Gerald Clayton & Tamir Hendelman will play one for the kids (at MoKa) next Sunday
Live Shots: Gerald Clayton & Tamir Hendleman doing duets for MoKA

Jazz Around Town: I get on my SOPA box (no that's not a typo) and then some jazz around Rochester ....

Unfortunately, the day selected for protesting the effects that two bills pending in Congress (the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act,, which are two bills pending in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate respectively) will have on the Internet is today, a day that I post this listings post for you (one of the few things you come to this site for). Wikipedia is dark until midnight as are a number of other major Internet sites.

While I'm not going "black" today, I wanted to join them and others in protesting these bills. SOPA and PIPA are efforts, backed by Hollywood interests and others, to stop copyright infringement committed by foreign web sites. However, the poorly drafted language of the two bills (we can only hope the bad drafting was unintentional, but I'm not sure I'd go that far....) tries to accomplish this in a way that will actually infringe on free expression and innovation. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for the public interest in the digital realm, has summarized why these bills are unacceptable if you value an open, secure, and free Internet. I share the concern about the future of the Internet after passage of these bills and hope you'll check out the EFF's information and the resources at Stop American Censorship and contact your representatives in the House and Senate. Online piracy by foreign websites is a real problem, but these bills are not the only or right tool for the job.

OK off the soapbox (hey, it's my site and I can protest if I want to!) and on to the jazz over the next seven days:

Thursday, January 19, 2011

  • Jazz & Wine Happy Hour with The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:00 pm
  • Anthony Gianavola @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • The John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Nate Rawls Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Duo @ Portobello, 1369 Pittsford-Mendon Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Strathallan Hotel, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, January 20, 2011

  • Johnny Matt Band with Jon Seiger @ Wegmans-Eastway, 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Abilene, 6:00 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St., Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan T Carey @ Thali of India, 3259 S Winton Rd, 7:00 pm
  • Dave Bennett Brings the Legends of Swing to Life with the RPO @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Smooth Groove @ The Corner Coffeehouse (E. Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm 
  • Mark Cassara @ Bistro 135, 8:00 pm
  • Sofrito @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • The Djangoners @ Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm

Saturday, January 21, 2011

  • Cool Club Quartet @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, Rt. 332, Farmington, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion and Jazz Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider @ Bistro 135, 7:00 pm
  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar (University Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Steve Greene Trio @ Leaf and Bean Coffee Co., 3240 Chili Ave., Rochester, 8:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Tinted Image @ Grill at Strathallan, 8:30 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

  • Happy Hour with The Westview Project  @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Tony Gianavola @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Duo Project @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

  • Happy Hour with Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio  @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Norman Tibbils @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • White Hots & Tina Albright @ Monroe's Restaurant, 7:00 pm
  • Russell Scarbrough Soul Jazz Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm (check out the new Tala Vera...Grand Re-Opening!)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

  • El Rojo Jazz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Bob Hanley @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • Robert Chevrier @ Pomodoro Monroe Avenue, 6:30 pm
  • Michael Vidala Trio with Mammal is a Mountain @ 
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar (University Ave.), 7:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove  @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

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

  • Cornell Concert Series presents an evening with Jason Moran and special guest Dave Holland @ Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, Saturday, January 28, 8:00 pm
  • Gregory Porter @ Hunt Real Estate Jazz Series at Albright-Knox Gallery (Buffalo), Sunday, January 29, 2:00 pm
  • Tia Fuller @ 42nd Annual Penfield Jazz Fund Raiser Concerts, Penfield High School, Friday-Saturday, February 3-4, 7:30 pm (more info on Penfield's website)
  • Exodus to Jazz Presents Houston Person Quartet @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, February 11, 8:00 pm (two 1-hour sets)
  • Jazz90.1 Presents Annual Pancake Breakfast @ Greece Olympia High School, Saturday, March 10th, 10:00 am–1:00 pm (tickets go on sale February 6th)

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 "Contact Us" button above). 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.

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