Local Artist Appearances 1955

DateVenueArtistComments
Jan 07Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso listed Jan. 14, 21, 28
Jan 14Squeezer'sSqueezer's BreezersJam Session Sunday; Also listed Jan. 21, 28; "Squeezer's where great jazz is a tradition."
Jan 15Ridge Crest InnJohnny Vieth QuartetWeekend gig
Jan 28Ridge Crest InnJohnny Vieth QuartetFrank Culley, Jerry Santora, Billy Halligan
Jan 29Squeezer'sSqueezer's BreezersAlso listed Feb. 4; Sam Tomasino (ts), Chuck Cameron (d), Spencer Walker (b), Joe Squeezer (p); Jam Sunday
Feb 03Number 1 BarJoe Mancuso (d), Sam Ansuini (ts), Matt Scherzi (p), Gene Varenti (b)Thursday Night Jam
Feb 04Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso Feb. 11, 18, 25; Max McCarthy (b), Ralph Unterborn (cl), Red Hawley (d), Hank Burger (tb), Bud De Tar (p), Don Hunt (t)
Feb 04-05Ridge Crest InnJohnny Vieth QuartetEva Moore, Jerry Santora (d)
Feb 04WintonaireKen Purtell TrioAlso listed Feb. 11; Barney Mallon (b), Bob Fuller
Feb 11Ridge Crest InnWalkin' Willie & Johnny Vieth
Feb19Colline's Village LoungeJohnny Albert bandFridays & Saturdays; Also through March; Jam Session Sundays
Mar 04WintonaireKen Purtell TrioAlso listed March 11, 18, 25; Fridays and Saturdays; Frank Strazzeri (p) on Sundays
Mar 04Golden GrillDixieland Ramblers & Finger Lakes 5 + 1"12 Talented Musicians"
Mar 11Band BoxJoe Squeezer and His All New BreezersAlso March 15, 18; Flo Randall
Mar 11Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso March 25
Mar 17Ridge Crest InnThe DunlapsRay, Bobby, Jimmy & Ann and Dick Flaherty; St. Patrick's Day Party
Mar 18Golden GrillDixieland Ramblers & Salt City Five
Mar 25Sarli'sFrank Gillespie (p)Also April 15
Apr 01Band BoxJoe Squeezer and All New BreezersAlso April 08, 15, 22, 29
Apr 01WintonaireKen Purtell TrioFridays and Saturdays; Bob Fuller, Lowell Miller; Frank Strazzeri or Ray Dunlap (p) on Sundays; Also listed April 15, 22
Apr 01Golden GrillDixieland RamblersFridays and Saturdays; Also April 08, 15, 22
Apr 15Colline's Village LoungeJohnny Albert BandFridays and Saturdays with Sunday Jam; "Martians Welcome"
Apr 15Ridge Crest InnBilly TraikoffFriday-Sunday
Apr 29Golden GrillSalt City Five and Dixieland Ramblers"Saturday Night Special"
May 06Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso May 13, 20
May 06Band BoxJoe Squeezer and BreezersJoe Romano (ts), Joe Pastorelli (d), Gene Varenti (b), Judy Tremaine (v); Also May 13, 20, 27
May 27-28Golden GrillSalt City Five and Dixieland RamblersBattle of the Bands
Jun 03Band BoxJoe SqueezerJudy Tremaine and Breezers held over another week
Jun 03Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso June 10, 17, 24
Jun 08-10Dick's 620 ClubGarden State 5
Jun 10-11Colline's Village LoungeJohnny Albert BandJoe Mancuso (p), Buddy Schlegel (sax), Bobby Widmer (d)
Jun 17Band BoxAl VinoTo July 4
Jul 01Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso July 08, 15, 22, 29
Jul 08Ernie's PlaceJerry Tracy (g) QuartetMatt Scherzi (p), Bob Prince (d), Albert Adams (Jamaica Jive) (vtb); Also July 15, 22, 29
Jul 15Buddy's CasinoJoe Mancuso and Bill PorterMary Lou (v)
Jul 16Pittsford InnDunlapsRay (p), Bob (t), Jim (sax), Dick Flaherty (d), Ann Zona (v); Also July 23
Jul 29Band BoxChelly LaneJoe Pastorelli (d), Eddie Shanholz (p), Joe Romano (sax), Gene Varenti (b)
Jul 29Colline's Village LoungeJohnny Albert BandJerry Taney (p), Buddy Schlegel (sax), Bob Widmer (d)
Aug 05Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso August 12
Aug 06Ridge Crest InnMaria Elena and Bill Traikoff
Aug 13Ernie's PlaceJerry Tracy QuartetMatt Scherzi (p), Bob Prince (d), Albert Adams (Jamaica Jive) (vtb); Fridays and Saturdays, Jam Session Sunday 8-12; Also August 19-20
Aug 19Westminster Park InnRay Hackshaw QuintetFeaturing Bill Mustard (tb)
Aug 20Pittsford InnDunlapsRay (p), Bob (t), Jim (sax), Dick Flaherty (d), Ann Zona (v); Also August 27
Aug 23Highland Park BowlJazz Festival18 Bands sponsored by AFM Rochester Local including: Mike Arena, Len Hawley, John Hartzog, Ray Hackshaw-Bill Mustard, Larry Crosley, Zani Patasin, Cecil & Jenks, Jimmy Covallo, Ken Purtell, Bill Fleig, Squeezer's Breezers, Bill Traikoff, Johnny Albert, Bill Porter, Joe Romano
Aug 25Club 96Jerry Tracy and All StarsJam Session with Jamaica jive (Albert Adams) Sundays; all musicians welcome
Aug 27Golden GrillSalt City 5 and Dixieland Ramblers
Sep 01Club 96Jerry Tracy and All StarsThursday-Sunday (jam session)
Sep 03Golden GrillSalt City 5 and Dixieland RamblersAlso September 16, 24
Sep 09Ernie's PlaceJerry Tracy QuartetFriday and Saturday with Sunday jam session
Sep 09Pittsford InnDunlaps with Ann ZonaAlso September 16, 23, 30
Sep 11Ridge Crest Inn"Pre-Fall Jazz Festival"Bill Traikoff Orchestra and Russ Ives' Tailgate Ramblers; Also September 18
Oct 07Golden GrillDixieland RamblersAlso October 14, 21, 28
Oct 07Pittsford InnDunlapsRay, Bob, Jim, Don (b), Dick Flaherty; Also October 14, 21, 28
Oct 14Westminster Park InnRay Hackshaw QuintetFeaturing Bill Mustard
Oct 18St. Nick's HallMike Arena OrchestraAlso listed October 19, 22, 27-29
Oct 28Westminster Park InnBill Mustard
Nov 01Band BoxSqueezer's BreezersWith Sal Sperazza
Nov 04Ernie's PlaceBob Prince Modern Jazz QuartetWith Sam Ansuini; Jams Sundays; also listed November 18
Nov 04Pittsford InnRay Dunlap QuintetBob, Jim, Don, Dick Flaherty
Nov 11Golden GrillDixieland RamblersWeekends; Also November 18, 26
Nov 11Ridge Crest InnFrankie Nann Trio
Nov 18Colline's Village LoungeJohnny Albert Band
Dec 02Golden GrillDixieland RamblersFirdays and Saturdays; Also December 9, 16, 23, 31
Dec 02Pittsford InnRay Dunlap QuintetAlso December 9, 16, 23
Dec 02Club 96Joe Ratalo All Star BandJam session Sunday, December 4
Dec 07Club 96Mike Romeo QuartetFeaturing Ken Fess (d); Wednesday and Thursday
Dec 09Ridge Crest InnAdelaide Robbins (p) and Bill Traikoff
Dec 10Club 96Don Sheldon Swing FourSam Ansuini (ts), Matt Scherzi (p), Spencer Walker (b); Jazz concerts every Sunday, 3-6 PM
Dec 10Stage Coach InnJohnny Albert BandAlso December 17, 31

 

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.

Rochester, NY Venue Locations:
Buddy’s Casino – 302 North St.
Band Box = Squeezer’s – 420 State St.
Club 96 – 96 Otis St.
Colline’s Village Lounge – Lake Ave. and Latta Rd.
Dick’s 620 Club – 620 Clinton Ave. N.
Ernie’s Place – 4653 Lake Ave.
Golden Grill = Mardi Gras – 4775 Lake Ave.
Number 1 Bar – 945 Genesee St.
Pittsford Inn – Pittsford, NY
Ridge Crest Inn – 1982 Ridge Rd. E.
Sarli’s – 225 St. Paul St.
St. Nick’s Hall – Madison and Chestnut
Stage Coach Inn – Webster, NY
Westminster Park Inn – E. River Rd.
Wintonaire – 628 N. Winton Rd.