Jazz at Immanuel

In our 16th Year!

All Concerts at 7:00 p.m. at
Immanuel Baptist Church
815 Park Avenue, Rochester, NY

Donations at the door: $10 Adults, $5 Students ($25 Family Max)

Fall 2018 Schedule

Friday, September 21 – Luca Santana Jazztet

The Fall Kick-Off Concert for Friday Jazz at Immanuel features the Luca Santana Jazztet, the only Latin Jazztet in the upstate New York region fusing hard core Jazz with Afro-Caribbean rhythms and salsa.

Luca is a self-taught percussionist who has studied privately under Ruth Cahn at the world renowned Eastman School of Music. He is joined by Melvin Soler on piano, Luis Carrion, bass, Orlando Nunez, bongo, Ephraim Santana, minor percussion, Angel Lopez, trumpet and Rowan Wolf on sax.


The evening is a tribute to Father Larry Tracey, priest to the poor and Hispanic population of Rochester. Padre Tracy grew up in Rochester in the 1940’s during the height of the first great migration from Puerto Rico. He was a founding member of the Ibero-American Action League, and a prophetic voice for his community for 50 years.

Your contributions will provide funds for the Father Laurence Tracy Advocacy Center next to St. Michael’s on N. Clinton Avenue which carries on Father Tracy’s work.

Money will also be raised for the ongoing recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.


Friday, October 19 – The music of Jimmie Highsmith

Jimmie “Tjari” Highsmith Jr.​ is a critically acclaimed, award winning saxophonist who has shared the stage over the years with Najee, Alicia Keys, Víctor and Joseph Wooten, Chris Botti, Grover Washington Jr., and Wynton Marsalis just to name a few.

He has recorded eight top selling smooth jazz CD’s in the last ten years with his sixth CD, “The Anthology of Sound”, received a Grammy Nomination.














Friday, November 16 – Bill Tiberio and Friends

Straddling the divide between straight-ahead and pop-oriented jazz, Bill Tiberio is an accomplished and versatile saxophonist and woodwind player. He is active in the Rochester music scene as a performer and a music educator. Bill is a founding member of The Bill Welch Band and is the saxophonist for the Spiritus Christi Gospel Choir and the band Allegro. He has performed with the likes of Fred Wesley, The Four Tops, the Temptations, Nestor Torres, Lou Gramm, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has shared the stage with Chuck Loeb, the Yellowjackets, Eileen Ivers, Jesse Cook, Ken Navarro, the Rippingtons, and Euge Groove.

Bill has released several CD’s since 2003 including “The Story Ends, The Story Begins…”, “Promise Street”, “Brothers” and “Thanksgiving”.

In addition, he has over 25 years of experience in the field of public music education at Fairport high school, the Eastman Community Music School, Hochstein School of Music, the University of Rochester and Ithaca College, among others.

In the Spring of 2013, Bill was selected as a quarterfinalists out of 30,000 applicants in the first ever national Grammy Music Educator Awards.


Friday, December 7 – Annual Advent Christmas Concert featuring The Bill Welch Band and many guests

Singer songwriter, Bill Welch, is a gifted musician with a soulful voice, and a talent for surrounding himself with experienced musicians and voices that collectively shape his music into a unique style. There is a sincerity about Bill’s writing and a spirited expression in his singing that seems to move people. It is easy to find a personal connection to Bill’s lyrics, for what he writes for his audience exalts his spirit as well.

Bill Welch’s music embodies the craft of songwriting in its most personal and spiritual forms. He writes from the heart with humility, compassion and gratitude in a way that resonates with his growing audience. For more than thirty years Bill’s music has been the uplifting soundtrack that inspires our lives.







We are proud to be sponsored by the Coffee Connection.


The Coffee Connection provides employment training and job creation for women in recovery from addiction and sells fair trade, organic coffee as a not-for-profit business.