All articles by Russ Tarby

Local Hop Music Reviews

John Allred and Charlie Bertini, J.T. Hall Jazz Consort, Central New York Jazz Combos and Pebble Hill Presbyterian Congregation Singers, The Djangoners

John Allred and Charlie Bertini. Live & Unplugged (AppleJazz). If pure, passionate and powerful horn-playing is your cup of tea, take a big gulp of this CD featuring Orlando-based trumpeter Charlie Bertini and Big Apple trombonist John Allred. Ably backed by bassist Phil Flanigan, pianist David Solazzo and guitarist Tom Bronzetti, the two brassmen waxed 10 terrific tunes on Oct. 2, 2010, at Homer’s Center for the Arts, a former church sanctuary blessed with near-perfect acoustics.

What Makes Sammy Run?

The history of the Syracuse Area Music Awards

Music writer Russ Tarby on the history of the Syracuse Area Music Awards, which keep on truckin’ after 17 shows over 22 years

Syracuse Singers Soar on New CDs

A number of Syracuse musicians release new music in time for the holidays.

Four fine vocalists wax eloquent on material ranging from Cole Porter and Ruth Etting to Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell.

JFK in Dallas: The Syracuse Connections

Upstate New Yorkers lingered on the periphery of Kennedy’s assasination

Editor’s note: Friday, Nov. 22, is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.