Enjoy Jazz In Green Valley Park This Weekend

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Peter Storn and the Peter Storn Project are making a return engagement with the Concert Under the Stars series at Green Valley Park on Saturday. The group performed in the series in 2000.

The Peter Storn Project is the feature of the final Concert Under the Stars in Green Valley Park Saturday.

The concert, sponsored by the Payson Parks and Recreation Department, is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 24 in the amphitheater area of the park.

"We played Payson in 2000 for the park series," Storn said. "We had a great time and we're looking forward to being there again and enjoying the nicer weather."

The five-piece Phoenix group is primarily known as an expressive contemporary jazz act, but the artists also do smooth jazz and acid jazz and occasional vocals featuring the works of David Sanborn, James Taylor, the Crusaders, Boney James, Count Basie and others.

Guitarist and composer Peter Storn was born in Germany and is well known for his expertise in blending the sounds of jazz, funk, blues, rhythm and blues, rock and Latin. He studied in Germany and London, England and graduated from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles.

In his band, the Peter Storn Project, voted "Best Jazz Band" in 1997 in the Arizona Music Awards, Storn's talent takes center stage as he effortlessly glides across the strings of both electric and acoustic guitars. The group has two compact disc recordings, "Peter Storn Project" and "Stolen Live

Moments." The CDs will be available for purchase at the concert. "We normally sell them for $15 each," Storn said.

Working with Storn in the group are Terry Anderson, Raul Yanez, Justin Brotman, Mario Mendivil and Rich Reed.

The next big event for the PPR Department is the annual Monsoon 5K Run. The event is on a 3.1 mile course. The race begins Saturday, Aug. 7 at 9 a.m. The entry fee is $15 for those who pre-register, and $20 after noon on Aug. 6. All pre-registered participants will receive a souvenir race shirt. For more information about the race or the concert, contact parks and rec at (928) 474-5242, ext. 7.

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