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January JazzFest 2024 brings new faces to the scene


Contact: Larry Luttinger


January JazzFest 2024 brings new faces to the scene

Syracuse NY – The Seneca Savings January JazzFest will bring iconic veterans of the regional music scene together with young and emerging talent at Mohegan Manor, Baldwinsville’s historic multi-story event venue, on Sunday January 21st.

The festivities start at 1 p.m. and last until 8 p.m. with continuous music of all kinds on every level of the iconic Seneca River destination. Each floor sports a distinct style and theme.

The lower level will feature the jazz guitar as a solo instrument and an ensemble concept as demonstrated by Drew Serafini, Theo Curtin, and Jeff Martin, along with bassist August Bish, who will finish their segment as Tres Guitars, their new and unique ensemble.

The main floor bar showcases a sampler of the finest jazz singers working in Central New York, all together in the same room for the first time. Scott Dennis, Kirsten Tegtmeyer, Julie Howard, and Aaron Ruiz will share the mike, backed by Joe Cortini’s aptly named Jazz Mafia.

The second level banquet room and bar will be home base for Cheri Giraud, the powerhouse cabaret belter now finishing her first full-length live album at Hobin Studios. She’ll be playing selections from that release with the Dan Pugh Trio in support.

For the first time at this annual event, the top floor Morris Ballroom will be set up with room for dancing to the horn-driven sounds of Brass Inc, led by Walter Tanner with Dee Engelbrecht providing lead vocals.

The evening will conclude with living proof of the lasting CNY Jazz scholastic legacy, when prize former students of the organization’s many educational programs mix it up in an alumni jam session to finish the night. CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra lead tenorman Luke Hart, now studying at SUNY Purchase, will organize the session.

Throughout the day, prizes and raffles will be held, and food is available at extra charge. All proceeds support the educational programs of CNY Jazz, which develops top young talent from the city schools and the surrounding region, including the SummerJazz Workshop, CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, and Interscholastic Jazz Fest.

“This day of music always represents a wide cross-section of styles and a mix of intergenerational talent, a showcase for all music lovers,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder and director. “You’ll see the past, present, and future of regional music at this event. Patrons get a wristband to come and go as they please, parking is ample and free, and as I always say, if the the flavor in one room isn’t for you, you can wander this huge facility for something completely different just yards away. There’s literally something for everyone, young and old, at this, our annual fun-raiser.”

Tickets are now on sale at .

If You Go

What: January Jazzfest

When: 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday January 21

Where: Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St, Baldwinsville NY

Cost: $25 advance at, $30 door

Brass Inc

Cheri Giraud