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Sitrus Four Play

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

N. Kelly at Sitrus Lounge

N. Kelly at Sitrus Lounge

Jazz at Sitrus kicked off the 2014-15 season by hosting the first lady of CNY Jazz, Nancy Kelly.  She was joined last night by retired Ithaca College educator  Steve Brown on guitar, Dino Losito on keys and Rochester’s Mike Melito on drums.

This is the fourth season for the series.

Steve Brown laying down jazz licks at the Sitrus Lounge

Steve Brown laying down jazz licks at the Sitrus Lounge

Ladies in Motion

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Tinashe

Tinashe

For the first part of today’s Juice Jam 2014 the ladies took center stage.  The show was opened by Misterwives on the indie stage, followed by Broods, featuring Georgia Nott. Tinashe, who ignited things on the main stage, has an album coming out October 7.

Broods also has an album due out in October.

Mandy Lee

Mandy Lee of Misterwives

Ladies catch a groove near the indie stage

Ladies catch a groove near the indie stage

Georgia Nott, lead singer for Broods

Georgia Nott, lead singer for Broods

Cuse before Cali

Sunday, September 7th, 2014

Mandy Lee revs up the crowd at Juice Jam 2014

Mandy Lee and Misterwives revved up the crowd at Juice Jam 2014

Misterwives, featuring lead singer Mandy Lee, got a great send off today from the students during Juice Jam 2014. The band was the opening act for the music festival (which celebrated it’s 10th year).  Tomorrow Misterwives will make their national television debut on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in L.A.

Crowd Reflection

Crowd Reflection

Return of Jazz in the City

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Encore

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

DJ Shakim, DJ for BBD, kicked off the show with a medley of tunes that spanned nearly 40 years of Hip Hop and R&B. We wish he would have went on much ealier in the day.

DJ Shakim, the kinetic DJ, kicked off the show for BBD last night with a medley of tunes that spanned nearly 40 years of Hip-Hop and R&B. Many in the crowd wished he would have came on much ealier.

3-in-1

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Ricky Bell, Ron Devoe and Mike Bivins, aka Bell Biv Devoe, turned in a legendary performance at Chevy Court on Saturday night.

Ricky Bell, Ron DeVoe and Mike Bivins, aka Bell Biv DeVoe, turned in a seasoned and funkdafied performance (including their smash hit "Poison") at Chevy Court last night

Probably no of us thought that within the New Edition franchise it would be Bell Biv DeVoe (BBD) who emerged as the most consistent spin-off.  And to make sure we don’t forget, Michael Bivins announced during the show that in 2015 BBD would be recording a new album, going out on tour, and even doing a television project.  How’s that for poison control!

Throwback Thursday: Jazz in the City (part 2)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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