FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Larry Luttinger
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
CNY Jazz Black History Cabaret expands to two shows
Rasheada Caldwell, Jimmy Oliver to receive Pioneer Public Service Award
Syracuse NY – On Sunday February 27th, the CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret will enliven the posh surroundings of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom with a 2 p.m. matinee and a 6 p.m. evening show. National artists Althea Rene and JJ Sansaverino will perform. Rasheada Caldwell, Common Council-at-Large and Coordinator of Youth Community Planning and Development for the Allyn Family Foundation, and Jimmy Oliver, the first Director of Community Engagement for the Syracuse Police and former Deputy Parks Commissioner, will be honored with the 2022 Pioneer Public Service Award. $40 advance sale tickets include a free buffet and are now available at www.cnyjazz.org.
Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC sponsors the event for the 14th year, with additional support from National Grid, Wegmans, WAER, UAW Region 9-NY, and Visions Federal Credit Union. CNY Jazz supporters Bill and Nancy Byrne have again graciously underwritten the buffet for the event, offered at no extra cost to all attendees.
The twin presentations are offered to ensure the comfort and safety of the audience, which will be capped at 200 per show. As a result, tickets are available in advance only. Tables will be distanced, and proof of full vaccination or a recent negative PCR test within 72 hours will be required at entry. For those who may become unable to attend on short notice, a “virtual guarantee” in the form of a link for a 6 p.m. online showing is included. Virtual tickets will also be available for 6 p.m. home viewing.
This year’s guest artist is Althea Rene, Detroit-born flutist, fronting a band led by JJ Sansaverino, veteran of the smooth jazz touring scene. They last performed together in Syracuse for a CNY Jazz in the City concert in 2018. Rene is a Motown music legacy, daughter of Dezie McCullers, who played trumpet and saxophone for the original Funk Brothers, the group that played for many Motown groups from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Classically trained at Howard University, her career took a unique direction for the more than 10 years she was employed as a Wayne County Sheriff in Detroit, while continuing to play in the local jazz scene. Today, she is a full-time performing/recording artist with eight album releases who is a regular on the jazz festival circuit worldwide. She is a groundbreaker in the music industry as well. In May 2013, the title track of her fifth album “In the Flow” reached the top ranking on both the Billboard Jazz Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. With this, she became the first female flutist in Billboard history to reach the number one spot. She will front a band led by guitarist JJ Sansaverino, a leader in his own right, with his own Billboard #1 hit, “Style and Elegance”, and one of four highly acclaimed albums. His style has been called “Benson meets Santana” and his credits include Maceo Parker, Victor Bailey, Gerald Albright, Randy Brecker, Shaggy, Rick Braun, the Marley Family, and others. He also performed for Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding in 2002.
“I think we’ve come up with a great event model this year, resilient under any conditions,”, said Larry Luttinger, event organizer and founder of CNY Jazz. “Normally, this event is packed shoulder to shoulder, and we realize that some may be uncomfortable in that situation. There are more choices than ever before, and there’s not only a virtual guarantee of a link, but a virtual ticket purchase option as well for home viewing and out of towners. We owe our supporters no less than this dedication to safety.”
Paid garage parking is available in the garage directly to the southeast of the hotel. Patrons are cautioned that the former Hotel Syracuse garage no longer connects to the hotel via the overhead walkway.
What: Black History Month Cabaret with Althea Rene and JJ Sansaverino
Where: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13202
When: Sunday February 27th, shows at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with virtual guarantee and option
Tickets: Admission $40 in advance only at cnyjazz.org/tickets or 315-479-5299. Cash Bar & Free Buffet
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse NY 13202
January JazzFest returns with S.U. talent connection
Festival features national, regional, and scholastic talent
Syracuse NY – The Seneca Savings January JazzFest, a fixture of the Syracuse area midwinter music scene since 2011, celebrates its 10th year of live programming on Sunday January 30th from 1 to 9 p.m. at Mohegan Manor. America’s music will resound from all four floors of the historic venue in Baldwinsville, spanning diverse styles including mainstream and bebop, traditional acoustic swing, the Great American Songbook, and Latin. Outstanding High School talent will be showcased, the next generation of emerging professionals will gather to jam, and this year’s special guest headliner, the Queens-born, Brooklyn-based Marianne Solivan, will perform here in a festival setting for the first time since joining the Syracuse University music faculty as instructor of vocal jazz.
According to Jazz Times, Solivan is “a vital part of the Manhattan jazz scene…her sound hints at the sharp-focused intensity of Patricia Barber [and] the earthiness of Dinah Washington melded with the interpretive sass of Carmen McRae or, on occasion, even Betty Carter.” She has performed and recorded with Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Gregory Hutchinson, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini, and Lewis Nash, and many others, appearing at iconic jazz locations including Smoke, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, and The Blue Note.
She will front a band of regional luminaries including Rick Montalbano, Tom Brigandi, Jimmy Johns, and Joe Carello for a 90-minute show at the festival.
“This year’s event is the most intergenerational we’ve ever put together,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder and curator of the organization’s annual fundraiser. “We’re providing a platform for performers from boomer to Gen Z and everything in between. Our best talent of today and tomorrow will be on display.”
Proceeds from the festival will support the scholastic activities of the CNY Jazz “Educational Pipeline” of scholastic programs including the SummerJazz Workshop and CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, as well as their arts-in-education service. A long list of corporate and media sponsors helps underwrite the annual event, including title sponsor Seneca Savings, Mohegan Manor, Riccelli Trucking, Clark Air Systems, Scott Northrup’s State Farm agency, Hearth Cabinets and More, OneGroup, J.R. Clancy, Burritt Motors, WSYR 570 and Power 620, Eagle News, WAER FM88 and CNY Latino.
Ticketholders will be given re-entry wristbands so that they may come and go at any time during the 8-hour day of continuous music. A “your choice” raffle will be held throughout the day, and Mohegan Manor’s fine food and drink will be available.
Entry requirements will include proof of vaccination or negative test to permit entry and mask requirement inside the facility.
Advance sale tickets are on sale now for $25 at https://www.cnyjazz.org/tickets/ and are $30 at the door.
Club Room (Lower Level)
1:00 Dave Solazzo
2:15 Scott Dennis & Friends
3:30 Aaron Ruiz
6:30 – 9:00 Celebrity Jazz Jam
Lounge/Bar (First Level)
2:15 Drew Serafini Trio
3:30 Drew Serafini Trio
Green Room (Second Level)
2:15 C-NS Vocal Jazz Ensemble & C-NS Jazz Ensemble
3:30 C-NS Vocal Jazz Ensemble & C-NS Jazz Ensemble
6:00 Next Gen Jazz Jam
W.F. Morris Ballroom (Third Level)
4:30 Marianne Solivan
Jazz supergroup to visit Syracuse
Peter Mack Quartet has roots in Central New York
Syracuse NY – The next touring jazz group to hit downtown Syracuse has strong and long-lasting roots in Central New York.
Auburn resident Peter Mack, the well-known bassist, leader, impresario, and supporter of the jazz art form, has assembled a new quartet including some of the hottest established names in jazz, rock, pop, and classical music to perform at Jazz Central on Saturday December 4th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at www.cnyjazz.org for $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 with student I.D. for this one-of-a-kind upcoming appearance.
Mack’s current group members are culled from former units he has assembled in the past, chosen for their unbridled eclectic approach and ability to bond together to crate a cohesive new sound.
They include Chuck Lamb, familiar to local audiences as keyboardist for the Brubeck Brothers, sons of the legendary Dave Brubeck. His local roots extend as far back as the heyday of the fusion group Dry Jack, regular visitors to the legendary Firebarn club next to City Hall in the 1970s and ‘80s. Lamb has also logged touring and performing credits as diverse as the Woody Herman Orchestra, Peter Frampton, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Saxophonist Jeff Lederer brings a wide range of experience to the foursome, including current membership in the bands of Matt Wilson, Bobby Sanabria, and others, plus several groups of his own. As a composer, his “Los Sazones”, a salsa reimagining of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival for the Chicago Symphony and has been performed the Los Angeles Philharmonic and others. A dedicated educator, he is Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University.
Drummer Harvey Sorgen provides the coloristic underpinnings of the combo, bringing a dizzying breadth of artistic collaborations in jazz and rock to the band, including Hot Tuna, Ahmad Jamal, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Levon Helm, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Dave Douglas, and Anthony Braxton.
“This qualifies as a supergroup by any means or measure,” ventured Larry Luttinger, host of the concert and CNY Jazz founder. “This is the nature of jazz, to explore boundaries, go where no one has gone before. Put these artists together, mix well, and what comes out is incredibly explosive, original and unique. They’ve been touring as a unit for some time now, and I an hardly wait to see what they can create. I’m sure they will swing like mad and bring a multitude of surprises to boot.”
Theater COVID protocols will be in place at Jazz Central, including proof of vaccination or recent test at the door and mask requirement indoors except when eating or drinking.
If You Go
Who: Peter Mack Quartet
Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. Syracuse NY
When: Saturday December 4th, 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $20 advance, $25 door, $10 with valid student I.D. at www.cnyjazz.org
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse NY 13202
Sally Ramirez Holiday Special at Jazz Central
Patrons encouraged to drop off board games at the show
Syracuse NY – For the second year, CNY Jazz will present a family holiday special by singer and actress Sally Ramirez, “Songs from The Heart/Canciones del Corazón.” The family-friendly show will feature Sally and her accompanist Doug Robinson, who will perform traditional holiday songs from around the world. The live production is scheduled for December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Jazz Central theater and will be simulcast for virtual home viewing. Additional 7 p.m. shows will be available for streaming from December 15 through 19.
Ramirez is a singer, actress, teacher, and vocal coach whose music covers the range from jazz to Renaissance to folk. A veteran performer on a national scale, she has performed across the country in musical theater, operettas, and jazz venues. Now actively performing across upstate New York as a musician and actress, Sally has appeared on television in The Young and the Restless and American Family. She has appeared in Syracuse in the Jazz at the Cavalier series in recent years.
“Sally can literally do anything, in terms of singing in multiple styles and languages,” said Larry Luttinger, her CNY Jazz host. “She’s equally adept at Jazz, Bossa Nova, and other Latin and World Music styles, meshing seamlessly with Doug’s virtuoso accompaniment on classical guitar. We’re so glad to be able to bring her here for a live show, since last year, by necessity, she appeared virtually.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring traditional “old school” board games or UNO decks to this show or any other December shows at Jazz Central. They will be donated to the Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy for distribution at their December 21 “Home for the Holidays” distribution event organized by 1199 SEIU and the Greater New York Hospital Association. Games must be complete, either new or used. For more information about that event, contact Latoya at 315-640-0015 or Nadia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ticketholders must show proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of performance time and remain masked in the theater unless eating or drinking. Children under 12 are encouraged to provide vaccination proof but are not required to do so if accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.
Tickets for all shows, live or virtual, are available at https://www.cnyjazz.org/tickets.
IF YOU ATTEND
Who: “Songs from The Heart/Canciones del Corazón: Holiday Music & Jazz from Crimson” with Sally Ramirez and Doug Robinson
What: A Jazz Central Holiday Production
Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. Syracuse NY 13202
When: December 8 – LIVE show at 7 p.m. with Simulcast at 7 p.m. and Virtual Rebroadcasts December 15 through 19 at 7 p.m..
Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli makes annual swing through Syracuse
Reunion concert will take place at Jazz Central
Syracuse NY – Syracuse’s most famous living jazz expatriate, Joe Magnarelli, doesn’t forget his hometown when he hits the road. The busy touring and recording artist whose career roots were built on stints with Harry Connick’s band and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra makes a stop at Jazz Central this Friday November 12th at 7:30 p.m. He’ll front a first-call trio featuring his wife, the jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga, a leader in her own right. Advance sale tickets are available now at www.cnyjazz.org.
Joe has made a long habit of making quasi-annual returns to the Salt City. He has appeared many times at CNY Jazz festivals and concerts, to play with his group, as a guest soloist with others, or with the Syracuse Symphony and Symphoria.
This Friday’s tour stop is a long-awaited appearance originally slated for April 2020 and interrupted by the pandemic shutdown. “The anticipation is palpable for this rescheduled celebration,” according to Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz leader and host of the concert. “Area fans have made a habit of attending Joe’s quasi-annual homecoming shows, and we expect them to line up for this one as well, after such a long hiatus. The red carpet will be fully rolled out.”
Magnarelli’s career output is well known to Central New York’s jazz cognoscenti, including his experience with leaders Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Brother Jack McDuff, Maria Schneider, Ray Barretto, and many groups of his own.
Those attending must show proof of vaccination or recent test and must stay masked in the theater unless eating or drinking.
If You Go
Who: Joe Magnarelli Quartet featuring Akiko Tsuruga
Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St, Syracuse NY 13202
When: Friday November 12th, 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 advance at www.cnyjazz.org, $25 door, $10 with valid student I.D.
Jazz Central presents 20th century jazz expatriate in rare appearance
Syracuse NY – Over a year and a half after the COVID shutdown forced the cancelation of a Jazz Central appearance by saxophone icon Ricky Ford, CNY Jazz has announced his rescheduled show, coming up November 5th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cnyjazz.org for $20 presale, $25 at the door, and $10 with student I.D.
The concert is a part of Ford’s first American tour since the pandemic shutdown. A European resident since settling in Lyon, France in the 1990s, he now lives in Paris and has made Syracuse a stop on his latest quasi-annual swing through the states. After replacing Paul Gonsalves in the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the invitation of Mercer Ellington, he went on to work with historic jazz figures including Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, and many others on both sides of the Atlantic. He will appear here with his quartet, featuring John Kordalewski on piano, Jerome Harris on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums, all veterans with stylistically diverse credits ranging from Chick Corea to Julius Hemphill.
“We’ll be getting a look at the flow of modern jazz history when Ricky makes his appearance here,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz leader and host of the concert. “The overused term ‘rare opportunity’ applies here, when trying to describe this special concert for Syracuse. I don’t know how else to describe it. This will be an important occasion for the Syracuse jazz community.”
Audiences must show proof of vaccination or recent testing, and masks must be worn in Jazz Central unless eating or drinking.
If You Go
Who: Ricky Ford Quartet
Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St, Syracuse Ny 13202
When: Friday November 5th at 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $20 advance at www.cnyjazz.org, $25 door, $10 with student I.D.
What a week to ENJOY!
Spectacular out there, eh?
Time to get your stuff shipshape for the coming colder months – with some breaks to enjoy some jazz, and more, courtesy of CNY Jazz!
A lucky twist of fate gives y’all TWO chances to catch Nancy Kelly this week – Wednesday at the Cavalier Room in the downtown Marriott – boy, that series has been packing them in – and again on Sunday afternoon out in Skaneateles at Finger Lakes on Tap – what a weekend for a foliage tour and fun stop for food, drink, jazz, and a sampling from one (or more) of their over 60 taps. Great light menu, too.
PLEASE make plans to buy tix to our “Live at Jazz Central” premier opening production of Menotti’s The Medium at Jazz Central – the perfect spooky show leading up to Halloween – all sung in English – about a phony fortuneteller whose fake seances go SERIOUSLY wrong. Safe, and fun, for the whole family!
Lest you harbor reservations about safety, a summary of the extraordinary measures we’ve taken to keep you at ease and protected in our theater is RIGHT HERE! Our new NASA-grade air filtration system is only a part of it. Thank you, Unimar and IoT Right, for your expert work!
Don’t forget those CNY Jazz Discount cards, available here:
Go to https://www.cnyjazz.org/general-donations/ and make your annual donation now –
don’t wait for our annual mailing! All donations of $50 or more will get you your CNY Jazz Discount Card for 10% off food and drink at select CNY Jazz venues!
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse NY 13202
CNY Jazz welcomes Anne Farnsworth to Syracuse
National artist to perform in Cavalier Room
Syracuse NY – Jazz and Pop music devotees across Central New York will get a brand new thrill when CNY Jazz presents vocalist-pianist Anne Farnsworth in the next edition of their Jazz at the Cavalier series at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown this Wednesday from 6 to 9 pm. The event is free, and a special jazz cocktail and food menu will be available at the upscale lounge in the newly restored Hotel Syracuse.
An internationally acclaimed artist, jazz pianist and vocalist, Farnsworth has recently relocated to Upstate New York from Los Angeles, where she divided her time between performing, teaching, and journalism. She has toured extensively in the States and abroad both as a sideman and leader of her own trios and quartets.
A 2012 Fulbright Scholar, she has taught at institutions including the University of Southern California, Occidental College and Idyllwild Arts Academy. She is an international clinician and the author of JAZZ VOCAL TECHNIQUES (JazzMediaPress 2003). Her writings have been published in Windplayer, Billboard Live, Jazz Notes, and in a biweekly column for Concord Music Group.
In Los Angeles, she was an active participant in the club and theater scenes. She’ll be playing repertoire from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, and reimagined pop titles from “Sealed with a Kiss,” her latest recording on the prestigious Naxos label.
“We’re incredibly lucky to have Anne based close enough to experience her prodigious talents in a club in our area,” CNY Jazz founder and organizer of the series. “She’s of a kind with the greatest singing pianists of our time, names like Diana Krall, Shirley Horn, Dena Derose, and Blossom Dearie. I sincerely hope that music lovers turn out in numbers for her debut here, and the musical community as well. Let’s all welcome her to Syracuse.”
Anne will perform on the new Boston grand in the Cavalier Room with her trio. There is no cover or minimum.
If You Go
Who: Anne Farnsworth Trio
Where: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga St, Syracuse NY 13202
When: Wednesday, October 6th 6 to 9 p.m.
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse NY 13202
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jazz Central opens season with Chelsea Opera
Menotti’s The Medium first Fall offering
Syracuse, NY – The CNY Jazz “Live at Jazz Central” season opens with Chelsea Opera’s production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s psychological thriller The Medium, October 22nd at 8 p.m. and October 24th at 2 p.m. at the Jazz Central theater on 441 East Washington Street in downtown Syracuse. The opera will be presented in English with a run time of 90 minutes, including one intermission. All patrons will need to show proof of vaccination or PCR test within 72 hours of entry, and must remain masked during the performance. Advance sale $35.00 general admission tickets may be purchased by visiting www.chelseaopera.org or by visiting the www.cnyjazz.org web site. This production is part of an expansion of fully staged productions to upstate NY by the Manhattan-based opera company, now in its 18th season.
The Medium tells the story of Madam Flora, whose phony seances come back to haunt her. Monica, her daughter, and Toby, a mute adopted by Madam Flora, reluctantly aid her in fleecing desperate clients as their own love story unfolds. A captivating blend of mysticism and madness, Menotti’s score and plot is a perfect seasonal offering, particularly for patrons who might be new to opera. An original staging by Chelsea Opera Producing Artistic Director Garrett August Heater promises an evening of eerie twists and turns. Music direction is by John Krause. Leonarda Priore, Chelsea Opera President and Co-Founder, serves as producer.
The cast includes Ann McMahon Quintero as Madam Flora, Sarah Daniels as Monica, Maxwel Anderson as Toby, Amanda Dunlop as Mrs. Nolan, Nora B. Strong as Mrs. Gobineau, Adam Fine as Mr. Gobineau, and Lingyin Cao as A Voice. The production staff includes lighting designer Andy Hughes, costume designer Susan Berger, stage manager Josh Gadek, and production intern Chelsea Colton. Poster design is by Cayetano Valenzuela, with graphic design and grant writing by Klay Enos.
“Scrappy and ambitious, with a taste for recent and lesser-heard music, Chelsea Opera should be commended” – The New York Times
If You Go
What: The Medium, by Giancarlo Menotti
Where: Jazz Central 441 E. Washington St.
When: Friday October 22nd 8 p.m. and Sunday October 24th at 2 p.m.
Cost: $35.00 General Admission
Tickets: http://www.chelseaopera.org/ or https://www.cnyjazz.org/tickets/
441 E. Washington St
Syracuse NY 13202
CNY Jazz fall season launches at Cavalier Room
Syracuse NY – CNY Jazz launches its 2021-2022 season with an expanded “Jazz at the Cavalier” jazz club series, coming back to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for a fourth season with an artist roster that will now include national artists as well as well-known regional talent. The shows are presented weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. starting September 15th and are free of charge.
The series still adheres to its supper club “vocalist plus grand piano accompaniment” format, with expanded instrumentation and a few surprises. Nancy Kelly, well-known icon of the national jazz vocal scene, inaugurates the series with a September 15th show, followed by a revolving lineup including favorites like Scott Dennis, Mike Houston and Sam Wynn, Ronnie Leigh, Rick Montalbano and Julie Falatico, John Rohde’s Pastabilities Trio, Rochester’s Jon Seiger, Stringdom, and national names Anne Farnsworth and Marianne Solivan.
Los Angeles transplant Anne Farnsworth anchors the series, appearing six times through the end of May. A singer and pianist, author, songwriter, and journalist, Farnsworth is a Fulbright Scholar and former University of Southern California professor who tours internationally. She will lead her trio through jazz standards and her intelligent rearrangements of pop titles. Brooklyn’s Marianne Solivan, new jazz vocal faculty at S.U. will provide the energy she regularly exudes at regular dates in New York’s finest venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola and Smalls.
“I’ve never been more excited for a jazz club series like this,” said Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz. “Shows like this is bigger cities come with heavy cover charges. Here, due to the amazing commitment of the Marriott, its free. We’re delighted to add nationally known heavyweights like Anne and Marianne to the lineup, and we’ve added an additional musician to each combo, on average. That’s more of everything in my book. Add new menu selections from Eleven Waters restaurant in the hotel, and you’ve got quite a package.”
Pre-pandemic “CNY Jazz Club” cards will still be honored through November for ten percent discounts off food and drink. The entire schedule and information on how to get a card with a minimal charitable donation can be found at https://www.cnyjazz.org/jazz-at-the-cavalier/