Get out there and hear some ... Live jazz in ROC, April 19th through 25th
Where can I find? ... Live jazz in ROC, May 3rd through May 9th

While I'm in Chicago, there will be ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, April 26th through May 2nd

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Writing to you live from Chicago this week.  I'll be catching some jazz on Friday at the Jazz Showcase after my business is done.  FYI, the Exodus to Jazz series has moved to Anthology (336 East Ave.), with Sylvia Cuenca rescheduled.  Check out the current schedule so far at the Exodus to Jazz website. More later on that....

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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 that I can add.  To do that just click on the Contact Us button above this post. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • The Debbie Kendrick Project @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Mel Henderson & Joe Chiappone Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Cottage Hotel (Mendon), 8:00 pm
  • Salsa Night presented by Essence of Rhythm @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • Blake Pattengale @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 9:00 pm

Friday, April 27, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Andy Calabrese & Chet Catallo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Latin Jazz Quartet @ Rio Tamatlan Mexican Restaurant (Canandaigua), 7:00 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
  • Ike Willis Project with Micki Free @ Flour City Station (East Ave.), 8:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 28, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 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), 7:30 pm

Sunday, April 29, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Funk 'N Waffles, 3:00 pm
  • An Evening with Nancy Kelly @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Naomi Nakanishi, jazz piano, and Luisa Hidalgo, voice @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 9:00 pm

Monday, April 30, 2018

  • Student Degree Lecture Recital: Kenneth Nunn, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 6:00 pm

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Jacob Svendsen, jazz piano @ ESM, Eastman Commons, Ciminelli Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project with the Jake Svendson Trio @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm
  • Saxology @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 8:00 pm

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:00 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Miss the Blues on WGMC? Here is a little something for you....

  • A Blues Tribute to Joe Beard: Hosted by Steve Grills and featuring John Ellison @ pin Photo City Improv: Comedy & Music Venue, 543 Atlantic Ave., 4:00-9:00 pm

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

  • 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
  • Jazz at Immanuel with the Gregg Herman quartet with Bill Tiberio, Matt Bevan-Perkins, and Kyle Vock @ Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), Friday, May 18th, 7:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Cabo Frio Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker @ Anthology, Saturday, May 19th, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:00 pm) (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present B's Bees @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, May 24th, 8:00 pm
  • Saxappeal and Laughs: Jamming for Jimmie (celebrating the life of Jimmie Highsmith Sr.) with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. with Wycliff Gordon, Dan Kusz and others @ Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave. (Rochester), Saturday, May 26th, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents David Murray and Kahil El'Zabar Duo @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, June 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Samuel Blaser Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday, June 12th, 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 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.


Not jazz, exactly, but Prime Time Funk at the Lovin' Cup on Saturday, April 28th at 8:30. :-)

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