Jazz saxophonist Tony Vacca, a nationally known performing and recording artist, will be in concert at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Payson Community Presbyterian Church, 800 W. Main St. This program is starting a half-hour later than the jazz concerts usually start.
Vacca has performed with such jazz legends as Lionel Hampton, Sammy Davis Jr., Richie Cole, Conti Candoli, Irvin Mayfield, Jon Faddis, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Swingtips, Tony Bennett, Frank Foster and Doc Severinsen.
A busy clinician and educator, he has been a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold summer jazz clinics.
Critics have said Vacca plays with “Muscular and ripping style,” (Chicago Tribune); “...thoughtful, demure, straightforward post-bop...the performances are solid.” Jazziz; “...sophisticated, searing and sensual...an electrifying experience,” (Judy Roberts - Chicago pianist); “...sensuous and throaty...,” (Arizona Republic); “...a performer of considerable gifts with his own welcome message on the curved horn,” (All Music Guide); “...the tenor saxophonists’ Mount Everest,” (All About Jazz - Feb 2002); “The most burning player in the Valley!,” (ASU Press); “A phenomenal sax player,” (Az Foothills Magazine); and, “Vacca’s approach is brawny... with solid unity of thought and feeling,” (Jazz Review).
A rhythm section will perform in Payson with Vacca.
A $5 minimum donation will include refreshments.
To reserve a seat, contact: Gerry-Reynolds@hotmail.com or call (602) 619-3355.