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Salt City Summerfest announces jazz schedule



Larry Luttinger

441 E. Washington St.

Syracuse NY 13202


Salt City Summerfest announces jazz schedule

Marriott Syracuse downtown becomes jazz hub for citywide festival

Syracuse NY – The Salt City Summerfest launches this weekend all across downtown, including a festival-long hot spot for jazz lovers on the patio of the Marriott Syracuse Downtown, the historic Hotel Syracuse at 100 E. Onondaga Street. Performances are scheduled twice weekly, on Saturdays and Wednesdays throughout the festival. The jazz activities start this Saturday, July 24th and conclude on Saturday September 11th. All shows will take place during dining hours, from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The lineup of regional artists will play a diverse array of styles encompassing the Great American Songbook, RnB and Soul, Latin Pop, and straight ahead swing and bebop.

“How could we not build a mini-jazz festival into this extravaganza? Our name is CNY Jazz!”, commented Larry Luttinger, festival organizer. “We’ve put together a well-rounded and entertaining lineup of the region’s strongest artists, including veterans and newcomers, and a prize graduate of our education programs now working in New York City. The Marriott actually becomes an open air, pop-up jazz club for the rest of the summer, something never done before in Syracuse.”

Among the featured artists are Scott Dennis, the blind jazz baritone and protégé of Nancy Kelly; Nick DiMaria, Cicero-North Syracuse grad and alum of CNY Jazz education programs; two upstate all-star trios led by Joe Carello and Jimmy Johns, vocal jazz duos led by Mike Houston and Melody Rose, newcomer and Crane School of Music grad Andy Lawnizcak, Jazz Scraps, a trio led by Paul Merrill, jazz studies faculty at Cornell; and the debut of newcomer to the scene Cherie Giraud, singing from the Great American Songbook.

Salt City Summerfest was designed to support downtown residents, workers, visitors, businesses, artists, and restaurants through a summer without the major festivals that annually bring more than 100,000 to downtown. The full festival schedule will be announced weekly and be available at, where a map of all locations may also be found.