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Jazz in the City series kicks off summer at Leavenworth Park

LeadSafe CNY Stage features ATLAS

SYRACUSE NY – The innovative Jazz in the City public health concert series begins its annual journey through urban Syracuse at 6 p.m. on Thursday June 13th at Leavenworth Park, near Middle Ages Brewery. The series, founded in 2001 and now in its 20th year of programming, travels with a robust healthcare village led by Syracuse Community Health, over a dozen health and human service agencies, providers, and charities, and craft vendors, with food provided at this Thursday’s location by Limp Lizard and Skippy’s Ice Cream.

The LeadSafe CNY main stage will present Atlas, the funky 9-piece horn funk and soul group founded in 1981 that has become an icon of the upstate NY music scene, fronted by dual vocalists Tyler Owens and Lisa Denise. Opening act 1Accord Line Dance will perform in front of the stage to open the show at 6:00 p.m. and all are invited to join in to “dance for exercise” to start the three-hour show.

The “concert fair” events present America’s music in a family friendly atmosphere as the centerpiece of a mobile public health effort unique to American cities. As an incentive to be screened for individual health needs, all those going through the Syracuse Community Health tent will receive $5 New York State Lottery scratch-off tickets. Everyone attending receives free “goodie bags” filled with information provided by the attending healthcare providers.

“This grand opening concert is only the kickoff of our summer long celebration,” said Larry Luttinger, founder of CNY Jazz and series organizer. “I’m so proud that we can surround jazz and American music with public health access and education, highlighting our wonderful parks system as well.”

All events are free and open to the public. No alcohol is served. A complete series schedule may be found at

If You Go

What: Jazz in the City urban outreach public health concert series

Where: Leavenworth Park, 120 Wilkinson St.

When: 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday June 13th

Who: ATLAS with 1Accord Line Dance

Jazz in the City delivers crucial health services to urban Syracuse

Summer concert fairs offer testing, screenings, services, information, and education

Syracuse NY – Syracuse’s urban neighborhoods continue to face public health challenges. Multiple indicators are chronically among the highest in the nation and communication with isolated residents is difficult.

In response to this acute need, Syracuse Community Health and CNY Jazz continue to pursue their innovative partnership to provide equity and access to family health services using the arts as a mobile platform, CNY Jazz in the City.

A robust family of health and human service agencies travels with the music series as a “Healthcare Village” led by SCH medical professions providing access to mobile testing, screening, counseling, personal physicians, and more, incentivized with NYS Lottery scratch-offs. Many other agencies, volunteer health efforts, advocacy groups, minority crafts and ethnic food vendors provide a “concert fair” vibe to every event.

New this year is the inclusion of the LeadSafe CNY Coalition to the village, a major new partner adding their presence to provide face-to-face education and awareness information to children and families. Kinney Drugs comes aboard to emphasize their vaccination services, and On Point for College joins to provide counseling on making college, training, and careers possible. Other agencies and sponsors include Community Bank, Wegmans, Dunk & Bright, Syracuse Police Department, New York Offices of Mental Health and People with Developmental Disabilities, Onondaga County Health Department, Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists, YMCA Health, Vera House, Geddes Federal Savings & Loan, Circare, CSEA, Health Education Network, Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, Tops, AMR, Syracuse Housing Authority, CNY Arts, and Onondaga County. Important support at the state level is supplied by Senator Rachel May and Assemblymembers Al Stirpe and Pam Hunter.

Syracuse Community Health COO Jessica Yoxall mentioned, “We are pleased to partner with CNY Jazz for the Jazz in the City 2024 Public Health Festival Concert Series. This partnership provides a platform for our community to access vital health information with a focus on eliminating health disparities, while enjoying local vendors and community talent. Through collaboration with CNY Jazz and other community-based organizations, we highlight the importance of preventative care and screenings to promote positive health outcomes. By increasing awareness and expanding health education, we together, can achieve health equity and enhance the quality of care in Onondaga County.”

Mayor Ben Walsh said, “Jazz in the City brings together the best of our neighborhoods, music and culture, all through the goal of creating healthy connections. I look forward to seeing our neighborhood parks and public spaces buzzing with friends, families and music throughout the summer, and I thank Syracuse Community Health and CNY Jazz for continuing to forge a healthy, happy Syracuse.”

Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “Onondaga County is proud to once again partner for another season of Jazz in the City. This 20th season will undoubtedly be the best yet!” McMahon continued, “Not only does this family, friendly event bring the best jazz, R&B, Funk, soul and Latin music to neighborhoods throughout the city, it also offers valuable health, information, tools, consults and screenings thanks to our partners at Syracuse community health. I encourage everyone this summer to enjoy the Jazz in the City series!”

Senator Rachel May, a major supporter of the series, said “Jazz in the City has become a cherished tradition, uniting our community with fantastic music for two decades. This event brings lively entertainment to our neighborhoods and, through its Healthcare Village, offers residents essential health and wellness resources. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy the smooth sounds of jazz while accessing support for your well-being. Congratulations to Jazz in the City on 20 remarkable years, and here’s to many more to come.”

Assemblymember Pam Hunter commented, “Celebrating its 20th year of programing, Jazz in the City 2024, sponsored in part by the New York State Assembly, will feature six exciting events this summer, bringing Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul, and Latin music to neighborhoods across Syracuse and Onondaga County. Alongside exceptional music, attendees can enjoy great food, family-friendly fun, and access to valuable health information and screenings provided by a growing Healthcare Village. Don’t miss these free, community-centered events that have become a staple of summer in Syracuse.”

According to Assemblyman Al Stirpe, “As a Central New Yorker, I am thrilled to celebrate the 20th season of Jazz in the City 2024. This series, which our Assembly proudly sponsors, will host six fantastic events throughout the summer, showcasing the best in Jazz, R&B, Funk, Soul, and Latin music in the neighborhoods of Syracuse and Onondaga County. Beyond music, the event offers health information, tools, consultations, and screenings, thanks to Syracuse Community Health and local providers. Jazz in the City remains a beloved community series, open to the public with free admission, bringing together families for music, food, and fun.”

United Way LeadSafe CNY Director Latoya Jones said, “In 2022, the percentage of children with elevated blood levels in Syracuse was 11.18%. Lead poisoning severely affects the brain’s learning systems and is connected to low literacy rates. This is an urban crisis of astounding proportions. We’re excited to be providing education, awareness, and safety strategies at Jazz in the City events,  right in the neighborhoods that need it most.”

 “Community Bank is proud to sponsor the 20th season of the Jazz in the City festival concert series,” Regional Retail Banking Manager Robert Liedka said. “Public health is the cornerstone of a healthy, thriving community. We’re honored to help support our local public health initiatives to ensure that everyone in the Syracuse community has the tools and opportunity to lead a healthy, fulfilling life.”

“My thanks go out to the dedicated family of concerned stakeholders that come together to put this effort over the top, all of our sponsors, village members, and the Syracuse Police Department, over and over, for more than twenty years”, said Larry Luttinger, organizer of the series. “It’s an honor to lead this effort for Dr. Reid, his staff, and everyone else who contributes. This is Syracuse’s all-hands-on-deck, move the needle effort to provide public service equity to its residents in need. And need I say that at its core is an incredible concert series showcasing the best national, regional, and community talent?”

Every three-hour concert features opening acts drawn from local urban music and dance organizations including 1Accord Line Dance, La Familia de la Salsa, C-Jack Run Showcase, and the Adanfo Ensemble, followed by main attractions featuring iconic regional groups and the best urban contemporary jazz artists in the nation.

Iconic regional funk and soul groups Atlas and The BlackLites appear perennially, Albany’s Alex Torres y su Orquesta will again serenade the Near West Side with salsa, Peter Lin’s AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander) Jazz Collective will serve the international North Side, Smooth Jazz Billboard chart-topper Double Bass Experience will perform at the new health center, and the contemporary jazz double bill of Art Sherrod Jr. and Lin Rountree conclude the series in Thornden Park.

All events are free and open to the public. No alcohol is served.

Jazz in the City Concert Schedule

All events are Thursday 6 to 9 p.m.

June 13 at Leavenworth Park: ATLAS with 1Accord Line Dance

June 20 at Skiddy Park: Alex Torres y su Orquesta with La Familia de la Salsa

July 11 at Syracuse Community Health: Double Bass Experience with C-Jack Run Showcase

July 18 at Schiller Park: AAPI Jazz Collective with Adanfo Ensemble

August 8 at Dunk & Bright: The BlackLites with 1Accord Line Dance

August 15 at Thornden Park: Art Sherrod Jr. and Lin Rountree with 1Accord Line Dance


CNY Jazz throws Mardi Gras bash



Larry Luttinger


CNY Jazz throws Mardi Gras bash

Free admission party at Timber Banks

Syracuse NY – Seekers of New Orleans-themed Mardi Gras festivities need look no farther than the first-ever CNY Jazz Mardi Gras celebration at Persimmons Restaurant in Baldwinsville’s Timber Banks community on Fat Tuesday, February 13th.

The Persimmons staff has created food and drink offerings that includes Cajun Andouille Gumbo, Jambalaya, stuffed Poblanos,  Oyster Po’Boys, Blackened Chicken, and classic New Orleans drink specials. Party beads will be distributed to everyone at entry. The centerpiece of the evening is an appearance by the entire 6-piece Soda Ash Six, Syracuse’s premier Dixieland Band, performing from 6 to 9 p.m.

“The Soda Ash Six carries the torch for authentic Dixieland music in Central New York, thanks to the tireless efforts of Bobby Morris and his cohorts from J.A.S.S., our trad jazz appreciation society,” offered Larry Luttinger, organizer.  “They’ll be trotting out all the great tunes for this party, Saint Louis Blues, Hold That Tiger, Royal Garden Blues, Bourbon Street Parade, and of course The Saints Go Marching In. This will be the only event of its kind in the area celebrating the Fat Tuesday tradition. Bring your parasols and be ready for the big ending to this fun party night. From the point of view of our community mission, this will be the most enjoyable night of historical jazz education we will ever present. Let the good times roll!”

Reservations are strongly recommended. There is no cover charge.

If You Go

What: CNY Jazz Mardi Gras Party

Where: Persimmons Restaurant, 3536 Timber Banks Pkwy, Baldwinsville

Who: Soda Ash Six Dixieland Band

When: Tuesday February 13th, music 6 to 9 p.m.

Cost: No cover charge. Reservations at 315-635-8812

Soda Ash Six

Black History Month cabaret presents rising star, fetes Senate leader



Larry Luttinger


Black History Month cabaret presents rising star, fetes Senate leader

Andrea Stewart-Cousins to receive Pioneer Public Service Award

Syracuse NY – CNY Jazz will celebrate Black History Month at their annual cabaret by bringing not one but two pioneers to the occasion. Rising superstar Endea Owens will perform with “The Cookout”, her six-piece band, and New York State Senate President and Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins will receive the Pioneer Public Service Award, presented by Mike Atkins of H.E.I.Y.P. (Helping Empower Incarcerated Youth Program). Mike Houston and Sam Wynn will entertain in the Cavalier Room before and after the cabaret.

Brackens Financial Solutions Network sponsors the event for the 16th year, with additional support from National Grid, Wegmans, Oneida Nation/Turning Stone Enterprises, WAER, Visions Federal Credit Union, and others. CNY Jazz supporters Bill and Nancy Byrne provide the complimentary buffet for the event. Endea Owens appearance is also supported by a grant from The Audience Building Project of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Only five years out of Juilliard, Endea Owens visits millions of households every weeknight as a member of Stephen Colbert’s Late Show Band. She is already the winner of an Emmy, Grammy, and Peabody Award. Her work has appeared on Jon Batiste’s Grammy-winning album “We Are” and Oscar-nominated film Judas and the Black Messiah. As a philanthropist, Endea founded the Community Cookout, a non-profit that provides meals and music to underserved neighborhoods in New York City. She has composed for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Cincinnati Orchestra and is a “Jazz is Now!” fellow of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem as a presenter, curator, and performer.

Andrea Stewart-Cousins is a groundbreaking pioneer in the public sector. In just her first year as Senate Majority Leader, she led the most productive legislative session in state history. In 2012, she became the first woman and African American woman to lead a New York State legislative conference. In 2019, she shattered the glass ceiling when her peers elected her as President Pro Tempore and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate. 

“This event continues to anchor the cultural aspect of Black History for Syracuse, and I’m eternally grateful to all of our supporters”, said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder. “Our guest artist and award recipient exemplify the courage and determination it takes to achieve ultimate success. I’m humbled to even be in their presence at this exciting musical and social event.”

If You Go

What: CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret

Where: Finger Lakes Ballroom, Marriott Syracuse Downtown

When: 4 p.m.

Cost: $35 advance, $40 door at


Endea Owens

Andrea Stewart-Cousins

About CNY Jazz

CNY Jazz Central, upstate New York’s largest year-round provider of jazz and American music in public and in schools, annually presents more than 150 events to a total annual audience of 50,000. They include festivals, concerts, and shows including the Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest and Jazz in the City; the CNY Jazz Cabaret Series, a busy arts-in-education service, shows at downtown’s Jazz Central theater, the SummerJazz Workshop, Interscholastic Jazz Festival, the CNY Jazz Orchestra and Youth Orchestra, the Jazz at Timber Banks and Jazz at the Sherwood dining series, Syracuse Stage Opening Night Cabarets, and other events throughout the extended region, including shows of all kinds at their Jazz Central theater in downtown Syracuse. More information at,, and

January JazzFest 2024 brings new faces to the scene


Contact: Larry Luttinger


January JazzFest 2024 brings new faces to the scene

Syracuse NY – The Seneca Savings January JazzFest will bring iconic veterans of the regional music scene together with young and emerging talent at Mohegan Manor, Baldwinsville’s historic multi-story event venue, on Sunday January 21st.

The festivities start at 1 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. with continuous music of all kinds on every level of the iconic Seneca River destination. Each floor sports a distinct style and theme.

The lower level will feature the jazz guitar as a solo instrument and an ensemble concept as demonstrated by Drew Serafini, Theo Curtin, and Jeff Martin, along with bassist August Bish, who will finish their segment as Tres Guitars, their new and unique ensemble.

The main floor bar showcases a sampler of the finest jazz singers working in Central New York, all together in the same room for the first time. Scott Dennis, Kirsten Tegtmeyer, Julie Howard, and Aaron Ruiz will share the mike, backed by Joe Cortini’s aptly named Jazz Mafia.

The second level banquet room and bar will be home base for Cheri Giraud, the powerhouse cabaret belter now finishing her first full-length live album at Hobin Studios. She’ll be playing selections from that release with the Dan Pugh Trio in support.

For the first time at this annual event, the top floor Morris Ballroom will be set up with room for dancing to the horn-driven sounds of Brass Inc, led by Walter Tanner with Dee Engelbrecht providing lead vocals.

The evening will conclude with living proof of the lasting CNY Jazz scholastic legacy, when prize former students of the organization’s many educational programs mix it up in an alumni jam session to finish the night. CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra lead tenorman Luke Hart, now studying at SUNY Purchase, will organize the session.

Throughout the day, prizes and raffles will be held, and food is available at extra charge. All proceeds support the educational programs of CNY Jazz, which develops top young talent from the city schools and the surrounding region, including the SummerJazz Workshop, CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, and Interscholastic Jazz Fest.

“This day of music always represents a wide cross-section of styles and a mix of intergenerational talent, a showcase for all music lovers,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder and director. “You’ll see the past, present, and future of regional music at this event. Patrons get a wristband to come and go as they please, parking is ample and free, and as I always say, if the the flavor in one room isn’t for you, you can wander this huge facility for something completely different just yards away. There’s literally something for everyone, young and old, at this, our annual fun-raiser.”

Tickets are now on sale at .

If You Go

What: January Jazzfest

When: 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday January 21

Where: Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St, Baldwinsville NY

Cost: $25 advance at, $30 door

Brass Inc

Cheri Giraud

Opening Night CNY Jazz Cabarets return to Syracuse Stage



Larry Luttinger


Opening Night CNY Jazz Cabarets return to Syracuse Stage

Syracuse NY – For the first time since the pandemic shutdown, the Syracuse Stage after-show scene in the Sutton Pavilion will be enlivened by a new season of CNY Jazz “Opening Night Cabarets”, to take place immediately after the Friday night opening of every show of the 2023-2024 season. Starting at closing curtain, the 90-minute shows feature a different vocalist entertaining in the pavilion with grand piano accompaniment, with an occasional twist.

The artists selected to perform represent the finest in cabaret entertainment from across the region. “We’re excited to be restarting this series in partnership with the Stage,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz director and founder. “It was a blow when the shutdown forced this closure. This new lineup says that we’re back in a big way.”

This time around, the cabarets will bow to the various show themes. Cheri Giraud will work in titles of national significance after What the Constitution Means to Me. Singer and actress Mary Nickson will provide a bluesy set after Lady Day at the Emerson Bar & Grill. Soprano Cathleen O’Brien and S.U. Musical Theater faculty Richard Koons team up to sing holiday favorites for A Christmas Carol. The RnB duo of Mike Houston and Sam Wynn will get funky at the Clyde’s opening after-party. Jeff Stockham will croon tunes from the 20’s and 30’s and play trumpet to match the Murder on the Orient Express time period, and Fiddler Joe Davoli accompanied by Harvey Nusbaum will provide a Gaelic taste of the Old Country after the opening of Once.

Syracuse Stage Artistic Director Robert Hupp said “We’re thrilled to see the return of our partnership with CNY Jazz. It’s an incredible complement to our opening nights; it gives Stage patrons the opportunity to savor the experience and enjoy the celebratory atmosphere long after the actors take their bows.”

CNY Jazz Club cardholders buying show tickets on these nights will receive 10% off their tabs at the Sutton Pavilion bar at each cabaret.

CNY Jazz Opening Night Cabaret Schedule

Cheri Giraud September 15th

Mary Nickson October 20th

Cathleen O’Brien and Richard Koons December 1st

Mike Houston and Sam Wynn February 2nd

Jeff Stockham March 15th

Joe Davoli and Harvey Nusbaum May 3rd


Jazz in the City concludes with National double bill

Public health series visits university district

Syracuse NY – Jazz in the City, the model urban concert series bringing quality music, dance, and public health services to Syracuse’s neighborhoods, concludes with a national double bill by the Thornden Park pool in the University district’s Westcott Nation. Scheduled for Thursday August 17 starting at 6 p.m., the free event opens with local dance troupe 1Accord Line Dance, followed by a two-hour show by Rebecca Jade with special guest Judah Sealy.

Singer/songwriter Rebecca Jade’s career is growing as a solo artist after her years touring with Sheila E, garnering cameo performances with Sir Elton John and the GRAMMY Salute to Prince along the way. The San Diegan has logged several years of guest solo dates with Will Downing, Boney James, Jeffery Osborne, Eric Darius, and Dave Koz. She is a perennial San Diego Music Award winner and performed on Aubrey Logan’s Billboard #1 album.

Rochester native Judah Sealy topped the 2022 Billboard Smooth Jazz charts with his single “Stylish”, launching a career playing in jazz clubs across the country. He has appeared with Kirk Franklin and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and has been a featured guest on recordings by Jacob Webb and Greg Manning.

“What a way to end the biggest mobile summer concert series ever produced for Syracuse,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz Executive Director. “Seven concerts, hundreds screened by Syracuse Community Health medical staff, thousands visiting healthcare vendors and getting free goodie bags of health service information, urban food and craft vendors attending at no charge, and of course the best of America’s urban music as the centerpiece. This is why we’re in the arts business, folks. We’re moving the needle for our city, making it more health conscious, and giving it more pride of place. Let’s all celebrate Syracuse big time on the 17th.”

Jazz in the City concerts are free of charge. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and tents to the event on the spacious East Lawn of Thornden Park.

If You Go

What: Jazz in the City

Where: Thornden Park, 610 S. Beech St. Syracuse 13210

Who: Rebecca Jade with Judah Sealy

When: Thursday August 17th, 6 to 9 p.m. rain or shine

Cost: FREE

Jazz in the City brings international program to Schiller Park



Larry Luttinger


Jazz in the City brings international program to Schiller Park

World Music lineup features music of three continents

Syracuse NY – CNY Jazz turns its attention to Syracuse’s North Side, the international district where over 30 languages are spoken, to present its next Jazz in the City urban outreach public health concert this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. in Schiller Park. The world music-themed program opens with Etse Nyadedzor’s “Adanfo” Ghanian drummers as opening act for “Slavic Soul Party!”, the uniquely multicultural 9-piece band that combines New Orleans-style brass, funk grooves, gypsy accordion, and jazz chops, a style self-described as Balkan Soul Gypsy Funk.  Over the past 15 years this band has released 7 albums, including their take on Duke Ellington’s Far East Suite, and toured in the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Turkey, and Zimbabwe.

According to NPR’s All Things Considered, “These guys start out in overdrive and never let up…Slavic Soul Party! offers a gut punch to preconceptions about traditional music, world music, pop music, and dance music.”

“We always take a world music approach when programming on the north side of the city,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz leader. “There are just so many constituencies to play to, and so many common world pop and traditional styles. We’re casting as wide a net as possible. This music, international food and crafts vendors, and healthcare village, taken together, are as close as Syracuse gets to an international festival.” 

The event is free, presented in Schiller Park at the Farmer Road entrance near Riley’s Restaurant located on Park Street near its end at Dewitt Street in Sedgewick. Ample parking is available along the entrance road leading to the concert. Syracuse Community Health professionals will be on hand to give screenings with NY Lottery scratch-off tickets as incentives, and many other local healthcare service providers will be on hand to answer questions and give out free items.

If You Go

What: Jazz in the City

Where: Schiller Park, Farmer Street and Schiller Park Road

Who: Adanfo Ghanian Drummers and Slavic Soul Party!

When: Thursday July 20th, 6 to 9 p.m. rain or shine

Cost: FREE

Jazz in the City celebrates new Syracuse Community Health facility



Larry Luttinger


Jazz in the City celebrates new Syracuse Community Health facility

Healthcare Education Project sponsors Aretha Franklin tribute

Syracuse NY – Jazz in the City, the visionary public health concert series delivering great music, food, and health services to Syracuse’s underserved neighborhoods, will celebrate the new Syracuse Community Health facility at 930 South Salina Street on Thursday July 13th. The concert is sponsored by the Healthcare Education Project and is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the center, adjacent to the new JMA facility in Syracuse’s resurgent “Downtown South” near the site of the future STEAM High School.

The first hour of the program is dedicated to the city’s emerging urban talent, presented by Chuck Jackson’s “C-Jack Run” production company, well known for its annual showcases at the New York State Fair.

From 7 to 9 p.m. the main attraction is Sherma Andrews, who brings her Tribute to Aretha Franklin show up from New York City for a two-hour intermission concert. CNY Jazz has presented Sherma in Syracuse multiple times in festival, concert, and cabaret settings. Food and ice cream vendors will be on hand to augment the Healthcare Village and arts and crafts providers set up in the ample lot surrounding the new center adjacent to the new JMA facility.

“We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the strong community mission of Syracuse Community Health and the Healthcare Education Project than by bringing Sherma’s dynamite tribute to the Queen of Soul to the occasion,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder. “No one sings and plays America’s urban music like Sherma. I wouldn’t trust anyone but her to deliver this show, and I’ve worked in Aretha’s orchestra as her percussionist, so I know firsthand. Take it from me, Sherma will deliver a powerful punch of funk and soul to this shindig.”

At every Jazz in the City event, attendees will be able to take advantage of health service information, consulting, and materials provided by an army of the area’s healthcare providers. New York Lottery scratch-off tickets and free COVID test kits will be given as incentives for everyone screened for their health needs by the SCH professional medical staff, including consultations and screenings for body mass index and hypertension, scheduling appointments for vaccinations and boosters, and providing those without a primary care physician with referrals.

“We’re proud to be able to provide the underwriting for this special concert celebrating our common commitment to equitable access to health care for Syracuse’s underserved,” said LaToya Jones, leader of the 1199 SEIU Healthcare Education Project. “It’s an exciting time to be working shoulder to shoulder with so many of our colleagues and celebrating our city’s brand-new state of the art health center.”

Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and make an evening of the free, three-hour family-friendly show. Ample free parking is available behind the original health center at 819 South Salina Street.

If You Go

What: Jazz in the City

Where: Syracuse Community Health, 930 S. Salina Street

Who: Sherma Andrews Tribute to Aretha Franklin

When: Thursday July 13th, 6 to 9 p.m. rain or shine

Cost: FREE

CNY Jazz presents Jazz at the Sherwood


Contact: Larry Luttinger
CNY Jazz Arts Foundation
T: (315) 479-5299
C: (315) 436-9082

CNY Jazz presents Jazz at the Sherwood

Fabled Skaneateles inn hosts new outdoor dining concert series

Skaneateles NY – The village of Skaneateles will soon get its first jazz cabaret. The historic Sherwood Inn, established in 1807, will ring with the sounds of America’s music this summer with the launch of “Jazz at the Sherwood”, a Wednesday dining series on select dates in July, August, and September. The concerts will take place on the Hannum House lawn next to the inn. The series is the newest regional music offering of CNY Jazz, following the success of Jazz at Timber Banks, Jazz at the Cavalier, Jazz at SITRUS, and many others.

The outdoor cabaret setting features a $50 four-course price fixe menu served under covered umbrella table seating in full view of the entertainment on the porch of the Hannum House. The region’s best vocalists and instrumentalists will perform from 6 to 8:30 p.m. during peak dining hours.

Said Larry Luttinger of the partnership, “We were honored that the Sherwood reached out to us to co-design this series, especially after the sad departure of our long-running ‘Jazz on Tap’ series in the village at the former Finger Lakes on Tap. A town like Skaneateles deserves a quality dining-and-entertainment option, and we’re glad to be able to help provide it. Many thanks to the inn’s ownership and staff for their collaboration and commitment to quality.”

The lineup represents a cross-section of the most well-known vocal-heavy jazz trios and quartets in the area, with a twist or two thrown in. “There’s great variety here,” according to Luttinger. “Jazz standards, pop tunes, Latin influences, Broadway belting, smooth crooning, and a twist provided by QUATRO, the finest progressive Americana group ever to locate in Central New York.”

Call the Sherwood at 315-685-3405 for reservations, which are strongly suggested. As a benefit to their annual donors, holders of CNY Jazz Club Discount Cards will receive 10% off food and drink at these events.

Talent Schedule

July 12               Alex Becerra & Friends
July 26               Edgar Pagan’s GPL with Adam Fisher
August 9            Rick & Julie’s Jazz Asylum
August 23          Cherie Giraud
Sept 6                 QUATRO
Sept 20               ESP with Kristen Tegtmeyer

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