Each CNYJAF season consists of:
CNY Jazz Orchestra Concert Series at the Oncenter’s Carrier Theatre, featuring the CNYJO along with nationally recognized guest artists, who also conduct educational clinics while in residence.
Pascale Black History Month Cabaret Series featuring national guest artists highlighting African America’s unique contribution to our culture, presented in public performance and also in colleges across the region.
All That Jazz in-school and other public performances by a narrated educational combo that plays jazz from every decade of the 20th Century to now.
Scholastic Jazz Jam Series events where local High School and College students perform in a supportive environment backed by professionals.
In Their Own Words Cultural Legacy Speaker Series directed by Monk Rowe, curator of the Hamilton College Jazz Archive, at Jazz Central.
Jazz in the Square Festival
an international summer jazz festival at the center of downtown Syracuse that includes three outdoor stages, strolling musicians throughout the city, open on-stage master classes by guest artists, and downtown nightclub jams mixing touring musicians with regional talent.
Jazz in the City Neighborhood Outreach Concert Series featuring national and local jazz artists of color at underutilized city park locations in lower-income city neighborhoods. Talented students recruited from the Syracuse City Schools perform onstage with these professionals at each concert.
SummerJazz Workshop a one-week student improv program-in-residence at the Arts and Home Center at the NY State Fairgrounds. It features a combo-based daily curriculum of small ensemble coaching, student jams, master classes, professional performances, and a residency by a nationally known artist-educator who performs with the students in a grand finale evening performance. The students also perform a day-long youth jazz festival at the NYS Fair each August.
Stan Colella Parks and Recreation All-Star Big Band a paying summer job for seventeen students exclusively from the Syracuse City School District. This orchestra plays 55-60 concerts at important city events, nursing homes, schools, parks, and public places throughout the urban area.
In partnership with the City of Syracuse, the CNYJAF provides auditions, instruction, music directorship, library resources, recruiting and performance opportunities at the new “Jazz in the Square” festival in Clinton Square and Downtown Syracuse. The organization provides a home base for this, our “youth orchestra,” at Jazz Central in Syracuse.
Summer Festival Concerts Summer Festival Concerts held throughout the extended Central New York region in free, open-to-the-public venues. These include the Alliance Bank Jazz Under The Stars, a free summer concert on the lawn at Lorenzo Historic Mansion. These appearances aim to widen audience knowledge and provide critical exposure of the art form to general audiences.
Jazz Vespers Series
held at Pebble Hill Presbyterian Church in Dewitt. The services are a combination of inspirational and meditative readings, homily, and jazz played by members of the CNY Jazz Orchestra and various guest vocalists. The jazz selections are drawn from secular and sacred sources, representing a wide range of composers as varied as Duke Ellington, Chick Corea, Cole Porter, and Stephen Foster, and well-known hymns in jazz settings for all to enjoy singing as they wish.
• July 11 Students of Bob Piorun
GRAMMY winner Karla Bonoff headlines Skaneateles Summer Showcase July 31st through August 14th
The Skaneateles Area Council for the Arts is pleased to announce the Skaneateles Summer Showcase, from July 31st through August 14th. Six organizations will perform throughout eleven days at village venues ranging from Austin Park, Clift Park, Creekside Books and Coffee, Mirbeau Inn and Spa, Sherwood Inn, Skaneateles Library, Stella Maris, The Creamery, plus a private home on the Skaneateles Lake. The presenting groups are: Khoros Performing Arts Company for Kids, Skaneateles Area Council for the Arts, Skaneateles Community Band, Skaneateles Historical Society, Skaneateles Summer Theatre, and The Collective.
Reservations are required by contacting Thérèse Verley Strodel at 315-685-2414.
Gina Castro and Robert Kiltz are hosting the culminating special event of the Showcase, A Midsummer Nights Dream, at their East Lake Road home on August 14th, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m, featuring dinner and a concert by GRAMMY Award winner singer-songwriter, Karla Bonoff.
Bonoff has enjoyed a soaring career as a singer/songwriter. The late Timothy White, Editor, Billboard Magazine, in 1999 said “Bonoff is one of the finest singer-songwriters of her generation, with many of her ballads having become classics of American pop songwriting in the second half of the century.” Bonoff’s hits include: “If He’s Ever Near”, “I Can’t Hold On,” “Lose Again,” “Home,” “Isn’t It Always Love,” “Baby Don’t Go,” “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” Personally,” “Like a Falling Star,” and “All My Life.” She has recorded over 13 albums, including recordings with the pop group Bryndle, comprised of Kenny Edwards, Andrew Gold, and Wendy Waldman. Linda Ronstadt won a GRAMMY® in1990, for Best Pop Vocal, covering Bonoff’s song “All My Life.” Her songs have been covered by Linda Ronstadt and Bonnie Raitt, as well as other national recording artists. Bonoff will be performing in Skaneateles with Edwards.
Edwards is a singer, songwriter and musician who played a major part in the evolution the Southern California folk-rock sound. He also writes teleplays and scores for television and film. He produced the classic Karla Bonoff albums, “Karla Bonoff,” “Restless Nights,” and “Wild Heart of the Young,” and is a session musician for many recording artists. A partial list of session credits include: Don Henley, Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, Warren Zevon, Art Garfunkel, Vince Gill, and Jennifer Warnes. Edwards was a co-founder of The Stone Poneys, along with Linda Ronstadt and Bobby Kimmel. The group recorded on Capitol Records and became well-known in the American folk-rock movement. Edwards supplied Linda Ronstadt with material, introduced her to the music of Karla Bonoff, and co-wrote several songs with Ronstadt.
Matt Mulcahy, anchor, UPN 6 News; and reporter WSTM-TV; is Emcee, and Jackie Coley, society columnist, The Post Standard is attending. In addition to the Bonoff concert, A Midsummer Nights Dream will include “dinner under the stars” by the Sherwood Inn, with desserts from the Aurora Inn and Icing-on-the-Cake. Reservations are required by contacting Thérèse Verley Strodel at 315-685-2414.
Over thirty corporate sponsors and private individuals are sponsoring the Skaneateles Summer Showcase including: Absolute Prestige Limousine, Aurora Inn, Bob and Sally Neumann, Cardiovascular Technology Resources, Clear Channel Radio, CNY Fertility, CNY Healing Arts, Context Printing Solutions, Creekside Books & Coffee, Donna and Bill Davis, Eagle Newspapers, Finger Lakes Tourism Alliance, Fleur de Lis Florist, Icing-on-the-Cake, Jim and Kimball Kraus, Julie and Joe Scuderi, Laurie Lillie Photographie, Linda Roche Real Estate, Michele Gardiner Design, Michael P. Falcone, Ozminkowski Lighting, Packwood House, Partners Trust Bank, Robert Kiltz, M.D. and Gina Castro, Skaneateles Properties, Syracuse.com, The Citizen, The Sherwood Inn, Thérèse Verley Strodel, University Hospital and Welch Allyn.