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Joe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga to perform at Jazz Central

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

Joe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga to perform at Jazz Central

World-renowned trumpeter and native Syracusan Joe Magnarelli will visit Syracuse to perform at Jazz Central, downtown’s jazz arts and education center, on Sunday May 19th at 5:00 pm. His group will include his new bride Akiko Tsuruga, Japanese-born Hammond B-3 organist. Advance sale admission is $15.00 at Students with valid I.D. will be admitted for $5.00.

“Joe is undoubtedly the most successful Syracusan out there making huge waves on the international jazz scene,” according to Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz Executive Director and host of the event, “This will also be the first time that Akiko, another international sensation, will perform in Syracuse. Let’s all turn out to welcome Joe back after a long hiatus, and to welcome his new life partner Akiko as well. These two are the new power couple of the jazz world.”

Magnarelli is no stranger to Central New York audiences, having performed at multiple summer festivals here, including the Northeast Jazz & Wine festival with the Syracuse Symphony. He has nine records out as leader, and leads a busy life collaborating with countless other jazz luminaries. He has toured with Lionel Hampton, Harry Connick Jr, Rosemary Clooney, Jane Monheit, and the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, among many others. He is also an adjunct professor of music at the Juilliard School and Rutgers University.

Akiko Tsuruga hails from Osaka, Japan, and has been a mainstay on the New York jazz scene since 2001. She counts among her mentors Grady Tate and Dr. Lonnie Smith, who urged her to move to the United States to pursue her art. She currently splits her time between her own projects, dual-leader dates with husband Joe, and touring with the legendary saxophonist Lou Donaldson. A regular and crowd favorite at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola in Jazz at Lincoln Center, Akiko has headlined many well-known jazz venues, such as Blue Note, Birdland, Smoke, Green Mill in Chicago, and Yoshi’s in Oakland, CA.

Who: Joe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga Quartet
Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. Syracuse NY
When: Sunday May 19th, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Cost: $15.00 advance at $5.00 at the door with student I.D.