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