2016 see ya! Now I wonder whether there will be ... live jazz in ROC December 29th to January 4, 2017?
Ice, ice baby, but there is ... Live jazz in ROC, January 12-18

A little less, a little more ... Live jazz in ROC, January 5-11

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While right after the holidays is often light, the few gigs around over the next seven days reminds me how hard it is out there to present live jazz. We're seeing less and possibly more of it around ROC right now (perhaps more about this later).  Some of you may have heard that the Pythodd Jazz Room in Charlotte has closed. While that is true (explaining why there are no listings below), it appears from a note on their website that there are new owners of the club and the closure may be temporary.  On the plus side, the Brass Bar & Lounge on Alexander and East in the city is starting a Friday jazz happy hour beginning this Friday. Support live jazz by getting out to hear some (OK, OK, I have to get out more too....).

Jazz 90.1 top has listed its 100 top Cds for 2016 (pdf). What was your favorite new jazz CD in 2016?  

Eastman School of Music has announced that jazz keyboardist Gary Versace has joined the faculty of their  Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media Department. Hope to hear more from this great musician in ROC as a result?

Would you like to see a more vibrant jazz community for live jazz here in Rochester?  I'm trying to build one here so give me a hand. I'd love it if you'd share this site with friends and family who are similarly inclined. They can find out all the ways to 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, if I got something wrong wrong, or if you have heard of something that's not in these listings so I can add it. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent and Al Biles Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • The Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill, call for time

Friday, January 6, 2017

  • Cincopation @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 5:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm (see below January 7th)
  • Jive Street Five @ Monroe's Restaurant (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Hanna and the Bluehearts @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 7, 2017

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. Band @ The French Quarter, 7:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Craig Snyder Group @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:30 pm
  • Late Night Jazz Jam hosted by Curtis Kendrick, Joe Santora & Terrance Bruce @ Michael's Valley Grill, 11:15 pm

Sunday, January 8, 2017 

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

Monday, January 9, 2017

  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

  • No jazz for you?

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

  • Uptown Groove @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

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

  • 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.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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