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Week in Review

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
Singer Natalie Cole, who played Syracuse Jazz Fest in 2010, passed away on Friday.

Singer Natalie Cole, who played Syracuse Jazz Fest in 2010, passed away on Friday.

Road Trip (Exporting Culture)

Saturday, January 2nd, 2016

Congrats to the Golden Novak Band, who made their way to FL recently. Above our friend Byron shows that there is something worse than getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar…Apparently some guys are so good they can eat and play simultaneously (the kick drum was still going).

We hope a small documentary will be made about their trip.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

See if you can recognize the lead voice from this 2011 performance by the Gospel Music Workshop of America (Syracuse section). They performed at the Southside Jazz in the City concert. The guitar licks are courtesy of Gator.

Year in Review (Music): Take Two…seeing music, not color

Wednesday, December 30th, 2015
Scott Dennis, Sitrus Lounge

Scott Dennis, Sitrus Lounge

Here are some more photos of the live music scene.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Michael Kelly, Empire Brewery Co.

Michael Kelly, Empire Brewery Co.

Gregory Collins, channels the Godfather of Soul at Funk & Waffles

Gregory Collins, channels the Godfather of Soul at Funk & Waffles

Melissa Gardiner seemed to be everywhere in 2015, from the State Fair, SU, Tokyo Seoul, Lemoyne Plaza, and she even played the streets of the Near Westside.

Melissa Gardiner’s name and her band were synonymous with live music in 2015, everywhere from the State Fair, SU, Tokyo Seoul, Sitrus Lounge, Lemoyne Plaza (above), and even the streets of the Near Westside.

Brother Num at The Dinosaur

Brother Num at The Dinosaur

Maxwell Brown, 315Drumline

Maxwell Brown, 315Drumline

Year in Review (Music): Take One

Monday, December 28th, 2015
Banks and 50 at the Dome

Banks and 50 at the Dome

Here are some of the music we experienced in 2015.

Cookie Coogan admires the trumpet work of J.T. Hall at Jazz @ Sitrus

Cookie Coogan admires the trumpet work of J.T. Hall at Jazz @ Sitrus

Lydia at CFAC

Lydia Caesar at CFAC

C&C at Empire (Byron Cage, Ashley Cox) playing with

C&C Music Section  (Byron Cage + Ashley Cox) playing with Slow Train at Empire

Janis Seigel in Clinton Square

Janis Seigel (Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest)

Jazz Fest

Mr. Wheat: Jazz Fest

NYS Fair Gospel Choir, under the direction of Jason Barnes.

NYS Fair Gospel Choir, under the direction of Jason Barnes.

Rachel of Lake Street Dive (Jazz Fest)

Rachel of Lake Street Dive (Jazz Fest)

Raury at SU

Raury at SU

Teyana Taylor at SU

Teyana Taylor at SU

Dj SNBRN

Dj SNBRN

Stephen Wise

Stephen Wise at Munjed’s

Throwback Thursday: The Classics

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

If you appreciate the slick and polished R&B from back in the day, you’ll enjoy this 30-year old classic from Syracuse’s unsung duo of Skipworth and Turner. We are diggin’ the vocal range of Phil Turner on this cut.

Caroling along the Corridor

Friday, December 11th, 2015
Bob Brown, Larry Luttinger with Tom Witkowski (on piano).

Bob Brown and Lorenzo (aka Larry Luttinger), with Tom Witkowski (on piano), seemed to sing the night away during the CNY Jazz Holiday Reception on Tuesday.

Hot Club on the Hill

Sunday, December 6th, 2015
Henry Aceto, acoustic guitar

Henry Aceto, acoustic guitar

The Sitrus on the Hill series continues to be a great place for musical experimentation and ecclectic groups, all served with light fare from the lounge menu. On Friday The Djangoners brought their sound string strategies to town.

We don’t know who is on the roster to perform next month, but we hope CNY continues to take chances and maybe bring an a cappella group, reggae troupe, or even someone like former Yankee Bernie Williams to fill up this intimate venue.

The Djangoners

The Djangoners

Groove on the Loose

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
James G. Williams at CFAC

Dr. James G. Williams, musicologist, at CFAC

We are not quite sure if this was Dr. Williams’ main band, or his last minute, put-together band, but maybe they should be the house band at CFAC.   The quartet, comprised of Williams, along with guitarist Marvin J. Sewell, Ian Stewart on bass, and drummer Joshua Dekaney, found their groove early and often during the “Outlaw Music Culture” performance Thursday night. The house was packed with folk from the SU campus and they showed much love.

The only regret we have is that they weren’t booked in the main gallery, where there are better acoustics, and the perfect view of the the nightscape on East Genesee Street.

Throwback Thursday: That Chick

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Chick Corea was named 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year in the Downbeat Reader's Poll.

Chick Corea was named 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year in the Downbeat Reader’s Poll. Corea played the 2011 Syracuse Jazz Festival with Return II Forever.