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January JazzFest returns with S.U. talent connection



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


January JazzFest returns with S.U. talent connection

Festival features national, regional, and scholastic talent

Syracuse NY – The Seneca Savings January JazzFest, a fixture of the Syracuse area midwinter music scene since 2011, celebrates its 10th year of live programming on Sunday January 30th from 1 to 9 p.m. at Mohegan Manor. America’s music will resound from all four floors of the historic venue in Baldwinsville, spanning diverse styles including mainstream and bebop, traditional acoustic swing, the Great American Songbook, and Latin. Outstanding High School talent will be showcased, the next generation of emerging professionals will gather to jam, and this year’s special guest headliner, the Queens-born, Brooklyn-based Marianne Solivan, will perform here in a festival setting for the first time since joining the Syracuse University music faculty as instructor of vocal jazz.

According to Jazz Times, Solivan is “a vital part of the Manhattan jazz scene…her sound hints at the sharp-focused intensity of Patricia Barber [and] the earthiness of Dinah Washington melded with the interpretive sass of Carmen McRae or, on occasion, even Betty Carter.” She has performed and recorded with Christian McBride, Peter Bernstein, Jeremy Pelt, Gregory Hutchinson, Steve Wilson, Gene Bertoncini, and Lewis Nash, and many others, appearing at iconic jazz locations including Smoke, Smalls, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Birdland, and The Blue Note.

She will front a band of regional luminaries including Rick Montalbano, Tom Brigandi, Jimmy Johns, and Joe Carello for a 90-minute show at the festival.

“This year’s event is the most intergenerational we’ve ever put together,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder and curator of the organization’s annual fundraiser. “We’re providing a platform for performers from boomer to Gen Z and everything in between.  Our best talent of today and tomorrow will be on display.”

Proceeds from the festival will support the scholastic activities of the CNY Jazz “Educational Pipeline” of scholastic programs including the SummerJazz Workshop and CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, as well as their arts-in-education service. A long list of corporate and media sponsors helps underwrite the annual event, including title sponsor Seneca Savings, Mohegan Manor, Riccelli Trucking, Clark Air Systems, Scott Northrup’s State Farm agency, Hearth Cabinets and More, OneGroup, J.R. Clancy, Burritt Motors, WSYR 570 and Power 620, Eagle News, WAER FM88 and CNY Latino.

Ticketholders will be given re-entry wristbands so that they may come and go at any time during the 8-hour day of continuous music. A “your choice” raffle will be held throughout the day, and Mohegan Manor’s fine food and drink will be available.

Entry requirements will include proof of vaccination or negative test to permit entry and mask requirement inside the facility.

Advance sale tickets are on sale now for $25 at and are $30 at the door.


Club Room (Lower Level)

1:00   Dave Solazzo

2:15   Scott Dennis & Friends

3:30   Aaron Ruiz

6:30 – 9:00 Celebrity Jazz Jam

Lounge/Bar (First Level)

2:15   Drew Serafini Trio

3:30   Drew Serafini Trio

Green Room (Second Level)

2:15   C-NS Vocal Jazz Ensemble & C-NS Jazz Ensemble

3:30   C-NS Vocal Jazz Ensemble & C-NS Jazz Ensemble

6:00   Next Gen Jazz Jam

W.F. Morris Ballroom (Third Level)

4:30   Marianne Solivan


Marianne Solivan