Although the anticipation of the jazz fest is taking a toll, there is still ... Live jazz in Rochester, June 7th through 13th
There is more jazz in June than XRIJF... Live jazz outside of the festival, June 21st to 27th

Do you want to hear some ... Live jazz in and around ROC, June 14th through 20th?

There Is Live Jazz Out There imageHere are the live jazz gigs for the next week, served up hot. Hope you get out and hear some before the nine days of XRIJF begin.  City has published their Jazz Festival Guide 2018

We collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as we 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.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 7:00 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Beats at Brooks @ Brooks Landing, 1500 S Plymouth Ave. (Rochester)
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Thursday Jazz Featuring EZM Trio with Jakob Ebers @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 9:00 pm

Friday, June 15, 2018

  • Nate Coffey @ Mendon 64 Restaurant, 6:30 pm
  • Mike Melito Jazz Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 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 with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Mike Kaupa with Shawn Drogan's Hybrid Beats @ 3 Heads Brewing, 8:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 16, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Najee @ Tralf Music Hall (Buffalo), 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm (tickets)
  • Mark Cassara @ Mendon 64 Restaurant, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef & Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Jazz Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 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
  • Merlin Trio, Mosswalk, Soular Plexus @ Funk 'N Waffles, 9:00 pm

Sunday, June 17, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Jazz Jam @ Funk 'N Waffles Rochester, 3:00 pm (Rochester's only ongoing live jazz jam... bring your horn, or voice, and sit in with the trio)
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 New York 332 (Farmington), 4:30 pm
  • The Dotted Halves @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present the Todd Marcus Quintet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Monday, June 18, 2018

  • The Flower City Jazz Society presents the Barroom Buzzards @ Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport 175 Jefferson Rd. (Rochester), 6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

  • June Jazz Combos: Aaron Staebell & Mike Kaupa @ Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County 115 South Avenue (Rochester), noon
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)
  • Love n’ Blues Concert with the Melody Masters Big Band @ Asbury First United Methodist Church 1050 East Ave. (Rochester), 7:00 pm (more information here)

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

  • Happy Hour with the Fox Sisters @ Backroom Lounge at the Record Archive, 5:00 pm added image
  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ WHAM13 Primetime Special on the XRIJF, Hyatt Regency, The Street Craft Kitchen and Bar, 7:00 pm (at the site of the XRIJF after-hours jam)
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:00 pm

Miss the Blues on WGMC? Here is a little something for you....

  • Big Blue House @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Thursday, June 14th, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ Dinosaur BBQ, Friday June 15th, 10:00 pm
  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ Steuben Brewing Company, 10286 Judson Rd. (Hammondsport), Saturday, June 16th, 5:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @  Cabaret Lounge at Club 86, 86 Avenue E (Geneva), Saturday, June 16th, 7:00 pm

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

  • Body & Soul: An American Bridge movie @ Rochester Jewish Film Festival, Jewish Community Center, Wednesday, June 20th, 7:00 pm (more info and ticketsadded image
  • Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival @ Rochester!, June 22-30 (watch for coverage)
  • Exodus To Jazz presents Marc Antoine with Paradigm Shift and JD Allen @ Anthology, Thursday, July 19th, 6:00 (more info and ticketsadded image
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Ben Goldberg & Kirk Knuffke Duo @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, July 21st 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 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.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

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