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So much music, so little time: Picking the Jazz@ Rochester itinerary for XRIJF 2011 begins

Jazz Around Town: Ever notice how quiet it gets around Festival season... ?

LilacsWhile there is still a lot of live jazz around over the next week, as it warms up and the festivals start up (can anyone believe it's already time for the Lilac Festival?) there is a lot less live jazz and a lot more karaoke. Still there's some around, so get out to check it out. Perhaps they'll even be playing outside....?

Hey jazz artists, please let me know where you're playing in terms of the festivals!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

  • A. Giannavola @Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Todd East Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Melcher & Drew Moore @ Rabbit Room Restaurant (Honeoye Falls), 7:00 pm
  • Chris Wilson @ Lemoncello, 8:30 pm

Friday, May 13, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Eastway Wegmans, 5:30 pm
  • Katie Ernst Trio @ Pittsford Wegmans, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibaudo Duo @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Dave Mancini Trio @ Pittsford Grill, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione Solo Piano @ Pier 45 at the Port, 6:30 pm
  • Ryan T Carey & El Rojo Jazz Band @ Thali of India, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • John Britton Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 7:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar (University Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Annie Wells Quintet with Jenna Weintraub and Stephanie Sacco @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Bistro 135, 9:00 pm
  • Mark Viavattine Quartet @ Tavern58 at Gibbs, 9:00 pm
  • Roger Eckers & Fred Costello @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 14, 2011

  • Bob Sneider @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione Sextet @ Rochester Area Community Foundation's An Evening Out at Home Memorial Art Gallery, evening
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Glengarry Inn at Eagle Vale, 4400 Nine Mile Point Road, Rt 250, Fairport, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Greene @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Co. @ Don's Pub, 2055 Nine Mile Pt., Penfield, 8:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 15, 2011

  • Bill Slater @ The Lodge at Woodcliff, 11:30 am
  • Mark Cassara Band @ Lilac Festival, 2:30 pm
  • Deborah Branch (piano) or Nate Cofey (guitar) @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Family Big Band @ Lovin' Cup, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 16, 2011

  • Simon Fletcher @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

  • W. Thomas School Jazz Band @ Lilac Festival, 1:00 pm
  • W. Thomas School Jazz Titans @ Lilac Festival, 1:30 pm
  • Sofrito @ Lilac Festival, 4:00 pm
  • Barry Tee Jazz Trio @ Wegmans-Pittsford, 5:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Thomas Gravino @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

  • Kurt Johnson & The Swooners @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Al Bruno Trio with Tom Monte @ Ontario Beach Park, Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd Floor, 6:00 pm
  • Remembering Ralph (Ortiz) with Prime Time Funk and The Campbell Brothers @ Lilac Festival, 7:00 pm
  • Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra @ Ontario Beach Park, Roger Robach Community Center, 2nd Floor, 7:15 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Holland-Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar, 8:00 pm

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Events in the Future

  • Art Loves Jazz 2011, sixth annual gala fund-raising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, 565 Blossom Road in Rochester, Thursday, May 19, 2011 from 6:30-9:30 pm.
  • An Evening of Art and Jazz (6th Annual Fundraiser for the Advocacy Center) with performances by Annie Wells on the Landing and by Wycliffe Gordon and Jimmie Highsmith @ George Eastman House, Saturday, June 4th, 7:00 to 10:00 pm.
  • Groove Juice Swing and Stompology present Authentic Solo Jazz Dance Weekend with Crescent City Connection on Friday night and Gordon's Grand Street Stompers from New York City on Saturday night, Friday to Sunday, June 17-19.

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.The aim is to give you a one stop place to find all your jazz in Rochester. Only start times are listed, visit or call the venue for more details (the sites for many are in the right panel). Please forgive 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 to let us know how it went. I want to hear from you!

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


May 25 at Lovin Cup: Joe Krown, Russel Batiste, Walter Wolfman Washington
They played Jazz Street stage last year, very good.

Who do you consider true female jazz experienced vocalist to listen to during the festival from a local level to the national level during the festival? Not those who may play a great instrument and sing a little but are truely experience vocalist? Now Miss Cole is already a given.

I also want to include KD lane and Champion Fulton on the listI would consider those as experienced singers but, who else?

How about the Jay Clayton & Sheila Jordan Group (

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