Posts Tagged ‘Jazz’
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.
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:
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.