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CNY Jazz gathers heavyweight talent for New Year’s Eve special


Contact: Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse, Ny 13202


CNY Jazz gathers heavyweight talent for New Year’s Eve special

Syracuse NY – While nesting safely at home, area music fans who usually go out won’t be deprived of local music to ring in the New Year. To alleviate their isolation and provide a dose of family-friendly excitement, CNY Jazz will present a celebration by the region’s top jazz and cabaret talent in a virtual New Year’s Eve Special featuring a lineup of major artists known across upstate New York. The show is scheduled to go live at 7 p.m. December 31 and will stay accessible through the next day, for those on the front lines who may have to work the night before. Tickets are available now at for $19.95. Purchasers will receive a private link one hour before showtime.

Standout artists of all stripes, from career veterans to newcomers, will share their interpretations of holiday songs in performances recorded live at Jazz Central.  Ronnie Leigh, Nancy Kelly, Scott Dennis, E.S.P. with Vanessa Vacanti, the heavyweight vibes trio of Joe Carello, Jimmy Johns, and Tom Brigandi, and pianist Dan Pugh will all contribute their unique takes on a wide range of holiday repertoire to the show.

“What’s the showbiz term for this kind of thing, a cavalcade of talent, perhaps?” commented Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz Executive Director. “We’ve had so much fun putting this together. I can’t thank these artists enough for coming in to donate their talent. This show is all about how generous and resilient artists are, and how much they are moved to share the joy and inspiration of their songs with everyone, at a time when we need it most. I’m not mincing words when I say that artists are in the struggle of their lives right now. When the smoke clears and we can meet in person again, remember the heart that they put into this show and everything they do, and support our efforts, now and going forward.”

The presentation will also include retrospective video from the CNY Jazz Orchestra, recorded live at the Persian Terrace of the old Hotel Syracuse, and selections by the CNY Jazz Vespers Quartet. Of note is the professional debut of Vanessa Vacanti, daughter of E.S.P. founder and bassist Matt Vacanti, who will contribute a special tune for all those who can’t be together and for members of the armed forces everywhere.


What: A CNY Jazz New Year’s Eve Special

Where: home viewing

When: 7 p.m. Thursday December 31

Tickets: $19.95 at (link will be emailed one hour before showtime)