CNY Jazz Artists Pay It In Syracuse

CNY Jazz always makes the most of the world famous artists they bring to Syracuse to perform. The case in point will perform the day after their Black History Month Cabaret on Sunday, Feb. 23 at the historic Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

To extend the cultural impact and reach of their time here, cabaret headliners Gerald Veasley and Jazmin Ghent will provide educational services to area students at two free events on Monday, February 24, sponsored by the Center for humanities from Syracuse University and an extensive network of university departments, the Community Folk Arts Center and the Syracuse Sounds of Music Association.

First, they will speak at a free noon event on the campus of Syracuse University in the Bird Library’s Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, where they will reflect on their paths to success in the industry. of music and the challenges presented by leading careers in music performance, presentation, and education. The panel-led session will be moderated by Tanisha Jackson, Executive Director of the Community Folk Arts Center, and Theo Cateforis, Director of Undergraduate Fine Arts Studies.

On Monday evening, they will host a free music master class at 7:00 p.m. and a jam session for young musicians of all ages at the Community Folk Art Center, 805 E. Genesee St. All are encouraged to bring their instruments. Participants in this session should register in advance at or by calling CFAC at 315-442-2230.

For those not yet in the know, musical polymath Gerald Veasley is a world-renowned bassist, founder of the international Bass Boot Camp program, musical host of Berks Jazz Fest, and curator of Philadelphia’s “Unscripted” jazz series. He began his international career as the bassist of the legendary Joe Zawinul, playing in The Zawinul Syndicate from 1988 to 1995. A successful recording and touring career as a bandleader followed. Among his many musical associations are projects with Odean Pope and Grover Washington, Jr.

Jazmin Ghent, rising ingenue, saxophonist, singer and educator, is the winner of the 2019 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Jazz Album which was voted “Best New Smooth Jazz Artist of 2017″. Still in her twenties, Jazmin already has three Billboard #1 singles under her belt: “Work Wit It”, “Heat” and “Compared to What”. She has performed at major festivals and venues across the country, in Europe and Australia. Jazmin earned a bachelor’s degree (Mus.Ed.) from Florida State University and a master’s degree from Tennessee State University.

“I’m especially excited about the community masterclass at CFAC on Monday night,” said CNY Jazz organizer Larry Luttinger. “It’s about giving something to aspiring young urbanites who don’t have opportunities like this elsewhere. These mentoring sessions may be relatively brief, but they can provide inspiration and excitement that lasts forever in a young child’s mind, life-changing events that can motivate them to continue learning for life.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the CNY Jazz Cabaret on Sunday, February 23, visit

Ada J. Kenney