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Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli makes annual swing through Syracuse



Larry Luttinger


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

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, $25 door, $10 with valid student I.D.