In and out of the Fringe there is ... Jazz in ROC, September 14th to 20th
As the heat subsides, you can still find hot ... Live jazz in ROC, September 28th to October 4th

In and out the Fringe there will still be ... Jazz in ROC, September 21st to 27th

Fringe Festival JazzWhile there is so much else to hit the Key Bank Rochester Fringe Festival for, there is also jazz. I've continued to compile jazz at the Fringe during its remaining 3 days, plus all of the other live jazz in and around Rochester (although it's a bit light this coming week...). 

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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 21, 2017

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Chet Catallo @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • The Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • John Palocy @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • Katie Preston @ Radio Social, 7:00 pm
  • Jeff Nania @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 8:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 8:30 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Hard Logic @ Lyric Theatre Main Stage, 9:00 pm

Friday, September 22, 2017

  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Al Biles and Gen Jam @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Seth Sealfon Latin Jazz Quartet @ La Casa Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charlie Brown's, 7:30 pm
  • Ella at 100: Ella Fitzgerald Tribute @ Roberts-Wesleyan University, Hale Auditorium, 7:30pm (tickets)

Saturday, September 23, 2017

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: A Tribute to Sinatra & Friends @ Java's Cafe, 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charlie Brown's, 7:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 8:00 pm
  • Orlando Madrid Quartet @ OTR College Town Tavern, 8:00 pm (jam session after first set)
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: La Muralla @ Gibbs Street Main Stage, 8:15 pm
  • KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival: Prime Time Funk @ Gibbs Street Main Stage, 9:30 pm

Sunday, September 24, 2017 

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

Monday, September 25, 2017 

  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Katie Preston @ Mullers Cider House, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

  • Seth Sealfon Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Grove Place Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 20 Windsor St. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Small Group Showcase @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  • Greg Wachala @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Jazz House with Austin Giorgio @ Brass Bar & Lounge, 6:00 pm

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

  • 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
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen @ Three Heads Brewing, Saturday, October 21st, 8:00 pm  added image
  • 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)
  • John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring: Meeting of the Spirits @ University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Wednesday, November 1st, 7:30 pm (tickets)  added image
  • Jazz for Justice to Benefit the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar with Max Greenberg Quartet, Blake Pattengale Quartet & Rowan Wolf Trio @ Harro East Ballroom, Friday, November 3rd, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm (ticketsadded image
  • 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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Missing XRIJF alum Matthew Stevens @ Funk n Waffles this Sunday night.
Also a few to add to the heads up section perhaps:
John McLaughlin @ UB Center for the Arts on 11/1
and a few more returnees from this years fest...
Charlie Hunter @ Funk n Waffles on 11/4
Dakha Brakha @ Kilbourn Hall on 11/20
Bill Frisell and Thomas Morgan at Albright Knox on 12/2

Thanks for the heads up! No one reaching out from Rochester's Funk 'N Waffles yet. However, I'm afraid you're hearing about gigs at the original FnW in Syracuse. The calendar at Rochester's FnW shows neither Matthew Stevens nor Charlie Hunter. Was going to start adding December gigs next week (I do have the Albright-Knox calendar. Just added the McLaughlin UB concert.

Yeah, apparently tonights Matt Stevens gig was cancelled unfortunately since I was upset to have missed him at jazz fest (it definitely was on the Rochester FnW schedule though). And you are correct on the Syracuse for Hunter. Sorry about that! I'll go back into hiding now... Keep up the good work.

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