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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.

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The founder and organizer of the Syracuse Jazzfest confirmed Thursday, the event is cancelled for 2018 – a year after celebrating its 35th anniversary.  Frank Malfitano says money issues prevented him from putting on an event of the caliber of previous years. 

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A Syracuse Music Festival this weekend will be enriching to more than just the audience that goes to hear former Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founder John McEuen and other musical acts.  Aspiring youth musicians in the area will get a chance to learn about the music business from someone who’s been in it for more than 50 years. 

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A music festival this weekend will honor the talents of local women – while helping a severe health condition with one of the community’s musical treasures.  A celebration remembering the ‘Lilith Fair’ will support Singer Joanne Shenandoah.

Many people have heard the music of Grammy winning singer and songwriter Joanne Shenandoah.  People might not know she has a liver failing from stress and being too fatty.

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An iconic musical group with roots in Woodstock and Monterey Pop will be playing at the Ridgestock festival in Chittenango this weekend.  WAER’s Chris Bolt and Live Space Entertainment’s Tom Honan got to talk with Canned Heat drummer Fito de la Parra and Manager Skip Taylor about the band’s 50 years of history. 

(Full interview of de la Parra and Taylor below)

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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  Symphoria is announcing its new season on the heels of a successful year which saw attendance jump more than 20 percent in single ticket sales.  Some highlights of the new season reflect how the orchestra is attracting audiences. 

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  Many musicians in Central New York grew up on Beatles music and might well have been influenced by it.  Some of them are remembering the group’s long-time producer George Martin who passed away Tuesday. 

The song yesterday might point out one of George Martin’s most significant contributions to popular music.

CNY Jazz Central

  For 20 years CNY Jazz Central has been one of the primary providers of year-round jazz presentation in Central New York. WAER is excited to help CNY Jazz Central celebrate this milestone with an array of performances and events. 

 

With a focus on central neighborhood locations and local artists, community seems to be the theme for this year’s celebration. Le Moyne College plans to host "Jazz at the Plaza,” this event is meant to bring visitors together during lunch hours. This event includes performances by Dave Solazzo, Jeff Stockhan, Groupo Lite, and Melissa Gardiner. Additionally, on Saturdays, the Scholastic Jazz Jams Series will allow community members to enjoy jazz at the Le Moyne Plaza.

 

The soulful singer, songwriter Sherma Andrews will kick of the 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 15 in the Sheraton Hotel. The singer will pay tribute to ‘Legendary Ladies of Song,’ like Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, and Diana Ross. 

Jazz Journeys - The Legacy Of Bruce Lundvall

May 21, 2015

On this edition of Jazz Journeys, we look back at the remarkable career of former Blue Note Records President Bruce Lundvall who passed away on May 19th at the age of 79. Under his leadership, the Blue Note label was reborn and just celebrated its 75th anniversary last year.  He was one of the most beloved figures in the jazz industry and was instrumental in launching the careers of Norah Jones, Kurt Elling and so many others.

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