Syracuse Jazz Fest

JAZZ IN THE CITY 2014
8:25 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Wanna Jazz it up in Syracuse Wednesday Night?

Jazz in the City Producer Steve Becker poses holding a sign for the event at the 2014 New York State Fair on Sunday.
Credit John Smith/ WAER News

City of Syracuse residents will get together for an annual Summer Tradition tonight… 'Jazz in the City' returns!  The location is a bit different from previous years when concerts were held in City Neighborhoods.  Speaking to us recently at the New York State Fair, Producer Steve Becker says he’s noticed something that’s happening all-around tonight’s concert venue in Perseverance Park.

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Arts & Culture
4:36 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

B.B. King Headlines 32nd M&T Jazz Fest July 11, 12 at OCC Campus

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney, right, addresses the news conference in the M&T Bank mezzanine as M&T Syracuse President Allen Naples, center, unveils two posters featuring the July 12 headliner, B.B. King.
Credit Mark Bialczak

The M&T Jazz Fest is going back to school this summer.

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Live Music
10:01 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

Jazz Fest Night 2 Highlights

Retro-funk group, Sophistafunk, shows why they are a regional favorite.
Joe Lee

Despite the rain on Saturday, hardcore jazz fans showed up to Jamesville Beach for some magical moments.  Here's what you missed if you stayed away.

Music Festival
9:22 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Revised Jazz Fest Schedule Features Celebrated Vocalist

Giacomo Gates

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.

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Folk Singer's CNY Connection
10:27 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Havens' Death Hits Close to Home

Richie Havens, Kathy Rowe, Frank Malfitano

Legendary folk singer Richie Havens, the first performer at Woodstock, died of a heart attack Monday at the age of 72.  While he was known internationally for his excellent guitar work and cover songs, his death hits close to home here in Central New York.  Syracuse Jazz Fest Executive Director, Frank Malfitano, knew him well on both personal and professional levels.

"For me, there simply was no sweeter man and no greater interpretive song stylist

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