Jazz Around Town: You don't have to wait until June 22nd for live jazz in Rochester
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Jazz Around Town: There's definitely jazz where I'm at, but there's plenty in Rochester, too...

jazz club signIf you're following my travels, I'm now in Chicago after a week with my father in Kansas. Now at a legal conference for a few days and then some R&R here in the Windy City. Hope to catch something so watch for a "Live Shot"... Here are the listings for the next seven days of live jazz in Rochester.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

  • Jazz & Wine Happy Hour with The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans, Calkins Road in Henrietta, 5:30 pm
  • Michael Vidala Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Bob Henley @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Amanda Montone Duo @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Eros Guitar Duo @ Rabbit Room Restaurant, 7:00 pm
  • Spotlight on Faculty Concert Series “Jazz it Up” with Maria Battista-Hancock, vocals, Bill Tiberio, saxophone, Bernie Heveron, bass, Rich Felice @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 7:00pm
  • The Djangoners @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Russell Scarbrough Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Friday, March 30, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Crescent City Connection @ Groove Juice Swing's 2nd Annual Masquerade Ball, Tango Cafe Dance Studio (3rd Fl Ballroom), 389 Gregory St.,  7:00-11:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Music of Wayne Shorter, Last Friday Heritage Jazz Series presented by Dr. Carl Atkins with his band Culture Clash @ Baobab Cultural Center, 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Cornell Concert Series presents The Bad Plus @ Barnes Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Madeline Forster @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm

Saturday, March 31, 2012

  • Uptown Groove @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 6:30 pm
  • Cousin Vinny @ Perlo's Italian Grill, 202 North Washington St., E. Rochester, 6:30 pm
  • Al Chez and the Brothers of Funk Big Band with the Greece Athena High School Jazz Ensemble @ Athena Performing Arts Center, 800 Long Pond Rd., 7:00 pm (Tickets can be purchased at the door, or you can contact Brian King at 585-966-4366 in the high school music office)
  • Holiday @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Lorraine Desmarais with the New jazz Ensemble, Dave Rivello, Dir. (Women in Music Festival) @ Kilbourn Hall, ESM, 8:00 pm (Ron Netsky profile in City)
  • Zack & Lacey @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm

Sunday, April 1, 2012

  • Bill Slater Solo Piano (Brunch) @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, call for info
  • Tony Caramia: A Jazzy Celebration of Spring @ First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 21 Church St., Pittsford, 3:00 pm

Monday, April 2, 2012

  • The Westview Project @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Nate Rawl's Group @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm (please note this may have changed, but as of my posting there was no April schedule for Little).

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

  • Soul Express @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Norman Tibbils @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm 
  • Paradigm Shift @ Pomodoro's Grill & Wine Bar (University Ave.), 7:30 pm
  • Open Jam with the King Bees @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm (subject to change when April schedule is posted by Little)
  • Bob Sneider Guitar Night (Bob with a number of Rochester's young guitar talent) @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

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

  • Exodus to Jazz presents The Ulysses Owens Quintet (with Christian McBride, Marcus Printup, Christian Sands, & Jaleel Shaw) @ Hochstein School of Music Performance Hall, Saturday, April 14th, 8:00 pm (replacing Johnny O'Neal)
  • Wayne Bergeron with the Greece Jazz Band (Tribute to Maynard Ferguson to benefit Honeoye Schools music programs) @ Honeoye Central School, Tuesday April 17th, 7:00 pm
  • Hunt Real Estate Art of Jazz Series presents Donald Harrison Quartet@ Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, Saturday, April 28, 8:00 pm
  • Induction Ceremony and Music Gala for 2012 Inductees to Rochester Music Hall of Fame @ Kodak Hall at Eastman School of Music,  Sunday, April 29th, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Eric Person & Metamorphosis @ Lutheran Church of the Reformation, Saturday, May 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Monroe Community College Jazz Festival with Wycliffe Gordon @ MCC, Wednesday, May 9th, at 7:30 pm
  • 1032K (Frank Lacy, trombone; Kevin Ray, bass; and Andrew Drury, drums) @ Tala Vera Cantina, Monday, May 14, 8:00 pm
  • Seventh Annual "Art Loves Jazz 2012", a gala fundraising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, Thursday May 24th, 6:30-9:30 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.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!


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what is the date for frank lacy. Sorry you missed my postI sent you twice to you it was my birthday march 23 rd and I worked at the juke joint in buffalo(pine grill festival) with Sabu Adeyola, george caldwell and tony hiler. It was a great performance!

Thanks for pointing that out, Whitney. It's May 14th. There's a link on the name of the group that will take you to their Facebook page.

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