Jazzin up the holidays ... Live jazz in ROC, December 19-25
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My Christmas gift to you is ... Live jazz in Rochester, December 26th to January 1st

Dexter with Santa hat image

Christmas falls on a Wednesday, and my present to you is I'm sitting here at my computer setting up the listings for the next seven days, such that it is (always kind of light around the holidays).  As usual for the holidays, check with the venue before you go out.  Other than what's listed below, I haven't heard about any jazz at New Years Eve parties that are open to the public, but will add them if I do (or if you let me know....).  My ancient image of Dexter Gordon is kind of nostalgic for me as it is the first one I created for the blog.  Pretty lame... I know ... but I'm much better at it now. 

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). Let your friends know we're here! 

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 details, 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.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

  • Mel Henderson & Joe Chiappone Jazz Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Salsa Night presented by Essence of Rhythm @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm

Friday, December 27, 2019

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 State Rt. 332 (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • The New Novelties @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • 13th Annual Holiday Concert with Chet Catallo and the Cats @ Live at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint (Henrietta), 9:00 pm

Saturday, December 28, 2019

  • Paradigm Shift Jazz Trio @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 State Rt. 332 (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • The White Hots @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Lost Wax Collective @ Jack Rabbit Club, 40 Anderson Ave. (NOTA, part of Good Luck), 9:30 pm

Sunday, December 29, 2019

  • Sunday Gumbo featuring Steve Shay @ The Spirit Room, 139 State St. (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • The Bradley Brothers @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm

Monday, December 30, 2019

  • No jazz for you?

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo with John Palocy @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant, 1550 State Rt. 332 (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Deborah Sorensen @ The Creekside Inn (LeRoy), 6:00 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio with special guests @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Session Series with the Gray Quartet @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street (Downtown), 7:30 pm

Wednesday, January 1, 2019... Happy New Year!

  • No jazz for you?

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

  • Nothing to see here....

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

  • Bop Shop Records The Levin Brothers @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, Saturday, January 11th, 8:00 pm
  • Terri Lyne Carrington with Russell Scarbrough's SOUL-JAZZ Big Band and the Gates Chili H.S. Jazz Ensembles @ Gates Chili High School Auditorium, 1 Spartan Way (Gates), Friday, January 31st, 6:00 pm (Call 585-247-5050 x20711 for more info)
  • 50th Annual Penfield Jazz Fundraiser Concerts with special guest Jeff Coffin @ in the Penfield High School Auditorium, 25 High School Drive (Penfield),  Friday, February 7th & Saturday, February 8th, 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records and Bop Arts presents The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble @ Bop Shop Records, Sunday, February 23rd, 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). 

This post was originally published on JazzRochester.

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