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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.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Tony Monaco played one of the last Jazz in the City concerts that was held in Little Italy. He will return to play next month with the CNY Jazz All Stars for a show he's calling "Swing Italian Style" at the Sheraton Hotel.

Tony Monaco played in and around Syracuse numerous times, including a Jazz in the City gig that was held in Little Italy back in the day. Monaco will return next month to play with the CNY Jazz All Stars for a show he's calling "Swing Italian Style" at the Sheraton Hotel.

FOJ (Friends of Jesse)

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Jesse Collins Trio & Friends

Jesse Collins Trio & Friends: The 3 horned, 5 piece, CNY jazz & funk sound machine.

We caught the live show from Jesse Collins at Al’s Whiskey and Wine Bar on Sunday night, and they played everything from New Orleans Jazz to Parliament Funkadelic.  

It was good to see familiar faces from the pages of SIF such as Byron Cage and Melissa Gardiner; but it was equally fun to experience for the first time Collins (on alto sax), John Delia (clarinet and tenor sax) and the steady bass licks of  Dickie Bureau. At one point during the show, the groove got so intense that Delia blew his clarinet apart (true story).

The crowd seemed to also enjoy the vibe from several of Collins’ original compositions, including his “hula hoop” anthem.

“Free to be Free” is the title of Collins’ new album.

Jazz (Guitar) for Life

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone played the Sitrus Lounge Friday night. His new album is titled "With the Wind and the Rain."

Jazz guitarist Joshua Breakstone played the Sitrus Lounge Friday night. His new album is titled "With the Wind and the Rain."

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

Monday, January 27th, 2014

2014 Producer of the Year Pharrell Williams played SUs Block Party in 2010

2014 Producer of the Year Pharrell Williams played SUs Block Party a few years ago.

Some of our favorite producers are (in no particular order) Kashif, Stevie Wonder, Sly & Robbie, The Bomb Squad, Jam & Lewis, Gamble & Huff, as well as Leon Sylvers, Rick Rubin and Syracuse’s Seth Marcel. It comes to no surprise to us that Pharrell Williams won a handful of Grammy Awards last night, including Producer of the Year. Check out his work ethic, which was chronicled in this Fast Company article a few months ago.  Also shout out to Gregory Porter, who won a Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano (right) presents an award to Gregory Porter in 2013.

Syracuse Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano (right) presents an award to Gregory Porter in 2013.

Groove Collective, a roll call

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Dino Losito on keys.

Dino Losito played keys for Joe Magnarelli and Nancy Kelly on Sunday.

Here’s a short list of musicians we saw in the audience during a few of the performances at the January Jazz Fest: JT Hall, John Dancks, George Feltman, John Spillett, Kirsten Tegtmeyer, Jeff Stockham, John Michael Heagerty (aka Tots), TK Howard, Tom Witkowski, Phil Flanagan, Dave Solazzo, Joe Carello and many more. Great to see musicans support each other at the Mohegan Manor, which we didn’t know was designed by Ward Wellington Ward.

And we can’t forget to give a shout out to graceful CNY dancers such as Mike Colabufo and Margaret Luttinger, who were also in attendance.

The Nancy & Joe Show

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Nancy Kelly & Joe Magnarelli played the third floor ballroom at Mohegan Manor for January Jazz Fest Sunday afternoon.

Nancy Kelly & Joe Magnarelli played Mohegan Manor Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for Larry Luttinger at CNY Jazz for the invite to the January Jazz Fest program at Mohegan Manor. Outside it was freezing, but inside the performers such as Kelly and Magnarelli kept it feeling hot, hot, hot by transforming the spacious Morris Ballroom (with its 22-foot ceilings) into a more intimate, cabaret-type atmosphere.

Get Ready for an Earful

Monday, January 20th, 2014

Joe Magnarelli

Joe Magnarelli

Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly

The CNYJAF will produce their annual January JazzFest next week. One of the highlights of the all-day fundraiser will be a melodious collaboration between trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and the first lady of CNY Jazz, Nancy Kelly. For more information about the show, click here. Here a short clip from Nancy Kelly live at the Sitrus Lounge (2012) below.

Good Band, Good Sound

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Kristen Tegtmeyer and Bill Horrace (Lemon Elefant) played a gig at the Community Folk Art Center on Thursday.

Kirsten Tegtmeyer and Bill Horrace (Lemon Elefant) played a gig at the Community Folk Art Center on Thursday.

Lemon Elefant (Bill Horrace and Dave Solazzo) have become the de facto band for the Connective Corridor. They’ve played in nearly every venue and even on the street and aboard buses once or twice.

No matter who sits in with them lately, the sound and the fury of their interaction creates combustible tones. It’s like watching a modern version of Mingus and Monk.

For their latest gig, they welcomed in drummer Kinyatta King (the drummer an MBA) and singer Kirsten Tegtmeyer. The audible aroma  they stirred up got caught in the coffered ceiling of the gallery and then slowly descended like a morning fog.

Lemon moved the crowd with cuts by Michael Jackson (Human Nature, Smooth Criminal) and some of their own compositions during the one hour show, but the audience was equally impressed by the strong vocal display of Tegtmeyer on Maroon5’s This Love.

The collective did an encore Friday night for Jazz @ Sitrus (Sheraton Hotel).