Noted Jazz Artist Comes To Payson

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Judy Roberts, a Grammy-nominated jazz artist, performs in Payson next week.

A pianist and vocalist, Roberts performs at 7 p.m. Friday, March 28 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street. She will be accompanied by her longtime bass player Neal Seroka and local drummer Gerry Reynolds.

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Judy Roberts will perform Friday, March 28 at the Community Presbyterian Church.

Roberts will perform songs from her 2003 Grammy-nominated compact disc, "In the Moment" and from her upcoming CD, "Route 66."

Her repertoire ranges from vintage and bebop to swing and Cole Porter standards to the bossa novas of Carlos Jobim and contemporary Latin sounds. CDs will be for sale.

"Roberts is a sensitive, articulate pianist, with depth and range. Her playing is laced with intense, freshly-voiced choral passages. Her singing is delicate and breathy or worldly and sultry in accordance with the mood," according to Downbeat Magazine.

Roberts recorded her first album with bassist Ray Brown at the age of 18, and has gone on to become a multiple grammy nominee, with over a dozen releases. She has performed in clubs, concerts and jazz festivals world-wide, and her music and recordings are known nationally. The winner of numerous jazz polls and awards, she has been number one in both radio airplay and on Billboard charts, and has been a guest on NPR's "Piano Jazz" hosted by Mariam McPartland.

The opportunity to hear a live performance by an artist like Roberts comes only once in a lifetime, if ever. To hear one of the very best contemporary jazz pianist/vocalists in the world today, plan now to attend Roberts' concert.

The performance is made possible by a collaboration of Jazz in Az and the Payson Fans of Jazz. It is free of charge, but donations will be accepted. Call 468-1381 to RSVP.

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