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Le Moyne College Jazzuits Team Up with Nancy Kelly and Ronnie Leigh

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate) … On Sun., Feb. 21, two of central New York’s legendary jazz singers, Nancy Kelly and Ronnie Leigh, will join forces with the Le Moyne College Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Jazzuits, under the direction of Carol Jacobe. The concert, “A Sentimental Journey: Melodies from the Movies,” will take place on the Le Moyne campus in the James Commons Room, located in the Campus Center, at 4 p.m.

Nancy Kelly has performed several times with the Jazzuits. Her refined vocal style is a study in phrasing, style and the ability to swing. Kelly's powerful singing has captured many awards and has thrilled the ears of many jazz fans around the globe. During her 30-plus year career, she has honed her trademark swing/bop take no prisoners style in front of audiences across the U.S. and abroad, from Singapore to Switzerland, France, Turkey and to her three tours of Japan.

Ronnie Leigh, who is the founder and artistic director of “Jazz In The City,” has been impressing audiences for years from Syracuse to Seattle, and from New York City to Istanbul, giving leadership and a distinctive flare to the bands with which he has performed. Leigh has shared the stage with The Drifters, Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, David Benoit, Special EFX, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn, Tom Scott, Etta Jones and Jon Hendricks, as well as the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra. Though primarily a jazz interpreter, he has a variety of musical interests; he recently released a debut album on Eiffel Records with his own band, Prime Time Funk.

The concert will be performed in a cabaret style, and there will also be general seating available. Tickets for table seating will be $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, and $5 for students. General seating will be available for $5. Tickets will go on sale on Tues., Feb. 2. To reserve table seats, call (315) 445-4523.


posted on: 1/29/2010