The acclaimed JAZZ IN THE CITY Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series returns in 2015 with four concerts featuring national and local jazz artists, plus talented community performers and students from the neighborhoods and Syracuse City Schools. The goals of Jazz in the City are to reconnect urban residents to their culture, bring diverse groups from the suburbs and the neighborhoods together, and provide educational and cultural benefits to youth and residents. Underutilized city parks, neighborhood centers, and commercial corridors gain meaningful use, urban artists gain meaningful employment, minority small businesses are invited to vend at no cost, and community service groups and businesses are present to distribute information and discount coupons. All four events will be managed by a new La Liga Youth Volunteer Corps, a partnership with the Syracuse Housing Authority, giving summer employment, work experience and adult responsibilities to neighborhood youth at risk.
August 6 – 6:30-9pm at Kirk Park, Kirk Ave & Argyle Terrace
The Blacklites with Rick Chisholm
Mr. Bus Driver and the Elk Pride Step Team
August 13 – 7-9pm in Little Italy, 700 N. Salina St.
Urban Jazz Coalition with Elan Trotman
August 20 – 7-9pm on the Near West Side at Ward Bakery Park, 700 Oswego St.
Alex Torres y su Orquesta Latin Dance Party
September 3 – 7-9pm at Le Moyne Plaza, 1419 Salt Springs Rd.
Four 80 East with Jeff Kashiwa
All events are free and open to the public. No alcohol is served. Bring lawn chairs!