Arts & Culture

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nejazzwinefest.org

  This year’s announcement of the upcoming schedule for July’s Northeast Jazz and Wine festival had some special news.  Organizers have more to report than just the musical lineup.

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  Not all of the art in Syracuse’s Westcott neighborhood was meant to be observed on an easel this past weekend. Ask any of the artists, and most will say they wanted to inspire spectators, or strike a chord with them...


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  How much can we learn about our current democracy from looking back at key events and time periods in US history?  That’s what NPR’s Morning Edition Host Steve Inskeep sought to do when he began reading documents, letters and studying 1820s America.  What he found was a story that fascinated him about Andrew Jackson and the conflicts over land between the US and Native  Americans, particularly the Cherokee. 

On this edition of Jazz Journeys, we look back at the remarkable career of former Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall who passed away on May 19th at the age of 79. Under his leadership, the Blue Note label was reborn and just celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.  He was one of the most beloved figures in the jazz industry and was instrumental in launching the careers of Norah Jones, Kurt Elling and so many others.

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  Symphoria has put the final touches on the lineup for next season, showing continued growth for the orchestra.  The new season will also come with a new Music Director.

Her voice has been a part of the world's most famous vocal jazz quartet for over four decades. She has also branched out into a very successful solo career as well.  Learn some things you never knew before about Janis Siegel on this latest installment of Jazz Journeys.

Chris Bolt/WAER News

  WAER broadcasters and staff were honored for several awards in both News and Sports categories in the most recent Syracuse Press Club awards, during a ceremony Saturday night.  The station's work swept the categories of Best Radio Sports Show and Best Radio Sports Story.  WAER's Newscast was also judged Best Regularly Scheduled Local Newscast.

(Complete Awards Listings Below)

Some people are no fans of karaoke.

He's played with everyone from Sonny Rollins and James Brown to Dinah Washington and Jimmy Smith. Even at 83, he is still very much involved in the world of jazz as an educator.  The man I am speaking of is Kenny Burrell and in this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll get a chance to hear me speak with the legendary guitarist.

Joe Lee

Executive Director Eric McElveen and Marketing Director Julie Briggs stopped by the WAER studio to talk with me about the direction McElveen's taking the New York State Blues Fest. Briggs and the Fest board chose the long-time leader of the Sterling Stage Kampitheater to program the 23rd edition of the free-admission event, which runs July 10 -11 in Clinton Square.  

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