CNY Jazz Mailing List

Sign up and stay on top of all the latest news.
Join now!




Jazz in the City celebrates new Syracuse Community Health facility



Larry Luttinger


Jazz in the City celebrates new Syracuse Community Health facility

Healthcare Education Project sponsors Aretha Franklin tribute

Syracuse NY – Jazz in the City, the visionary public health concert series delivering great music, food, and health services to Syracuse’s underserved neighborhoods, will celebrate the new Syracuse Community Health facility at 930 South Salina Street on Thursday July 13th. The concert is sponsored by the Healthcare Education Project and is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. on the grounds of the center, adjacent to the new JMA facility in Syracuse’s resurgent “Downtown South” near the site of the future STEAM High School.

The first hour of the program is dedicated to the city’s emerging urban talent, presented by Chuck Jackson’s “C-Jack Run” production company, well known for its annual showcases at the New York State Fair.

From 7 to 9 p.m. the main attraction is Sherma Andrews, who brings her Tribute to Aretha Franklin show up from New York City for a two-hour intermission concert. CNY Jazz has presented Sherma in Syracuse multiple times in festival, concert, and cabaret settings. Food and ice cream vendors will be on hand to augment the Healthcare Village and arts and crafts providers set up in the ample lot surrounding the new center adjacent to the new JMA facility.

“We couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate the strong community mission of Syracuse Community Health and the Healthcare Education Project than by bringing Sherma’s dynamite tribute to the Queen of Soul to the occasion,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder. “No one sings and plays America’s urban music like Sherma. I wouldn’t trust anyone but her to deliver this show, and I’ve worked in Aretha’s orchestra as her percussionist, so I know firsthand. Take it from me, Sherma will deliver a powerful punch of funk and soul to this shindig.”

At every Jazz in the City event, attendees will be able to take advantage of health service information, consulting, and materials provided by an army of the area’s healthcare providers. New York Lottery scratch-off tickets and free COVID test kits will be given as incentives for everyone screened for their health needs by the SCH professional medical staff, including consultations and screenings for body mass index and hypertension, scheduling appointments for vaccinations and boosters, and providing those without a primary care physician with referrals.

“We’re proud to be able to provide the underwriting for this special concert celebrating our common commitment to equitable access to health care for Syracuse’s underserved,” said LaToya Jones, leader of the 1199 SEIU Healthcare Education Project. “It’s an exciting time to be working shoulder to shoulder with so many of our colleagues and celebrating our city’s brand-new state of the art health center.”

Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and make an evening of the free, three-hour family-friendly show. Ample free parking is available behind the original health center at 819 South Salina Street.

If You Go

What: Jazz in the City

Where: Syracuse Community Health, 930 S. Salina Street

Who: Sherma Andrews Tribute to Aretha Franklin

When: Thursday July 13th, 6 to 9 p.m. rain or shine

Cost: FREE