Free festival transforms Salt City into Music City
Held each July in historic Clinton Square in Downtown Syracuse, Jazz in the Square is this summer's coolest destination on a hot summer night. This year's expanded edition of the three-day festival will take place July 26 through 28 and include Clinton and Hanover Squares as well as downtown clubs and the Jazz Central Theater. Roving musicians throughout the Armory Square district will complete the army of jazz artists who will combine to transform the Salt City into Music City for a long weekend of jazz in all its forms. Always fun and always free, every year Jazz in the Square boasts an all-star, international line-up. A total audience of 25,000 is expected.
Now in its sixth year, Jazz in the Square was created in response to overwhelming public opinion that indicated Syracuse deserved a downtown jazz festival that would boost the Salt City's cultural scene and economy. What sets this jazz festival apart is that it is produced by a not-for-profit regional performing arts organization, the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation CNYJAF, at cnyjazz.org). By collaborating with other Downtown Syracuse supporters and destinations to serve the largest downtown footprint possible, the festival has become an anchor event for Syracuse's cultural revival. The fun always spills into other parts of downtown, thanks to the vision of CNYJAF Executive Director Laurance Luttinger, who every year ensures that Syracuse sponsors, merchants, and vendors take part. In addition to three concert stages, Jazz in the Square boasts the Jazz Alley Restaurant Row, a Wine Court, Late Night Dance Parties at Syracuse's chic Armory Square nightclub The Ohm Lounge, and the Hanover Square Club Crawl, which will include acts at The Coffee Pavilion, the Bull & Bear Pub and Downtown Manhattan's.
Jazz in the Square 2007 lineup