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Rochester Jazz Club & Concert Bookings - Major Artists - 1957

Date Venue Artist Comments
57/01/15-20 Ridge Crest Inn Oscar Peterson Trio Herb Ellis (g), Ray Brown (b)
57/02/10 Auditorium Theater Ted Heath Orchestra also Al Hibbler, June Christy, Eddie Heywood Trio
57/01/29-02/03 Ridge Crest Inn Charlie Ventura All Star Quintet
57/02/07-10 Ridge Crest Inn Phineas Newborn Quartet also Don Manning Trio
57/02/18 Auditorium Theater Birdland Stars of '57 Billy Eckstine, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie Orchestra with Joe Williams, Bud Powell Trio, Lester Young, Zoot Sims, Seldon Powell, Rolf Kuhn, Jimmy Jones, Roy Haynes, Richard Davis, Phineas Newborn Quartet, Terry Gibbs Quartet featuring Terry Pollard, Jerri Southern; Two shows; Note: It is verified that Chet Baker never appeared at this event despite advertisements indicating his participation.
57/02/15-17 Ridge Crest Inn Jackie Paris also Don Manning Trio
57/02/19-24 Ridge Crest Inn Australian Jazz Quintet
57/03/5-10(?) Ridge Crest Inn Billie Holiday & Trio with Paul Quinichette (ts)
57/03/11-? Town Casino George Shearing Quintet
57/03/19-24 Ridge Crest Inn Stan Getz Quartet
57/04/02-07 Ridge Crest Inn Jonah Jones Quartet
57/04/01 Eastman Theater Louis Armstrong with Trummy Young (tb), Edmond Hall (cl), Billy Kyle (p), Squire Gersh (b), Barrett Deems (d), Velma Middleton (v)
57/04/23-28 Ridge Crest Inn Carmen McRae & Trio
57/04/30-05/05 Ridge Crest Inn Kai Winding Septet "New Trombone Sounds"
57/05/29-06/02 Ridge Crest Inn Joya Sherrill also Don Manning Trio with Billy Traikoff, Joe Kloss
57/06/28-30 Ridge Crest Inn Roy Eldridge also Don Manning Trio & Joyce McGrath
57/07/25-08/04 Ridge Crest Inn Al Belletto Sextet with Jerri Winters (v)
57/08/22-24 Ridge Crest Inn Jimmy Rushing
57/08/22-29 Sparky's Avenue Restaurant Tiny Grimes & The Highlanders
57/09/24-29 Ridge Crest Inn Carmen McRae & Trio "Decca Recording Star"
5710/15-20 Ridge Crest Inn Australian Jazz Quintet
57/10/22-27 Ridge Crest Inn Horace Silver Quintet
57/11/09 Auditorium Theater Ted Heath Orchestra also Hi-Los & Carmen McRae
57/11/05-10 Ridge Crest Inn Jimmy Smith Trio
57/11/19 Auditorium Theater Jazz for Moderns In Person Gerry Mulligan Quintet, Chico Hamilton, Miles Davis Quintet, Australian Jazz Quintet, Helen Merrill, Lee Konitz; George Shearing Sextet scheduled but did not appear because of illness (flu epidemic), Hamilton appears as trio not quintet also due to illness; Don Manning Trio also performs; Benefit for International Sunshine Society
57/11/15-17 Ridge Crest Inn Slim Gaillard also Don Manning Trio with Sam Tomasino & Joyce McGrath
57/11/15 Manger Hotel Ballroom Hal McIntyre 14 Piece Orchestra Friendship Club of Rochester event
57/11/27-12/01 Ridge Crest Inn Charlie Ventura Trio Dave McKenna (p), Tony De Nicola (d)
57/12/03-08 Ridge Crest Inn Oscar Peterson Trio Ray Brown (b), Herb Ellis (g)
57/12/15 Ridge Crest Inn Reese Markewich & Mark V

Note: 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:
Auditorium Theater - 875 Main St. E.
Eastman Theater - Gibbs St. at E. Main St.
Ridge Crest Inn - 1982 Ridge Rd. E.
Sparky's Avenue Restaurant - University Ave. at E. Main St.
Town Casino - 681 Main St, Buffalo, NY