All That Jazz: 35 Years of Syracuse Jazz Fest

Recognizing 35 successful years of Syracuse Jazz Fest, Onondaga Historical Association is offering a visual exhibit on the history of Jazz Fest in the second floor’s west gallery at its museum in downtown Syracuse. OHA’s exhibit features highlights of the musical festival, from the different venues, to music industry superstars and jazz legends, as well as some of our own homegrown musical talent.

With help from Jazz Fest founder and Executive Director, Frank Malfitano, the exhibit is a walk down memory lane for some die-hard local music fans: Dizzy Gillespie’s bulging cheeks while playing trumpet, Jean Luc Ponty’s electrifying violin, B.B. King’s guitar Lucille, Buckwheat Zydeco’s accordion, Wynton Marsalis’ big band style orchestra, or Kenny G’s saxophone; or maybe singing to the songs of Aretha Franklin, the Doobie Brothers, Boz Scaggs, Natalie Cole, or Smokey Robinson. Whatever musical tastes exist in Central New York, Syracuse Jazz Fest has touched almost all of them.

The exhibit will run through October 3rd, 2017.

For more insight on the history of Jazz Fest, check out WAER’s podcast with Frank Malfitano discussing all 35 years of this wonderful local event.