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.

Trombone Shorty

October 3, 20167:30 pmto9:30 pm

trombone-shortyTrombone Shorty will perform in the Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo on Monday, October 3rd at 7:30 pm. New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. Together, Trombone Shorty and his band have toured the U.S. and Canada, Europe, Australia, Japan, Russia and Brazil. Trombone Shorty began his career as a bandleader at the tender age of six, and toured internationally at age 12 for the first time before joining Lenny Kravitz’ horn section at the age of 19 for a 105-date world tour in 2005-2006. In 2012, he performed at the White House in honor of Black History Month with music royalty such as B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, Booker T. Jones, Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, and Gary Clark Jr. Later that same year he received the President’s Medal from Tulane University in recognition of his charitable work with his own Trombone Shorty Foundation.


Bill Easley

October 4, 20167:30 pmto9:30 pm

bill-easleyBill Easley will perform with  the  Buffalo State Jazz Ensemble in the Rockwell Performing Arts Center at Buffalo State on Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 pm. Bill Easley has had a diversified career as a professional musician. He joined the musicians union, Local 115 in 1959. 2009 marked the 50th year of his professional career. Bill represents the fourth generation of a family dedicated to music.

Maria Muldaur

October 6, 20167:30 pmto10:00 pm

Maria MuldaurMaria Muldaur will perform at the Sportsmen’s Tavern on Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. In the 40 years since “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria has toured extensively worldwide and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots Music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children’s albums). She has now settled comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammies and other awards.



John Pizzarelli

October 8, 20167:30 pmto9:30 pm

John PizzarelliThe John Pizzarelli Quartet will perform at in the Oneida High School Auditorium on Saturday, October 8th at 7:30 p.m. John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned guitarist and singer, was hailed by the Boston Globe for “reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and re-popularizing jazz.” The Toronto Starpegged him as “the genial genius of the guitar.” And the Seattle Times saluted him as “a rare entertainer of the old school.”Established as one of the prime contemporary interpreters of the Great American Songbook, Pizzarelli has expanded that repertoire by including the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Lennon-McCartney. His themed shows, often performed with his wife Jessica Molaskey, suggest there is no limit to Pizzarelli’s imagination or talent.

Steely Dan

October 8, 20167:30 pmto9:30 pm

steely-danSteely Dan, featuring Catherine Russell, will appear in the Rochester Auditorium Theatre on Saturday, October 8th at 7:30 pm. Steely Dan is back to satisfy Dan fans with “The Dan Who Knew Too Much” tour. Steely Dan will entrance audiences with a set of diverse selections from The Dan’s extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves,  rich ensembles and sleek, subversive lyrics.

catherine-russellCatherine Russell is a native New Yorker, born into musical royalty. Her father, the late Luis Russell, was born in Panama, emigrated to New Orleans and then New York City, becoming a legendary pianist/bandleader/arranger/composer, and Louis Armstrong’s long-time collaborator and musical director. Her mother, Carline Ray, was a pioneering bassist/guitarist/vocalist and holder of advanced degrees from Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music, who performed with International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Mary Lou Williams, and Ruth Brown. Not surprisingly considering her pedigree, Catherine Russell is a one of a kind musician and vocalist. She has toured the world, performing and recording with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Cyndi Lauper, Jackson Browne, Michael Feinstein, Levon Helm, Paul Simon, Rosanne Cash, Carrie Smith, and many others.

Tony Bennett

October 8, 20168:30 pmto10:30 pm

tony-bennettTony Bennett will perform in Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Saturday, October 8th at 8:30 p.m. Tony Bennett‘s life and philosophy is the embodiment of the Great American Story. As he approaches his 90th birthday in 2016, his career as the pre-eminent singer of the 20th and 21st centuries is unprecedented. He continues to be embraced and loved by audiences of all generations. Through his dedication to excellence and his insistence on quality, he has become the keeper of the flame by extolling the virtues and values represented by the Great American Songbook. Tony Bennett has been on the front lines of every major issue impacting the cornerstones of this country’s modern history. He has performed for eleven U.S. Presidents, is a World War II veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge and participated in the liberation of a concentration camp, and marched side by side with Dr. Martin Luther King in Selma to support civil rights. Throughout his life, Tony Bennett has been a dedicated pacifist and proactive humanitarian selflessly supporting many causes whose goals benefit the lives of millions. His love for his country has earned him the distinction of national treasure and United Nations has named him a Citizen of the World as one of their foremost ambassadors.

Bria Skonberg

October 14, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

bria-skonbergBria Skonberg will perfom in the Center for the Arts at the University of Buffalo on Friday, October 14th at 7 pm. Canadian singer, trumpeter, and songwriter Bria Skonberg is described by The Wall Street Journal as one of the “most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation.” Recognized as one of “25 for the Future” by DownBeat magazine (Summer 2016), Skonberg is newly signed to Sony Music Masterworks’ OKeh Records, and will release her debut LP, simply titled BRIA, on September 23, 2016. Wielding a unique blend of modern-day pop sensibility and sizzling musicianship, Skonberg aims for a sense of allure on the new collection. Elite jazz chops, artfully mixed with worldly rhythms and contemporary songwriting, result in a sophisticated pop sound closely resembling that of Michael Bublé, Diana Krall, and Harry Connick Jr.

Earth, Wind & Fire

October 18, 20167:30 pmto9:30 pm

earth-wind-fireEarth, Wind & fire will join Chicago in performing at Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday, October 18th at 7:30 pm. Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) is an American band that has spanned the musical genres of R&B, soul, funk, jazz, disco, pop, rock, Latin and African. They are one of the most successful bands of the 20th century.[1][2] Rolling Stone Magazine described them as “innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing” and declared that the band “changed the sound of black pop”.

The Rippingtons

October 21, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

the-rippingtonsThe Rippingtons, featuring Russ Freeman, will perform at Buffalo State in Rockwell Hall on Friday, October 14th at 8 pm. The Rippingtons are a Grammy-nominated contemporary jazz group, founded by guitarist and composer Russ Freeman in 1985. The group has passed the thirty year mark, and continues to innovate. This tour includes the return of original saxophonist Brandon Fields.

Richard Elliot

November 17, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

richard-elliotRichard Elliot will perform in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State on Thursday, November 17th at 8 pm. Saxophonist Richard Elliot has been blowing audiences away with his soulfully robust playing fo rmore than 30 years. He was a member of the funk band Tower of Power playing tenor sax for 5 years during the 1980s. He also worked on Stacy Lattisaw’s 1986 album Take Me All The Way. His solo career took off when he remade the Percy Sledge classic “When a Man Loves a Woman.” His Summer Horns Project was Grammy nominated, taking the jazz world by storm alongside Mindi Abair, Dave Koz and Gerald Albright.