Syracuse Jazz Fest 2023

June 21, 2023
6:00 pm
Syracuse, NY
Benjamin's On Franklin
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Funky Jazz Band kicks off Jazz Fest Weekend in downtown Syracuse.

Funky Jazz Band plays Benjamin’s On Franklin Courtyard in Armory Square on the opening night of Syracuse Jazz Fest 2023.

Wednesday June 21
6-8 pm

Admission is free

Syracuse Jazz Fest founder Frank Malfitano has announced the return of Jazz Fest to downtown Syracuse. The event is scheduled for three nights, June 21 through June 25. The legendary Jazz Festival — now in its’ 37th year expands to 5 days & 30 venues in Syracuse, NY.

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Popular long running music festival expands to 5 days & 30 venues in year 37 Syracuse, NY … festival organizers announced today that legendary keyboardist and NEA Jazz Master and 14-time Grammy winner Herbie Hancock will join legendary songstress , 7-time Grammy winner and 2022 Kennedy Center Honoree Gladys Knight to co-headline the 37th edition of the National Grid Jazz Fest in Syracuse , NY from June 21 to 25.

In addition, 10 other national and international touring & recording artists will appear at the 2023 festival, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at Hanover and Clinton Squares, and on Wednesday evening in clubs throughout the downtown entertainment district. Groups include Spyro Gyra, Tower of Power, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Tuba Skinny, Joyce DiCamillo, Nancy Kelly and Marissa Mulder

Other March 9th press conference announcements revealed that longtime Jazz Fest supporters National Grid will serve as the 2023 new title sponsor for the 37th annual edition of the area’s long running and popular music festival.

Support for the Syracuse Jazzfest is provided by a Market New York grant from I LOVE NY/ New York State’s Division of Tourism through the Regional Economic Development Council initiative. According to festival organizers and NY State Assemblyman Al Stirpe, funding will be used to engage in the largest major statewide marketing campaign in Jazz Fest history, with the goal of boosting attendance and regional tourism. Stirpe said I LOVE NY ‘s support is a game changer that will help provide long-term sustainability for the festival.

Wednesday evening, June 21st – on Price Chopper – Market 32 Opening Night, the festival will feature 24 indoor and outdoor club performances at two dozen downtown clubs, bars and restaurants featuring the Syracuse region’s top jazz Artists from 4:00 pm to 11 :00 pm. The Late Night New York Band featuring bassist Tom Brigandi, trumpeter Joe Magnarelli and saxophonist Eric Alexander heads the list of the Syracuse area’s top jazz groups. along with Hall Of Fame vocalist Ronnie Leigh.

On Thursday evening, June 22nd, on the Visit Syracuse Stage at Hanover Square will feature 2 performances from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm begining with Harri Stojka & Acoustic Drive from Vienna Austria. They will be followed by an All-Star Soul-Jazz ensemble called Something Else! featuring jazz legends Vincent Herring, James Carter, Randy Brecker, Paul Bolleback Dave Kikoski, Jeff Tain Watts and Essiet Essiet.

The 2023 festival will close out on Sunday, June 25th on the campus of Syracuse University at Hendricks Chapel with a Jazz Fest-Ending Gospel Concert and Celebration. In addition, The Syracuse University Faculty Jazz Ensemble and The Syracuse University Student Jazz Ensemble will also be performing during this year’s Jazz Fest.

Admission to all 2023 National Grid Jazz Fest events, concerts and performances is free and open to the public. The festival’s free admission policy is made possible through the generosity of area Corporations providing major corporate underwriting, and public sector grants from New York State and Onondaga County.

The complete list of 2023 Jazz Fest stakeholders includes National Grid, Onondaga County, amazon, I LOVE NY, Syracuse University, NY S Empire State Development, Price Chopper / Market 32 Supermarkets, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, CNY Family Care, and Visit Syracuse.


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