It's that time again ... XRIJF announces the 2016 festival lineup
You coming out to hear? ... live jazz in Rochester for March 31st to April 6th

Three months to go before XRIJF #15, but there is still ... live jazz in Rochester, NY for March 24-30

jazz sign at Andy's

As you see in the post below, yesterday I attended the press conference for the announcement of the 2016 XRIJF lineup. Jazz in June (and a bit of July) looks pretty good. Lots of new music to check out. But more on that later .... Now we see what's happening now!

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. As always, 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, March 24, 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
  • Shared Genes Solo @ Vino Wine & Jazz Lounge (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Rita Collective @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm
  • Kerry Cannan Duo @ Lemoncello, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, March 25, 2016

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz @ Wegmans Market Cafe, Chili Paul Plaza, 5:00 pm
  • Andy Calabrese @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 6:30 pm
  • Jive Street Five @ Monroe’s Restaurant (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin 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
  • Craig Snyder Fusion Band @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 9:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital with Charlie Carr (jazz trumpet) @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 9:00 pm
  • Gigantosaurus Rex with Knower @ Small World Books, 425 North St. (Rochester), 9:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, March 26, 2016

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 3:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital with Theresa Chen (jazz piano) @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 3:30 pm
  • Andy Calabrese @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Solo Jazz Guitar @ Prosecco Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital with Julian Tanaka (jazz composition) @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 7:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Group @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Student Degree Recital with Alex Piela (jazz trumpet) @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 9:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Latin Jazz Trio @ Havana Cabana, 9:00 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, March 27, 2016

  • Eastman School of Music Jazz Students @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm

Monday, March 28, 2016

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

  • Mark Speranza @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • The Grove Place Jazz Project (Eastman jazz students, check website for who's playing) @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Downtown), 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Nazareth College Jazz Combo @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:30 pm

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

  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts presents the Michael Vlatkovich Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Wednesday, April 6th, 8:30 pm
  • Honeoye Central School Special Musical Tribute to Mic Gillette, featuring the trumpet of Al Chez with the Honeoye Junior & Senior High Jazz Ensembles and the Greek Jazz Band @ Honeoye Central School District, 8528 Main St. (Honeoye), Thursday, April 7th, 7:00 pm (tickets online)
  • The Rita Collective CD Release Celebration @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, April 17th, 7:30 pm
  • The Bad Plus with Joshua Redman @ Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State, Friday, April 22nd at 8:00 pm
  • Rochester Music Hall of Fame “Class of 2016” Induction Ceremony @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Sunday, April 24th, 7:00 pm (honoring Alfred "Pee Wee" Willis and Joe Locke among others this year... more later) 
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Expansions--The Dave Liebman Group @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, May 1st, 7:00 pm
  • Snarky Puppy @ The Landmark Theatre (Syracuse), Thursday, May 5th, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Twin Talk (Katie Ernst) @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, May 6th, 9:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Harvey Sorgen Band @ Bop Shop Records, Wednesday, May 11th, 8:00 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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