The Salt City Jazz Collective and Rick Pedro
April 7, 2018 | 8:00 PM
Rick Pedro will open the show with an infectious blend of patriotic standards, ragtime barn-burners and modern classics fused with his unique stage presence, humor and animation. In concert, Rick comes alive, thrilling his audiences with fast-paced melodies, soulful harmonies and uproarious comedy.
The night continues with The Salt City Jazz Collective under the direction of band leader Angelo Candela. The group was formed in 1995 by Syracuse University Jazz professors who enlisted area Jazz musicians/educators for the new project. They quickly found an outlet for live performances at the Syracuse Suds Factory, located in Armory Square, and have established a group of loyal followers. This is their 23rd year of performing on the first Wednesday of every month at the Suds Factory. Other performances/venues have included: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Jazz/Music fests in: Syracuse, Utica, Rome, Fulton, Cazenovia, Corning, Auburn, Norwich & more. The group has also worked with area high schools to present performances and clinics as part of promoting jazz education.
In addition to classic big band compositions, The Salt City Jazz Collective performs original works of group members Joe Riposo – Jazz professor emeritus at Syracuse University, Steve Brown – Jazz professor emeritus at Ithaca College, Paul Merrill – current Jazz professor at Cornell University and Angelo Candela.