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Falcone returns to jazz roots

Former Sinatra pianist leads quartet Friday at 11th annual Jazz’N Caz festival

Syracuse native pianist Vincent Falcone will lead an all-star jazz quartet at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the 11th annual Jazz’N Caz festival at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., in Cazenovia.

Syracuse native pianist Vincent Falcone will lead an all-star jazz quartet at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the 11th annual Jazz’N Caz festival at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., in Cazenovia.

— Nowadays, Vincent Falcone plays piano for some of the brightest stars of show business. Not only does he flat-out rock on the 88s, Falcone also organizes the material and conducts the band.

The Syracuse native worked as Frank Sinatra’s musical director for eight years, and also conducted orchestras for Pia Zadora, Tony Bennett, Diahann Carroll, Connie Stevens, Robert Goulet and Al Martino.

Before he relocated to Las Vegas in 1970, Falcone played with jazz groups at dozens of Central New York nightclubs.

Falcone returns to his jazz roots when he appears at next weekend’s Jazz’N Caz festival at 9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 21, at the Catherine Cummings Theatre, 16 Lincklaen St., in Cazenovia. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted; 655-7238.

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—7:30 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 20 a the Brae Loch Inn. Gent Treadly will perform. Open Hand Theatre puppets will stroll the lawn during the evening.

—The 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21 at Catherine Cummings Theatre. Nicki Parrott will play with Bucky Pizzarelli and Chuck Redd. At 9 p.m. Vince Falcone, Bobby Militello, Danny D’Imperio and Linc Milliman will take the stage. Theatre Manager Colleen Prossner will join Falcone for a few numbers.

—7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Gap Mangione and the New Big Band take the stage. Cazenovia College Artist in Residence David Lowenstein and the Caz High School Vocal Ensemble will sing from the repertoire of Jimmy Van Heusen.

—10:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Jazz After Hours will be held at Seven Stone Steps in the Lincklaen House.

Since moving to Nevada 42 years ago, Falcone has performed several times in CNY with artists such as Sinatra, Zadora and Goulet, but at his Cazenovia concert he’ll lead a quartet featuring drummer Danny D’Imperio, saxophonist Bobby Militello and bassist Linc Milliman, all top-shelf jazz performers.

Over the years, Falcone has shared the stage with such jazz artists as Steve Gadd, Joe Labarbara, the Condoli Brothers, Scott Hamilton, Terry Gibbs, Sonny Stitt, Jack Sheldon and Mark Murphy.

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