Summer Jazz Sensations: The Professors

Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID)

Dante Park, Broadway between 63rd & 64th Streets, New York, NY 10023

(212) 581-3774




Event Dates

Aug 10, 2022


Noon - 1:30pm

Lincoln Square Business Improvement District (BID)

The Lincoln Square Business Improvement District's FREE lunchtime summer concert series is back! The Lincoln Square BID's Summer Jazz Sensations will be held on Wednesdays from Noon to 1:30pm from July 6 to August 31, 2022 at Dante Park, Broadway between 63rd & 64th Streets. There will be cold drinks and light fare from Le Botaniste available for purchase while supplies last at the August 10th The Professors concert.

This week's performer will be The Professors. The Professors are Mark Dziuba, Vinnie Martucci, Jeff “Siege” Siegel & Rich Syracuse. Their life’s work is defined by the creation and performing of great music and sharing their lifetimes of performing and teaching experiences with upcoming aspiring jazz musicians. Having met up in the Woodstock/New Paltz area of New York’s Hudson Valley in the early 90’s after years of living in New York City, the group members were destined to become friends, band mates and colleagues. Coming together for the first time as a unit in 1994 on guitarist Mark Dziuba’s CD release “Up Until Now”, the unit officially formalized as a quartet once bassist Rich Syracuse joined the other three Professors faculty at SUNY New Paltz in 2015. The four friends have continued their joy of performing together in side projects and gigs throughout the decades ever since, and in fact, the friendships and playing associations go back as far as the mid 80’s for some of the members. The founding musicians of The Professors, guitarist Mark Dziuba (Director of Jazz Studies, SUNY NP), pianist Vinnie Martucci (former Chair of Music, SUNY NP), drummer Jeff “Siege” Siegel (Adjunct Professor of Percussion, SUNY NP) and jazz bass professor at the time, John Menegon, officially started the group in 2010. Performances and clinics with the group continued in as far away places as Beijing, China in 2011 at the University of Beijing (w/ Menegon) to local gigs around the Hudson Valley area of New York. In 2018 a unique partnership between the Escuela de Musica y Audio Fernando Sor in Bogota, Colombia and SUNY New Paltz continued The Professors overseas activities, now joined by Rich Syracuse, where they performed clinics and performances. Club performances and concerts have since followed.