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J.A.M.S. Funk Fest 2k16

Monday, September 5th, 2016

FunkFest 2k16 from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Week in Review

Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Gerald Veasley (left) and Walter Beasley jammed at the New York State Fair on Saturday night.

Gerald Veasley (left) and Walter Beasley jammed at the New York State Fair on Saturday night.

This was a week of returns here in Syracuse: The return of Nuf Said (Jazz in the City); the return football season; the return of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to speak at SU, but maybe our favorite was the return of bassist Gerald Veasley. Veasley came to throw down for the FunkFest 2k16 (New York State Fair) with a band of musical titans, including Chuck Loeb and Walter Beasley.

Beasley came down from Boston, while Loeb made his way to Syracuse from Spain.

Veasley was last in town for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival in Clinton Square in 2013.

Beasley will play the Howard Theater in DC next month, and Loeb played the Low Country Jazz Festival in SC today.

NYS Fair (Day 10): Showing Some Love

Saturday, September 3rd, 2016
The Cuse' Music Scene has a special spirit of collaboration and is all about showing love  and recognizing good musicianship. Tonight Reggie Seigler (left), founder of JAMS presented a community award to Syracuse Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano.

The more time we log covering the Cuse’ music scene, the more we experience a special spirit of collaboration recognition. Tonight musician and columnist Reggie Seigler (left), founder of JAMS (Syracuse’s Joined Artists Musicians and Singers’ ) presented a community award to Syracuse Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano. The ceremony was during the intermission for the FunkFest 2K16 show.

Jazz in the City (East): Chill in the Air

Friday, September 2nd, 2016
Ioana Vintu

Ioana Vintu and Nuf Said were a great fit for the back yard-like setting at Lemoyne Plaza last night. Their return to the Cuse on a cool September evening also provided a fitting diminuendo for the outdoor jazz season.

NYS Fair (Day 8): Going Dutch

Thursday, September 1st, 2016
Natalie La Rose breezed through her set on a picture-perfect Syracuse September Day.

Natalie La Rose, the Amsterdam-born singer and member of the Flo Rida Camp, breezed through her set on a picture-perfect Syracuse September Day.

NYS Fair (Day 6)

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Souled Out from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

NYS Fair (Day 4): A Gospel Jones

Monday, August 29th, 2016
NYS Gospel Choir Director Jason Barnes took things to another level during today's show.

New York State Gospel Choir Director Jason Barnes took things to another level during yesterday’s show.

Around the Fair in Five Photos

Sunday, August 28th, 2016
Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply met with fans before the show at Chevy Court.

Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply met with fans before the show at Chevy Court.

Vendor, City Market

Vendor, City Market

Catching a breeze on the Drag Strip

Catching a breeze on the Drag Strip

Zyiere Edwards sang a solo during the New York State Gospel Choir show.

Zyiere Edwards sang a solo during the New York State Gospel Choir show.

You know it's hot (heat index above 90) when the airbrush artists blow themselves off.

You know it’s hot (heat index above 90) when the airbrush artists blow themselves off.

NYS Fair (Day 1): Dance With Your Daddy

Friday, August 26th, 2016
A couple dances to the fiesty jazz sounds of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the opening day of the New York State Fair.

A couple danced to the feisty,horn-driven jazz of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the opening day of the New York State Fair yesterday. Despite the humidity, the band’s energy and musical antics won them new fans in Chevy Court. Trumpet player Glen The Kid Marhevka is shown on the video monitor playing a solo.

Jazz in the City (Northside): Keepin it Cool

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
What a pleasant surprise. This guy played a guitar like  Bobby Womack, dressed like a dapper don, has a movie star name and sounds like the late Spencer Harrison. Colionne was the perfect choice for Jazz in the City's North Salina location.

What a pleasant surprise. This guy played guitar like Bobby Womack, dressed like a real Dapper Don, has a movie star name, and crooned like the late Spencer Harrison. Nick Colionne was the perfect choice for Jazz in the City’s North Salina location in so many ways.