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Fulton Day of Scholastic Jazz Features CNY Jazz Orchestra


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

Fulton Day of Scholastic Jazz Features CNY Jazz Orchestra

Syracuse NY – The third consecutive “Fulton Day of Jazz” will take place Thursday March 15th at G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton, New York, concluding at 7:30 pm with a free public concert featuring the CNY Jazz Orchestra. It is hosted by Terry Caviness, director of bands at G. Ray Bodley High School, and sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank.

This year marks an expansion of the festival, with the addition of the Phoenix High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Liza Grethel. The CNY Jazz day residency includes multiple clinics, rehearsals, and a “learn to improvise” scholastic jazz jam session, all given by members of the CNYJO. In the finale concert, soloists Joe Carello and Bret Zvacek will perform with Fulton’s High School Jazz Ensemble and the Phoenix jazz band, respectively. Then the prize-winning Central New York Jazz Orchestra, the regional all-star big band now in its 22nd season, will take the stage for a full-length closing set led by Zvacek.

“We’re ever so thankful to our friends at Fulton Savings for their loyal support of this event, which is still growing,” according to Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz. “Oswego County doesn’t yet have an invitational scholastic jazz festival, and we’re proud to work with them to build this experience. The unique skill set involved in learning to improvise builds leadership, cooperation, theoretical skill, and self-confidence in these young people. It’s wonderful to give them the “aha” moments that help them realize their abilities – and what it takes to pursue this discipline.”

What: Fulton Day of Jazz
When: Thursday March 15th, 7:30 pm concert
Where: G. Ray Bodley High School, 6 William Gillard Dr, Fulton, NY
Who: The CNY Jazz Orchestra, G Ray Bodley Jazz Ensemble, and Phoenix High School Jazz Ensemble
Cost: free

About CNY Jazz Central
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.