Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’
Shout out to WAER’s Joe Lee for hooking up with CFAC to bring Mimi Jones and her jazz fusion experience to Syracuse last night. Jones came to CNY previously to play along side Tia Fuller. This time she came with her own band, made up of Camille Thurman (sax and flute), Justin Faulkner (drums) and Luis Perdomo (keys).
In addition to being band leader, Jones is also the head of her own music label.
This show was a great way to put an exclamation point on Jazz Appreciation Month and adds another great show to the legend of CFAC.
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).
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.
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.
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.