OCC jazz

When the weather gradually becomes warmer and the snow is a distant memory Central New York Music fans begin to think about Jazz Fest. This June the Syracuse Jazz Fest will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. In honor of this achievement  WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a look at the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

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On Friday, February 28th, The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet with featured vocalist Carla Cook will perform at Onondaga Communtiy College as a part of the continuing Legends of Jazz concert series.

Don Byron has gained much individual attention for his mastery of the clarinet. He released his first album in 1992. Since then, Byron has been exploring and executing musical styles and themes— everything from hip-hop to classical. The Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, which was formed in 2009, evolved from Byron's study of Gospel music from a cultural and personal perspective.

The Legends of Jazz concert series is bringing Grammy-nominated singer Gregory Porter to Onondaga Community College this Friday. Porter is currently touring in support of his latest album “Liquid Spirit.”

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Dianne Reeves, the acclaimed American singer and songwriter, is one of the most prominent forces in modern jazz. Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Denver, Colorado, Reeves has been surrounded by music her entire life. Her musical career has included an exploration of traditional jazz, Latin-American music, world music, and more. She has produced an influential discography 19 records deep, the latest studio album being "When You Know", released in 2008.