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Rochester Jazz Club Bookings - Local Artists - 1956
|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.
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