June is here and it's time to start our coverage of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival!
And here we go (in a little over a week) ... Live jazz in Rochester, June 13-19

Where to find ... Live jazz in Rochester, NY, June 6-12

Yes, the RIJF effect is in place and the listings this week are a bit light... don't worry, they'll be back and I'll be letting you know where our local cats are playing both at the festival and outside of it during the nine days at the end of the month.  Until then, here's what I heard about....

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).  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. 

Thursday, June 6, 2019

  • Rochester International Jazz Festival Kickoff Party with Significant Other @ The Backroom Lounge at The Record Archive, 5:00 pm
  • The Swooners @ The Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel, 5:30 pm
  • Chris Ott @ Bristol Harbour Resort, 5410 Seneca Point Rd. (Canandaigua), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Gian Carlo Cervone Organ Trio @ The Spirit Room, 8:00 pm

Friday, June 7, 2019

  • Mike Kaupa/ Dino Losito Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Concerts on Park presents Lorraine Feather with the Bob Sneider Quartet @ Immanuel Baptist Church, 815 Park Ave. (Rochester),  7:00 pm
  • Scott Kwiatek @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:00 pm
  • Spry Evening of Jazz: Prime Time Funk @ Webster Schroeder High School, 875 Ridge Rd. (Webster), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's Restaurant, 1675 Penfield Rd., 7:30 pm
  • Sounds of April & Randall @ Geneva Music Festival (Club 86 Venue), Friday, June 7th, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Aaron Staebell & Beverly, Matt Bent & Kaleidoscope @ UUU Gallery, 153 State St. (Rochester), 8:00 pm (City Choice Concert)

Saturday, June 8, 2019

  • El Rojo Jazz @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 4:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove Latin Jazz Quartet @ La Casa Mexican Restaurant, 93 Alexander St. (Rochester), 6:30 pm 
  • Cousin Vinny @ Salvatore's Pizzeria & Pub (Webster), 7:30 pm
  • Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Via Girasole Wine Bar, 7:30 pm
  • Special Blend @ The Horizons Lounge at Woodcliff Hotel, 7:30 pm
  • Bessie, Billie, Ella and Friends with Ann Hampton Callaway and a guest appearance by S.O.A.R @ Geneva Music Festival (Smith Opera House), Saturday, June 8th, 7:30 pm (more info and tickets)

Sunday, June 9, 2019

  • Bill Slater (Solo Piano) @ Sunday Brunch at Woodcliff Hotel, 11:30 am
  • Hook and Spoon (Miche Fambro, Deborah Sorensen, Dave Arenius and Bill Blind) @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 2:00 pm Miche Fambro, Deborah Sorensen, Dave Arenius and Bill Blind @ Hook and Spoon (Conesus Lake), 2:00 pm (OK, I got that one wrong.... )

Monday, June 10, 2019

  • Laura Dubin Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

  • Jake Svendsen Trio @ Rochester Central Library, Carlson Reading Garden, 12:00 noon
  • Jazz Session Series with the Gray Quartet @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street (Downtown), 7:00 pm

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

  • Cool Club 3 with Maria Gonzalez @ 80W, 7:00 pm

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

  • Didn't hear about anything, but I'm sure there's some out there!

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

  • "Jazz in the Park" featuring  the Music Educators Jazz Ensemble directed by Bill Tiberio, with the Williamson Middle and High School jazz bands, and the Wayne High School Jazz Band, @ Williamson High School, Friday, June 14th, 5:00 pm
  • CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival, Friday, June 21st through Saturday, June 29th (click on the image link for the website for more information)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts presents the TMT Trio+2 @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, July 27, 8:00 pm
  • Cabo Frio 40th Anniversary Concert @ Anthology, Saturday, July 27th, 8:00 pm (doors at 7:00 pm) (tickets at Record Archive, Bop Shop Records and online)
  • Bop Shop Records and Lovin Cup present Stick Men @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Tuesday, August 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Pat Metheny Side Eye @ The Smith Opera House (Geneva), Thursday, August 29th, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Jazz90.1 Jazz Cruise with Paradigm Shift @ The Colonial Belle, 400 Packett's Landing (Fairport), Monday, August 19th, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm (more info and tickets) (postponed from June 10)

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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