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It's late, but I had a good excuse ... live jazz in ROC April 21-27

Spring (?) into ... live jazz in Rochester for April 14th through April 20th

B&W Jazz signIt's still pretty cold outside (hopefully to improve soon?), but there's some hot jazz out there over the next seven days. Plus, for those of us who still like to paw through record bins, Record Store Day will be going on Saturday at Bop Shop Records and The Record Archive.

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, April 14, 2016

  • Student Degree Recital: Garret Reynolds (jazz trumpet) @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 3:30 pm
  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Bobby Dibuado @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Shared Genes Solo @ Vino Bistro & Lounge (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Al Biles / GenJam @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Jeff Benatar Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (E. Rochester), 9:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, April 15, 2016

  • Student Degree Recital: Brandon Choi (jazz trumpet) @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 3:30 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Trio @ Wegman's Market Cafe (Chili/Paul Plaza), 5:00 pm
  • Charlie Mitchell Group @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:30 pm 
  • Nancy Kelly @ Friday Jazz at Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital: Julian Garvue (jazz piano) @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 7:00 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 Westview Project @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Bobby Militello Quartet @ Pausa Art House (Buffalo), 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, April 16, 2016

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 3:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 6:00 pm
  • Andy Calabrese @ Tavern 135 (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm 
  • Chris Ott @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:30 pm
  • A Little Night Music with Matt Seiber-Ford Combo with others @ Third Presbyterian Church 4 Meigs St. (Rochester), 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
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Cousin Vinny @ Salvatore's Pizzeria and Pub (Webster), 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, April 17, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, April 19, 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, April 20, 2016

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Institute for Creative Music residency with Mike Kaupa & Bob Sneider @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Groove Line Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

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

  • 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) 
  • CNY Jazz 20th Anniversary Concert with Manhattan Transfer's Janis Siegel and the CNY Jazz Orchestra @ Sheraton Syracuse University Grand Ballroom
    801 University Ave. (Syracuse), Sunday, May 1st, 5:00 pm
  • 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
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Michael McNeil’s resAUnance @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday, May 24th, 8:30 pm
  • Pat Bianchi Organ Trio featuring Carmen Intorre and Bob Sneider @ Pythodd Jazz Room, Tuesday, May 24th, 8:00 pm 
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Rob Garcia 4  (with Noah Preminger, John Stetch and Masa Kamaguchi) @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, June 10th, 8:30 pm
  • Robert Glasper Trio with Paradigm Shift & Amanda Ashley @ Lyric Theatre, Friday, June 17th, 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents The Out Louds (featuring Mary Halvorson, Ben Goldberg and Tomas Fujiwara) @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, June 20th, 8:30 pm
  • Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in Downtown Rochester, June 24th to July 2nd

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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