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This week we heard rumors that The Syracuse Jazz Fest may have to move to the Lakeview Amphitheater; we also heard if it did not move, funding may be withheld. Well, Jazz Fest Producer Frank Malfitano and Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney appeared at a press conference this afternoon to set the record straight. Their mutual admiration was evident from the start, and if this kind of cooperation is wrong, none of us should wanna be right.
To hear a clip of the press conference, including Malfitano’s comments on why he chooses to keep Jazz Fest on Onondaga Hill (for now), and what the college means to him, click the sound file.
The event, which was held at the historic Second Olivet Missionary Baptist Church, was attended by politicians, local musicians, concerned concert goers, and members of the media.
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On Thursday a renovated soccer box court was dedicated at Skiddy Park. The event, which was attended by SU officials, politicians and players from the Syracuse Silver Knights, also coincided with the Multicultural Block Party celebration.
We read a story this week that County Executive Joanie Mahoney is being talked about as a candidate for Lt. Governor for New York. She is pictured her from almost 10 years ago during a candidate forum held at the Galleries on South Salina Street.
On the Syracuse stop for his “People First” campaign/tour at Onondaga Community College (OCC), Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the success of his initial 100 days in office. He said he will continue in his quest to bring ethical reform to the Empire State, along with economic stability (via property tax cap) and social progress (via marriage equality).
Meanwhile opponents of same-sex marriage say they will fight attempts at marriage equity legislation.
The 28th Annual Syracuse Jazz Fest took place again at Onondaga Community College last weekend. I got cover the final day, which featured Natalie Cole, Toph-E, Sheryl Bailey, and Michael Kaeshammer. One fan I spoke with said the Friday night Jam Session was the best set he’d seen at this particular event (he’s been attending for over 20 years).
Other artists who performed on days one and two of the festival (who I missed) included Gil Scott Heron, Boz Scaggs and Jeff Lorber.
It was also good to see, photograph and talk with piano tuner Kenneth Williams. According to Jazz Fest Producer Festival Frank Malfitano: “[Williams] is the best in the business and a very dear friend of the festival, he’s indespensable.”
To see more photographs of Syracuse Jazz Fest, Day 3, click here.