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Syracuse Jazz Fest Returns in June

After five-year hiatus, festival in downtown Syracuse will be held June 23-25, 2022

David Sunburn
David Sanborn

The Syracuse Jazz Fest, dormant since 2017, recently announced its return to downtown Syracuse, N.Y., thanks to sponsorship support from Amazon and local government. The festival—which hasn’t taken place downtown since the year 2000—will be held June 23-25 and will feature both national and regional talent on outdoor stages at Clinton Square as well as at indoor nightspots around town. Headliners at Clinton Square include Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr., David Sanborn, Sheila Jordan, Harvie S & Roni Ben-Hur, Average White Band, Boney James, the Urban Knights, and Nathan Williams & the Zydeco Cha Cha’s. Appearing at the outdoor stage and on the club stages are regional stalwarts the Salt City Jazz Collective Big Band, Nancy Kelly, Bob Holz & A Vision Forward, and Ronnie Leigh.

Founded in 1982, the Syracuse Jazz Fest presented free musical performances by Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Tony Bennett, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Dave Brubeck, Nancy Wilson, Roberta Flack, Chaka Khan, and many others in a variety of locations over 35 years. Frank Malfitano, the festival’s founder and executive director, credits Amazon and local and regional governmental officials for making the festival’s return possible. “We couldn’t possibly be more grateful to New York State, Onondaga County, the City of Syracuse and U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (NY), and Amazon for co-sponsoring and bringing Syracuse Jazz Fest back to downtown Syracuse this June,” Malfitano said in a press release received at JazzTimes. “I know we’re all thrilled to see this longtime Syracuse summertime tradition coming back, and that would simply not have been possible without Amazon’s support.”

Learn more about the Syracuse Jazz Fest’s schedule at the festival website.