Leading up to your cool Yule ... live jazz in ROC, December 17-23
On New Year's Eve (and in 2016) there will be ... live jazz in ROC, December 31st-January 6th

It's the holidays, so there is not so much ... live jazz in ROC, December 24-30

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We start the listings on Christmas Eve, so yes, Virginia, jazz musicians have families, too (plus there's a lot of private parties around), so there's not so much live jazz in and around Rochester over the next seven days.  Hope, however, that "Yule Be Boppin" anyway.  Like all holidays, you should check those listings below that repeat each week to make sure they're actually happening. For the most part, you'll find links to many of the venues in the right panel. Happy Holidays from Jazz@Rochester!

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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 24, 2015

  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, December 25, 2015

  • Matthew Sieber Ford Trio @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 4:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, December 26, 2015

  • Chris Ott (jazz piano) @ Tavern 135, 6:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Double Standard @ Lemoncello, 7:30 pm
  • Chet Catallo & Friends Holiday Concert @ Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. (Henrietta), 9:30 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 27, 2015

  • Kate Curafi @ Lemoncello, 5:30 pm
  • Ryan Johnson's Holiday Extravaganza with This Life and Coexistence @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm

Monday, December 28, 2015

  • Ben Waara @ Lemoncello, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

  • Scott Krier Duo @ Lemoncello, 6:30 pm
  • The Grove Place Jazz Project (Eastman jazz students, check website for who's playing) @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Downtown), 7:00pm
  • Trio East with Doug Stone @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm added image
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Vino Bistro and Lounge (Webster), 8:00 pm

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

  • Uptown Groove @ Woodclif Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • 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 ....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

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