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This is your 411 for ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, October 25-31

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Every Wednesday, every week, you'll find  your next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester right here on JazzRochester. Sign up for our email list to get your jazz goodness every week (plus, whatever else I publish from time to time).  

If you haven't heard yet, early-bird Club Passes will go on Sale Friday, October 26th, for the 2019 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival (no more XRIJF...). All Club Passes will now be shareable. There are some venue changes coming, too. More info here on the RIJF website.

Jazz 90.1 has announced its 2019 Jazz Cruise dates and lineup. More info here. The Jazz90.1 fall pledge drive began on Monday October 8th. They need your help to keep the great jazz, blues and big band music going strong by making a pledge of financial support.

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),  give me the deets and I'll add it. As always, let me know if any gigs below are not happening or if I got something wrong. Sh*t happens and I sometimes get it wrong.  

Thursday, October 25, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet @ Callaghan Theatre at Nazareth Art Center, 7:30 pm  (more info and tickets)
  • Jazz & Jam Session: Bob Sneider Trio @ Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E. Main St., 7:30 to 10:30 (see the guest post by jazz musician Karl Stabnau about this series here)
  • Salsa Night presented by Essence of Rhythm @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm

Friday, October 26, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Joe Chiappone & Vince Ercolamento @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Bob Barbuto Memorial Concert @ FLCC Student Center Auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr. (Canandaigua), 7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Big Tent featuring, Harvey Sorgen, Steve Rust and Jerome Kitzke @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • Lee Ritenour @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, Rockwell Hall (Buffalo), 8:00 pm (info and tickets)
  • The Moho Collective EP Release show @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • Sammy Miller and The Congregation @ Funk N Waffles Rochester, 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 27, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef & Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Nate Coffey @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Rob Dixon @ Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. (Corn Hill), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Raymond Shiner Jazz Award Big Band @ Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth Art Center, 7:3o pm (more info)
  • Annie Wells Quartet (with Phil Marshall, Mike Kaupa, Dave Arenius and Roy Marshall)  @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz is Phsh Halloween Bash @ Anthology, 8:30 pm

Sunday, October 28, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:30 am
  • Jon Seiger and the All-Stars Jazz Jam @ Funk 'N Waffles Rochester, 3:00 pm (live jazz jam... bring your horn, or voice, and sit in with the trio)

Monday, October 29, 2018

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)
  • Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles @ Montage Music Hall, 50 Chestnut St. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Saxology @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Hanna PK & Tony Hiler Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

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

  • Son House Blues Night hosted by Genesee Johnny @ Backroom Lounge at Record Archive, Thursday, October 25th, 5:00 pm
  • Steve Grills & the Roadmasters @ B-Side (Fairport), Friday, October 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Kendall Community Band benefit supporting the Kendall Food Cupboard @ Kendall Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium,Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 pm

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

  • Exodus to Jazz presents Karrin Allyson @ Anthology, Thursday, November 1st, Doors at 6:00 (tickets and more information)
  • Stephane Wrembel @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Thursday-Friday, November 2-3, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Buffalo Jazz Octet @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, November 4th, 8:00 pm
  • Ike Sturm Quartet with Brahim @ Small World Books, 425 North St (Rochester), Tuesday, November 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents The Rita Collective with special guest Melissa Gardiner @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, November 8th, 8:00 pm
  • Quintopus: 9 Year Anniversary Shabingus @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, November 10th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present the Joe Policastro Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, November 12th, 8:00 pm
  • The Sullivan Fortner Trio @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present No Fast Food (Dave Liebman, Drew Gress & Phil Haynes @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, November 24th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present Barry Altschul and 3dom Factor featuring Joe Fonda and Jon Irabagon @ Bop Shop Records, Monday, November 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present Marilyn Lerner, Lou Grassi & Ken Filiano @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, December 1st, 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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