Frank Malfitano

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A new public art project in downtown Syracuse could honor the city’s history while making the city more welcoming and progressive.  The purveyors hope the project could become a downtown attraction.

 

What if you were walking or driving downtown and were greeted by huge artwork on buildings with notable figures from sports, music, social change?  That’s exactly what Frank Malfitano was after when he saw other civic murals.

Syracuse Jazz Fest Looking to Reopen During Extended State Fair

Feb 21, 2020
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The Founder of Syracuse Jazz Fest is eagerly awaiting the final word on whether an extension of the State Fair can revive the musical event. 


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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.

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The photos capture local and national artists who have captivated audiences since the early 80’s.  The Onondaga Historical Association is commemorating this year's 35th anniversary Syracuse Jazzfest with an exhibit of  photos, articles and video from past events.  Local artists Dave Hanlon and Maria DeSantis quickly spotted themselves on stage in photos and shared instant memories.

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A little music in the afternoon at M-and-T bank in downtown Syracuse had to mean only one thing.

The line-up and dates of the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest were announced Wednesday.  The 35th edition of the popular jazz concert will feature Jazz icon Ramsey Lewis and his electric quintet on Friday. June 9th.  They’ll be followed by the high-energy group The Mavericks.

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Trombone Shorty closed out the 2016 M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest last night at Onondaga Community Colelge.  The New Orleans musician played with his up-tempo Orleans Avenue and had much of the crowd on its feet call and response singing and enjoying an elaborate light show to go along with the music.

Before Shorty, Guitarist Julian Coryell led the group Eleventh House.  He played this number honoring his father, Larry Coryell who had to cancel the jazzfest appearance after complications from a medical procedure.  

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  When the M-and-T Syracuse Jazzfest hits the stage this weekend many people will go to see a favorite artist on this year's lineup.  The festival, this year returning to Onondaga Community College, has become something more than a concert for the community.

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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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