Making a living as a musician

Rossi and Freney in profile

Local musicians Gary Frenay and George Rossi

Local musicians Gary Frenay and George Rossi

— Did you ever wonder what it would be like to make a living as a musician? “An Evening With George Rossi and Gary Freney” Nov. 26 at the Auburn Public Theater will shed light, music, laughter and war stories on the subject.

Few musicians in Central New York have amassed the track record and longevity in a life dedicated to making music as Rossi and Frenay. They’ll perform original material past and present and debut new songs as they recount stories of their respective/collective 64 years of experience as working musicians.

This event is designed as an informative insider's view of the genesis of original songs and the creative process and illustrate how their friendship and separate career paths alternately intersected and inspired their craft.

Rossi and Frenay bring a cast of Central New York musicians who have inspired and performed with them over the years, including Loren Barrigar, Pete Heitzman and Karen Savoca, The Dean Brothers, Ted Williams, David Solazzo, drummer Cathy Lamanna and the “Hungarian Horns” Jeff Stockham, Grank Grosso and Don Williams.

Rossi and Frenay represent links in the chain of CNY music history, building impressive international resumes and loyal fans over three decades of music making.

Skaneateles native George “Little Georgie” Rossi entered the Syracuse music arena as a side musician. A powerful keyboardist, Rossi performed with area bands The Works, then moved onto perform with national acts The Masters of Reality and The Bogeymen, both signed to Def American Records/ Delicious Vinyl.

Rossi’s musical path with Freney began with his stint in The Neverly Brothers before going out on his own as the leader, vocalist and principal song writer for multiple SAMMY award-winning band Little Georgie and the Shufflin Hungarians.

Under Rossi’s leadership, the New Orleans rhythm & blues inspired Shuffling Hungarians were the most globally successful self-released and produced discs in the history of the CNY music scene. Rossi was recruited to join The Wild Magnolias Mardi Indian Tribe of New Orleans to produce their 25th anniversary recording “Life is a Carnival” on Blue Note Records, and relocated to the Crescent City in 1998 to pursue his interest in New Orleans piano styles.

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