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Peter Mack Quartet has roots in Central New York



Larry Luttinger


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 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