In the hopes of more jazz later this summer and a successful Clarissa Street Reunion, a fundraiser this week...
As we round the corner into the month of the RIJF there is ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, May 30th to June 5th

Jazz forward at Fairport Canal Days, May 31st through June 2nd

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One of the first local town summer festivals (after the Lilac Festival, of course), Fairport Canal Days, is again going to feature jazz during its 2 days and 2 nights, May 31st through June 2nd. They have assembled a large and expanded jazz lineup (of course, like RIJF, some aren't, but there are over 30 bands that play jazz. Tim Forster, who is heading up the music at the festival likes to think of it as “the jazz festival before the Jazz Festival,” dedicated to some of the Rochester area’s best talent and emerging artists.

Here's the jazz lineup (let me know if I missed anyone or if there are any changes):

Friday, May 31st:

Fairport Junction Stage

  • Eastman Youth Jazz Orchestra (ECMS), 5:30 pm
  • Allegro, 7:00 pm

Saturday, June 1st

Kennelley Gazebo

  • Mike Melito Quartet, 11:00 am
  • Madeline Forster, 12:30 pm
  • Danny Ziemann Trio, 1:30 pm
  • Sofrito Latin Jazz Quartet, 3:30 pm
  • Judah Sealey, 5:00 pm

Fairport Junction

  • SOTA Jazz Combo, Jazz Ensemble and Senior High Jazz Ensemble Bands, 10:00 am
  • ERHS Stage and Jazz Bands, 3:00 pm

Village Hall Stage

  • White Hot Brass Band, 12:15 pm
  • MCC Jazz Combo, 3:30 pm

Fairport Brewing Company Stage

  • Blake Pattengale Band, 5:00 pm

Eastman Community Music School Stage (New!)

  • Jazz Peformance Workshop with the students of Bob Sneider, 1:00 pm
  • RCSD Jazz Performance Workshop, 4:00 pm

Sunday, June 2nd

Kennelley Gazebo

  • Todd Bradley Bossa Nova, 10:00 am
  • Daniel King Quintet, 11:30 am
  • Calabrese Chwazik and Curry, 1:00 pm
  • Mike Kaupa Quartet, 2:30 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Band, 4:00 pm

Fairport Junction

  • FHS Afternoon and Day Jazz Bands, 10:00 am
  • New Horizons Jazz Band, 1:00 pm
  • Spencerport HS Jazz, 2:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift, 4:00 pm

Village Hall Stage

  • Skylark, 11:30 am
  • FHS Alumni Band, 1:00 pm
  • FHS Jazz Combo, 2:00 pm

Fairport Brewing Company Stage

  • Spencerport Jazz Combo, 11:30 am

Eastman Community Music School Stage (New!)

  • New Horizons Sax Ensemble, 10:00 am
  • Brazilian Percussion, 12:00 pm (in hopes of samba?)
  • Jazz Performance Workshop, 4:00 pm

There's a lot more than jazz at FCD, so if you want to see who else is playing, head over to their website listings. So come down and check it out.  I hope to....

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.


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