A special Payson Jazz performance by guitarist Jack Wilkins will take place at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 25 at the Community Presbyterian Church.
Wilkins has been a part of the international jazz scene for more than 40 years. His flawless technique and imaginative chordal approach has inspired collaborations with Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Bob Brookmeyer, Buddy Rich and many others.
In recent years, Wilkins has played at many festivals with jazz greats including Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, bassist Eddie Gomez, and accompanied and recorded with renowned singers, Mel Torme, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Manhattan Transfer, Nancy Marano and Jay Clayton.
He lives in Manhattan and teaches at he New School, N.Y.U., Long Island University and Manhattan School of Music.
Performing with him will be pianist Armand Boatman, bassist Jack Radavich and Drummer Dom Moio.
Boatman has been active on the Phoenix jazz scene since the early 80's.
Radavich, a long-time valley"first call" musician, has a long resume of professional experience. He has performed with Terry Gibbs, Jeff Hamilton, Milt Jackson, Barnie Kessel, Joe Pass, John Faddis, Joe LaBarbara, Don Menza, Joe Williams, Mel Lewis, Shorty Rogersamong others.
Moio has been playing drums since the fifth grade. He has played with jazz luminaries such as Mose Allison, Herb Ellis, Ahmad Jamal and Clark Terry. He also studied with Cuban master percussionist Walfredo de los Reyes Sr. He has made numerous recordings and has authored books on Latin rhythms and Be-bop phrasing for drums.
hile the performance is free and open to the public, a $5 donation will help defray the expense of bringingtalent of this high caliber to Payson.