Legendary folk singer Richie Havens, the first performer at Woodstock, died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 72. While he was known internationally for his excellent guitar work and cover songs, his death hits close to home here in Central New York. Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director, Frank Malfitano, knew him well on both personal and professional levels.
"For me, there simply was no sweeter man and no greater interpretive song stylist
Jazz Appreciation Month (JAM) in April is a celebration of the history, culture and relevancy of jazz as an art form. WAER Syracuse Public Media is continuing its annual celebration of JAM with a performance by an extraordinary modern jazz artist, Tia Fuller. Fuller is known for her artful mastery of the saxophone. She has performed with R&B star, Beyoncé and is featured on the Beyoncé Experience DVD. She has also played with Esperanza Spalding, Jon Faddis, T. S. Monk and Nancy Wilson.