Archive for July, 2014
Director/screenwriter Antwone Fisher wrote this piece in the Huffington Post about Lebron James.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.