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They call the winds pariah ... Live jazz in ROC, April 5th through April 11th

Jazz Club sign imageWith the trees outside the window of my office at home bending to its will, I'm biding my time waiting for it (and this damn winter) to end by filling you in on the next seven days of live jazz in Rochester....

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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 that I can add.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 6:00 pm
  • Vince and Joe Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Cottage Hotel (Mendon), 8:00 pm
  • Mark Kellogg @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 8:00 pm

Friday, April 6, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Jazz at Immanuel with Miché Fambro @ Immanuel Baptist Church on Park Ave., 7:00 pm Sorry everyone, I messed up and added this one early.  It will be on April 20th. 
  • 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 with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Stickkit @ Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St. (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Rod Blumenau and the Upstate Dixieland Jass Band @ RIT’s Ingle Auditorium, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Matt Incontro, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 9:00 pm

Saturday, April 7, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital: César Costa, jazz guitar @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 3:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Mike Melito Jazz Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Up Pub, 4120 Lake Rd (Williamson), 7:00 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 with Curtis Kendrick & Terrance Bruce @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Miché Fambro @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Aaron Irwin Trio @ Bop Shop Records, 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), 8:00 pm (tickets)

Sunday, April 8, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Funk 'N Waffles, 3:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital: Max Berlin, jazz composition @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 3:30 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Josh Achiron, jazz guitar, Sterling Cozza, jazz piano and Scott Kwiatek, jazz bass @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 9:00 pm

Monday, April 9, 2018

  • Bobby Militello Quartet @ Flying Bison Brewery (Buffalo), 6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Annie Wells Quartet @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble and Eastman New Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Sunday, April 22nd,  7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Sylvia Cuenca Latin Quintet @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, May 5th, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents: Karuna--Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, May 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, May 6th, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Cabo Frio Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, May 19th, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (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 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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