Summer YCCA music class registration Saturday


Registrations for YMCA Center for the Creative Arts courses will be held at Franklyn’s Field on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by stopping the Family Y, 301 W Bloomfield St.

Among classes are some by Corey Colmey, a 1997 graduate of Rome Free Academy who has been all over the world studying and teaching percussion, who is back in Rome teaching at the YCCA.

A 2001 graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass., Colmey has a master’s of music degree in jazz and commercial drumset performance, as well as a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies. …

Saxophonist Dubaniewicz featured at Jazz Monday


Jazz Mondays — "Jazz Mondays" started Feb. 23. Featured were master of ceremonies and trumpeter John Piazza Jr., front, drummer Corey Colmey and Rick Montalbano on the keyboards. The next show is in the ArtHouse Café, 308 West Bloomfield St., at 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tickets are $7 or $5 for members of the YMCA or RACC. (Sentinel photo by Norm Landis)

Saxophonist Mike Dubaniewicz performs as the guest at 7:30 p.m. …

John Piazza’s Little Big Band plays jazz series

The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica, will continue its Jazz Originals Series with an evening with John Piazza’s Little Big Band at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25.

Tickets are $12, and $8 for students. Call 735-4825 or stop by Cafe Domenico, 2011 Genesee St., to reserve a seat.

The group, composed of John Piazza Jr., solo trumpet; Pat Carney, lead trumpet; Angelo Candella, trombone; Mike Dubaniewicz, alto saxophone; John Delia, tenor saxophone; Bob Cesari, baritone saxophone; Andrew Carrol, piano; Joey Arcuri, bass; and Corey Colmey, drums, will swing with standards and originals.

Wednesday Morning Club concludes year

The Wednesday Morning Club held its year-end luncheon at The Beeches on March 31. From left: Mary Anne Kenny, assistant secretary; Clare Mirabelli, first vice-president; Margaret Palmer, second vice-president; and Mary Nowak, treasurer. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

The Wednesday Morning Club ended its season on March 31 with a luncheon and reception at the Beeches Restaurant on Turin Road.

Rome the place for jazz

Mohawk Valley Community College's Rome campus hosts Live Jazz with the Mohawk Valley Jazz Quintet from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday April 1 in the Plumley Auditorium.

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Rome campus hosts Live Jazz with the Mohawk Valley Jazz Quintet from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday April 1 in the Plumley Auditorium.

The Mohawk Valley Jazz Quintet is John Piazza (trumpet), Bob Cesari (saxophone), Joe Ferlo (guitar) Tom Taylor (bass), and Corey Colmey (drums).

The state of Utica's jazz scene

Musicians weigh in on struggles of performing locally


It’s a Friday night in downtown Utica — a couple hours after happy hour, but several hours before closing time. The area around Devereux and Charlotte streets is quiet. Snowy footprints, illuminated by the hazy glow of a streetlight, are the only evidence of activity.

But a muted beat, a muffled tune, a hushed harmony slips through the cracks of The Devereux, where The Devin Garramone Trio seduces listeners with a shot of jazz/funk that jolts the soul.

Jazz on Mondays can't be a bad thing

Here's a music series that hasn't gotten enough attention:

The Rome Art and Community Center (an adorable arts and music venue in Rome at 308 W. Bloomfield St.) has been hosting Jazz Mondays. Well, today's Monday, and jazz will be filling the art center beginning at 7:30 p.m. Vibrophonist Jimmy Johns will perform with the RACC's jazz house band, made up of locals John Piazza, Jr., Rick Montalbano and Corey Colmey. 

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