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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, February 21, 2019

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • The Dave Rivello Ensemble @ Sambuca Bar & Grill, 146 W. Commercial Street (East Rochester), 8:30 pm

Friday, February 22, 2019

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ The Rabbit Room, 61 N. Main St. (Honeoye Falls), 6:00 pm
  • Riverside Soul @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Chet Catello and Andy Calabrese @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Gap Mangione New Blues Band @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 7:30 pm
  • Herb Smith & the Freedom Trio @ The Avenue Blackbox Theatre, 780 Joseph Ave., 7:30 pm
  • Trio East @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Wind Symphony, Brass Choir & Jazz Ensemble (Bill Tiberio, Dir.) @ UR, Strong Auditorium, River Campus, 8:00 pm (more info)
  • Bob James Trio featuring Billy Kilson and Michael Palazzolo @ Performing Arts Center, Buffalo State (Buffalo), 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Iron Smoke Distillery (Fairport), 9:00 pm
  • My Vegan Uncle, Cottage Street @ Firehouse Saloon, 814 S. Clinton Ave., 9:30 pm

Saturday, February 23, 2019

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing (Pittsford), 2:00 pm
  • Taste of Jazz: Freedom Trio @ The Rabbit Room, 61 N. Main St. (Honeoye Falls), 6:00 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • Trio East @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Greg Wachala @ Water Side Wine Bar (Phelps), 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
  • Bop Shop Records presents Mostly Other People Do the Killing @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Sunday, February 24, 2019

  • John Gabriel Solo Piano @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 11:30 am
  • RIT Jazz Ensembles @ Ingle Auditorium at RIT, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr., 5:00 pm
  • Cool Club and the Lipker Sisters @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:30 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Matthew Incontro, jazz saxophone @ ESM, Eastman Commons Ciminelli Lounge, 6:30 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, February 24th, 8:00 pm

Monday, February 25, 2019

  • The Rita Collective @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Faculty Artist Series: Music of Alan Ferber with Eastman Jazz Faculty @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

  • Grove Street Jazz Project @ Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, 7:00 pm (see link for who's playing)
  • Annie Wells Trio @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

  • Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ Backroom Lounge at The Record Archive, 33 1/3 Rockwood St. (Rochester), 5:00 pm
  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm (no calendar yet, but this is a regular gig)
  • Gap Mangione @ 80W, 7 Lawrence St (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Eastman New Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm

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

  • Big Blue House @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Thursday, February 21st, 7:00 pm
  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ Club 86 (Geneva), Friday, February 22nd, 7:00 pm
  • Hanna and the Blue Hearts @ Johnny's Irish Pub, 1382 Culver Road (Rochester), Friday, February 22nd, 9:00 pm
  • Connie Deming @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Saturday, February 23rd, 8:00 pm
  • The Bureau Cats Benefit Concert for St. Joseph's Neighborhood Center @ Brue Coffee, Brooks Landing, 960 Genesee St., Friday, March 8th, 6:00 pm added image
  • Jazz 90.1 Mardi Gras Party and Fundraiser with Steve Grills and the Roadmasters & Hanna and The Blue Hearts @ Barnard Restaurant and Party House, 360 Maiden Lane (Rochester), Saturday, March 9th, 7:00 pm (more info and tickets at Jazz 90.1 website or by calling 585-966 5299)

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

  • RIT Performing Arts Concert Series presents Harlem Renaissance: A Centennial Celebration with Herb Smith, Rod Blumenau & Michael Lasser, Friday, March 1st, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Cornell Concert Series presents John Scofield's Combo 66 with Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer, and Bill Stewart @ Cornell University, Bailey Hall, Friday, March 8th, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • An Evening with Nancy Kelly @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Sunday, March 10th, 6:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present The Philippe Lemm Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, March 14th, 8:00 pm
  • Jazz90.1 Spring Listener Party with the Hanna PK Duo with Tony Hiler @ Greece Olympia School, 1139 Maiden Lane (Greece), Friday, March 15th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm
  • Carla Bley "Trios' @ Art of Jazz: Albright Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo), Sunday, March 17, 3:00 pm (more info & tickets) added image
  • Fundraiser for Spencerport High School with Chet Catallo and the Cats with special guests Nelson Rangell and John Viavattine, Sr. @  Timothy Patrick's , Friday, March 22nd , 10:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Pat Metheny Side Eye @ Babeville Buffalo, 341 Delaware Ave (Buffalo), Sunday, March 31st, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Kenny Barron and Dave Holland @ The Smith Center for the Arts (Geneva), Saturday, April 6th, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal and Chieli Minucci @ Anthology, Thursday, April 4th, Doors at 7:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Mark McGrain Noroc Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, April 7th, 8:00 pm
  • Cornell Concert Series presents Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, and Leo Genovese @ Cornell University, Bailey Hall, Monday, Apr 15th, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Doc Severinsen with the Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Jeff Tyzik @ Greece Central Performing Arts Center, Wednesday, April 17th, 7:30 pm (tickets on sale February 28th at 10:00 am, more info and tickets) added image
  • Honeoye Central School is hosting The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra @ Honeoye Central School auditorium, 8528 Main Street, Honeoye, Thursday, April 25th, 7:00 pm (more info & tickets)

We've compiled these gig and event 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 anything 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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My name is Daniel Kelly II, and I'm a rising jazz drum set artist from Virginia. I will be in Rochester, NY for a show I'm performing in at the Geva Theater. I would like to sit in/gig regularly on my free time with a band or two at some clubs. Are there any openings for April 16 - June 1?

Thank you.

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