Aretha Franklin

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Detroit will celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin on Friday, August 31st at 10 a.m. EST. Over two dozen people -- including heads of state, a record mogul, and music legends of nearly every description -- will take the stage of the Greater Grace Temple to speak, sing and pray in honor of the gift that Franklin so readily shared with the world.

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Thursday August 16th, 2018 is a day that will weigh heavy on the hearts of music fans for quite some time. That was the day that we said goodbye to the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. Over the years her music touched countless lives and inspired generations. 

WAER General Manager Joe Lee sat down with Syracuse Jazz Fest Founder Frank Malfitano to discuss the legacy of the late Aretha Franklin.


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.

Pondering the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest on the Monday after ...

At 5 p.m. Friday, the first notes of the 33rd edition of the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest will depart from the instruments from the students that make up the city of Syracuse's Park & Rec All-Star Band and roll out over the campus of Onondaga Community College.