BlueNotes

For years public radio has been home for diverse music in America.  We all have that one song, one band, one moment that transports us to another time or place.  Public radio has always taken creative risks by giving voice to new and emerging artists.  And it has long been the champion of America's cultural heritage - Jazz.

The BlueNotes blog is the place for you to rekindle your passion for music.  Jazz, blues, AAA, folk, world...it's all here at Syracuse Public Media WAER.

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Executive Director Eric McElveen and Marketing Director Julie Briggs stopped by the WAER studio to talk with me about the direction McElveen's taking the New York State Blues Fest. Briggs and the Fest board chose the long-time leader of the Sterling Stage Kampitheater to program the 23rd edition of the free-admission event, which runs July 10 -11 in Clinton Square.  

In this latest edition of Jazz Journeys....you are sure to enjoy my interview with the legendary Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist...Paquito D'Rivera. He stopped by the WAER studios just hours before he led a performance of a specially commissioned piece titled...well....you'll have to listen to find out.

In this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll hear my interview with legendary pianist and composer Ramsey Lewis who will be celebrating his 80th birthday in 2015.  He discusses everything from his album of all original material to exuding class on stage.

On this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll hear excerpts from a recent interview I had the pleasure of doing with the premier organist in the world, Mr. Joey DeFrancesco.

There are so many memorable melodies that encompass the holiday music catalog.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, we take a closer look at the origins of The Christmas Song and the artist who made it famous.

This edition of Jazz Journeys takes a look at the recent documentary Keep On Keepin' On, which chronicles the unlikely but ultimately inspirational relationship between 23 year old blind piano prodigy Justin Kauflin and his mentor and friend...legendary jazz trumpeter Clark Terry.

There are a number of jazz organists around today who are carrying on the rich history of the Hammond B-3 that was established by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Groove Holmes and others.  One of the most versatile of the bunch is Larry Goldings.  In this edition of Jazz Journeys, you'll get to hear Larry talk about the instrument in his own words.

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One of Syracuse's biggest jazz success stories is likely one of its most unknown.

In the 1930s, Edward Chester Babcock, a Cazenovia College graduate, changed his name to Jimmy Van Heusen and headed for a bigger city: New York. Van Heusen started penning hit songs, eventually co-writing the top Frank Sinatra hits "Come Fly with Me" and "Love and Marriage" and winning four Academy Awards and one Emmy.

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CNY Jazz Central Executive Director, Larry Luttinger, seems to have hit his stride with the NE Jazz & Wine Festival by connecting people's passion for music and wine and presenting it in an urban setting.  He will do so again July 25-26 in Clinton Square with the 2014 iteration of the popular event.

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