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.

Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck

July 29, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

Jeff Beck and Buddy GuyBuddy Guy and Jeff Beck will appear in concert at CMAC on Friday, July 29th at 8 pm. Although Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy are venerated acts with long histories in the music business, both have remained active and relevant. Guy received a Grammy award for best blues album for 2015’s Born to Play Guitar and Beck is set to release a new album July 15, right after his new book “BECK01” is launched July 12.

Lyle Lovett & Emmylou Harris

July 30, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

lyle lovettLyle Lovett and Emmylou Harris will perform in concert at CMAC on Saturday, July 30th at 7 pm. Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ’80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett had more in common with ’70s singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett’s literate, multi-layered songs stood out among the formulaic Nashville hit singles of the late ’80s as well as the new traditionalists who were beginning to take over country music. Drawing from alternative country and rock fans, Lovett quickly built up a cult following which began to spill over into the mainstream with his second album, 1988’s Pontiac. Following Pontiac, his country audience declined, but his reputation as a songwriter and musician continued to grow, and he sustained a dedicated cult following throughout the ’90s.Lyle Lovett was one of the most distinctive and original singer/songwriters to emerge during the ’80s. Though he was initially labeled as a country singer, the tag never quite fit him. Lovett had more in common with ’70s singer/songwriters like Guy Clark, Jesse Winchester, Randy Newman, and Townes Van Zandt, combining a talent for incisive, witty lyrical detail with an eclectic array of music, ranging from country and folk to big-band swing and traditional pop. Lovett’s literate, multi-layered songs stood out among the formulaic Nashville hit singles of the late ’80s as well as the new traditionalists who were beginning to take over country music. Drawing from alternative country and rock fans, Lovett quickly built up a cult following which began to spill over into the mainstream with his second album, 1988’s Pontiac. Following Pontiac, his country audience declined, but his reputation as a songwriter and musician continued to grow, and he sustained a dedicated cult following throughout the ’90s.
Emmylou HarrisThough other performers sold more records and earned greater fame, few had as profound an impact on contemporary music as Emmylou Harris. Blessed with a crystalline voice, a remarkable gift for phrasing, and a restless creative spirit, she traveled a singular artistic path, proudly carrying the torch of “cosmic American music” passed down by her mentor, Gram Parsons. With the exception of only Neil Young — not surprisingly an occasional collaborator — no other mainstream star established a similarly large body of work as consistently iconoclastic, eclectic, or daring; even more than four decades into her career, Harris‘ latter-day music remained as heartfelt, visionary, and vital as her earliest recordings.

Hot Club of Cowtown

August 10, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

Hot Club of CowtownThe Hot Club of Cowtown will appear at The Penthouse on Wednesday, August 10th at 8 pm. Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its “down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation” (The Times, London), the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp “at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away” (The Independent), remaining “conscious always that above all else, the music is for dancing and an old-fashioned good time” (New York Times). The band’s musical alchemy has been described as “another breathless journey in the Texas tardis” (The Times, London), while American Songwriter observed that “the excellent three players of this band could be doing anything but have chosen to honor the greats of jazz and swing with their sound.” The Belfast Telegraph calls the Hot Club of Cowtown “a pretty much perfect country trio at the very top of their game,” and the New York Times, in a live review the trio as armed with “an arsenal full of technique and joy.”

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

August 14, 20167:00 pmto9:00 pm

Kenny Wayne ShepherdKenny Wayne Shepherd will perform in the Showroom of the Turning Point Resort & Casino on Sunday, August 14th at 7 pm. There are few artists whose names are synonymous with one instrument and how it’s played in service to an entire genre. Utter the phrase “young blues rock guitarist” within earshot of anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the modern musical vanguard and the first name they are most likely to respond with will be Kenny Wayne Shepherd. The Louisiana born axeman and songsmith has sold millions of albums while throwing singles into the Top 10, shining a light on the rich blues of the past and forging ahead with his own modern twist on a classic sound he has embodied since his teens.

Dom Flemons

August 17, 20166:00 pmto8:00 pm

Dom FlemonsDon Flemons will appear at the George Eastman House as part of the Garden Vibes series on Wednesday, August 17th at 6 pm. In addition to singing, Dom Flemons, the “American Songster,” is a multi-instrumentalist who plays banjo, guitar, harmonica, fife, bones, bass drum, snare drum, and quills. As a founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, an African American string band, Flemons was able to explore his interest in bringing traditional music to new audiences. He plays old-time music with a contemporary approach—digging deep into ragtime, spirituals, southern folk, string band & jug band music, fife and drum, and ballad idioms with showmanship and humor.

Carolyn Wonderland

August 20, 20167:30 pmto8:45 pm

Carolyn WonderlandCarolyn Wonderland will perform on the Grouse Ridge Kennel Tent Stage at the Chenango Blues Festival on Saturday, August 20th at 7:30 pm. A musical force equipped with the soulful vocals of Janis and the guitar slinging skills of Stevie Ray, Carolyn Wonderland reaches into the depths of the Texas blues tradition with the wit of a poet. She hits the stage with unmatched presence, a true legend in her time. 2014 highlights included key festival appearances in North America and Europe, as well as guest sit-in appearances with cohorts Vintage Trouble, and vocal performance on two tracks of James Williamson’s (Stooges) release of newly recorded versions of songs he and Iggy wrote in 1973 and 1974 called“Re-Licked” along with Jello Biafra, Mark Lanegan, Alison Mosshart, and many more. 2015 highlights include her first-ever New Orleans Jazz Fest appearance, appearance on Carson Daly Show, and a live album called “Live Texas Trio.”

Walter Trout

August 20, 20168:00 pmto10:00 pm

Walter TroutWalter Trout will perform in the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino on Saturday, August 20th at 8 pm.  Trout himself hits the stage like a wrecking-ball, opening with an scorching burst of solo guitar (“Sometimes, when I get up there, I have so much energy that I’m bursting out of my skin”)Over the decades, Trout has accumulated numerous honors. He is a three-time winner of the Overseas Artist Of The Year title at the British Blues Awards, and a three-time Blues Music Awards nominee. In 2015, he won the Sena European Guitar Award, an honor he shares with acclaimed past winners like Brian May, Steve Lukather and Slash. Trout’s six-string prowess also earned him the #6 slot in BBC Radio 1’s Top 20 Guitarist listeners’ poll.

Wynton Marsalis

August 22, 201610:45 amto11:45 amAugust 26, 201610:45 amto11:45 am

Wynton MarsalisWynton Marsalis will perform in the Chautauqua Amphitheater on Monday, August 22nd and Friday, August 265 at 10:45 am. Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. n 1987, Marsalis co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center. Today, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, debates, film forums, dances, television and radio broadcasts and educational activities.

Wynton Marsalis

August 23, 20168:15 pmto10:15 pm

Wynton MarsalisWynton Marsalis will perform with the  Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra at the Chautauqua Amphitheater on Tuesday, August 23 at 8:15 pm. Wynton Marsalis is an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, bandleader, educator and a leading advocate of American culture. In 1987, Marsalis co-founded a jazz program at Lincoln Center. Today, Jazz at Lincoln Center presents rich and diverse programming that includes concerts, debates, film forums, dances, television and radio broadcasts and educational activities.

Wynton Marsalis

August 25, 20168:15 pmto10:15 pm

Wynton MarsalisWynton Marsalis will perform at the Chautauqua Amphitheater on Thursday, August 25th at 8:15 pm. The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO), comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. This remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the United States, and around the globe; in concert halls, dance venues, jazz clubs, public parks; and with symphony orchestras, ballet troupes, local students, and now for an entire week at Chautauqua! Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center‐commissioned works