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Jazz in the Square

Thursday, July 26

The performance schedule begins Thursday, July 26th at 5 p.m. with a happy hour set by The Dinosaurs, the hard-hitting eclectic Rock and Soul band made up of employees of CXTec. Then the acoustic swing of Swing This, led by local legends Mark Hoffman and Hal Casey, takes over on the J.W. Burns second stage until the 60-piece Syracuse Symphony appears at 8 p.m. for a Big Band Bash led by Grant Cooper. Emerging crooner-pianist Danny Sinoff and his trio will make an appearance with the orchestra, to give the audience a taste of what he will bring to the main stage on the final Saturday evening of the event. "Danny was our major breakout artist last year, and unfortunately his set was shortened by the weather," said Larry Luttinger. "He is the next Harry Connick, Jr., in my humble opinion, and we're making a major place at the table for him this year. He will blow audiences away, guaranteed. Our audience will be able to say they saw him when as his career blossoms in the future." The evening in Clinton Square ends with another set by Swing This, lasting until 11pm. As if that weren't enough, the Hanover Stage will be programming a full lineup of bands from 5 to 11pm anchored by Philadelphia-based band Blue Method. The first of nightly late night jams will take place at Jazz Central after the Clinton Stage shuts down, lasting until the wee hours of the morning, featuring Danny Sinoff and his sideman as hosts.

Friday July 27

Friday's "Sunny 102" Happy Hour commences at 5pm with the infectious blues of The Fabulous Ripcords, regular weekenders at the Dinosaur Barbeque, along with a 5pm Hanover Stage set of African-tinged funk by Fredonia-based On The Sly.

The Main Stage schedule kicks off at 6:15 p.m. with an opening set by the Jesse Collins Band, led eponymously by its Syracuse expatriate and hard-hitting alto saxophonist. Jesse will bring his New York band back upstate in celebration of his first CD. On at 8:15pm is NEA Jazzmaster Phil Woods with Bret Zvacek and the entire 17-piece CNY Jazz Orchestra, fresh from their repeat performance at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Woods will play an extended set of his original compositions and arrangements.

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