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Groove Collective, a roll call

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Dino Losito on keys.

Dino Losito played keys for Joe Magnarelli and Nancy Kelly on Sunday.

Here’s a short list of musicians we saw in the audience during a few of the performances at the January Jazz Fest: JT Hall, John Dancks, George Feltman, John Spillett, Kirsten Tegtmeyer, Jeff Stockham, John Michael Heagerty (aka Tots), TK Howard, Tom Witkowski, Phil Flanagan, Dave Solazzo, Joe Carello and many more. Great to see musicans support each other at the Mohegan Manor, which we didn’t know was designed by Ward Wellington Ward.

And we can’t forget to give a shout out to graceful CNY dancers such as Mike Colabufo and Margaret Luttinger, who were also in attendance.

The Nancy & Joe Show

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Nancy Kelly & Joe Magnarelli played the third floor ballroom at Mohegan Manor for January Jazz Fest Sunday afternoon.

Nancy Kelly & Joe Magnarelli played Mohegan Manor Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for Larry Luttinger at CNY Jazz for the invite to the January Jazz Fest program at Mohegan Manor. Outside it was freezing, but inside the performers such as Kelly and Magnarelli kept it feeling hot, hot, hot by transforming the spacious Morris Ballroom (with its 22-foot ceilings) into a more intimate, cabaret-type atmosphere.

Throwback Thursday: JMJ

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Jam Master Jay at Goldstein Auditorium in 2001.

Jam Master Jay at Goldstein Auditorium about one year before he was killed.

Iconic Hip Hop’s DJ Jam Master Jay was born Jan. 21, 1965.

Get Ready for an Earful

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Joe Magnarelli

Joe Magnarelli

Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly

The CNYJAF will produce their annual January JazzFest next week. One of the highlights of the all-day fundraiser will be a melodious collaboration between trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and the first lady of CNY Jazz, Nancy Kelly. For more information about the show, click here. Here a short clip from Nancy Kelly live at the Sitrus Lounge (2012) below.

Avalanche of Praise

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The Ramp Experience (from a Syracuse concert)

The Ramp Experience

Congratulations to the Ramp Church International on the release of their live recording,  Bishop S.Y. Younger presents The Ramp Church Choir: Sounds of the Ramp. Bishop Younger (pictured above on the left) and a portion of his choir visited Syracuse for a concert last summer.

Throwback Thursday: NYS Fair (Music)

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Alicia Keys performing at the NYS Fair Grandstand

Alicia Keys performing at the NYS Fair Grandstand

Not So Silent Night

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Jazz Central Christmas Party

Jazz Central Holiday Reception

The annual holiday party at Jazz Central continues to be a great after work mixer (and not just to get a taste of Judy Murphy’s meatballs).

The intimate theater provides a great opportunity to catch up with all those folks you’ve seen through the year at jazz shows sponsored by the CNYJAF (from Sitrus, Jazz in the City and the Cabaret series as well as the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival).

A few years ago, despite a snow storm, we caught an impromptu piano performance by Cookie Coogan, Chris Jones and Jeff Stockham.  Last night the mood was just as festive with Dave Solazzo providing the musical ambiance.

Assemblyman Sam Roberts, Lanessa Owens and Mike Atkins at the party.

Jazz Patrons: Assemblyman Sam Roberts, Lanessa Owens and Mike Atkins attended the party.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

The R&B band Troop performed at the 2005 Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration. The band is pictured here with DJ Chaz, who passed away earlier this year.

The R&B band Troop performed at the 2005 Syracuse Juneteenth Celebration. The band is pictured here with DJ Chaz, who passed away earlier this year.

Year in Review (Music)

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Our Reality, the Lyrical Phenom

Our Reality, the Lyrical Phenom

You can have Justin Bieber; you can have Katy Perry, you can have Miley Cyrus; and you can even have Daft Punk. What excited us most this year in music was the return of our friend, Michael “Our Reality” Childs to the stage. We got to preview the Our Reality album at the beginning of 2013.  He spent most of the summer touring. It has been 20 years since we’ve seen him perform, and we finally caught him ripping up the stage and kicking knowledge to a younger generation at the Westcott Theater last night. Ironically, Childs was on the bill with fellow West Coast Hip Hop heads Blackalicious.

Read about Our Reality’s journey here.

Still Black, Still Strong

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Gift of Gab

Some things just don't change: Gift of Gab can still spit rhymes like a Gatling gun. He is pictured here on stage at Westcott Theater, listening as the crowd participates in call and response.

The Westcott Theater served up a dose of  West Coast positivity with the anticipated arrival of Blackalicious in Syracuse last night.  The group was founded in the 1990s by Tim Parker (aka Gift of Gab) and Xavier Moseley (aka DJ Chief Xcel).  Gift of Gab had a health scare with kidney failure last year, so it was good to see him back on stage.

The duo was joined on stage by the Portland team Lifesavas, made up of Vursatyl and Jumbo the Garbage Man (who wore a “Less Drama, More Music” t-shirt).

Their hour-long set included the first Blackalicious single “Swan Lake” and some new material, including the song “Blacka,” from their upcoming album (due out in March).

In the mean time, check out the East Bay Funk from this song.

Openers for the show were Our-Reality and Chaz Ultra.

Vursatyl

Vursatyl from the Lifesavas