Major Artist Appearances 1956

DateVenueArtistComments
Jan 20-22Ridge Crest InnRandy Weston Trio & Cecil PayneIntermission with Sara Amiger (p), Al Bruno (b), Don Manning (d)
Jan 31- Feb 05Ridge Crest InnDizzy Gillespie Band"Last appearance before European tour"
Feb 07Auditorium TheaterCount Basie & Birdland Stars of '56Count Basie Orchestra, Sarah Vaughan, Al Hibbler, Johnny Smith, Joe Williams, Lester Young, Bud Powell, East-West Jazz Septet
Feb 08-12Band BoxMarian McPartland Triowith Joe Morello (d)
Feb 10-12Ridge Crest InnWild Bill MooreIntermission with Bill Traikoff's band featuring Russ Musseri
Feb 17-19Ridge Crest InnBull Moose JacksonIntermission with Bill Traikoff band
Feb 17-20Band BoxTerry Gibbs QuintetFeaturing Terry Pollard (p)
Feb 18Sheraton Hotel BallroomClaude Thornhill Orchestra14-pieces - Sponsored by the Friendship Club of Rochester
Feb 22-??Terrace GardensTony Pastor Orchestra
Feb 24-26Ridge Crest InnArt Farmerwith blues singer Joan Shaw
Feb 27 - Mar 04Band BoxBuddy DeFranco-Pete Jolly Quartet
Mar 02-03Ridge Crest InnCrown Prince Charles WaterfordIntermission with Bill Traikoff band
Mar 05-11Band BoxJohnny Smith Quartet & Beverly Kenney
Mar 08-11Ridge Crest InnAl Belletto Sextet
Mar 09University of Rochester River Campus (upper Strong Auditorium)Kai Winding-J.J. Johnson Quintet Concert (produced by U of R students - University of Rochester Jazz Society)with Dick Katz (review says Ronnie Ball - I remember Katz) (p), Al Cotton (b), Al Harewood (d)
Mar 12-18Ridge Crest InnModern Jazz Quartet
Mar 16Auditorium TheaterWill Moyle (WVET) Presents Louis Armstrong & the All Stars and Woody Herman & the Third HerdFeaturing Trummy Young (tb), Velma Middleton (v), Victor Feldman (vib), Bill Harris (tb), Arno Marsh (ts), Dick Collins (t)
Mar 18-19Town CasinoErroll Garner Trio, Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson
Mar 20-25Band BoxArt Blakey & the Jazz Messengerswith Donald Byrd (t), Hank Mobley (ts), Horace Silver (p), Doug Watkins (b)
Mar 26 - Apr 01Band BoxClifford Brown-Max Roach Quintetwith Sonny Rollins (ts), Richie Powell (p), George Morrow (b)
Mar 31-Apr 01Ridge Crest InnCharlie Rouse
Apr 01-15Cotton ClubMilt Buckner
Apr 03-08Ridge Crest InnMiles Davis Quintetwith John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d)
Apr 04-08Band BoxTeddy Wilson Triowith Gene Ramey (b), Jo Jones (d)
Apr 08Golden GrillDuke Ellington Orchestraone night only
Apr 09-15Band BoxHampton Hawes Triowith Red Mitchell (b), Chuck Thompson (d)
Apr 12-15Town CasinoAustralian Jazz Quartet
Apr 20-22Ridge Crest InnSonny StittIntermission with Bill Traikoff's band and Rosalie Michaels (v)
Apr 23-29Band BoxMel Torme
Apr 24-29Cotton ClubBull Moose Jackson
Apr 26Auditorium TheaterRecord Star Parade of 1956Ted Heath Orchestra [with Ronnie Verrell (d)], Nat King Cole, June Christy, Four Freshmen (Don Barbour, Russ Barbour, Bob Flanigan, Ken Albers)
May 01-06Ridge Crest InnWild Bill Davis Trio
May 01-06Cotton ClubJimmy Smith Organ Combo"Direct from Small's Paradise"
May 08-13Cotton ClubRoy Eldridge
May 14-20Cotton ClubEddie Cleanhead Vinson
May 15Ridge Crest InnA scheduled appearance by the Oscar Peterson Trio was cancelled.
May 18-20Ridge Crest InnTony Scott Quartet
May 29-Jun 03Ridge Crest InnGene Krupa Trio
May 29-?Cotton ClubRichard Otto-Sarah McLawlerAlso listed for 06-05 opening
Jun 13-?Cotton ClubEddie Cleanhead Vinson
Jun 18-24Surf ClubGeorge Shearing Quintet
Jun 22,23Jerry's El RanchoBeryl Booker"Direct from Birdland"; also appears several other weekends in June-August
Jun 22-24Band BoxHampton Hawes TrioInitial ad indicates alternate sets with Billy Taylor Trio ("continuous music") but Taylor not listed in subsequent ads
Jun 25-30Surf ClubTeddi King
Jun 26-Jul 01Ridge Crest InnBobby Hackettand 6 piece orchestra
Jun 30Golden GrillWild Bill Davison
Jul 7-9Ridge Crest InnModern Jazz Quartet
Jul 27-29Ridge Crest InnCharles Mingus Jazz Workshop and Jimmy RushingPlus Sara Amiger
Aug 2-5, 24-26Ridge Crest InnAl Belletto Sextet
Aug 14-19Ridge Crest InnNeal Hefti Quintet and Frances Wayne"Exclusively on Epic Records"; "Former Woody Herman Vocalist"
Aug 31-Sep 01Golden GrillBobby HackettPlus the Dixieland Ramblers
Sep 01-02Ridge Crest InnAl Belletto Sextet
Sep 04-09Ridge Crest InnCharlie Ventura All Star Quintetwith Billy Bean (g), Dave McKenna (p), Richard Davis (b), Mousie Alexander (d); "Direct from Birdland"
Sep 08Jerry's El RanchoBeryl Booker
Sep 18-23Ridge Crest InnTeddy Wilson Triowith Al Lucas (b), either Jo Jones or Bobby Donaldson (d)
Oct 09-13Ridge Crest InnKai Winding Four Trombones
Oct 17-21Ridge Crest InnGene Krupa Triowith Eddie Shu
Oct 23-28Ridge Crest InnCarmen McRae & Trio
Oct ??Cotton ClubRoland Kirk Trio"A Great New Gimmick"
Oct 31Town CasinoSylvia Syms
Nov 02-03Ridge Crest InnBeryl BookerPlus Sara Amiger trio
Nov 06-11Ridge Crest InnErroll Garner TrioPlus Beryl Booker & Al Bruno
Nov 14-17Ridge Crest InnAl Belletto SextetPlus Beryl Booker & Slam Stewart
Nov 20-25Ridge Crest InnEddie Heywood TrioPlus Beryl Booker & Slam Stewart
Nov 27-30Ridge Crest InnBeryl Booker & Slam Stewart
Dec 04-09Ridge Crest InnJ.J. Johnson QuintetFeaturing Bobby Jaspar; Plus Beryl Booker & Slam Stewart
Dec 13-14Ridge Crest InnBeryl Booker & Slam Stewart
Dec 21-23Ridge Crest InnJoya SherrillPlus Beryl Booker, Slam Stewart, Don Manning
Dec 26-31Ridge Crest InnFrances Wayne & Neal HeftiPlus Beryl Booker, Slam Stewart, Don Manning
Dec 28-29Band BoxDoug Duke

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:
Auditorium Theater – 875 Main St. E.
Band Box – 420 State St.
Cotton Club – 222 Joseph Ave.
Golden Grill = Mardi Gras – 4775 Lake Ave.
Jerry’s El Rancho – 3015 W. Henrietta Rd.
Ridge Crest Inn – 1982 Ridge Rd. E.
Surf Club – 752 Edgemere Dr.
Terrace Gardens – 1151 Ridgeway Ave.
Town Casino – 681 Main St, Buffalo, NY