"One of great things about Summertime in Central New York is the number of chances we have to get outside and enjoy great neighborhood events, like POMCO Presents Jazz in the City," said State Senator David J. Valesky. "I am pleased to provide State support to the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation so they can present people throughout the City of Syracuse the chance to enjoy their neighborhood with a little jazz."
"Everyone is cordially invited to attend Syracuse's greatest treat of the 2008 Summer Music-Fest season, the unique "Jazz in the City" is a music lovers delight" said Van B. Robinson, City of Syracuse Common Councilor.
"Jazz, America's only true music art form is presented in settings truly representing the origins of this original music. "Jazz in the City" brings renowned Jazz Artists to the people of Syracuse in their own neighborhoods. Many thanks go to Larry Luttinger, CNY Jazz Central and a host of supporters and sponsors for making "Jazz in the City" one of the most appreciated venues of the Syracuse summer."
Said Larry Luttinger, executive director of the CNY Jazz Foundation, "Our commitment to all of Syracuse has never been stronger, and with the help of our loyal corporate sponsors, we are able to shine a light on our great neighborhoods each year with Jazz in the City concerts. I can't underscore enough how indebted we are to Van Robinson and Mike Atkins for their day-to-day support, and Senator Dave Valesky's strategic funding. City Parks, Fire, Police and other departments pitch in with a coordinated effort to make each of these events possible. It's harder than it looks, believe me. It's takes a great team and that's what we have pitching for us here in Syracuse."
The first of the four POMCO Presents Jazz in the City 2008 events will take place on the South side at Dunk & Bright. The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, July 31 and will feature local R&B band, The BlackLites. They will pay tribute to their late keyboard player, Donald Ransom. Donald passed away one year ago in an accident at the DPW where he worked. Headlining the Southside neighborhood concert will be Will Holton. Will is a smooth jazz sax protege of Najee from the Queen City of Buffalo. Dunk & Bright is located at 2648 South Salina St.