“For all the lead-up and prep that goes into making Jazz Fest happen, it’s over like a whirlwind. The 33rd installment of Syracuse’s biggest festival whizzed by this weekend at OCC, culminating with a set of soul and a bouquet of flowers from Aretha Franklin.
Over the course of two days, I got to write about Franklin, Lake Street Dive, Wynton Marsalis and a handful of others. I caught eight shows from artists both local and national. However, plenty of words about plenty of things got left on the cutting room floor (or, in this case, the floor of my car from where I filed each day).
Sunday afternoon, then, I flipped back through a weekend worth of notes to see what got left out. From dynamo drummers to slices of life, here are seven highlights from this year’s edition of Jazz Fest.
- Dave Hanlon’s drums — It was hard to believe the Apple Jazz drummer and SAMMYs Hall of Famer Dave Hanlon has only four limbs. He crushed an extended drum solo during the rebirth of the former Cortland-based group Friday afternoon.
- Buckwheat Zydeco’s endless encore — After a funky set of accordion, washboard and bayou blues, the Louisiana zydecist re-took the stage twice. He brilliantly led the crowd through “Ya Ya” and took a spin on the Hammond B3 as Dr. Rick Wright declared Friday “Buckwheat Zydeco Day” in Syracuse.“
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