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NYS Bluesfest, Day 1: The Great Santini

Friday, July 8th, 2016
Brandon Santini, vocalist

Brandon Santini, vocalist and harmonica player in appeared at NYS Bluesfest on Friday. He will play the Windsor Blues fest in Canada on July 16.

Memphis Rub

Friday, July 8th, 2016
John Németh kicked-off  the NYS Blues Fest at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que last night. He started off  with gospel inflection and slowly simmered to some red-hot blues.

John Németh kicked-off the NYS Blues Fest at the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que last night. The Boise-born, Mempis-based vocalist started off with a gospel inflection, and slowly simmered toward some red-hot blues (using nearly a dozen different harmonicas during the set).

Between Gold and Silver

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016
Raul Malo and Eddie Perez from The Mavericks performed at last weekend's 34th Annual Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Raul Malo (right) and Eddie Perez from The Mavericks performed at last weekend’s 34th Annual Syracuse Jazz Festival.

When it comes to the summer outdoor concert season, The Syracuse Jazz Fest is an event nonpareil. This year’s 34th show was a blast and we eagerly anticipate next year’s version. Here are a some of the artists we’d love to see for the 35th Annual Syracuse Jazz Fest next year:

  1. Stevie Wonder
  2. The Internet
  3. Anita Baker
  4. Brian Culbertson
  5. Lalah Hathaway
  6. Wyclef Jean
  7. Antoinette Henry
  8. Kamasi Washington
  9. Roy Ayers
  10. And any of the following via hologram or on the jumbotron: Grover, Ray Charles, Miles, Dizzy, or Phyllis Hyman

O.P.

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Jazz Fest Productions President Oscar Peterson

Jazz Fest Productions President Oscar Peterson (right) enjoys the scene at OCC.

Jazz Fest, Day 1: Message in the Music

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Michael McDonald talk just enough politics before getting into his litany of hits last night.

Michael McDonald talked just enough politics before getting into his litany of hits last night.

Jazz Is…Audacious

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Jerry Dale McFadden of the Mavericks had maybe the coolest entrance for any Jazz Fest in recent history.

Jerry Dale McFadden of the Mavericks had maybe the coolest entrance for any Jazz Fest in recent history.

Jazz Fest, Day 1: Rock Star

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
The ascot, lapel boot and goatee say fashion icon, but the guitar licks and the style scram straight rock icon.

The ascot, glasses, boots and goatee say fashion icon, but the guitar licks showed us we can’t sleep on Eddie Perez’s guitar skills.

Jazz Fest, Day 1: Mr. Leigh

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Ronnie Leigh,the smooth-dapper-crooner and local legend also participated in the tribute to Mark Murphy.

Ronnie Leigh,the smooth-dapper-crooner and local legend also participated in the tribute to Mark Murphy.

Jazz Fest, Day 1: First Lady of CNY Jazz

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Nancy Kelly joined New York Voices to pay tribute to Murphy.

Nancy Kelly joined New York Voices onstage to pay tribute to Murphy.

Jazz is…Respect

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Onondaga at Onondaga Hill from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

There’s a top 10 list somewhere as to why Frank Malfitano, producer, director, talent cultivator, and cultural savant “gets it” when it comes to showing pride for Syracuse and Central New York. Bringing Chief Lyons, the statesman, onto the stage at Jazz Fest tonight is high on that list. Respect.