Ice, ice baby, but there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 12-18
Believe it or not, there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 26-February 1

Is winter over yet? Of course not, but there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 19-25

Jazz club signThe listings are still kind of light this week, but that's not too unusual this time of year. It's cold out there! I'm still recovering from a concussion after last week's icy Tuesday (amazed I was able to do the post last week... much better today!). I'm hoping to get out on Sunday to hear Ethnic Heritage Ensemble at Lovin Cup. Say hi if you see me!

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As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Thursday, January 19, 2017

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Swing-In Band Jam @ St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave. (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, January 20, 2017

  • Dueling Jazz Guitars of Bob Sneider & Gabe Condon @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 5:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Geva Theatre Center present Cabaret artist Marissa Mulder "Marilyn in Fragments" @ Geva Theatre Center, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Friday Jazz Jam @ Max of Eastman Place, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 21, 2017

  • Greg Wachala & Mel Henderson @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Geva Theatre Center present Cabaret artist Marissa Mulder "Tom...In His Own Words: The Music of Tom Waits" @ Geva Theatre Center, 8:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Maestro: A Tribute to Fred Sturm with all-star big band featuring  Jeff Campbell, Tom Davis, Bill Dobbins, Jim Doser, Mark Kellogg, Clay Jenkins, Bob Sneider, Ike Sturm, Rich Thompson, Bill Tiberio and John Viavattine @ Honeoye Falls-Lima High School, 83 East St. (Honeoye Falls), 7:30 pm (no tickets required)
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Cousin Vinny @ Salvatore's Pizzeria and Pub (Webster), 8:00 pm

Sunday, January 22, 2017 

  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Bop Arts presents The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:30 pm

Monday, January 23, 2017

  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

  • No jazz for you?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • The Rita Collective @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

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

  • Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Sunday, January 29th, 3:00 pm added image
  • Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer @ Bailey Hall, Cornell University, Friday, February 3rd, 8:00 pm
  • Penfield graduate, Andrés Patrick Forero (drummer for Hamilton: An American Musical) headlines the 47th Annual Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts @ Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive, Friday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 4th, 7:30 pm (more info)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Old Growth Forest @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, February 6th, 8:00 pm
  • East Rochester Jazz Night with Al Chez & the Brothers of Funk with E. Rochester High Jazz Bands @ East Rochester High School, 200 Woodbine Ave. (East Rochester), Wednesday, February 8th, 7:00 pm (more info)
  • Nick Finzer’s Hear & Now @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, February 12th, 6:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, February 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Victor Wooten Trio @ Tralf Music Hall (Buffalo), Sunday, March 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Sunday, March 19th, 3:00 pm added image
  • Fourplay @ Buffalo State College, Rockwell Hall, Thursday, March 30th, 8:00 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in and around Rochester. Click on the links (underlined words or phrases) where available in the post for more information on the gig.  Only start times are listed, so visit or call the venue for more details (the websites for many of the venues are in the right panel). Check back as I will add any gigs I hear about after publication (look for the added image  graphic next to the listing). Lastly, please forgive me where these listings prove to be wrong, I rely on you, the venues and the artists to let me know when we've got bad information, so don't hesitate to let us know about such departures from reality by clicking on the Contact Us link above.

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