If you’ve been thinking about some Jazz Music with a sip of wine from the vine… chances are that you live in the right city. The Northeast Jazz and Wine Fest will bring plenty of music to Downtown Syracuse almost a month from now.
Organizer Larry Luttinger says there are many acclaimed artists in this year’s line-up.
"That consists of pianist Michael Wolff who did many years as Arsenio Hall music director, Mike Clark best known for his fantastic work back with the legend Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters back in the eighties and we're bringing in Gil Parris, America's finest guitarist in all possible genres. He's a great blues player, a great smooth jazz player, a great R&B player, a great straight-ahead jazz player. He'll be joining that trio for an hour of fun. "
Some other main stage performers include Sherma Andrews, Michael and Angela Lynn and Marcus Johnson. Luttinger says Johnson will also serve a role as mentor to scholastic musicians.
"Student groups play, Marcus Johnson listens to them and then he plays with them as a soloist in their final tune. Then he stays on stage, takes the microphone and gives them support of commentary and tips and pedagogical advice in front of an audience of parents and the general public. That way we hope to let the public in on the way jazz concepts are taught."
Rounding out the two day event are separate stages that feature Mardi Gras inspired music, world beat, local jazz ensembles along with wine tasting.
Just days before a public meeting about the replacement of I-81 through Syracuse, a closed door meeting was held today with local and State DOT Officials. Senator John DeFrancisco brought in engineering plans provided by his constituents. It calls for building a 1.2 mile tunnel with an overlapping boulevard.
Peace Activists set up a phone booth in downtown Syracuse today to allow people to call their congress members to keep the U.S. completely out of Iraq. They oppose any military intervention there – even the limited involvement proposed by President Obama in response to the advances of Islamic militant groups. Syracuse Peace Council Staff Organizer Amelia Lefevre continues to see a hunger for militarism in government leadership.