Too much snow for jazz tonight, but there will be ... Live jazz in ROC, March 16-22
Highlights of the 16th Edition of the XRIJF coming in June

Yes, Rochester, there is jazz not in June, such as the ... Live jazz in ROC, March 23-29

XRIJF_2017LineupAttended the press conference yesterday morning to hear the folks from the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival announce the lineup for the 16th Annual XRIJF (check out their new website!). I didn't write anything here as I knew I would be writing this tonight (and there was a lot of coverage out there anyway).  As I noted elsewhere, and paraphrasing the sage John Nugent, there are some you know, some you don’t know ... just the way I like it!  More about the XRIJF later ... but you know there is live jazz in Rochester throughout the year, including during the coming seven days....

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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, March 23, 2017

  • Jon Seiger & the All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Mel Henderson & Gerry Youngman @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz at Joe Bean with Emiliano Lasansky @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 7:30 pm

Friday, March 24, 2017

  • Erik Stabnau @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 5:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Chris Ott @ The Argyle Grill at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Rd. (Fairport), 6:00 pm
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Vino Bistro & Lounge (Webster), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Chet Catallo & the Cats with special guests John Viavattine, Sr. & Bill Evans @ TP's Irish Restaurant & Sports Pub, 9:45 pm

Saturday, March 25, 2017

  • Greg Wachala/Mel Henderson Duo @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:30 pm
  • Evening of Jazz with Spencerport High School Jazz Ensemble, Spencerport High School Friday Jazz Band, Cosgrove Jazz Ensemble, Fairport High School Jazz Ensemble and School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble @ Spencerport High School, 2707 Spencerport Rd., 6:30 pm
  • Deborah Sorenson @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm added image
  • Ted Nicolosi and Shared Genes @ Prime Steakhouse (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Acoustic Duo @ Lemoncello, 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Walter Kemp 3oh! Live Recording @ Pausa Art House (Buffalo), 8:00 pm added image
  • Groove Juice Swing presents Gordon Webster with featured vocalist Charles Turner @ The Historic German House, 8:00 pm (lessons) & 9:00 pm (dance) added image

Sunday, March 26, 2017 

  • Bill Slater @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm
  • Non-Degree Recital by Nathan Kay, jazz trumpet, and Jakob Ebers, jazz bass @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 9:00 pm

Monday, March 27, 2017

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

  • John Palocy @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 5:00 pm
  • Grove Place Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (check website for who is playing)

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

  • Uptown Groove Acoustic Duo @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

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

  • Fourplay @ Buffalo State College, Rockwell Hall, Thursday, March 30th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present The Joe Fielder Quintet, Thursday, March 30th, 8:00 pm (Netsky's review in City)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present The Levin Brothers with Pete and Tony Levin @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Saturday, April 1, 8:00 pm
  • 70th Birthday Celebration: The Music of Bill Dobbins by Bill Dobbins @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, Wednesday, May 3d, 8:00 pm (tickets)

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 these listings prove to be wrong, I rely on you, the venues and the artists to let me know when we've got bad information, so don't hesitate to let us know about such departures from reality by clicking on the Contact Us link above.

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