Jimmy Heath, on tenor saxophone, and Tootie Heath, on drums, will play with the Heath Brothers on Halloween at OCC's Storer Auditorium.

For Jimmy and Tootie Heath, the brotherly love of music started in Philadelphia

In 1975, three siblings who grew up in Philadephia thought they’d pool their vast talents in jazz as the Heath Brothers. The eldest, Percy Heath, played double bass. Middle man Jimmy Heath was a star of alto sax. Kid brother Albert “Tootie” was the drummer. They’d been in the bands of Dizzie Gillespie and John…

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Seth Faergolzia and 23 Pseasz.

Mick Fury, Seth Faergolzia back for Syracuse shows

When I posted the link to last Friday’s piece about Jason Teska’s return from Nashville to play a homecoming show for his Syracuse area fans, friends and family on my Facebook page a week ago, Mick Fury was quick to comment. Why he’d just run into Jason in a Nashville bar, Mick told the world…

Singer-songwriter Mary Fahl, formerly of October Project. (From maryfahl.com)

Mary Fahl sounds great with Syracuse’s backing

Mary Fahl sounds great playing with musicians from Syracuse. Mark Doyle told me so this spring, when we were talking about his “Guitar Noir” performances coming up at the Auburn Public Theater and the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest. One of the important musical elements in the veteran Syracuse musician, band leader, arranger and producer’s life…

The latest album from Jason Teska, "Forward and Back." (Provided photo)

A trip home from Nashville feels right for Jason Teska

Back in the day, Jason Teska was one of the hardest working guys in the Central New York music scene. The guitarist and singer for country-rockers The Back Alley Boys was always putting in the effort to be the best he could be. I admired, respected and liked him a lot in those years when…

Paul Carlon, center, leads Rhumba Is a Lovesome Sound in Catherine Cummings Theater.

A return home from the Big Apple pleases CNY jazz fans

It’s been awhile since he’d played his saxophone in his hometown, Paul Carlon said while we corresponded about his trip up from New York City with his band La Rumba Is a Lovesome Thing to perform Friday night at Jazz-N-Caz. Yes, Carlon grew up in Cazenovia. Well, to be technical about it, his family’s home…

Chick Corea and The Vigil play Friday at Onondaga Community College.

A return to OCC for Corea sounds great forever

The last time Chick Corea played on the campus of Onondaga Community College some three years ago the American jazz legend was on a huge stage with one of the world’s biggest band’s headlining an enormous free jazz festival. Yes, that night in June 2011 was hugely memorable for all that saw that tingling set…