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Still warm(ish) after all these months but there is hot ... live jazz in ROC, December 10-16

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The current El Nino is keeping it quite nice here in ROC, I've found some live jazz in and and around Rochester for you to get out to hear. Get out before the snow sets in! 

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After the "fold" (click the link if there is one for you) you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. Let me know if any regular gigs below are no longer happening. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ Tavern 135, 6:00 pm
  • Hannah Klau @ Lemoncello (E. Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, December 11, 2015

  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Anthony L. Jordan Center, 4:00 pm
  • Matthew Sieber Ford Trio @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 4:30 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz @ Wegmans (Chili Ave, Rochester), 5:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ Wegmans Amore Restaurant (East Ave.), 5:00 pm
  • Jazz & Contemporary Media Department, Eastman Jazz Workshop Ensemble @ ESM, Messinger Hall 1, 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd. (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Trio East @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, December 12, 2015

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32, 10 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 3:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd. (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Sofrito @ Havana Cabana, 10:00 pm
  • Late Night Jazz Jam Session (hosted by Curtis Kendrick, Joe Santora, and Terrance Bruce) @ Michael's Valley Grill, 11:15 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill (call for time, earlier than above)

Sunday, December 13, 2015

  • New Horizons Bands @ University of Rochester Alumni and Advancement Center (River Road Campus), 3:00 pm
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas with the Karl Stabnau Quartet @ Downstairs Cabaret at Winton Place, 3450 Winton Place, 7:00 pm

Monday, December 14, 2015

  • Eastman New Jazz Ensemble plays the music of Gil Evans @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

  • The Grove Place Jazz Project (Eastman jazz students, check website for who's playing) @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Downtown), 7:00pm

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

  • Paradigm Shift @ Happy Hour Clothing Drive Benefit for the Rochester International Academy, Abilene Bar & Lounge, 4:00-8:00 pm (see Abilene's events page for more info) added image
  • Uptown Groove @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop and Bop Arts present Samuel Blaser Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:30 pm  added image

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

We've compiled these listings from information obtained from our own knowledge of the jazz scene in and around Rochester, the performing artists themselves and other sources. The aim is to give you a one-stop place to find all your live jazz in Rochester. Click on the links (underlined words or phrases) where available in the post for more information on the gig.  Only start times are listed, so visit or call the venue for more details (the websites for many of the venues are in the right panel).  Check back as I will add any gigs I hear about. Look for the added image next to the listing. Lastly, please forgive any discrepancies with reality.  Let us know about such departures from reality if you can by clicking on the Contact Us button above ....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


Some really great events, would love to see more of this, thanks guys top stuff.

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