XRIJF 2017 Picks: Kendrick Scott Oracle, Xerox Auditorium at Xerox Plaza, Tuesday, June 27th, 6:00 & 9:00 pm
XRIJF 2017 Picks: 4 By Monk By 4, Lyric Theatre, Thursday, June 29th, 4:00 pm & Kilbourn Hall, Friday, June 30th, 6:00 & 9:00 pm

The calm before the XRIJF storm ... live jazz in ROC, June 15th-21st

There is Jazz Out There

This blog is devoted mostly to the live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, during the 356 days that aren't the XRIJF, but now it is calm.  While I'll be publishing these listings during the festival, like many jazz lovers in town, I'll be downtown for those 9 days, going home to sleep and try to keep up a bit with my day job.

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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.  You can get more information about the venue by following the links in the right column of the site (if I have one... if I don't I'll try to provide one or an address). The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Market Cafe at Wegmans (Calkins Road), 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • 78RPM Big Band @ Port of Pittsford, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz at Joe Bean with Dave Chisholm @ Joe Bean Coffee Bar & Roastery, 7:30 pm (see my post on Dave's Instrumental project)

Friday, June 16, 2017

  • John Palocy & Gary Cuming @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 5:30 pm
  • Seth Sealfon @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 New York 332 (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Chris Ott @ The Argyle Grill at Eagle Vale Golf Club, 4344 Nine Mile Point Rd. (Fairport), 6:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Greg Wachala/Mel Henderson Duo @ Lock 32 (Faiport), 2:00 pm
  • ECMS Senior Voice Recital: Julia Larson with Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra Rhythm Section @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 4:00 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen with Harold Pannell @ Mendon 64 Restaurant, 5:30 pm
  • Chris Ott @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 New York 332 (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Gray Duo @ Victoire, 7:00 pm
  • Em K Jazz @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Chocolate & Jazz at the Clarissa Room, 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • CNY Jazz presents Gary Smulyan with the Macktet @ CNY Jazz Central, 441 E Washington St. (Syracuse), 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Saturday Night Jazz with Jimmy Highsmith Jr. @ Joe Bean Coffee Bar & Roastery, 9:00 pm 

Sunday, June 18, 2017 

  • Paradigm Shift @ Father's Day Brunch at Geneva Country Club (Geneva), 11:30 am
  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am

Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Flower City Jazz Society presents Joe Cavallaro's Dixieland Jazz Band @ Radisson Hotel (Airport), 175 Jefferson Road, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

  • Rosanna Moore and Erin Futterer @ Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County, 12:00 pm
  • Gray Duo @ Davinci's Restaurant (Greece), 6:00 pm
  • Grove Place Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (check website for who is playing)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

  • Jazz House with DJ Soultree @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 5:00 pm
  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Mendon 64 Restaurant, 5:30 pm
  • Big Band Dance Series (various bands) @ Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Ave., 6:00 pm
  • The Rita Collective @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

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

  • Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Downtown Rochester, June 23-July 1 (check out my posts here or click on the image of their logo in the right panel to visit their site)
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Buffalo Jazz Octet @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, August 24th, 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 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.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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