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Le Moyne College Jazzuits Perform with Ronnie Leigh

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Ronnie Leigh will join the Le Moyne College Jazzuits in concert on Sunday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in the James Commons Room of the Campus Center.


Ronnie Leigh, 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 the bands he has performed with leadership and a distinctive flare.


Leigh, a five-time Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) winner, has recorded with Cabo Frio on Zebra/MCA records and with Larry Arlotta on Spirit Jazz. Though primarily a jazz interpreter, he has a variety of musical interests and recently released a debut album on Eiffel Records with his own band, Prime Time Funk.


As a frequent performer in resorts, jazz clubs and concert halls throughout the country and Canada, Ronnie 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.


Larry Hoyt of WAER Jazz 88 says, “Ronnie Leigh has a smooth, mellow and multifaceted voice. Whether singing with the Syracuse Symphony or scatting with a small combo, he’s a vocalist with plenty of presence.”


Prior to the concert, Leigh will spend time with members of the Jazzuits coaching each student individually on the solos that they will perform on Sunday’s concert.


The Jazzuits, under the direction of Carol Jacobe, is Le Moyne College’s vocal jazz ensemble. The ensemble has 17 singers and a complete rhythm section of drums, piano and bass.


The concert will be in a cabaret style with additional general seating available. Tickets for table seating will be $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students. General seating will be $5. To reserve table seats, call (315) 445-4523.


posted on: 1/30/2009