Arts & Culture

Arts and culture

Mark Bialczak

  Elvis Presley would have turned 80 years old on Jan. 8.

On this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll hear excerpts from a recent interview I had the pleasure of doing with the premier organist in the world, Mr. Joey DeFrancesco.

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  Advocates for the deaf here in Upstate New York want to find out just how much of an inconvenience it might be to extend the hard-of-hearing a few more rights.  The group “We the Deaf People” is trying to get movie houses to offer at least some showings with captions. 

There are so many memorable melodies that encompass the holiday music catalog.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, we take a closer look at the origins of The Christmas Song and the artist who made it famous.

Of Wine and Brothers

Dec 12, 2014

  The U.S. wine industry produces over 836 million bulk gallons of wine annually and the Syracuse area has its fair share of wine shops, discount liquor stores and even a few wine producers.  That's not unique to an area of our size.  What is perhaps unique, though, is that two brothers own and operate separate, similarly sized wine shops imprinted with their distinct antithetical personalities.

This edition of Jazz Journeys takes a look at the recent documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which chronicles the unlikely but ultimately inspirational relationship between 23 year old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and his mentor and friend...legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry.

  There's no doubt we all could use a good laugh these days.

John Underwood

  The United States Institute for Theatre Technology, headquartered in Syracuse, is a leading figure in a backstage effort to bring back the Tony Awards for Sound Design in a Play and Musical. The awards were dropped by the Tony Awards committee this year, for reasons the group hasn’t publicly made clear.

There are a number of jazz organists around today who are carrying on the rich history of the Hammond B-3 that was established by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes and others.  One of the most versatile of the bunch is Larry Goldings.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll get to hear Larry talk about the instrument in his own words.

Mark Bialczak

  Jimmy Heath says he's proud of his little brother.

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