Judy Roberts Will Perform In Jazz Concert Sunday

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Judy Roberts will perform at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Community Presbyterian Church in Payson.

 The Chicago Tribune has awarded pianist/singer Judy Roberts the title “Chicago’s Favorite Jazz Woman.”

Yet she is recognized as a worldwide jazz star thanks to the success of her international recordings and concert performances. Roberts is best known for her fun-loving approach to an eclectic and extensive repertoire, her hard-swinging piano playing, her ability to combine lush and sensitive vocals with rapid-fire scat singing, and for her unique ability to communicate with her audience in a relaxed and intimate style.

As a multiple Grammy nominee, she has released more than 20 CD/albums. In addition to club and concert appearances, Judy performs at such jazz festivals as the North Sea Fest in Holland, the Singapore Jazz Fest, the Chicago Jazz Festival, and is a regularly featured artist on the Joe Segal and the Jazz Cruise Line jazz series, as well as the Newport Beach and West Coast Jazz Parties. Judy also teaches, and she was on the faculty of Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, and is a featured columnist for the Chicago Jazz Magazine.

Joining her will be local club and recording artist, vocalist Renee Patrick. Patrick is a Valley favorite who works in a number of clubs, including with Roberts regularly at Remington’s in Scottsdale. (Roberts has a second home in Fountain Hills.)

Backing up these two vocal sensations will be Ted Sistrunk on bass, and Gerry Reynolds on drums. A year ago, these four artists joined up in a piano fund-raiser for the Presbyterian Church. Roberts will now return to play on the church’s “new” gently-used Baldwin grand piano. One or more additional musicians may be added to the program.

Contact Gerry Reynolds at gerryr@cox.net to RSVP.

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