Hot (and humid?) ... Live jazz in ROC, August 9th through 15th
Check out JazzRochester to find ... Live jazz in ROC, August 23-29

We're drenched, but alas not drowning in ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, August 16th through 22nd

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But there is some if you look for it ... right here! Here's your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester. Served up hot and humid, like the weather....

Start here, but if you hear about something that I haven't added below, please drop me a line (use the Contact Us link above) and give me the deets and I'll add it. As always, let me know if any gigs below are no longer happening, if I got something wrong. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Sunset Cocktail Series: Hanna PK & Tony Hiler Duo @ The Penthouse at One East Avenue, 6:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 6:30 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm

Friday, August 17, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Seven Story Brewing (Perinton), 6:00 pm
  • Bob DiBaudo Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Hanna PK & Tony Hiler Duo @ Lemoncello (East Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Nate Coffey @ Mendon 64 Restaurant, 7:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Annie Wells Quartet @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • Freddy Colon and the Latin Jazz Quintet @ Clarissa Street Reunion Festival (Mac McDowell Stage), 1:30 pm added image
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Clarissa Street Reunion Festival (Mac McDowell Stage), 3:30 pm added image
  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef & Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Isaiah Lee @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora Trio (with Oliver Santora, plus Curtis Kendrick & Glen Cummings of Cabo Frio) @ Montage Music Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • The Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Tierra Mestiza featuring Omar Tamez & Angelica Sanchez @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • Black Night Band @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 9:00 pm

Sunday, August 19, 2018

  • Jazz Greats with Jeff Lorber, Everette Harp & Paul Jackson Jr. with Paradigm Shift @ 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)

Monday, August 20, 2018

  • Flower City Jazz Society presents Dixieland Jazz Jam with Jon Seiger and his Trio @ Radisson Hotel (Airport) Ballroom; 6:30 pm

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

  • Herb Smith Freedom Trio @ Unter Biergarten (East End), 6:00 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)
  • Gregory Street Vagabonds @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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

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

  • Steve Grills & the Roadmasters @ Casa Larga Winery, Thursday, August 16th, 5:30 pm
  • Steve Grills & the Roadmasters @ Farmers Creekside Tavern, Friday, August 17th, 8:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Saturday, August 18th, 8:00 pm
  • Steve Grills & the Roadmasters @ Clarissa Street Reunion Festival (Mac McDowell Stage), Saturday, August 18th, 12:00 noon
  • Steve Grills & the Roadmasters @ Steuben Brewing Co. (Hammondsport), Saturday, August 18th, 4:00 pm
  • Joe Beard @ Clarissa Street Reunion Festival (Mac McDowell Stage), Saturday, August 18th, 4:30 pm added image
  • Mitty & The Followers @ Clarissa Street Reunion Festival (Mac McDowell Stage), Saturday, August 18th, 6:30 pm added image
  • Jazz 90.1 Jazz Cruise featuring Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ The Colonial Belle, 400 Packett's Landing (Fairport), Monday, September 10th, 6:30 pm
  • Bettye LaVette @ Smith Center for the Arts (Geneva), Saturday, October 6th, 8:00 pm (tickets)

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

  • Veronica Swift with The Benny Green Trio @ Northwest Jazz Festival (Lewiston), Friday, August 24th, 8:30 pm  (check website for more festival info)
  • Elio Villafranca and The Jass Syncopators @ Northwest Jazz Festival (Lewiston), Saturday, August 25th, 8:30 pm  (check website for more festival info)
  • 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)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Mughal Muesli @ Bop Shop Records, Wednesday, August 29th, 8:00 pm
  • Bobby Militello Quartet @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, September 16th, 6:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts presents Brian Charette Trio featuring Bob Sneider @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, September 28, 8:00 pm
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet @ Callaghan Theatre at Nazareth Art Center, Thursday, October 25th (more info and ticketsadded image

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.


clarissa st reunion website does NOT include music line-up. HELP!!!

Alas, you are right (it just mentions the stages). Can't help you now, but I'll try to find out and post it back to the site today.

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