Posts Tagged ‘Trumpet’

Mr. Versatility

Monday, November 7th, 2016
Jon Seiger played the Sitrus Lounge on Friday evening.

Jon Seiger played the Sitrus Lounge on Friday evening.

The more we see Jon Seiger play (or sing) the more we enjoy his artistry. We read this story and also became impressed with his bravery.

A Taste of Mardi Gras (in October)

Friday, October 21st, 2016
Melissa Gardiner

Melissa Gardiner: bandleader

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.

Nick Fields

Dan Fields: cooler than Chet Baker in a snowstorm

A Bugs Life (in Syracuse): The Sequel

Monday, August 1st, 2016
Scott Bugs Allen blasting the brass

Scott Bugs Allen blasting the brass

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.

Bugs banged the drums during a tribute to Stevie Wonder

Bugs banged the drums during a tribute to Stevie Wonder

Allen really got the crowd involved when he did a Prince tribute during his set.

Allen really got the crowd involved when he did a Prince tribute during his set.

Allen and his wife posed for a photo with WAER FM-88 GM Joe Lee and his wife after the Saturday evening set.

Allen and his wife posed for a photo with WAER FM-88 GM Joe Lee and his wife after the Saturday evening set.

Rip the Joint

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
“I met so many people from Mississippi tonight I thought I was back home…”
Dr. Alphonso Sanders
Dr. Alphonso Sanders at AL's

Dr. Alphonso Sanders made himself at home at Al’s Wine and Whiskey Lounge.

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.

Blow jazz man blow

The Professor: Unmuted

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.

Is there a Doctor in the House?

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, fresh from his interview with Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton, spoke at SUNY Oswego on Wednesday. Afterwards, he checked out the  smooth, yet potent sounds of Dr. Alphonso Sanders (right) at AL’s on South Clinton Street.  Sanders will be playing gigs in Oswego this week as well. More on his performance and the plethora of guests coming soon.

Jazz Fest, Day 1: Soul Rebel

Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Curtis Watson

Curtis Watson played some good lovin’ blues for Buckwheat Zydeco.

Syracuse Standard Time

Saturday, July 18th, 2015
Wynton Marsalis played with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra for the Syracuse Jazz Fest on Friday.

Pulitzer Prize and multi-Grammy Award winner Wynton Marsalis returned to Syracuse and was featured with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra on Friday.

Charm City to Salt City

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
Joe Lee and Scott Allen (center) along with 3rd Scenerio met up after their set at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2)

Scott Allen & 3rd Scenario met up with Joe Lee (center) after their set at the Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival (Day 2).

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?

The Lady SoulSinger and Bugs mix it up in the 'Cuse

The Lady SoulSinger and Bugs collaborate in the ‘Cuse

Scott "Bugs" Allen, The Musical Multi-tasker

Scott “Bugs” Allen, The Musical Multi-tasker

Plasticity: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

Trombone Shorty: Blow Me Down

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.

Trombone Shorty: Double Barrell

Brash in Brass

Trombone Shorty as Tambourine Shorty

Tambourine Shorty

Trombone Shorty: Band leader

Asking the band to take it higher

Improvisation: Jazz Fest, Day 1

Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy trumpet player Glen The Kid Marhevka: The Satorialist

BBVD trumpet player Glen “The Kid” Marhevka: The Sartorialist

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.