What is that I hear? ... Live jazz in ROC from September 2-8
Around the Fringe(s) of town you'll find ... Live jazz around ROC, September 16-22

On the lookout for ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, September 9-15

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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 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 9, 2021

  • Thursday Jazz @ Root 31 Cafe and Eatery (Pittsford Plaza), 4:00 pm (or so I'm told...)
  • Mike Pappert @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Paradigm Shift @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • The White Hots @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm

Friday, September 10, 2021

  • Greg Wachala @ Lake Drum Brewing (Geneva), 4:30 pm
  • Chris Ott @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Hanna PK Trio featuring Ed Croft and Tony Hiler @ Hedges Nine Mile Restaurant (Webster), 6:30 pm
  • Moho Collective @ 3 Heads Brewing, 7:30 pm

Saturday, September 11, 2021

  • Ralph Debergalis @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm

Sunday, September 12, 2021 

  • Jordan Lerner's Energy Group @  The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • Student Lecture Recital: Ted Perry, jazz piano @ Ciminelli Formal Lounge, 7:30 pm

Monday, September 13, 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 14, 2021

  • 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

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

  • Riveride Soul @ Ventosa Vineyards (Geneva), 6:00 pm
  • Cool Club and the Lipker Sisters @ Happy Hour at The Record Archive, 6:00 pm
  • The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • Amir Elsaffar and the Two Rivers Ensemble @ Cornell Concert Virtual Series, 7:00 pm (more information)

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

September 2021

  • 16th: Mike Pullano @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 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: Connie Fredericks-Malone @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 17th: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 17th: Annie Wells Band @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 17th: Mid-Century Modern Jazz Quartet @ The Little Theatre (Fringe Festival), 8:00 pm
  • 18th: Mike Kaupa Jazz Quartet @ North Winton Village Festival, 2315 E.Main St. (Rochester), 2:00 pm
  • 18th: Webster Jazz Festival.. Jazz on the Street 2021 @ Village of Webster, W. Main Street (lineup and more info)
  • 18th: Ann Mitchell @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 18th: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 18th: Bop Arts presents Harvey Sorgen with Eric Lawrence & Michael Bisio @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 19th: Paradigm Shift @ Knapp Winery, 1:00 pm
  • 23rd: Bob McGee @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 23rd: Amanda Ashley @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 23rd: Bop Arts presents Christoph Irniger Trio & Michaël Attias @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 24th: Moon Dance Trio @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 24th: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 24th: Jim Nugent & Kyle Vock @ Lemoncello Italian Restaurant & Bar (East Rochester), 6:30 pm
  • 24th: Pickle Mafia CD Release Party & Pickle Tasting @ Anthology, 8:00 pm (door at 7:00 pm) (tickets)
  • 24th: Herb Smith Freedom Trio @ Abilene Bar & Lounge, 8:00 pm
  • 25th: Mel Henderson Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 25th: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 25th: Ann Mitchell sings Burt Bacharach @ Rochester Music Hall of Fame, 25 Gibbs St., 7:30 pm
  • 26th: Bop Arts presents The Nu Band @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 29th: The Margaret Explosion @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 30th: Mike Kaupa/Gordon Webster Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 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 (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 1st: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 1st: Janet Evra @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 6:00 pm
  • 1st: Bop Arts presents Charlie Ballantine @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • 2nd: Connie Fredericks-Malone @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 2nd: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 7th: Mike Sidotti @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • 7th & 8th: Stephane Wrembel @ Lovin Cup Bistro & Brews, 8:00 pm
  • 8th: Chris Ott @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 8th: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 9th: Ralph Debergalis @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 9th: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 9th: CD Release Party for Jimmie Highsmith Jr's "Man With The Golden Sax" CD Release Party @ The Backroom Lounge at The Record Archive, 7:00 pm (doors at 6:30 pm) ($30.00 advance sale only, includes an autographed copy of "Man With The Golden Sax," $20.00 without CD, for tickets call/text (585) 666-0019) (proof of vaccination required)
  • 14th: Mike Pappert @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 14th: Mel Henderson and Joe Chiappone @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 15th: Connie Fredericks-Malone @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 15th: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 15th: The Swooners @ Penthouse at One East Ave, 7:00 pm (information and tickets)
  • 16th: Moon Dance Trio @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 16th: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 21st: Mike Pullano @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 21st: Mike Melito @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • 21st: Lexi Weege @ The Cottage Hotel (Mendon), TBD
  • 22nd: Ann Mitchell @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 22nd: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 23rd: Mel Henderson Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 23rd: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 28th: Mike Kaupa/Gordon Webster Duo @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 29th: Alex Goettel @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 29th: Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 30th: Mike Sidotti @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm'
  • 30th: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm

Ongoing Live Streams

  • Laura Dubin/Antonio Guerrero Duo, nightly  (see Laura's website for details)
  • Jon Seiger: Piano Bar & Trumpet Happy Hour (occasional, 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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