Posts Tagged ‘Mardi Gras’

Week in Review

Sunday, March 3rd, 2019

SIF Scene (notable people, places and events)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Celebration (Euclid Ave)

Party Hostess: Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Celebration (Euclid Ave)

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

When the Second Line Comes Marching In…

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Melissa Gardiner and Second Line Syracuse band marched through the Landmark on Friday.

Melissa Gardiner and her band marches on!

These days a party’s just not a party until Second Line Syracuse meanders on through. They did just that during the Festival of the Fantastical Follicle last Friday. When they show up it’s always Mardi Gras or Carnival!

March On!

Mike Heagerty kept time for the band as they descended to the lobby.

Dan Fields

Dan Fields tried to blow the roof off the Landmark.


Monday, March 7th, 2011
Syracuse JazzFest Founder and Impersario Frank Malfitano presents Uncle Lionel Batiste with a Jazz Legends Award at OCC on Friday.

Syracuse JazzFest Founder Frank Malfitano presents Lionel Batiste with a Jazz Legends Award at OCC on Friday.

Uncle” Lionel Batiste, Benny Jones, Sr. and the Treme Brass Band brought the sweet sounds of New Orleans and the energy of a street parade to Friday’s performance at Onondaga Community College.

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.