Jazz musicians Cecile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, both in their 20s, have already racked up major industry prizes. But they took radically different paths to get there. Diehl, a Juilliard-trained piano player, was performing church hymns at Mass from age 8. He says he was "that weird, nerdy kid" who loved classical music growing up.
A new schedule has been released for the 31st Annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest and it features one of the more critically acclaimed voices in jazz today. Thanks to a recent grant from the Central New York Community Foundation, chart-topping jazz singer Giacomo Gates is headed to Syracuse. Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director Frank Malfitano describes Giacomo Gates as a "vocalese hipster in the style of Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson." Gates performs Friday, July 5th at 5:00 PM.
Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57. The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley.
When the recorded audio introduction explaining the meaning of Angelic Warrior started, you knew that it was going to be a special performance. Tia Fuller's grand entrance from the back of the house to the stage set the scene for an evening of high energy jazz improvisation that left the audience wanting more. Weaving story-telling, audience engagement and energetic performances, Fuller and her band delivered a polished product worthy of closing out a special month dedicated to the preservation of jazz as an American art form.
In preparing for her upcoming Syracuse performance, saxophonist Tia Fuller spoke with afternoon jazz host and WAER Music Director Eric Cohen. Eric believes that you can learn a lot about an artist by " asking a series of random questions to get a feel for what they are all about."
Take a listen and see if there are any "ah ha" moments for you.
Tia Fuller performs with her quartet in Syracuse Sunday April 28th at 3:00 PM at the Palace Theatre in Eastwood. The program is the culmination of a month-long celebration of Jazz Appreciation.