Over his long career, the great Rochester saxophonist Joe Romano played with Buddy Rich, Woody Herman, Sonny Stitt, Chuck Mangione, and many more. But whenever he was back in town, you could find Romano joining local bands and mentoring local musicians. It's been eight years since his death, but Romano's impact on the Upstate scene has not been forgotten. A top-flight group — Pat LaBarbera, saxophone; Joe Magnarelli, trumpet; Mike Melito, drums; Andy Calabrese, piano; and Fred Stone, bass — will pay tribute to Romano at Lovin' Cup.
The Joe Romano Tribute takes place Sunday, April 17, at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. 7 p.m. $20-$25. lovincup.com.