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Rejoice in Rhythm

Saturday, December 13th, 2014

Rejoice in Rhythm from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

Cultural Achievers on the Corridor

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Writer/Editor Russ Tarby and Music Exec. Larry Luttinger

Writer/Editor Russ Tarby (left) and Music Executive/Drummer Larry Luttinger have made some great contributions to Central New York arts scene. We first met Russ when he was the go-to-guy for music at the New Times about two decades ago; we met Larry when he was first putting together the Jazz Arts Foundation. They are pictured here at Tuesday’s Jazz Central Holiday Reception.

Griot on Washington Street

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

Thanks to The Paul Robeson Performing Arts Company (PRPAC) for choosing one of our photos for their most recent production. The PRPAC is producing “Mama Said There Would Be Days Like This” with Omanii Abdullah at Jazz Central. We saw a similar production when it was staged at CFAC.  The shows were directed by Ryan Johnson-Travis.

Not So Silent Night

Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Jazz Central Christmas Party

Jazz Central Holiday Reception

The annual holiday party at Jazz Central continues to be a great after work mixer (and not just to get a taste of Judy Murphy’s meatballs).

The intimate theater provides a great opportunity to catch up with all those folks you’ve seen through the year at jazz shows sponsored by the CNYJAF (from Sitrus, Jazz in the City and the Cabaret series as well as the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival).

A few years ago, despite a snow storm, we caught an impromptu piano performance by Cookie Coogan, Chris Jones and Jeff Stockham.  Last night the mood was just as festive with Dave Solazzo providing the musical ambiance.

Assemblyman Sam Roberts, Lanessa Owens and Mike Atkins at the party.

Jazz Patrons: Assemblyman Sam Roberts, Lanessa Owens and Mike Atkins attended the party.

Rhythm of the Night

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Baldwinsville-bred comic Dan Frigolette appeared on W. Kamau Bell’s show recently and nearly hijacked the street interview with a obscure R&B reference. We knew Dan was funny, but had no idea he was up on Debarge. We like it!

Frigolette will be doing a comedy workshop next month at Jazz Central.

Four for the show

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012
T. Blunt (MC)

T. Blunt

T’was four nights before Christmas and laughter could be heard coming out of the theater at Jazz Central . The intimate music spot became a venue for some down-home laughs (and occasional snorts) last night. 
Anna Phillips

Anna Phillips

Hoboken’s Dan Frigolette (graduate of Baldwinsville High) put together another joke fest this year, featuring Anna Phillips, and Syracuse natives Jessimae Peluso and newcomer T. Blunt (who served as the MC).  There were two sets for the Friday show.
Dan Frigolette

Dan Frigolette

On Saturday Frigolette (pictured above) will be joined by Moody McCarthy for two shows (both also at Jazz Central). These shows have sort of become a holiday tradition, bringing CNY some much needed humor to kick off the winter season.
Jessie Mae Peluso

Jessimae Peluso

Scholastic Saturday (continued)

Monday, October 22nd, 2012
Ryan Fox (guitar) jams with the musicians at Jazz Central on Saturday.

Ryan Fox (guitar) jams with the house band at Jazz Central during Saturday's session.

Jazz for a Saturday afternoon

Saturday, October 20th, 2012
Living Word Academy's Oliva Michael, Acacia Bunker and their teacher Paula Michael participated in a Scholastic Jam Session today at Jazz Central.

Living Word Academy's Olivia Michael, Acacia Bunker, and their teacher Paula Michael (far right) participated in a Scholastic Jam Session today at Jazz Central. They were accompanied by Larry Luttinger on drums (background). The clinic also featured Darryl Pugh (bass) and CNY Jazz Educator of the Year Joe Carello (sax).

Laughing without limits

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Chrissie Cunningham: Was it something I said?

Toronto's Chrissie Cunningham: Was it something I said?

Anna Phillips (pictured below) produced a comedy show at Jazz Central last night that featured homegirl Jessimae Peluso,  Amy Carlson (New Rochelle) and Chrissie Cunningham (Tornonto).
Anna Phillips

Anna Phillips said she thinks she is smarter than Lil' Wayne, but she's not sure.

 

Jessimae Peluso, who now lives in NYC, danced on stage, then reminisced about CNY and summers at Green Lakes making the human chain

Jessimae Peluso, who now lives in NYC, danced on stage, then reminisced about CNY and summers at Green Lakes making the human chain.

The laughs were punctated by stories about Hip Hop, relationships, parties and pet dogs. 

Amy Carlson, who lives in New Rochelle, wrote a poem about Syracuse, want to hear it, here it goes.

Amy Carlson, who lives in New Rochelle, wrote a poem about Syracuse. Want to hear it, here it goes...

 Cunningham, who happens to be hearing-imparied, was making her U.S. and Syracuse premiere.

Chrissie Cunningham from Syracuse in Focus on Vimeo.

When a Poet’s Fed Up

Saturday, April 7th, 2012
Rae Sunshine, gave us a conversation between Mr. Do Nothing and Ms. Say Something on Friday.

Rae Sunshine, poet

During an intermission at a comedy show last night at Jazz Central, Rae Sunshine performed one her poems , which was an imaginary conversation between Mr. Do Nothing and Ms.  Say Something

Her group Underground Poetry Spot will be performing a full show later this month at Art Rage Gallery.