On the lookout for ... Live jazz in and around Rochester, NY, September 9-15
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Around the Fringe(s) of town you'll find ... Live jazz around ROC, September 16-22

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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. 

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Thursday, September 16, 2021

  • Mike Pullano @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • John Palocy Trio @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • Roger Eckers Quartet @ Via Girasole Wine Bar (Schoen Place, Pittsford), 7:00 pm
  • Bop Arts presents Rob Garcia 4 @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (info and tickets)

Friday, September 17, 2021

  • Connie Fredericks-Malone @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • Webster Jazz Festival Jazz in the Pubs (Skeleton Keys,  El Rojo Jazz, Marco Amadio, Paradigm Shift and The Bill Tiberio Band @ Village of Webster, W. Main Street, 6:30 until... (more info)
  • Jon Seiger and Bobby DiBaudo @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • Annie Wells Band @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • Mid-Century Modern Jazz Quartet @ The Little Theatre (Fringe Festival), 8:00 pm (info and tickets)

Saturday, September 18, 2021

  • Mike Kaupa Jazz Quartet @ North Winton Village Festival, 2315 E.Main St. (Rochester), 2:00 pm
  • Rod Blumenau and the Upstate Dixie Four @ Keuka Arts Festival on the Outlet Trail in Penn Yan, 3:00 pm
  • Sinatra at the Sands Reprise with Frank Torchio (as Frank) and The Russell Scarborough Orchestra @ CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage (Fringe Festival), 4:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Webster Jazz Festival Jazz on the Street ( Rochester Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra, Sofrito, Judah Sealy Quintet and The Klick @ Village of Webster, W. Main Street, 4:00 pm until ....  (more info)
  • Ann Mitchell @ 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
  • FlashBamPow @ The Dakota Grill at the Rochester Hilton, 913 Roosevelt Highway (Rt. 18), 7:00 pm
  • BIODANCE/Missy Pfohl Smith, Dave Rivello Ensemble, and W. Michelle Harris @ The Theater @ Innovation Square (Fringe Festival), 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)
  • Bop Arts presents Harvey Sorgen with Eric Lawrence & Michael Bisio @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (more info and tickets)

Sunday, September 19, 2021 

  • Paradigm Shift @ Knapp Winery, 1:00 pm
  • Hanna PK @ Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Rd (County Rd 32) (Branchport/Penn Yan), 1:30 pm

Monday, September 20, 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 21, 2021

  • Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media Showcase @ Kilbourn Hall, 7:30 pm

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

  • No jazz for you?

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

September 2021

  • 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 & Michael Attias @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (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 & 25th: Sinatra at the Sands Reprise with Frank Torchio (as Frank) and The Russell Scarborough Orchestra @ CenterStage Theatre at the JCC: Dawn Lipson Canalside Stage (Fringe Festival), 4:00 pm (more info and 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: Jazz One presents Triple Tribute Concert Featuring Cabo Frio & Friends @ Rochester Museum & Science Center
    657 East Avenue, 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • 25th: Ann Mitchell sings Burt Bacharach @ Rochester Music Hall of Fame (Fringe Festival), 7:30 pm (tickets)
  • 26th: Craig Snyder & Collective Force @ Fort Hill Performing Arts Center, 20 Fort Hill Ave (Canandaigua), 1:00 pm
  • 26th: Bop Arts presents The Nu Band @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (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 (info and tickets)

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 (info and tickets)
  • 2nd: Connie Fredericks-Malone @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar (Farmington), 5:30 pm
  • 2nd: Hanna PK @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 2nd: Jon Seiger and Zach Walgren @ Veneto’s Woodfired Pizza and Pasta, 1308 Buffalo Road (Rochester), 6:00 pm
  • 4th: Faculty Artist Series with Charles Pillow (jazz saxophone) @ ESM Hatch Hall, 7:30 pm
  • 7th: Mike Sidotti @ Prosecco Italian Restaurant & Jazz Bar, 5:30 pm
  • 7th: Bill Tiberio & Friends Quartet @ Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd (Greece), 7:00 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: Mike Kaupa Jazz Quartet @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 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)
  • 13th: Laura Dubin Trio @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 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 (info 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
  • 23rd: The White Hots @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 24th: John Palocy Trio @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 pm
  • 27th: Mid-Century Modern Jazz Quartet @ The Little Theatre, 6:30 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

November 2021

  • 8th: Faculty Artist Series with Clay Jenkins (jazz trumpet) @ ESM Hatch Hall, 7:30 pm
  • 14th: Bop Arts presents the Joe Fonda Quartet @ Bop Shop Records, 8:00 pm (info and tickets)

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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