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Second Line Syracuse’s appearance at the Community Folk Art Center last night was like a hearty bowl of well-seasoned gumbo to warm the autumn chill. The song list for the evening included a dash of Mongo Santamaria, a sprinkle of Ellington, a side of Fela Kuti and Vulfpeck, and even a pinch of Trombone Shorty.
Trumpeter Dan Fields and Melissa Gardiner played leading roles, and even marched through the crowd during one number. Their rendition of “Night Time Is the Right Time” also featured some robust vocal sparring. The quintet was rounded out by Byron Cage (drums), Deyquan Bowens (keys) and Matt Rossi (sousaphone).
The show was held at the Community Folk Art Center.
Scott “Bugs” Allen is a one-man band of sorts. If you include vocals, he played about eight instruments during his evening set at Saturday’s Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. He may be categorized as a jazz man, but at times his on-stage energy nearly reached Fishbone levels. He goes quickly, but seamlessly from horn to drums to bass, and despite some technical difficulties during the finale, he was able to send soulful shock waves thru Clinton Square with tributes to Prince and Stevie Wonder.
Allen wears many hats(literally had at least three buckets with him), but his sartorial splendor (fuchsia shirt, fuchsia loafers and patterned bow tie) never outshines his wonderful musicianship.
The vibes were the perfect precursor to the upcoming Jazz in the City series (Aug-Sept).
Allen told the crowd that Larry Luttinger and Joe Lee took care of his 3rd Scenario collective so well in 2014 that his return was imminent.
For the sake of our burgeoning music scene, we hope he comes back to the ‘Cuse again. And again. And again.
“I met so many people from Mississippi tonight I thought I was back home…”
Dr. Alphonso Sanders
Musician/educator Dr. Alphonso Sanders turned AL’s (321 S. Clinton Street), into his own personal Juke Joint last night. The multi-instrumentalist made a return to Central New York (with pianist Jimmy Lee, Jr.) for an appearance at SUNY Oswego, but he made a timely pit-stop in Downtown Syracuse.
During the two-set performance, which went way past midnight, Dr. Sanders also invited a collective of Syracuse musicians to find the groove with him. These virtuoso suspects included Reggie Seigler, Glen McArthur, Emanual Washington, Thomas TC Carter, Dequan Bowens, Paul Lee, Sam Wynn, John Heard, and Elijah Harris, Jr.
And while snow was gently falling, along with the temperatures outside, inside the former cigar bar quickly became a sweat box dripping with Delta funk.
If you’ve never seen Sanders you quickly learn to respect his musicianship. He is like a one-man Earth Wind & Fire horn section working the flugelhorn, sax and flute. He also sang, smooth-talked the ladies from the bandstand, wailed on his harmonica, and even told a joke or two. The night featured some down home blues as well as great covers of Al Green, Miles, Grover, and Stevie.
The star-studded crowd included poet Jackie Warren-Moore, media personality Marc Lamont Hill, and contingent from SUNY Oswego.
Overall it was a great Wednesday night, but next time we’d like to see Dr. Sanders headline a Friday at the Dinosaur BBQ.
Special shout-out to Dr. Jerald Jones Woolfolk (another Mississippi native) for her assistance.
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?
Trombone Shorty and his band Orleans Avenue were the perfect crescendo to a night of jazz and swing for the 2014 Syracuse Jazz Fest (Day 1). After seeing the energetic show, we’d describe the former child prodigy from Treme as a combination drum major and sanctified Baptist preacher, accented with a taste of Rahsaan Patterson, Lee Morgan and Fred Wesley.
Shorty (aka Troy Andrews) is a tropical storm of resounding brass that shook the hills at Onondaga Community College.
Fashion and music seem to go hand-in-hand.
Glen Marhevka said many of his suits he wears are styled from the 1930s and 40s (similar to his band mates), but during the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy set on Friday he wore a hand-me-down (but re-tailored) ensemble from the 1960s. He said his personal tailor is a guy named Javi in Los Angeles.
Marhevka has that certain sprezzatura historically poured onto horn players (think Chet Baker), but don’t let the cool vines fool you, he can flat out blow that horn.