Philadelphia jazzman Gerald Veasley headlines the festival at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, July 27, and will return to the main stage at 10 p.m. to host an All-Star Super Jam with up-and-coming guitarist Gil Parris.
When the stages close down each night, after-hours jam sessions will draw musicians and fans alike to Jazz Central, at 441. E. Washington St., two blocks east of City Hall.
“Our main-stage artists, student musicians and local pros kick out the jams in a free-for-all that always lasts until close to dawn,” Luttinger said.
The festival is part of Syracuse ArtsWeek, a partnership between the jazz event, a Haudenosaunee Festival in adjacent Hanover Square and the Syracuse Arts & Crafts Festival in Columbus Circle. For information, call 479-JAZZ, or visit nejazzwinefest.org.