During his first visit to Syracuse, NY flautist Wouter Kellerman also put on his dancing shoes. Here’s a brief clip from his finale at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 1).
Archive for July, 2012
Once known as America’s Most Polluted, Onondaga Lake in Syracuse was the subject of a story on National Public Radio (NPR) today. The current clean up efforts seek to reverse tons of toxic waste–particularly mercury–contamination. Environmentalists hope to bring back consistent fishing and maybe even swimming to the lake some day. To hear the NPR story, click here.
Urban Jazz Coalition, a Syracuse Jazz in the City alumni band, prostate made their return to Syracuse and played the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival on Saturday. The band, featuring Richard Randolph on sax and Phil Raney on Bass, especially pleased the crowd when the played a rendition of the Luther Vandross hit “Never Too Much.”
The band also backed the featured act of the night, Jessy J.
Last weekend three events were held in downtown Syracuse: The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, the Arts & Crafts Festival and the Blue Rain Eco/Stage 0f Nations. Thousands of people braved the uncertain weather (especially on Saturday) to see the various stage events and performances.
These two photos show an interesting age range of those we saw in attendance at the various venues.
Artist Doug Jones (picture above) was a vendor in Hanover Square, where he was selling his Native American art pieces. He’s been working with recycled material and wood for nearly a half century. His intricate carvings (he uses a jewelers saw) are used to tell stories. Jones’ work is in the collection at the Smithsonian and also at the White House.
Below, Maxwell Brown, 4, was having a good time out with his dad at work Saturday afternoon. His father Nate Brown, aka Peanut (on drums), leads the band Brownskin. Brownskin brought their high velocity soul to the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival’s World Beat Pavilion.
Fresh off of a gig at Washington,DC’s Kennedy Center, SAMA-award winner Wouter Kellerman and his band came to Syracuse on Friday evening. They were a late add onto the schedule at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest, but they quickly won new fans with their a mix of with traditional folk songs, melodic World beat and jazz during their set. They will be going to New York City and LA before returning home, according to drummer Lamine Sonko.