M&T Syracuse JazzFest

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Much like composers uniquely arrange all of the notes, Onondaga Community College Visual Arts Department Professors also made a masterpiece of their own in a wonderfully organized and colorful art gallery of Syracuse Jazz Fest history.  The newest exhibit that officially opened to the public this week is called “Jazz Fest Memories and Memorabilia.”  

Founder and Executive Producer Frank Malfitano lives and breathes the music industry.  He championed enough support over the years to keep the festival going strong for 35 years.  Malfitano points out that he feels indebted to the work of multi-talented individuals who also shape the festival.

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A little music in the afternoon at M-and-T bank in downtown Syracuse had to mean only one thing.

The line-up and dates of the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest were announced Wednesday.  The 35th edition of the popular jazz concert will feature Jazz icon Ramsey Lewis and his electric quintet on Friday. June 9th.  They’ll be followed by the high-energy group The Mavericks.

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Trombone Shorty closed out the 2016 M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest last night at Onondaga Community Colelge.  The New Orleans musician played with his up-tempo Orleans Avenue and had much of the crowd on its feet call and response singing and enjoying an elaborate light show to go along with the music.

Before Shorty, Guitarist Julian Coryell led the group Eleventh House.  He played this number honoring his father, Larry Coryell who had to cancel the jazzfest appearance after complications from a medical procedure.  

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  When the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest hits the stage this weekend many people will go to see a favorite artist on this year's lineup.  The festival, this year returning to Onondaga Community College, has become something more than a concert for the community.

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  One of the annual rites-of-passage every spring is the release of the Syracuse M-and-T Jazzfest Lineup.  This year’s announcement has plenty of story lines...the music, the local gathering of talent, and some national recognition for the founder.

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Just days after JazzFest at Jamesville Beach, Producer Frank Malfitano wants fans to share their thoughts.  He stopped by the WAER studios to give us his take which is quite candid.  Overall, he feels the festival went very well and the performers he says were really into it.  Click here to listen to a WAER web exclusive interview with Malfitano.

Although Malfitano is still crunching the numbers, it looks as though the 375-thousand dollar festival that is free to attend will break even this year.