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Where can I find? ... Live jazz in ROC, May 3rd through May 9th

Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Qt, Jazz Showcase ChicagoFound it in Chicago last week. While there on business, I had a chance to see the Eric Alexander-Harold Mabern Quartet at Jazz Showcase (see image).  Eric will be here on Monday, June 25th at the XRIJF with the Joe Farnsworth Quartet (Joe was his excellent drummer on Friday). 

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I'm hearing from some of the artists who play blues and other genres that used to be on WGMC's Club Calendar, so will continue with that portion of the post below for as long as I continue.  

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, May 3, 2018

  • Jazz Theory Experiment 0.9 @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 10:30 am
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Rowan Wolf, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 6:00 pm
  • The Djangoners @ 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
  • Nathan Kay @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 9:00 pm

Friday, May 4, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. Trio @ Memorial Art Gallery, 5:30 pm
  • Miche Fambro @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Trio East with Doug Stone @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 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
  • Faculty Artist Series: Bill Dobbins @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Joshua Achiron, jazz guitar, and Nathan Kay, jazz trumpet @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 9:00 pm

Saturday, May 5, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Crossroads and Chrome (two inclusive ensembles from Spectrum Creative Arts teaming up with students in the select choir and jazz ensemble from Allendale-Columbia Schoo) @  Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Music of the Bill Evans Trio with Bill Dobbins, Ryder Eaton and Matt Bent @ Eastman School Annex, Room 902, 4:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove Latin Jazz Quartet @ Bitter Honey, 127 Railroad St #110 (Rochester), 4:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef N' Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Isaiah @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Dave Mancini: A Spring Musicale @ Hochstein Performance Hall, 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
  • Bop Shop Records presents: Karuna--Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph Duet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Sunday, May 6, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger & The All-Stars @ Funk 'N Waffles, 3:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present Expansions: The Dave Liebman Group @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 7, 2018

  • Kinloch Nelson @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Wednesday, May 9, 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
  • Ron D'Angelo, Doug Stone & John Nyerges with the MCC Small Group and MCC Jazz Ensemble @ MCC Theatre, Monroe Community College, 7:30 pm added image

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

  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters Happy Hour @ Backroom Lounge, Record Archive, Wednesday, May 9th, 5:00 pm

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

  • 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
  • Bobby Militello Quartet @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, May 27th, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents David Murray and Kahil El'Zabar Duo @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, June 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Hoffman-Lemish Quartet @ Jewish Community Center, Hart Theatre (Edgewood Avenue), Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Samuel Blaser Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday, June 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present the Todd Marcus Quintet @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, June 17th, 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.

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