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Ho, ho, ho, there is... Live jazz in ROC, December 22-28

Christmas is coming and there will be jazz. Here's the next seven days of live jazz in and around Rochester.  Of course it is pretty light this week (they have families too!).  Additionally, around any holiday it is a good idea to call ahead to the venue to make sure, especially on the gigs below that repeat.  Hope you and yours have a great holiday!

Would you like to see more of a community around live jazz here in Rochester? If so, I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. You can find out all the ways you can get you some JazzRochester goodness by checking my post laying it out for you.  As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, stuff I got wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Thursday, December 22, 2016

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 5:30 pm
  • Mel Henderson & Greg Wachala Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Frank's Rat Pack @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, December 23, 2016

  • The Lance Hoffman Combo @ Harry G's New York Deli & Cafe, 678 South Ave., 6:00 pm
  • Chris Ott @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Duo @ Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 24, 2016

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 1344 University Ave. (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Late Night Jazz Jam hosted by Curtis Kendrick, Joe Santora & Terrance Bruce @ Michael's Valley Grill, 11:15 pm

Sunday, December 25, 2016

  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 11:00 am

Monday, December 26, 2016

  • Monday Night Jam Session with Tony Hiler Trio @ Pythodd Jazz Room, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor Street (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • XRIJF  Good Luck Restaurant Holiday Party to Benefit Jazz Scholarship Program, featuring the Herb Smith Trio and Jazz Meets Reggae with John Nugent and Ron Stackman @ Good Luck, 50 Anderson Ave. (Rochester), 7:30 to last call

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Victor), 5:30 pm

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

  • Chet Catallo & The Cats 10th Annual Holiday Show @ Sticky Lips BBQ & Juke Joint (Henrietta), Friday, December 30th, 9:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present the Jake Wark Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday, January 17th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, January 22nd, 7:30 pm
  • Penfield graduate, Andrés Patrick Forero (drummer for Hamilton: An American Musical) headlines the 47th Annual Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts @ Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive, Friday, February 3rd & Saturday, February 4th, 7:30 pm (more info)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Old Growth Forest @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, February 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, February 26th, 8:00 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.

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