Even if XRIJF will be here soon, you can get out and see some ... live jazz in ROC, June 16-22
I'm at the XRIJF in spirit if not body....

Jazz fest starts day after tomorrow, but look here for some other ... jazz in ROC, June 23-29

Jazz Street scene

Hard to believe it's the day after tomorrow. Hard to believe I'm still in Kansas and won't be joining you at XRIJF this year.  As I noted last week, my coverage during this year's festival will necessarily be limited. I will watch for special things done by others that I can share here, on Twitter, YouTube and on Facebook (click on the icons in the right in the middle column to check them out).  Also, if you're a Twitter user, you may want to follow my Twitter list for 2016 XRIJF artists. You will not find many listings for the jazz fest here. For that, hit the logo in the middle panel.  

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. It is especially important during XRIJF as everything changes (and I don't always hear about it...)

Thursday, June 23, 2016

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift (Benefit concert for MDA/Auction) @ Locust Hill Country Club, 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 5:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Daily Refresher, 6:00 pm
  • Shared Genes Solo @ Vino Bistro and Lounge (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Hannah Walpole Quartet @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, June 24, 2016

  • Shahin Swings: Raymond J. Shahin Tribute Band @ Carpenter Park, 22 North Main St. (Pittsford), 6:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Johnny's Pub & Grill, 7:30 pm
  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 10:00 pm (open jazz jam, 11:00-12:30 am)
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Saturday, June 25, 2016

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (PIttsford), 2:00 pm 
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr Group with special guest Enoch Smith Jr. @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 10:00 pm (open jazz jam, 11:00-12:30 am)
  • 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, June 26, 2016

  • XRIJF Brunch with Gabe Condon  Karl Stabnau @ Strathallan Hotel, 11:00 am
  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:00 am
  • The Swooners @ Marge's Lakeside Inn, 4909 Culver Rd. (Rochester), 4:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Students @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 10:00 pm (open jazz jam, 11:00-12:30 am)

Monday, June 27, 2016

  • Paradigm Shift @ Jazz Starts at the Library, Monroe County Central Library, 12:00 pm (XRIJF offsite)
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Strombolli’s on East, 6:00 pm
  • Tony Hiler Trio Jam Session @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Rita Collective and Rick Holland @ Bernunzio's Uptown Music, East Ave (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Knower with Oh Manitou and Ryan Flynn @ Bug Jar, 9:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 10:00 pm (open jazz jam, 11:00-12:30 am)

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

  • Karl Stabnau & Gabe Condon @ Jazz Starts at the Library, Monroe County Central Library, 12:00 pm (XRIJF)
  • XRIJF Happy Hour with Gabe Condon & Karl Stabnau, 6:00 pm
  • Gigantosaurus Rex with Upward Groove & MVT @ Flour City Station, East Ave. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Busted Valentines (spoken word jazz) @ Bernunzio's Uptown Music, East Ave. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 10:00 pm (open jazz jam, 11:00-12:30 am)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

  • Rod Blumenau & Gabe Condon @ Monroe County Central Library, 12:00 pm (XRIJF offsite)
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ Strombolli’s on East, 6:00 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Miami Jazz Quartet @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 10:00 pm (open jazz jam, 11:00-12:30 am)

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

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 ....

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