Jazz fans, get ready to mark your calendars - the Syracuse Jazz Festival is back this June, and it's bigger and better than ever before. This year's festival promises to be a true celebration of the genre, with an impressive lineup of musicians, exciting performances, and a vibrant atmosphere that's sure to delight music lovers of all kinds. And, for the first time in its history, the festival will span 5 days, 4 nights, use 24 clubs and host 36 bands, perform on 2 outdoor stages and celebrate at an historical chapel offering even more opportunities for fans to soak up the sounds of the season.
We'll take a closer look at the 2023 Syracuse Jazz Festival and explore what visitors can expect from this year's event. From classic jazz standards to modern twists on the genre, the festival promises to be a highlight of Syracuse's summer calendar. So head downtown, and get ready to enjoy four nights of unforgettable music.
June 21st kicks off the The Market 32 Opening Night and will take place all across Downtown Syracuse’s entertainment district between 4:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. Shows at each venue will run staggered through the evening allowing for patrons to get up and check out multiple bars, restaurants, and clubs without missing any music. Acts on this night will feature a variety of local bands from the CNY area. Some of the participating venues include popular places like Salt City Market, Oh My Darling, Funk & Waffles, Al’s Whiskey Lounge and so much more.
On June 22nd head to the Visit Syracuse Stage in Hanover Square for an evening of contemporary and classic Jazz. From 4-9 p.m. be wowed by the voices of Syracuse University Student Jazz Ensemble, Hari Stokia & Acoustic Drive and Something Else! Local bars and restaurants will be open with limited outdoor seating, so pack your own chair and enjoy the music in the square.
Clinton Square becomes the main focal point on Friday June 23rd. Head to the Amazon Stage for music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Don’t miss Jazz master, Grammy and Academy Award winner Herbie Hancock headlining, he goes on at 9:15 p.m. Postmodern Jukebox will be there to put a swing and jazz touch on today's hits and R&B and soul legends Tower of Power plays the classics you've loved since the late 1960s, to name a few acts.
The Amazon stage lights back up for the final night of 2023 Syracuse Jazz Fest on Saturday June 24th, at 4:00 p.m. Clinton Square will be packed for the headline act Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, R&B Hall of Famer, Grammy Award Winner and Kentucky Center Honoree, Gladys Knight who will be performing her Jazz infused hits from 9:15 - 10:30 p.m. Get there early because Tuba Skinny goes on at 5:30 pm and Spyro Gyra takes the stage at 7:15 pm. Bring your own chairs and your dancing shoes.
The Syracuse Jazz Festival will officially close Sunday afternoon from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm at Historic Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse University with a Return to the Community, A Sunday Gospel Jazz Service. Featured performances include The Concert Choir of Dillard University, Black Celestial Choral Ensemble of Syracuse University, and a Community Choir comprised of Syracuse residents. It'll be a terrific way to end the 2023 festival.
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Ready to plan your summer but struggling with where to start? Festivals and events in June will be happening every weekend in Syracuse, NY. Plan today so you don’t miss out on any of the fun, we can’t wait to see you! Extend stay to see the sights of Syracuse, experience the food and beverage scene, book your stay in Syracuse today.