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Cast of CATS benefit raises jazz money with cabaret

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Contact:

Larry Luttinger

larry@cnyjazz.org

315-479-5299

Cast of CATS benefit raises jazz money with cabaret

In keeping with the longstanding Broadway tradition of giving back to community while on tour, cast members of the upcoming Landmark Theater production of CATS have chosen to support CNY Jazz with an exclusive cabaret performance. The show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday April 25th in the ballroom of Baldwinsville’s historic Mohegan Manor. Tickets are $35 for VIP ringside seating including a post-show meet and greet, $20 in advance, and $25 at the door, available by calling the Manor at 315-935-6866.

The show features twenty performers, virtually the entire cast of the show, and includes Dominic Fortunato, a native Syracusan and graduate of Westhill High School who studied at Syracuse City Ballet. Music Director Jonathan Gorst will accompany on piano.

The cast promises “an evening of song spanning styles from Broadway’s Golden Age to present day.” According to Gorst, “We feel that it’s extremely important to take any opportunity to help other arts organizations by presenting cabaret concerts and donating the proceeds. This is only the second opportunity we’ve had to do this kind of outreach, due to our demanding tour schedule. We hope that it will bring tangible benefit to CNY Jazz by providing a wonderful evening for all who attend.”

The cast includes Kellyann DeCarlo, Lauren Louis, Carolyn Bacon, Brianna Kim, Megan Arseneau, Indalecio De Jesus Valentin, Kayli Jamison, Christopher Salvaggio, Elana Valastro, Tony Mowatt, Sean McManus, Jose Raul Mangual, Dominic Fortunato, Tayler Harris, Brian Craig Nelson, Gracie Anderson, Lexy Bittner, Zach Bravo, Michelle Carter, and Vinny Andaloro.

“We’re ever so thankful that CATS chose our organization by presenting what will be a powerhouse show by some of the best and brightest young performers in the world,” said Larry Luttinger, leader of CNY Jazz. “This will help shine a light on our programs for urban youth, our inner-city public health concert series, and shows of all kinds at our Jazz Central theater, among others.”

If You Go

Who: Members of the cast of the National Tour of CATS

Where: Mohegan Manor, 58 Oswego St, Baldwinsville NY 13207

When: 7 p.m. Monday April 25th  

Reservations: Mohegan Manor 315-935-6866

Cost: $35 VIP ringside with meet and greet, $20 advance, $25 at the door.

Members of the National Tour of Cats
Syracuse Local Dominick Fortunato

Neil Young Tribute records live at Jazz Central

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CONTACT: Larry Luttinger
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-479-5299
larry@cnyjazz.org

Neil Young Tribute records live at Jazz Central

Syracuse, NY – The many fans and followers of Neil Young, the legendary songwriter, musician, and member of Crazy Horse, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, and Buffalo Springfield, will get a chance to be a part of an upcoming live concert recording by “Like A Hurricane”, a new all-star tribute band including members of Magical Mystery Tour and Dark Hollow, on April 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington Street in downtown Syracuse. Tickets are available at brownpapertickets.com for $25 and will be $30 at the door and include a post-show meet and greet with the artists. Only 75 tickets will be sold to this exclusive event.

The three hour-plus show will be recorded and filmed in front of a live audience for future distribution and promotion, so patrons are encouraged to add to the excitement throughout the evening.

The group promises a top notch, authentic Neil Young experience that will include carefully chosen combination of hits and rarities in an intimate setting. Like A Hurricane’s members come from wide and diverse musical backgrounds, including Thom Hogan on guitars, piano, harmonica, and lead vocal, Jeff Roney on drums, Peter Shank on guitars, keys, and trumpet, and Michael Vertino on bass. All members of the group sing.

According to Thom Hogan, “This project is a lifetime labor of love for all of us, built from our common passion for Neil and his influential and extensive catalog of music. Our goals are lofty, to increase our range and influence as a national touring act with a unique approach to Neil Young’s legacy. It takes a village to make all good things happen, and we’re asking for a big village to come out and support this live recording.”

Bar Service will be available at the venue, and there is ample parking surrounding the theater.

To allow entry, all patrons must be fully vaccinated and show a valid Excelsior Pass, a vaccination card, a phone photo of their vaccination card, or results of a PCR test taken within 72 hours of showtime. No children under 5 will be admitted. Mask wearing is highly recommended inside the theater and patrons may take food and drink to their seats.

If You Go

Who: Like A Hurricane

What: Neil Young Tribute Live Recording

Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St, Syracuse 13202

When: 7 p.m. April 9th

Tickets: www.brownpapertickets.com

CNY Jazz Orchestra comes back big in April

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Contact:
Larry Luttinger
315-479-5299
larry@cnyjazz.org

CNY Jazz Orchestra comes back big in April

Le Moyne Jazzuits open show, new music director named

Syracuse NY – The acclaimed Central New York Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1996 and now in its 26th year, will perform a “comeback” cabaret concert in the historic Persian Terrace of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday April 10th. Joining them will be national guests Kim Nazarian of the New York Voices, Jay Ashby on trombone, and new Music Director Clay Jenkins conducting the 16-picee CNYJO. An opening set will be performed by the Le Moyne Jazzuits directed by Carol Jacobe, and Ms. Nazarian will sit in with the student vocal jazz ensemble as well. A cash bar and buffet will be available at extra charge. Tickets are on sale now at www.cnyjazz.org or 315-479-5299.

The long-postponed concert, originally scheduled for April 2020, will bring the orchestra back to the stage for the first time in over two years. “We had scheduled our first rehearsal for this concert in March 2020, and of course the shutdown ended all that,” said Larry Luttinger of CNY Jazz. “This comeback, after such a long hiatus, will be like a class reunion for the band and our audience. I guarantee that you will never see more impassioned playing and singing than you’ll encounter at this event.”

Both guest artists have strong ties to Central and Upstate New York. Kim Nazarian is a world renowned, Grammy-nominated jazz artist, educator, and clinician who has performed worldwide with the iconic vocal jazz quartet “New York Voices” for more than 30 years. An Ithaca College grad, she is a dedicated educator, still teaching at IC remotely. Besides her many recordings with the New York Voices, Kim Nazarian can be heard on many projects as a soloist. She has recorded with Paquito Rivera, Gary Burton, John Pizzarelli, and Sean Jones, among others, and was one of the featured voices chosen to sing on Bobby McFerrin’s “VOCAbuLarieS“ CD .

Her husband Jay Ashby, a native of Baldwinsville, will conduct and play trombone. A five-time Grammy Award-winning producer, he is known for his performances with such music icons as Paul Simon and Astrud Gilberto. Ashby has performed, toured, and recorded with some of the most renowned jazz artists in the industry. A member of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra and Dizzy’s Alumni All-Star Big Band, he has performed with jazz greats including Jon Faddis, Monty Alexander, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Randy Brecker, Slide Hampton, Tania Maria, Claudio Roditi, and Bennie Green, among many others.

Music direction for the CNYJO portion of the concert will be undertaken by trumpeter Clay Jenkins, who will lead the band through a set of selections including some made famous by two bands that he has been a member of for many years, the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and the Count Basie Orchestra. He also logged years of touring time with the Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich big bands. He has been a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music since 2000.

Concluded Larry Luttinger, “We’re honored to have Clay lead the band. He will lend excitement and virtuosity to our sound. The CNY Jazz Orchestra is poised for its next quarter century. May it last forever.”

The CNY Jazz Cabarets feature international talent in a club atmosphere, with cash bar and affordable food stations available. Valet parking is available, and holders of CNY Jazz Club Discount Cards will receive 10% off food and drink.

If You Go
Who: The Central New York Jazz Orchestra with Kim Nazarian and Jay Ashby
What: CNY Jazz Spring Cabaret Concert
Where: Persian Terrace, Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E. Onondaga Street, Syracuse 13202
When: Sunday April 10th 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: $30.00 advance, $35.00 door, $10.00 student I.D. at www.cnyjazz.org or 315-479-5299

Kim Nazarian

CNY Jazz Black History Cabaret expands to two shows

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CONTACT: Larry Luttinger
441 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
315-479-5299
larry@cnyjazz.org

CNY Jazz Black History Cabaret expands to two shows
Rasheada Caldwell, Jimmy Oliver to receive Pioneer Public Service Award

Syracuse NY – On Sunday February 27th, the CNY Jazz Black History Month Cabaret will enliven the posh surroundings of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown’s Finger Lakes Ballroom with a 2 p.m. matinee and a 6 p.m. evening show. National artists Althea Rene and JJ Sansaverino will perform. Rasheada Caldwell, Common Council-at-Large and Coordinator of Youth Community Planning and Development for the Allyn Family Foundation, and Jimmy Oliver, the first Director of Community Engagement for the Syracuse Police and former Deputy Parks Commissioner, will be honored with the 2022 Pioneer Public Service Award. $40 advance sale tickets include a free buffet and are now available at www.cnyjazz.org.

Brackens Financial Solutions Network, LLC sponsors the event for the 14th year, with additional support from National Grid, Wegmans, WAER, UAW Region 9-NY, and Visions Federal Credit Union. CNY Jazz supporters Bill and Nancy Byrne have again graciously underwritten the buffet for the event, offered at no extra cost to all attendees.

The twin presentations are offered to ensure the comfort and safety of the audience, which will be capped at 200 per show. As a result, tickets are available in advance only. Tables will be distanced, and proof of full vaccination or a recent negative PCR test within 72 hours will be required at entry. For those who may become unable to attend on short notice, a “virtual guarantee” in the form of a link for a 6 p.m. online showing is included. Virtual tickets will also be available for 6 p.m. home viewing.

This year’s guest artist is Althea Rene, Detroit-born flutist, fronting a band led by JJ Sansaverino, veteran of the smooth jazz touring scene. They last performed together in Syracuse for a CNY Jazz in the City concert in 2018. Rene is a Motown music legacy, daughter of Dezie McCullers, who played trumpet and saxophone for the original Funk Brothers, the group that played for many Motown groups from the late 1950s through the 1970s. Classically trained at Howard University, her career took a unique direction for the more than 10 years she was employed as a Wayne County Sheriff in Detroit, while continuing to play in the local jazz scene. Today, she is a full-time performing/recording artist with eight album releases who is a regular on the jazz festival circuit worldwide. She is a groundbreaker in the music industry as well. In May 2013, the title track of her fifth album “In the Flow” reached the top ranking on both the Billboard Jazz Chart and the Smooth Jazz Chart. With this, she became the first female flutist in Billboard history to reach the number one spot. She will front a band led by guitarist JJ Sansaverino, a leader in his own right, with his own Billboard #1 hit, “Style and Elegance”, and one of four highly acclaimed albums. His style has been called “Benson meets Santana” and his credits include Maceo Parker, Victor Bailey, Gerald Albright, Randy Brecker, Shaggy, Rick Braun, the Marley Family, and others. He also performed for Sir Paul McCartney’s wedding in 2002.

“I think we’ve come up with a great event model this year, resilient under any conditions,”, said Larry Luttinger, event organizer and founder of CNY Jazz. “Normally, this event is packed shoulder to shoulder, and we realize that some may be uncomfortable in that situation. There are more choices than ever before, and there’s not only a virtual guarantee of a link, but a virtual ticket purchase option as well for home viewing and out of towners. We owe our supporters no less than this dedication to safety.”

Paid garage parking is available in the garage directly to the southeast of the hotel. Patrons are cautioned that the former Hotel Syracuse garage no longer connects to the hotel via the overhead walkway.

What: Black History Month Cabaret with Althea Rene and JJ Sansaverino
Where: Marriott Syracuse Downtown, 100 E Onondaga St, Syracuse, NY 13202
When: Sunday February 27th, shows at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. with virtual guarantee and option
Tickets: Admission $40 in advance only at cnyjazz.org/tickets or 315-479-5299. Cash Bar & Free Buffet

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Althea Rene

January JazzFest returns with S.U. talent connection

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Contact:

Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202

315-479-5299

larry@cnyjazz.org

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 https://www.cnyjazz.org/tickets/ and are $30 at the door.

Schedule

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

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Marianne Solivan

Peter Mack Quartet has roots in Central New York

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Contact:

Larry Luttinger

315-479-5299

larry@cnyjazz.org

Jazz supergroup to visit Syracuse

Peter Mack Quartet has roots in Central New York

Syracuse NY – The next touring jazz group to hit downtown Syracuse has strong and long-lasting roots in Central New York.

Auburn resident Peter Mack, the well-known bassist, leader, impresario, and supporter of the jazz art form, has assembled a new quartet including some of the hottest established names in jazz, rock, pop, and classical music to perform at Jazz Central on Saturday December 4th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are now on sale at www.cnyjazz.org for $20 in advance, $25 at the door, and $10 with student I.D. for this one-of-a-kind upcoming appearance.

Mack’s current group members are culled from former units he has assembled in the past, chosen for their unbridled eclectic approach and ability to bond together to crate a cohesive new sound.

They include Chuck Lamb, familiar to local audiences as keyboardist for the Brubeck Brothers, sons of the legendary Dave Brubeck. His local roots extend as far back as the heyday of the fusion group Dry Jack, regular visitors to the legendary Firebarn club next to City Hall in the 1970s and ‘80s. Lamb has also logged touring and performing credits as diverse as the Woody Herman Orchestra, Peter Frampton, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Saxophonist Jeff Lederer brings a wide range of experience to the foursome, including current membership in the bands of Matt Wilson, Bobby Sanabria, and others, plus several groups of his own. As a composer, his “Los Sazones”, a salsa reimagining of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” was commissioned by the Ravinia Festival for the Chicago Symphony and has been performed the Los Angeles Philharmonic and others. A dedicated educator, he is Director of Jazz Studies at Long Island University.

Drummer Harvey Sorgen provides the coloristic underpinnings of the combo, bringing a dizzying breadth of artistic collaborations in jazz and rock to the band, including Hot Tuna, Ahmad Jamal, Paul Simon, Bruce Hornsby, Levon Helm, Carlos Santana, Bob Weir, Dave Douglas, and Anthony Braxton.

“This qualifies as a supergroup by any means or measure,” ventured Larry Luttinger, host of the concert and CNY Jazz founder. “This is the nature of jazz, to explore boundaries, go where no one has gone before. Put these artists together, mix well, and what comes out is incredibly explosive, original and unique. They’ve been touring as a unit for some time now, and I an hardly wait to see what they can create. I’m sure they will swing like mad and bring a multitude of surprises to boot.”

Theater COVID protocols will be in place at Jazz Central, including proof of vaccination or recent test at the door and mask requirement indoors except when eating or drinking.

If You Go

Who: Peter Mack Quartet

Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. Syracuse NY

When: Saturday December 4th, 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance, $25 door, $10 with valid student I.D. at www.cnyjazz.org

Sally Ramirez Holiday Special at Jazz Central

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Contact:

Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202

larry@cnyjazz.org

315-479-5299

 Sally Ramirez Holiday Special at Jazz Central

Patrons encouraged to drop off board games at the show

Syracuse NY – For the second year, CNY Jazz will present a family holiday special by singer and actress Sally Ramirez, “Songs from The Heart/Canciones del Corazón.”  The family-friendly show will feature Sally and her accompanist Doug Robinson, who will perform traditional holiday songs from around the world. The live production is scheduled for December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Jazz Central theater and will be simulcast for virtual home viewing. Additional 7 p.m. shows will be available for streaming from December 15 through 19.

Ramirez is a singer, actress, teacher, and vocal coach whose music covers the range from jazz to Renaissance to folk. A veteran performer on a national scale, she has performed across the country in musical theater, operettas, and jazz venues. Now actively performing across upstate New York as a musician and actress, Sally has appeared on television in The Young and the Restless and American Family. She has appeared in Syracuse in the Jazz at the Cavalier series in recent years.

“Sally can literally do anything, in terms of singing in multiple styles and languages,” said Larry Luttinger, her CNY Jazz host. “She’s equally adept at Jazz, Bossa Nova, and other Latin and World Music styles, meshing seamlessly with Doug’s virtuoso accompaniment on classical guitar. We’re so glad to be able to bring her here for a live show, since last year, by necessity, she appeared virtually.”

Attendees are encouraged to bring traditional “old school” board games or UNO decks to this show or any other December shows at Jazz Central. They will be donated to the Joe Family Foundation for Disability Advocacy for distribution at their December 21 “Home for the Holidays” distribution event organized by 1199 SEIU and the Greater New York Hospital Association. Games must be complete, either new or used. For more information about that event, contact Latoya at 315-640-0015 or Nadia at thejoefamilyfdn@gmail.com.

Ticketholders must show proof of vaccination or negative test within 72 hours of performance time and remain masked in the theater unless eating or drinking. Children under 12 are encouraged to provide vaccination proof but are not required to do so if accompanied by fully vaccinated adults.

Tickets for all shows, live or virtual, are available at https://www.cnyjazz.org/tickets.

IF YOU ATTEND

Who: “Songs from The Heart/Canciones del Corazón: Holiday Music & Jazz from Crimson” with Sally Ramirez and Doug Robinson

What: A Jazz Central Holiday Production

Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St. Syracuse NY 13202

When: December 8 – LIVE show at 7 p.m. with Simulcast at 7 p.m. and Virtual Rebroadcasts December 15 through 19 at 7 p.m..

Cost: $20 for December 8 shows, $15 for virtual repeat shows at www.cnyjazz.org/tickets or www.tix.com/ticket-sales/cnyjazz/6497

Sally Ramirez

Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli makes annual swing through Syracuse

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Contact:

Larry Luttinger

35-479-5299

larry@cnyjazz.org

Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli makes annual swing through Syracuse

Reunion concert will take place at Jazz Central

Syracuse NY – Syracuse’s most famous living jazz expatriate, Joe Magnarelli, doesn’t forget his hometown when he hits the road. The busy touring and recording artist whose career roots were built on stints with Harry Connick’s band and the Lionel Hampton Orchestra makes a stop at Jazz Central this Friday November 12th at 7:30 p.m. He’ll front a first-call trio featuring his wife, the jazz organist Akiko Tsuruga, a leader in her own right. Advance sale tickets are available now at www.cnyjazz.org.

Joe has made a long habit of making quasi-annual returns to the Salt City. He has appeared many times at CNY Jazz festivals and concerts, to play with his group, as a guest soloist with others, or with the Syracuse Symphony and Symphoria.

This Friday’s tour stop is a long-awaited appearance originally slated for April 2020 and interrupted by the pandemic shutdown. “The anticipation is palpable for this rescheduled celebration,” according to Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz leader and host of the concert. “Area fans have made a habit of attending Joe’s quasi-annual homecoming shows, and we expect them to line up for this one as well, after such a long hiatus. The red carpet will be fully rolled out.”

Magnarelli’s career output is well known to Central New York’s jazz cognoscenti, including his experience with leaders Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Brother Jack McDuff, Maria Schneider, Ray Barretto, and many groups of his own.

Those attending must show proof of vaccination or recent test and must stay masked in the theater unless eating or drinking.

If You Go

Who: Joe Magnarelli Quartet featuring Akiko Tsuruga

Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St, Syracuse NY 13202

When: Friday November 12th, 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance at www.cnyjazz.org, $25 door, $10 with valid student I.D.

Jazz Central presents 20th century jazz expatriate in rare appearance

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Contact:

Larry Luttinger

315-479-5299

larry@cnyjazz.org

Jazz Central presents 20th century jazz expatriate in rare appearance

Syracuse NY – Over a year and a half after the COVID shutdown forced the cancelation of a Jazz Central appearance by saxophone icon Ricky Ford, CNY Jazz has announced his rescheduled show, coming up November 5th at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at www.cnyjazz.org for $20 presale, $25 at the door, and $10 with student I.D.

The concert is a part of Ford’s first American tour since the pandemic shutdown. A European resident since settling in Lyon, France in the 1990s, he now lives in Paris and has made Syracuse a stop on his latest quasi-annual swing through the states. After replacing Paul Gonsalves in the Duke Ellington Orchestra at the invitation of Mercer Ellington, he went on to work with historic jazz figures including Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton, Yusef Lateef, Sonny Stitt, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, and many others on both sides of the Atlantic. He will appear here with his quartet, featuring John Kordalewski on piano, Jerome Harris on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums, all veterans with stylistically diverse credits ranging from Chick Corea to Julius Hemphill.

“We’ll be getting a look at the flow of modern jazz history when Ricky makes his appearance here,” said Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz leader and host of the concert. “The overused term ‘rare opportunity’ applies here, when trying to describe this special concert for Syracuse. I don’t know how else to describe it. This will be an important occasion for the Syracuse jazz community.”

Audiences must show proof of vaccination or recent testing, and masks must be worn in Jazz Central unless eating or drinking.

If You Go

Who: Ricky Ford Quartet

Where: Jazz Central, 441 E. Washington St, Syracuse Ny 13202

When: Friday November 5th at 7:30 p.m.

Cost: $20 advance at www.cnyjazz.org, $25 door, $10 with student I.D.

What a week to ENJOY!

What a week to ENJOY!

Spectacular out there, eh?
Time to get your stuff shipshape for the coming colder months – with some breaks to enjoy some jazz, and more, courtesy of CNY Jazz!

A lucky twist of fate gives y’all TWO chances to catch Nancy Kelly this week – Wednesday at the Cavalier Room in the downtown Marriott – boy, that series has been packing them in – and again on Sunday afternoon out in Skaneateles at Finger Lakes on Tap – what a weekend for a foliage tour and fun stop for food, drink, jazz, and a sampling from one (or more) of their over 60 taps. Great light menu, too.

PLEASE make plans to buy tix to our “Live at Jazz Central” premier opening production of Menotti’s The Medium at Jazz Central – the perfect spooky show leading up to Halloween – all sung in English – about a phony fortuneteller whose fake seances go SERIOUSLY wrong. Safe, and fun, for the whole family!

Lest you harbor reservations about safety, a summary of the extraordinary measures we’ve taken to keep you at ease and protected in our theater is RIGHT HERE! Our new NASA-grade air filtration system is only a part of it. Thank you, Unimar and IoT Right, for your expert work!

Don’t forget those CNY Jazz Discount cards, available here:
Go to https://www.cnyjazz.org/general-donations/ and make your annual donation now –
don’t wait for our annual mailing! All donations of $50 or more will get you your CNY Jazz Discount Card for 10% off food and drink at select CNY Jazz venues!

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