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Pairing Dinner Music

Pairing Dinner Details

We want the music that accompanies each pairing dinner to be just right, too.

Diners at the April 29th pairing will enjoy smooth jazz sounds from  the Cosmo Castellano Trio.

Cosmo Castellano (guitars) has played on the PBS television show All American Jazz and locally on WKTV along with numerous other musical appearances throughout the state. He has performed as a sideman in shows for Al Martino, Roger Williams, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, and others. Cos has also played with several jazz stars, including pianist Marian McPartland and Tonight Show artists Bob McCoy (trumpet) and drummer Ed Shaughnessy.

He currently plays bass for the Carmen Caramanica Jazz Trio, an organization that has been playing together for 40 years. Cosmo also plays guitar and tenor banjo for Don Cantwell’s Clef Dwellers traditional jazz band.  



Scott Rutledge (trumpet) is the lead vocalist and trumpeter for Central New York’s powerhouse horn band “Classified” (1992-present), and has shared the stage with many legendary performers, including: Earth, Wind and Fire, Benny Mardones, The Temptations, Rare Earth, KC and the Sunshine Band, Gap Mangione, Maynard Ferguson,The Commodores, The Pointer Sisters, and star of 2016's "the Voice" Ryan Quinn.

Scott regularly performs with the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, the Syracuse Suds Jazz Orchestra, All About Soul: A tribute to Billy Joel, and Midnight Mike and the Bent Blinds. He is starting his 33rd year as director of music at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Lee Center NY where he lives on a small farm, and continues a very full schedule as a performer, teacher, conductor, and clinician in a wide variety of popular, jazz, classical and sacred musical settings.




Joe Karwacki (bass) has been Principal Bassist for the Utica Symphony Orchestra and has been a member or participated with the Syracuse, Catskill, Schenectady, Binghamton, Symphoria, and Colgate Symphony Orchestras along with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Binghamton’s Tri-City Opera, and the Orchestra of Northern New York. His composition, “Essay for Two Doublebasses”, was featured in a special performance by members of the Syracuse Symphony at Symphony Hall in Syracuse, NY.  He was co-founder and director of the Stage Music Big Band, an 18-piece jazz-funk big band which featured two solo vocalists and some of the best horn players from throughout CNY. He has also been a member of several jazz and rock bands: Rio, Jump, C.O.D., Dr. Q, and currently One Sweet Ride. As a jazz bassist, he is a member of the Joe Zarr Trio, the Matthew Rockwell Group, Rick Compton’s Smooth Jazz, and his own group the Mad JoKar Project.

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