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CNY Jazz Cabaret Features Prince Alum Marcus Anderson


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

CNY Jazz Cabaret Features Prince Alum Marcus Anderson
Sam Roberts to Receive Pioneer Public Service Award

Syracuse NY – On Sunday February 24th, the CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret will enliven the posh surroundings of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom.. Saxophonist and vocalist Marcus Anderson, a veteran of Prince’s New Power Generation Band, will perform. At intermission, Commissioner of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Sam Roberts will be honored with the 2019 Pioneer Public Service Award for groundbreaking public service. A CNY Jazz youth combo will entertain in the Cavalier Room prior to the show. $35 advance sale tickets are now available at

Brackens Financial Solutions Network sponsors the event for the 11th year, with additional support from National Grid, Wegmans, Visions Federal Credit Union, Pathfinder Bank, United Auto Workers, the Syracuse University Humanities Center, and the Community Folk Art Center. CNY Jazz supporters Bill and Nancy Byrne have again graciously underwritten a full buffet for the event, offered at no extra cost to all attendees.

Additional events will extend the cultural impact and reach of the gala concert. On Monday February 25th, Marcus Anderson will provide educational services for area students. Sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center, a wide network of academic departments, and the Community Folk Arts Center, his day will start with a free symposium at noon in Bird Library’s Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, where he will perform solo and speak about his path to success, his years with Prince, and his new product line, ANDcoffee. Monday evening, he will coach a free 7:00 pm music master class at the Community Folk Art Center, 805 E Genesee St, for young musicians, who are encouraged to bring their instruments or observe. Attendees must register at or by calling 315-442-2230.

Marcus Anderson last performed in Syracuse as headliner of the 2018 Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival. “Marcus brings a massive arsenal of talent to bear when he takes the stage, and has a lot to pay forward to the next generation. When CNY Jazz brings an artist to Syracuse, our policy is to capitalize on that presence to make their stay more than the sum of its parts,” according to Larry Luttinger, organizer of the cabaret series. “Jazz is the centerpiece of America’s culture, with great unifying power. Our incredible collection of sponsors deserves copious thanks for their important contributions to this celebration of the diversity of our culture, especially Vicki Brackens, without whose help this event would not have grown to be the signature February event that it’s become.”

The CNY Jazz Cabarets always feature fine national talent in a club atmosphere, with cash bar and food available. 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 Marcus Anderson
Where: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13202
When: Sunday February 24th, 4 pm Doors; 5 pm SHOWTIME
How Much: Admission $40 door, $35 advance at or 315-479-5299. Door $10 w/student ID. Cash Bar & Free Buffet


About CNY Jazz
CNY Jazz Central, upstate New York’s largest year-round provider of jazz and American music in public and in schools, presents over 340 events to an annual audience of over 58,000. They include a summer season of festivals and concerts 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, two music series held at Le Moyne College’s Le Moyne Plaza, the Jazz at the Cavalier Series at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and other series of all kinds throughout the extended region.