Still warm(ish) after all these months but there is hot ... live jazz in ROC, December 10-16
It's the holidays, so there is not so much ... live jazz in ROC, December 24-30

Leading up to your cool Yule ... live jazz in ROC, December 17-23

Andy's Jazz Club sign

As we wind down December into the Christmas holiday, it is not unexpected that the pickings will be somewhat light. However, I've found a few things here and there.... Like time around any holiday, it is probably a good idea to check those that repeat to see if the gig is actually on.  

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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 17, 2015

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra @ The Riviera Theatre (Tonawanda), 2:00 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mel Henderson Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 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
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, December 18, 2015

  • Matthew Sieber Ford Trio @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 4:30 pm
  • Chris Ott (jazz piano) @ Tavern 135, 6:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ Wegmans Amore Restaurant (East Ave.), 6:00 pm
  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd. (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, December 19, 2015

  • ECMS Winterfest with the Music Educators Jazz Ensemble @ ESM, Kilbourn Hall, 12:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Jazz Holiday Concert with the School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble (Doug Stone, Dir.) @ The Bop Shop, 5:00 pm
  • Scott Kreyer (jazz piano) @ Tavern 135, 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Pomodoro's (University Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd. (Penfield), 7:30 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 20, 2015

  • Community Big Band Christmas Concert @ First Baptist Church of East Rochester, 119 West Elm St. (E. Rochester), 12:30 pm (bring a canned/dried food donation)
  • Ann Mitchell and Kerri Lynn Slominski: A Christmas Together @ First Universalist Church of Rochester, 150 Clinton Ave S. (Rochester), 3:00 pm
  • Bobby Militello @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm (tickets)
  • Christmas Concert with Nancy Kelly & Cabo Frio @ Holiday Inn (Rochester), 7:00 pm

Monday, December 21, 2015

  • Flower City Jazz Society presents the Roger Eckers' Little Big Band @ Radisson, 175 Jefferson Rd (Rochester), 6:30 pm (see the Society's site for more info)

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

  • The Grove Place Jazz Project (Eastman jazz students, check website for who's playing) @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Downtown), 7:00pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Smooth Jazz Duo @ The Charleston House, 1733 Norton St. (Rochester), 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm

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

  • Eddie Daniels @ 46th Annual Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts in the Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive (Penfield),, Friday, February 5th & Saturday, February 6th, 7:30 pm. Tickets available January 5th at The Bop Shop, Music and Arts, Penfield High School, and Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch).
  • Bop Arts presents the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ The Bop Shop, Sunday, February 28th, 7:00 pm

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 ....

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