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.

Benny Golson

April 8, 20157:00 pmto9:00 pm

Benny GolsonHoneoye Central School District will host Benny Golson on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. For more than 60 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for: Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, David Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden), Mel Torme, George Shearing, and Dusty Springfield. Benny Golson has absolute mastery of the jazz medium. He has not only blazed a trail in the world of jazz but is passionate about teaching jazz to young and old alike. He has lectured at the Lincoln Center through a special series by Wynton Marsalis. He has lectured to doctoral candidates at New York University and to the faculty at National University at San Diego.

Gerald Albright

April 11, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

iGerald AlbrightGerald Albright will perform in Rockwell Hall at the Buffalo State College’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 11th at 8 p.m. One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.”  Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself.  He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful.  He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary.  Albright gives his audience what they come for – a great show!

Buddy Guy

April 22, 20157:30 pmto9:30 pm

Buddy GuyBuddy Guy will perform at the University at Buffalo Center For The Arts on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. At age 78, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues.  He has received five Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.  Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”


Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton & John Hammond

April 27, 20157:00 pmto8:30 pm10:00 pmto11:30 pm

Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, John HammondCharlie Musselwhite, James Cotton and John Hammond will perform two shows at the Tralf Music Hall on Monday, April 27th at 7 and 10 p.m. With 27 Blues Music Awards to his credit and 8 Grammy nominations, harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of Blues music’s most important artists. He recently teamed up with Ben Harper on the new studio album Get Up!

Grammy Award-winning Blues legend and harmonica master, James Cotton has recorded almost thirty solo albums throughout his career – his latest CD Cotton Mouth Man (2013) features guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton and Keb Mo.

The legendary John Hammond has won the Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year a record six times. He is generally regarded as one of the world’s most important acoustic Blues musicians and Blues Revue named his Wicked Grin album one of the top 25 albums of the decade.


Michael Feinstein

May 29, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pmMay 30, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Michael FeinsteinMichael Feinstein will perform with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Friday, May 29th and Saturday, May 30th at 8 p.m.Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy Award-nominated entertainer dubbed “The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,” is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace.

More than simply a performer, Feinstein has received national recognition for his commitment to celebrating America’s popular song and preserving its legacy for the next generation. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. Michael serves on the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Board, an organization dedicated to ensuring the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America’s sound recording heritage.