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Jazz (Guitar) for Life

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone played the Sitrus Lounge Friday night. His new album is titled "With the Wind and the Rain."

Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone played the Sitrus Lounge Friday night. His new album is titled "With the Wind and the Rain."

Fine Tuned

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014
You will never be an exceptional person if you fight only ordinary battles.
The Necessity of an Enemy, Ron Carpenter, Jr.

Thanks to the band Altared for showing hospitality to those dining at La Dolce on Friday night. Their new CD is Eclectic Amalgamation.

Thanks to the band Altared for showing hospitality to those dining at La Dolce on Friday night. Their new CD is Eclectic Amalgamation.

These Songs for You, Unplugged

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Chenae Marie

Chenae Marie: First Take

The Community Folk Art Center (CFAC) kicked off Black History Month a few hours early by introducing Syracuse to the soul/boho/acoustic duo Che’Zee last night.  The group is made up of husband-wife team Zeno and Chenae, who have their roots in the ATL underground music scene.  This show was part of CFAC’s Journey Through Music of the African Diaspora series (with collaboration from WAER-FM 88).

Zeno Moonflower

Zeno: Mr. Soul (flower) Power

Check out a video by Che’Zee here (a Paramore cover). They are scheduled to release their EP in March.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Monday, January 27th, 2014

2014 Producer of the Year Pharrell Williams played SUs Block Party in 2010

2014 Producer of the Year Pharrell Williams played SUs Block Party a few years ago.

Some of our favorite producers are (in no particular order) Kashif, Stevie Wonder, Sly & Robbie, The Bomb Squad, Jam & Lewis, Gamble & Huff, as well as Leon Sylvers, Rick Rubin and Syracuse’s Seth Marcel. It comes to no surprise to us that Pharrell Williams won a handful of Grammy Awards last night, including Producer of the Year. Check out his work ethic, which was chronicled in this Fast Company article a few months ago.  Also shout out to Gregory Porter, who won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano (right) presents an award to Gregory Porter in 2013.

Syracuse Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano (right) presents an award to Gregory Porter in 2013.

Groove Collective, a roll call

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Dino Losito on keys.

Dino Losito played keys for Joe Magnarelli and Nancy Kelly on Sunday.

Here’s a short list of musicians we saw in the audience during a few of the performances at the January Jazz Fest: JT Hall, John Dancks, George Feltman, John Spillett, Kirsten Tegtmeyer, Jeff Stockham, John Michael Heagerty (aka Tots), TK Howard, Tom Witkowski, Phil Flanagan, Dave Solazzo, Joe Carello and many more. Great to see musicans support each other at the Mohegan Manor, which we didn’t know was designed by Ward Wellington Ward.

And we can’t forget to give a shout out to graceful CNY dancers such as Mike Colabufo and Margaret Luttinger, who were also in attendance.

The Nancy & Joe Show

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Nancy Kelly & Joe Magnarelli played the third floor ballroom at Mohegan Manor for January Jazz Fest Sunday afternoon.

Nancy Kelly & Joe Magnarelli played Mohegan Manor Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for Larry Luttinger at CNY Jazz for the invite to the January Jazz Fest program at Mohegan Manor. Outside it was freezing, but inside the performers such as Kelly and Magnarelli kept it feeling hot, hot, hot by transforming the spacious Morris Ballroom (with its 22-foot ceilings) into a more intimate, cabaret-type atmosphere.

Throwback Thursday: JMJ

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Jam Master Jay at Goldstein Auditorium in 2001.

Jam Master Jay at Goldstein Auditorium about one year before he was killed.

Iconic Hip Hop’s DJ Jam Master Jay was born Jan. 21, 1965.

Get Ready for an Earful

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Joe Magnarelli

Joe Magnarelli

Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly

The CNYJAF will produce their annual January JazzFest next week. One of the highlights of the all-day fundraiser will be a melodious collaboration between trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and the first lady of CNY Jazz, Nancy Kelly. For more information about the show, click here. Here a short clip from Nancy Kelly live at the Sitrus Lounge (2012) below.

Avalanche of Praise

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The Ramp Experience (from a Syracuse concert)

The Ramp Experience

Congratulations to the Ramp Church International on the release of their live recording,  Bishop S.Y. Younger presents The Ramp Church Choir: Sounds of the Ramp. Bishop Younger (pictured above on the left) and a portion of his choir visited Syracuse for a concert last summer.

Throwback Thursday: NYS Fair (Music)

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Alicia Keys performing at the NYS Fair Grandstand

Alicia Keys performing at the NYS Fair Grandstand