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.

Boz Scaggs

July 28, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs will perform at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino  0n  Tuesday, July 28th at 8 p.m. Boz Scaggs (born William Royce Scaggs on 8 June 1944 in Canton, Ohio) is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1960s as a guitarist and sometimes lead singer with the Steve Miller Band and in the 1970s with several solo Top 20 hit singles in the United States, along with the #2 album, Silk Degrees. Scaggs continues to write, record music and tour.

Victor Wooten

July 30, 20155:00 pmto10:00 pm

Victor WootenVictor Wooten will perform at the Party in the Park on Thursday, July 30th at 5 p.m. Victor Wooten redefines the word musician. Regaled as the most influential bassist since Jaco Pastorius, Victor is known for his solo recordings and tours, and as a member of the Grammy-winning supergroup, Béla Fleck & The Flecktones. He is an innovator on the bass guitar, as well as a talented composer, arranger, producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. But those gifts only begin to tell the tale of this Tennessee titan.

Tedeschi Trucks Band & Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

August 4, 20155:30 pmto7:30 pm

Tedeschi Trucks BandTedeschi Trucks Band and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will perform at in the Artpark Amphitheater on Tuesday, August 4th at 5:30 pm. The Tedeschi Trucks Band — formerly known as the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band — is a blues rock group based in Jacksonville, Florida, USA. Formed in 2010, the band is led by husband-and-wife musicians Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and primarily features members from their solo groups. Their debut album, Revelator (2011), won the 2012 Grammy Award for Best Blues Album.

Sharon Jones and the Dap KingsSharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are an American funk/soul band signed to Daptone Records. They are spearheads of a revivalist movement that aims to capture the essence of funk/soul music as it was at its height in the mid-1960s to mid-1970s. Part of the way this is achieved is to shun modern digital recording methods in favour of using traditional analog recording equipment

Kenny G

August 7, 20155:00 pmto7:00 pm8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Kenny GKenny G will perform at the Riviera Theatre on Friday, August 7th at 5 pm and 8 pm. Kenny G has long been the musician many jazz listeners love to hate. A phenomenally successful instrumentalist whose recordings make the pop charts, Kenny G‘s sound has been a staple on adult contemporary and smooth jazz radio stations since the mid-’80s, making him a household name. Kenny G is a fine player with an attractive sound (influenced a bit by Grover Washington, Jr.) who often caresses melodies, putting a lot of emotion into his solos. Because he does not improvise much (sticking mostly to predictable melody statements), his music largely falls outside of jazz. However, because he is listed at the top of “contemporary jazz” charts and is identified with jazz in the minds of the mass public, he is classified as jazz.

Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad

August 13, 20155:00 pmto10:00 pm

Giant PandaGiant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad will perform at the Party in the Park on August 13th at 5 p.m. Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad (GPGDS) is known for folding the aesthetics of the jamband scene into the structures of reggae. In the live setting, the band performs extended jams, while their previous studio albums have blended roots reggae with psychedelia (In These Times, 2012) or diverged from the genre completely, journeying into straight Americana (Country, 2012). On STEADY, the band’s fourth studio album (and first on Easy Star Records), GPGDS has synthesized their approach by weaving traditional folk instrumentation into a foundation of reggae, with arrangements that let the reggae breathe in a non-traditional way. While STEADY may not be the first record to find inspiration in both old time Appalachia and ‘70s Jamaica, it may be the best.

Gerald Albright

August 16, 20152:00 pmto4:00 pm

Gerald AlbrightGerald Albright will perform at the Glenora Wine Cellars on Sunday, August 16th at 2 p.m. Gerald Albright stands in a class all by himself, known for his swiftness on stage and his unique round sound.  On August 5, 2014, Albright released Slam Dunk and continued his reign supreme as the genre’s most compelling and consistent artist with his searing and soulful sax lines on this twelve-track recording. Albright showed off his chops as a bassist, along with his ebullient tenor, baritone and soprano saxophone arrangements on his own compositions, and his super covers of classics by Phil Collins (“True Colors”) and James Brown (“It’s a Man’s, Man’s Man’s World”), with special guest vocalist Peabo Bryson. In December 2014, Slam Dunk received a GRAMMY® nomination in the Best Contemporary Instrumental Album category.

The J. Geils Band

September 8, 20156:30 pmto8:30 pm

The J. Geils BandThe J. Geils Band will perform in the Artpark Amphitheater on Tuesday, September 8th at 6:30 pm. The J. Geils Band started as an acoustic blues trio in the mid 1960s with singer and guitarist John Geils, bassist Danny Klein (Dr. Funk) and harmonica player Richard “Magic Dick” Salwitz. The band formed under the name ‘Snoopy and the Sopwith Camels’, while Geils was attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute for a couple of semesters. In 1967, the band switched focus, starting to play electric guitar and bass and recruiting drummer Stephen Jo Bladd and fast-talking ex-disc jockey singer Peter Wolf, born Peter Blankenfeld, both from Boston. They became the J. Geils Blues Band, later dropping the word “Blues” from the band name. The following year, former fan Seth Justman joined as an organist. The group signed to Atlantic Records in 1970.


Ani DeFranco

September 12, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Ani DeFrancoAni DeFranco will perform in the Zeppa Auditorium of the German House on Saturday, September 12 th at 8 pm. As a singer, songwriter, activist and independent entrepreneur, Ani DiFranco has been setting her own pace—and encouraging countless admirers to do the same—for more than 20 years. But while she has been known as the “Little Folksinger,” her music has grown far beyond her acoustic solo roots in cozy venues to embrace jazz, soul, electronica and even more distant sounds. All of which are featured in DiFranco’s new Righteous Babe release, Allergic To Water, where she also blends abstract imagery and deceptively understated melodies with personal reflections on her life in New Orleans where she is now raising her two children with her partner, producer Mike Napolitano.