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Jazz Around Town: Lilacs in bloom, jazz in the room...

Lilac Festival JazzHere we go again... the official opening salvo of the hectic Rochester festival season, the Lilac Festival, is upon us at the end of the week (music schedule here).  While it's not brimming with jazz offerings, there are a few and there's plenty else to choose from throughout our fine metropolitan area.

Thursday, May 10, 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
  • The John Palocy Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Anthony Gianovola Solo Guitar @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Coffey-Wachala Duo @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • The Meta Accord @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Thursday Night Jam Sessions @ Abbott's Downtown, 8:00 pm
  • Mark Cassara & Friends @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (E. Rochester), 8:30 pm

Friday, May 11, 2012

  • Leroy Jazz Band @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 1:30 pm
  • Michael Vadala Trio @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Cool Club Jazz @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Pultneyville Grill, 4135 Mill St Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents NYC's Gordon Webster CD Release Party @ Memorial Art Gallery, 7:30 pm
  • The Bill Dobbins Quartet @ The Iris Restaurant, 4224 Maple Rd., Amherst, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Annie Wells & Friends @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 12, 2012

  • Mark Cassara "Just for Dinner" @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Cool Club Jazz @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Jasmine's Asian Fusion, 6:30 pm
  • Artisan Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • The Meta Accord @ Beale Street Cafe (Webster), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Stone @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Primetime Funk @ Lovin' Cup, 9:00 pm
  • East End Jazz Boys @ Havana Moes, 9:30 pm\
  • Roc City Stompers @ Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 10:00 pm

Sunday, May 13, 2012 

  • Bill Slater Solo Piano (Brunch) @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, call for info
  • Bobby DiBaudo @ Bistro 135, 4:00 to 7:00 pm
  • The Bow Ties @ Lovin Cup, 5:00 pm
  • Chet Catallo @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 5:30 pm
  • Red Baraat @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 14, 2012

  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 5:30 pm
  • Anthony Gianovola @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Tyrell @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents 1032K (Frank Lacy, trombone; Kevin Ray, bass; and Andrew Drury, drums) @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

  • Gates Chili MS Jazz Band @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 10:30 am
  • Tinted Image @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Ben Torres  @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Mark Bader @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:00 pm
  • Andrew Marks @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

  • Paradigm Shift (opening for Melissa Manchester) @ Lilac Festival Lilac Stage, 5:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Marco Amadio @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:00 pm
  • Nate Rawls Band @ Ontario Beach Park, 6:00 pm
  • ECMS Spring Festival with the New Horizons Vintage Jazz Ensemble and New Horizons Dance Band @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Rick Holland Evan Dobbins Little Big Band @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

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

  • Seventh Annual "Art Loves Jazz 2012", a gala fundraising event to benefit Jazz90.1 @ Artisan Works, Thursday, May 24th, 6:30-9:30 pm
  • An Evening of Art & Jazz with Tia Fuller, Wycliffe Gordon, Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Will Holton & Bobby Floyd (Benefit for the Advocacy Center) @ George Eastman House, Saturday, June 2nd, 6:00 to 11:00 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 of the venues 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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