Another festival on the way for Syracuse jazz fans
Yet another summer jazz event is making a comeback in Syracuse. After Jazz Fest made its downtown return this month, the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival is coming up in July for the first time in more than two years.
Spokesperson Larry Luttinger said the two-day event promises to offer a diverse group of talented musicians across three stages.
“We open the festival with the Ricky Alexander Quintet, a neo-swing group from New York City, followed by Camille Thermon, an amazing international sensation," Luttinger said at a Tuesday event announcing the concert's return.
Thermon, a singer, also plays the saxophone and flute.
"She captivates an audience," Luttinger said.
The first evening will wrap up with “Reelin’ in the Years,” a Steely Dan Tribute Show featuring drummer Larry Marotta.
Other entertainers include local jazz talent Jackiem Joyner, a Fowler High School graduate who made a big name for himself on the national scene.
"He always draws a crowd when he comes back to Syracuse," Luttinger said.
For guitarist and vocalist Drew Serafini who returned to Syracuse in 2017 and made the switch from rock to jazz music, this year will mark his first appearance at the festival.
"It’s like being in any other social group—you meet more people, you get more gigs. The more you hangout, the more gigs you get. I’d say I’m doing very well, personally," Serafini said.
The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival is also an opportunity for the CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra to showcase other rising talents from area schools and colleges. The event is set for July 29-30 in Downtown Clinton Square and coincides with ArtsWeek and the Downtown Committee of Syracuse's Arts and Crafts Festival.