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Fifteen hundred and counting ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, October 11-17

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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 11, 2018

  • Ann Mitchell-John Palocy Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Tia Brazda @ The Backroom Lounge at Record Archive, 6:00 pm (City profile)
  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 6:30 pm
  • Drew Diekmann @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Jazz & Jam Session: Ryan Johnson and Escape Terrain @ Hyatt Regency Rochester, 125 E. Main St., 7:30 to 10:30 (see a post by jazz musician Karl Stabnau about this series here) added image
  • After Funk @ Flour City Station (East Ave.), 9:00 pm

Friday, October 12, 2018

  • Jazz 90.1 Listening Party with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Jazz 90.1 studio, Greece Olympia School,  1139 Maiden Lane (Greece), 5:00 pm
  • The Bradley Brothers @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Hanna PK & Tony Hiler @ Lemoncello (E. Rochester), 7:00 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
  • Ali Ryerson (flute) with Eastman jazz trio @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 8:00 pm
  • Greg Chako Organ-ized Trio with Dino Losito and Jose Martinez @ Pausa Art House (Buffalo), 8:00 pm
  • The Klick @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:30 pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Faculty Spotlight: Musings with Sungmin Shin @ Ingle Auditorium at RIT, 2:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa & Matt Landon @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Lou Rotunno @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:30 pm
  • Chris Murtha @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 3 Schoen Place (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Cabo Frio’s Tribute to Whitney Houston & Earth, Wind & Fire with Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Greg Chako Duo @ The Terrace at Delaware Park (Buffalo), 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
  • Cousin Vinny & Lauren Faggiano @ Salvatore's Pizzeria & Pub (Webster), 8:00 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Velvet Caravan with special guest Jessica Ann Best @ Beston Hall, Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, Nazareth College, 8:00 pm (tickets)

Sunday, October 14, 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 15, 2018

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Big Band Dance: Music Makers Big Band with Al Bruno Trio @ Ontario Beach Park, 4799 Lake Ave (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Session Series with Will Zimmer & Friends @ The Spirit Room, 139 State St. (Rochester), 8:30 pm

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

  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ Dinosaur BBQ (Rochester), Friday, October 12th, 6:00 pm
  • Vanessa Collier @ Fanatics Pub, 7281 West Main St (Lima), Sunday, October 14th, 6:00 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

  • Bop Shop Records presents The Music of JJ and Kai, a Tribute @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, October 21, 4:00 pm
  • Branford Marsalis Quartet @ Callaghan Theatre at Nazareth Art Center, Thursday, October 25th, 7:30 pm  (more info and tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Big Tent featuring, Harvey Sorgen, Steve Rust and Jerome Kitzke @ Bop Shop Records, FridayThursday, October 2625, 8:00 pm
  • Lee Ritenour @ Buffalo State Performing Arts Center, Rockwell Hall (Buffalo), Friday, October 26th, 8:00 pm
  • Raymond Shiner Jazz Award Big Band @ Wilmot Recital Hall, Nazareth Art Center, Saturday, October 27th, 7:3o pm (more info)
  • 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
  • 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 

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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