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Get out and hear some ... Live jazz in Rochester, February 27th through March 4th

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Congratulations to jazz singer Nancy Kelly  and jazz drummer Roy McCurdy, both who have Rochester roots, for being two of the inductees to the 2020 Class of the Rochester Music Hall of Fame! They will both play on April 26th at the Induction Ceremony at Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre.

Yesterday, the Rochester International Jazz Festival also announced two more headliners in the "Big House" (Eastman Theatre): Puss 'N Boots (with Nora Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper) and Wynonna Judd and the Big Noise.  

If you hear about something that I haven't added below, please drop me a line (usinb the Contact Us link above or otherwise), give me the details, and I'll try to add it to the post. Look for the + for new gigs or changes to existing gigs made after the initial publication of the post (if you're receiving by email, we can't update the email, but will let you know of major corrections). As always, let me know if any repeating gigs below are no longer happening, or if I got something wrong of a gig that is.


Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • The New Novelties @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Curtis Kendrick with John Nyerges @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Salsa Night: Presented by Essence of Rhythm @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • Ann Mitchell/John Palocy Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • MTV @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 6:00 pm
  • Audition Day Concerts: Classical and Jazz Trombone @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 7:00 pm
  • The Sanford Guitar Duo @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Herb Smith & The Freedom Trio @ South Wedge Mission (Lutheran Church of Peace), 125 Caroline St. (Rochester South Wedge), 7:00 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Curtis Kendrick with John Nyerges @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • The Large(r) Ensemble @ University of Rochester Open Sessions, Gavett Hall, 7:30pm
  • Hanna PK Duo @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 8:00 pm
  • Kamasi Washington @ State Theatre (Ithaca), 8:00 pn (tickets)
  • Root Shock, Jouwala Collective @ Photo City Improv, 543 Atlantic Ave. (Rochester), 8:00 pm
  • Audition Day Concerts: Jazz Department @ ESM, Ray Wright Room, 8:30 pm
  • Uptown Groove @ Sticky Lips, 830 Jefferson Rd. (Henrietta), 9:00 pm
  • Lost Wax Collective Trio residency @ Cure (Rochester Public Market), 10:30 pm

Saturday, February 29, 2020

  • Jazz 90.1 Mardi Gras Party with Bill Schmitt and The Bluesmasters and Hanna PK @ Barnard Restaurant and Party House, 360 Maiden Lane (Rochester), Saturday, February 29th, 6:00 pm (tickets)
  • Mel Henderson/Gerry Youngman Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 6:00 pm
  • Curtis Kendrick with John Nyerges @ Michael's Valley Grill (Penfield), 6:00 pm
  • Steve Greene & Dave Arenius @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • El Rojo Jazz @ Mendon 64 Restaurant (Mendon), 7:00 pm
  • Harold Danko “Quadrennial Event” (solo piano concert) @ Piano Works Mall Atrium, 349 West Commercial Street (East Rochester), 7:30 pm
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Charley Brown's (Penfield), 7:30 pm
  • Charlie Lindner & The Pickle Mafia @ Three Heads Brewing, 8:00 pm
  • Telepathic Moon Dance @ UUU Art Collective, 153 State St (Rochester), 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 1, 2020

  • Kamasi Washington @ Asbury Hall at Babeville, 341 Deleware Ave. (Buffalo), 8:00 pm (more info & tickets) +

Monday, March 2, 2020

  • Liar's MoonThe Occasional Saints @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm No jazz for you?

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

  • Kinloch Nelson @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Jazz Night at the Spirit Room with the Gray Quartet @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street (Downtown), 7:30 pm

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

  • Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre Cafe, 7:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio Trio @ 80W, 7:00 pm
  • Soul Express @ Michael's Valley Grill, 7:00 pm
  • Weege & The Wondertwins @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street (Downtown), 7:00 pm

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

  • Bop Shop Records presents Twin Talk @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, March 7, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents Steve Swell's Kende Dreams @ Bop Shop Records, Thursday, March 12, 8:00 pm
  • Spencerport High School Evening of Jazz with John Fedchock @ Spencerport High School West Cafeteria, Saturday, March 14th, 6:30 pm (Facebook Event)
  • Art of Jazz: Ethan Iverson & Tom Harrell Duo @ Klienhans Music Hall (Buffalo), Sunday, March 15th, 2:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents Joseph Daley Tuba Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, March 21, 8:00 pm
  • JazzBuffalo Premier Concert with The Tierney Sutton Band @ Glen and Awdry Flickinger Peforming Arts Center (Buffalo), Sunday, March 29th, 3:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Jazz 90.1 University: The History of Jazz in Rochester @ Jazz 90.1 Studios (Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane), Tuesday, March 31st, 6:30 pm
  • Jazz 90.1 Listener Party with Rich Thompson Quartet with Bobby Militello @ Jazz 90.1 Studios (Greece Olympia School, 1139 Maiden Lane), Friday, April 3rd, 5:00 pm
  • Jazz90.1 and Sonic Era Present Cyrille Aimée and the Sonic Era Jazz Orchestra (Jeff Tyzik, Dir.) @ Greece Central Performing Arts Center, Saturday, April 4th, 7:30 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Boney James @ Kodak Center for the Arts, Saturday, April 4th, 8:00 pm (tickets)
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Phillippe Lemm Trio @ Bop Shop Records, Friday, April 3rd, 8:00 pm
  • Bop Shop Records presents the Ricky Ford Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, Saturday, April 11th, 8:00 pm
  • The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra @ Honeoye Central School Auditorium, 8528 Main St. (Honeoye), Thursday, April 23rd, 7:00 pm
  • Sinatra with Matt Dusk @ The Lyric Theatre, Thursday, April 23rd, 8:00 pm (more info & tickets)
  • Rochester Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony @ Kodak Hall At Eastman Theatre, Sunday, April 26th, 7:00 pm (tickets)

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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