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.

Joe Fielder Quintet presented by Bop Arts

March 30, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

Influenced by two older cousins who both played trumpet, trombonist/composer Joe Fiedler, born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and based in NYC since 1993, desperately wanted to become a trumpet player himself, but was instead given a trombone by his fourth grade music teacher who saw Fiedler and the trombone as a good match. The young, shy musician accepted the “arranged marriage”, and the fourth grade music teacher has since been proven prophetic. Fiedler and the trombone finding each other coincided with the young musician falling under the abiding influence of two albums from his father’s collection, The Cannonball Adderley Sextet-Mercy, Mercy, Mercy, and Oscar Peterson’s Night Train.


Steven Bernstein’s Sexmob

March 19, 20173:00 pmto5:00 pm

As one of the original members of the New York City–based Knitting Factory Crew, Steven Bernstein has collaborated with almost every type of musical ensemble imaginable. As a composer, arranger, and improviser, he is recognized for his unique voice, his depth of musical concepts, and a buoyant sense of humor. Sexmob explores the quartet format that was codified by Ornette Colemon, altered by Bernstein’s groundbreaking slide trumpet playing. This band is a must see. Bernstein will be joined by Briggan Krauss (sax), Tony Scherr (bass), and Kenny Wolleson (drums).


Freddie Hendrix in Buffalo

March 12, 20172:00 pmto4:00 pm

Over the past two decades, Freddie Hendrix has become one of the most in demand trumpet players in jazz, and beyond.Also an accomplished composer, arranger and educator, the Teaneck, New Jersey native’s skill and versatility has resulted in him working with a wide array of performers that range from the Count Basie Orchestra and The Christian McBride Big Band, to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys. As an educator, Mr. Hendrix serves as jazz trumpet professor at the Hartt School of Music. For this concert, Mr. Hendrix will be a featured guest with a group comprised of Western New York’s outstanding musicians.


Mostly Other People Do the Killing

February 26, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

Mostly Other People Do the Killing is a jazz quartet based in New York City including trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist Matthew “Moppa” Elliott, and drummer Kevin Shea. The group formed in 2003. Bandleader Moppa Elliott met Peter Evans while both were students at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Upon relocating to New York City, Elliott met Jon Irabagon through guitarist Jon Lundbom at the Manhattan School of Music and Kevin Shea through Mary Halvorson. MOPDtK performs compositions by Elliott, all of which are arbitrarily named after towns in his native Pennsylvania. Performances often take the form of large suites in which the group transitions between original pieces and jazz standards, often employing theatrics and elements of rock, pop, and classical music.


Curtis Salgado in Buffalo

February 23, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

With a career spanning forty years, award-winning soul, blues and R&B vocalist, harmonicist, songwriter Curtis Salgado is a one-of-a-kind talent whose music is as compelling as his story. From co-fronting The Robert Cray Band to leading his own band (and recording nine solo albums) to helping transform John Belushi into “Joliet” Jake Blues to touring the country with Steve Miller and Santana, he is a true musical giant. NPR calls him “a blues icon” with a “huge voice.” He won the 2010 Blues Music Award (BMA) for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year and went on to win the award again in 2012 and 2013. In 2013 he also won the coveted BMA for B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year—the highest honor the blues world has to offer—and took the statue for Soul Blues Album Of The Year for his Alligator debut, Soul Shot.


John Mooney at Abilene

February 23, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

John Mooney is an American blues guitarist and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. He has developed a unique music style by combining Delta blues, with the funky second line beat of New Orleans. As a guitarist, he is especially known for his slide guitar work. Mooney was actually raised right here in Rochester, and we’re glad to have him back.


John Nemeth and the Blue Dreamers

February 21, 20177:30 pmto9:30 pm

John Németh is an American electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received two Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015. He has recorded eight solo albums since 2002, having also backed Junior Watson, Anson Funderburgh and Elvin Bishop. In 2013 alone, he was nominated five times for a Blues Music Award, making nine such nominations in total.


  • Address: Fanatics Pub, 7281 W Main St, Lima, NY 14485
  • Show time: Tuesday, February 21st, 7:30pm
  • Tickets: $15 
  • More info: http://johnnemeth.com/bio/

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble presented by: Bop Shop Records

February 19, 20177:30 pmto9:30 pm

Kahil El’Zabar’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has been one of the flagship ensembles of the AACM since the mid -1970s, when the band emerged from the Chicago creative music organization. Since 2000, when Kahil El’Zabar first brought his trio into the Bop Shop, we have been treated to various editions of the band. That first time, the EHE featured reedman Ernest Khabeer Dawkins and trombonist Joseph Bowie. Over the years the personnel has morphed but the trio has always had interesting permutations including the addition of young, dynamic trumpeter Corey Wilkes. In the spring of 2016, he brought an unusual variation into the Lovin’ Cup with trombonist Craig Harris and baritone sax master Hamiet Blueitt. El’Zabar has also appeared at Bop Shop Records in duet and trio formats with violinist Billy Bang and saxophonist David Murray.


Nick Finzer – “Hear & Now” Album Release Show

February 12, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

Trombonist/composer and Eastman alum Nick Finzer captures the uneasy mood of a turbulent time on his third album, Hear & Now. Though the title – which the album shares with the gifted and expressive sextet that Finzer has led since his debut release in 2013 – suggests an alertness to the present time and place, Finzer’s music also evokes a need and hope for change, a defiant optimism that pits love against the forces of oppression.


Pete Malinverni

February 12, 20172:00 pmto4:00 pm

Since coming to New York in 1981, Pete has established himself as a highly respected presence in local and national club and concert performances, as well as abroad in Europe, South America, and Japan, his work earning him an entry in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, as compiled by Ira Gitler and Leonard Feather. He’s performed or recorded in the company of many jazz luminaries. His two NPR appearances on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz”, one featuring Elvis Costello, put Malinverni before a greater public and many of his thirteen his recordings as a leader have earned four star reviews and inclusion on “Year’s Best” lists in several publications, including Down Beat Magazine.