Central New York’s freshman congress member heard some things from President Obama that he thinks can get done in Washington, despite recent gridlock. But before considering any policy ideas, John Katko was a little taken by the moment of his first State of the Union Address.

"The Roots of Smooth" with Bobby Jackson is a music program, that more broadly displays how music connects us to a global community. This hour-long series showcases artists playing their music, and the music of their influences both in and outside of the jazz world. You’ll hear the music of their peers, and the young artists they have influenced. It is an engaging smart blend. Hear the personal journeys of legends such as Grover Washington Jr. and Toots Theilemans as well as the latest generation of players including Esperanza Spaulding and Amina Figarova.

Latin Jazz has its own unique place in the Jazz idiom.  Born out of the American Jazz and Afro-Cuban music cauldron, it combines jazz's syncopated improvisational qualities with prominently featured polyrhythmic African percussion, often with dynamic horn sections. 

This is the mainstream jazz show we’ve been waiting for! “Return to the Source” provides the polished presentation and insightful selections that you would expect from a straight-ahead jazz show, and more. It is the real deal.

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

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The stakes weren't quite as high as in Boston College's last trip to the Carrier Dome, a night that ended Syracuse's undefeated record and No. 1 ranking in an instant.

But this time, the final score was quite a bit different, too.

And this time, it only took 40 minutes.

The Orange avenged its overtime loss from last February by beating the Eagles, 69-61, in convincing fashion on Tuesday night.  Michael Gbinije scored a team-high 17 points and had four assists, giving the beleaguered Orange a much-needed win.

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  One of New York’s U-S Senators hopes to hear the President embrace one of her key issues in the State of the Union address tonight.  

Senator Gillibrand will be listening to the State of the union address to hear if President Obama is taking up here ongoing fight against campus sexual assault…which she says just isn’t being taken seriously.

Eric is the news director for Montana Public Radio.

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Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse has been accredited as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by DNV Healthcare in Buffalo.  It’s only one of two hospitals state-wide to receive the status.  Upstate has expanded its Stroke care with medical technology that allows for real-time brain images and a specialized suite used by neurosurgeons for more severe cases. Director Dr. Julius Jean Latorre says that strokes are complex; however, his team is ready.

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  Governor Cuomo gives a joint State of the State speech and budget address on Wednesday. The speech was delayed due to the death of Cuomo’s father, former governor Mario Cuomo earlier this month.

Because of the late date, Governor Cuomo has decided to include his budget proposals in his State of the State presentation, to give lawmakers ample time to respond and craft a spending plan before the March 31 deadline.

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