Jazz Trio Will Perform Sunday At Presbyterian Church

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The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church present the Jacob Koller Trio in concert Sunday, June 8.

The performance will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. in Payson.

Pianist Jacob Koller is a straight up genius who's been playing classical music since the age of 4. Applying this talent to perform jazz his own special way, puts him light years ahead of his young cohorts.

His friend and playing buddy bassist Chris Finet, joins him on a western tour, which includes a stop in Payson.

Local drummer Gerry Reynolds, who is more than twice their age, will add his experience to complete the trio.

Before entering high school Jacob had won more than 10 classical piano competitions, including the prestigious Arizona Yamaha Piano Competition. At the same time, he studied jazz, which led to his first professional job at age 14. He continued to play with some of the finest jazz musicians in the Valley, including Dennis Rowland, Jesse McGuire, Margo Reed, Dwight Kilian and Fred Forney.

He attended Arizona State University on a full jazz scholarship, and he studied privately with world-class pianists Kenny Warner and Fred Hersch and has performed around the globe with Mark Dresser, Terrence Blanchard, Tony Malaby and Martin Denny. Quite a resume for this young artist.

Bassist Chris Finet, another emerging young artist, receives his master's degree this month from the Manhattan School of Music. An Arizonan, he moved to New York to study, teach and perform with many of the great jazz artists who reside there.

Nationally known jazz pianist, Les Czimber said, "Chris is one of the finest bass players I've ever had the pleasure to play with." Many other jazz musicians can make that claim as well.

While the event is open to all, a donation of $5 or more will help assure that they can continue to bring high-caliber talent to Payson.

For more information or an advanced seating reservation, feel free to leave a message with Gerry Reynolds at (480) 785-1278 or e-mail him at gerryr@cox.net.

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