Joyce DiCamillo comes back to Syracuse to jazz up her alma mater

Back to her alma mater. (Photo from

Joyce DiCamillo won’t put Syracuse in her rear view mirror.

The noted jazz musician and educator will mix both pursuits once again when she comes back to her alma mater to preside over a Master Class and then collaborate for a concert as part of Syracuse University’s Jazz Day this Saturday, April 1.

DiCamillo was so excited about the trip back from her home in Connecticut that she sent me a Facebook message about it, asking if I could spread the word on my blog.

She remembers the days I wrote about her Syracuse Jazz Fest gigs here, interviewing her for previews in the big daily and reviewing the music.

I’m thankful that she includes my words among reviewers on her website.

The skinny about Saturday:

DiCamillo will offer a Master Class at 9 a.m., and then perform at 10:30 a.m., with SU’s Morton Schaff Jazz Ensemble and assorted jazz faculty musicians. The events will be in the Shemin Auditorium in the Shaffer Art Building, and they are free and open to the public.

DiCamillo, a graduate of SU’s Setnor School of Music, has led her own trio for more than 30 years.

She performed twice at the M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest while I was writing about it for The Syracuse Post-Standard, in 1996 and 2001. My memories of her: Friendly. Classy. Oh-so-talented.

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