. Well, here's what's happening in live jazz in and around Rochester over the next seven days.....

Thursday, March 24, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • A. 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
  • The Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe, 9:00 pm

Friday, March 25, 2011

  • Chris Potter recital (jazz percussion) @ Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, 1:30 pm
  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Mike Frederick @ Tala Vera Cantina , 6:30 pm
  • Karl Stabnau recital (jazz saxophone) @ Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, 7:00 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
  • In a State of Jazz: Josh Massicot and Kevin Nitsch @ Nazareth College-Wilmot Recital Hall, 7:30 pm
  • The Roberto Occhipinti Quartet (with Hilario Duran & Dafnis Prieto) @ Jazz Day at SUNY Brockport, 7:30 pm (also free Master Class at 4:30 pm)
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Andrian Dimatto @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Evan Adelizi recital (jazz trumpet) @ Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, 9:00 pm
  • Fred Costello/Roger Eckers Due @ Charlie Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd, 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 26, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion and Jazz Lounge, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Al Di Meola New World Sinfonia @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, 8:00 pm
  • Stringplicity @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Bob DiBaudo @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 27, 2011

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

Monday, March 28, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Band@ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Eugene Chadbourne & Tatsuy Nakatani @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

  • Mark Viavattine @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Bob Hanley @ Legacy, Clover & Blossom, 7:00 pm
  • Tala Vera Tuesdays with @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

  • Rick Holland @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 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

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 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 to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

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

And the countdown to the 10th Anniversary XRIJF begins....

XRIJF logoFor those of you following my Twitter feed or Jazz@Rochester on Facebook (or the post below), you might have seen that I was at the press conference this morning for the 10th Anniversary Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, which will run from June 10-18, 2011. Producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced the full lineup, which will be the largest festival to date, with more than 1000 artists performing at 285 concerts and a record 70-plus free concerts. Previously announced headliners are Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Natalie Cole, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones – The Original Lineup, The Fab Faux (a Beatles tribute band), "The Glorious Hodgepodge Show" with the Tangerine Crème Strings & The Hogtown Horns, k.d. lang and The Siss Boom Bang. Today, XRIJF added trumpeter Chris Botti to the headliners. As in the past, the lineup (which you can access on XRIJF's site) has some familiar faces and some new artists. I feel like there are more local jazz artists gracing the Club Pass stages this year. As Nugent always says (and it's even on their t-shirts...) "it's not who you know, it's who you don't know). So, what’s new in 2011? Here's what they told us:

  • Rochester Gas and Electric, has signed on as a new sponsor, and will present a new free concert stage in the RG&E parking lot on the corner of East Avenue and Chestnut Street (now we'll have to go around the parking lot, or possibly get sidetracked...). The stage will feature six free shows with Rochester and regional artists.
  • The East Avenue and Chestnut St. Stage will be resituated on Chestnut street to face south on Chestnut to accommodate more people in the intersection and help with the sound wars that develop with the free stage on Jazz Street.
  • As I posted about awhile back, the Eastman School of Music will offer the five-part course, Introduction to Jazz History, during the Festival. It will be held June 13 – June 17 in Eastman’s newest concert venue, Hatch Hall, during the Festival. Tuition is $180. For information and to register visit the Press Room on the XRIJF site.
  • XRIJF and WXXI-TV are partnering again on a new series of six one-hour programs to be filmed at this year’s Festival and distributed nationally to PBS stations this fall and next year. The concerts to be featured include the performances of Kevin Eubanks, Curtis Stigers, Grace Kelly, Kenny Barron, Regina Carter and the Producer’s Concert.
  • Channel 13 WHAM TV will produce a half-hour prime time special on the Festival celebrating the Festival’s 10th anniversary that will air Thursday May 26 at 8 p.m. Doug Emblidge will host the program, which will also air on Rochester’s CW in a time period yet to be scheduled. 

I will have coverage over the next few months, supplementing what you'll find in other sources and on the XRIJF site.  More on that later.... Hope to see you on Jazz Street in June!

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

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announces 2011 lineup

Music Director John Nugent runs through the 10th Anniversary XRIJF, running June 10-18, at the press conference announcing the 2011 Festival lineup. As in the past, it's a mix of familiar and new faces. 

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announces 2011 lineup

Plus, a live feed from Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho, London, UK. Treated to some of the Ronnie Scott's Allstars who will be 

Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announces 2011 lineup

More on the 2011 Xerox Rochester Jazz Festival later....

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

Jazz Around Town: Keeping my "religious" devotion to these jazz listings....

If you've picked up this week's edition of Rochester City Newspaper, check out the short profile of me and this blog, and other local bloggers, in the Annual Manual. You'll get the reference in the title if you read it.

So, there's a lot of jazz happening over the next seven days, so let's get right to it ....

Thursday, March 17, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Friday, March 18, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, Williamson, 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Trio with comedy of Jimmy Hightower, Jr. @ Trinities Restaurant, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Smooth Groove @ Cornerstone Coffee House, 202 East Commercial Street, East Rochester, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Katie Ernst Group @ UR Swing Club Dance (check UofR site for location), 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 19, 2011

  • Bourbon Street Jazz @ Legacy, Clover & Blossom, 3:00 pm
  • John Britton, Chris Ziemba & Ben Thomas @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Hard Logic @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Stringplicity @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Westview Project with Doug Stone @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Po'Boys Brass Band CD Release Party with Kristen Maxfield @ Lovin Cup, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Monday, March 21, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Dixieland: Barroom Buzzards Plus Two @ Green Lantern Inn, 6:30 pm
  • Victor Wooten Band and Stanley Clarke Trio @ Water Street Music Hall, Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Band @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Robert Glasper Trio @ Interfaith Chapel, University of Rochester, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

  • The lineup for the 10th Annual Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival will be announced in a press conference during the morning. I'll try to get something up about it soon thereafter, but you can find it on the XRIJF site
  • Karl Stabnau @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Audioinflux @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

  • Katie Ernst Duo with Tony Caramia @ Eastman School of Music, Miller Center Atrium, Noon
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Deborah Branch @ Legacy-Clover & Blossom, 7:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

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

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.

This just in ... Robert Glasper Trio @ UofR on March 21st

JADPpromo_glasper Just found out that pianist Robert Glasper is coming to Rochester with his Trio on March 21st to perform at the Interfaith Chapel at University of Rochester at 8:00 pm.  

Glasper is known for having his feet in both the tradition of jazz and in hip hop and other musical traditions. While still instilled with his own voice, his trio work clearly has a foot in the jazz tradition, but he also has another side, currently embodied in his Robert Glasper Experiment project that looks outside the jazz idiom to find his expression. Glasper has shared the stage with Kanye, Lupe, Mos Def, Beyonce, Q-Tip and others. His most recent disc, Double Booked, showcases these two sides of Glasper, with one side dedicated to his Trio work and the other to the Experiment. I've been listening to Glasper's music since he made an impression when I saw him with his Trio at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2006 (although I clearly missed his birthplace, which is Houston, not Rochester as indicated back then). More recently, I listened to a podcast of an interview of Glasper with Josh Jackson of WGBO's The Checkout during which he shared what he's listening to on his iPod (there's also a podcast of a live set with Glasper and fellow Houstonian Jason Moran on The Checkout).

This concert is brought to the UofR community and Rochester by The Jazz Audience Development Program, and is sponsored by No Jackets Required (NJR), a campus music performance group, along with thirteen other organizations, including greek groups, cultural groups, academic groups, and other performance groups. which was developed at the Eastman School of Music and UofR by Dan Israel, a recent alumnus. The goal of the program is to introduce a new audience to jazz music by creating a day-long jazz-related program targeted towards people who wouldn't normally listen to jazz. The program is unique to Addeo Music International in New York City, where Mr. Israel has brought it and who works with Mr. Glasper.  I'm glad they finally contacted me as we fully support that goal here on Jazz@Rochester.

The program features three components to further the goal of widening the jazz audience:

  • Masterclass targeting music students
  • Open discussion targeting non-music students
  • Affordable evening concert

Glasper was the perfect candidate for the JADP program. The day starts at 3:30 in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons (UR Campus) with a masterclass featuring NJR's own jazz ensemble. This is a free event, and is open to all students, though it is strongly focused towards musicians. Next, there is an open discussion with Robert Glasper at 6pm, also in the Gowen Room. This event is also free, and is structured so that Glasper can have an informal discussion with students. This is NOT a lecture, and is designed to foster a personal connection between attendees and Glasper.

Finally, the JADP program concludes with a concert in the Interfaith Chapel at U of R. Glasper will perform a two-hour concert with his Trio. Tickets for the concert are $5 for students and $10 for UR Community and the General Public, and are available at the door (CASH ONLY) and at the UR's Common Market (cash/credit card/URos).

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

Jazz Around Town: Live jazz in and around Rochester, NY

Every week we try to pull together the live jazz gigs going on in and around Rochester from a number of sources to provide you with the most comprehensive listings. Artists, you can add your gigs to these by sending them to me by Wednesday afternoon for gigs occurring the following day through the next Wednesday. Check back as I add new listings I hear about after the fact.

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Brad Batz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • A Giannavola @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • The Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, March 11, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Chilango's Mexican Restaurant, 42 Nichols Street #9, Spencerport, 7:00 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
  • John Britton @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Groovejuice Swing presents Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball with Crescent City Connection @ Tango Cafe. 389 Gregory Street, Rochester, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Alana Cahoon Band @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Todd East Trio @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 12, 2011

  • Jazz90.1 Presents First-Ever Pancake Breakfast @ Greece Olympia High School Cafeteria, 1139 Maiden Lane, Greece, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione @ Pier 45, 6:30 pm
  • Frank's Rat Pack @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Contingent Sextet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Stringplicity @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Miche Fambro @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 13, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, March 14, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Monday Night Live presents Audioinflux @ Elite Bar & Grill, 398 West Main Street, Rochester, 7:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Band@ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

  • Marco Amadio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Craig Snyder Fusion Quartet @ Lovin' Cup, 8:00 pm

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

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.

You want a Club Pass for XRIJF 2011 ... fahgettaboutit!

XRIJF logoAs I noted on Twitter and Facebook on March 5th, Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival’s announced today that the Club Passes for the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Festival have sold out, which is much earlier than any previous year and even prior to the Club Pass Series lineup being announced.

Individual tickets to all Club Pass Series shows will be available at the door for $25 per person per show at Kilbourn Hall and $20 per person per show for all other shows. Entry to all Club Pass Series shows is first-come, first-served with the Pass or tickets purchased at the door. Individual Club show tickets are not available in advance. To keep these types of individual tickets available, the festival promoters limit the number of Club Passes sold. “Several thousand passes were sold, a few hundred more than last year, and sales were brisk from day one,” said Marc Iacona, Producer and Executive Director, continuing:

While we could keep selling passes we intentionally limit the number so that people who choose not to buy a pass can purchase tickets to single shows at the door. We are thrilled that the popularity of Club Pass Series has grown each year. We say that the exciting part of this series is, ‘It’s not who you know, it’s who you don’t know,’ and this year’s early pass sell-out certainly reflects the following that the Club Series has built over the years.

For the 2010 Festival, more than half of all Club Passes were sold before the end of December and the remainder sold out before May.

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

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

But I hear tell there's some hot jazz around town to warm you up. I hope I can stop this winter motif soon. There's some new sounds at Bop Shop Atrium this week and smooting it out with Four80East at Exodus to Jazz. A wide variety abounds...  Here are the listings for live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, for the next seven days. 

Hey, check out Jazz@Rochester on Facebook! There is more than just a feed of my posts there, so it may be worth a "Like". 

Thursday, March 3, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Artizan Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, 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

Friday, March 4, 2011

  • Live Jazz Jam with ESM Students @ Triple Deuces Bar & Grill, 5:00 pm
  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • Kyle Vock Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 6:00 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St, Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Dave Monte Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione & the New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 9:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, March 5, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher Trio @ Tala Vera, 6:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Cafe @ Monty's Korner, 7:30 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Four80East @ Reformation Lutheran Church, March 5th, 8:00 pm
  • GVOC On Broadway with Dave Mancini Trio @ Midvale Country Club, 2387 Baird Road, Penfield, 8:00 pm
  • Westview Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 6, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Ithaca Jazz Ensemble with guest composer Chris Jentsch's "Cycles Suite," Jentsch on guitar and trumpet soloist Mike Kaupa @ Ford Hall, Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY, Sunday, March 6 8:15 pm
  • Gerry Nasca Quartet @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Troup Street Jazz Jam Session @ Beale Street Cafe, 6:30 pm

Monday, March 7, 2011

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Brad Batz Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

  • Karl Stabnau @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • ReaZon @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Ravish Momin @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate Square, Tuesday, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

  • Quintopus @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Brio Wine Bar & Grill, 6:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Quartet @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Rick Holland-Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

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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!

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