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CNY Jazz announces Labor Day music weekend



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


CNY Jazz announces Labor Day music weekend

Syracuse NY – There will be an opportunity for fans of America’s music to enjoy a Labor Day weekend event presented by a local consortium including CNY Jazz, Mack Studios, and Artist Event Management. The “Berkshire Bank CNY Jazz, Funk, & Blues Weekend”, scheduled for Saturday through Monday September 5th through 7th, will feature music in a hybrid live and virtual environment to a limited live audience plus an unlimited streaming audience, broadcast from Sharkey’s of Liverpool. A limited number of tickets to the live event, and unlimited virtual admissions are on sale now at

Public health and safety measures will be rigorous. The event has been carefully designed to exceed the Governor’s guidelines for indoor/outdoor restaurants and will limit live admission to 25% of capacity. “We’ve chosen Sharkey’s because of their impressive safety record,” said Larry Luttinger, prime organizer and CNY Jazz Executive Director. “They will be using the same protocols they’ve been using to successfully present live events since being able to reopen. We will add additional measures, such as temperature checks and questionnaires at entry, well-distanced seating, an enforced 100% mask or shield requirement, roving security and site safety monitor, and a frequent disinfection schedule. The safety and comfort level of our core subscribers, donors, sponsors, and the general public are our prime concern. Additionally, Sharkey’s has discontinued their outdoor sports due to safety concerns. This is a time when we need the power of music the most, for many reasons, and we’re thankful that Sharkey’s is able to provide us with such a well-run operation so that we can do this.”

Every other performing group will broadcast live to the event from remote locations, and all performances will be fed to video screens placed throughout the venue, to provide lines of sight for all those dining and to eliminate audience congregation in groups. Tickets to the live event will also include virtual streaming. Dining ordered at the event from Sharkey’s menu will be mandatory for all. Said Luttinger of the new protocols, “We realize that this is a more extensive ‘Dos and Don’ts’ list than ever before, but this is the new normal, folks. We know our fan base well, so we can say that this will not be a rave or beach party by any means. It’ll still be a lot of fun, though. You just can’t bring your dancing shoes. There will be scads of talent in the Burritt Motors Pavilion and online as well.”

The eclectic lineup features a wide variety of musical styles including bebop, smooth jazz, Latin, Americana, classic RnB, funk, and blues, employing a mix of regional and national artists. National acts of note include Eric Alexander, world renowned tenor saxophonist; veteran alto saxophone virtuoso Vincent Herring, KJ Denhert, powerhouse singer/songwriter and bandleader from New York; a top-shelf collection of A-list Windy City bluesmen, the Chicago Blues All-Stars; Chuck Lamb, best known for his long tenure with the Brubeck Brothers; Buffalo’s Miller & The Other Sinners, presented by Three Chord Bourbon; and an act to be announced soon. Regional artists include Mark Nanni & The Intention, the BlackLites, Edgar Pagan’s GPL with special guests Emedin Rivera, Melissa Gardiner, and Adam Fisher; Will Gorman, whose New York trio will back Herring;  the Cayuga Latin Jazz Project, and a CNY Jazz alumni group, NOTEified with Dunham Hall. “Thanks to our major sponsors, returning sponsors, and new sponsors who were on board and committed long ago, we’re able to present our usual world-class lineup this year,” according to Luttinger. “We wish we could offer our usual free event, but we have a budget gap that must be filled by admissions. I’m very thankful for the programming partnerships that we’ve forged with Mack Studios and Artist Event Management, our locally owned co-presenters. We’re also very aware of the fact that we are able to create meaningful work for as many underemployed artists as we can, including many from our region. This model reflects the new reality, so we’re taking a big leap and making every effort to make it work. If it does, we can look forward to being able to do this again in 2021.”

Complete information on all aspects of the event, including live and virtual ticket pricing, artists and music schedule, merchandise, sponsors, overnight lodging, food, beverages, and complete safety guidelines, is available online at

If you attend:

What: Berkshire Bank CNY Jazz, Funk, & Blues Weekend

Where: Sharkey’s of Liverpool, at Thruway Exit 38, 7240 Oswego Road, Liverpool 13090

When: September 5-7

Admission (advance only): $22.00 per day, $60 Full Festival (both include virtual admission). Virtual Only Admission $19.95.

Food: MUST accompany drink orders – Sharkey’s Menu at

On Site Parking: $5.00 per day – cash

Festival Lodging VIP Package: The historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown is offering a flexible overnight package that includes discounted accommodations, breakfast for two, and free parking. Book directly by emailing and mention the “CNY Jazz 20 Promo”.



3:00-4:15 pm BlackLites

4:15-5:00 pm Mark Nanni & The Intention*

5:15-6:30 pm Eric Alexander

6:30-7:15 pm Will Gorman Trio with Vincent Herring*

7:30-9:00 pm Dave Hanlon’s Funky Jazz Band


3:00-4:15 pm Cayuga Latin Jazz Project

4:15-5:00 pm NOTEified w/Dunham Hall*

5:15-6:30 pm Chuck Lamb

6:30-7:15 pm Edgar Pagan’s GPL Lite with Emedin Rivera, Adam Fisher, and Melissa Gardiner*

7:30-9:00 pm KJ Denhert


4:00-5:30 pm TBA

5:30-6:15 pm Chicago Blues All-Stars*

6:30-8:00 pm Miller & The Other Sinners

*remote stream plus on-site I-mag screening – multiple screens