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Fulton Jazz Fest, Aug. 8-9, Announces ‘Monster’ Line-up

“Jazz Organ Monster” Tony Monaco, king of the Hammond B3 Organ, headlines the 2014 Fulton Jazz Fest, with cool jazz and hot nights, 5-11 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 4:30-11 p.m.  Aug. 9, it was announced by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, festival host.

The event is on the shores of Lake Neatahwanta, behind the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 and admission is free.

“Jazz Organ Monster” Tony Monaco, (above) king of the Hammond B3 Organ, headlines the 2014 Fulton Jazz Fest, with cool jazz and hot nights, 5-11:00 pm on Friday, Aug. 8 and 4:30-11pm Sat., Aug. 9, it was announced by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce festival host. The event is on the shores of Lake Neahtahwanta, behind the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 and admission is free. Other groups performing include: The Longwood Jazz Project, Anthony Joseph Swingtet, FreeFall Jazz Orchestra, Atlas, and The Billionaires.

“Jazz Organ Monster” Tony Monaco, (above) king of the Hammond B3 Organ, headlines the 2014 Fulton Jazz Fest, with cool jazz and hot nights, 5-11 p.m. on Aug. 8 and 4:30-11 p.m. Aug. 9, it was announced by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce festival host. The event is on the shores of Lake Neahtahwanta, behind the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 and admission is free. Other groups performing include: The Longwood Jazz Project, Anthony Joseph Swingtet, FreeFall Jazz Orchestra, Atlas, and The Billionaires.

“We are thrilled to have Tony Monaco as our featured artist this year,” said Joe Cortini, event co-chair. “He’ll be gracing our stage with a stellar band on Saturday evening, and groups with strong local ties will be rounding out the lineup for both nights. Tony is a great follow-up to legendary B3 organist Joey DeFrancesco who delighted the crowd at the 2012 Fulton Jazz Fest. ”

The festival kicks off this year with Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m. Aug. 8, when The Longwood Jazz Project, sponsored by Blue Moon Grill, will take the Fulton Savings Bank stage.

The Anthony Joseph Swingtet (above), will play from 6:30-8:00 pm, Friday, Aug. 8, followed by the return of the party band Atlas, which is sure to keep the crowd dancing from 8:30-11:00 pm, said Joe Cortini, event co-chair. “The Swingtet features an array of popular tunes from the Great American Songbook and Atlas always brings high energy and an irresistible beat.” Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets, but leave your coolers and pets at home, Emmons said. For more information, contact the Chamber at 315-343-7681 or visit our web site  www.oswegofultonchamber.com/jazzfest, or find them on Facebook under “Fulton Jazz Festival”.

The Anthony Joseph Swingtet (above), will play from 6:30-8 p.m., Aug. 8, followed by the return of the party band Atlas, which is sure to keep the crowd dancing from 8:30-11:00 pm, said Joe Cortini, event co-chair. “The Swingtet features an array of popular tunes from the Great American Songbook and Atlas always brings high energy and an irresistible beat.” Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets, but leave your coolers and pets at home, Emmons said. For more information, contact the Chamber at 315-343-7681 or visit our web site www.oswegofultonchamber.com/jazzfest, or find them on Facebook under “Fulton Jazz Festival”.

Following Happy Hour, The Anthony Joseph Swingtet will play from 6:30-8 p.m., followed by the return of the party band Atlas, which is sure to keep the crowd dancing from 8:30-11 p.m. Cortini said. “The Swingtet features an array of popular tunes from the Great American Songbook and Atlas always brings high energy and an irresistible beat.”

FreeFall Jazz Orchestra

FreeFall Jazz Orchestra

The fun continues on Aug. 9 at 4:30 with The FreeFall Jazz Orchestra gathering on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage to entertain the crowd, followed by Tony Monaco. Rounding out the evening will be a performance by The Billionaires 8:30-11 p.m. “FreeFall, which had its premier Jazz Fest performance last year, has played Oswego’s Harborfest, is composed of some of Central New York’s most talented jazz musicians, and features many original compositions by group director and keyboardist Stan Gosek,” said Bill Hubel, event co-chair. Gosek, who taught for 22 years at SUNY Oswego as director of Jazz Studies, also conducted the college’s Solid State jazz ensemble and the State Singers pop vocal ensemble.

ATLAS

ATLAS

Headliner Tony Monaco brings an incredible resume,” Cortini said.

According to his website ( www.b3monaco.com/): “Tony Monaco began his keyboard life at age eight, on the accordion. When he was twelve, his destiny as a jazz organist was sealed when he first heard Jimmy Smith. An enthusiastic student, Tony began working in Jazz clubs as a teenager in his native Columbus, Ohio, guided by local organ gurus Hank Marr and Don Patterson. For further inspiration, he studiously absorbed the mastery of Jimmy McGriff, Richard “Groove” Holmes, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. All would play a role in the development of his musical palette.

On Tony’s sixteenth birthday, his prayers were answered. He received an encouraging phone call from Jimmy Smith, who soon became his mentor/teacher. Four years later, Jimmy Smith invited Tony to come play at his club in California – a peak lifetime experience for Tony.

The Billionaires

The Billionaires

“From 1980 to 2006, Tony stood by his family businesses and married to have three daughters, while running Monaco’s Palace Italian restaurant for ten years while performing weekly in the lounge. Tony then entered the food brokerage industry peaking towards Torchbearer status with SYSCO foods. Always inspired by music, Tony then went to work as an assistant Broadcast producer for a prominent ad agency learning his production skills and playing gigs at night to continue supporting his family. After graduating from college with a B.S.B.A. from Franklin University in 1989, Tony’s occupation changed again to supervisor of Monaco Concrete (‘My Father needed a good manager and my daughters were getting close to going to college!’).

“Tony now enjoys and concentrates in all his musical energies flourishing completely as he pursues his passions. In April 2000, Tony met fellow jazz organist Joey DeFrancesco, who offered to produce a debut CD for him. This collaboration resulted in the critically acclaimed “Burnin Grooves”. The international success of the recording served as the catalyst for regional and national tours. This success was followed by two more releases for Summit Records that received critical acclaim and significant sales, charting in the Jazzweek Top 10. In September 2003, Summit Records released “A New Generation”, a unique recording featuring both Tony’s and Joey DeFrancesco’s Trios. They recorded the project using two “Hammond-Suzuki New B3′s” as Tony was awarded a major endorsement role with Hammond and Suzuki. As Tony’s reputation has grown, he has been blessed to play with some of greatest musicians in jazz, including Mel Lewis, Lewis Nash, Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, Sonny Fortune, Jon Faddis, Adam Nussbaum, Bruce Forman, Harvey Mason, Chester Thompson (drummer) Herlin Riley, Matt Wilson, Jeff Clayton, Terrell Stafford, Eric Alexander, Late Bobby Durham, Russell Malone, Peter Bernstein, Paul Bollenback, Bruce Forman, Kevin Mahogany, Victor Lewis, Pat Martino, Fareed Haque and even George Benson.”

The Longwood Jazz Project

The Longwood Jazz Project

“Tony Monaco has assembled an outstanding band to play with him at Jazz Fest,” Cortini said. “Jeff Stockham, trumpet, is well-known to audiences in Central NY, but he has also backed up national artists like Tony Bennett, Aretha Franklin, Josh Groban, and Harry Connick, Jr.

“Mike Dubaniewicz, on sax, has performed in over 20 countries. He toured the world with Maynard Ferguson’s Big Bop Nouveau Band serving as featured soloist, and he has recorded with Phil Ramone, Michael Feinstein, Bobby Shew, Wayne Bergeron and Dianne Schuur.

“Steve Brown will be backing Monaco on guitar. Brown has played with such musicians as Jimmy Smith, Paquito D’Rivera, Chuck Mangione, Phil Woods, and “Ray Charles. Brown was a member of Chuck Israels’ National Jazz Ensemble, and toured the United States and Europe numerous times.

“Rounding out the Monaco group is Larry Luttinger on drums. He is the founder and executive director of the Central New York Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit performing organization that presents jazz in concert, cabaret, scholastic, and festival settings across the region, to an annual audience of 80,000 in public and in schools. As a performer, he plays drum set for the CNY Jazz Orchestra. He recorded and toured extensively for the award-winning Society for New Music during his 14-year tenure as their percussionist. He has performed with many well known jazz artists, including Rob McConnell, Clark Terry, Grady Tate, Frank Foster, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Slide Hampton, Buddy DeFranco, Doc Severinson, Bucky Pizzarelli and Howard Alden, Lorne Lofsky, Lena Horne, Maxine Sullivan, The Four Freshmen, Phil Woods and Antonio Hart, among many others.”

Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is free, made possible through sponsorship from local businesses, including Stage Sponsor Fulton Savings Bank and Gold Sponsors Chirello Advertising, Foster Funeral Home, Inc., Oswego Health, PathFinder Bank and the Valley News, Blue Moon Grill, Upperlandings and Kathy’s Cakes & Specialty treats will be serving their gourmet specialties and beer and wine is available to purchase with valid ID at the Blue Moon Grill stand.

Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets, but leave your coolers and pets at home, Hubel said.

For more information, contact the chamber at 315-343-7681, visit their web site www.oswegofultonchamber.com/jazzfest, or find them on Facebook under “Fulton Jazz Festival”.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Hot Nights, Cool Jazz Planned At Fulton Jazz Fest This Weekend

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce will present two evenings of great music, fantastic food and lots of fun when the 2013 edition of the Fulton Jazz Fest brings cool jazz to the hot nights on the shores of Lake Neahtahwanta behind the War Memorial in Fulton 5-11 p.m. on Friday and 4:30 – 11 p.m. Saturday.1119 Jazz Logo_cmyk

The festival kicks off this year with Happy Hour from 5-6 p.m. on Friday. The Cortini Brothers featuring Tommy Ciappa will take the Fulton Savings Bank stage and Eagle Beverage and the Blue Moon Grill will be offering samplings of craft beers and wine. There will be door prizes, give-a-ways and more.

Following Happy Hour, The Anthony Joseph Swingtet will play from 6:30 – 8 p.m., followed by the return of the party band Atlas, which is sure to keep the crowd dancing from 8:30 – 11 p.m.

The fun continues on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. with The Freefall Orchestra gathering on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage to entertain the crowd, followed by Nancy Kelly & Friends at 6:30 p.m. Scheduled to appear with Nancy are Dino Losito, Danny D’Imperio, Bob Sneider and Houston Person.

Rounding out the evening will be a performance by The Billionaires 8:30 – 11 p.m.

The Freefall Orchestra, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will perform from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Saturday on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage.

The Freefall Orchestra, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will perform from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage. Freefall is composed of many professional Oswego County musicians and they will feature the vocal stylings of Dani Ryan.

Gates open at 4 p.m. and admission is free, made possible through sponsorship from local businesses, including stage sponsor Fulton Savings Bank and gold sponsors Chirello Advertising, Eagle Beverage Company, Foster Funeral Home, Inc., Huhtamaki, Oswego Health, PathFinder Bank and the Valley News.

Blue Moon Grill, Upperlandings and Kathy’s Cakes & Specialty treats will be serving their gourmet specialties and beer and wine is available to purchase with valid ID at the Blue Moon Grill stand.

Please bring your lawn chairs or blankets, but leave your coolers and pets at home.

For more information, contact the chamber at 315-343-7681 or visit www.oswegofultonchamber.com/jazzfest

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Vince Caravan Honored by PJC

The Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County honored charter member Vince Caravan on his retirement as publisher of The Valley News. From left are: Charter Member and Past President, Jack Woods; Vince Caravan; President of the PJC, Michele Reed, Master of Ceremonies, Al Squitieri; and Photographer, David Dayger.

The Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County honored charter member Vince Caravan on his retirement as publisher of The Valley News. From left are: Charter Member and Past President, Jack Woods; Vince Caravan; President of the PJC, Michele Reed, Master of Ceremonies, Al Squitieri; and Photographer, David Dayger.

The Professional Journalists and Communicators of Oswego County honored one of their own, when they feted Vince Caravan, on his retirement as publisher of The Valley News.

Caravan was among the group who founded the Oswego County Press Club (now know as the PJC) in October 1972 and has been a member of the club continuously since its earliest days. He began his career with The Valley News 50 years ago and was publisher for 38 years until he submitted his last “Clearing Off the Editor’s Desk” column earlier this year.

Caravan served as Press Club president in the 1980s and over the years has worked on a number of committees, including the popular Public Relations Seminars. He has maintained his membership for nearly four decades and still regularly attends meetings.

Al Squitieri, a columnist with The Valley News, served as master of ceremonies and roasted Caravan with humorous remarks. Caravan’s friends – including PJC members, current and former employees of The Valley News, and community members – shared their memories.

PJC To Honor Vince Caravan

OSWEGO, NY –The Professional Journalists & Communicators of Oswego County will honor one of its former presidents and a true champion of the press in Oswego County, Vince Caravan, with a special dinner in his honor.

Caravan will be recognized for his years as publisher of the Valley News and his many contributions to the community at a dinner to be held March 31 at Vona’s Restaurant.

Vince Caravan

Vince Caravan

“The time has come to celebrate – and gently roast – one of the press club’s founding members on his retirement from publishing,” said president of the PJC, Michele Reed. “Vince Caravan was among the group who founded the club in October 1972 and has been a member of the club continuously since its earliest days. He began his career with the Valley News 50 years ago and was publisher for 38 years until he submitted his last ‘Clearing Off the Editor’s Desk’ column in February.”

Caravan served as press club president in the 1980s and over the years has worked on a number of committees, including the popular PR seminars.

He has maintained his membership for nearly four decades and still regularly attends meetings.

“We are pleased to be able to recognize Vince and invite his friends and community members to join us as we remember a man who has been integral part of the newspaper industry in Oswego County and the press club/PJC for more than 40 years,” added Reed.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social hour; followed by buffet dinner at 7 p.m.

Cost for the dinner is only $20 and includes a menu of chicken, roast beef, rigatoni with rose sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, Caesar salad and chocolate mousse.

Al D. Squitieri Sr., a longtime columnist for the Valley News, will emcee the event and lead the roast of one of the press club / PJC’s most senior members.

For more information or to make reservations, call Muriel Allerton at 592-5900 or e-mail murielal@twcny.rr.com no later than March 26.

Valley News Receives United Way Media Award

OSWEGO, NY – The United Way of Greater Oswego County recognized The Valley News with the Media Award at its annual meeting held March 17 at the American Foundry.

The award is presented annually for outstanding support and media coverage of the United Way.

The Valley News was honored with the Media Award at the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual meeting. From left are: United Way board president John Scardella; Vince Caravan, Ron Caravan, and executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

The Valley News was honored with the Media Award at the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s annual meeting. From left are: United Way board president John Scardella; Vince Caravan, Ron Caravan, and executive director of the United Way of Greater Oswego County, Melanie Trexler.

“As a non-profit organization, the United Way relies on our local media to help us spread the word about the good that we do for our Oswego County,” said executive director of the United Way, Melanie Trexler. “The cooperation that we receive from all of our local media is outstanding.  We appreciate that support and recognize the important role it plays in the success of our organization. The Valley News is an important source for local news not only in Fulton, but in the surrounding area as well.  The Valley News does an excellent job in keeping their readers informed on what’s happening in their community and what the United Way is doing to help improve the quality of life throughout Oswego County. We greatly the support we have received from Vince and Ron Caravan and everyone at The Valley News.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to accept this award, said Vince Caravan. “Although we are now retired, we will certainly be with the United Way in spirit. It has been a pleasure to have been able to serve the United Way in the best way we could through publicity and we wish the United Way good luck in the future.”

Valley News, Patriot Sold To Syracuse-based Chain

The company that owns The Valley News and the Fulton Patriot has sold the publications to the company that prints the two newspapers.

Vincent and Ronald Caravan, the father and son team that operated the publications (and the Valley News Advertiser, a weekly shopper) for 38 years turned over the keys last week to the Scotsman Press, Syracuse-based owner of 18 publications throughout Central New York.  That includes a Pennysaver edition for Fulton.

Scotsman Press has printed the Valley News and Patriot for many years.

Ronald Caravan said in a statement published in the Valley News:

“For various personal reasons, the timing was right for us to retire from the responsibilities of publishing the community papers,” Ronald Caravan said. “When the opportunity arose recently to sell our interest to Scotsman, we felt a strong sense of confirmation that this was the right move at the right time. We have enjoyed a long and positive relationship with Scotsman and are confident they will sustain the tradition of The Valley News as the greater Fulton area’s primary community-news source.”

Scotsman Press associate publisher Tom Cuskey told Lou Sorendo of Oswego County Business Magazine that no immediate changes are planned.

“[T]he last thing we want to do is come in and change something that has been a winning combination of papers for this community for many years.”

Cuskey said The Valley News will continue to be published twice weekly, on Wednesday and Saturday.

“For the foreseeable future, we aren’t planning any changes” insofar as publication dates are concerned, Cuskey noted.

“That’s not to say that three years from now, the economy and market dictate that a change needs to be made.”

26 employees at the publications have retained their jobs.

The change marks the first time in more than 50 years that Vincent Caravan has not been part of the Valley News and will end decades of local, independent ownership of the publications.

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