Archive for June, 2010

Jazz for a Sunday Afternoon

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Dave Mann, Will Lee and Chris Parker

Dave Mann, Will Lee and Chris Parker

The 28th Annual Syracuse Jazz Fest took place again at Onondaga Community College last weekend. I got cover the final day, which featured Natalie Cole, Toph-E, Sheryl Bailey, and Michael Kaeshammer. One fan I spoke with said the Friday night Jam Session was the best set he’d seen at this particular event (he’s been attending for over 20 years).

Michael Kaeshammer and Marc Roberts (The Canadian Connection)

Michael Kaeshammer and Marc Roberts

Other artists who performed on days one and two of the festival (who I missed) included Gil Scott Heron, Boz Scaggs and Jeff Lorber.

It was also good to see, photograph and talk with piano tuner Kenneth Williams.  According to Jazz Fest Producer Festival Frank Malfitano: “[Williams] is the best in the business and a very dear friend of the festival, he’s indespensable.”

Natelie Cole

Natelie Cole

To see more photographs of Syracuse Jazz Fest, Day 3, click here. 

Neighborhood in Transition (part 5)

Friday, June 25th, 2010
Outdoor Yoga, Forman Park

Outdoor Yoga, Forman Park

Necessary Roughness

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Assault City Roller Derby (pre-game)

Assault City Roller Derby (pre-game)

I last talked with members of Assault City Roller Derby (ACRD) a few years ago.

I saw the current version of the team last week during a home bout against the Ithaca Bluestockings at the Baldwinsville Ice Arena.  The faces and names may have changed, but the ACRD game and strategy–hit first ask questions later– remains pretty much the same.



The match was filled with rough play and amazing agility, but unfortunately, the Ithaca team prevailed 202-90.

Thanks to B. Firman, E. Cherchio and J. Bolos for bringing me up to speed with this year’s team.

Roller Derby: A Family Affair

Roller Derby: A Family Affair

Wes Philadelphia

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Former SU player Wes Johnson talked to the press after a pre-draft work-out with the 76ers a few days ago. He talked about his shooting range, his conditioning, and the fact that if he could make it in Syracuse, he could make it anywhere.

A Trip

Monday, June 14th, 2010

Thanks to the federal government employee who told me about out a daily, inexpensive, and direct way to get from New York City to Syracuse.

New York (football) State of Mind

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
Down State Dad

Downstate Fan

About 100 high school seniors participated in the Inaugural New York State High School Football Classic on Sunday. Despite a distinct home field advantage in the Syracuse University Carrier Dome, the Upstate Team couldn’t overcome the athletic ability and strong play of the Downstate team. The final score was 36-7.

Dave Thomas (RB), Roosevelt High

Downstate’s Dave Thomas (RB) of  Roosevelt High

The game featured Syracuse University recruit (QB) John Kinder, who played for Downstate.

Downstates, John Kinder (QB) meets the fans

John Kinder (Downstate QB and future SU player) meets the fans

Upstate and Corcoran High School’s Travon Burke of Syracuse was voted Most Valuable Defensive lineman of the game.

Upstate's Travon Burke, Most Valuable Defensive Lineman

Upstate’s Travon Burke, Most Valuable Defensive Lineman

Neighborhood in Transition (part 4)

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Midtown East

Midtown East