The Payson Community Presbyterian Church hosts a monthly jazz performance that has been going on for almost 10 years. Pastor Chuck Proudfoot opened the church doors when he provided musicians a place to play. Many folks now enjoy good, live music performed by professionals who often are recruited from out of the area.
While the event has always been free to the public, the donations that are received at the door are used almost entirely to support the cost of the program, which includes bringing in the top-notch performers.
However, even though this event is self-supporting, the church itself faced a budget shortfall at the end of the year. To help with the shortfall, a two CD set of recorded tunes by artists who have performed in concert at the church has been prepared. The recordings are of the unrehearsed, improvised performances — first cuts of jamming musicians that have not been edited.
The following artists are included in the recordings: Judy Roberts, piano and vocals; Bill Ippolito, piano and vocals; Bob Smolenski, piano; John Darst, guitar; Jacob Koller, piano; John Sims, bass; Jack Radavich, bass; George “Pepe” Grant, vocals; Renee Patrick, vocals; John Landino, vocals; Lew Turano, piano; John Shevlin, piano; Greg Fishman, sax; Ken Taylor, flugelhorn; Paul Penning, piano; Dave Ihlenfeld, piano and tuba; Stan Sorenson, guitar; Neal Seroka, bass; Tony Vacca, sax; Steven Von Wald, sax; Ted Sistrunk, bass; Mike Buskirk, bass; Gerry Reynolds, drums, and others.
The CD set offering is an incentive appeal for church support. Any person who contributes $25 or more to the church will receive the CDs through the mail. All you need to do is make a check payable to the Community Presbyterian Church, send or give it to Carolyn Snell, secretary, Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson, AZ 85541. She may be reached by e-mail at cpcgen@yahoo .com, or at the office most mornings. The CD sets are limited to 50.