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Even on the Fringe, there is ... jazz in ROC, September 15-21

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Jazz at the Fringe.  Another festival I'm going to regret missing, but I remain in Wichita, KS for the time-being.  There will be jazz and "jazz-like" music presented at the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival this year, which I've added below and in the upcoming gigs later occurring after the next seven days covered in this post. Where you see a link for tickets, it'll take you to the Fringe's site to purchase; if not, then the concert should be free (but show up early to guarantee a seat). There is so much more to take in, too, so I encourage you to check it out on my behalf. There's a lot of other live jazz in town, too.  

Click on the link below (if you see one) and you will find the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening or if you have heard of anything that's not in these listings so I can add it. Watch this page for updates.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 5:30 pm
  • Aaron Staebell Solo Drum Concert  @ Fringe Festival, Bernunzio's Uptown Music, 6:30 pm (tickets)
  • The Jazz Man Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, September 16, 2016

  • The Sounds of Sinatra and Friends....Continued @ Fringe Festival, Java's Cafe, 4:00 pm
  • Al Biles and Gen Jam @ Fringe Festival, Little Theatre Cafe, 5:30 pm
  • Normal People: Songs In the Key of Life (40th Anniversary Concert) @ Fringe Festival, Bernunzio's Uptown Music, 6:30 pm (tickets)
  • Jazz at Immanuel: Laura Dubin and Bill Dobbins @ Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ The French Quarter, 130 Spring St (Rochester), 8:00 pm (sorry, this was from last week)
  • The Jazz Man Trio @ The French Quarter, 10:00 pm added image 

Saturday, September 17, 2016

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (PIttsford), 2:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ North Winton Village Arts Festival,  2315 E. Main St., 4:00 pm
  • Al Biles and Gen Jam @ Fringe Festival, Little Theatre Cafe, 5:30 pm
  • Invisible Boxes with the Dave Rivello Ensemble and Soulstice Creative Movement @ Fringe Festival, Kilbourn Hall, 6:30, 8:00 and 9:30 pm (tickets)
  • Andy Calabrese & Chet Catello @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts Duo @ Lemoncello (E. Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ "A taste of Jazz," Riverside Convention Center, 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. and David Labman @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Charleston House, 733 Norton St. (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Mansfield Ave. @ Fringe Festival, Parcel 5, 8:05 pm
  • Mike Melito with George Caldwell and Dan Vitale @ The French Quarter, 10:00 pm added image 

Sunday, September 18, 2016

  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:00 am
  • A Tribute to Peggy Lee with Ann Mitchell and Friends @ Fringe Festival, Lyric Theatre: Prince Street Chamber, 3:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:00 pm
  • Smooth Jazz Birthday Bash for Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ French Quarter Cafe, 130 Spring St. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Tribute to Miles Davis with Joe Magnarelli, Pat LaBarbera, Andy Calabrese, Dave Mancini and Fred Stone @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm
  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ Tango Cafe, 35 South Washington St. (Rochester), 7:30 pm

Monday, September 19, 2016

  • Lunch Concert: Laura Dubin & Antonio Guerrero @ Rochester Central Library, 12:00 pm
  • Flower City Jazz Society presents The Chicago Hot Six @ Radisson Hotel (Airport), 175 Jefferson Road, 6:30pm
  • Monday Night Jam Session with Tony Hiler Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:00 pm
  • The Sounds of Sinatra and Friends....Continued @ Fringe Festival, Java's Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • A Tribute to Peggy Lee with Ann Mitchell and Friends @ Fringe Festival, Lyric Theatre: Prince Street Chamber, 7:00 pm (tickets)
  • The Uptown Groove Jazz Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Normal People: Songs In the Key of Life (40th Anniversary Concert) @ Fringe Festival, Bernunzio's Uptown Music, 8:00 pm (tickets)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Passive Aggressives Anonymous @ Fringe Festival, Bernunzio's Uptown Music, 7:0o pm (tickets)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

  • Uptown Groove @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 5:30 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:30 pm
  • Daniel Bennett Group @ Roberts Wesleyan College, Shewan Recital Hall, 7:30 pm (sorry, this was listed for the 23rd, when Daniel will be appearing as part of the Roberts Wesleyan 150th Celebration Concert)  added image

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

  • The Sounds of Sinatra and Friends....Continued @ Fringe Festival, Thursday, September 22nd, Java's Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Al Biles and Gen Jam @ Fringe Festival, Little Theatre Cafe, Friday, September 23rd, 5:30 pm
  • Funknut @ Fringe Festival, Gibbs St. Main Stage, 6:40 pm added image
  • The Bop Shop and Bop Arts present EIO (Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes) @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, September 23rd, 8:30 pm
  • Gigantosaurus Rex @ Fringe Festival, Gibbs Street Main Stage, Saturday, September 24th, 5:10 pm
  • The Bop Shop and Bop Arts present Barry Atlschul and 3dom Factor @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, September 25th @ 7:30 pm
  • Dilla Day ROC (A Live Band Tribute to Hip-Hop Legend & Jazz Pioneer J. Dilla) @ The Bug Jar, Saturday, October 1st, 9:00 pm
  • Annual Jazz 90.1 Evening of Wine, Jazz and Art @ Artisan Works, Tuesday, October 6th, 6:30-9:00 pm
  • John Pizzarelli Quartet @ Oneida High School Auditorium, Saturday, October 8th at 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • The Bop Shop and Bop Arts present Project/Object featuring Don Preston and Ike Willis @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Monday, October 10th, 8:00 pm
  • Annual Jazz 90.1 Open House & Party @ Jazz 90.1 Studios, Greece Olympia School, 1139 Maiden Lane (Greece), Friday, October 14th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • The Bop Shop presents Lucian Ban & Matt Maneri @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, October 17th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present The Ernie Krivada Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, October 23rd, 7:30 pm
  • The Bop Shop presents Conference Call Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, October 30th, 8:30 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 and around 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 after publication. Look for the added image  graphic next to the listing. Lastly, please forgive me where my listings prove to be wrong, I rely on you, the venues and the artists to let me know when I'm wrong, so don't hesitate to let us know about such departures from reality if you can by clicking on the Contact Us link above.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

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