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Nancy Kelly mentors aspiring vocalists at Jazz Central



Larry Luttinger

441 E Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Nancy Kelly mentors aspiring vocalists at Jazz Central

Pandemic protocols in place

Syracuse NY – Nancy Kelly, Upstate New York’s jazz vocal treasure, continues to pay it forward for young and aspiring vocalists at her Vocal Jazz Jam and Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret events, scheduled for Saturday April 24th and Sunday April 25th at downtown’s Jazz Central theater. Her unique program has been providing singers with valuable coaching in a master class setting and an opportunity to perform in public with a professional trio since 2005.

On Saturday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. she will work with vocalists in a friendly, supportive master-class environment, accompanied by Rick Montalbano, former Music Director for Lou Rawls, on piano. Singers of all ages are encouraged to prepare any song from the Great American Songbook, the jazz and blues lexicon, or pop titles. They must bring sheet music.

Then at 7:00 pm the next evening, the singers from the Saturday workshop are invited back to perform their song with the CNY Jazz Trio at the “Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret”.

COVID protocols will be stringent. Each singer will be given a unique time slot and sing in a plexiglass booth which will be sanitized for each performer.

All performers will receive a video clip of their performance for self-study.

“These sessions are invaluable at a time when in-school instruction has been dramatically curtailed,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz founder. “They’re informal and fun. Professionals including Scott Dennis, Will Gorman, and Anna Vogel have come from the ranks of this program. We can’t wait to see who comes out of this program next.”

To sign up for coaching, singers must visit to register, and call 315-479-5299 to receive a coaching and performance time slot.