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Concert Producer-in-Chief

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

On the first day, Frank rested for a minute to sample the New Orleans flavor for the 2014 Syracuse Jazz Fest at OCC

And on the first day, Frank rested. For a moment the Syracuse Jazz Fest producer sat among the fans last night and sampled the savory sounds of New Orleans for Day One of the 2014 Jazz Fest.

Plasticity: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue were the perfect crescendo to a night of jazz and swing for the 2014 Syracuse Jazz Fest (Day 1). After seeing the energetic show, we’d describe the former child prodigy from Treme as a combination drum major and sanctified Baptist preacher, accented with a taste of Rahsaan Patterson, Lee Morgan and Fred Wesley.

Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) is a tropical storm of resounding brass that shook the hills at Onondaga Community College.

Trombone Shorty: Double Barrell

Brash in Brass

Trombone Shorty as Tambourine Shorty

Tambourine Shorty

Trombone Shorty: Band leader

Asking the band to take it higher

Sign Language @ OCC

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Randy (left) talked with jazz fans about the recent changes to the format at WAER-FM 88.3 at OCC last night.

Randy (left) talked with jazz fans about the recent changes to the format at WAER-FM 88.3 at OCC last night.

Improvisation: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy trumpet player Glen The Kid Marhevka: The Satorialist

BBVD trumpet player Glen "The Kid" Marhevka: The Sartorialist

Fashion and music seem to go hand-in-hand.

Glen Marhevka said many of his suits he wears are styled from the 1930s and 40s (similar to his band mates), but during the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy set on Friday he wore a hand-me-down (but re-tailored) ensemble from the 1960s.  He said his personal tailor is a guy named Javi in Los Angeles.

Marhevka has that certain sprezzatura historically poured onto horn players (think Chet Baker), but don’t let the cool vines fool you, he can flat out blow that horn.

Throwback Thursday: Sense of Place

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Jazz critic Stanley Crouch visited OCC about a

Jazz critic Stanley Crouch visited Onondaga Community College about a decade ago. Crouch's biography of sax player Charlie Parker (vol 1) is also great history of Kansas City, once called the Paris of the Plains.

Pounding the Pavement

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Syracuse Jazz Masters Dave Solazzo and Bill Horrace played a concert in the courtyard near Lemon Grass + Bistro Elefant on Friday night.

Syracuse Jazz Masters Dave Solazzo and Bill Horrace played a few sets in the courtyard near Lemon Grass + Bistro Elefant on Friday night.

After the Show…

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Hot Tones/Warm Reception: Camille Thurman finds a score of fans after her blazing vocals for the cover of the Roy Ayers classic "Everybody Loves the Sunshine."

Hot Tones/Warm Reception: Camille Thurman finds a score of new fans after her blazing vocals on the cover of Roy Ayers "Everybody Loves the Sunshine."

All About Strings: Anthony and Eric McGriff with Mimi Jones

All About Strings: Anthony and Eric McGriff with Mimi Jones

Return of Mimi

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Mimi Jones from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Shout out to WAER’s Joe Lee for hooking up with CFAC to bring Mimi Jones and her jazz fusion experience to Syracuse last night. Jones came to CNY previously to play along side Tia Fuller. This time she came with her own band, made up of Camille Thurman (sax and flute), Justin Faulkner (drums) and Luis Perdomo (keys).

In addition to being band leader, Jones is also the head of her own music label.

This show was a great way to put an exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month and adds another great show to the legend of CFAC.

Mimi and Camille singing a Roy Ayers classic (Everybody Loves the Sunshine).

Mimi and Camille

Substance with a side of Style

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Philly Justin Faulkner

Philly Justin Faulkner

Justin Faulkner, who played with the Mimi Jones band last night at CFAC, and who is currently a member of the Branford Marsalis Quartet, is DWA: a drummer with attitude.  This young cat is definitely one to watch.  And don’t let his urbane fashion sense fool you, Faulkner can roll up his sleeves, work those sticks and funk you right out of your chair. 

We would love to see him return to Central New York very soon (maybe even with Marsalis, Revis and Calderazzo).

Future of the Funk

Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Focus on Strings from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Here is a short video clip of the McGriff brothers playing one of the songs from the Great American Modern/Pop Songbook during their set at Jazz & Wine (at CFAC) last night. The McGriffs, who have played many venues along the Corridor, opened for Mimi Jones.