Fall into some ... Live jazz in ROC, September 7th through 13th
In and out the Fringe there will still be ... Jazz in ROC, September 21st to 27th

In and out of the Fringe there is ... Jazz in ROC, September 14th to 20th

Fringe Festival Jazz While there is so much else to hit the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival for, there is also jazz.  I've compiled the jazz at the Fringe for the next seven days, plus all of the other live jazz in and around Rochester.  Most of the acts have second sets later, so if you can't make it over  the next week, check the link to see when else the group will be playing.

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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.  The next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester are below....

Thursday, September 14, 2017

  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: A Tribute to Sinatra & Friends @ Java's Cafe, 4:00 pm
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • The Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • John Palocy @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Hard Logic @ Lyric Theatre Main Stage, 7:00 pm
  • Katie Preston @ Starry Nites Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Ott & Davis @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Thursday Nite Swing-In: Joshua Fialkoff @ St. Thomas' Episcopal Church, 2000 Highland Ave. (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: A Night at the Cotton Club with A Few Bad Apples @ Lyric Theatre Cabaret Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 8:30 pm

Friday, September 15, 2017

  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Doug Stone/Josiah Williams "The Early Riser" CD Release Concert @ School of the Arts: Allen Main Stage Theatre, 5:30 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Al Biles and Gen Jam @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala and Emma Netto @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Andy Calabrese @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charlie Brown's, 7:30 pm
  • A Sweet Night of Jazz: An Evening of Ella, Dessert & Friends to benefit St. John's Home with the RPO conducted by Jeff Tyzik, Carmen Bradford on vocals, Herb Smith on trumpet, and Joe Locke on vibes @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Friday, September 15th. A complimentary dessert and wine reception before the concert hosted by  St. John’s. Festivities begin 6:30 pm in Eastman Theatre, Ranlet Lounge, concert in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Jim E Leggs Trio @ Lyric Theatre Cabaret Hall, 9:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Passive Aggressives Anonymous @ Bernunzio Uptown Music, 9:00 pm

Saturday, September 16, 2017

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Isaiah @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Marco Amadio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Judy! A Song Is Born with Ann Mitchell @ Lyric Theatre: Cabaret Hall, 6:30 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Four Letter Words @ TheatreROCS Stage at Abilene, 7:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Dave Rivello "Worlds Collide" @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:00 & 9:00 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. 50th Birthday Bash @ French Quarter Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charlie Brown's, 7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present EIO - Ensemble of Irreproducible Outcomes @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Sunday, September 17, 2017 

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Greg Wachala @ Branch By Bellangelo (Geneva), 1:00 pm

Monday, September 18, 2017 

  • Flower City Jazz Society presents Sarah Spencer's TransAtlantic Jazz Band @ Radisson Hotel (Airport), 175 Jefferson Road, 6:30pm
  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Jazz House with Austin Giorgio @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 6:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: A Night at the Cotton Club with A Few Bad Apples @ Lyric Theatre Cabaret Hall, 8:30 pm

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

  • Ella at 100: Ella Fitzgerald Tribute @ Roberts-Wesleyan University, Hale Auditorium, Friday September 22nd, 7:30pm (tickets)
  • Rochester City Ballet presents All That Jazz dance series @ Nazareth College, Callahan Theatre, September 29-30, 8:00 pm; October 1st, 2:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Arts & Bop Shop Records present: Spin Cycle with Tom Christensen & Scott Neumann @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, October 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Alex Skolnick Trio @ Montage Music Hall, Sunday, October 8th, 8:00 pm
  • Michael Sarian & The Chabones with with Dave Chisholm's Calligraphy @ The Bug Jar, Wednesday, October 11th, 8:00 pm
  • Chick Corea/Steve Gadd Band (UR Meliora Weekend) @ Eastman Theatre, Friday, October 13, 6:30 pm (tickets)
  • Dmitri Matheny Group @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, Saturday, October 14th, 7:30 pm
  • Pat Martino Trio @ Shea's Smith Theatre (Buffalo), Sunday, October 22nd, 7:00 pm (tickets)
  • Richie Cole (joined by the Rich Thompson Trio) @ MusicalFare Theatre (Buffalo), Saturday, October 28th (tickets)
  • Stephane Wrembel @ Loving Cup Bistro & Brews, Friday & Saturday, November 3-4, 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.

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