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Downtown Jazz Festival back for 10th Year, Carries Mantle for Genre in Absence of Syracuse Jazzfest

The two-day Jazz music event that’s part of Syracuse’s Arts Week will be back for its tenth year … as part of a series of summer concerts. 

The Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival gives jazz music fans their only major event, since the former M-and-T Jazzfest was cancelled for this year. 

Organizer Larry Luttinger says that did not have an impact on programming this annual event, especially because many sponsors’ financial decisions are made long ago.

CNY native Jackiem Joyner returns to Syracuse for the NE Jazz and Wine Festival

“Our festival is essentially the same budget as last year.  It has grown a bit and we have picked up over half-a-dozen new sponsors.  The festival is growing.  We hope it remains stable for the future.  We’re humbled by the fact that we may be carrying the ball for the jazz art form for the foreseeable future.”

Saxophonist Marcus Anderson is the Saturday Night headliner; he's played with the Prince New Power Generation Band.

Luttinger announced the headliners for the festival will be Contemporary Jazz musician Jackiem Joyner, who‘s from Syracuse, along with saxophonist Marcus Anderson, formerly with Prince’s band.  A number of other acts from vocalists to R-and-B to Reggae are on the schedule. 

Mayor Ben Walsh likes the festival’s impact.

“It provides people with an opportunity to come into our city to enjoy all that we bring to the table from culture to architecture, to restaurants.  It’s just a great way to show off our community.  In addition to providing great entertainment, the festival supports our local music industry.”

One of the event’s longtime supporters, John DeFrancisco is retiring from the Senate, but will make sure music and the arts stay important.

“I’ll have a successor; we’ll soon see who that is.  And that person, I will be helping.  That person will not only be indoctrinated, he will be inundated with talk about the importance of arts in the City of Syracuse and County of Onondaga, and really Central New York.” 

Joe Vanable Quintet features musicians who all graduated from CNY scholastic programs. They play Friday, July 27 @ WAER Mardi Gras Pavilion.

The Jazz and Wine Festival takes place July 27th and 28th in Clinton Square.  It’s part of Arts Week in Syracuse, including the Downtown Arts and Crafts festival, Stage of Nations Eco-fest and other activities.  More information and the entire music lineup is at .  

WAER is one of the sponsors of the Northeast Jazz and Wine Festival 

Music takes place at three stages in Cinton Square and during jam sessions at Jazz Central.

Friday July 27
A - Main Stage
6:30 pm          Brownskin
8:15 pm          Peter & Will Anderson Quintet
10:00 pm        Jackiem Joyner  
Presented by Brackens Financial Solutions Network
and Jamesville Dental Office

B – WAER Mardi Gras Pavilion
5:00 pm          Joe Vanable Quintet
7:30 pm          Joe Vanable Quintet
9:15 pm          Joe Vanable Quintet

C – WAER World Beat Pavilion
5:00 pm          Ultravibe
7:30 pm          Ultravibe
9:15 pm          Ultravibe

D – Jazz Central
11:00 pm        Late Night Jam with the Andersons' Band

Saturday July 28

A – Main Stage – Scholastic Festival
Noon              Stan Colella Parks & Recreation All-Stars
1:00 pm          Katz Pajamaz Big Band

A – Main Stage – Battle of the Community Big Bands
2:00 pm          Jazz Kats
3:00 pm          Brig Juice Mini-Corps
4:00 pm          Easy Money Big Band

A – Main Stage
6:30 pm          Root Shock
8:15 pm          Barbra Lica
10:00 pm        Marcus Anderson

B – WAER Mardi Gras Pavilion
5:00 pm          Djangoners
7:30 pm          Djangoners
9:15 pm          Djangoners

C – WAER World Beat Pavilion
5:00 pm          Madame Zz & Her Gentlemen
7:30 pm          Madame Zz & Her Gentlemen
9:15 pm          Madame Zz & Her Gentlemen

D – Jazz Central
11:00 pm       Late Night Jam with Barbra Lica Band

O’Brien & Gere Red Cross Pavilion Tasting Schedule
7:00 – 10:00 pm       Friday July 27th
3:00 - 5:00 pm          Saturday July 28th
7:00 – 10:00 pm       Saturday July 28th
Portion of Proceeds Benefits Red Cross

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.