Although I'll be missing it, there will be some great ... live jazz in Rochester, May 19-25
Get a pre-XRIJF jazz fix on (and get some sun) at Fairport Canal Days, June 3-5

I miss you and ... live jazz in Rochester, May 26th through June 1st

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I'm in Wichita, Kansas, indefinitely with my father who is on home hospice. So far have dodged the tornadoes that are hitting this area of the country a bit too much for my taste. A month out now, I am missing Rochester (and my lovely wife, who is missing me..I think...despite loving her "alone" time). While there's some great jazz in and around Rochester this week, I'm already starting to see the inevitable slow down preceding the XRIJF.  I'll try to get some posts out about the upcoming festival, but may be missing attending it this year. You can probably understand why I hope that I will not be able to make it .... But this week, the show must go on, so here's the live jazz in and around Rochester for the next seven days.

For those local jazz artists who will be playing in town during the festival, I hope you'll let me know about your gigs so I can get them in the listings, which do not include the XRIJF listings since they're covered well elsewhere. Perhaps sign up for my local jazz artists email list if you haven't already so you get my reminders on when I need your gigs?

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 26, 2016

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint (Henrietta), 6:00 pm
  • Eastman Community Music School Nights of Jazz @ Kilbourn Hall, 6:00 pm
  • Shared Genes Solo @ Vino Wine and Jazz Lounge (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Groove Line 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 27, 2016

  • Uptown Groove Latin Jazz Duo @ La Casa Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 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
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: A Night at the Cotton Club II @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Trio East @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, May 28, 2016

  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra: A Night at the Cotton Club II @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Group @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 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, May 29, 2016

  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:00 am
  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Fairport), 2:00 pm
  • Busted Valentines @ Tango Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Students @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

Monday, May 30, 2016

  • Tony Hiler Trio Jam Session @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

  • No jazz for you?

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ 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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