Webster, NY, where jazz is worth hearing ... The Webster Jazz Festival, July 20-21
Where can I find? ... Live jazz in ROC, July 26th to August 1st

Yes, even with the heat there is ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, July 19th through 25th

Jazz 1-way imageYes, it's been very hot (we here at the home of JazzRochester were very aware of it with our HVAC going out during the last heat wave that hit the XRIJF).  But this week we found out there will be a new name sponsor for the Rochester International Jazz Festival.  We all knew it was coming with Xerox leaving the Rochester area for the most part, didn't we?  Who's the new sponsor? Local media group CGI Communications will be taking on the sponsorship starting next year, for the festival running from June 21-29.  I guess we go back to calling it the RIJF? Welcome... we at JazzRochester look forward to working with you in promoting this great festival of music that brings thousands downtown for 9 days in June. 

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 link above this post. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Exodus To Jazz presents Marc Antoine with Paradigm Shift and JD Allen @ Anthology, 6:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Summer Serenades: Brockport Big Band @ St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 14 State St. (Brockport), 7:00 pm
  • San Gabriel Social Club @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm

Friday, July 20, 2018

  • 11th Annual Webster Jazz Festival @ Webster Township, Friday & Saturday (see last post for artists and times)
  • Hanna PK @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Moonlight Stroll Concert Series: Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra @ Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park, 151 Charlotte St. (Canandaigua), 8:00 pm

Saturday, July 21, 2018

  • 11th Annual Webster Jazz Festival @ Webster Township, Friday & Saturday (see last post for artists and times)
  • Hanna PK & Aleks Disljenkovic Duo @ Pultneyville Homecoming (Pultneyville), 12:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger & the All Stars @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn, 1 Main St (Le Roy), 8:00 pm
  • Shawn Drogan with Mike Kaupa @ Funk N Waffles Rochester, 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 22, 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)

Monday, July 23, 2018

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

  • RPO Around the Town: Jazz Trio @ Park Avenue Green, Corner of Park & Barrington, 6:00 pm (rain location, Immanuel Baptist Church, Park Ave.)
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:00 pm

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

  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ Hochstein at High Falls, 82 Brown Race, Thursday, July 19th, 12:10 pm
  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters  @ B-Side (Fairport), Friday, July 20th, 8:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Wednesday, July 25th, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise featuring Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ The Colonial Belle, 400 Packett's Landing (Fairport), Monday, September 10th, 6:30 pm

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

  • Bop Shop Records presents the Ben Goldberg & Kirk Knuffke Duo @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, July 27th, 8:00 pm
  • Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival @ Clinton Square (Syracuse), Friday & Saturday, July 27th-28th
  • Bop Shop Records presents Don Menza @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, August 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Pine Grill Jazz Reunion @ MLK Park (Buffalo), August 6th & 13th, 3:00-9:00 pm added image
  • Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise featuring The Bill Tiberio Band (new 3 Hour Lock Cruise) @ The Colonial Belle, 400 Packett's Landing (Fairport), Monday, August 13th, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Greats with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr. @ Glenora Wine Cellars (Dundee), Sunday, August 19th, 2:00 pm
  • Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright Music, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, and introducing Aubrey Logan @ Kodak Center, 200 W Ridge Rd. (Rochester), Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:30 pm (tickets went on sale 6/21, get them here)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Nick Finzer @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, August 26th, 3:00 pm
  • Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl @ UB Center for the Arts (Buffalo), Monday, August 27th, 7:00 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 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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