The Payson Community Presbyterian Church/Payson Friends of Jazz is holding a piano fund-raising raffle.
The successful seven-year run of music performances at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church has not only given it the reputation as the “birth place of jazz in Payson,” but the church has also become the town’s gathering place to socialize and hear quality live music of all kinds performed.
Those who have attended events this year came from more than 300 local households, often filling the church sanctuary to capacity during the performances. Others, as well, came from the Phoenix metropolitan area, Sedona and Flagstaff. The local media continues to support music events, and volunteers are always on hand to help out as needed.
An aging piano is currently being used for all music functions at the church. Visiting artists, such as the Manhattan Piano Trio who performed earlier this year, were required to perform with the piano. However, the incurable problems affecting the piano’s tuning and tonal character are now very obvious.
The piano will no longer remain in tune, and the hammers need to be replaced. In order to continue attracting and supporting quality-level performers, the church wishes to acquire a piano that will provide the precise tuning and natural acoustic qualities demanded by the professional musicians who seek to perform at the church.
A special piano fund has been established to acquire a piano. The goal is to raise the $10,000 from donations as a base to attract other gifts from donors at large. As of mid-November, more than $8,500 has been raised.
Well-known artist Jay Kemp is donating a painting worth $1,200 to the Community Presbyterian Church/Payson Friends of Jazz that will be used in a raffle in order to raise additional funds for the piano.
Tickets are being sold for $20 each (three for $50) at the Rim Country Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at the 101 W. Main St., and at the Community Presbyterian Church at 800 W. Main St. in Payson. The painting may be viewed in the lobby of the Payson Public Library, 328 N. McLane Road.