After the melting, there is ... Live jazz in ROC, March 1st-7th
As the snow swirls, there is still ... Live jazz in ROC, March 15th to 21st

Mapping out the ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, March 8th through 14th

B&W Jazz Club imageJust received notice from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival that the line-up announcement press conference is right around the corner on March 2oth.  I'll be there and I expect that WGMC Jazz 90.1 will be live broadcasting the presser as well.  Looking forward to see who's playing and, like the rest of you veteran XRIJF'ers, map out my 9 days in June!

I collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as I can find so you don't have to do it yourself ... right here, every Wednesday in JazzRochester. I really need your help to grow a more vibrant community for live jazz here in Rochester by sharing this post or this site with those you know who love live jazz.  Share with the buttons! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! Sign up to receive our posts via email (there's a link at the top of the site).  

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 that I can add.   

Thursday, March 8, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford),  7:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Cottage Hotel (Mendon), 8:00 pm
  • David Bixler with Bob Sneider, Jeff Campbell, Mike Melito & Doug Stone @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 8:00 pm

Friday, March 9, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Andy Calabrese & Chet Catallo @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Herb Smith Freedom Trio Live CD Recording @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Doors 7:00 pm (tickets)
  • The Stan Martinelli Project @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford),  7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charlie Brown's, 7:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Eastman Studio Orchestra @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • French Conexion @Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 9:00 pm 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Isaiah Lee @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charlie Brown's, 7:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 11, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Funk 'N Waffles, 3:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin "Rhapsody" CD Release Concert @ Bop Shop Records,  7:00 pm
  • Rick Holland Little Big Band @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm

Monday, March 12, 2018

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm
  • 3x88 with Max Greenberg, Seiji Yamashita and Max Berlin @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ The Rock Shrimp Co., 4775 Lake Ave (Charlotte), 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Special Jazz Events Coming Soon

  • Billy Childs Quartet @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Sunday, March 18th, 3:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Arts presents the Joseph Daly Tuba Trio withWarren Smith and Scott Robinson @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, March 18th, 8:00 pm
  • Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration: A Night of Jazz Honoring one of the Great Pioneers, including The Monty Alexander Trio and a piano duo with Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Friday, March 23, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop presents Loren Stillman Quartet featuring Gary Versace @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday March 27th, 8:00 pm
  • Cornell A. D. White Professor-at-Large Wynton Marsalis performs with Cornell University Jazz Band and Wind Symphony, and the Cornell Symphony Orchestra performs Marsalis’ Blues Symphony @ Cornell University, Bailey Hall, Wednesday, March 28th, 8:00 pm (free, more info)
  • The Lovin’ Cup & Bop Shop Records present Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Thursday, March 29th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, March 31st, 7:00 pm
  • Rod Blumenau and the Upstate Dixieland Jass Band @ RIT’s Ingle Auditorium, Friday April 6th, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Aaron Irwin Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 pm
  • The Smith Center for the Arts presents the 5th Annual Scott LaFaro Day Celebration Concert: Marc Johnson with Eliane Elias @ The Smith Center for the Arts (Geneva), Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 pm (ticketsadded image
  • The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, @ Kodak Center for the Arts, Thursday, April 12th, 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • An Evening of Creative Music Making with The Rita Collective and special guest RPO violinist, Perrin Yang @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday April 15th, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Helen Sung Trio @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, April 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Melissa Aldana Quartet @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents The Helen Sung Trio@ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, April 21st, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents: Something Holy--Alex Harding and Lucian Ban @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 pm

For Visitors from WGMC Jazz 90.1 Looking for Blues, Roots and Other Music

  • Taylor & Zydeco Trouble @ Harmony House, Saturday, March 10th, 7:15 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 music start times are listed, so visit or call the venue for more details about when the doors open, etc. (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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