Janis Siegel will perform with the CNY Jazz Orchestra on Sunday, May 4th at 4 pm at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. Vocalist Janis Siegel had been a member of the the Manhattan Transfer since 1972, she has also built a successful solo career since 1982. Siegel’s first album as a leader, Experiment in White established her solo credentials, while the follow-up, At Home, earned a Grammy nomination in 1987 for Best Female Jazz Vocal. Siegel began the first of several collaborations with pianist/composer Fred Hersch on 1989’s Short Stories. The duo relied less on standards and concentrated instead on modern pop songs by singer songwriters including Joni Mitchell, Judy Collins, Marvin Gaye and James Taylor. By 1994’s Slow Hot Winds and the Tender Trap from 1999, Siegel had developed an eclectic showcase that blended several decades of popular songs. In 2000 Siegel signed with the Telarc label and released I Wish You Love in 2002 and Friday Night Special in 2003. Both discs feature contributions from top jazz musicians including Joey De Francesco, Houston Person, David Fathead Newman, Tom Harrell and Cedar Walton. She followed up these successes with an 2004 album, (Sketches of Broadway,) that featured her interpretations of lesser-known show tunes. All the while she remained a vital member of the Manhattan Transfer. A Thousand Beautiful Things from 2006 was a ambitious collection of modern pop songs arranged in an assortment of Latin styles.
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Boney James will perform in the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State on Wednesday, May 4th at 8 pm. Four-time Grammy nominee and multi-platinum selling saxophonist Boney James has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide. His latest studio release, futuresoul, which follows on the heels of his 2014 Grammy-nominated album The Beat, fuses his love for vintage soul with mastery of modern production. futuresoul debuted at #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz and Current Jazz Charts as well as #41 on the Current Albums Chart. Boney’s highest debut ever!
Snarky Puppy will perform at the Landmark Theatre on Thursday, May 5th at 7 pm. The once Texan, now New York-based quasi-collective Snarky Puppy has gone from the best-kept secret to one of the most respected names in the instrumental music business. Although still “underground” in many respects, the band earned its first Grammy Award in early 2014 (for Best R&B Performance) and has earned high praise from critical stalwarts like the BBC, Village Voice, The Guardian, New York Times, and Washington Post, as well as the world’s most respected musicians, from Pat Metheny to Prince.
Keb’ Mo’ will perform in the Showroom at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Thursday, May 12th at 8 p.m. Guitarist/vocalist Keb’ Mo’ draws heavily on the old-fashioned country blues style of Robert Johnson while keeping his sound contemporary with touches of soul and folksy storytelling. A skilled frontman as well as an accomplished sideman, he writes much of his own material and has applied his acoustic, electric, and slide guitar skills to jazz- and rock-oriented bands. Born Kevin Moore in Los Angeles to parents of Southern descent, he was exposed to gospel music at a young age. At 21, he joined an R&B band that was later went on a tour by Papa John Creach; as a result, he played on three of Creach’s albums. Opening for jazz and rock artist further broaden his horizons and musical abilities.
John Pizzarelli will preform on Saturday, May 14th at 8 pm at the Performing Arts Center in Rockwell Hall at Buffalo State. Using performers like Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra and Joao Gilberto and the songs of composers from Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin to James Taylor, Antonio Carlos Jobim and Lennon & McCartney as touchstones, John Pizzarelli has established himself as one of the prime interpreters of the Great American Songbook and beyond, bringing to his work the cool jazz flavor of his brilliant guitar playing and singing.
The Pat Bianchi Organ Trio will appear in the Pythodd Jazz Room on Tuesday, May 24th at 8 pm. The Rochester native and organist in Pat Martino’s trio for the past four years brings a reverence for the old, masterful touch with groovin’ left-hand bass lines and a scorching right-hand technique.
Byron Stripling joins the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra in A Night at the Cotton Club II on Friday, May 27th and Saturday, May 28th in Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre at 8 p.m. Byron Stripling’s electrifying and heartfelt tribute to Louis Armstrong has become America’s most popular orchestral pops program. With his engaging rapport, jazzy vocals and virtuosic trumpet sounds, Byron dazzles audiences wherever he goes. With his signature version of “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In” to close the show, Byron celebrates the spirit of New Orleans and always leaves ’em dancing in the aisles!
Dr. John will appear in the Showroom at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Saturday, June 4th at 8 p.m.Although he didn’t become widely known until the 1970s, Dr. John had been active in the music industry since the late ’50s, when the teenager was still known as Mac Rebenbach. A formidable boogie and blues pianist with a lovable growl of a voice, his most enduring achievements fused with New Orleans R&B, rock, and Mardi Gras craziness to come up with his own brand of “voodoo” music. He’s also quite accomplished and enjoyable when sticking to purely traditional forms of blues and R&B. On record, he veers between the two approaches, making for an inconsistent and frequently frustrating legacy that often makes the listener feel as if “the Night Tripper” (as he’s nicknamed himself) has been underachieving.
The Rob Garcia 4 will appear at the Bop Shop on Friday, June 10th at 8:30 p.m. “A prime mover in the current Brooklyn jazz scene” (Time Out-New York) and “one of New York’s great jazz drummers and composers.” (Capital New York), Rob Garcia continues to be an strong presence in the New York and international jazz scene as a sideman and bandleader. He has performed and/or recorded with bandleaders such as Wynton Marsalis, Joseph Jarman, Anat Cohen, Sam Newsome, Judi Silvano, Woody Allen, Howard Alden, Lynne Arriale, Brad Shepik, John Benitez, John Bunch, Dena DeRose, Chris Cheek, Daniel Kelly, and Vince Giordano. Rob has also collaborated with other top musicians such as: Joe Lovano, Dave Liebman, Diana Krall, Myra Melford, Dave Binney, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin, Marty Erhlich, Mark Helias, Jerome Richardson, Reggie Workman, Bob Berg, Dave Kikoski, Mike Formanek, Bill McHenry, Gary Versace, Loren Stillman, John Hebert, Ken Peplowski, Scott Robinson, Howard Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Bruce Barth, Wycliffe Gordon, Warren Vache, Ted Nash, and Chris Potter, among others. He has played on over 40 albums including grammy winners.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform at Highland Bowl on Friday, July 8th at 7 p.m. The Tedeschi Trucks Band was founded in 2010 after both Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi put their solo bands on hiatus to form a new group that lets the married couple focus on making music together, and allows them to spend more time together while touring and recording. The couple began writing new material, working out of their home studio in Jacksonville with a rotating cast of friends and musicians. On January 11, 2016, the band announced a 2016 Wheels of Soul summer tour, featuring Los Lobos and North Mississippi Allstars.