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Week in Review: Second Line

Monday, July 14th, 2014

In case you missed it…Trombone Shorty nearly blew a hole in the ozone layer above Onondaga Hill.

His marathon performance on Friday at Syracuse Jazz Fest capped off a mini-tribute to New Orleans. If you close your eyes, you can feel yourself walking along Bourbon Street and if you listen close, you can almost taste the gumbo cooking in the kitchen.

Translation: Jazz Fest, Day 2

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Fantine Pritoula

Fantine Pritoula joined Igor Butman for a songs.

Here are some photos from Day 2 of the Syracuse Jazz Festival.  Saturday started with local singer Nick Ziobro (Manlius) and ended with guitar legend B.B. King. In between, we got a chance to check out Raul Midon, the human mix machine and Igor Butman & The Moscow State Jazz Orchestra did a tune up before their Monday performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Nick Ziobro conducted a post performance interview

Nick Ziobro conducted a post performance interview.

Igor Butman: Muscovite invades the Cuse with his Orchestra

Igor Butman: Muscovite invaded the 'Cuse with his Orchestra.

Raul Midon

Experiencing Raul: Midon worked the piano, guitar and bongos, scatted and sang during his set.

Former Blues Boy from Beale St. returns to Syracuse as King

From DJ to BB: Former blues boy from Beale St. now a King for life

Concert Producer-in-Chief

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

On the first day, Frank rested for a minute to sample the New Orleans flavor for the 2014 Syracuse Jazz Fest at OCC

And on the first day, Frank rested. For a moment the Syracuse Jazz Fest producer sat among the fans last night and sampled the savory sounds of New Orleans for Day One of the 2014 Jazz Fest.

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