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And the festivals begin with ... Live jazz in (and around) ROC, June 1-7

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Big thing this coming Friday-Sunday is the Fairport Canal Days festival.  If the weather is good, this is a great place to see some of the best of local jazz and other music.  Another one I intend to be at is the David Murry & Khalil El'Zabar Duo at the Bop Shop on Monday.  May even get out somewhere else... who knows?

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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.  You can get more information about the venue by following the links in the right column of the site (if I have one... if I don't I'll try to provide one or an address). The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

Thursday, June 1, 2017

  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Ott & Davis @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Jazz at Joe Bean with Mathew Bent @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 7:30 pm

Friday, June 2, 2017

  • Paradigm Shift @ The American Warrior Concert, The Ridge, NY 8101 Conlon Rd. (Le Roy), 3:00 pm added image
  • John Palocy and Maggie Mullen @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 5:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • The Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Stompology @ The Historic German House, 9:00 (beginner lessons at 8:00 pm)
  • Fairport Canal Days @ Downtown Fairport at the Canal (see my earlier post below)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

  • Fairport Canal Days @ Downtown Fairport at the Canal (see my earlier post below)
  • Bob Sneider @ Brighton Public Market, Arts in the Market to benefit Brighton Friends of the Arts, 10:20 am
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Band @ Aberdeen Square Fair (19th Ward, Rochester), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala/Mel Henderson Duo @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:30 pm
  • San Gabriel Social Club @ Aberdeen Square Fair (19th Ward, Rochester), 3:30 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen @ Mendon 64 Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Label 7 (Pittsford), 6:00 pm added image
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Canandaigua Blues Piano Bar with Hanna @ Nick's Chophouse, 5 Beeman St. (Canandaigua), 7:30 pm
  • The Jimmie Highsmith Jr Band @ The French Quarter, 8:00pm
  • Peter Brotzmann / Heather Leigh Duo @ Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center at the Burchfield Penney Museum (Buffalo), 8:00 pm added image
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Stompology @ The Historic German House, dance at 9:00 (beginner lessons at 8:00 pm and classes all day)

Sunday, June 4, 2017 

  • Fairport Canal Days @ Downtown Fairport at the Canal (see my earlier post below)
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Stompology @ The Historic German House, dance at 5:30 (classes all day)
  • The Rita Collective with Herb Smith @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm

Monday, June 5, 2017

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

  • Theresa Chen, Jakob Ebers @ Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 115 South Avenue (Downtown), 12:00 pm
  • Grove Place Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (check website for who is playing)
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

  • Jazz House with DJ Soultree @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 5:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Big Band Dance Series (various bands) @ Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Ave., 6:00 pm

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

  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present David Murray & Kahil El’Zabar Duo @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, June 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Diana Krall @ CMAC, Saturday, June 10th, 7:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Michael Bates Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, June 11th, 8:00 pm
  • CNY Jazz presents Gary Smulyan with the Macktet @ CNY Jazz Central, 441 E Washington St. (Syracuse), Saturday, June 21, 8:00 pm (tickets)

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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