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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9:21 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Blues Man Bobby 'Blue' Bland Dead at 83

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Blues and soul balladeer Bobby 'Blue' Bland died on Sunday in Memphis.
Bobby (Blue) Bland, the debonair balladeer whose sophisticated, emotionally fraught performances helped modernize the blues, died on Sunday in Memphis. He was 83. The cause was complications from an ongoing illness, The Associated Press reported, quoting his son Rodd.
Business & Government
6:38 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Syracuse's Soundgarden Could Stay; Store, City Officials Reach Deal

Armory Square's Soundgarden
Credit Soundgarden Facebook Page

Forty eight hours after it’d appeared that Soundgarden in Armory Square could close its doors, a compromise was reached that would exempt certain items from the city’s secondhand dealer ordinance.  The store had been trying for months to get CDs, DVDs and other media exempt from some provisions of the ordinance because they said it would be too burdensome to log the thousands of items they take in each month. 

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12:42 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Sharon Jones Cancels Tour after Cancer Diagnosis

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Retro-R&B singer Sharon Jones (Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings) is taking a break from touring to focus on treatment and recovery.
NEW YORK - Soul singer Sharon Jones has cancer and has canceled plans for an album and tour in 2013. A Monday news release says Jones has stage-one bile duct cancer and needs immediate surgery. Jones and her band, the Dap-Kings, had planned to release "Give the People What They Want" on Aug.
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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4:17 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Pianist Mulgrew Miller Dies at 57

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Notable jazz pianist Mulgrew Miller passes in Allentown, PA at 57.
Mulgrew Miller, a jazz pianist whose soulful erudition, clarity of touch and rhythmic aplomb made him a fixture in the postbop mainstream for more than 30 years, died on Wednesday in Allentown, Pa. He was 57. The cause was a stroke, said his longtime manager, Mark Gurley.

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