IL’s Sammy Nomination

Here are the nominees for Nov. 11 Syracuse Area Music Awards ceremony

Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 8:16 AM • Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011, 10:24 AM
By Mark Bialczak/The Post-Standard

The nominees for this year’s Syracuse Area Music Awards have been selected by a panel of Central New York educators.

The panel, chaired by educator, composer and pianist Andrew Russo, considered CDs submitted in 11 categories. More than 150 CDs were submitted, says Sammys chair Liz Nowak.

“There was a huge number of submissions this year. It seems like the most I’ve seen in the years I’ve been involved, which stretches back to 2006,” said Russo. “I would also say that the overall level of musical quality and production quality across all categories is the highest this year of all the years I’ve judged. Almost all of the categories are highly competitive this time.”

Winners will be announced in a ceremony Nov. 11 in the Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center Ballroom.

Here are the nominations in the 11 categories:

Best pop: Kristin Turo; Kim Monroe and Chris Eves; Tommy Connors; South Bay; White Picket Fence.
Best country: Christopher Ames; The Easy Ramblers; Greg Hoover; Just Joe.
Best jazz: Tom Bronzetti Band; Kevin Dorsey Collective.
Best metal: One Last Shot; Earth Crisis; Shooting Hemlock; Torment the Vein; Feeding Affliction.
Best blues: Mark Cloutier; Master Thieves; The Chris Terra Band; Mark Doyle and the Maniacs.
Best alternative: 4 Point 0; The Scarlet Ending; God Astray; Catastrophe Me!; Independent Louis.
Best hip-hop/rap: Sophistafunk; DeCoy; Powder Jay; Double-J/A.O.D. Team; Anormous.
Best rock: Silent Fury; Stone Soul Foundation; Elephant Mountain; Just a Memory; Michael P. Ryan.
Best R&B: Dave Hanlon’s Cookbook; Isreal Hagan; Brownskin.
Best Americana: Chad Bradshaw Band; Stiv Morgan; Dan Duggan; Andrew and Noah VanNorstrand; Loren Barrigar.
Best recording, other style: William Nicholson; Leper Pony; Turnip Stampede; Samba Laranja; Ceili Rain.

The details

What: Syracuse Area Music Awards.
When: 7 p.m. Nov. 11.
Where: Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center Ballroom, 800 S. State St., Syracuse.
Tickets: $15. Available at
Nominees: A panel of music educators judged CDs with Central New York connections entered for consideration.
As previously announced, the Sammys will include musical performances by 805, The Rods and Isreal Hagan.