Melt the Winter Blues with Red Hot Jazz at Seneca Federal Presents January JAZZfest 2013Posted: January 23, 2013
How can you shake off the post-holiday blahs, be seen at the hippest winter party of the year, and help a premier Central New York arts organization continue its prize-winning scholastic and public programs? Easy! Join us at January JAZZfest 2013.
Thanks once again to sponsorship from Seneca Federal Savings & Loan Association, this celebration of first-class food; drink; and first-class Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Cabaret returns to the historic Mohegan Manor in Baldwinsville, NY on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
January JAZZfest is a benefit for CNY Jazz Central, which presents more than 100 concerts and other events to a total audience of 70,000 annually; trains more than 400 music students at year-round clinics; and runs Jazz Central, the "busiest little theater in Syracuse!"
Advance tickets cost $25. To purchase tickets online, click here. At the door, tickets will cost $30 or $15 for students with a valid ID. Follow January JAZZfest on twitter at #janjazzfest.
This year's headlining act is The Tony Monaco Quintet (for complete information and photos, visit http://www.b3monaco.com).
Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight, on the accordion. When he was 12, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. In April 2000, Monaco met another organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco, who produced a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed Burnin Grooves.
As Monaco's reputation has grown, he has played with some of greatest musicians in jazz, including Mel Lewis, Lewis Nash, Sonny Fortune, Kevin Mahogany, Fareed Haque, and George Benson. He also is an accomplished teacher. He has produced a series of instructional DVDs titled "Playing Jazz Hammond" that have quickly become indispensable for any serious Hammond student.
Monaco will be joined by accomplished CNY jazz singer and keyboardist Cookie Coogan. Other acts appearing throughout the four-story Mohegan Manor are the Jim O'Mahoney Trio, LuBossa, Grupo Son Boricua, the Syracuse Blues Fest "SOS" Blues Band, E.S.P. & Friends, and Jeff Stockham's Jazz Police, which will host an all-star jazz jam beginning at 6 p.m. During the day a silent auction and raffle will be held, also for the benefit of CNY Jazz. For the complete schedule, click here.
"This year we've got the Pro Bowl beat by a mile! Why not spend your brief weekend off from football at January JAZZfest, kick back with a drink and some great food, and let some top Jazz, Blues, Latin, and Cabaret talent warm your hearts on a chilly day," says Larry Luttinger, Executive Director, CNY Jazz. "There are so many choices to be had at this bash that guests are encouraged to design their own day. And if you have to run home to check on the kids or let the dog out, you can come and go as you please, thanks to a re-entry wristband.
"We're ever grateful to Seneca Federal Savings and Loan for returning as title sponsors, to our hosts at the spectacular multi-floor facility, to our other corporate sponsors, and to the musicians who are benefiting CNY Jazz by donating their services."
Also this year, the event organizers are showing off the fruits of their scholastic mission. CNY Jazz student all-stars from the William Gorman Combo will be roaming Mohegan Manor, sitting in throughout the day, and performing a group cameo during the final jam session. Members of this combo are William Gorman (Skaneateles High School), pianist; Jake Ford (Skaneateles HS), guitar; Sam Smith (Skaneateles HS), bass; and Scottie Madonia (home-schooled, of Clinton), drums.