Don't Pan(dem)ic, there is ... Live jazz around Rochester for July 15-21, 2021
Helping you find some ... Live jazz around ROC July 29th through August 4th

Believe it or not, there is ... Live jazz around Rochester, July 22-28, 2021

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The listings remain a bit spotty and we're all watching and worrying as the Delta variant of COVID-19 may threaten the progress we've made toward a relatively normal life. Still mostly out of the city, but if you're able and willing to drive you will find below the live jazz gigs (those I know about, at least) for the next seven days, plus a whole bunch that I know about through the rest of July, August and into September. I will try to update as things change so check back and check with the venue before you go. If you hear about live jazz that I haven't added below or something I have listed has changed, please drop me a line (using the Contact Us link above or otherwise). 

Thursday, July 22, 2021

  • Riverside Soul featuring Greg Wachala, Lucas Santana and Mel Henderson @ Conking & Calabrese Appreciation Day, Iron Smoke Distillery, 111 Parce Ave #5b (Fairport), 1:00 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Trio with John Palocy and Sheldon Tripi @ Carpenter Park at the Port of Pittsford (Pittsford), 7:00 pm

Friday, July 23, 2021

  • Greg Wachala @ Ventosa Vineyards, 1:00 pm
  • Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • Hanna PK Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Opening showing of No Ordinary Man (documentary film on the life of midcentury trans jazz musician Billy Tipton) @ The Little Theatre (more info on film)

Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Mel Henderson and Greg Wachala @ Katy's Cafe, 38 Washington St. (Ellicottville), noon
  • Cool Club and The Lipker Sisters @ Zugfest at Zugibe Winery, Geneva 3:00 pm
  • Bill Tiberio @ Webster Waterfront Arts Festival (Webster), 3:00 pm (more info)
  • Mel Henderon/Bob Vosteen Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 6:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ A Little Night Music at the Little Theatre, 6:30 pm (A Little Night Music runs through July)
  • Fred Costello & Roger Eckers Jazz Duo @ Northside Inn, 6:30 pm

Sunday, July 25, 2021 

  • Paradigm Shift @ Bottomless Brewing (Geneva), 2:00 pm
  • Cool Club and The Lipker Sisters @ Webster Waterfront Arts Festival (Webster), 2:30 pm (more info)
  • The Occasional Saints @ A Little Night Music at the Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • Ron Carter Trio with the Nat Reeves and Curtis Lundy and Umoja @ Pappy Martin Legacy Masten Jazz Festival (Buffalo), 7:30 pm (more information here)

Monday, July 26, 2021

  • Monday Jazz at the UUU  @ UUU Art Collective, 153 State St. (Downtown), jam session around 10:00pm

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

  • Melody Masters Big Band @ 2021 Jazz 90.1 Lawn Series on the Lawn at Olympia High School (Greece), 6:30 pm [Cancelled due to weather forecast, to be rescheduled]

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

  • No jazz for you? Let me know if you hear anything...


Looking ahead to live jazz later in July, August and September...

Later in July 2021

  • 29th: Mike Kaupa and Gordon Webster @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • 29th: Bossa Nova Bradley Brothers @ 75 Stutson Street (Charlotte), doors at 7:30 pm
  • 29th: Mike Melito Jazz Duo @ Brown Hound Bistro at the MAG, 6:00 pm
  • 30th: Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ 75 Stutson Street (Charlotte), doors at 7:30 pm
  • 31st: Saxy Smooth Jazz & Laughs with Jimmie Highsmith Jr., Will Holton and Judah Sealy and comedy by Eddie Flipp English @ 75 Stutson Street (Charlotte), Two shows, 6:00 pm & 9:00 pm (for tickets call or text 585-666-0019)
  • 31st: Craig Snyder Trio @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:30 pm
  • 31st: Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Hedges Restaurant (Webster), 6:30. Pm

August 2021

  • 1st: Sofrito Latin Jazz Quintet @ Perinton Center Stage, 6:00 pm
  • 1st: Rod Blumenau Dixie 6tet @ Perinton Amphitheater, 1350 Turk Hill Rd (Fairport), 7:15 pm
  • 2nd: Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Jazz 90.1 Jazz Cruise on the Colonial Belle (sailing from Fairport), 6:30 pm (there may be tickets still available, so check here)
  • 6th: Jimmie Highsmith Jazz Trio @ Friday Flight Night at The Penthouse at One East Avenue (Doors open at 5:00 pm, music 6:00-9:00 pm (more info and tickets  here)
  • 11th: The Greece Jazz Band @ Jazz90.1 Jazz On The Lawn Concert, 6:30 pm
  • 12th: Melody Masters Big Band @ Fairport Gazebo Series, Perinton Park, 99 O’Connor Road (Fairport), 7:00 pm (more info)
  • 12th: Gian Carlo Cervone spinning jazz and blues music from the 1920s through 1950s on original 78 rpm records @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street, 7:00 pm
  • 12th: Mark McGrain Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • 13th & 14th: Bill Charlap Trio @ Skaneateles Festival. 8:00 pm (more info)
  • 14th: Nancy Kelly with Joe Magnarelli, Akiko Tsuruga, Bob Sneider and Carmen Intorre @ Fulton Jazz Fest (Fulton, NY) (see website or Facebook for details)
  • 14th: Bill Tiberio, Marco Amadio, Hanna PK, Jimmie Highsmith, Jr., Freelance, Fatima, Ayla Huff, and other special guests @ Sounds of Music on the Lawn, Part 2 (supporting the American Red Cross), Martin Luther King, Jr. Park, Gates at 12:00 pm, music at 1:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 15th: Bob Sneider Quartet and the Mambo Kings @ JCC Canalside Stage, 7:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 16th: The Bill Tiberio Band @ Jazz 90.1 Jazz Cruise on the Colonial Belle (sailing from Fairport), 6:30 pm (there may be tickets still available, so check here)
  • 26th: Rich Thompson Trio @ 75 Stutson Street (Charlotte), 8:00 pm (in Auditorium)
  • 26th: Laura Dubin Duo @ 75 Stutson Street (Charlotte), 7:00 pm (in Sanctuary)
  • 27th: Trio East @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm (inside)
  • 28th: Chris Dingman @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • 29th: Nancy Kelly with Dino Losito, Carmen Intorre & Bob Sneider @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:00 pm

September 2021

  • 4th: Trombone Shorty with Gov't Mule @ Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park at Manhattan Square, 5:00 gates open, 6:30 concert (more info and purchase tickets starting July 16th for the public here)
  • 15th: Amir Elsaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble @ Cornell Concert Virtual Series, 7:00 pm (more information)

Ongoing Live Streams

  • Laura Dubin/Antonio Guerrero Duo, nightly  (see Laura's website for details)
  • Jon Seiger: Piano Bar & Trumpet Happy Hour, Saturdays, 5:00 pm (check Jon's Facebook page for details)

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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