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Jazz Fest makes history at the OHA: Matt's Memo

Syracuse Jazz Fest 2017

Here's your chance to warm up for the summer's best musical festival Jazz Fest. Starting Wednesday, May 3rd, the Onondaga Historical Association will exhibit a 35 year history of the festival through photos. Syracuse Jazz Fest founder and Executive Director Frank Malfitano has wisely kept track of the array of photographers who have documented the great artists who have graced the Jazz Fest stage since its founding in 1983.

There is a kick off event where the photographers and a who's who of local musicians will check out the new spread. There will be a lot of stories told that begin with "I remember when.." and "I was there the night..." That will be followed by names like Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis and Aretha Franklin. The exhibit will capture the essence of performance. It will include elements of all the Jazz Fest locations including Long Branch Park, Downtown, Jamesville Beach and this year's location Onondaga Community College.

The exhibit is the opening act for this year's Jazz Fest which runs June 9th and 10th. Yet even after the music fades this summer the exhibit will remain open at the OHA through October. You may find a yearning to learn more about the festival's history after you enjoy this year's festival. After all Ramsey Lewis, The Mavericks and Todd Rundgren are among the headliners for the free festival. You can't help, but enjoy this year's edition and the 35 year history of this Central New York cultural institution.

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