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.

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.

Maceo Parker

February 24, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

maceo-parkerMaceo Parker will perform at the Performing Arts Center at Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State on Friday, February 24th at 8 pm. Saxophonist Maceo Parker embodies the legacy of soul and funk music like no other musician. Always at the forefront, Maceo Parker has been a common thread in the history of funk – helping to pioneer the sound of the genre in collaborations alongside seminal icons like James Brown, George Clinton, and Prince – all the while honing his own signature brand of showmanship. Leading his flawlessly tight band with a cool confidence, Maceo Parker transports audiences to the slickest of eras in performances that are positively timeless.

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.

Victor Wooten Trio

March 5, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

victor-wootenThe Victor Wooten Trio, featuring Dennis Chambers on drums and Bob Franceschini on sax, will appear at the Tralf Music Hall on Sunday, March 5th at 8 pm. Victor Lemonte Wooten is a unique human being. He started performing in nightclubs and theaters as the bassist with the family band at age five and at age six was on tour with The Wooten brothers opening shows for legendary soul artist Curtis Mayfield. Chambers began drumming at the age of four years, and was gigging in Baltimore-area nightclubs by the age of six. He was recruited in 1981 by the Sugar Hill Label to be their “house drummer.” Dennis plays on many Sugar Hill releases including, “Rapper’s Delight.” In 1978 (at 18 years old) he joined Parliament/Funkadelic, and stayed with them until 1985. In 1986 he joined the John Scofield band. Since then he has played with most of the major figures in jazz fusion music. Saxophonist, songwriter, and arranger Bob Franceschini has appeared on more than 200 albums for artists of many idioms including Mike Stern, Paul Simon, Willie Colon, Celine Dion, Bebe Winans, Tito Puente, Tower of Power, Victor Wooten, and Tom Browne. In addition to composing and arranging, Bob has performed as a touring musician with Mike Stern, The Yellow Jackets, Chaka Khan, Victor Wooten, George Benson, Paul Simon, Eddie Palmieri, Tom Browne, Willie Colón, and many others.

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.

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).

The Hot Sardines

March 24, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pmMarch 25, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

the-hot-sardinesThe Hot Sardines will appear with the RPO in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Friday and Saturday, March 24th and 25th at 8 pm. Dubbed the “charismatic front-runners of vintage jazz” (The Guardian), the Hot Sardines’ sound feels like a 1920s speakeasy or a pre-war dance hall, with an edge. The eight-piece band, featuring a powerhouse female lead vocalist (and a tap dancer for added percussion!), breathes new life into the hottest jazz of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, updated for a 21st century palate.


March 30, 20178:00 pmto10:00 pm

fourplayFourplay will perform at Buffalo State on Thursday, March 3th at 8 pm. For more than two decades, the contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings – six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Album charts – the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience.

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.