Posts Tagged ‘Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival’

Communicating, Connecting

Friday, August 6th, 2010
Donald Harrison

Donald Harrison

I heard a story today on NPR about the distinct voice of rapper Biggie Smalls (they described his sound as wheezy and humid).  I also learned that jazz musician Donald Harrison, who played a concert here last summer, provided some early musical mentorship for BIG.

Harrison also talked about their connection in an interview on Afropop.

A Touch of Jazz

Friday, July 30th, 2010
Chris Vadala with Nancy Kelly

Chris Vadala with Nancy Kelly

The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival kicked off last night with NYC guitarist Yoham Ortiz and Chris Vadala with Nancy Kelly and the CNY Jazz Orchestra.

Yoham Ortiz

Yoham Ortiz

Diva du Jour

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Vocalist Nicole Henry at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival

Power of Cool

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Donald Harrison, cookin

The King of Nouveau Swing Donald Harrison, Jr. brought his bold sax (plus dance moves) to Syracuse last week and spiced up the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival like a plate of red beans and rice.  His band members, average age about 19, were the perfect compliment and despite the rain, they belted out enough flavor to make Clinton Square sound more like Congo Square…at least for an hour or so.

Age Aint Nothing But a Number

Monday, July 27th, 2009
Young Cats

Young Cats

Props to the Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet (pictured are members Nick Frenay and Chad Leftkowitz Brown) the young cats who served as the defacto house band for the Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest late night jam sessions at Jazz Central over the weekend.

Tear the Roof off tha Sucker

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Sax man Marion Meadows said he’s wanted to perform in Syracuse for a long time, sick especially since his sister lives here.  He finally got his chance last night during a sizzling performance for the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival (formerly Jazz in the Square).  During the set Meadows did a roll call of musicians that have influenced his band, people such as Grover, Ella, Miles, Coltrane, James Brown and some others. Then before bringing the house down, he asked a simple question: “What happens when some Funk falls into your cereal?”

The crowd in Clinton Square for the festival concert got the answer, but Meadows added a cresendo later when his band brought their steady rhythms to Jazz Central for an intimate late night jam session (which typically follow the festival performances).

In addition to his quartet, Meadows vibed with musicians such as Eudy Ferdandez and The Brubeck Institute Jazz Quintet, featuring Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Noah Kellman, Nick Frenay, Zach Brown, and Corey Fonville.

Joe Magnarelli also joined the session, which funked up the house til well past midnight.