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A View From the Last Pew

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
Joe Acuri at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church

Joe Arcuri at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church

The inspirational Jazz Vespers series is a great way to check your spiritual pulse.

The Sunday Jazz Brunch

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016
The bass player got busy for Sunday's Jazz Jam at Funk-n-Waffles today.

Joey Arcuri got busy on the bass for Sunday’s Jazz Jam at Funk-n-Waffles.

When we first experienced Melissa Gardiner’s skills at the Jazz @ Sitrus series a few years ago, we saw her as the hardest working lady in Syracuse show business. Then we considered her numerous titles: bandleader, teacher, vocalist, all-around molder of musical consensus, working mother, and noticed how she always exceeded expectations.  Now we are beginning think that maybe she is a superhero.

Today Gardiner played the role of host for the come as you are (especially with your instrument) event known as Jazz Jam at Funk-n-Waffles.

Jazz Jam may be the city music scene’s best kept weekend secret.  The event is in a great perfect (Downtown), during a great time slot (3pm-5pm) and at a great venue (casual bistro) for the enjoyment of a long-time resident or first-time tourist.  Imagine a music series that features the perfect blend of students, educators, and jazz aficionados, but where music is only half the story, because what goes better with hot jazz riffs than an abundant selection of sweet and savory waffles?

Today the house was packed, and the soiree featured horn players, singers, and at least one cajon drum.

The Jazz Jam/Funk-n-Waffles combo has a bright future.

Special shout-out to drummer Bryon Cage: Thanks for the invite and tip about the wonderful waffle fries.

Melissa Gardiner, host,, Jazz Jam

Melissa Gardiner, reads the sign-up list at Jazz Jam

Stroke of Genius

Monday, September 19th, 2016
Israel Hagan and  John Kelsey pulled some serious strings at the the Festa Italiana on Saturday night.

Israel Hagan (right) and John Kelsey pulled some serious strings at the the Festa Italiana on Saturday night.

J.A.M.S. Funk Fest 2k16

Monday, September 5th, 2016

FunkFest 2k16 from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Week in Review

Sunday, September 4th, 2016
Gerald Veasley (left) and Walter Beasley jammed at the New York State Fair on Saturday night.

Gerald Veasley (left) and Walter Beasley jammed at the New York State Fair on Saturday night.

This was a week of returns here in Syracuse: The return of Nuf Said (Jazz in the City); the return football season; the return of Dr. Marc Lamont Hill to speak at SU, but maybe our favorite was the return of bassist Gerald Veasley. Veasley came to throw down for the FunkFest 2k16 (New York State Fair) with a band of musical titans, including Chuck Loeb and Walter Beasley.

Beasley came down from Boston, while Loeb made his way to Syracuse from Spain.

Veasley was last in town for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival in Clinton Square in 2013.

Beasley will play the Howard Theater in DC next month, and Loeb played the Low Country Jazz Festival in SC today.

A Bugs Life (in Syracuse): The Sequel

Monday, August 1st, 2016
Scott Bugs Allen blasting the brass

Scott Bugs Allen blasting the brass

Scott “Bugs” Allen is a one-man band of sorts. If you include vocals, he played about eight instruments during his evening set at Saturday’s Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. He may be categorized as a jazz man, but at times his on-stage energy nearly reached Fishbone levels. He goes quickly, but seamlessly from horn to drums to bass, and despite some technical difficulties during the finale, he was able to send soulful shock waves thru Clinton Square with tributes to Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Allen wears many hats(literally had at least three buckets with him), but his sartorial splendor (fuchsia shirt, fuchsia loafers and patterned bow tie) never outshines his wonderful musicianship.

The vibes were the perfect precursor to the upcoming Jazz in the City series (Aug-Sept).

Allen told the crowd that Larry Luttinger and Joe Lee took care of his 3rd Scenario collective so well in 2014 that his return was imminent.

For the sake of our burgeoning music scene, we hope he comes back to the ‘Cuse again. And again. And again.

Bugs banged the drums during a tribute to Stevie Wonder

Bugs banged the drums during a tribute to Stevie Wonder

Allen really got the crowd involved when he did a Prince tribute during his set.

Allen really got the crowd involved when he did a Prince tribute during his set.

Allen and his wife posed for a photo with WAER FM-88 GM Joe Lee and his wife after the Saturday evening set.

Allen and his wife posed for a photo with WAER FM-88 GM Joe Lee and his wife after the Saturday evening set.

Coming Soon: The Jaco Experience

Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Syracuse First

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Christine Fawcett-Shapiro and Mike Massurin (Syracuse International Film Festival), along with Frank Malfitano (Syracuse Jazz Fest) and Eric Bush (General Manager of Sound Garden) announced that the DVD release and Northeast  film premiere of Jaco will take place in Syracuse.

A quartet of Syracuse arts groups, including The Place Theater, Syracuse Jazz Fest, The Syracuse International Film Festival and Sound Garden, held a press event today in Armory Square. The group will collaborate to host a premiere of Jaco, a documentary about bassist Jaco Pastorius. The film was produced by Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Merchange and Stephen Kijak.

For more information on the film, click here.

Trujillo will make an appearance at the screening, which will take place at the Palace on Friday, November 27.  Earlier in the day he will he will do a in-store DVD signing at The Sound Garden.

The 2007 Syracuse Jazz Fest was dedicated to Jaco Pastorius.

Bronx Tales

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
Los Henriquez visited Syracuse with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra this summer. His debut album "The Bronx Pyramid" is out now. JLCO were the featured artist on day 1 of Syracuse Jazz Fest.

Los Henriquez visited Syracuse with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra this summer. His debut album “The Bronx Pyramid” is out now. JALCO were the featured artist on day 1 of M&T Jazz Fest 33. Jazz Fest was just named BEST MUSIC FESTIVAL of 2015 by the Syracuse New Times.

For more information, click here.

Week in Review: Two Bass Hit

Sunday, July 19th, 2015
Jazz at Lincoln Center's Carlos Henriquez tuned things up at the Syracuse Jazz Fest this weekend.

Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Carlos Henriquez tuned things up at the Syracuse Jazz Fest this weekend.

Lake Street Dive's Bridget Kearney let her fingers do the walking during an evening set on Day 2 of Syracuse Jazz Fest.

Lake Street Dive’s Bridget Kearney let her fingers do the walking during an evening set on Day 2 of Syracuse Jazz Fest.