Where can you find ... Live jazz in ROC, May 17th to 23rd?
While at the XRIJF, hear some of the jazz you can enjoy in Rochester the other 356 days of the year ....

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

Jazz 1 way imageYes, there is! XRIJF is right around the corner (and as a result gigs are thinning out a bit). 

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).  

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 24, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Seth Sealfon Jazz Duo @ Favo Pizza (Pittsford), 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy and Gary Cummings @ Lemoncello, 6:00 pm
  • The Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Karson Bolanos @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • ECMS Springfest: New Horizons Beginning Band and Vintage Jazz @ ESM, Kilbourn Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Salsa Night with Essence of Rhythm @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present B's Bees @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Friday, May 25, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Dave Tolliver Band @ Wegmans, 4287 Geneseo Valley Plaza (Geneseo), 5:00 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

Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Seth Sealfon Jazz Duo @ La Casa Mexican Restaurant (Rochester),  7:30 pm
  • Saxappeal and Laughs: Jamming for Jimmie (celebrating the life of Jimmie Highsmith Sr.) with Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Wycliff Gordon, Dan Kusz and others @ Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • ECMS Springfest: Jazz Department Recital @ ESM, Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 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
  • The Klick @ Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint, 830 Jefferson Rd. (Henrietta), 9:30 pm

Sunday, May 27, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Jazz Jam @ Funk 'N Waffles Rochester, 3:00 pm (bring your horn, or voice, and sit in with the trio)
  • Bobby Militello Quartet @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 7:00 pm

Monday, May 28, 2018

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

  • ECMS Springfest: Nights of Jazz I @ ESM, Kilbourn Hall, 4:30 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

  • ECMS Springfest: Nights of Jazz II @ ESM, Kilbourn Hall, 4:30 pm
  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Bill Tiberio with Michael MacArthur @ Strombolis, 5:30 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:00 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Seth Sealfon Latin Jazz Quartet @ Bitter Honey Mexican Cantina (Rochester), 8:00 pm

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

  • The Brothers Blue @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Jazz Jam @ Funk 'N Waffles Rochester, 3:00 pm

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

  • Jazz at Fairport Canal Days (check out the website here and watch for a post later) @ Downtown Fairport on the Canal, Friday through Sunday, June 1st-3rd
  • Friday Jazz at Immanuel with Mike Melito Quartet with Bob Sneider, Dan Vitale, and Doug Stone @ Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), Friday, June 1st, 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
  • 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.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.

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