From the mailbag: A trip to Brazil for Grupo Pagan, it’s in the book for Jeff Barone, British Invasion in Cazenovia

William DiCosimo, Josh Dekaney and Edgar Pagan are Grupo Pagan Lite.

William DiCosimo, Josh Dekaney and Edgar Pagan are Grupo Pagan Lite.

A Syracuse band will be spreading its wings in Brazil the first two weeks of July.

Grupo Pagan will be performing its rich combination of world beat, pop, rock, and more in São Paulo and Rio de Janero.

The self-described “lite” version of the band — founder Edgar Pagan, Bill DiCosimo and Josh Dekaney — will make its music in churches, organizations and schools. They’ll be hosted by Meninos do Morumbi, a non-governmental organization that provides arts, music and meals for poor children.

Pagan reports that they’ll also preside over a pair of workships at UNIRIO, the federal university of the State of Rio de Janeiro.

Pagan says they’ll play original songs as well as mambo, cha cha, gospel, jazz and Latin pop.

That’s an educational trip that will cut both ways.

Jeff Barone is officially a great jazz guitarist

Jazz bookSyracuse native Jeff Barone sends over word that he’s featured in the new book “The Great Jazz Guitarists: The Ultimate Guide,” by Scott Yanow for Hal Leonard Publishing.

Barone is noted for his work on electric, nylon string, midi guitar and his position since 2008 as the assistant conductor of the Big Apple Circus Band.

He also produced the recent recording for renown jazz guitarist Jack Wilkins, “Until It’s Time.”

Big night for vintage rock in Cazenovia

Beatles and British Invasion music lover and player Paul Davie sends over word that he’ll be backing old friend Joey Molland, of Badfinger game, as one of the acts in a big night of cool sounds in Cazenovia.

Promoter Tom Honan has put together a Live Space show that also includes Ian McLagan, of Faces (and Small Faces) fame, with Syracuse native Jon Notarthomas backing him up.

The concert starts at 8 p.m. June 22 in the very intimate theater just off the main drag in Cazenovia.

Tickets are $23, available at the door.

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