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The party's over . . . live jazz in Rochester at the dawn of 2009

Freddie HubbardClosing out 2008 on a sad note, as many of you know already the great jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard died over the weekend of complications from a heart attack. NY jazz writer and historian Marc Myers has a thoughtful profile on Hubbard on his blog Jazz Wax. Another great artist to join those jazz sessions that must be going on up there. Out...way out....

Now that the party is over and 2008 comes to a close, here are the live jazz listings in and around Rochester for the next seven days...the first days of 2009. Have a wonderful and, we hope, prosperous and healthy new year!

Thursday, January 1st (like you're going to want to go out...)

  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Bobby Henrie @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm

Friday, January 2nd

  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey and the El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Funkbox with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Pazzo's Cucina, 7:30 pm Added image
  • Mark Cassara 4 Piece @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm

Saturday, January 3rd

  • Ryan T Carey and the El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Ted Perry Trio @ Little Theatre Café, 8:30 pm
  • Devin Kelly Organ Trio CD release party featuring Bob Sneider and Dino Losito @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mike Allen with Greg Wachala Band @ The Mez, 8:00 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 4th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Fundraiser for Melissa's Living Legacy Teen Cancer Foundation featuring three bands, including Jazz, Old School and the Christine Baze Band @ Lovin Cup ($20 suggested donation, $10 with Student I.D.), 3:00 pm
  • Jazz Night & Open Jam Session w/ Mike Allen @ Lovin Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Blue Notes for Freddie "A jazz vigil for Freddie Hubbard 1938-2008" Listening Party, hosted by Derrick Lucas @ WGMC Jazz 90.1, 10:00 pm to 1:00 am

Monday, January 5th

  • Brad Batz Group @ 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, January 6th

  • Johnny Matt Big Band @ Edgerton Community Center, 1:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, January 7th

  • Brad Batz Group @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Fairport High School Jazz Combos and the Bill Tiberio Band @ Fairport High School (1 Dave Paddock Way, Fairport 14450 (Rm. 313), 7:00 pm Added image
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Café, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Jam Session w/host Troup Street Band @ Clarissa's, 9:30 pm (sign up at 8:30 pm)

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Please forgive me for any discrepancies with reality and feel free to let me know what the problem is, and I'll get the corrections up on the site as soon as possible (click on the "Send an email to Jazz@Rochester" link). 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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