Jazz in the City

POMCO presents Jazz in the City 2008. It will be returning to the neighborhoods on the Southside, Westside, Northside and Eastside of Syracuse with four Thursday evening concerts in July and August. In existence since 2001, this inner city outreach series features the finest in local talent, local students and great guest artists.
The City of Syracuse will be partnering again with the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation to bring this cultural event to the neighborhoods. Key community supporters include a state grant secured by Senator David J. Valesy; our corporate presenter, POMCO and sponsors Dunk & Bright, WellCare of New York, Alliance Bank, Red Mill Inn and Syracuse Fire Department Federal Credit Union. Media sponsors include Time Warner Cable, Power 106.9, WAER, Syracuse New Times, Eagle Newspapers, Syracuse.com, Table Hopping and CNY Latino.
City of Syracuse Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll said, "This event personifies jazz as uniquely American, with its diverse cultural influences and urban sound. We are pleased that our parks department can support Jazz in the City as it reaches out to a variety of neighborhoods during the summer. We extend our congratulations and a big thank you to Larry Luttinger and all who have consistently brought quality jazz music to our community."
POMCO has made a commitment for this urban outreach series as its presenting sponsor. Established in 1978, POMCO is one of the largest independent professional benefits administrators in the country.
"We are once again proud to be the presenting sponsor for Jazz in the City. As a company that has called Eastwood home for nearly 30 years, we're so excited to again help Jazz in the City return to the neighborhoods of Syracuse where it belongs," said Robert W. Pomfrey, POMCO president & CEO.
"Strong, diverse neighborhoods are the backbone of our society, which is why events like Jazz in the City that expose people of all ages to new and different cultural experiences are so important."
"One of great things about Summertime in Central New York is the number of chances we have to get outside and enjoy great neighborhood events, like POMCO Presents Jazz in the City," said State Senator David J. Valesky. "I am pleased to provide State support to the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation so they can present people throughout the City of Syracuse the chance to enjoy their neighborhood with a little jazz."
"Everyone is cordially invited to attend Syracuse's greatest treat of the 2008 Summer Music-Fest season, the unique "Jazz in the City" is a music lovers delight" said Van B. Robinson, City of Syracuse Common Councilor.
“Jazz, America's only true music art form is presented in settings truly representing the origins of this original music. "Jazz in the City" brings renowned Jazz Artists to the people of Syracuse in their own neighborhoods. Many thanks go to Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz Central and a host of supporters and sponsors for making "Jazz in the City" one of the most appreciated venues of the Syracuse summer."
Said Larry Luttinger, executive director of the CNY Jazz Foundation, "Our commitment to all of Syracuse has never been stronger, and with the help of our loyal corporate sponsors, we are able to shine a light on our great neighborhoods each year with Jazz in the City concerts. I can't underscore enough how indebted we are to Van Robinson and Mike Atkins for their day-to-day support, and Senator Dave Valesky's strategic funding. City Parks, Fire, Police and other departments pitch in with a coordinated effort to make each of these events possible. It's harder than it looks, believe me. It's takes a great team and that's what we have pitching for us here in Syracuse."
The first of the four POMCO Presents Jazz in the City 2008 events will take place on the South side at Dunk & Bright. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 and will feature local R&B band, The BlackLites. They will pay tribute to their late keyboard player, Donald Ransom. Donald passed away one year ago in an accident at the DPW where he worked. Headlining the Southside neighborhood concert will be Will Holton. Will is a smooth jazz sax protege of Najee from the Queen City of Buffalo. Dunk & Bright is located at 2648 South Salina St.
The second POMCO Presents Jazz in the City 2008 concert will be 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at Skiddy Park on the west side at Oswego and Otisco Streets. This "Latin Dance Party" will feature the La Familia De La Salsa Latin All-Stars dancers and the Afro-Cuban Rhythms of "La Rumba Cubana." The opening set of music will be with Eudy Fernandez Latin Jazz Quintet.
We go to the north side for the next POMCO Presents Jazz in the City 2008 concert and a "Little Italy Block Party" starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14. on North Salina Street's 700 block. Featured will be Tony Monaco "Hammond B3 Jazz Organ Wizard" along with special guests Joe Carello & Jeff Stockham of the CNY Jazz Orchestra.
The POMCO Presents Jazz in the City 2008 concert series will wrap up in Eastwood at 7p.m. Aug. 21 at the POMCO parking lot across from Cummings Field. Syracuse Sax Phenom Evan Knight will be the special guest. Headlining will be Matt Marshak - from NYC now on a national tour - a R&B, Funk, World Beat, Chill & Jazz Guitarist Extraordinaire.
All POMCO Presents Jazz in the City concerts are free and open to the public. They are scheduled to run from 7 to 9 p.m. Patrons should bring lawn chairs and umbrellas. They are encouraged to patronize vendors who will be present and to patronize nearby establishments who will set up sidewalk dining for the events. No coolers or pets will be allowed, and the organizers will serve no alcohol. For complete information on each concert, call 479-JAZZ or visit cnyjazz.org.

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