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Hanging on a String

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

DBR from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

 
Composer Daniel Bernard Roumain, aka DBR, is part of a new collective of musicians (think DJ Spooky and Dr. Dre) who push the envelope and explore uncharted territory, forge historic collaborations, and basically are re-writing the rules of what it means to be a performer/producer and artist. 

Roumain talked to us before his performance at the Community Folk Art Center’s series exploring music from the African Diaspora.

The Sound, Fusion & Future

Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

DJ Spooky In Concert: Happening

DJ Spooky In Concert: Sonification

 So this is what edge-craft sounds like…

After seeing the DJ Spooky concert we are convinced he was influenced by Pharaoh Sanders or Sun Ra.  His futuristic, genre-bending show took the definition of mixing to the far reaches of anything Hip Hop has seen. In a toned-down exhibition that included a commentary/listening party, DJ Spooky blending the sounds of nature with club beats and the live musicianship of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra (including Brett Zvacek and Joe Davoli).

The Future of the Mix: DJ Spooky with members of the Central New York Jazz Orchestra

The Future of the Mix: DJ Spooky on stage with musicians for a live sample/mix.

Hydrology

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Gregory Porter, the Pied Piper of New School Jazz

Gregory Porter, the Pied Piper of New School Jazz

Here is the new video for Blue Note Recording Artist Gregory Porter. The song is the title track from his third album (due out next week) titled “Liquid Spirit.” Porter will return to Syracuse as the featured artist for the November Legends of Jazz Series at Onondaga Community College.

Throwback Thursday: Creative Expressions

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

WAER Radio Announcer Eric Cohen proposes to his fiance in 2005 during a Jazz in Square show.

WAER-FM 88 announcer and music director Eric Cohen proposed to his fiance in during a Jazz in Square concert nearly a decade ago.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2): Nature’s Playlist

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Michael Wolff, former music director for the Arsenio Hall show, was part of an All-Star Jam Session to close out the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival on Saturday night.

Michael Wolff, former music director for the Arsenio Hall show, was part of an All-Star Jam Session to close out the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival on Saturday night.

The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival ended with die-hard fans dancing beneath their umbrellas Saturday night. 

Despite the steady shower, the fans that remained were treated to superb musicianship of and All-Star Super Jam band that included Gerald Veasley, Michael Wolff, Gil Parris, Dave Hanlon, Mark Nanni and more.

The session was recorded by Syracuse-native Tom Emmi, producer of Studio Jams.

Soggy, Stage Left

Soggy, Stage Left

Bassist Gerald Veasley made his second straight visit to Syracuse for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival.

Bassist Gerald Veasley made his second straight visit to Syracuse for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. He applauded the Syracuse audience for not being detered by the weather.

Dave Hanlon added some local flavor to the All-Star Jam Session.

Dave Hanlon added some local flavor to the All-Star Jam Session.

Blame it on the Rain: A die-hard fan dances to a rendition of Mr. Magic by the All-Star Jam Session Band.

Blame it on the Rain: A die-hard fan dances to a rendition of "Mr. Magic" by the All-Star Jam Session Band.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 1): Friday Night Dance Party

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

A couple dances during the final set for the band Brownskin on Friday.

A couple dances during the final set for the band Brownskin on Friday.

Day One for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival was all about dancing. From the early shows to the finale, and almost everywhere in between (including an impromptu session by some young dancers), bodies just seemed to be in motion.

Some folk from the Syracuse Dance Project, along with some freelancers, occupy the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Clinton Sqaure between the World Beat and Mardi Gras Pavillions.

Some folk from the Syracuse Dance Project, along with some freelancers, occupied the landing of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Clinton Sqaure (between the World Beat and Mardi Gras tents).

Eric Blackwell (right) dances during the Blowin in the Wind set that included an Outkast cover song.

Eric Blackwell (right) dances during the Blowin in the Wind set that included an Outkast cover song.

Atlas celebrated it's 33rd year by turning Clinton Square into on big Jungle Boogie to close the show Friday night.

Atlas celebrated it's 33rd year by turning Clinton Square into on big Jungle Boogie to close out Friday night.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest (Day 1): Family Affair

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Smooth Sax artist Al Cutri (second from right) comes from a family of talented musicians. He took time to chill with his family after playing a white hot set with his band Blowin' in the Wind on the opening day of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Clinton Square).

Syracuse smooth jazz saxophonist Al Cutri (second from right) comes from a family of talented musicians. He took time to chill with his relatives after playing a white hot set with his band, Blowin' in the Wind, on the opening day of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Clinton Square) yesterday.

Throwback Thursday: Here comes the Jazz

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Marc Cary played the Jazz in the Square (now called the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival) in Syracuse with Marcus Printup in 2005.

Jazz pianist and composer Marc Cary played the Jazz in the Square (now called the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival) in Syracuse back in 2005.

The Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival will invade downtown next weekend. The fest was formerly called Jazz in the Square, and composer Marc Cary visited with Marcus Printup’s band in 2005.

Cary’s latest album is a musical tribute to singer Abbey Lincoln.

The Sound and Noise of the Seen

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Special shout out to Lemon Elefant and Bill Horrace for providing an audio track for our latest slide show. Lemon’s version of the cut “Wonderwall” is splattered with groovy gravy.

Devotion: Jazz Fest, Day 3

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Ronnie Laws (sax) and Perry Hughes

Ronnie Laws (sax) and Perry Hughes

Day Three of the 2013 Syracuse Jazz Festival kept it hot.  Ronnie Laws (with a voice every bit as rich as Lou Rawls) and Taylor Dane gave the fans all they could handle.  Laws provided a great East Coast vs. West Coast love fest by blowing a tribute to the late Grover Washington, Jr.  And from the looks of it, you’d never know Dane had her breakout hit, “Tell it To My Heart” over two decades ago.  She announced that she’ll be returning to Central New York later to play a role in the Musical Cats.
 
Also, one of the cool things about the final installment of this year’s edition was getting to see collaboration with folk from the local scene such as Neva Pilgrim (co-founder of the Society for New Music).  Fans also got to hear the superior skills of supporting musicians like Chuck Lamb (Brubeck Brothers Quartet) and Perry Hughes (Michigan State University educator and guitarist for Ronnie Laws).
 

Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pictured Mike DeMicco, Dan Brubeck and Chris Brubeck) playing Jamesville Beach.

Brubeck Brothers Quartet (pictured Mike DeMicco, Dan Brubeck and Chris Brubeck) playing Jamesville Beach.

Vintage: Taylor Dane first hit the pop music scene 25 years ago.

Vintage: Taylor Dane first hit the pop music scene 25 years ago.

Neva Pilgrim on stage with Frank Malfitano before the Brubeck Brothers set.

Neva Pilgrim on stage with Frank Malfitano before the Brubeck Brothers set.

Below check out a clip from the gospel sounds of Five to Life, who provided a spiritual set with the sounds from the sanctuary.


 

Chuck Lamb plays during a hot sunset, then visits with fans.

Chuck Lamb plays during a hot sunset, then visits with fans.

Taylor Dane's told the crowd she was born to sing.

Born to Sing: Taylor Dane

Ronnie Laws goes double barrel in a short tribute to Grover Washington, Jr.

Ronnie Laws goes double barrel during a short rendition of Grover's "Mr. Magic."