Let's hit the (jazz) club ... live jazz in Rochester, January 21-27
Can't talk about the cold, it's over 50 degrees outside! But there is still ... jazz in Rochester, February 4-10

A new club with an old name is bringing more ... jazz in Rochester, January 28-February 3

Jazz Club SignIt's not every day (or year ... or years) that a new club intending to present live jazz comes around in the Rochester area. In fact, I can count them on one hand since I arrived here in 2002. Well, there is a new one, that harkens back to an old one—a legendary jazz club here in ROC, the Pythodd. Once located in Corn Hill on Clarissa Street (alas it is a parking lot now), the Pythodd was, as Alan Morrell put it in the D&C this summer, "a vibrant part of a thriving neighborhood, a stop on the 'jazz circuit' with a scruffy façade and a bona fide bebop vibe" (check out the whole D&C article, as well as Tina DaCosta Chapman's video Remembering the Pythodd, for more of the club's history). It has a deep legacy here in Rochester.

The new Pythodd Jazz Room is located in Charlotte (down near the lake at 4705 Lake Ave, close to Mr. Dominics). The owner Tyrone Ashford is trying to create a similar vibe to the Pythodd of before, with a focus on presenting local jazz musicians. The opening was tonight with a group from Eastman School of Music (Wednesday will regularly present jazz groups from Eastman). There are some more gigs below. All shows are free and start at 7:30 pm. I hope to get out there soon and hope you do, too. Do I have to tell you that we need to support this kind of thing...? 

Yesterday, the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announced four of the headliners for its 15th Edition running from June 24th through July 2nd: Chick Corea Trilogy Trio with special guest Joey Alexander, Chris Botti, Grace Potter and Erykah Badu. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 29th at 10:00 am through the XRIJF website or by calling (585) 454-2060.

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 or if you have heard of anything that's not in the listings. Check back later in the week for stragglers.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Laura Dubin Jazz Duo @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Trio @ The Daily Refresher, 6:00 pm
  • Screening of Keep on Keepin' On with Justin Kauflin performing @ RIT Ingle Auditorium, 7:00 pm
  • Chuck Fries & Charlie Lindner @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, January 29, 2016

  • Matthew Sieber Ford Trio @ Tapas 177 Lounge, 4:30 pm
  • Bobby DiBaudo Jazz @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Prosecco Restaurant (Farmington), 6:30 pm added image
  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Musically Fit, 2851 Clover Street (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Jive Street Five @ Monroe's Restaurant (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Dave Detweiler Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, January 30, 2016

  • Chris Ott @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Pomodoro Grill & Wine Bar (University Avenue), 7:00 pm
  • Mel Henderson @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Old School vs. New School: Groove Juice Special (Swing music and dance) @ German House Auditorium, 8:00 pm
  • The Moho Collective @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 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 31, 2016

  • Central NY Jazz Winter Jazz Fest (lineup) @ Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St. (Baldwinsville), Sunday, January 31st, 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Band @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm

Monday, February 1, 2016

  • Uptown Groove Duo @ Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, February 2, 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, February 3, 2016

  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Monroe's Restaurant (Pittsford), 6:00 pm
  • Eastman School of Music Jazz Students @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm
  • Rita Collective @ 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 at Bop Shop Records, Music and Arts, Penfield High School, and Canandaigua National Bank (Penfield Branch))
  • Victor Wooten (with the Merton Williams and Hilton High Jazz Ensembles) @ 13th Annual Hilton Evening of Jazz, Merton Williams Middle School 200 School Lane (Hilton), Friday, February 5th, 7:00 pm (contact contact Jared Streiff at 585-392-1000, ext. 2293 or jstreiff@hilton.k12.ny.us for pre-event tickets, seating is limited)
  • Bop Arts presents The Midwestern Swing @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, February 12th, 8:30 pm
  • Bop Arts presents the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, February 28th, 7:30 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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