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.

Mavis Staples

June 30, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

Mavis StaplesMavis Staples will perform on Thursday,  June 30th at 7 pm  at the Artpark Mainstage Theater. He will join Bob Dylan and his band for the evening concert. Mavis Staples is an American singer, and actress. She is also known for her Civil Rights activism.. She has recorded and performed with The Staple Singers, her family’s band and also as a solo artist.

Cory Henry

July 1, 20169:00 pmto11:00 pm

Cory HenryCory Henry will perform at the Buffalo Iron Works on Friday, July 1st at 9 pm. You might know Cory Henry as an in-demand, multi-instrumentalist and producer who’s worked with an array of musical legends across genres, including Yolanda Adams, Sara Bareilles, P. Diddy, Kirk Franklin, Kenny Garrett, Robert Glasper, Derrick Hodge, Shaun Kingston, Donald Lawrence, Michael McDonald, Boyz II Men, NAS, Bruce Springsteen, The Roots and as a member of the Grammy Award-winning collective Snarky Puppy. Henry, a Best R&B Grammy-winner with Snarky Puppy (and once again nominated with SP for a Best Contemporary Instrumental Album Grammy for the 2015 album Sylva), will also release a second album later this year, this one with The Funk Apostles.

New York Voices

July 2, 20166:00 pmto7:30 pm

NY VoicesThe New York Voices will perform at the Syracuse Jazz Festival on Saturday, July 2nd at 6:00 pm in an all star tribute to Mark Murphy. 2013 marked New York Voices 25th Anniversary and they show no signs of slowing down.  This critically acclaimed vocal group has refined their musical story to a high art.  They are known for their close-knit voicings, inspired arrangements and unparalleled vocal blend.  Their chameleon-like musicianship allows them to move seamlessly from setting to setting, be it orchestral/big band to the intimate trio lineup.  With deep interests rooted in jazz, Brazilian, R & B, classical, and pop, their music mixes traditional sensibilities with more than a dash of the unexpected.  They are first call from great arrangers and conductors like Don Sebesky, Michael Abene, Keith Lockhart, and Rob Fisher who all know and admire the complexity of what they do and want something out of the ordinary, something extraordinary.  Like the great jazz vocal groups that have come before — Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, Singers Unlimited, and The Manhattan Transfer — they are firmly a part of that legacy and are dedicated to passing it on to generations to come.

Larry Coryell & The Eleventh Hour

July 3, 20168:30 pmto9:30 pm

Larry CoryellLarry Coryell & The Eleventh Hour will perform at the Syracuse Jazz Festival on Sunday, July 3rd at 8:30 pm. As one of the pioneers of jazz-rock — perhaps the pioneer in the ears of some — Larry Coryell deserves a special place in the history books. He brought what amounted to a nearly alien sensibility to jazz electric guitar playing in the 1960s, a hard-edged, cutting tone, phrasing and note-bending that owed as much to blues, rock and even country as it did to earlier, smoother bop influences. Yet as a true eclectic, armed with a brilliant technique, he is comfortable in almost every style, covering almost every base from the most decibel-heavy, distortion-laden electric work to the most delicate, soothing, intricate lines on acoustic guitar. Unfortunately, a lot of his most crucial electric work from the ’60s and ’70s is missing on CD, tied up by the erratic reissue schemes of Vanguard, RCA and other labels, and by jazz-rock’s myopically low level of status in the CD era.

Tedeschi Trucks Band

July 8, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

Tedeschi Trucks BandThe Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at Highland Bowl on Friday, July 8th at 7 p.m. The Tedeschi Trucks Band was founded in 2010 after both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi put their solo bands on hiatus to form a new group that lets the married couple focus on making music together, and allows them to spend more time together while touring and recording. The couple began writing new material, working out of their home studio in Jacksonville with a rotating cast of friends and musicians. On January 11, 2016, the band announced a 2016 Wheels of Soul summer tour, featuring Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars.

Pat Martino Trio

July 8, 20168:00 pm

Pat MartinoThe Pat Martino Trio will perform at Buffalo Iron Works on Friday, July 8th at 8 pm. Pat Martino emerged from the jazz-rich Philadelphia music scene in 1961 and established himself over the subsequent fifty years as one of the most important and prolific jazz guitarists of all time. His work with legends like Sonny Stitt, Gene Ammons, Richard Groove Holmes, Chick Corea, Jack McDuff, and so many more link him to the very fabric of jazz history. He has recorded for every major record label, performed on every major jazz festival stage, and been nominated for the very top echelon of awards and readers polls. He has been a MAJOR influence to at least two generations of guitarists. So as he entered his 50th year in the music profession, it became evident that these golden years should be spent touring with a guitar befitting a jazz legend – designed and built by Bob Benedetto.

Sonny Landreth

July 9, 20167:30 pmto9:00 pm

Sonny LandrethSonny Landreth will perform at the New York State Blues Fest in Clinton Square’s Main Stage on Saturday, July 9th at 7:30 pm. Mississippi native Sonny Landreth has enjoyed a prolific career dating back to his solo debut album Blues Attack in 1981. Although that album fanned the flames of his reputation as an emerging force in roots music, Grammy nominee Landreth kept a parallel career going as a celebrated sideman and session player. Over the years he performed and recorded with artists that include John Hiatt, British blues innovator John Mayall, and he toured as a member of Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band. He also collaborated with Eric Clapton, and has performed at all of Clapton’s prestigious

Mavis Staples

July 12, 20167:30 pmto9:30 pm

Mavis StaplesMavis Staples will join Bob Dylan in concert at CMAC on Tuesday, July 12th at 7:30 pm.  Mavis Staples was born July 10, 1939 in Chicago, Illinois. She began singing with her family, The Staples Singers, at local Chicago churches before signing with the gospel label Vee-Jay Records in 1953. The family put on a concert in Montgomery, Alabama, which Martin Luther King Jr. was attending. The group later had a number of soul hits and a No. 1 pop song with “Let’s Do It Again,” from the film soundtrack of the same name. Mavis has also established a solo career while working with a range of artists, from Prince to Natalie Merchant.

Bela Fleck & Chris Thile

July 15, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

Bela Fleck & Chris ThileBela Fleck and Chris Thile will perform at the Smith Opera House on Friday, July 15th at 8 pm. Hailed for redefining American banjo music, Fleck is a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop and classical music. The recipient of multiple Grammys going back to 1998, Fleck has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.
A child prodigy, Thile rose to fame with acoustic trio Nickel Creek and later joined the progressive acoustic group Punch Brothers. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz and bluegrass, the MacArthur Fellowship recipient transcends the borders of conventional genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile’s talents also shine on the beloved public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” for which he will succeed Garrison Keillor as host.


July 16, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

YanniYanni will appear at CMAC on Saturday, July 16th at 8 pm. Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and ’90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Composing and performing instrumental music with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent appearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours.