Jazz vocalist Nicole Pasternak with pianist Lew Turano and friends will perform at 2 p.m.Sunday, Feb. 10 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main Street, Payson.
Connecticut resident Nicole Pasternak has developed an enthusiastic audience in the Northeast U.S. with her honest, straight-ahead style, and equal energy for swing songs, bebop, ballads and Latin jazz. She also kicks in writing some of her own music and lyrics.
Joining in on the keys is her pianist, Lew Turano, who at age 7 began his classical music studies.
While never abandoning the piano, he returned to music on a full-time basis after retiring from a 35-year career in business. Accompanying Nicole at various clubs and parties in New York and Connecticut, Lew is equally at home playing chamber music in Sedona, where he resides a good part of the year.His interplay with Nicole is described as "a warm, swinging and unique experience."
Scott Yanow (AMG All Music Guide) said about Nicole, "A fine singer with an appealing voice, a comfortable range and a natural feeling for jazz." Tad Hendrickson (JazzWeek) said, "Her subtle voice is well-paired with a straight-ahead band ... Pasternak and her band do prove that there is still quality when you dig below the surface of jazz." And, Pulse Magazine wrote, "A sound too good not to notice."
To complete the band, Valley professional Jack Radavich will join in on upright bass, as will local drummer Gerry Reynolds.
The performance is open to all area residents, and a $5 minimum donation for each guest may be given at the door.
Although not required, you may contact Gerry Reynolds to reserve seating by leaving a message at 480-785-1278, or by sending a message to him at firstname.lastname@example.org, giving your name and the number of individuals who will be attend.
Many residents attend the performances, so let Gerry know that you will attend, as that helps in planning for the number who actually attend.