Two Jazz Concerts Coming Up



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The Pita Jungle Trio and guest musicians will perform Oct. 17 at Community Presbyterian Church.

There will be two jazz concerts this month — both taking place next weekend.

First, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16 enjoy the sounds of the Payson Jazz Trio at the Community Presbyterian Church Fall Festival, which is part of the church’s 75th anniversary celebration. It is free and open to everyone.

There will even be a dance floor for those so inclined to let the music move them. 


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The Payson Jazz Trio will present a concert Oct. 16 as part of the Community Presbyterian Church Fall Festival.

Some of the 22 tunes that may be performed by pianist Bob Smolenski, bassist Mike Buskirk, and Gerry Reynolds on the drums are: “A Foggy Day,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Black Orpheus,” “My Foolish Heart,” “Georgia,” “Autumn Leaves,” “Lady is a Tramp,” “Girl From Ipanima,” “When Sunny Gets Blue,” “With a Song in My Heart,” and “Soul Eyes.”

The second concert will be the next afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 17 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main, Payson. The featured artists will be the Pita Jungle Trio, who will have a guest performing as well.

The trio includes Dave Ihlenfeld, piano; Steve Douglas, bass; and Gerry Reynolds, drums. The group’s guest will be trumpeter Ken Hales.

For more than ten years the Pita Jungle restaurant at the southeast corner of Dobson and Ray roads in Chandler has hosted a Thursday night jam session lead by the Pita Jungle Trio. The members of the trio do change from time to time, as do the jazz musicians who come to sit in and play, but the music remains the same, swinging, rollicking as well as mellow, all American renditions of tunes right out of the American song books of jazz.

The performance is open to all, and a donation will be accepted. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP if possible to


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