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Rude Boys Nouveau

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Henry, Aubertin & Gentile-a portion of the New Age Reggae Collective Morning Sun & the Essentials

Henry, Aubertin & Gentile-a portion of the New Age Reggae Collective Morning Sun & the Essentials

Throwback Thursday: Cleveland’s Finest

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Antwone Fisher at Syracuse University in 2008.

Antwone Fisher at Syracuse University in 2008.

Director/screenwriter Antwone Fisher wrote this piece in the Huffington Post about Lebron James.

Store Mural of Lebron James (circa 2010)

Store Mural of Lebron James (circa 2010)

Charm City to Salt City

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Joe Lee and Scott Allen (center) along with 3rd Scenerio met up after their set at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2)

Scott Allen & 3rd Scenario met up with Joe Lee (center) after their set at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2).

We found out that WAER-FM 88’s GM Joe Lee was instrumental (no pun intended) in bringing Scott Allen & 3rd Scenario to the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival.  Lee and Allen were former classmates and have roots in B’more.

Allen keeps it moving and grooving on stage while singing, playing bass and several brass instruments.

During a spectacular musical medley that included covers of Candi Dulfer (“Mr. Lee”) and Sade (‘Nothing Can Come Between Us”), our favorite was the Quincy Jones cut “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.”

Allen & Scenario’s fiery collaboration of “If I Ever Lose This Heaven,” along with singer Wendy McIntyre, created a salty magic similar to the vibe on the Jonathan Butler and Maysa Leak version, and it left you thirsting for more.

Did we mention that Maysa is from Baltimore as well?

The Lady SoulSinger and Bugs mix it up in the 'Cuse

The Lady SoulSinger and Bugs collaborate in the ‘Cuse

Scott "Bugs" Allen, The Musical Multi-tasker

Scott “Bugs” Allen, The Musical Multi-tasker

Shout Out

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

We’ve seen a few classy tributes done by the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation over the years: one for Doug Johnston in 2006; one for Saundra Smokes in 2012, and this past weekend, the group recognized jazz patron Paul Russo (see below). We’ll do our own shout out to Hamilton Bohannon for the sounds, and Eric Cohen for the announcement.

Street gaze (part 30)

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Band leader and sax player Dave Frateschi and Journalist Russ Tarby at the Battle of the Community Bands in Clinton Square.

Band leader and sax player Dave Frateschi and Journalist Russ Tarby at the Battle of the Community Bands in Clinton Square.

i-Catching

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014
Style on Montgomery Street

In vogue on Montgomery Street

To see or be seen?

If eyes are the window to the soul then spectacles can become great window treatment.

We met this friendly vendor on Montgomery Street and admired her individual style.  She quickly provided an interesting lesson on eye wear fashions. She told us about her Alain Mikli glasses. The next day we saw her and (no picture, sorry) she was wearing glasses from Frederick’s of NYC.

See and Be Seen

Style Points in Abundance

Civic Imagination

Monday, July 28th, 2014
On the Grow

On the Grow

You didn’t have to be an artist to enjoy the swarm of creative activity that had downtown buzzing over the weekend.  This photograph is from The Syracuse New Times Street Painting Festival along Montgomery Street.

A Blues Alley

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Howard University Senior George Kilpatrick, III showed his vocal range at Jazz Central

Howard University Senior George Kilpatrick, III showed his vocal range at Jazz Central

Maybe one of our most under appreciated venues is Jazz Central on Washington Street. Thankfully, during the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival the stage comes alive with improvisation and the soundscape of creativity. The student performances are some of the best.

From Stage to Studio

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Sherma Andrews, vocalist

Sherma Andrews, vocalist

Feeling Social

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Mike Houston sings his way through the crowd to close out Day 1 of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival last night.

Mike Houston sang his way off stage and dance in the crowd last night.

Michael & Anjela Lynn (along with The Critics) gave the people what they wanted last night to close out Day 1 of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. Their neo-soul and old-school R&B, pills anchored with big beats, whipped up a dance frenzy in Clinton Square.

Anjela Lynn greets a fan during the show.

Anjela Lynn greets a fan during the show.