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Photo courtesy of Gerry Reynolds

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats, featuring Claudio Zamorano on trumpet, will give a concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9 at Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St.

Jazz concert

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats are coming to Payson for the 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 9 jazz concert at the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., Payson.

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats bring a wide variety of musical influences into its basic groove of funky, contemporary New Orleans street music, including rhythm and blues, swing and Dixie.

The group’s leader, Dr. Claudio Zamorano, has extensive playing experience as a trumpeter leading a New Orleans-styled jazz band for more than 14 years at the Hot Jazz Club of Santiago, Chile’.

This six-piece ensemble was formed in 2010 for the purpose of entertaining those who love toe-tapping music that reaches the soul, that is joyful, and that makes one want to get up and move. The group is available for public events, dances, private parties and even weddings. The band has an exciting combination of sounds and does some vocals.

They have developed their own style of “trad” jazz with more of a contemporary groove. Audiences of all ages find the music infectious and danceable. 

Dr Jass & The Heart Beats features Dale Knighton on banjo, Mike Buskirk on bass trombone, Robert Tarallo on clarinet, Larry Brasen on upright bass, Gerry Reynolds on drums, and of course, Zamorano on trumpet.

A donation of $5 or more for each person attending is requested at the door. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to make reservations, contact Gerry Reynolds at, or 602-619-3355.

This event is produced by the Payson Friends of Jazz volunteers in conjunction with the Community Presbyterian Church.

Artrageous program at Payson Public Library 

Kids of all ages can get Artrageous at the Payson Public Library during the month of January.

Sign-up for free art classes taught by local artists. The classes will focus on different mediums for a range of age groups. Among the topics planned for the program are: digital photography, stamp scenes, watercolor, drawing, and jewelry making.

Class size is limited, so stop by the library to see the class schedule and sign up.

Contact Harryette Stanley at (928) 474-9260 for more information.

Payson Relay for Life

The organizing committee for the 2011 Payson Relay for Life is currently being formed.

Relay for Life is the annual fund-raising event to benefit The American Cancer Society’s efforts in support of cancer patients and also medical research working toward a cure.

Those interested in being involved as part of the committee, please contact “Dusty” Miller at


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