Enjoy the holiday "Nat"-urally with Johnny O'Neal at Exodus to Jazz on December 13th
Join us here for ... Live jazz in ROC, December 13-19

Gifts of music and ... Live jazz in Rochester, December 6-12

982EB35A-3E0C-426D-B82A-8EB3EB5D4950Last Thursday, I was reminded of one of the great gifts of having the Eastman School of Music in town. Once in a while a great jazz artist comes to town to work with Eastman's jazz students and, sometimes, these visitors also team up with the best of Eastman's jazz faculty and/or students for a great night of jazz available to the public. Last Thursday was one of those times. Danilo Peréz teamed up with the Eastman Jazz Ensemble, directed by Bill Dobbins, to reprise a concert that Peréz and Dobbins presented with the WDR Big Band in Europe a few years back, before a full house in Kilbourn Hall.  Teamed up with the best of ESM's jazz students with arrangements by Dobbins, it was a great night of music.  And it was free to boot! 

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).  Check us out on social media (links at the top of the column to the right). Whatever floats your boat....

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.  Around the holidays, I always suggest that you call the venue first as I'm sometimes the last to hear of changes or "special" music ....

Thursday, December 6, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco's Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Laura Dubin Duo @ The French Quarter Cafe, 6:00 pm
  • The Occasional Saints @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Ott & Davis @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Ensemble & Lab Band (Brad Batz, Dir.) @ Nazareth College, Glazer Music Performance Center (Pittsford), 7:30 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Alan Worcester, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 9:00 pm
  • Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Village Rock Cafe (East Rochester), 9:00 pm

Friday, December 7, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Friday Jazz at Immanuel presents the Bill Welch Band "Love Was Born at Christmas" @ Immanuel Baptist Church (Park Ave.), 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
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Yvonne Rogers, jazz piano and Andrew Tachine, jazz drums @ ESM, Howard Hanson Hall, 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 8, 2018

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Isaiah Lee @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Cousin Vinny: Frank Sinatra's Birthday @ Salvatore's Pizzeria & Pub, 1217 Bay Rd. (Webster), 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Matt Incontro, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge, 8:30 pm

Sunday, December 9, 2018

  • Bill Slater @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:30 am
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Tri Continental Trio @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Monday, December 10, 2018

  • Eastman New Jazz Ensemble @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Kinloch Nelson @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

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

  • Hanna and Aleks Duo @ East End Tavern, Friday, December 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ Bay Street Sodus, 8427 Bay St. (Sodus), Saturday, December 8th, 8:30 pm

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

  • Exodus to Jazz presents Johnny O'Neal's Holiday Tribute to Nat King Cole @ Anthology, Thursday, December 13th, doors open 6:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Pete McCann Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, December 15th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and The Rochester Indie Musician Spotlight present The Merry Gentlemen Holiday Show featuring Bob Sneider @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, December 16th, 8:00 pm
  • Joe Lovano “Trio Tapestry” featuring Marilyn Crispell and Carmen Castaldi @ AKG Art of Jazz Series, Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Sunday, January 27th, 3:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present Joe Fiedler’s Open Sesame—Playing Sesame Street Classics @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, February 3rd, 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.

This post was originally published on JazzRochester. © 2018, Gregory V. Bell. All rights reserved.


That sounds like a wonderful concert! I like Bill Dobbins a lot, Cologne is a record I put on quite often! Wish I could be in Rochester to see some of those concerts.

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