Get A Great Jazz Fix


The Payson Jazz Trio, with special guest artist guitarist John Darst, will have two performances during July.

• Sunday, July 11, the Payson Jazz Trio with special guest guitarist John Darst will perform from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. This is the regular performance for July in the monthly jazz series at the church, a series soon celebrating nine entertaining years.

The trio includes Bob Smolenski, piano, Mike Buskirk is on bass, and Gerry Reynolds on the drums.

As this month’s featured group, the PJT performs mainstream jazz , and such tunes as “Satin Doll,” “Our Love Is Here To Stay,” “A Foggy Day,” “Take The A Train,” “My Funny Valentine,” and many other ballad and Latin tunes are in the play book. Open to the public, a donation may be given.

• Saturday, July 24 the Payson Jazz Trio, again with guest guitarist John Darst, will perform from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Payson Parks & Recreation’s Concert Under the Stars series in the Green Valley Park amphitheater.

The group will play other selections from its book of music, including “Autumn Leaves,” “Have You Met Miss Jones,” “Black Orpheus,” “The Days of Wine and Roses,” “There Will Never Be Another You,” and other ballad love songs, as well as some swing tunes.

Dancers are welcome — the cement floor in front of the bandstand is there for you.


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