Chicago's First Lady Of Jazz To Perform At Payson Event

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The Chicago Tribune's acclaimedirst Lady of Jazz, piano jazz vocalist Judy Roberts, will be joining popular localazz vocalist Renee Patrickn leading an Arizona all-star group of musicians in a specialerformance at the Community Presbyterian Church, Sunday Sept. 21 starting at 2 p.m.

A multiple Grammy nominee, Judy Roberts is a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international recordings and concert appearances. From the Midwest to Phoenix to Singapore, Roberts is best known for her fun-loving approach to an eclectic and extensive repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, and for performing for her audiences in a relaxed and intimate style. She is a highly prizedrtist and individualmong her peers of jazz musicians.

Music is a way of life for Patrick. Her father was a member of the world renowned Ink Spots who was inducted into the Doo Wop Hall of Fame.

Her mother recorded with Terry Johnson of the Flamingos in Detroit's Motown, and with such greats as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Patrick was born with soul.

Joining them will be international jazz saxophonist Greg Fishman. As a freelance musician, band leader, educator and author working out of Chicago, Mr. Fishmans highlycclaimed by columnists Mike Joyce of the Washington Post, and Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune.

Another nationally recognizedreelance saxophonist, educator and author, Tony Vacca, will join the performance. As will bassist Ted Sistrunk,ne of the most accomplished musicians to be working in Arizona.

He co-led the Phoenix Jazz Workshop, he is a prolific arranger ofazz compositions,and aalley college music instructor.

The performance is free and open to the public, but donationsay beiven topurchase a new church piano.

Roberts, Patrick and the other musicians areaiving their performance feesin order toelp build the piano fund.
In order to manage seating for the large number of persons who are expected to attend,lease sendour name and the number who plan to attend to gerryr@cox.net.

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