Henning Trio Jazzes Up September Concert


The Payson Friends of Jazz are bringing The Dave Henning Trio to perform at the concert Sept. 9.

The trio will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 West Main St. in Payson.


Dave Henning

"Dave Henning is a gifted piano player," Jazz in Az organizer, Gerry Reynolds said.

Henning studied music at Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music.

He began working locally with Phoenix stalwarts Denise Martin, Steve Millhouse and Rob Schuh, which led to the group's recording of their CD, "Re-Entry," in 1999.

Several years ago Henning continued his studies with piano great, Raul Yanez, expanding his repertoire with salsa and other Latin music.

Recently he formed his own trio that includes the bassist Chris Finet, and drummer, Andy Ziker.

They perform in western concerts, have recorded two live CDs -- "Live at Kerr" (ASU's Kerr Center) and "Live in the Hills" (Fountain Hills).

Henning was voted the second "Top Jazz Pianist" in KJZZ radio's annual Phoenix jazz poll.

Tim Paree joins the trio on bass.

Local jazz fans know Gerry Reynolds, the group's drummer, since he organizes the monthly performances and often performs with the artists coming to Payson.

Reynolds plays with Bob Smolenski, Chuck and Barb Casey, and others at the Strawberry Lodge on Saturday evenings.

A special guest will join the performance.

Tony Vacca performed professionally as a saxophonist for 16 years in Chicago. Then, he joined the staff at Scottsdale Community College as director of jazz studies.

Vacca has performed and recorded with such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Richie Cole, Conti Condoli, Irvin Mayfield, John Faddis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, Tony Bennett, Frank Foster and Doc Severinson to name a few.

Henning, Paree and Vacca join a long list of other professionals who have been invited and performed in this successful monthly jazz series, that has continued for more than six years.

Jazz in Az requests a $5 donation.

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