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Plasticity: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue were the perfect crescendo to a night of jazz and swing for the 2014 Syracuse Jazz Fest (Day 1). After seeing the energetic show, we’d describe the former child prodigy from Treme as a combination drum major and sanctified Baptist preacher, accented with a taste of Rahsaan Patterson, Lee Morgan and Fred Wesley.

Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) is a tropical storm of resounding brass that shook the hills at Onondaga Community College.

Trombone Shorty: Double Barrell

Brash in Brass

Trombone Shorty as Tambourine Shorty

Tambourine Shorty

Trombone Shorty: Band leader

Asking the band to take it higher

Sign Language @ OCC

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Randy (left) talked with jazz fans about the recent changes to the format at WAER-FM 88.3 at OCC last night.

Randy (left) talked with jazz fans about the recent changes to the format at WAER-FM 88.3 at OCC last night.

Improvisation: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy trumpet player Glen The Kid Marhevka: The Satorialist

BBVD trumpet player Glen "The Kid" Marhevka: The Sartorialist

Fashion and music seem to go hand-in-hand.

Glen Marhevka said many of his suits he wears are styled from the 1930s and 40s (similar to his band mates), but during the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy set on Friday he wore a hand-me-down (but re-tailored) ensemble from the 1960s.  He said his personal tailor is a guy named Javi in Los Angeles.

Marhevka has that certain sprezzatura historically poured onto horn players (think Chet Baker), but don’t let the cool vines fool you, he can flat out blow that horn.

Then & Now (The Music Never Stops)

Monday, July 7th, 2014

DJ Showcase

DJ Showcase (at a National Day of Service event in 2000)

DJ Showcase

DJ Showcase keeps the party going.

Another Level of Style

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Kierra Jordan combines the sophisticated and the popular with her rendition of a Beyonce tune during an open mike last week in Downtown Syracuse.

Kierrah Titus combined the sophisticated with the popular during her rendition of a Beyonce tune at an open mike last week in Downtown Syracuse.

Pounding the Pavement

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Syracuse Jazz Masters Dave Solazzo and Bill Horrace played a concert in the courtyard near Lemon Grass + Bistro Elefant on Friday night.

Syracuse Jazz Masters Dave Solazzo and Bill Horrace played a few sets in the courtyard near Lemon Grass + Bistro Elefant on Friday night.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Juneteenth in Syracuse, early 2000s

Juneteenth in Syracuse, early 2000s

Throwback Thursday: Funky Goodness

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

Maceo Parker was a key component in James Brown's rhythm section. He played the Westcott Theater in Syracuse in 2009.

Maceo Parker was a key component in James Brown's rhythm section. He played the Westcott Theater in Syracuse in 2009.

The film ‘Get on Up,’ a James Brown bio pic, will hit theaters this summer. Parker is played by Craig Robinson.

Flat (out) Stanley

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Hammer on stage at the NYS Fair (Chevy Court) with his hype dancers (circa 2009)

Hammer on stage at the NYS Fair (Chevy Court) with his hype dancers (circa 2009)

Syracuse.com writer Chris Baker wrote a story today talking about the greatest New York State Fair concert moments of all time.

For our taste the 2009 visit by Hammer (aka MC Hammer, aka Stanley Burrell) still reverberates near Chevy Court. On a warm, muggy night in September the artist may have been past the peak of his superpowers, but he put on a show for the ages.  The Hip Hop experience featured a dozen or so dancers that nearly set the stage on fire. At one point he even invited about 50 audience members on stage with him for a finale that turned the mutha out.

Hard to believe, but the show was free (with admission to the Fair) and the seating was first come-first serve. 

Hammer surfs the State Fair crowd

Hammer surfs the State Fair crowd

Black v. Brown

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Jack Brown

Jack Brown, keeping it real (cool)

Hollywood has Jack Black; Syracuse has Jack Brown (of Sophistafunk). Black is known for his fluffy comedic persona; meanwhile Brown is known as a vigorous MC who dons stylish pork pie hats on stage. Last weekend, Brown mixed up his fashion ensemble by rocking a pair of classic NIKE dunks (in Syracuse Orange, of course).

Jack Brown

Jack Brown defines of freedom of expression