Take note of this year's CNY Jazz Arts Foundation dos


CNY Jazz Central has brewed up a potent concoction of the best in jazz and blues for Central New Yorkers. This season will satisfy the palate of anyone with a taste for America's music -- or just an appetite for something new. Three CNY Jazz Orchestra concerts are offered with a total of five guest artists, an annual Black History Month Cabaret, Scholastic Jams and a Vespers Series. A fundraiser for the organization's downtown theater, Jazz Central, opens the season. Exclusive discounts and free offers are also available to subscribers. CNY Jazz is also programming the new "Everson Uncorked!" wine and jazz series. Individual subscriptions are now available as low as $74 by calling 479-5299 or visiting www.cnyjazz.org.

"We have pulled out all the stops this year to create a season as exciting as any we've offered, without raising prices a cent," said Larry Luttinger, director of CNY Jazz. "We're presenting shows ranging from the blues to modern mainstream, swing era nostalgia, intimate cabaret and spiritual themes. Jazz belongs to every American, and our mission is to widen the audience for this welcoming and diverse music. It's more affordable than going to the movies and buying snacks. This year, we'll also be inviting all of our concert patrons to The Mission Restaurant on Columbus Circle for after-concert parties to meet our guest artists and musicians. Exploring the world of jazz will never be so much fun and affordable."

An exclusive ticket discount to the S.U. Pulse Series Chris Botti concert is also a benefit to season subscribers, as well as a "buy four, get the 5th and 6th subscription free" offer.

"We are issuing a challenge to our present subscribers to help us enlarge the jazz family,"Luttinger said. "Jazz audiences nationally are beginning to shrink, and there is simply no good reason for that to happen. We need our subscribers to consider themselves disciples of the art form to help us bring in new eyes and ears. We live to hear the news that first-time participants emerge from our concerts energized and entertained."

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