Are the lilacs in bloom? Even if not, there is ... live jazz in Rochester, NY for May 12-18
I miss you and ... live jazz in Rochester, May 26th through June 1st

Although I'll be missing it, there will be some great ... live jazz in Rochester, May 19-25

Jazz signSorry to start off with bad news, but as I'm sure many of you know, local jazz trumpeter Paul Smoker died Saturday afternoon at 75. He played right up to the end as Jeff Spevak noted in his profile in the D&C yesterday and Ron Netsky's in City. Although I had heard Paul play a number of times, I hope to have a post by someone who knew him better later in the week.

WGMC Jazz 90.1's Jazz Cruise tickets for this summer are on sale now here.  Also, XRIJF has a new app for the festival, which is available for download here.

I'm still out of town, leaving Kansas for a few days to go to my niece's high school graduation in Colorado. Will be back in Wichita by Sunday. Unfortunately missing some great jazz this week.

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, May 19, 2016

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Shared Genes Solo @ Vino Wine and Jazz Lounge (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ The Rabbit Room (Honeoye Falls), 6:30 pm
  • Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Dave Detweiler Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Latin Duo @ Tango Cafe, 9:30 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, May 20, 2016

  • Chris Ott @ Prosecco Restaurant (Farmington), 6:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Lemoncello (E. Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • The Rod Blumenau Quartet with Gabe Condon, Jeff Campbell, and Alex Coté with Jazz from the Movies @ Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Toney Rhodes Quartet @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, May 21, 2016

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Fairport), 3:00 pm
  • Groove Juice Swing presents The Djangoners @ German House, 6:30 pm
  • Mel Henderson Duo @ Black Sheep (Corn Hill Landing, Rochester), 7:00 pm added image
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Mike Melito Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Latin 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, May 22, 2016

  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:00 am
  • Peter & Will Anderson @ Downstairs Cabaret, 3450 Winton Place, 7:00 pm (see below)
  • Eastman Jazz Students @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

Monday, May 23, 2016

  • Peter & Will Anderson @ Downstairs Cabaret, 3450 Winton Place, 7:00 pm
  • The Rita Collective @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Tony Hiler Trio Jam Session @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

  • Eastman Community Music School New Horizons Vintage Jazz Ensemble and Big Band @ Kilbourn Hall, 4:00 pm
  • Eastman Community Music School Music Educator's Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Pat Bianchi Organ Trio featuring Carmen Intorre and Bob Sneider @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm (City profile)
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Michael McNeil’s resAUnance @ Bop Shop Records, 8:30 pm

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

  • Eastman Community Music School Night of Jazz @ Kilbourn Hall, 4:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Dave Detweiler Quartet Jam Session @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

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

  • 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 @ 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, Sunday, June 19th, 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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