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CNY Jazz brings LA to Syracuse for Black History Cabaret



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse, NY 13202


CNY Jazz brings L.A. to Syracuse for Black History Cabaret

Dr. Sharon Brangman to receive Pioneer Public Service Award

Syracuse NY – What do you do when you can’t fly the best in entertainment to Syracuse to celebrate Black History Month? You go to them, to produce a unique and personal virtual show for the thousands who have flocked to the Marriott Syracuse Downtown for over 10 years to experience your sold-out live shows. CNY Jazz and Brackens Financial Solutions Network will bring west coast saxophone superstar Eric Darius back to Central New York via cyberspace to close Black History Month 2021 with a single show scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday February 28th. Tickets are available now for $15.00 at TIX.COM.

Eric Darius has become well known to the Syracuse smooth jazz community, having performed here multiple times under the auspices of CNY Jazz. He will produce a full-length intermission concert especially for local audiences, including sponsor, patron, and fan shoutouts. During intermission, this year’s Pioneer Public Service award will be presented to the groundbreaking medical gerontologist Dr. Sharon Brangman, Chair of Geriatrics at Upstate University Hospital,  former president of the American Geriatrics Society, Director of the new Nappi Longevity Institute, and a subject of the book Triple Triumph, an account of her path to national distinction, published by the S.U. “Syracuse Unbound” imprint.

This year, patrons are encouraged to plan home viewing parties with takeout cuisine from a select group of standout local soul food, ethnic, and BBQ locations, to support restaurants hard hit by the pandemic and minority-owned businesses, including Winnie’ Soul Delicious, Creole Soul Café, Mi Casa Grande, and other select locations. These eateries will all be providing discounts on takeout orders the day of the event to ticketholders who call and order using a promo code given to them at The list of select locations and their ordering information is available at

This year’s musical guest artist is a giant in the jazz world. Of Haitian and Jamaican descent, Eric Darius started his stellar career as a child star, touring internationally with Sonny LaRosa’s “America’s Youngest Jazz Band.” After releasing his debut album as leader at the ripe old age of seventeen, he studied at the University of South Florida before fully launching a successful career as a leading figure in contemporary jazz. A former Smooth Jazz News Debut Artist of the Year with a No. 1 single on the Contemporary Jazz Charts, he will self-produce his upcoming virtual cabaret concert with his entire west coast band.

“Eric has graciously agreed to put in the time it takes to turn out what will be a production worthy of network TV, and it’s all for us, exclusively on our private channel,” said Larry Luttinger, director of CNY Jazz. “We weren’t about to let this pandemic slow us down when it comes to delivering America’s urban music to our loyal fans. We’re counting on their involvement to help us make this year’s event a strong bridge to better times. We’ve even got a section of our web site dedicated to how to hook up your laptops to your home TV to make this gig the centerpiece of the home watch party of the year, in celebration of Black America’s musical contribution to world culture. Like Dizzy Gillespie said, ‘No America, no Jazz.’ This is the perfect time in our history to enjoy this cultural heritage and look forward to a more unified America. This is the power of jazz in a nutshell.”

The event is underwritten by perennial title sponsor Brackens Financial Solutions Network, along with Wegmans, National Grid, Visions Federal Credit Union, and WAER FM-88.


What: CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret with Eric Darius

Where: home viewing

When: Sunday February 28th 5 p.m.

Cost: $15.00 at TIX.COM – links sent one hour before showtime

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