35 Years of Jazz Fest

Syracuse’s 35th annual Jazz Fest is right around the corner. OCC is proud to be hosting this historic Syracuse festival. To commemorate the rich history of this festival, the Ann Felton Gallery at OCC is displaying memorabilia until June 15th, 2017.

The exhibit includes a mix of never before seen content including t-shirts, caps, pins, mugs, posters, CDs and much more. Also on display is the work of prominent local artists.

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The Anne Felton Center will be open from 12-4 p.m. Monday-Thursday for all the jazz lovers who would like to see this rich history. For more information on the exhibit visit our website.

Syracuse’s 35th Jazz Fest will be held at OCC on from June 8th – 10th. For more information on this year’s Jazz Fest visit their website.

Jazz Fest 35 is Coming to OCC

2017 SJF Poster

Jazz Fest 35 is coming to OCC from June 8th to June 10th. OCC is proud to be hosting the three-day long festival created and organized by OCC Alum Frank Malfitano ’67.

The festival will kick off on June 8th at 6 p.m. in Storer Auditorium with Central New York jazz legend Peter Mack & the Macket. It’s followed by two nights of jazz performances from artists like UAD Kings of the Fall, the Mavericks, the Ramsey Lewis Electric Quintet, Asleep at the Wheel, Todd Rundgren, Rebirth Brass Band and more. The skies will light up on Friday night with a fireworks display at 9 p.m.

For a full schedule of events visit the Jazz Fest Website.

Get excited for the historic 35th year, by visiting the Jazz Fest 35 Memorabilia Exhibit. The exhibit will go on display this Monday, May 15th at 12 p.m. at the Ann Felton Multicultural Center in Ferrante Hall at OCC. Memorabilia will be displayed until June 15th. Visit the Jazz Fest Website for more details.

We’re proud to be hosting Jazz Fest again and hope you’ll be able to join us for the 35th celebration!

Jazz Fest Returns!

Trombone Shorty performs with his band Orleans Avenue during 2014 Jazz Fest.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue perform during 2014 Jazz Fest. They will be back on the Onondaga Community College campus Sunday, July 3.
Michael McDonald
Michael McDonald

Jazz Fest is returning to the OCC campus! The 34th annual M&T Syracuse Jazz Fest will be held Saturday, July 2 and Sunday, July 3. The festival is free to attend.

Saturday night’s headliner will be Michael McDonald, a five-time Grammy Award winner who has experienced success both as a solo artist and as lead singer with the Doobie Brothers.

Sunday night’s main attraction is Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue.

Other festival highlights include:

  • A tribute to Syracuse jazz vocalist Mark Murphy. The Fulton native passed away in October. He recorded 40 albums in 40 years. The tribute will include musical performances by national artists with local ties who worked with Murphy throughout his career including vocalists Randy Brecker, Joe Carello, Ronnie Leigh and Nancy Kelly along with guitarist Marty Ashby and trombonist Jay Ashby.
  • Baldwinsville vocalist Julia Goodwin and student jazz group NOTEified.
  • The Stan Colella All-Star Band
  • Second Line Syracuse Brass Band
  • Saturday night fireworks
Julia Goodwin
Julia Goodwin

The complete schedule is below.

Saturday, July 2

  • 4:30 p.m.             NOTEified with Julia Goodwin
  • 6 p.m.                   Mark Murphy tribute starring The New York Voices
  • 7:45 p.m.             The Mavericks
  • 9:15 p.m.             Fireworks
  • 9:30 p.m.             Michael McDonald

Sunday, July 3

  • 4 p.m.                   City of Syracuse Department of Parks & Rec. Stan Colella All Star Band
  • 5 p.m.                   Second Line Syracuse Brass Band
  • 6:30 p.m.             Groove Legacy
  • 8 p.m.                   Larry Coryell & The Eleventh House
  • 9:30 p.m.             Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

The Executive Producer of Syracuse Jazz Fest is OCC alumnus Frank Malfitano, ’67.

Human Library Brings Books To Life

Students had the unique opportunity to ask books questions during the Human Library event at Coulter Library. People played the role of “books,” sharing their personal stories with students in one-on-one or small group settings.

Pauline Lynch Shostack (left) and Angela Weiler (right) organize the event.
Pauline Lynch Shostack (left) and Angela Weiler (right) organize the event.

This was the third year the College hosted the event. “It’s grown each year in a number of ways,” said Pauline Lynch Shostack, Chair of OCC’s Coulter Library. “We had more students signing up for the event in advance, more human books participating, more volunteers working and longer hours for the event. It’s exciting how popular it has become.” Shostack and Angela Weiler, a Reference and Instruction Librarian, organized the event.

A huge schedule and list of books covers a wall in Coulter Library.
A huge schedule and list of books covers a wall in Coulter Library.

The Human Library was held on the third floor. Volunteers at a registration table greeted “books” and “readers” as they arrived. The wall behind the registration table was covered with a massive schedule of sessions and complete listing of all of the books. Volunteers worked to piece everything together and keep the schedule running on-time.

Rooms throughout the remainder of the floor were filled with colorful and informative conversations, and some visual presentations as well. Christine Braunberger, an English/Reading/Communication Professor, was the human book, “Stories in the Flesh: Tattoo in America.” Braunberger and student Cody Watson discussed each other’s tattoos. Watson is a student-veteran who served a year in Afghanistan while stationed at Fort Drum. “It was great to speak with her. She had an instant understanding of my tattoos and their origin,” said Watson.

Student Arlene Brodbeck, who is majoring in Communications, made an appointment with the book, “93Q Radio Personality.” The book was Amy Robbins who has been a staple in the Syracuse radio scene for more than a quarter of a century. “It was a wonderful experience to hear how she started and to understand there’s a lot more to her day than just talking on the radio,” said Brodbeck. “She told me the way to get started in the business is to get your foot in the door somewhere with an internship.”

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Student Nick Swan, a Computer Information Systems major, was inspired by his book “Syracuse Firefighter.” Swan’s conversation with firefighter Patrick Foody left him pondering his career options. “It was amazing. It really opened my eyes. I didn’t know much about firefighting but now I’m considering a career in it.”

The Human Library is made possible in large part thanks to the event’s sponsors: OCC Foundation, Student Association, Diversity Services and American Food & Vending.