It's the holidays, so there is not so much ... live jazz in ROC, December 24-30
Is it winter in ROC yet? Yes, but there's still ... live jazz in Rochester, January 7-13

On New Year's Eve (and in 2016) there will be ... live jazz in ROC, December 31st-January 6th


Happy New Year!  So what will you be doing when the ball drops tomorrow?  I'll be enjoying my buds in Paradigm Shift at Havana Moe's on East (seems like a patter developing....). Below you'll find the (small amount of) live jazz in and around Rochester that I was able to find. There is probably more that isn't listed, so let me in on the secret if you know of one that is not below. Like all holidays, you should check with the venue for those listings below that repeat each week to make sure they're actually happening, especially on New Years Eve.

Remember that you have until midnight on NYE to buy a Club Pass for the 2016 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Get them here.

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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 31, 2015 (I've added NYE to those that should continue past the ball drop)

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • Jive Street Five @ Monroe’s Restaurant & Bar (Pittsford), 6:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ La Casa Mexican Restaurant (Alexander St.), 6:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00
  • The Lance Hoffman Orchestra @ Photo City Improv & Comedy Club, 543 Atlantic Ave. (Rochester), 8:00 pm (NYE)
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Vino Lounge​ and Jazz Bistro (Webster), 8:00 pm added image
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 8:30 pm (NYE)
  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm (NYE)
  • Paradigm Shift @ Havana Moe's (East Ave.), 9:00 pm (NYE)
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd. (Penfield), 9:00 pm (NYE)
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, January 1, 2016 (Happy New Year!)

  • Matthew Sieber Ford Trio @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 4:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ The Lamplighter Restaurant​, Creekside Plaza, 831 Fetzner Rd. (Greece), 7:00 pm added image
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 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, January 3, 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ Little Theatre Cafe, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Woodclif Hotel & Spa, 5:30 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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