Jazz Pianist Performs This Weekend

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Emerging world-class jazz pianist Jacob Koller will display his talent in a special Payson performance at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13.

The concert will be at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. Joining him will be Justin Brotman on upright bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

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Emerging world-class jazz pianist Jacob Koller will display his talent in a special Payson performance for Jazz in Az at the Community Presbyterian Church. Joining him will be Justin Brotman on upright bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums. The Payson Friends of Jazz are co-sponsoring this event with the church. The concert is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13. Admission is free, but reservations are suggested.

The Payson Friends of Jazz are co-sponsoring this event with the church.

At the age of 4, Koller began studying classical piano. At age 5, he gave his first piano recital and before entering high school he had won more than 10 classical piano competitions, including the Arizona Yamaha Piano Competition.

In high school he developed a passion for jazz. He began working professionally at age 14, playing with the finest jazz musicians in the Valley including Dennis Roland, Jesse McGuire, Margo Reed, Dwight Kilian and Fred Forney.

He attended Arizona State University on a full jazz scholarship and studied under Chuck Mahronic.

Koller has also studied privately with world-class pianists Kenny Warner and Fred Hersch, and has performed all around the globe with Mark Dresser, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Malaby and Martin Denny.

Bassist Justin Brotman is a gifted professional as well, having graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Local drummer Gerry Reynolds works regularly with many of Arizona's finest jazz musicians, and leads a weekly jam session at the Pita Jungle restaurant in Chandler.

The performance is open to all area residents. While there is no charge, a donation given at the door will be used to fund this self-supporting event.

For more information and to help Reynolds estimate the attendance, contact him at (480) 785-1278, or e-mail him at gerryr@cox.net. Reynolds serves on the board of directors for Jazz in Arizona, a nonprofit organization that has helps bring jazz musicians to Payson.

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