New Orleans Jazz Concert

New Orleans-style jazz with Dr Jass & the Heartbeats.

New Orleans-style jazz with Dr Jass & the Heartbeats.


Come out to the Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St., at 2 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 9 for a concert of New Orleans-style jazz and a CD release party with Dr Jass & the Heartbeats.

The group brings a wide variety of musical influences into its contemporary New Orleans street music, rhythm & blues, swing and Dixie sounds.

Dr Jass & the Heartbeats includes Dr. Claudio Zamorano, Mike Buskirk, Dale and Suzanne Knighton and Gerry Reynolds.

A $5 donation is requested to defray costs and includes refreshments. Make a reservation for the afternoon via e-mail to or call (602) 619-3355.

Zamorano plays the cornet and leads the five-member group. He provides his own form of adrenaline, which pumps the hearts of jazz fans as well as the members of the band — they want to go on and on and never stop. This might come from his career as a cardiovascular surgeon, but more than likely it is from his passion for traditional jazz, which was cultivated during his years performing at the Hot Jazz Club in Santiago, Chile.

As a child in Southern California, Buskirk woke up to the sound of ragtime music, which his mother loved to play and it has stayed in his blood. A music educator, Buskirk has made a career of teaching and playing many instruments, as well as singing. He adds marrow to the blood of the group by singing and playing a number of brass instruments, including the trombone.

The Knightons teamed up for 27 years to sing and play bass, keyboard, guitar, banjo, washboard and various noisemakers for hotel dancing and major events all over the West. They are the heart of the band. Suzanne sang and played professionally full-time for 10 years before joining forces with Dale in 1982. Dale has played the banjo since he was 15, served in the Air Force and was a member of the Buffalo Nickle Jug Band and The Real McCoy’s Dixieland band at Knotts Berry Farm. He has also performed some country, rock, bluegrass and blues music along the way.

Drummer Reynolds adds a steady, even-tempered, never forgiving pulse to the heart of the band. Performing in mainstream and traditional jazz bands for more than 30 years, Reynolds’ roots are in drum corps, college and military marching bands and all sorts of dance bands.


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