Jazz@Rochester preview and picks for XRIJF Day One
Another Friday in Kansas, but that doesn't mean you can't Take Five.

Still in Kansas, so I'm going to miss this jazz in Rochester

Jazz clubs are hard to come by out here on the prairie, but we've still put together the listings for the next seven days of jazz in clubs and restaurants around Rochester. I'll be back before they're gone...

Thursday, May 7th

  • Matt Valerio @ The Grill at Strathallan, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Dawgs @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • Manouche A Trois @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz Open Jam with the Russell Fielder Quintet @ Merchants Grill, 8:00 pm

Friday, May 8th

  • Bobby Dibaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jazz on the Green @ Jack's Place (Durand Eastman Golf Club), 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Artisian Jazz @ Starry Nites Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Grupo Mania, OnClave @ Water Street Music Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Cafe Antarsia Ensemble @ Mez, 8:00 pm
  • John Nugent Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Janet Beaman & Te Naj Jazz Quartet @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Band @ Village Landing Bar and Grille (Main Street, Fairport, NY), 10:00 pm

Saturday, May 9th

  • Will Holton & Jimmies Highsmith Jr @ Water Street Music Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Brio Bistro, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Kozlowski Quartet @ Spot Coffee, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • The Brad Batz Trio @ Pane Vino, 8:00 pm
  • Mike Allen Akos Jazz Revue @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Arenius Quartet @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • John Nugent Quartet @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Po Boys Brass Band @ Lovin' Cup, 9:30 pm
  • East End Boys @ Havana Moes (East Ave.), 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 10th

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • The Westview Project w/Nick Brust @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm
  • Grupo Calle Uno @ St Michael's Church, 8:00 pm

Monday, May 11th

  • The White Hots @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 12th

  • Todd East @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Joe Santora & Emily Kirchoff @ PaRe Bar and Grill, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, May 13th

  • Mark Hadley Jazz Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • AMP @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bop Arts presents the Eastern Boundary Quartet @ Bop Shop Atrium, Village Gate, 8:00 pm
  • Ted Perry Trio Benefit for Hillside Children's Center @ Kilbourn Hall, Eastman School of Music, 8:00 pm Added image
  • Jazz Jam Session with Mike Allen & Troup Street @ Clarissa's, 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.


The great jazz guitarist Allan Holdsworth shyly came to town last night and played the an amazing set of music. His legato sweeps and Coltrane-like lines were brilliant, and drummer Chad Wackerman(Zappa) and bassist Ernest Tibbs aptly kept up with him. Thanks to the Bop Shop for bringing this musical genius to Rochester and for allowing jazz to live, breathe and evolve like Coltrane and Miles envisioned.

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