Syracuse Jazz Fest

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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.

This coming June when the first notes of Jazz are played on the campus of Onondaga Community College, the Syracuse Jazz Fest will turn 35. In honor of this landmark achievement WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a look back at the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

On this final episode Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano discuss this year's festival. Highlighting acts such as Marc Broussard, Asleep at the Wheel, and Ramsey Lewis. That and more on this  episode of Jazz Fest 35.

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.

It's hard to think about Summer in Central New York without being reminded of the Syracuse Jazz Fest. This June the annual festival will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a historical look at the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week on Jazz Fest 35, the festival finds a new home. Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano examine how the festival came to call Onondaga Community College, it's home.  Along with remembering the music of Al Jarreau and Gil Scott-Heron. That and more this week on Jazz Fest 35.

For three and a half decades now the music community of Central New York has looked forward to Jazz Fest. In recognition of the 35th anniversary WAER present Jazz Fest 35, a chronicling of the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano continue their discussion of the downtown years. They recall the excellent festivals in 1999 and 2000, and of course Ray Charles. Take a trip down memory lane this week with episode four of Jazz Fest 35.

Onondaga County Lawmakers reviewed the County Executive’s budget proposal for parks and recreation.  Tucked inside is a substantial $75,000 that isn’t specifically named but was presumed to be budgeted for Syracuse Jazz Fest.   There appears to be an indication that the funding could also be tied to a change in venue.

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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.

Mark Bialczak

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

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.

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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