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Throwback Thursday: Jazz in the City (part 1)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Jazz in the City tribute to Donald Ransome (2007)

Jazz in the City tribute to Donald Ransom (2007)

We look forward to Jazz in the City, which this year will only be one event (vs. three).  Past artists who have played for this series include Fred Wesley, Jr. Walker’s All-Stars, Marion Meadows, Dave Valentin, Alex Torres, Jackiem Joyner and Richard Randolph’s Urban Jazz Coalition.

Perseverance Park/Pike Block will be the lone destination on September 3.

Jazz in the City: James Patterson singing on the Southside (circa 2007)

Jazz in the City: James Patterson singing on the Southside (circa 2007)

Fair Fashion

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

The Goonies lead vocalist/MC Langston "Illumination" Masingale at the New York State Fair last night.

The Goonies MC Langston "Illumination" Masingale made more than vocal statements during a set at the New York State Fair (Talent Showcase Stage) last night.

The Latitude for Maturity

Monday, August 25th, 2014
Ashanti, vocalist turned music label exec
Ashanti, vocalist turned music label exec
Former Murder, Inc. Records princess and Ashanti is proof that hip hop can grow up quite nicely. The singer/actress-turned record label executive came to the New York State Fair yesterday and took her fans down a musical memory lane for an hour or so using her sweet soprano and some velvety dance moves.
 
Ashanti is now head of Written Entertainment, and her new album is titled Braveheart.
Making moves

NYS Fair (Day 2): Wiggle Room

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Singer Jason Derulo, the modern-day dance machine, wowed the crowd at Chevy Court on Friday night.

Singer Jason Derulo, the modern-day dance machine, wowed the crowd at Chevy Court on Friday night.

Throwback Thursday: Voices

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Frank McComb in Clinton Square (circa 2013)

Frank McComb in Clinton Square (circa 2013)

This may not be too far back for a Thursday, but these guys made some serious music together.  Listen closely and notice how they nearly resurrect the voice of Donny Hathaway.

Branford Marsalis playing Clinton Square (circa 2006)

Branford Marsalis playing Clinton Square (circa 2006)

Creative Lineage

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Houston to Washington

Houston to Washington: From one generation to the next, the Syracuse music scene has roots that go deep and wide. Guitarist Jeff Houston caught a groove with drummer Emanuel Washington and keyboardist Travis Reed (not pictured) during a recent Art & Soul Cafe event at Munjed's.

Another Freedom Summer?

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

We Shall Overcome by Sifsound on Mixcloud

Here is a clip of a timeless classic, sang beautifully by Tamar Smithers during the CCJI Conference at Syracuse University’s College of Law earlier this year. We are thankful for the power of music.

Throwback Thursday: The Fair

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Shawn, Wanya, Nate: Boyz II Men played the NYS Fair in 2009

Shawn, Wanya, Nate: Boyz II Men played the NYS Fair in 2009

Drum Tight 315

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

Young drummer Maxwell Brown leads the Syracuse Elks Band in closing out the 12th Annual Mothers Against Gun Violence Vigil on Sunday. His father is drummer Nate Brown from Brownskin Band.

Young drummer Maxwell Brown led the Syracuse Elks Band drumline on stage to close out the 12th Annual Mothers Against Gun Violence Vigil on Sunday. His father is drummer Nate Brown from Brownskin Band.

Here is a photo of Maxwell with his father a few years ago (during a performance at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival).

Drum Tight 315

Drum Tight 315

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Luther Edwards, singer, Latin American Festival (circa 2008)

Luther Edwards, singer, Latin American Festival (circa 2008)