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.

Four 80 East

September 3, 20157:00 pmto9:00 pm

Four 80 EastFour 80 East with Jeff Kashiwa (sax player for the Rippingtons) will perform on September 3rd,  7-9 p.m. at Le Moyne Plaza in Syracuse N. Y. International contemporary jazz saxophonist Jeff Kashiwa will be featured fronting Toronto’s Four 80 East, a staple of the international smooth jazz circuit. Kashiwa, a former member of the Rippingtons who still occasionally reunites with them on tour, has nine CDs to his credit, and is the founding member of the “Sax Pack” with Steve Cole and Kim Waters.

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.


Coco Montoya

September 11, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Coco Montoya will perform in the Bear’s Den Showroom Coco Montoyaat the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino on Friday, September 11th at 8 p.m. Experience the master touch and killer tone of blues guitarist Coco Montoya. The Boston Globe hails his music as “hot, blistering soul” and he’ll be heating up the stage for one night only at the Bear’s Den Showroom. Montoya is one of the top guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, and brings a soulful live performance as a self-taught guitar slinger, who plays with an emotional intensity that’s left audiences breathless for more than four decades. See this world-class guitar master and his blues band perform hits like “I Got A Mind To Travel” and “My Side Of The Fence” in a truly moving performance.

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.

Charles Musselwhite

September 13, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Charlie MusselwhiteCharles Musselwhite will perform in the Westcott Theater in Syracuse, New York on Sunday, September 13th at 8 p.m.  A fan of the harmonica virtuoso since childhood, Harper begged an introduction to his idol at Australia’s Bryon Bay Blues Festival in 1996. Despite the difference in age and background, the two hit it off immediately. The next pivotal moment came at a 1997 session for John Lee Hooker where they locked in musically, finding a  common language that is seamless and remarkable.

Natalie Cole

September 19, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Natalie ColeNatalie Cole will perform at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino  on Saturday, September 19th at 8 p.m. The daughter of legendary Nat King Cole, and a Grammy Award–winning musician in her own right, Natalie Cole brings her unique combination of jazz vocals, R&B artistry and a rich repertoire of timeless Latin classics to her legendary performances. Experience the best of more than four decades of musical success with hits like “This Will Be,” “Inseparable” and “Unforgettable… with Love” in a soulful session that promises to be a night to remember.

Gretchen Parlato

September 19, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Gretchen ParlatoGretchen Parlato will perform at the University of Buffalo Center for the Arts on Saturday, September 19th at 8 p.m. She is joined by Taylor Eigsti on  piano and keyboards, Alan Hampton on bass, guitar, and vocals, and Mark Guiliana on drums. In the twelve years since her arrival in New York City, Gretchen Parlato has emerged as one of the most inventive and mesmerizing vocalists of her generation. In an artful communion of space, texture and a genre-bending repertoire, she has introduced a musical sea-change, making the power of subtlety front and center in jazz. An alumna of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Parlato has been turning heads ever since she won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute International Vocal Competition with which she displayed a musical individuality loaded with paradoxical powers. Her sultry, intriguing voice and unique, rhythmically agile phrasing came with inescapable centripetal force; the more intimate and understated she sang, the more she drew listeners in. Her talents have earned accolades from fellow musicians, critics, and audiences worldwide.

Charlie Hunter Trio

October 1, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

The Charlie Hunter TrioThe Charlie Hunter Trio, with Bobby Previte and Curtis Fowlkes, will perform at Lovin’ Cup Bistro on Thursday, October 1st at 8 p.m.  The brilliant seven-string guitarist Charlie Hunter came up on the music-magic Berkeley, Calif. scene in the ‘80s, graduated to local hero status with his bands (his famed trio, plus the TJ Kirk guitar extravaganza playing the music of  James Brown and Rahsaan Roland Kirk and ended up getting signed by Blue Note Records, which released seven of his albums, including Songs From the Analog Playground that introduced to most people the singing talent of the young Norah Jones. He walked away from the major label for his freedom and after some indie label action has been totally in charge of his music, releasing albums on his own Charlie Hunter Music imprint. His new album, Let the Bells Ring On, features collaborators from his previous projects—trombonist Curtis Fowlkes and drummer Bobby Previte—who together join Charlie on a new journey. I’ve followed his career from his days playing with Michael Franti’s Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy project in 1992 and his very first album, 1993’s self-titled trio release, and remarkably each new recorded excursion found him getting better and stronger as a composer, bandleader and of course unique guitarist who plays rhythm, lead and bass (why he plays a seven-string ax). His new show that celebrates the new album is highly recommended.

Jazz Funk Soul

October 2, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Jazz Funk SoulJazz Funk Soul, with Jeff Lorber on keys, Everett Harp on sax, and Chuck Loeb on guitar, will perform at Buffalo State on Friday, October 2nd at 8 p.m. Jazz Funk Soul is the new Smooth Jazz super group featuring 3 of the most important hit makers on the scene today: Jeff Lorber on keys, Everett Harp on sax and Chuck Loeb on guitar. As artists and producers they are responsible for selling millions of albums and scoring close to 50 #1 Smooth Jazz radio hits! As a touring ensemble, they are wowing audiences from coast to coast.


Maria Muldaur

October 14, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Maria MuldaurMaria Muldaur will perform at Abilene on Wednesday, October 14th at 8 p.m. Maria Muldaur is best known world-wide for her 1974 mega-hit “Midnight at the Oasis,”which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere; but despite her considerable pop music success, her 50-year career could best be described a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. During the folk revival of the early ’60s, she began exploring and singing early Blues, Bluegrass and Appalachian “Old Timey” Music, beginning her recording career in 1963 with the Even Dozen Jug Band and shortly thereafter, joining the very popular Jim Kweskin Jug Band, touring and recording with them throughout the ’60s.