There is ... Live jazz in Rochester, September 27th through October 3rd
Fifteen hundred and counting ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, October 11-17

It's getting cool for ... Live jazz in ROC, October 4-10

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Every Wednesday, every week, you'll find  your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester right here on JazzRochester. Sign up for our email list to get your jazz goodness every week (plus, whatever else I publish). 

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Start here, but if you hear about something that I haven't added below, please drop me a line (use the Contact Us link above),  give me the deets and I'll add it. As always, let me know if any gigs below are not happening or if I got something wrong. Sh*t happens and I sometimes get it wrong.  

Thursday, October 4, 2018

  • Ann Mitchell-John Palocy Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 6:30 pm
  • Drew Diekmann @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm

Friday, October 5, 2018

  • Joe Chiappone & Vince Ercolamento @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • The Stan Martinelli Project @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Al Biles & GenJam @ Boulder Coffee, 100 Alexander St., 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present The Ken Thomson Sextet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • The Buffalo Brass Machine @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 9:45 pm
  • Meliora/Eastman Weekend: Late-Night Jazz @ ESM, Miller Center, Sproull Atrium, 10:00 pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Trio, with the great Al Bruno @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Mary Monroe @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Andy Calabrese & Chet Catallo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • The Djangoners @ Iron Smoke Distillery, 111 Parce Avenue Suite 5b (Fairport), 9:00 pm

Sunday, October 7, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:30 am
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Jazz Jam @ Funk 'N Waffles Rochester, 3:00 pm (live jazz jam... bring your horn, or voice, and sit in with the trio)
  • An Evening with Nancy Kelly @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm

Monday, October 8, 2018

  • Eastman Chamber Jazz @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Big Band Dance: Andy Stobie Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Band, Al Bruno Trio @ Ontario Beach Park, 4799 Lake Ave (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:00 pm
  • Clay Jenkins with Dariusz Terefenko, Bill Dobbins, Bob Sneider, Jeff Campbell and Rich Thompson, @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm

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

  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Friday, October 5th, 8:30 pm
  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ Farmers Creekside Tavern, 1 Main St (LeRoy), Saturday, October 6th, 7:30 pm
  • Bettye LaVette @ Smith Center for the Arts (Geneva), Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 pm (tickets)

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

  • Velvet Caravan with special guest Jessica Ann Best @ Beston Hall, Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, Nazareth College, Saturday, October 13th, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Monday, October 15th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents The Music of JJ and Kai, a Tribute @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, October 21, 4:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Big Tent featuring, Harvey Sorgen, Steve Rust and Jerome Kitzke @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, October 25, 8:00 pm
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet @ Callaghan Theatre at Nazareth Art Center, Thursday, October 25th, 7:30 pm  (more info and tickets)
  • Raymond Shiner Jazz Award Big Band @ Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth Art Center, Saturday, October 27th, 7:3o pm (more info)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Karrin Allyson @ Anthology, Thursday, November 1st, Doors at 6:00 (tickets and more information)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Buffalo Jazz Octet @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, November 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Quintopus: 9 Year Anniversary Shabingus @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, November 10th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present the Joe Policastro Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, November 12th, 8:00 pm
  • The Sullivan Fortner Trio @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Saturday, November 17th, 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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