The folks at CNY Jazz are all worked up about this weekend.
Nancy Kelly is taking over their cozy downtown Syracuse theater Saturday and Sunday.
The popular vocalist will host the organization’s fall Vocal Jazz Jam and Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret.
Not only can guests see and hear Kelly’s distinctive voice and style, but they’ll also be able to catch up-and-coming talent as they put what Kelly teaches them into action.
Says the news release sent out by Kimberly Rossi:
This year the October program will be the first of two editions. Another will be held on April 23 and 24.
The Vocal Jazz Jam and Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret is one of CNY Jazz Central’s longest running educational programs. The two-day event gives aspiring jazz singers the chance to perform songs with a live band, receive one-on-one coaching and add to their performance credentials and resume.
From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24th, Kelly will be at Jazz Central to work with vocalists in a friendly, supportive master-class environment, accompanied by Andrew Carroll on piano. The event is open to anyone, including high school and college-age vocalists and adults. For students, the New York State School Music Association (nyssma.org) has a recommended list of songs they should choose from. Other vocalists are encouraged to prepare any song from the “Great American Songbook.” Admission to the Saturday workshop is $20 for participants and $10 for observers.
Starting at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, each singer from the Saturday workshop is invited back to perform their song with the CNY Jazz Trio at the “Stars of Tomorrow Cabaret.” Nancy Kelly will close the show with a not-to-be-missed performance. The public is invited to attend the event. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 with student ID. Bar service is available and snacks will be served in the lobby.
“These sessions have been under the radar as exciting public events for a decade,” said Larry Luttinger, organizer. “They’re extremely entertaining and fun. Professionals like Scott Dennis, Will Gorman and Anna Vogel have come from the ranks of this program, and the public is sure to see more emerging talent at every year’s event. I especially recommend the cabaret. We set up the theater with ringside tables and do it up right, just like a New York City supper club. The crowd is incredibly supportive, the atmosphere electric, and Nancy always sings a short set to end the evening.”
For more information about the event, call 315-479-5299, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.cnyjazz.org/.
Here’s a YouTube clip of Nancy Kelly performing.
Have you ever performed in a vocal group, and if so, what were the circumstances? Have you ever watched a seasoned professional work with students, and if so, what do you think was learned? How’s your favorite jazz singer, and why?