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On Sunday, Oct. 23, at 7:15 p.m., internationally known jazz saxophonist Javon Jackson will host the closing event of the 2016 Syracuse International Film Festival. Jackson will not only introduce the closing film, the 1959 classic "Jazz On A Summer’s Day," but will also work with a group of young musicians, sharing with them some of the secrets of the art of jazz performance and a special look inside the world of jazz.

Jackson will be joined by the Setnor Jazz Quartet from the Rose and Jules R. Setnor School of Music in the College of Visual and Performing Arts: Matt Kingsley, Sinan Isik, Mario Pietra and Harris Pitsikoulis, who appear under the direction of Professor John C. Coggiola, director of jazz studies at Setnor.

The event will be held at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St, Eastwood, with the program on stage followed by the film. The audience will experience Jackson working with the musicians and then enjoy the film. There will be an opportunity for audience questions.  

In 2010 Jackson was commissioned by the Syracuse International Film Festival to compose a full-length score for the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Lodger," a silent movie based on the hunt for Jack the Ripper. The original score had its debut at the festival, performed live by Jackson at the film’s screening.

In addition to his performance schedule, Jackson is a highly sought after jazz educator, conducting clinics and lectures at universities throughout the United States and abroad. He is currently director of the Jackie McLean Institute at the University of Hartford.

The event is open to the public. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online at