The Payson Jazz Trio, with special guest John Darst on guitar, will be the final group to perform in the 2009 Concert in the Park series. The jazz concert is in Green Valley Park from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday July 25.
The performance is free, and will go on — rain or shine. Bring a lawn chair and blankets to the park and sit back and enjoy hot jazz in a cool setting. Refreshments are available through local vendors starting at 6 p.m.
Pianist Bob Smolenski, bassist Mike Buskirk and Gerry Reynolds formed the Payson Jazz Trio several years ago. Smolenski is actively playing in the area, while Mike is an active, well-known music teacher. Reynolds plays drums.
Buddy Apfel, a Valley professional, will perform on string bass at the July 25 performance. He has performed extensively throughout the country, mostly in classic jazz festivals and internationally with State Department tours.
Guest John Darst is a notable guitar player of unusual gift and flexibility; one who is able to perform tunes ranging from pop to soul, Latin to swing. He resides in Show Low, where he is quite busy playing when he is not working at Northland Pioneer College.
At the park performance, expect to hear swinging Gershwin and Cole Porter show tunes, Carlos Jobin Latin bosa novas and sambas, and soulful ballads.
Green Valley Park is about one mile west on Main Street from Highway 87.