A brisk view of the ... Live jazz in and around ROC, October 17-23
Scared you won't find ... Live jazz in ROC, October 31st to November 6th?

How to hear ... Live jazz around Rochester, October 24-30

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Although there is a lot of cold and snow before the music starts to flow, you can get ready for the RIJF soon.  Club Passes go on sale at 10:00 am on Friday, October 25th, for the 2020 CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival.  How to buy, and more info about the 2020 festival, including the return of The Little and the former Xerox Auditorium, can be found here.

Every Wednesday, every week, you'll find the next seven days of jazz in and around Rochester right here on JazzRochester. Share us with your friends and family who love live jazz.  Check us out on social media (links at the top of the column to the right (on the website if you're getting this via email). 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 to the post. Look for the + for new gigs or changes to existing gigs made after the initial publication of the post. As always, let me know if any gigs below are not happening or if I got something wrong. It's also a good idea to check the site before you head out.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

  • Scott Bradley @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Hanna PK @ The Rabbit Room (Honeyoe Falls), 6:00 pm
  • Josh Martin Achiron & Friends @ Stromboli's on East Ave., 6:30 pm (2d set is open jam)
  • Mel Henderson & Joe Chiappone Jazz Duo @ @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Harlem 100 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance with Mwenso & The Shakes @ Callahan Theater, Arts Center, Nazareth College (Pittsford), 7:30 pm (more info & tickets)
  • New Jazz Ensemble and Eastman Jazz Ensemble @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm
  • Gregory Street Vagabonds @ Iron Smoke Distillery (Fairport), 7:30 pm
  • Kenny G @ Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Rita Collective and Bill Tiberio @ Three Heads Brewing, 8:00 pm
  • The Recall @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 9:00 pm

Friday, October 25, 2019

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz with John Palocy @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • George Miller Duo @ @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Significant Other @ B-Side, 5 Liftbridge Lane (Fairport), 8:00 pm
  • Student Non-Degree Recital: Denin Koch, jazz guitar @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 26, 2019

  • Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (Special Screening, Part of the One Take Documentary Series) @ The Little Theatre, 3:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Paradigm Shift Jazz Trio @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Lorraine Feather & Bill Dobbins @ Rochester Academy of Medicine, 1441 East Ave. (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Eastman Open Jazz Jam with Jamal Damien & Friends @ Stromboli's on East Ave., 6:30 pm 
  • The Swooners @ Pane Vino, 175 N. Water St. (Rochester), 6:30 pm 
  • Annie Wells Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Art of Jazz presents the Bill Charlap Trio @ Albright-Knox Art Gallery (Buffalo),  8:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm

Sunday, October 27, 2019

  • Raymond Shiner Jazz Award Big Band @ Beston Hall, Glazer Music Performance Center, Nazareth College, Sunday, October 27th, 3:00 pm (tickets)
  • Sunday Gumbo featuring Steve Shay @ The Spirit Room, 139 State St. (Rochester), 6:00 pm

Monday, October 28, 2019

  • Saxology (playing the music of Charles Pillow, Joe Farrell, Gil Evans, Bill Evans and Chick Corea) @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 7:30 pm

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

  • Carlos del Junco @ Rochester Institute of Technology, Eastman Hall, 1 Lomb Memorial Dr. (Henrietta), 6:00 pm
  • The Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York,
    and the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester present "Grand Piano" by Wlodek Pawlik @ ESM, Hatch Recital Hall, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Session Series with the Gray Quartet @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street (Downtown), 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

  • Big Band Dance: Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Band, Al Bruno Trio @ Robach Community Center, 180 Beach Ave. (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ 80W, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 pm (tickets)

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

  • Buddy Guy with special guest Tom Hambridge @ Kodak Center for the Performing Arts, Saturday, November 9th, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)

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

  • Bop Shop Records presents Robert Berry's 3.2 @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Friday, November 1st, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Olli Hirvonen New Helsinki @ Bop Shop Records, Wednesday, November 6th, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Simon Jermyn & Charlotte Greve @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, November 10th, 8:00 pm
  • Kat Edmonson @ Kilbourn Hall, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Big Sackbutt @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, November 24th, 8:00 pm
  • Gap Mangione and Jimmie Highsmith Jr. @ Home, Heart & Harmony: A Forever Family for the Holidays Gala for Children Awaiting Parents, Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center, Saturday, November 30th, 6:00—11:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Christoph Irniger Pilgrim @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, December 5th, 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 (you'll see a tag indicating it was added). 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.

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