Jazz Events Calendar

The Jazz Events Calendar is a free service from Jazz90.1 reserved for national jazz and blues acts coming to the Rochester, Buffalo and Syracuse areas. Jazz90.1 makes no guarantee of event posting, and all event information must be received 30 days in advance of desired posting date to Marie Farruggia at marie@jazz901.org. Local musicians are invited to submit event information to the JazzList, and also to Joëlle VanBuren at joelle@jazz901.org for inclusion on the Daily Club Calendar.

Carolyn Wonderland at Abilene

April 13, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

CAROLYN WONDERLAND is a Houston-based blues artist. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Wonderland has released 10 records since 1993 on a number of labels – as well as independent releases – and has collaborated with other Houston musicians on a handful of records. Wonderland has received many Houston-area music awards. Daniel Gewertz of the Boston Herald says of her: “A dollop of Janis Joplin, a slice of Stevie Ray Vaughan, and a big load of soulful individuality… that’s Wonderland, a seething-hot Texas singer-guitarist.”


John Hammond at the JCC

April 2, 20177:30 amto9:30 am

Blues legend and virtuoso  John Hammond is a member of the Blues Hall of Fame, as well as a Grammy and Blues Award winner. Over his career, he has recorded thirty-four albums. Since his debut in 1962, he has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Duane Allman, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. His most recent album, Timeless won the 2015 Blues Award for Best Acoustic Album and Hammond was named Artist of the Year. It was his fourth award for Artist of the Year. John’s last appearance in Rochester (at Geva Theatre Center) sold out, so get your tickets early!


  • Address: Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center. 1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
  • Show time: April 2nd, 7:30pm
  • Tickets: Available at www.jcccenterstage.org & (585) 461-2000
    $45 Reserved Seating/$75 Priority Section and Post-Show Meet & Greet

Duke Robillard at the JCC

May 7, 20177:30 amto9:30 am

Guitarist. Bandleader. Songwriter. Singer. Producer. Session musician. And a one-man cheering section for the blues! Duke’s his first exposure to a wide public as a founder of Roomful of Blues. 40 Years later, his vast credits include Blues Music Awards as “Best Blues Guitarist” (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and a 2007 Grammy nomination for Guitar Groove-a-rama. The great BB King called Duke “One of the great players,” The Houston Post called him “one of God’s guitarists. Don’t miss his rare Rochester appearance at the JCC Hart Theater!


  • Address: Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center. 1200 Edgewood Ave, Rochester, NY 14618
  • Show time: May 7th, 7:30pm
  • Tickets: Available at www.jcccenterstage.org & (585) 461-2000
    $30 Reserved Seating/$50 Priority Section and Post-Show Meet & Greet

Al Chez and The Brothers of Funk at ER Jazz Night

February 8, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

 Mr. Chez has collaborated and toured with countless well-known musicians throughout his career, and played trumpet on David Letterman’s late-night shows for 25 years.  The Brothers (and sisters) of Funk come from across NYS, and include several members with ties to Rochester and ER, such as John Viavattine, Bob Viavattine, and Jimmy Steele.  His official website is www.alchez.com. The evening will also include performances by ER High School’s two jazz bands.


  •  Address: 200 Woodbine Ave, East Rochester, NY 14445 (intersection of Woodbine Avenue and Garfield Street)
  • Showtime: 7pm, February 8th
  • Tickets: www.ersdmusic.com for reserved tickets ($10; $7.50 students/seniors).  $30 family tickets (for up to two adults, plus children, from one household) will be available at the door
  • More info: www.ersdmusic.com

Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer at Cornell

February 3, 20178:00 amto10:00 am

In an evening of double-double bass, the Cornell Concert Series is honored to welcome Christian McBride and Edgar Meyer to Bailey Hall. With a combined ten Grammy Awards, these artists showcase their backgrounds in jazz, classical, folk, and bluegrass styles to explore previously unimagined possibilities for the double bass. CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE is truly one of jazz’s modern gems. His ability, musicality (both as a solo musician and sideman), and compositions are second to none. His consistent work for NPR, pedagogy, and his various musical directorships show his dedication to keeping jazz fresh, alive, and relevant. We love his piece on “jive.” EDGAR MEYER is perhaps the instrument’s greatest virtuoso; rivaled only by the great Gary Karr himself. Meyer is uniquely able to play classical, jazz, fusion, and bluegrass, all while maintaining his own style, and trademark speed and control on the instrument.


Blues Legend Joe Louis Walker at the Little Theatre Café

January 15, 20177:30 amto10:00 am

Joe Louis Walker, 67,  is a true blues legend. His ability to both push the boundaries of modern blues while still staying true to the music’s roots is respected and revered by critics, and captivates audiences. Wilson started playing guitar at eight, and influenced by the likes of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker, Wilson carved a name for himself in his native San Francisco at the age of sixteen. His life took a circuitous turn when his longtime friend and roommate Mike Bloomfield passed. He enrolled at San Francisco State, eventually receiving degrees in English and Music. He came back to blues in 1985 after forming the “Bosstalkers,” and his been playing ever since.