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Northeast Jazz and Wine Fest Expands Music for 2015, Highlights NYS wineries


  This year’s announcement of the upcoming schedule for July’s Northeast Jazz and Wine festival had some special news.  Organizers have more to report than just the musical lineup.

The Northeast Jazz and Wine fest will be part of Arts Week – connected to the Arts and Crafts festival and other downtown happenings the last weekend of July.   POMCO will once again be the main sponsor.  Company spokesperson Jessica Marabella spilled the beans about the big news this year.

“As an organization we love the idea of bringing all members of our community to our beautiful downtown for three nights now, to listen to fabulous music.”

Expanding to three nights was the big news…and what the festival is adding is a Blues Sunday.  That will follow jazz lineups on both Friday and Saturday.  

Atlas has been playing music in the CNY area for 35 years.

  (Entire Music Lineup Below)

  C-N-Y Jazz Arts Foundation President Larry Luttinger set up Funky Friday with the local jam band Atlas, preceded by funk-soul group “Nuf Said.”  Luttinger says Jazz Saturday will be quite diverse.              

"Jazz in all of its forms from top to bottom.  From smooth jazz to Great American Songbook, from Brazilian jazz to new funky millennium jazz, even to country swing.  Jazz in absolutely every single one of its flavors, including scholastic jazz and community, avocational bands.”

The headliner Saturday is smooth jazz guitarist Chieli Menucci and special EFX.  The evening will also feature a quintet with Janis Siegel of Manhattan Transfer.  Sunday’s main attraction will be blues guitarist Duke Robbillard, topping a lineup that includes Los Blancos and other national and local acts.  

Luttinger describes the New York State wines the will be featured at the festival.

 (Artist information at

The Wine part of the Jazz and Wine Fest will have five New York wineries along with once cidery, for tastings.  The festival grew out of the former Jazz in the Square…which dates back to 2002.  It’s July 24th, 25th and 26th in Clinton Square.

Talent Schedule

July 24th – Funky Friday

Pomco Main Stage

6:30pm – Nuf Said

8:15pm – Atlas XXXV

10:00pm – Atlas XXXV

Mardi Gras Pavilion

5pm – Formula 5

7:30pm- Formula 5

9:15pm – Formula 5

World Beat Pavilion

5pm – Brownskin

7:30pm- Brownskin

9:15pm – Brownskin

Jazz Central

11:00pm – Late Night Jam Session

July 25th -  Jazz Saturday

Pomco Main Stage

Scholastic Festival

12:00 – Stan Colella Parks & Rec All-Star Big Band

12:45 – CNY Jazz Alumni

Battle of the Community Jazz Bands

1:30 – Rhythm-Airs

2:45 – Tradewind

4:00 – Easy Money Big Band

National Acts

6:30pm – John DiMartino Trio with Harry Allen

8:15pm – Janis Siegel’s Requinte Trio

10:00pm – Chieli Minucci & Special EFX

Mardi Gras Pavilion

5:00 pm – Joshua Breakstone

7:30pm – Joshua Breakstone

9:15pm – Joshua Breakstone

World Beat Pavilion

5:00 pm – Skiffle Minstrels

7:30pm – Skiffle Minstrels

9:15pm – Skiffle Minstrels

Jazz Central

11:00pm – Late Night Jam Session

July 26th – Blues Sunday

Pomco Main Stage

2:00 pm  – Los Blancos

3:15 pm  – Dr. Killdean

4:30 pm  – Matt Tarbell & Against All Odds

6:00 pm  – Mississippi Heat

7:45 pm  – Davina & The Vagabonds

9:15 pm  – Duke Robillard


Friday July 24th 7-10 pm

Saturday July 25th 3-5 pm

Saturday July 25th 7-10 pm

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.