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.


May 16, 20177:30 pmto8:30 pm

For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet player Eric Bloom deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy of their incendiary live show.

Takuya Kuroda

April 22, 20177:00 pmto9:00 pm

Touring now in support of his newly released studio album “Zigzagger”, Xerox Rochester International JazzFest artist Takuya Kuroda returns to Rochester with his world class band to perform at Anthology. His new record, aptly named “Zigzagger” snakes between the opposing poles of acoustic and electric, with bristling grooves and blissed-out vibes, punchy brass and fluid synths, it carves its own distinctive sonic path along the way.

Robert Glasper Experiment

April 20, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

For almost a decade, Robert Glasper has been the standard-bearer for jazz music’s fusion with hip-hop, soul, and rock, turning songs like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Radiohead’s “Packt Like Sardines in a Crushd Tin Box” into kinetic electro-funk mashups. With his Experiment band, Glasper, vocalist/saxophonist Casey Benjamin, drummer Mark Colenburg, and bassist Derrick Hodge tend to leapfrog different genres, making music that’s rooted in jazz and R&B and impossible to peg.

  • Address: BUFFALO STATE COLLEGE, Rockwell Hall 210, 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14222
  • Show time: Thursday, April 20th, 8pm
  • Tickets: $15-$45
  • More info: https://buffalostatepac.org/calendar/great-performers-series/event:robert-glasper-experiment/

Robert Randolph & The Family Band

April 20, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

Many musicians claim that they “grew up in the church,” but for Robert Randolph that is literally the case. The renowned pedal steel guitarist, vocalist and songwriter led such a cloistered childhood and adolescence that he heard no secular music while growing up. If it wasn’t being played inside of the House of God Church in Orange, New Jersey—quite often by Robert and members of his own family, who upheld a long but little known gospel music tradition called sacred steel—Randolph simply didn’t know it existed.

Bridget Kearney from Lake Street Dive

April 15, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

In the 12 years she has toured the world as a member of the soul pop sensation Lake Street Dive, Bridget Kearney has gotten good at a lot of things: adjusting to jet lag, sleeping in moving vehicles, hauling her acoustic bass up and down stairs, keeping her cool in front of cameras, thousands of people and personal heroes.

Eddie Gomez Trio ft. Joe LaBarbera

April 7, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

Scott LaFaro grew up in Geneva and went on to become one of the most influential bassists in the history of jazz as a member of the Bill Evans Trio before his untimely death at the age of 25 in a 1961 automobile accident. This year’s celebration features a trio of internationally renowned jazz musicians. Bassist Eddie Gomez has performed and recorded with jazz giants including Miles Davis, Bill Evans, and Dizzy Gillespie over more than four decades.  Drummer Joe LaBarbera, a native of Mount Morris, New York outside of Rochester, is highly prized as a sideman who has worked with Tony Bennet, Bill Evans, and others in addition to studio work in his current home of Los Angeles. Pianist Stefan Karlsson is well-known as an educator in addition to being a much sought after sideman and solo performer. A fourth star of the night is Scott LaFaro’s own Prescott double bass, which Eddie Gomez will play for this year’s celebration concert. 

Harmonica Blues Blowout featuring Magic Dick of The J.Geils Band

April 6, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

Mark Hummel started the Blues Harmonica Blowouts back in 1991. Since then they’ve grown to be a much heralded event and have included the most famous blues players alive including John Mayall, James Cotton, Charlie Musselwhite, Rod Piazza, Lee Oskar, Kim Wilson, Jerry Portnoy, Lazy Lester, Curtis Salgado and many more.