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Is there a Doctor in the House?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
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Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, fresh from his interview with Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, spoke at SUNY Oswego on Wednesday. Afterwards, he checked out the  smooth, yet potent sounds of Dr. Alphonso Sanders (right) at AL’s on South Clinton Street.  Sanders will be playing gigs in Oswego this week as well. More on his performance and the plethora of guests coming soon.

Heard & Seen: Sitrus Lounge

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
Scott Dennis, set the perfect tenor for jazz in a cozy setting (Friday).

Scott Dennis, set the perfect tenor for jazz in a cozy setting (Friday).

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Music is a love language from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Wouter Kellerman,who visited Syracuse to play the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival in 2012, is nominated for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for this year’s Grammys.

That’s What Friends are For

Friday, January 8th, 2016
Nancy Kelly & Friends (Losito, Johns, Carello and Stockham) played for a packed crowd to kick off the 2016 Jazz @ Sitrus series tonight.

Nancy Kelly & Friends (Losito, Johns, Carello and Stockham) played for a packed crowd to kick off the 2016 Jazz @ Sitrus series tonight.

Groove on the Loose

Saturday, November 21st, 2015
Dr. James G. Williams, musicologist, at CFAC

Dr. James G. Williams, musicologist, at CFAC

We are not quite sure if this was Dr. Williams’ main band, or his last minute, put-together band, but maybe they should be the house band at CFAC.   The quartet, comprised of Williams, along with guitarist Marvin J. Sewell, Ian Stewart on bass, and drummer Joshua Dekaney, found their groove early and often during the “Outlaw Music Culture” performance Thursday night. The house was packed with folk from the SU campus and they showed much love.

The only regret we have is that they weren’t booked in the main gallery, where there are better acoustics, and the perfect view of the the nightscape on East Genesee Street.

Throwback Thursday: That Chick

Thursday, November 19th, 2015
Chick Corea was named 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year in the Downbeat Reader's Poll.

Chick Corea was named 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year in the Downbeat Reader’s Poll. Corea played the 2011 Syracuse Jazz Festival with Return II Forever.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Vocalist Sherma Andrews will be appearing at the Legendary Lady Singers Cabaret in Syracuse Nov. 15. She is pictured here at last year's Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival with Live Space Entertainment Executive Producer Tom Honan.

Vocalist Sherma Andrews will be appearing at the Legendary Lady Singers Cabaret in Syracuse Sunday. She is pictured here at last year’s Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival with Live Space Entertainment Executive Producer Tom Honan.

Urban Reverb

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
Second Line Syracuse

Second Line Syracuse

We salute Melissa Gardiner and her mates for taking Second Line from concept to execution,and now award-winning recognition. They were named Best Jazz Band in the latest Syracuse New Times Best of Syracuse survey. Here’s the band showing some reggae flavor during one of their neighborhood visits from the summer:

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, August 20th, 2015
When Alex Torres (far left) comes to town with his band, they certainly bring the party with them. They will appear at Jazz in the City tonight on the Westside.

When Alex Torres (far left) comes to town with his band, they certainly bring the party with them. They will appear at Jazz in the City tonight on the Westside.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival: Adjustment Periods

Friday, July 31st, 2015
NEJWF 2015

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival 2015.  Overall it was three days of Syracuse-style fun.

We have to give credit where credit is due.

Larry Luttinger and the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival staff did a great job this year. Not only did they extend the festival a third day (to add Blues), but also literally weathered a thunderstorm, followed by sticky humidity, one cancelled performance, and another headliner who showed up injured.

But of course, the show must go on.

Overall we heard some great music and saw some memorable performances, including a tribute to Jeff Houston and fantastic Friday dance party with Atlas.

Hopefully, the Jazz in the City series that they produce in August won’t bring so many surprises.

John Mooney

New Orleans guitarist John Mooney was a great addition for the Sunday Blues showcase.