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Takin’ it to the Streets

Monday, June 22nd, 2015
Second Line Syracuse, an interactive, roving community jazz band is the brainchild of musician & composer Melissa Gardiner. Sunday afternoon the group marched thru the streets of the Near Westside to the delight of neighbors and passersby.

Second Line Syracuse, a roving, New Orleans-style jazz band, is the brainchild of musician/ composer Melissa Gardiner (left). On Sunday afternoon the group, which featured multi-generational performers, marched thru the streets of the Near West Side.  Second Line’s jaunty rhythms forced people to come outside of their homes.

Competition obviously makes for plenty of invention.

We finally got to see the Second Line Syracuse project (winner of the Salt City Dishes prize) up close yesterday, and we were impressed. We hope their dedication to the craft (they marched in the rain) is a reflection of the shape of jazz to come here in the city.  Maybe they will show up at the Downtown Syracuse Arts Festival or a street party near you soon.

Jam session in the streets.

Jam session in the streets.

Second Line Syracuse

Second Line Syracuse: Strollin’ on Tioga Street.

Sounds over Sushi

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Melissa Gardiner, Will Gorman and Ronnie Leigh, along with Byron Cage (not pictured) served up a hot set at Tokyo-Seoul last night.

MG3 and an OG: Melissa Gardiner, Will Gorman and Ronnie Leigh, along with Byron Cage (not pictured) served up a hot set at Tokyo-Seoul last night.

We got to see a few generations of musical performers at Melissa Gardiner’s gig at Tokyo-Seoul last night.  Her MG3 band, along with veteran vocalist Ronnie Leigh, made for a sweltering combination.

Leigh, who is the equivalent of a made guy in the music scene here (our version of Tony Bennett),  has been around for years and has multiple SAMMY Awards.  But don’t let his musical mileage fool you however, because he still had enough in reserve to close the show with a Fats Waller cut (“Aint Misbehavin”) that had the ebbing energy of a strong summer storm.

Our take-away question is this: has anyone recorded these sessions (which began in December)? They would make a great compilation CD.

Called & Chosen

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Jake Ford sat in with MG3 at Tokyo Seoul last night.

Jake Ford was called up to share the Tokyo-Seoul stage with MG3 on Thursday.

You have to be secure with your art & abilities to let someone share your stage. We thought it big-hearted for Melissa Gardiner and her new power group, MG3 (Gardiner, Gorman & Cage), to shine some light on guitarist Jake Ford last night.  Ford sat in briefly during the MG3 + Ronnie Leigh show at Tokyo Seoul.

This is only our second time seeing the Third Thursday’s series, but generally when it comes to the Syracuse scene, established musicians are quick to show love to up-and-coming talent.

Jazz, Blues & Beyond

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Delfeayo Marsalis, a man on the move.

Delfeayo Marsalis, a man on the move.

Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis danced, played, snapped his fingers, and did all he could to create a second-line/Congo Square-type atmosphere in Syracuse on Saturday night.  He was the featured guest for the CNY Jazz Sitrus After Hours program at the Sheraton Hotel.  We caught a portion of the show. Here are some of the photos.

Delfeayo plays with Larry "The Loot Man" Luttinger on drums.

Delfeayo plays “We the People” with Larry “The Loot Man” Luttinger on drums.

Marsalis gives some dap to high school piano prodigy Will Gorman during the jam session.

Marsalis gives some dap to Syracuse piano prodigy Will Gorman (aka Wild Willy) during the jam session.

Marsalis, puffin' and puffin' and blowin' the doors off at the Sitrus Lounge.

The Jazz Master: Huffin’ and puffin’ and blowin’ the doors off at the Sitrus Lounge.

Happy International Jazz Day

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Jazz at the Plaza from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

We thought we’d share our first glimpse of the Jazz at the Plaza series, coordinated by the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation. The turn out on Wednesday was great, but we hope the Lemoyne College location doesn’t replace the usual Jazz in the City block parties.

Songs in the Key of Jazz

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Kirsten Tegtemeyer along with E.S.P. played the Sitrus Lounge on Friday night. Hard to believe another season for this jazz series is almost over. The next featured artist will be Nancy Kelly.

Kirsten Tegtmeyer (with E.S.P.) played the Sitrus Lounge on Friday night.  It’s hard to believe another season for this jazz series is almost over. The next featured artist will be Nancy Kelly.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Troph-E Band at Syracuse Jazz Fest in 2010

Troph-E Band at Syracuse Jazz Fest (2010)

April is Jazz Appreciation Month.

Dancing, former Jazz in the Square (2006)

Dancing, former Jazz in the Square (2006)

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, March 26th, 2015
Flautist Nicole Mitchell will return to Syracuse to headline a concert at the Community Folk Art Gallery next month. She is pictured here about a decade ago at OnaJava.

Flautist Nicole Mitchell will return to Syracuse to headline a fundraiser at the Community Folk Art Center next month. She is pictured here from a holiday party at OnaJava about 10 years ago.

Live in Consort

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Vocalist Cookie Coogan accompanied  J.T. Hall for Jazz @ Sitrus on Friday.

Vocalist Cookie Coogan accompanied J.T. Hall (right) and his Jazz Consort for their return to the Sitrus Lounge on Friday.

Time seems to move faster as spring approaches. It’s hard to believe there are only four more Jazz @ Sitrus shows remaining for the season. The next band to keep the groove in place on the Hill, Michael & Angela Lynn.

Throwback Thursday

Thursday, March 5th, 2015
Guitarist Gil Parris will return to Central New York this month for a concert for the CNY Jazz Cabaret Series. Parris is pictured here with Syracuse' number one music fan, Bobbie Jean Willis.

Smooth jazz guitarist Gil Parris (left) will return to Central New York this month for the CNY Jazz Cabaret Series (March 15). Parris is pictured here with one of  Syracuse’s best music fans, Bobbie Jean Willis.