Jazz@Rochester Picks for XRIJF 2012: Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio
Jazz@Rochester Picks for XRIJF 2012: Gerald Clayton Trio

Jazz Around Town: Check out some local stuff before the "Big Show"

me in XRIJF tshirt with thumbAlthough the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival is just around the corner, there's still plenty of jazz to check out. Believe it or not, I'm taking the whole week off from work this year, so right now I'm pretty busy clearing the decks at the office. If you, like me, are getting ready for the XRIJF, though, please take a look at my plans for coverage and my picks so far. If you're doingTwitter, I've created a list of 2012 XRIJF artists that will provide you their latest tweets (let me know of any I've missed) and you can also follow the #xrijfartist or #xrijf hashtags (and add the later hash to your own tweets, of course...). Rochester City Newspaper has published their Jazz Fest Guide. You can view it at their temporary site here and in the Issuu-rendering of the paper version of City here.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

  • Max at the Gallery Tapas Night @ Memorial Art Gallery, 5:00 pm (don't know who's playing, but they tell me it's jazz...)
  • Jazz & Wine Happy Hour with The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 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
  • Amanda Montone Duo @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Mambo Kings @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Thursday Night Jam Sessions @ Abbott's Downtown, 8:00 pm

Friday, June 15, 2012

  • The Westview Project with Doug Stone (Jazz Fest Kickoff) @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione, The Solo Piano Series @ Pier 45 at the Port of Rochester, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio with Emily Kirchoff @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ The Pultneyville Grill, Williamson, 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Gabe Condon @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • Chris Wilson @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Annie Wells & Friends @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:30 pm
  • Mark Cassara @ Pane Vino, 8:30 pm

Saturday, June 16, 2012

  • Crescent City Connection Jazz Band @ Monroe Branch Library, 809 Monroe Ave, 2:00 pm
  • Cabo Frio, Miche Fambro, Jean Prosper, Cinnamon Jones, the Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Experience and the SWAN Community Band (under the direction of Nate Rawls) in a benefit for Foodlink, Lifespan and the South West Area Neighborhood Association (Jazz For Food) @ The German House, 6:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ DBGB's (Buffalo), 6:00 pm added image
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes & Jasmine's Asian Fusion and Jazz Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • Jon Greeno Jazz Trio @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Coffey-Wachala Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 8:00 pm
  • Bill Dobbins @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm
  • The Westview Project @ Pomodoro (Monroe Ave.), 8:00 pm
  • Mike Vadala Quartet with Flora, Mammal is a Mountain @ Boulder Coffee Co., Alexander St., 8:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione & The New Blues Band @ Horizons at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm
  • Jam Level 3 @ Tango Cafe, 10:00 pm

Sunday, June 17, 2012

  • Bill Slater Solo Piano (Brunch) @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, call for info
  • Institute for Creative Music presents “Blank Tape Series” featuring the Tomorrow Music Orchestra @ Boulder Coffee, Brooks Landing, 5:00 pm
  • Iced Chill Jazz Trio @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:00 pm

Monday, June 18, 2012

  • Mark Bader @ Bistro 135, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Rod Blumenau’s King’s Swingers @ Green Lantern Inn, Fairport, 6:30 pm
  • Nick Laduc Duo @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Anthony Gianovola @ Beale Street Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Man Forever with Torus, Blood & Bone Orchestra, LICKER @ Bug Jar, 8:30 pm

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

  • Gap Mangione Solo Piano @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Bob Henley @ Lemoncello, 6:30 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Scott Krier @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Bar, 6:00 pm
  • Three Heads Brewery & Chris ‘Hollywood’ Pro Jam @ Lovin’ Cup, 8:00 pm
  • The Herb Heins & Friends Pro-Am Jam @ Abilene, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

  • El Rojo Jazz @ Bistro 135, 6:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Savoia @ Tala Vera Cantina, 8:00 pm

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

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!


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