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CNY Jazz 22nd Season Logs Over 300 Events


CONTACT: Larry Luttinger
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13202

Cabaret Series Brings International Jazz and Blues Stars
CNY Jazz 22nd Season Logs Over 300 Events

Syracuse, NY – CNY Jazz Central will produce over 300 events in their 22nd season, including new events in the historic surroundings of the Marriott Downtown Syracuse and in the Syracuse Stage Sutton Pavilion. This expanded palette of offerings includes their core Cabaret Series, a Vespers Series, Nancy Kelly Vocal Jazz Jams and Cabarets, January JAZZfest, multiple educational programs in public and in schools, a total of 5 “CNY Jazz Club” series, and an eclectic season of offerings in downtown’s Jazz Central, offering theater, improv comedy, film, burlesque, and music in all styles.

The CNY Jazz Cabaret Series, the centerpiece of their season, hosts three international acts – ascending blues and jazz wunderkind “King” Solomon Hicks, the Contemporary Jazz of Eric Darius and Tracy Hamlin, and Tony DeSare, the heir to the Harry Connick legacy, with the 17-piece CNY Jazz Orchestra in a closing concert.

Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by calling 315-479-5299. Cabaret subscriptions are offered for $85 until November 10th. Individual tickets, group, and corporate tables are also available.

At all Cabaret Series events, a cash bar and affordable buffet stations are available. All CNY Jazz subscribers and donors will be given a “CNY Jazz Club Card” to receive 10% discounts on food and drink at all cabarets, other CNY Jazz Club Series, and validated parking privileges at the Sheraton Syracuse University.

“We like to say that we’re the only arts organization you’ll need”, said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder and Executive Director. “This year we’ll reach an audience of well over 55,000 in total, with something for practically everyone. Our CNY Jazz Club discount cards are now accepted not only at our cabarets, but during our other events at the Sheraton, the Hotel Syracuse, Le Moyne Plaza, Finger Lakes on Tap, and the Sutton Pavilion. We call these our “gateway” series, meant to bring in new faces and build our donor and subscriber base by giving audiences lots of added value. Just buy a subscription or advance cabaret tickets, or make a minimum $50 donation, and you get a card. And, you become a member of our growing CNY Jazz family.”


Sunday, Nov. 19th, 2017
“King” Solomon Hicks
4 p.m. Doors; 5 p.m. SHOWTIME at the Sheraton Syracuse University
Solomon has been performing since age 13 as lead guitarist at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club, a post he held for 9 years. His schedule now includes worldwide festival appearances and dates at the most prestigious clubs in the Big Apple, including the Iridium and Minton’s Playhouse. Barely into his 20’s, he has already performed with artists like Ne-Yo, Tony Bennett, Jon Hendricks, Mike Stern, and Lee Ritenour.

Sunday, Feb. 25th, 2018 
Black History Month Cabaret with Eric Darius & Tracy Hamlin
Sponsored by Brackens Financial Solutions Network
4 p.m. Doors; 5 p.m. SHOWTIME at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 Onondaga St, Syracuse NY 13202
This event moves to the historic and lavish surroundings of the Marriott Downtown Syracuse for the first time. Eric Darius, contemporary Jazz saxophonist from L.A., brings his band plus Philadelphia’s Tracy Hamlin, formerly of Pieces of a Dream, for a first-time public show in Syracuse.

Sunday, April 29th, 2018
An evening with Tony DeSare and the CNY Jazz Orchestra
4 p.m. Doors; 5 p.m. SHOWTIME at the Sheraton Syracuse University
Jazz Times has said that DeSare’s “position among male crooners places him squarely between the pop sensibility of Michael Bublé and the jazz smarts of Harry Connick Jr”. He will sing and play not only from the Great American Songbook, but tackle newer fare like Prince’s “Kiss” and the Gibb Brothers’ “How Deep is Your Love” in this season-closing concert. The entire CNY Jazz Orchestra will be on hand to accompany him, and perform an opening set.


“King” Solomon Hicks –

Eric Darius and Tracy Hamlin –

Tony DeSare –