Can you believe it? There is ... Live jazz around Rochester, August 26th through September 1
On the lookout for ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, September 9-15

What is that I hear? ... Live jazz in ROC from September 2-8

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Below are the live jazz gigs in and around Rochester for the next seven days, plus  those I know about through the last few days left in August and into September/October.  I'll continue my optimistic view and list those live jazz gigs that we've heard about; however, with everything going on pandemic-wise things may change day by day, so check here  or contact the venue before you go. 

HELP ME! If you hear about live jazz around ROC 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. Venues that want to get on my list for them should click here.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

  • David Tamarin @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen @ Asbury Hall, Babeville, 341 Delaware Ave. (Buffalo), 8:00 pm (more info)

Friday, September 3, 2021

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Steve Grills The White Hots @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • Jim Nugent Trio @ Hedges Nine Mile Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Linden Street (Geneva), 7:00 pm
  • Bending And Breaking (10 Year Reunion Show) @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (tickets)

Saturday, September 4, 2021

  • Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue (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)
  • Bobby DiBaudo with Rich Thompson and Jeff Campbell @ Hedges Nine Mile Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Bob Sneider Trio @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm

Sunday, September 5, 2021 

  • Olcott Beach Jazz Trail with Buffalo Jazz Collective, Bobby Militello Quartet, Cabaret Big Band, Danny Hull and Friends and Western New York Big Band @ Olcott Beach (Olcott, NY), starts at noon, last band at 8:30 pm (Facebook page)
  • Paradigm Shift @ Bottomless Brewing, 1:00 pm

Monday, September 6, 2021

  • Monday Jazz at the UUU hosted by Jordan Lerner @ UUU Art Collective, 153 State St. (Downtown), 8:00 pm, jam starts @ 9:00 pm

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

  • No jazz for you?

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

  • Laura Dubin Trio @ Faircraft Brauhaus, 25 Park Ave. (Fairport), 7:00 pm
  • Hanna PK & Tony Hiler @ Lemoncello (East Rochester), 7:00 pm

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

September 2021

  • 9th: Paradigm Shift @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 9th: The White Hots @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm
  • 10th: Hanna PK Trio featuring Ed Croft and Tony Hiler @ Hedges Nine Mile Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • 10th: Moho Collective @ 3 Heads Brewing, 7:30 pm
  • 12th: Jordan Lerner's Energy Group @  The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 14th: Melody Masters Big Band Marcia Bornhurst Parkes, Dir. @ Jazz 90.1 Jazz on the Lawn Series, Greece Olympia High School, 1139 Maiden Lane (Greece), 6:00 pm
  • 15th: Riveride Soul @ Ventosa Vineyards (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • 15th: The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 15th: Amir Elsaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble @ Cornell Concert Virtual Series, 7:00 pm (more information)
  • 16th: John Palocy Trio @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 16th: Roger Eckers Quartet @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 16th: Bop Arts presents Rob Garcia 4 @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 17th: Webster Jazz Festival... Jazz in the Pubs 2021 @ Village of Webster, W. Main Street (lineup and more info)
  • 17th: Annie Wells Band @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 17th: Mid-Century Modern Jazz Quartet @ The Little Theatre (Fringe Festival)
  • 18th: Webster Jazz Festival.. Jazz on the Street 2021 @ Village of Webster, W. Main Street (lineup and more info)
  • 19th: Paradigm Shift @ Knapp Winery, 1:00 pm
  • 23rd: Amanda Ashley @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 24th: Jim Nugent & Kyle Vock @ Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar (East Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • 24th: Herb Smith Freedom Trio @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 8:00 pm
  • 25th: Ann Mitchell sings Burt Bacharach @ Rochester Music Hall of Fame, 25 Gibbs St., 7:30 pm
  • 29th: The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 30th: Charlie Ballantine: “Reflections/Introspection: The Music of Thelonious Monk” @ Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo), 7:00 pm (EventBrite link)

October 2021

  • 1st: Jim Nugent Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • 1st: Janet Evra @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:00 pm
  • 7th & 8th: Stephane Wrembel @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • 14th: Mel Henderson and Joe Chiappone @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 15th: The Swooners @ Penthouse at One East Ave, 7:00 pm (information and tickets)
  • 21st: Mike Melito @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 21st: Lexi Weege @ The Cottage Hotel (Mendon), TBD

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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