HOLIDAY JAZZ | 'The Music of Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Vince Guaraldi'

HOLIDAY JAZZ | 'The Music of Charlie Brown: A Tribute to Vince Guaraldi'

There are few things in the world that everyone agrees upon. But it's just about impossible to find anyone who doesn't love the music that pianist Vince Guaraldi wrote and performed for "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

BLUEGRASS | Heatwave Bluegrass

Two-thirds of the trio Heatwave Bluegrass — guitarist Max Flansburg and mandolinist Richie Colf — hail from the regional Americana band Dirty Blanket. This fact tells you all you need to know about the levels of energy and musical proficiency you can expect from Heatwave.

JAZZ | Jimmie Highsmith Jr.

Saxophonist Jimmie Highsmith Jr. is as homegrown as it gets, having honed his skills at Rochester's Hochstein School of Music and School of the Arts. He then took off for the United States Air Force, where his flights included soaring jazz solos.


Led by guitarist Mike Muscarella and vocalist Mel Muscarella, Violet Mary has been uplifting audiences with its blend of rock, pop, and soul since 2007. Based in Rochester, the Muscarellas are accompanied by bass, guitars, drums, and plenty of backing harmonies.

HOLIDAY CLASSICAL | Pegasus Early Music's 'A Baroque Noel'

Christmas is best celebrated with friends and with music. Pegasus Early Music offers lots of both in its "Baroque Noel" this Sunday afternoon, a concert of seasonal 17th-century gems brought to life by a full Baroque choir and orchestra.

JAZZ | Christoph Irniger's Pilgrim

Over the years Rochester International Jazz Festival attendees have had the opportunity to hear numerous musicians from Scandinavia and the United Kingdom. When the Bop Shop presents Christoph Irniger's Pilgrim, local jazz fans can add the best of Swiss jazz to the list.

BRASS BAND | White Hot Brass Band

The White Hot Brass Band is New Orleans-style jazz, done funky. Now it isn't that this Western New York band is big (there are only six pieces), but The Spirit Room's stage fills up fast.

ROCK | Tom Waits Tribute Shows

Tom Waits is a man who has penetrated every rag-tag genre of music, even going so far as to create a few new genres along the way. He's turning 70 on December 7, and a lineup of Rochester musicians has assembled to play the Waits songs that are influential to them.

HOLIDAY-BLUEGRASS | Ross Holmes and Carl Miner

This special holiday-themed show next Wednesday at Three Heads Brewing features two of the best behind-the-scenes musicians in the business. Fiddle player Ross Holmes is a member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and has performed with such notables as Bruce Hornsby, Warren Haynes, and Mumford & Sons.

ACOUSTIC-ROOTS | Brooks Williams

If you're a fan of engaging songwriting played through an acoustic-American roots lens, you don't want to sleep on Golden Link Folk Singing Society's concert series. This Friday's concert, featuring veteran singer-guitarist Brooks Williams, is a case-in-point.

JAZZ | Paradigm Shift

If you are an aficionado of octave-spanning guitar solos reminiscent of the great Wes Montgomery, you won't find a better practitioner than Rochester's own Melvin Henderson. When Henderson gets together with Hammond B-3 organ wizard Gerry Youngman and precise drummer Sean Jefferson, the Grammy-nominated trio is known as Paradigm Shift.


Joanna Schubert is a classically trained pianist and singer-songwriter, exactly the kind of musician that flies under-the-radar in a city like Brooklyn, where Schubert lives. But she's not an artist you can ignore once you hear her ingenious blend of pop, jazz, and classical.

ROCK 'N' ROLL | Televisionaries

The three brothers who comprise Televisionaries are red hot and relentless as the trio burns up traditional Bandstand rock 'n' roll with grease and guts. Dressed unassumingly in velvet dinner jackets, Trevor, Austin, and Brendan Lake have a coppertop snarl that adds a splash of sinister to the proceedings.

BLUEGRASS | The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers are built for speed, but these Juno Award nominees don't waste it as a flash trick for the stage. There's no doubt the band of Canadian pickers can handle blinding fingerpickin' speed.

JAZZ | Gap Mangione & The New Big Band

You might call Gap Mangione a member of Rochester's first family of jazz. Growing up, he and his brother Chuck were introduced to some of the greatest musicians in jazz by their father, who would invite touring stars like Dizzy Gillespie back to the house for pasta dinners.

JAZZ | New Jazz Ensemble with Lynn Ligammari

When the Eastman School of Music's New Jazz Ensemble takes the stage at Kilbourn Hall next Wednesday, they'll be joined by Eastman alum and saxophonist Lynn Ligammari. Since graduating, Ligammari has been a member of the Brooklyn-based groove band Holy Hand Grenade.


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