Pete Pancrazi was named by "Downbeat Magazine" as "the one to watch," and a guitar player "deserving greater attention." "AzJazz Magazine" named him "Jazz Guitar Player of the Year."
Jazz and guitar music fans in Rim Country can judge for themselves when Pancrazi plays at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. This is a free performance featuring popular holiday tunes. A horn player and a rhythm section composed of piano, bass and drums will complete the ensemble.
The artists are being brought to Payson by Jazz in Az, a nonprofit arts organization; the church and a group of local jazz fans. Refreshments will be served. It is recommended that you send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (480) 785-1278 to make a reservation, as seating is limited to 225 people. However, all who come will be accommodated.
Pancrazi is a graduate of the Berkeley School of Music in Boston. While there, he received the performer/songwriter award four times, as well as becoming a two-time winner of the songwriter competition. Through the years, he has cultivated a large and loyal following. Audiences enjoy his nimble guitar work and warm vocals, especially in such settings as The Duck & Decanter restaurant and the Desert Botanical Garden. His repertoire includes original compositions, alongside straight-ahead and Latin jazz standards.
The jazz concerts come to the Rim Country when the artists are in the state. Some of the finest talent in the jazz industry participate.