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.

Count Basie Orchestra

March 4, 20157:00 pmto9:00 pm

Count Basie OrchestraThe Churchville-Chili Fine Arts Department is proud to present The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra in the CCPAC on Wednesday, March 4th at 7 p.m. The Count Basie Orchestra is one of the greatest and most important jazz orchestras in history. Founded in 1935 by pianist William James Basie (1904-1984), the orchestra continues to perform sold-out concerts around the world. The CBO has released hundreds of recordings, won every respected jazz poll in the world at least once, has appeared in movies, television shows and commercials, Presidential Inaugurals, and has won 18 Grammy Awards, the most for any jazz orchestra. The orchestra is led by Scotty Barnhart, who has been the trumpet soloist with the orchestra for over 20 years and has recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall, Clark Terry, Freddie Hubbard, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Nat Adderley, Quincy Jones, Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Joe Williams, and many others.

The Boilermaker Jazz Band

March 5, 20157:00 pmto11:00 pm
The Boilermaker Jazz BandGroove Juice Swing and Rochester Swing-In present The Boilermaker Jazz Band at the Harmony House for  the Fifth Annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Thursday, March 5th at 7 p.m. The hot sounds of the jazz age come alive with the Boilermaker Jazz Band! Led by Paul Cosentino on clarinet, this acclaimed group serves up swinging renditions of jazz classics and rarities through superb instrumentals and heartfelt vocals. With their unique brand of musical Americana and hot jazz revelry, the Boilermakers bring the party to you! This fun, professional band has been making music and memories for more than 25 years!Festive attire is encouraged: feathers, sequins, bright colors and of course, masks!


Matt Savage

March 6, 20157:30 amto9:15 am

Matt SavageMatt Savage will perform at the 2015 Breakfast with Friends, a fundraiser for Catholic Charities, on Friday, March 6th at 7:30 a.m. at the Irondequoit Country Club.  Matt Savage  is a  pianist, composer, arranger, performer and bandleader who has been connected with some of the biggest names in jazz since he began his career at the age of eight. Now age twenty-two, Matt has eleven albums to his name, the newest of which are A Bigger Celebration (September 17, 2013) and the limited-edition release A Live Celebration: Kobe, Japan (January 14, 2014).  A graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Matt is relocating to New York, where he’s pursuing a Master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. He balances a full-time career with graduate work. In 2012, The Boston Globe heralded Matt’s coming-of-age success with a front page cover story entitled “Growing Into His Gift, And Into Life.”

Diana Krall

March 10, 20157:30 pmto9:30 pm

Diana KrallDiana Krall will perform at the University of Buffalo Center For The Arts on Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m. Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall’s new studio album Wallflower (Verve Records)will be released on February 3, 2015.  Wallflower is a collection of songs from the late 60’s to present day that inspired Krall in her early years.  Produced by 16-time Grammy® Award-winning producer David Foster, the album finds Krall breaking new ground with her interpretations of some of the greatest pop songs of all time. Diana Krall’s unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time.  Krall has sold more albums than any other female jazz artist in the last 30 years, establishing herself as one of the best-selling artists of her generation.

Marcus Miller

March 14, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Marcus MillerMarcus Miller will perform in Bear’s Dan at the Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel on Saturday, March 14th at 8 p.m. Bass guitar legend Marcus Miller has lent his fast-fingered session skills to everyone from Miles Davis to Michael Jackson, but lately it’s his solo work that’s been bringing the heat. Taking the stage with an unparalleled group of jazz musicians, Miller holds down the groove for the duration of his marathon sets, soloing in turn with his band mates at shows that often top two hours. Just to give you an idea of how committed these guys are, their encores often extend for up to 45 minutes — a perk fans can expect as the band continues their 2014 tour.

Respect Sextet

March 28, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

Respect SextetThe Respect Sextet, presented by Bop Shop Record, will perform at Lovin’ Cup on Saturday, March 28th at 8 p.m. Relying on their explosive energy, rare telepathy, outstanding musicianship, and a deep friendship, Respect pieces together free improvisations, original compositions, free jazz classics, television commercial jingles, text pieces, jazz standards, game pieces and more into “a whirling collage,” shouts Exclaim! Magazine, “that ransacks and reshapes the entire jazz tradition, from New Orleans march to Misha Mengelberg, Sun Ra to Charlie Parker.” Named “one of the best and most ambitious new ensembles in jazz” by Signal to Noise, The Respect Sextet continues—after over a decade as a collective—to fearlessly push the envelope.

Benny Golson

April 8, 20157:00 pmto9:00 pm

Benny GolsonHoneoye Central School District will host Benny Golson on Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00 p.m. For more than 60 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for: Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, David Jones and the Monkees, Quincy Jones, Peggy Lee, Carmen McRae, Anita O’Day, Itzhak Perlman, Oscar Peterson, Lou Rawls, Mickey Rooney, Diana Ross, The Animals (Eric Burden), Mel Torme, George Shearing, and Dusty Springfield. Benny Golson has absolute mastery of the jazz medium. He has not only blazed a trail in the world of jazz but is passionate about teaching jazz to young and old alike. He has lectured at the Lincoln Center through a special series by Wynton Marsalis. He has lectured to doctoral candidates at New York University and to the faculty at National University at San Diego.

Gerald Albright

April 11, 20158:00 pmto10:00 pm

iGerald AlbrightGerald Albright will perform in Rockwell Hall at the Buffalo State College’s Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 11th at 8 p.m. One of the biggest stars of R&B, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, Gerald Albright has earned his reputation as a “musician’s musician.”  Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself.  He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful.  He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary.  Albright gives his audience what they come for – a great show!

Buddy Guy

April 22, 20157:30 pmto9:30 pm

Buddy GuyBuddy Guy will perform at the University at Buffalo Center For The Arts on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7:30 p.m. At age 78, Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, a major influence on rock titans like Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, a pioneer of Chicago’s fabled West Side sound, and a living link to that city’s halcyon days of electric blues.  He has received five Grammy Awards, 28 Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Awards), the Billboard magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.  Rolling Stone ranked him in the top 30 of its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.”


Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton & John Hammond

April 27, 20157:00 pmto8:30 pm10:00 pmto11:30 pm

Charlie Musselwhite, James Cotton, John HammondCharlie Musselwhite, James Cotton and John Hammond will perform two shows at the Tralf Music Hall on Monday, April 27th at 7 and 10 p.m. With 27 Blues Music Awards to his credit and 8 Grammy nominations, harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite has truly earned legendary status as one of Blues music’s most important artists. He recently teamed up with Ben Harper on the new studio album Get Up!

Grammy Award-winning Blues legend and harmonica master, James Cotton has recorded almost thirty solo albums throughout his career – his latest CD Cotton Mouth Man (2013) features guests Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Ruthie Foster, Warren Haynes, Delbert McClinton and Keb Mo.

The legendary John Hammond has won the Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist of the Year a record six times. He is generally regarded as one of the world’s most important acoustic Blues musicians and Blues Revue named his Wicked Grin album one of the top 25 albums of the decade.