American Musical Legends Todd Rundgren & NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis Join forces with The Mavericks, New Orleans’ Rebirth Brass Band, and 10-time Grammy-winners Asleep at the Wheel to Co-Headline M&T Jazz Fest 35
‘Bayou Soul’ Singer Marc Broussard , UAD Kings of the Fall, Soft Spoken Band,Peter Mack
Macktet and “Extraordinary” Discoveries Canen and Nick DiMaria also Slated to Appear at SJF 35 at OCC, June 9 & 10, 2017.
Syracuse, NY . . . According to Syracuse Jazz Fest founder and executive producer Frank Malfitano, M&T Jazz Fest 35 will again feature an eclectic mash up of musical styles including Jazz, Soul-Jazz, Trad Jazz from New Orleans, Western Swing, Soul and Americana, and a characteristically diverse brand of artistic programming that has earned the long running Syracuse festival national recognition as “The Northeast’s Largest Free Jazz Festival” while garnering “Best Musical Festival” honors locally and regionally for the past decade.
The 2017 edition of M&T Jazz Fest will take place on the campus of Onondaga Community College for the 15th time, on Friday, June 9 and Saturday, June 10. Click for 2017 M&T JazzFest Poster.
The 2017 festival will feature performances by a sextet of Award-winning headliners and national artists, including: American music industry legend Todd Rungren; Americana greats and 2-time ACM, 2-time CMA & Grammy Award winners The Mavericks; jazz piano legend and NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis, New Orleans Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band, 10-time Grammy winners and the reigning ‘Kings of Western Swing’ – Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, and Soul newcomer Marc Broussard from Lafayette Louisiana.
Malfitano also announced that a solid contingent of Central New York-based artists will also be appearing at this year’s festival, with 5 ensembles featuring Syracuse musicians slated to perform. Festival groups with Central NY roots at this year’s festival include Carrie Lazarus’ discoveries (14-year old jazz vocalist) Canen and jazz trumpeter Nick DiMaria, and JAMS (Joined Artists Musicians & Singers coalition) groups UAD: Kings fo the Fall and the Soft Spoken Band, and acoustic jazz bassist Peter Mack & The Macktet, featuring Steve Brown, keyboardist Dino Losito, Drummer Mike Melito, Saxophonist Joe Carello and special guest Melissa Gardiner on Trombone.
In addition, OCC Gallery representatives announced that a major 35-year Jazz Fest retrospective will be mounted at OCC’s Ann Felton Multicultural Art Gallery located in Ferrante Hall beneath Storer Auditorium. The month-long exhibit which kicks off on May 15th and runs through June 15th, will feature original art, jazz fest posters, festival memorabilia, archival photographs and news articles covering the past 35 years of Jazz Fest.
Festival officials went on to say that there will also be a companion free admission 3-part, afternoon jazz film series on campus in Storer Auditorium, curated by the festival’s cultural partners at the Syracuse International Film Festival, on Thursday June 8, Friday June 9 and Saturday June 10, which will include: Miles Ahead, Miss Sharon Jones and The Benny Goodman Story.
According to Malfitano, the festival’s 2nd evening, Saturday, June 10, will lead off with a performance by Extraordinary discovery and jazz trumpeter Nick DiMaria, followed by Syracuse’s Soft Spoken Band (featuring bassist Reggie Seigler and vocalist Donna Alford) and a special return engagement by New Orleans’ Grammy winning Rebirth Brass Band (who last appeared at the College as part of the AAC Legends of Jazz Series).
Saturday evening’s co-headliners are 10-time Grammy winners Ray Benson and Asleep At The Wheel (who call their music “jazz with a cowboy hat”) and the legendary Todd Rundgren making his Syracuse Jazz Fest debut, and first Syracuse area appearance since joining forces with Ringo Starr & The All Starr Band last season at Lakeview Amphitheater. According to Malfitano, Mr. Rundgren will be performing all of his Greatest Hits with a full band this time around.
In between Friday evening’s late evening performances by NEA Jazz Master and jazz legend Ramsey Lewis and his electric quintet, and the group that “…stole last year’s festival” and last year’s Americana Group of the Year, The Mavericks – featuring lead vocalist Raul Malo, and charter members Paul Deekin, Jerry Dale McFadden and Eddie Perez – Jazz Fest will again feature a free fireworks display sponsored by Price Chopper Supermarkets immediately following the conclusion of Mr. Lewis’s co-headline set.
As previously announced, the 2017 Festival has been ‘Officially Dedicated’ to longtime Syracuse Jazz Fest Board president & WAER-FM jazz DJ, Oscar L. Peterson Jr, who passed away this past October after a valiant and courageous battle with multiple illnesses. Oscar Peterson Jazz Fest Dedication
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Admission to the 2017 M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest is Free, and All events are Free & Open to the public.