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Rejoice in Rhythm

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Rejoice in Rhythm from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Sitrus Four Play

Saturday, September 13th, 2014
N. Kelly at Sitrus Lounge

N. Kelly at Sitrus Lounge

Jazz at Sitrus kicked off the 2014-15 season by hosting the first lady of CNY Jazz, Nancy Kelly.  She was joined last night by retired Ithaca College educator  Steve Brown on guitar, Dino Losito on keys and Rochester’s Mike Melito on drums.

This is the fourth season for the series.

Steve Brown laying down jazz licks at the Sitrus Lounge

Steve Brown laying down jazz licks at the Sitrus Lounge

Return of Jazz in the City

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Jazz in the City (part 2)

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Voices

Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Frank McComb in Clinton Square (circa 2013)

Frank McComb in Clinton Square (circa 2013)

This may not be too far back for a Thursday, but these guys made some serious music together.  Listen closely and notice how they nearly resurrect the voice of Donny Hathaway.

Branford Marsalis playing Clinton Square (circa 2006)

Branford Marsalis playing Clinton Square (circa 2006)

Charm City to Salt City

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Joe Lee and Scott Allen (center) along with 3rd Scenerio met up after their set at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2)

Scott Allen & 3rd Scenario met up with Joe Lee (center) after their set at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2).

We found out that WAER-FM 88’s GM Joe Lee was instrumental (no pun intended) in bringing Scott Allen & 3rd Scenario to the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival.  Lee and Allen were former classmates and have roots in B’more.

Allen keeps it moving and grooving on stage while singing, playing bass and several brass instruments.

During a spectacular musical medley that included covers of Candi Dulfer (“Mr. Lee”) and Sade (‘Nothing Can Come Between Us”), our favorite was the Quincy Jones cut “If I Ever Lose This Heaven.”

Allen & Scenario’s fiery collaboration of “If I Ever Lose This Heaven,” along with singer Wendy McIntyre, created a salty magic similar to the vibe on the Jonathan Butler and Maysa Leak version, and it left you thirsting for more.

Did we mention that Maysa is from Baltimore as well?

The Lady SoulSinger and Bugs mix it up in the 'Cuse

The Lady SoulSinger and Bugs collaborate in the 'Cuse

Scott "Bugs" Allen, The Musical Multi-tasker

Scott "Bugs" Allen, The Musical Multi-tasker

Shout Out

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

We’ve seen a few classy tributes done by the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation over the years: one for Doug Johnston in 2006; one for Saundra Smokes in 2012, and this past weekend, the group recognized jazz patron Paul Russo (see below). We’ll do our own shout out to Hamilton Bohannon for the sounds, and Eric Cohen for the announcement.

Julia by John

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Here are some great photographs of Julia Goodwin taken by John Herr at the 2014 Jazz Fest. Goodwin went on to perform on ‘America’s Got Talent.’

Feeling Social

Saturday, July 26th, 2014
Mike Houston sings his way through the crowd to close out Day 1 of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival last night.

Mike Houston sang his way off stage and dance in the crowd last night.

Michael & Anjela Lynn (along with The Critics) gave the people what they wanted last night to close out Day 1 of the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. Their neo-soul and old-school R&B, anchored with big beats, whipped up a dance frenzy in Clinton Square.

Anjela Lynn greets a fan during the show.

Anjela Lynn greets a fan during the show.

Arts Week (kick-off)

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Here’s a video of the Stan Colella All Star Band (students) playing yesterday under the direction of Joe Carello.

Student All Stars from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.