As the snow swirls, there is still ... Live jazz in ROC, March 15th to 21st
Exodus to Jazz has returned to Rochester and is bringing a new series of live jazz

And it begins again ... Jazz in June and for now ... Jazz in ROC, March 22nd through 28th

XRIJF 2018 presserYesterday, I went to the press conference for the announcement of the lineup for the 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival.  Others in the mainstream media have covered the announcement well, including live streams by several.  As I'm not a newspaper or other news outlet, I don't feel a particular need to announce it here  on that day (I did on Twitter and Facebook). Our work on the festival starts after the announcement. Look for more here soon as I parse through the lineup.  My initial thoughts are that there are a lot of opportunities to see some great jazz from artists I know and a host of other interesting artists who I don't. That's what I hope for ... that's what XRIJF usually delivers.  For now, here's the poster and the artist lineup by date.

Unfortunately, those  venues and artists featuring blues and other genres of music who used to send gig info to WGMC have not provided the same to me.  For now, I have removed the separate listings that Jazz 90.1 used to include on their Club Calendar.  I can add it back, but need help.

So back to your regularly scheduled listings... I collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as I can find so you don't have to do it yourself ... right here, every Wednesday in JazzRochester. I really need your help to grow a more vibrant community for live jazz here in Rochester by sharing this post or this site with those you know who love live jazz.  Share with the buttons! Follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram! Sign up to receive our posts via email (there's a link at the top of the site).  

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 that I can add.   

Thursday, March 22, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 6:00 pm
  • Gary Cummings-John Palocy Duo @ Lemoncello (E. Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ The French Quarter, 6:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Eastman Chamber Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Salsa with Essence of Rhythm @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Cottage Hotel (Mendon), 8:00 pm
  • Mark Kellogg @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 8:00 pm

Friday, March 23, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Jazz 90.1 Listener Party with the Laura Dubin Duo @ Greece Olympia School, 1139 Maiden Lane (Greece), 5:00 pm
  • Andy Calabrese and Chet Catello @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Seth Sealfon on solo jazz guitar @ La Casa Mexican Restaurant, 6:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Restaurant, 6:30 pm
  • Gary Cummings-John Palocy Duo @ Sambuccas (E. Rochester), 6:00 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
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • The Mambo Kings @ Tower Fine Arts Center SUNY Brockport, 180 Holley St. (Brockport), 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • Marian McPartland Centennial Celebration: A Night of Jazz Honoring one of the Great Pioneers, including The Monty Alexander Trio and a piano duo with Bill Charlap & Renee Rosnes @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 pm (tickets) (City profile by Ron Netsky)
  • Chiggin, Mother Funkin' Planets, Everyday Hologram @ Funk N' Waffles Rochester, 8:00 pm
  • Billy Cobham's Crosswinds Project @ Tralf Music Hall (Buffalo), 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Chet Catallo & the Cats @ TP's Irish Pub, 916 Panorama Trail (Penfield), 9:30 pm

Saturday, March 24, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Freddie Colon presents The Mambo Kings and SOTA Jazz Combos @ 3d Annual Scholarship & Instrument Giveaway, The Diplomat, 1956 Lyell Ave. ,doors open 6:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Club 86 (Geneva), 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
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick & Terrance Bruce @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 8:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 25, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Funk 'N Waffles, 3:00 pm
  • "Loose Change" Jazz Combos @ Nazareth College, Wilmot Recital Hall, 4245 East Avenue (Pittsford), 3:00 pm
  • Student Degree Recital: Kenneth Nunn, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 7:00 pm

Monday, March 26, 2018

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz @ Live concert on Jazz 90.1, 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Cornell A. D. White Professor-at-Large Wynton Marsalis performs with Cornell University Jazz Band and Wind Symphony, and the Cornell Symphony Orchestra performs Marsalis’ Blues Symphony @ Cornell University, Bailey Hall, 8:00 pm (free, more info)

Heads Up ... Look for these Jazz Gigs and Special Jazz Events Coming Soon

  • The Lovin’ Cup & Bop Shop Records present Charlie Hunter Trio featuring Silvana Estrada @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Thursday, March 29th, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, March 31st, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (tickets)
  • Phillipe Lemm Trio @ Pausa Art House (Buffalo), Saturday, March 31st, 8:00 pm added image
  • Rod Blumenau and the Upstate Dixieland Jass Band @ RIT’s Ingle Auditorium, Friday April 6th, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Aaron Irwin Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 pm
  • The Smith Center for the Arts presents the 5th Annual Scott LaFaro Day Celebration Concert: Marc Johnson with Eliane Elias @ The Smith Center for the Arts (Geneva), Saturday, April 7th, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman, @ Kodak Center for the Arts, Thursday, April 12th, 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • An Evening of Creative Music Making with The Rita Collective and special guest RPO violinist, Perrin Yang @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday April 15th, 7:00 pm
  • Melissa Aldana Quartet @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents The Helen Sung Trio@ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, April 21st, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents: Something Holy--Alex Harding and Lucian Ban @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, April 21st, 8:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Sylvia Cuenca Latin Quintet @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, May 5th, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (ticketsadded image
  • Bop Shop Records presents: Karuna--Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, May 5th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, May 6th, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Cabo Frio Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, Saturday, May 19th, 7:00 pm (doors at 6) (ticketsadded image

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 music start times are listed, so visit or call the venue for more details about when the doors open, etc. (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. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

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