Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’
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.
We are starting our 2015 wish list early.
Hopefully singer, songwriter and composer Raul Midon gets invited back to Syracuse soon. He put on a great show Saturday as a soulful one-man sound machine, but we think to fully appreciate the complexities of his talents and the nuance of his genius, he should to be featured in the Legends of Jazz Series at OCC.
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.