Syracuse native and jazz trumpeter Joe Magnarelli, with his wife, Akiko Tsuruga “Queen of the Organ,” headline the 2015 Fulton Jazz Fest, 5-11:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 7 and 4:00-11pm Sat., Aug. 8. The event is on the shores of Lake Neahtahwanta, behind the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 and admission is free.
The festival kicks off this year with Happy Hour from 5-6:00 pm on Friday, when vocalist Nancy Kelly will take the Fulton Savings Bank stage. Kelly has been a prominent figure in the success of the event, performing at two past Fulton Jazz fests.
Following Happy Hour, The Longwood Jazz Project will play from 6:30-8:00 pm. Back by popular demand is Classified, featuring high energy brass, keyboards and vocals from 8:30-11:00 pm, Cortini said. “Classified shares its roots with classic brass groups Eric & the Chessmen and Ascension from the 60s and 70s.”
The fun continues on Saturday at 4:00 with E.S.P. featuring Melissa Gardiner, “Rising Star of Trombone.” According to their website, “E.S.P. gives yesterday’s bebop a tasteful modern touch by blending their traditional jazz roots with great improvisation.” Gardiner, featured in the Feb. 2015 issue of International Musician, is a jazz trombone instructor at Cornell and Syracuse University. She performs regularly with her jazz organ trio and has released the album, Transitions. Joe Magnarelli and Akiko Tsuruga will follow E.S.P. at 6:00. Rounding out the evening will be a performance by the mass brass of Atlas, a Fulton Jazz Fest favorite, from 8:00-11pm.