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CNY Jazz Presents 10th Anniversary Black History Month Cabaret


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


Syracuse NY – On Sunday February 25th, the CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret is moving to the posh surroundings of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom to celebrate its 10th Anniversary of sponsorship by Brackens Financial Solutions Network. West Coast contemporary saxophonist Eric Darius will headline a double bill including guest vocalist Tracy Hamlin in a two-hour show. At intermission, Assemblymember Pam Hunter will be honored with the Pioneer Public Service Award, for groundbreaking public service. A combo of members of the Stan Colella Parks & Recreation All-Stars will entertain in the Cavalier Room.

Additional supporters include National Grid, Wegmans, Visions Federal Credit Union, and the Syracuse University Humanities Center. New sponsors and long-time CNY Jazz supporters Bill and Nancy Byrne have 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. Following the cabaret, singer, producer, and record label owner Tracy Hamlin will speak about her career, music as a unifying cultural force, and technology as a tool to draw from a diverse music history. Sponsored by the Syracuse University Humanities Center and a wide network of academic departments, this free symposium will take place Monday February 26th at noon in Bird Library’s Peter Graham Scholarly Commons. Monday evening, Hamlin will coach a free 7:00 p.m. voice master class at the Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St, which is sponsoring the class. All elements of song delivery will be covered, and an accompanist will be provided if needed. All interested vocalists must register at or by calling 315-442-2230.

“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 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 Eric Darius and Tracy Hamlin
Where: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13202
When: Sunday February 25th, 4 p.m. Doors; 5 p.m. 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 300 events to an annual audience of over 54,000. They include a summer season of festivals and concerts including the Northeast Jazz & Wine Fest, the Stage of Nations ECOfest, 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, the Stan Colella Parks & Recreation All-Stars, two music series held at Le Moyne College’s Le Moyne Plaza, the new Jazz at the Cavalier Series at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown, and other series of all kinds throughout the extended region.