Posts Tagged ‘Ronnie Leigh’

The Cavalier Gentleman

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Ronnie Leigh, vocalist (Jazz at the Cavalier)

A Cavalier Attitude

Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Vocalist Nancy Kelly (along with Rick Montalbano) kicked off the Jazz at the Cavalier, (Downtown Marriott). The 28 week cabaret series continues each Wednesday evening. The next vocalist will be Ronnie Leigh.

Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival Day 1: Hearing Double

Saturday, July 30th, 2016
Prime Time Funk vocalists James Richmond (left) and Ronnie Leigh sang to the crowd in Clinton Square on Friday night.

Prime Time Funk vocalists James Richmond (left) and Ronnie Leigh sang to the crowd in Clinton Square on Friday night.

Jazz Fest, Day 1: Mr. Leigh

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Ronnie Leigh,the smooth-dapper-crooner and local legend also participated in the tribute to Mark Murphy.

Ronnie Leigh,the smooth-dapper-crooner and local legend also participated in the tribute to Mark Murphy.

Hot Jazz, Cool Collaborations

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Syracuse music legend Marcus Curry got in the mix at the Sitrus Lounge last night with Ronnie Leigh.

Spicy: Syracuse guitar legend Marcus Curry got in the mix at the Sitrus Lounge last night with vocalist Ronnie Leigh.  They even did a birthday tribute to WAER FM-88’s Eric Cohen. Next month the series will feature a Wil Gorman and Melissa Gardiner reunion.

Week in Review: Sophisticated and Primal

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

Ronnie Leigh, live at Tokyo-Seoul (with MG3)

Ronnie Leigh, live at Tokyo-Seoul (with MG3)



Our performance of the week goes to Ronnie Leigh and Melissa Gardiner’s MG3. Below is a clip from their final number (Aint Misbehavin‘ with Leigh on vocals), which is so rich and velvety it gets stuck between your ears.

Thanks again to Byron Cage for the invite.

Sounds over Sushi

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Melissa Gardiner, Will Gorman and Ronnie Leigh, along with Byron Cage (not pictured) served up a hot set at Tokyo-Seoul last night.

Melissa Gardiner, Will Gorman and Ronnie Leigh, along with Byron Cage (not pictured) served up a hot set at Tokyo-Seoul last night.



We got to see a few generations of musical performers at Melissa Gardiner’s gig at Tokyo-Seoul last night.  Her MG3 band, along with veteran vocalist Ronnie Leigh, made for a sweltering combination.

Leigh, who is the equivalent of a made guy in the music scene here (our version of Tony Bennett),  has been around for years and has multiple SAMMY Awards.  But don’t let his musical mileage fool you however, because he still had enough in reserve to close the show with a Fats Waller cut (“Aint Misbehavin”) that had the ebbing energy of a strong summer storm.

Our take-away question is this: has anyone recorded these sessions (which began in December)? They would make a great compilation CD.

Called & Chosen

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Jake Ford sat in with MG3 at Tokyo Seoul last night.

Jake Ford was called up to share the Tokyo-Seoul stage with MG3 on Thursday.



You have to be secure with your art & abilities to let someone share your stage. We thought it big-hearted for Melissa Gardiner and her new power group,MG3 (Gardiner, Gorman & Cage), to shine some light on guitarist Jake Ford last night.  Ford sat in briefly during the MG3 + Ronnie Leigh show at Tokyo Seoul.

This is only our second time seeing the Third Thursday’s series, but generally when it comes to the Syracuse scene, established musicians are quick to show love to up-and-coming talent.

Year in Review (Music, part 2)

Friday, December 28th, 2012

J.T. Hall and Friends (featuring Colleen Prossner)

J.T. Hall and Friends (featuring Colleen Prossner)



Another bright spot in the Syracuse music scene was the return of the Jazz at Sitrus series, which is held at the Sheraton Hotel, along the Connective Corridor.  Here are some of the performers from 2012.

Sitrus Lounge (Sheraton Hotel)

Sitrus Lounge (Sheraton Hotel)

Melissa Gardiner

Melissa Gardiner

Michael and Anjela Lynn

Michael and Anjela Lynn

Larry Luttinger, aka Lorenzo

Larry Luttinger, aka Lorenzo

Ronnie Leigh

Ronnie Leigh

Nancy Kelly

Nancy Kelly

John Leroy

John Leroy

Mike Dubaniewic

Mike Dubaniewic

Jeff Houston

Jeff Houston