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Here come the summer and festivals ... Live jazz in and around ROC, July 12th through 18th

Find Live Jazz Here imageYes, it's festival season here in Rochester.  First up after XRIJF, the Corn Hill Arts Festival, and yes there will be some jazz there.  I've pulled what's on offer out below.  Of course, there's lots of other good music at the festival, so check out the complete schedule here.

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 link above this post. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

  • Summer@Eastman: Summer Jazz Studies Small Ensembles @ Kilbourn Hall, 3:00 pm
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 5:30 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 6:30 pm
  • Blake Pattengale @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • John Palocy Trio with Maggie Mullen @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Dave Kluge @ Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, 9:00 pm

Friday, July 13, 2018

  • Summer@Eastman: Summer Jazz Studies Large Ensembles @ Kilbourn Hall, 3:00 pm
  • Chris Ott @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm

Saturday, July 14, 2018

  • Todd East’s Smokin’ Hot Quartet @ Corn Hill Arts Festival (585 Magazine Avery Mall Stage), 11:00 am-12:40 pm
  • The Gabe Condon Solidarity Band @ Corn Hill Arts Festival (Labatt Blue Light Gazebo Stage), 11:30 am-1:10 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Carlton Wilcox Live @ Corn Hill Arts Festival (SBH Main Stage at The Food Court), 2:10-3:40 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Ravines Wine Cellars (Geneva), 5:00 pm added image
  • Deborah Sorensen @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Annie Wells Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 7:30 pm
  • Dave DiPrimo Band @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 15, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa (Perinton), 11:00 am
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Corn Hill Arts Festival (SBH Main Stage at The Food Court), 11:00 am-12:30 pm
  • Jim Richmond and Todd East @ Corn Hill Arts Festival (Rochester Woman Online Porch at 27 Atkinson Street Stage), 12:20-2:20 pm
  • The Beale Street Blues Band @ Corn Hill Arts Festival (Labatt Blue Light Gazebo Stage), 1:20-3:00 pm
  • Jazz Greats with Peter White @ Glenora Wine Cellars (Dundee), 2:00 pm
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Jazz Jam @ Funk 'N Waffles Rochester, 3:00 pm (Rochester's only ongoing live jazz jam... bring your horn, or voice, and sit in with the trio)
  • Eastman School Music Educators Jazz Ensemble with Penfeld Rotary Band @ Perinton Amphitheater. 6:00 pm the added image

Monday, July 16, 2018

  • Flower City Jazz Society presents Joe Cavallaro's Dixieland Jazz Band @ Radisson Hotel Rochester Airport, 175 Jefferson Rd, 6:30 pm

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

  • RPO Around the Town: Jazz Trio with Herb Smith, Latino Theatre Company, Garth Fagan Youth Dance Ensemble @ Southeast Corner of Joseph & Clifford Avenues, 6:30 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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

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

  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ Smokin Joes, Sunday, July 15th, 7:00 pm

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

  • Exodus To Jazz presents Marc Antoine with Paradigm Shift and JD Allen @ Anthology, Thursday, July 19th, 6:00 (more info and tickets)
  • 11th Annual Webster Jazz Festival @ Webster Township, Friday & Saturday, July 20th to 21st 
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Ben Goldberg & Kirk Knuffke Duo @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, July 27th, 8:00 pm
  • Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival @ Clinton Square (Syracuse), Friday & Saturday, July 27th-28th
  • Bop Shop Records presents Don Menza @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, August 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise featuring The Bill Tiberio Band (new 3 Hour Lock Cruise) @ The Colonial Belle, 400 Packett's Landing (Fairport), Monday, August 13th, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz Greats with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr. @ Glenora Wine Cellars (Dundee), Sunday, August 19th, 2:00 pm
  • Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns Tour featuring Gerald Albright Music, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, and introducing Aubrey Logan @ Kodak Center, 200 W Ridge Rd. (Rochester), Wednesday, August 22nd, 7:30 pm (tickets went on sale 6/21, get them here)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Nick Finzer @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, August 26th, 3:00 pm
  • Chick Corea Akoustic Band with John Patitucci & Dave Weckl @ UB Center for the Arts (Buffalo), Monday, August 27th, 7:00 pm (tickets)

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.


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