The Central New York Jazz Orchestra (CNYJO) is an award-winning, all-star, regional “big band” that comprises the region’s finest jazz musicians. Led by internationally acclaimed Music Director Bret Zvacek, CNYJO performs concerts in the OnCenter Carrier Theater featuring the world’s finest guest soloists. Formed in 1996, CNYJO has made it possible for Syracuse to claim a national caliber regional not-for-profit jazz orchestra, one of a few cities capable of this accomplishment. The CNYJO is the flagship program of the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation, whose mission is to preserve, support and advance the art of jazz by presenting events in concert, cabaret, festival and educational settings. The big band includes many S.U. graduates, including Luttinger, who has also directed S.U. Jazz Ensembles, Angelo Candela, Joe Colombo, John Delia, and Jeff Stockham. Associate Music Director Rick Montalbano has taught jazz piano and directed the S.U. “Windjammer” Vocal Jazz Ensemble. The entire trombone section has studied with distinguished professor of trombone Bill Harris.