Jazz `N Caz 2008 lined up

Jazz `N Caz 2008 lined up

Jazz, blues and Dixieland on stage at Catherine Cummings Theatre

By Willie Kiernan


Colleen Prossner knows a good thing when she hears it.

"I have the best job," she said.

Prossner, the Cazenovia College Theatre Manager, is one of the main reasons world class jazz is coming to Cazenovia for the seventh year in a row.

"I'm just honored and humbled to be in the presence of such musicians," she said.

Jazz `N Caz returns to Cazenovia on Thursday Sept. 11 through Saturday Sept. 13. All performances are free and open to the public. A $10 donation is suggested for the evening events in the theatre.

"I've been here for eight years," Prossner said. "I did think it would last -- I knew it would grow."

Music begins from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday with bossa nova jazz by Da Flo Jo on the lawn (or inside if it's raining) at Brae Loch Inn.

"The big reason it grows is because of the sponsorship, Dr. Tierno and the support of the college," Prossner said. "There's been a lot of new sponsors this year because the festival has grown."

Noah Kellman, the Brubeck Brothers, Morgan Street Stompers Dixieland, Jimmy Johnson and The DiLinquents all take the Time Warner Cable Mainstage in the Catherine Cummings Theatre beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday Sept. 11.

Pianist and composer Noah Kellman, a student at Manlius Pebble Hill School, will begin at 6 p.m. He has been described by many as a jazz prodigy.

The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a jazz group featuring two members of one of America's most accomplished musicalfamilies, Dan Brubeck (drums,) and Chris Brubeck (bass and trombone) will be on stage at 7 p.m. The Quartet is rounded out with guitarist Mike DeMicco and pianist Chuck Lamb. The group's creativity, technique and improvisation can be heard in their uncompromising music, which reflects their dedication to melody, rhythm, culture and the spontaneous spirit of jazz.

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