Let Music Lift Winter-Weary Mood

Jason Coleman

Jason Coleman

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The Tonto Community Concert Association has just the right remedy for that winter-weary mood. The TCCA will host a performance by Jason Coleman, grandson of the legendary Nashville pianist Floyd Cramer, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 at the Payson High School Auditorium. Single tickets are $35 as available. Children and youth under the age of 18 will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. For more information, visit the association Web site at www.tccarim.org or call (928) 478-4363 or (928) 474-4189.

Coleman participated in a student outreach performance as part of TCCA’s ongoing commitment to support arts education in Payson.

Coleman continues his family’s tradition in a nostalgic and entertaining tribute to the great work of his famous grandfather, one of the most admired instrumentalists of all time. His distinctive touch at the piano — the “slip note” — is now widely imitated in country, pop and rock music. Exemplified by his 1960 hit, “Last Date,” Cramer’s piano was an essential part of the Nashville Sound during the 1950s and 1960s. His signature style can be heard on classic songs by Patsy Cline, Jim Reeves, Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers and Elvis Presley.

Coleman is the son of Floyd’s youngest daughter, Donna. Though he was only 12 when his grandfather passed away, their relationship fueled Coleman’s passion for music.

He started piano lessons at the age of five and performed with Cramer on several occasions at his concerts and on national TV. He debuted on the Grand Ol’ Opry at age 17.

Coleman has now produced a collection of his own albums, including four studio releases and one live concert recording. In 2010 he embarked on his first-ever nationwide concert tour — The Legacy of Floyd Cramer — bringing his music to more than 70 cities.

The Tonto Community Concert Association is committed to bringing quality entertainment to the Rim Country through an annual concert series and support of the fine arts in Payson schools. Only two concerts remain in the 2012-2013 season. Mathew and Gunnar Nelson bring the music of their famous father, Ricky Nelson, to the Rim Country in Ricky Nelson Remembered at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 2. The Side Street Strutters perform at 7 p.m., Monday, May 6. Both performances are at the Payson High School Auditorium.

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