Archive for July, 2013

Figures…

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013
Lisa Bogin, artist

On Wednesdays an Open Figure Drawing group meets at the Westcott Community Center.  We met one the artists as she did some work during last weekend’s Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival.

Street Game to Scholarship in Syracuse

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Check out the story of Qua the King from his conversation on New Inspiration for the Nation with George Kilpatrick. His journey shows us the power of faith.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2): Nature’s Playlist

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Michael Wolff, former music director for the Arsenio Hall show, was part of an All-Star Jam Session to close out the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival on Saturday night.

The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival ended with die-hard fans dancing beneath their umbrellas Saturday night. 

Despite the steady shower, the fans that remained were treated to superb musicianship of and All-Star Super Jam band that included Gerald Veasley, Michael Wolff, Gil Parris, Dave Hanlon, Mark Nanni and more.

The session was recorded by Syracuse-native Tom Emmi, producer of Studio Jams.

Soggy, Stage Left

Soggy, Stage Left

Bassist Gerald Veasley made his second straight visit to Syracuse for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival.

Bassist Gerald Veasley made his second straight visit to Syracuse for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. He applauded the Syracuse audience for not being detered by the weather.

Dave Hanlon added some local flavor to the All-Star Jam Session.

Dave Hanlon added some local flavor to the All-Star Jam Session.

Blame it on the Rain: A die-hard fan dances to a rendition of Mr. Magic by the All-Star Jam Session Band.

Blame it on the Rain: A die-hard fan dances to a rendition of "Mr. Magic" by the All-Star Jam Session Band.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2): Brand New Funk

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Five of the Magnificent Seven members of the funky group Trump Tight 315

Eric Love Jones, lead vocalist, Trump Tight 315

Eric Love Jones, lead vocalist, Trump Tight 315.

Trump Tight 315's "Party" Marty Klueber blows on a fan during an early afternoon set.

Trump Tight 315’s “Party” Marty Klueber blows on a fan during an early afternoon set.

Street Fashion: Head to Toe

Monday, July 29th, 2013
Lumhe Micco Sampson prepares for a performance at the Blue Rain Echo Fest in Hanover Square on Friday.

Lumhe Micco Sampson prepared for a performance at the Blue Rain Echo Fest in Hanover Square.

Artist, educator and dancer Micco Sampson returned to Syracuse last weekend to perform at the Blue Rain Eco Festival. He’s pictured here preparing his ceremonial outfit before a Friday evening dance performance in Hanover Square.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 1): Friday Night Dance Party

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
A couple dances during the final set for the band Brownskin on Friday.

A couple dances during the final set for the band Brownskin on Friday.

Day One for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival was all about dancing. From the early shows to the finale, and almost everywhere in between (including an impromptu session by some young dancers), bodies just seemed to be in motion.

Some folk from the Syracuse Dance Project, along with some freelancers, occupy the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Clinton Sqaure between the World Beat and Mardi Gras Pavillions.

Some folk from the Syracuse Dance Project, along with some freelancers, occupied the landing of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Clinton Sqaure (between the World Beat and Mardi Gras tents).

Eric Blackwell (right) dances during the Blowin in the Wind set that included an Outkast cover song.

Eric Blackwell (right) dances during the Blowin in the Wind set that included an Outkast cover song.

Atlas celebrated it's 33rd year by turning Clinton Square into on big Jungle Boogie to close the show Friday night.

Atlas celebrated it’s 33rd year by turning Clinton Square into on big Jungle Boogie to close out Friday night.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest (Day 1): Family Affair

Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Smooth Sax artist Al Cutri (second from right) comes from a family of talented musicians. He took time to chill with his family after playing a white hot set with his band Blowin' in the Wind on the opening day of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Clinton Square).

Syracuse’s Great Lake

Friday, July 26th, 2013

There’s been an effort for more than a decade or so to transform Onondaga Lake from a toxic waste dump into a major tourist attraction.  Yesterday, we listened to a short presentation about the changes taking place along the shores and in the water.

Craig Milburn talked about the sustainable operations by his firm, Honeywell, Onondaga County and others to renew, rebuild and restore the 4.6 square mile body of water.  The work being done on the massive project includes reclaiming habitats, soil cleaning, hydraulic dredging, solar power, filtration and even recycling of contaminants (such as mercury).

For a peek at some of the metrics, click here.

The presentation was held at the Onondaga Lake Visitor Center (across from the lake’s Destiny USA corner and near State Fair Boulevard). The Visitor Center is open each Friday and by appointment.

Maybe solving environmental issues (such as revitalizing contaminated waterways) will become our new economic ground game.

Meanwhile outside yesterday, birds were hovering around the new plantings and anglers searched among the numerous fishing spots.

The momentum continues.

Throwback Thursday: Cuse in the Village

Thursday, July 25th, 2013
Our Man in the Village

Here is a photograph of Syracuse bassist Spencer Murphy that was taken from a Jazz in the Square show (circa 2005).  Murphy currently hosts Monday night’s “After Hours” at Smalls Jazz Club in the Village.

Politician on a Mission

Saturday, July 20th, 2013
Helen Hudson, Syracuse Common Councilor, stands with mother's who lost children to gun violence during today's Justice for Trayvon: 100 City Vigil.

Maybe the most compelling speech today at the Syracuse Justice for Trayvon Vigil (in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman) was Helen Hudson. She was able to effectively spin the Trayvon Martin shooting into a plea to reduce juvenile gun violence here in Syracuse.

Listen to a portion of her speech below.