Jazz Concert Sunday Features Mark Decozio

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Mark DeCozio

Enjoy a Prelude to Valentine’s Day concert with jazz pianist and vocalist Mark DeCozio at 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

DeCozio will perform with Mike King on bass and Gerry Reynolds on drums.

The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Payson Community Presbyterian Church present the concert.

DeCozio grew up in Connecticut in a musical family, studying with guitarist Joe Federico and saxophonist Larry McKenna and later at the Hartt School of Music under the tutelage of Jackie Byrd and Jackie McLean.

DeCozio performed extensively on the East Coast and played with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino’s band. He also composed music for the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival.

Now a Valley resident, DeCozio regularly makes appearances at the Phoenician Resort and is currently performing at the El Chorro Lodge, Hyatt Gainey Ranch and Seasons 52.

King has performed professionally for 30 years. He is the first-call bassist for all of the national touring Broadway shows at Arizona State University Gammage and Dodge theaters and he has performed with the Phoenix Symphony.

He backs well-known Valley jazz artists including Armand Boatman, Charles Lewis, Margo Reed and Dom Moio. King has also performed with nationally known artists such as Michael Feinstein, Dennis Roland, Tanya Tucker, Patti Page, The Platters, Connie Francis, The Coasters, Bobby Caldwell and Tom Scott. He has recorded with guitar legend Al Casey, Sister Sledge and E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren.

Reynolds for many years performed music of many genres, from military marching band to alternative jazz groups. He is best know for backing many jazz professionals in the Valley and for organizing monthly jazz performances in Payson.

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