The Fulton Jazz Festival (FJF) returns August 11-13 with jazz headliners Ronnie Leigh on Friday and Nancy Kelly on Saturday with world-class performances “that will take you on a musical journey like no other”, a declared the president of the festival. Joe Cortini.
“This year’s mix of talent, combined with the beautiful setting of Fulton’s Lock 3 Canal View park and marina, will give festival-goers a relaxing vibe to enjoy the best in jazz,” Cortini said. “Ronnie Leigh, a phenomenal jazz vocalist and local treasure, will be appearing at the festival for the first time and Nancy Kelly will be back, bringing her world-renowned jazz vocal styles and strong following to Fulton.”
Fulton Mayor Deana Michaels said the jazz festival is a must-attend summer event for the town. “Residents of Fulton, as well as residents for miles around, look forward to this festival every year,” she said. “It’s another shining example of bringing fantastic entertainment to one of our city’s beautiful New York State Canal locations.”
The festival kicks off at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, August 11 with a “Hail to the Aged” at Bullhead Point featuring the Oswego County Musicians’ Union Big Band Swinging led by Stan Gosek. Then, on Friday and Saturday, six more bands with everything from straight jazz to funk to R&B were featured, Cortini said.
The range is as follows:
Thursday August 11 – Bullhead Point
7:00 p.m. Oswego County Musicians rock the Big Band
Friday August 12 – Lock 3 Canal View Park
5:00 p.m. Morris Tarbell and the Hepcats
7:00 Ronnie Leigh
Saturday August 13 – Lock 3 Canal View Park
4:00 p.m. The Instigators
6:00 Nancy Kelly
8:00 a.m. Brown Skin Group
This project is made possible with funds from the Devolution Program, a New York State Council of the Arts grant program with support from Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNYArts. This event is funded in part by the generous support of the NYS Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Once again, Fulton Savings Bank is the presenting sponsor and the Fulton Music Association is a major sponsor. For more information about the festival or sponsorship opportunities, call or text Fulton Jazz Fest at (315) 760-5299, or [email protected] The event is online at www.fultonjazzfest.com and on Facebook under “Fulton Jazz Festival”.
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