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Rochester Jazz Club Bookings - Local Artists - 1956

Date Venue Artist Comments
56/01/06,20 Pittsford Inn The Dunlaps Band
56/01/07,14,20 Ridge Crest Inn Bill Traikoff Orchestra with Dubonnet Sisters ("interpretive dancers"), Sara Amiger and special attraction Battle of the Drums: Don Manning vs. Don Sheldon
56/01/13,14 Golden Grill Dixieland Ramblers Battle of the Drums - Don Sheldon vs. Charlie Cameron
56/01/14 Stage Coach Inn Johnny Albert Band Every Saturday
56/01/28 Golden Grill Salt City Five vs. Dixieland Ramblers Battle of the Bands
56/01/28 Ridge Crest Inn Bill Traikoff Orchestra Sara Amiger (p), Al Bruno (b), Don Manning (d)
56/02/3,4 Golden Grill Dixieland Ramblers Don Hunt (t), Hank Burger (tb), Ralph Unterborne (cl), Buddy DeTar (p), Max McCarthy (b), Charlie Cameron (d); gig continued into March, April, May
56/02/03 Pittsford Inn Ray Dunlap Quartet Every Friday
56/02/04 Stage Coach Inn Johnny Albert Band Saturday Nights into March
56/02/14 Riviera Joe Squeezer Band
56/02/18,24 Paddock Lounge Sam Tomasino (sax) with Frank Gillespie (p), Jerry Santora (d); gig continued into March
56/02/18 Quonset Inn Ken Purtell Trio with Bob Fuller (g), Barney Barlow (b), Joyce Fasano (v)
56/02/19 Ridge Crest Inn Original Hi-Land Quintet Sunday Jazz Session - Johnny Dunlap, Sam Tomasino, Chuck Cameron, Bill Traikoff, Jamaica Jive
56/04/13,14 Ridge Crest Inn Bill Traikoff Orchestra with Rosalie Michaels (v)
56/04/18-20 Golden Grill Joe Mancuso Combo with Joyce McGrath (v)
56/04/27 Spencerport Inn Ken Purtell Trio with Bob Fuller (g), Barney Barlow (b); gig continued into May
56/04/27,28 Ridge Crest Inn Bill Traikoff Orchestra
56/04/28 Golden Grill Mike Arena Band with Bob Dinere and Chick Edmond
56/05/04 Paddock Lounge Sam Tomasino with Frank Gillespie (b), Tony Corona (d); gig continued into June, July
56/05/11,12 Ridge Crest Inn Bill Traikoff Orchestra with Sara Amiger
56/05/11,12 Golden Grill Don Sheldon and Dixieland All Stars
56/05/16-18, 27-28 Helen's Forest House Johnny Albert Band Gig continued through June
56/05/26 Golden Grill Salt City Five vs. Dixieland Ramblers Battle of the Bands; Salt City Five is Dick Okley (t), Will Alger (tb), Jack Maheu (cl), Bill Rubenstein (p), Lou Miller (b), Rod Hawley (d); also July 13,14, October 5,6, November 2,3
56/05/25,26 Ridge Crest Inn Sara Amiger, Al Bruno, Don Manning
56/06/?? Golden Grill Dixieland Ramblers Battle of the Drums - Don Sheldon vs. Charlie Cameron; Ramblers continue through June
56/06/8,9 Ridge Crest Inn Sara Amiger, John Volpe, Don Sheldon
56/06/22,23 Recreation Inn Ray Dunlap and Anne Zona (v) The 4 Dunlaps on Sunday
56/07/6,7,20,21 Golden Grill Dixieland Ramblers Steady gig continued into August, September, October, November, December
56/08/10; 09/14,28,29 Ridge Crest Inn Sara Amiger Trio
56/08/23 Highland Park Bowl Jazz Festival Free concert at 7 PM by 20 local groups co-sponsored by the Rochester Musicians Association and the City
56/08/31; 09/1,2 The Kasbah Ken Purtell Trio
56/09/14,21 Helen's Forest House Johnny Albert Band
56/10/12,19.26 Paddock lounge Sam Tomasino, Frank Gillespie, Joe Mancuso Gig continued through November
56/10/26 Colline's Village Lounge Johnny Albert Band Buddy Schlegel (sax), Jerry Taney (p), Bobby Widmer (d)
56/12/7,8,14,15 Paddock Lounge Frank Gillespie Trio Sam Musseri (ts), Tony Corona (d); Gig continued through New Years
56/12/14 Ernie's Place Mickey Michaels (ts, bar) Modern Jazz Trio Sap Cappe (p, acc), Gene Varenti (b), Tony Romeo (d); every Friday
56/12/14 Golden Grill Salt City Five

Note 1: This list is not comprehensive. Many clubs did not advertise their bookings. The information is taken from microfilm of the Rochester Times-Union stored at the main library in Rochester, NY.

Venue Locations:
Colline's Village Lounge - Latta Rd. & Lake Ave.
Ernie's Place - 4653 Lake Ave.
Golden Grill = Mardi Gras - 4775 Lake Ave.
Helen's Forest House - 2100 Ridge Rd. E.
Kasbah, The = Rattlesnake Pete's - 8 Mill St.
Paddock Lounge - 2264 Clifford Ave.
Pittsford Inn - Pittsford, NY
Quonset Inn - Fairport, NY
Recreation Inn - West Lake Rd., Conesus Lake
Ridge Crest Inn - 1982 Ridge Rd. E.
Riviera - Lexington Ave. & Mt. Read Blvd.
Spencerport Inn - Spencerport, NY
Stage Coach Inn - Rt. 104, Webster, NY