Where and when to find ... Live jazz in and around ROC, March 28th to April 3rd
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Don't let Jazz Appreciation Month slip by without hearing some ... Live jazz in Rochester, April 4-10

April is Jazz Appreciation Month, an effort of the Smithsonian Museum to "recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz for the entire month of April."  There are special events around the nation for JAM ... maybe we'll get one together for next year's celebration?  In the meantime, you can celebrate by getting out and hearing some live jazz in and around Rochester? Right?

Every Wednesday, every week, you'll find the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester right here on JazzRochester. Sign up for our email list to get your local jazz goodness every week (plus, whatever else I publish from time to time).  We just hit 500 subscribers (but always could use some more...). Check us out on social media (links at the top of the column to the right). Whatever floats your boat....

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, April 4, 2019

  • The Swooners @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Mike Kaupa @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Exodus to Jazz presents the Lao Tizer Band featuring Eric Marienthal and Chieli Minucci with Paradigm Shift @ Anthology, doors at 7:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Homeless Jazz Trio @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Abe Nouri and Dave Chisholm @ The Daily Refresher, 293 Alexander St. (Rochester), 7:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm

Friday, April 5, 2019

  • Connie Fredericks-Malone @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Steve Gates Quartet @ Boulder Coffee (Alexander Street), 7:00 pm
  • Eastman Jazz Ensemble/Eastman New Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 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
  • Paradigm Shift @ Linden Street Social Club, 12 Linden St. (Geneva), 8:00 pm added image

Saturday, April 6, 2019

  • Greg Wachala @ Lock 32 Brewing Anniversary Party (Pittsford), 2:30 pm
  • A Taste of Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Mike Melito Jazz Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Shared Genes @ WhichCraft Brews @ Bay Towne Plaza (Webster), 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
  • Kenny Barron and Dave Holland @ The Smith Center for the Arts (Geneva), 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Aaron Diehl @ Beston Hall in the Jane and Laurence Glazer Music Performance Center, Nazareth College, 4245 East Ave., 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Tim Wicks @ Gallery One Fine Arts, 2575 East Henrietta Rd. (Henrietta), 8:00 pm

Sunday, April 7, 2019

  • Melody Masters Big Band (Marcia Bornhurst Parkes, Dir.) @ Honor Flight Welcome Home event for area veterans in  Rochester International Airport (near baggage claim), 12:15 to 2:00 pm
  • Cool Club & Lipker Sisters @ Bristol Valley Theater, 151 S Main St. (Naples), 2:00 pm
  • Loose Change (Brad Batz, Dir.) @ Nazareth College, Wilmot Recital Hall (Pittsford), 3:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Band with Intecollegiate Big Band (Bill Tiberio, Dir.) @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 5:30 pm
  • Jazz Combos @ University of Rochester, Strong Auditorium, River Campus, 7:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Mark McGrain NOROC Quartet with Dave Arenius, Richard Felice & Mike Kaupa @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Monday, April 8, 2019

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

  • Grove Street Jazz Project presented by Rochester Music Hall of Fame in association with the Eastman School of Music @ RMHF, 25 Gibbs St., 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Session Series with the Gray Quartet @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street (Downtown), 7:00 pm
  • 3X88: Rochester Music Hall of Fame Night @ The Little Theatre Cafe,  7:00pm (actually 10X88 this night)

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

  • Alan Murphy Trio @ Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa, 5:30 pm
  • Big Band Dance Series: Andy Stobie Greater Finger Lakes Jazz Band, Al Bruno Trio @ Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Ave. (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Debbie Kendrick Project @ The Little Theatre Cafe,  7:00pm
  • Ted Perry Trio @ 80W, 7:00 pm

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

  • Son House Celebration with Joe Beard, Hanna and Aleks @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Friday, April 5, 8:00 pm
  • Lake House Concert with Hanna PK and Chaz Hearne,  556 Forest Lawn Rd (Webster), 7:30 pm ($5 suggested donation)
  • Steve Grills and the Roadmasters @ The Little Theatre Cafe, Saturday, April 6, 8:00 pm

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

  • Billy Harper with the Eastman Jazz Lab Band @ Kilbourn Hall, Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm
  • Boney James Honestly Tour @ Performing Arts Center at Buffalo State University, Sunday, April 14th, 8:00pm (more info & tickets)
  • Cornell Concert Series presents Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding, and Leo Genovese @ Cornell University, Bailey Hall, Monday, April 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 (more info and tickets)
  • Eastman Presents Series, Barbara B. Smith World Music Series with the Afro-Cuban All Stars @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, Saturday, April 20th, 7:30 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Honeoye Central School presents The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra @ Honeoye Central School auditorium, 8528 Main Street, Honeoye, Thursday, April 25th, 7:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Birth @ Bop Shop Records, Tuesday, April 30th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts present: In The Sea (Tristan Honsinger, Nicolas Caloia, Josh Zubot) @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, May 9th, 8:00 pm
  • Pat Bianchi Trio with Bob Sneider and Mike Melito @ UUU Art Collective, 153 State Street (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents The Brian Krock Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, May 19th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Pat Labarbera Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, Wednesday, May 29th, 8:00 pm

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 where available in the post for more information on the gig or tickets where needed. 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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