A number of restaurant owners from around the Syracuse Area were pretty mad at seeing a dip in their business blamed largely on a government decision. Al Barbagallo and his family have run Barbagallo’s Restaurant for 38 years and he shared his feelings.
“Anger…because small businesses employ 95% of the people in this country. Why should somebody get a tax break that I can’t get, why should the empire zone get a tax break or why should Destiny get a tax break.”
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.
U.S. Represenative Dan Maffei says Central New York has the potential to transform into a bustling hub for global commerce… but that’s reliant upon one thing, a revamped infrastructure. Maffei discussed his ideas to revitalize and invest in infrastructure projects across the region Monday. He was joined by local elected officials from cities and counties in the region.
A project by a private developer that was going to house a new Syracuse University bookstore and Fitness Center has to be put on hold after several financial problems couldn't get resolved. Cameron Group was gong to build the center on University Ave., adjacent to an existing parking garage. The University was then going to lease back most of the space to house its primary bookstore, while the developer would rent space to other retailers.
The enthusiasm to expand universal Pre-Kindergarten education across the state is fizzling over money issues…even though the Governor promised a blank check to districts earlier this year. Now education advocates are saying the effort to get more four-year-olds into full-day preschool might need some retooling.
It was just this past March during budget talks when expanding Universal Pre-K to all new York families who wanted it was a hot topic.
Vocalist Little Jimmy Scott was an NEA Jazz Master yet he never quite got the recognition he deserved in the jazz world despite having one of the most unique voices in American musical history. Jimmy Scott passed away on June 12th at the age of 88 and on this edition of Jazz Journeys we look back at the life and legacy of an amazing singer.