“After 40 years in the music biz, working with everyone from Smokey to Aretha to Ray Charles, and after 30 years of watching this guy, all I can tell you is that he’s one of the finest song stylists working in jazz today. But it doesn’t stop there. He’s also one of the finest Soul and R & B stylists I’ve ever heard and an amazing entertainer. The guy’s the complete package. And it’s not even remotely hype to mention him in the same sentence with the great Lou Rawls and the amazing Donny Hathaway.” ~ Frank Malfitano, founder, Syracuse Jazz Fest Jazz In The City’s founder and artistic director, Ronnie Leigh, 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.
This Albany, New York native and six-time SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) winner has shared the stage with The Brand New Drifters, Pat Metheny, The Yellowjackets, David Benoit, Special EFX, Spyro Gyra, David Sanborn, Tom Scott, Etta Jones and Jon Hendricks, as well as performing with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Orlando Jazz Orchestra, the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and while in Missouri with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Frank Malfitano, founder and director of the Syracuse Jazz Fest remarks, “Ronnie has never failed to delight audiences whenever he performs. His range, stage presence, engaging style and his love for the music always comes across, whether he’s interpreting MONK, Carmen McRae, Al Jarreau or DUKE. The man’s sensational! In my estimation, he’s one of the finest song stylists working in jazz today.” Joining Ronnie in his ALL-STAR Octet: Charlie Bertini-Trumpet, David MacKenzie-Saxophone, John Allred-Trombone, Jeff Phillips-Piano, Paul Parker-Drums, Charlie Silva,Bass, Steve Luciano-Guitar