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Jazz in June is coming, but is there ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, May 24th through 30th?

Where can you find ... Live jazz in ROC, May 17th to 23rd?

Right here!  We collect as much of the live jazz in and around Rochester as we 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).  

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 to get gig info.  

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 17, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • The Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Amanda Ashley @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Al Biles & GenJam @ Boulder Coffee, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Duck Baker Plays Monk @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm 
  • Greg Wachala @ Cottage Hotel (Mendon), 8:00 pm
  • The Minor 6 @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 9:00 pm

Friday, May 18, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • SGQ (Steve Gates Quartet) @ Brue Coffee, 960 Genesee St. (Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • Miche Fambro @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Jazz at Immanuel with the Gregg Herman quartet with Bill Tiberio, Matt Bevan-Perkins, and Kyle Vock @ Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), 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
  • Trio East @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Kire Najdovski Band @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 19, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents Cabo Frio Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire and Anita Baker @ Anthology, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:00 pm) (tickets)
  • Mel Henderson with Greg Wachala and Lucas Santana @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 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, May 20, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am

Monday, May 21, 2018

  • Flower City Jazz Society presents The Jazz Happens Band @ Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport 175 Jefferson Rd (Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • Rita Collective @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Kodak Band @ Greece Baptist Church 1230 Long Pond Rd. (Greece), 7:00 pm

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Wednesday, May 23, 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....

  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @Dinosaur BBQ, Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Blues Party & Dance with Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ Skylark Lounge, 40 South Union St. (Rochester), Friday, 10:00 pm

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

  • 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
  • Jazz 90.1 presents U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note @ Online on WGMC Jazz 90.1, Memorial Day, Monday, May 28th from 1:00 to 4:00 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
  • 2018 Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival Launch Party with Significant Other @ The Backroom at the Record Archive, Wednesday, June 6th, 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Thelonious Monk Centennial Celebration features T.S. Monk with special guest Snydee Winters @ Smith Opera House, Center for the Arts, 82 Seneca St. (Geneva), Saturday, June 9th, 7:30 pm
  • Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise featuring The Smugtown Stompers @ The Colonial Belle (Fairport at the Canal), Monday, June 11th, 6:30 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Samuel Blaser Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday, June 12th, 8:00 pm
  • Najee @ Tralf Music Hall (Buffalo), Saturday, June 16th, 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm (tickets)
  • 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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