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This weekend you can head over to our neighbors in Syracuse for the Jazz in the Square festival, an annual event that brings in some great talent and showcases local Syracuse bands and clubs. Still have to get over there and check it out at some point. If you, like me, have too much going on in Rochester to even drive the short distance to Syracuse, then there's plenty around here to check out. To that end, here are the listings for the next seven days.

Thursday, July 24th

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 6:00 pm
  • The Shuffle Demons @ George Eastman House lawn, 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione Big Band Concert @ Irondequoit Town Hall Gazebo, 6:30 pm
  • Brockport HS Jazz Band @ Sagawa park When: Thursday July 24, 2008 @ 6:30 pm
  • Ben Britton @ Virtu, 6:30 pm
  • Nate Rawls @ Triphammer Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm
  • Tom Passamonte @ Remington's, 8:00 pm
  • Syracuse Symphony Orchestra with special guests Nancy Kelly and Ronnie Leigh @ Clinton Square Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival), 8:00 pm
  • Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival

Friday, July 25th

  • Bob Sneider / Paul Hofmann Jazz Happy Hour @ The Grill at Strathallan, 5:00 pm
  • Canal Street Strutters @ The Commons (Canandaigua), 6:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Kevin Ceballo & Latin Vibes @ Bands on the Bricks, Public Market, Rochester, 6:00 pm
  • Blues Brother "Bones" Malone and His Briefcase Full of Blues @ National Grid Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival, 6:15 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 6:30 pm
  • RPO on the Barge with the Mambo Kings @ Corn Hill Landing between Exchange Blvd. & the Genesee River at Plymouth Ave., 7:30 pm
  • Gene Bertoncini, All Alone @ Kilbourn Hall, ESM, 7:30 pm
  • Po' Boys Brass Band @ Abilene, 8:00 pm
  • CNY Jazz Orchestra - "Then, Now & Again" @ National Grid Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival), 8:15 pm
  • David Bixler with Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Latin Jazz All Stars featuring Arturo O'Farrill and Claudio Roditi - "Tribute to Hilton Ruiz and Mario Rivera" @ National Grid Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival), 10:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival (check out the late night jazz at various venues around Syracuse)

Saturday, July 26th

  • The Westview Project @ Bohdi's Café, 6:30 pm
  • Noah Kellman's National Youth Jazz Sextet @ National Grid Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival), 6:30 pm
  • Squeaky Chair @ Bistro 135, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Dibaudo Quartet @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Pamela Williams, the "Saxtress" @ National Grid Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival), 8:15 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Café, 8:30 pm
  • David Bixler with Bob Sneider Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ Abilene, 9:00 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm
  • Curtis Fuller Super Band featuring Randy Brecker and Jason Marsalis @ National Grid Main Stage, Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival), 10:00 pm
  • Grupo Calle Uno @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 11:00 pm
  • Syracuse Jazz in the Square Festival (check out the late night jazz at various venues around Syracuse)

Sunday, July 27th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Spyro Gyra @ 5435 Route 14 Dundee, NY, 2:00 pm

Monday, July 28th

  • White Hots @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm
  • Big Apple Mondays Swing Dance Class and Live Jazz with Quinn Lawrence Trio @ Flat Iron Café, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, July 29th

  • Nostalgic Reunion Jazz Ensemble @ Fairport Car Cruz Night, 6:00 pm
  • Anne Mitchell: "The Fabulous Females of the 40s & 50s", Buckland Park Pavilion, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ Virtu, 6:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ Penfield Ampitheater, 7:00 pm
  • Dubblestuff @ Boulder Coffee Company, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, July 30th

  • Metro Vibe @ Acqueduct Park next to the Main St. bridge on the Genesee River, 12:00 pm (sponsored by my employer, Thomson Reuters)
  • Dave Mancini Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • RPO in the City Brass Quintet @ Swillburg Neighborhood, Gazebo at Otto Henderberg Square Park, Avon Place, 7:00 pm
  • Greece Choral Society/Greece Jazz Band @ 7:00 pm
  • Noa Bursie @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and from other sources. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality; feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible. Any list items that contain an Added image or struck-through text reflect corrections implemented after initial publication of this post. Email subscribers should check the listings post online for updates or revisions before making decisions based on the information in this post. For additional information regarding a particular performance (where I haven't previewed it in a separate post in advance), you may want to check the artist or venue web sites listed in the right panel of this weblog. If you go out to hear a performance listed here, feel free to drop a comment to this post about how it went. I want to hear from you!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

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