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A little less ... Live jazz in ROC, November 8-14

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The jazz jam series at the downtown Hyatt, announced on this blog here, is either on hiatus or has been cancelled. While I hope it returns, it may be just another in a long line of attempts to bring people downtown for jazz that just couldn't overcome the perceptions that prevent it.  I wish it had more of a chance to get established before the rug was inevitably pulled.  If you have thoughts on what needs to happen, please hit the Comment link at the bottom of the post and share them.

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).  

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, November 8, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco's Italian Restaurant, 1550 State Route 332 (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • The Djangoners @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Vince & Joe Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Joe Santora with Curtis Kendrick @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield),  7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents The Rita Collective with special guest Melissa Gardiner @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • Useless Cans @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 7:00 pm

Friday, November 9, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Monroe County Bar Association Jazz for Justice fundraiser @ Harro East Ballroom, 55 N. Chestnut St., 5:30 pm (more info & registration)
  • Deborah Sorensen @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 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
  • Eastman Jazz Workshop Ensemble presents "A Benny Carter Retrospective" @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm
  • Escape Terrain @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:30 pm

Saturday, November 10, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Beef & Brew (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Bob DiBaudo Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Vince & Joe Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 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
  • Ted Nicolosi & Shared Genes @ Argyle Grill, 4344 Nine Mile Point Rd. (Fairport), 7:30 pm
  • Quintopus: 9 Year Anniversary Shabingus @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • The Klick @ Three Heads Brewing, 8:00 pm

Sunday, November 11, 2018


  • 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, November 12, 2018

  • Ted Perry Ibeji Quartet @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Nazareth College Jazz Combos (Brad Batz, Dir.) @ Nazareth College ,Wilmot Recital Hall (Pittsford), 7:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts Inc. present the Joe Policastro Trio @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • David Sancious & Will Calhoun presented by Ashokan Talent @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm

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

  • Kendall Community Band benefit supporting the Kendall Food Cupboard @ Kendall Jr. Sr. High School Auditorium, Thursday, November 8th, 7:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ American Legion Spencerport Post 330, 691 Trimmer Rd. (Spencerport), Friday, November 9th, 6:30 pm

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

  • Phoebe Legere @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, Thursday, November 15th, 9:00 pm
  • Friday Jazz at Immanuel with the Bill Tiberio Band @ Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave., Friday, November 16th, 7:00 pm
  • The Sullivan Fortner Trio @ Art of Jazz at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 pm
  • CNY Jazz Cabaret Season opener with Peter and Will Anderson @ Sheraton Syracuse University, Sunday, November 18th, 4:00 pm added image
  • 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
  • Danilo Pérez with Eastman Jazz Ensemble (Bill Dobbins, Dir.) @ Kilbourn Hall, Thursday, November 29th, 7:30 pm added image
  • Bop Shop Records & Bop Arts present Marilyn Lerner, Lou Grassi & Ken Filiano @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, December 1st, 8:00 pm
  • A Winter Caper with Eastman Lab Band,  vocalists Madeline Forster, Zahyia Rolle, and Blake Pattengale, and the Groove Juice Swing Dancers @ Arbor at the Port, Saturday, December 1st, 6:00 pm (more info & 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. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.


You probably know Funk n Waffles is closing. Some friends told me the last "jam session" was last sunday

Actually not and saw your comment too late to get it struck out.

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