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Touring artists descend on Jazz Central

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

Touring artists descend on Jazz Central

Syracuse NY – The fall menu of CNY Jazz 2019-2020 season offerings will feature some hot specials, thanks to a host of international touring artists scheduled to appear at Jazz Central, downtown Syracuse’s busiest little theater, 441 East Washington Street.

First up is the legendary Chico Freeman: saxophonist, composer, producer and veteran of the bands of Dizzy Gillespie, McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, Charles Mingus, Wynton Marsalis, and countless others. Back in the states after more than a decade working in Europe, he will perform at 7:30 pm on Saturday September 14th, with an international band.

A week later, Brooklynite Ryan Keberle brings Catharsis, his unique quintet, to town for a 7:30 pm show on Saturday September 21st. Keberle has been named #1 Rising Star trombonist in the Downbeat International Critics Poll, and his group has appeared in jazz festivals worldwide.

October brings three distinct and stylistically wide ranging jazz shows, beginning with a return appearance on Saturday October 12th by noted New York bebop guitarist Joshua Breakstone, touring with his trio in support of his new release “Children of Art,” a tribute to the seminal drummer and bandleader Art Blakey, on the 100th anniversary of Blakey’s birth. Breakstone, a fixture on the international guitar scene since the 1960’s, is celebrating his 40th year as a recording artist.

Close on Joshua’s heels is Chicago bassist and leader Joe Policastro, appearing with his trio on Monday October 14th, bringing a refreshing new take on songs by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Talking Heads, Santo & Johnny, Leonard Bernstein, and others. A regular in clubs and festivals nationwide, Policastro’s “alt-jazz” approach creates a musical hybrid with wide appeal to all audiences.

The last tour stop of the fall occurs Thursday October 24th, when Casey Crosby gives a solo piano concert on Jazz Central’s Steinway. A Californian educated at Syracuse University and now living in Zurich Switzerland, Casey has been concertizing across Europe for decades. A Global Music Award winner, he will bring New Age, Rural Folk, Blues, Gospel and classical styles to bear in his concert, during a rare trip back to the states.

“Our intimate little space is becoming known around the world as an artist-friendly, fully equipped room for concertizing and recording,” according to Larry Luttinger, founder of CNY Jazz. “We’re thankful that old friends and new faces are dropping in to bless us with rare musical occasions, putting us on their maps, as it were. We’re giving the area hugely eclectic musical experiences that no one else can, in a unique chamber theater setting. There’s something here for everyone. Every one of these dates is the chance of the season, and my goodness, the Chico Freeman gig is the chance of a lifetime.”

Tickets for all concerts are on sale now at


Chico Freeman: Saturday September 14th 7:30 pm
$20.00, $10.00 with valid student ID

Ryan Keberle & Catharsis: Saturday September 21st 7:30 pm
$20.00, $10.00 with valid student ID

Joshua Breakstone: Saturday October 12th 7:30 pm
$22 advance, $24 door

Joe Policastro Trio: Monday October 14th 7:00 pm
$15 advance, $18 door, $5 with valid student ID

Casey Crosby: October 24th 7:30 pm
$12 advance, $15 door


About CNY Jazz

The CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, established in 1996, is the primary year-round provider of jazz presentations for the public and for schools across the entire Upstate New York region. Its growing list of programs includes The CNY Jazz Cabaret Series, Scholastic Jazz Jams and Nancy Kelly Vocal Jazz Jams and Cabarets, Northeast Jazz & Wine Festival, Jazz Vespers Series, SummerJazz Workshop, Jazz in the City, Parties in the Plaza, Jazz On Tap, the CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, Jazz at the Cavalier, and more.