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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.


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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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Much like composers uniquely arrange all of the notes, Onondaga Community College Visual Arts Department Professors also made a masterpiece of their own in a wonderfully organized and colorful art gallery of Syracuse Jazz Fest history.  The newest exhibit that officially opened to the public this week is called “Jazz Fest Memories and Memorabilia.”  

Founder and Executive Producer Frank Malfitano lives and breathes the music industry.  He championed enough support over the years to keep the festival going strong for 35 years.  Malfitano points out that he feels indebted to the work of multi-talented individuals who also shape the festival.

This coming June when the first notes of Jazz are played on the campus of Onondaga Community College, the Syracuse Jazz Fest will turn 35. In honor of this landmark achievement WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a look back at the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

On this final episode Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano discuss this year's festival. Highlighting acts such as Marc Broussard, Asleep at the Wheel, and Ramsey Lewis. That and more on this  episode of Jazz Fest 35.

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WAER continues its celebration of the 16th anniversary of Jazz Appreciation Month with Part 2 of Jazz Journeys. 

Hosted by Music Director Eric Cohen, this week's program offers up another collection of wide ranging interviews by award winning author and journalist Reese Erlich in addition to music from the various artists.

 This week, we delve into the musical minds of pianists Chick Corea and George Shearing, along with  guitarists John Pizzarelli and John Scofield among others.

It's hard to think about Summer in Central New York without being reminded of the Syracuse Jazz Fest. This June the annual festival will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. In recognition of this milestone WAER presents Jazz Fest 35, a historical look at the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week on Jazz Fest 35, the festival finds a new home. Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano examine how the festival came to call Onondaga Community College, it's home.  Along with remembering the music of Al Jarreau and Gil Scott-Heron. That and more this week on Jazz Fest 35.

For three and a half decades now the music community of Central New York has looked forward to Jazz Fest. In recognition of the 35th anniversary WAER present Jazz Fest 35, a chronicling of the history of the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

This week Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano continue their discussion of the downtown years. They recall the excellent festivals in 1999 and 2000, and of course Ray Charles. Take a trip down memory lane this week with episode four of Jazz Fest 35.

When the Syracuse Jazz Fest takes place at Onondaga Community College this June it will celebrate it's 35th anniversary. From humble beginnings to what it has become today Jazz Fest 35 chronicles each step in this iconic festival's history.

This week on Jazz Fest 35 Joe Lee and Frank Malfitano discuss the location change from Longbranch Park to downtown Syracuse. What were the advantages of this new venue? Also, what politics now came into play? That and more on this weeks episode of Jazz Fest 35.

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  One of the annual rites-of-passage every spring is the release of the Syracuse M-and-T Jazzfest Lineup.  This year’s announcement has plenty of story lines...the music, the local gathering of talent, and some national recognition for the founder.

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  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. 

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