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I'm continuing my optimism and listing those live jazz gigs that we've heard about, but with everything going on pandemic-wise, things may change day by day, so check here (I'll strike out if I hear something is cancelled) or contact the venue before you go. 

Below are the live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus  those I know about through the rest of August and into September (I'm going to hold off on October a bit). HELP ME! 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). If you're a jazz musician and haven't signed up for my local jazz musician's email list, click here. Venue that want to get on my list for them should click here.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

  • Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Peoples Park (Seneca Falls), 6:30 pm
  • Oswego County Musicians' Union Swinging Big Band @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 7:00 pm
  • Melody Masters Big Band @ Fairport Gazebo Series, Perinton Park, 99 O’Connor Road (Fairport), 7:00 pm (more info)
  • Riverside Soul @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Gian Carlo Cervone spinning jazz and blues music from the 1920s through 1950s on original 78 rpm records @ The Spirit Room, 139 State Street, 7:00-9:30 pm
  • Herb Smith Freedom Trio @ Parcel 5 (Downtown), 7:30 pm
  • Mark McGrain "NOROC" Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Friday, August 13, 2021

  • Unity Street Band @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 5:00 pm
  • Longwood Jazz Project @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 6:00 pm
  • Brass Inc. @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 8:00 pm
  • Bill Charlap Trio @ Skaneateles Festival, Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 W Lake Rd,, Skaneateles), 8:00 pm (more info)
  • Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Iron Smoke Distillery (Fairport), 8:30 pm

Saturday, August 14, 2021

  • 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)
  • ESP with Kirsten Tegtmeyer @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 4:00 pm (see website or Facebook for details)
  • Nancy Kelly with Joe Magnarelli, Akiko Tsuruga, Bob Sneider and Carmen Intorre @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 6:00 pm
  • Herb Smith Trio @ Gates Summer Celebration, 6:00 pm
  • Cool Club with the Lipker Sisters @ Linden Street (Geneva), 6:30 pm
  • The Fabulous Ripcords with The Boneyard Horns @ Fulton Jazz Fest, Bullhead Point (Fulton, NY), 8:00 pm
  • Bill Charlap Trio @ Skaneateles Festival, Anyela's Vineyards, 2433 W Lake Rd,, Skaneateles), 8:00 pm (more info)

Sunday, August 15, 2021 

  • Ted Perry Trio +1 with Ben Tiberio, Evan Hyde, and special guest Bill Tiberio (live streamed and in person concert) @ Rochester Academy of Medicine on East Ave., 5:00 pm (more info on Ted's site)
  • Bob Sneider Quartet and the Mambo Kings @ JCC Canalside Stage, 7:00 pm (more info and tickets)

Monday, August 16, 2021

  • 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)
  • Monday Jazz at the UUU, open jam hosted by Jordan Lerner @ UUU Art Collective, 153 State St. (Downtown), 8:00 pm

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  • No jazz for you on Tuesdays, apparently!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

  • The  Greece Jazz Band @ Jazz90.1 Jazz On The Lawn Concert, 6:30 pm (rescheduled)

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

August 2021

  • 19th: Andy Calabrese Trio @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 20th: The Klick @ 75 Stutson Street (Charlotte), 8:00 pm (more info)
  • 21st: Bobby DiBaudo Trio @ Hedges Nine Mile Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • 22nd: All In Music Fest (proceeds to support youth music programs of All In Music Inc and the Charlotte Community Association Inc.), including outdoor concerts, 1:00 to 5:00 pm with the All In Brass Band, The Dawgs, Different EveryTime and Sticks and Stones, and showcase concert with Jimmie Highsmith, Jr. at 6:00 pm @ 75 Stutson Street (more info and tickets), 1:00 to 8:00 pm
  • 22nd: Ann Mitchell Jazz Trio @ Town of Gates Concerts, Memorial Park, 160 Spencerport Rd, 6:00 pm
  • 25th: Ted Perry Trio @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 26th: Mike Kaupa and Gordon Webster @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • 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)
  • 26th: Bob Sneider @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 27th: Ann Mitchell Jazz Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • 27th: Trio East @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 27th: The Mid-Century Modern Jazz Quartet @ Park Avenue Green, Park & Barrington, 7:00 pm
  • 28th: Chris Dingman @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • 28th: Hanna PK Duo (Hanna PK & Aleks Disljenkovic) @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 29th: An Evening with Nancy Kelly with Dino Losito, Carmen Intorre & Bob Sneider @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:00 pm (more info)

September 2021

  • 2nd: David Tamarin @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 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)
  • 4th: Bobby DiBaudo with Rich Thompson and Jeff Campbell @ Hedges Nine Mile Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • 9th: Paradigm Shift @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 10th: Moho Collective @ 3 Heads Brewing, 7:30 pm
  • 15th: Amir Elsaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble @ Cornell Concert Virtual Series, 7:00 pm (more information)
  • 16th: Roger Eckers Quartet @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 23rd: Amanda Ashley @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 25th: Ann Mitchell sings Burt Bacharach @ Rochester Music Hall of Fame, 25 Gibbs St., 7:30 pm

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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