Jazz On Old Main

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Delphine Cortez and friends will be in concert in Payson at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 9.

Jazz vocalist Delphine Cortez will be the featured artist at the Sunday, Aug. 9 concert at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson. She will perform with special guest Joel Robin on piano, Tony Vacca on saxophone and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

Cortez sang in top jazz clubs on Rush Street in Chicago and has been one of the most in-demand vocalists in the Valley since her arrival in the mid-1980s. While clearly having her own style, she carries on the tradition of the great ladies of jazz such as Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, and her musical idol, Nancy Wilson. She performs with unique style and grace.

International jazz journalist Patricia Myers has said of Cortez:” Delphine Cortez literally takes possession of each song so firmly that one does not think of comparing Delphine’s style to anyone else’s - Delphine sings as only Delphine can. Her voice evokes warmth and passion with remarkable depth and range.”

Pianist Joel Robin has been playing in the Valley since 1975. Robin has an affinity and reputation for accompanying vocalists and he has worked extensively with many Valley “divas.” Although Robin took private lessons at the age of 11 from the head of the jazz department at the Julliard School of Music, he is predominantly a self-taught “by ear” player.

Cortez and Robin currently appear every Friday at 98 South in Chandler. Robin also appears every Monday at Kazimierz Wine Bar in Scottsdale with Margo Reed.

Their repertoire includes standards and show tunes from the Great American Song Book, bossa novas, and select contemporary pop tunes – all treated in a unique sophisticated style.

They perform frequently in the Valley Divas Concert along with Margo Reed, Nancy Gee and Sherry Roberson.  

A full house is expected for this performance. For advance seating, notify Gerry Reynolds at gerryr@cox.net; give your name and the number of people who plan to attend. There is a $5 donation at the door, which includes refreshments.

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