Jazz Performance To Raise Piano Funds

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Piano jazz vocalist Judy Roberts will join popular local jazz vocalist Renee Patrick in leading an all-star group of musicians in a special performance at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Community Presbyterian Church.

A multiple Grammy nominee, Roberts is a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international sales of 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.

Music is a way of life for Patrick. Her father was a member of the world renowned Ink Spots. Her mother recorded with Terry Johnson of the Flamingos in Detroit's Motown, and with such greats as Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye.

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

Another nationally recognized freelance saxophonist, educator and author, Tony Vacca, will also join the performance. As will bassist Ted Sistrunk, one of the most accomplished musicians to be working in Arizona. He co-led the Phoenix Jazz Workshop, he is a prolific arranger of jazz compositions, and a Valley college music instructor. And, Gerry Reynolds, a freelance musician for more than 30 years, who has organized and performed in the monthly jazz series for the last six years, will back the group on drums.

The performance is free and open to the public, but donations may be given to purchase a new church piano. All the performers are waiving their performance fees to help build the piano fund.

In order to manage seating for the large number of persons who are expected to attend, please send your name and the number who plan to attend to gerryr@cox.net. Volunteers are needed to help with reception and refreshments.

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