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Year in Review (Music)

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016
Vocalist and Utica-native Laurie Dapice appeared in Syracuse in April, then shared the stage with Wynton_Marsalis in August. Her debut album was chosen as one of the Best Jazz CDS of 2016 by Downbeat Magazine.

Vocalist and Utica-native Laurie Dapice appeared at Jazz@ Sitrus (Syracuse) in April, then shared the stage with Wynton_Marsalis in August. Her debut album was chosen as one of the Best Jazz CDS of 2016 by Downbeat Magazine.

Year in Review

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

The impact of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation in less than a minute.

Jazz Central from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Rock & Roux

Friday, December 9th, 2016
Bill Wharton, aka the Sauce Boss, played his regular December gig at the Dinosaur on Thursday night.

Bill Wharton, aka the Sauce Boss, played his regular December gig at the Dinosaur on Thursday night.

Bill Wharton is a traveling man. For a quarter century he’s been coming to Syracuse (in December no less) to spread good cheer, play his music, and cook gumbo. Last night he nearly went into chef attack mode when someone tried to rush ingredients into his cooking pot. The Sauce Boss plays when it comes to the blues, but does not play when it comes to his gumbo apparently.

Cooler heads prevailed and the roux continued to simmer.

The Sauce Boss stirs things up on stage.

Stirring things up on stage.

Piano in the Lounge

Wednesday, December 7th, 2016

Will Power from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

SIF Scene (notable people, places and events)

Monday, November 28th, 2016
Melissa Gardiner & Larry Luttinger at the Sitrus Lounge (Sheraton Hotel)

Melissa Gardiner & Larry Luttinger at the Sitrus Lounge (Sheraton Hotel)

Leftovers with a Side of Eargasm

Saturday, November 26th, 2016
MG3 (aka Gardiner Dekaney and Gorman) provided the perfect Turkey Day detox at the Sitrus Lounge on Friday evening. According to CNY Jazz's Larry Luttinger, the Sitrus series will continue the post Thanksgiving shows each year.

MG3 (aka Gardiner, Dekaney and Gorman) provided the perfect Turkey Day detox at the Sitrus Lounge on Friday evening.  CNY Jazz’s Larry Luttinger said he hopes to continue the post Thanksgiving segment annually. Things started slow, but by the end of the first set the festive crowd had grown significantly and seemed to revel in the eclectic mix of standards and original compositions.

Week in Review

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

In My Secret Life from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Professor Louie and the Crowmatix paid tribute to singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen during their show in Homer, NY. Cohen passed away earlier this week.

Rhythm & Resolve

Sunday, November 13th, 2016
Miss Marie & Professor Louie (Center for the Arts, Homer, NY)

Miss Marie & Professor Louie (Center for the Arts, Homer, NY)

We visited the artsy, but reverent space known as the Center for the Arts in Homer for the first time on Friday. The Veterans Day tribute featuring Professor Louie & The Crowmatix was a blast. The Pride of Peekskill (aka The Professor) oversaw the wonderful performance either seated at the keys, and or flexing his shoulders to play his vintage accordion.  We particularly enjoyed his vocal chemistry with singer Miss Marie (pictured above).

The show featured a generous 2-hour plus performance, including tributes to Leonard Cohen and Buckwheat Zydeco. As an added bonus, we noticed some familiar faces in the horn section, and their intro paved the way for a truly sonic performance in the formerly sacred space.

Gary Burke

Gary Burke

Gary Burke (who was a guest artist on this album from 1987) drummed up a fuss the entire night, including a great solo on the cut “Mr. Luck.”  Meanwhile guitarist John Planania put the crowd under his spell, especially on the Van Morrison hit “Domino.” Frank Campbell also kept things steady with his trusty bass and background vocals.

The venue featured a spacious lobby as well. The acoustics sometimes suffered from the vaulted ceiling, but there was not a bad seat in the house.  We found the post-it seat reservation system a pleasant dose of nonconformity.

Special thanks to Tom Honan and Live Space Entertainment for the invite.

National Anthem

National Anthem

Jazz Is…Unity

Saturday, November 12th, 2016
Brassman Jeff Stockham (second from left) put together a fantastic quartet he called the Syracuse Horns to back Professor Louie and Cromatix last night at the Homer Arts Center.

Jeff Stockham (second from left) led the Syracuse Horns as they huffed and puffed, and nearly blew their faces off as a gusty adjunct to Professor Louie and Cromatix last night at the Homer Arts Center.

Have You Seen Chelsea Lately

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Singer, songwriter and Lemoyne College senior Chelsea Balan showed off her brand of folk soul during the Party in the Plaza series. She is pictured here playing with artist/producer Todd Hobin.

Singer/songwriter Chelsea Balan showed off her emerging talent in folk-soul during the Party in the Plaza series last week. The NYC-native and Lemoyne College senior was joined in performance by artist/producer Todd Hobin.