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Health outreach concerts conclude at Thornden Park



Larry Luttinger


Health outreach concerts conclude at Thornden Park

National artist centerpiece of final event

Syracuse NY – In the midst of a late summer resurgence of the virus and back-to-school health concerns, the Jazz in the City public health outreach concert series wraps up its summer tour of city parks with a final concert in Thornden Park this Thursday at 6 p.m. with smooth jazz saxophonist, flutist, and singer Paula Atherton. The concerts travel with food and craft vendors and a healthcare village. Central to the village is the presence of Syracuse Community Health, scheduling appointments for vaccinations and boosters, answering questions about shots for tots, back-to-school vaccinations and many more current health concerns, referring those unable to find personal physicians, and giving free health screenings. As incentives, scratch-off lottery tickets will be given to all who travel through the health center tents. All in attendance will receive goodie bags filled with health information and test kits.

The Billboard chart-topping Paula Atherton brings her New York City band to the occasion for a three-hour performance with local “dance for health” troupe 1Accord Line Dance as their opening act. Atherton is adept at both smooth jazz and mainstream styles, having worked with artists as diverse as The Rippingtons, Chieli Minucci, Hank Jones, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. She is a regular on the international festival and jazz cruise circuit. This will be her first performance in Syracuse.

“Paula is the perfect closer for our series, and the concert location is perfect, in my humble opinion,” said Larry Luttinger CNY Jazz leader and series organizer. “We’re setting up on the Westcott Nation side of the park near the pool, playing to the huge lawn area next to it. There’s plenty of parking along the park road. Everyone is welcome to bring chairs, tents, and make the evening a family party. You can even get come exercise in by joining the line dancers for some fun. It’s more than a concert, it’s a festival, and I’m asking everyone who can attend to bring a family member to visit the health center tent and all the healthcare providers there.”

The healthcare village providers on hand include Hope Connections Recovery, a program of Catholic Charities; Molina Healthcare, ACR Health, Excellus, the New York State Department of Mental Health, Fidelis Care, YMCA, and Humana. The Prevention Center will give out NARCAN kits and training in their use.

All Jazz in the City concerts are free and open to the public.

If You Go

What: Syracuse Community Health JAZZ IN THE CITY public health concert

When: Thursday August 18th, 6 to 9:00 p.m.

Where: Thornden Park, Thornden Park Dr, Syracuse, NY 13210

Who: Paul Atherton with 1Accord Line Dance opening act

Cost: free


Paula Atherton