Jazz Artists In Payson

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The Payson Friends of Jazz and the Community Presbyterian Church treated jazz fans to a concert with Half Note recording artist Tony Vaca on flute and sax. The second guest musician was Steve Douglas on standup string acoustic bass.

As usual, Rim Country resident Gerry Reynolds, who produces the concert series, was the drummer.

Vaca opened the concert with “Swinging Shepherd Blues” and then asked those present to request their favorites, so the majority of tunes played were requests.

At the break, Vaca took time out to offer some pointers to a Payson High School student sax player and visit with guests at the concert. The intimate setting of the church at 800 W. Main St. makes it easy for the guest artists and audience to chat during the break.

Jazz fans who purchase subscriptions for a donation of $100 per person ($200 per couple/family) earns the “rank” of Jazz Patron and invitations to participate in the social activities the group has, including after-concert gatherings with the artists. To learn more about becoming a Jazz Patron, call John Shevlin at (928) 474-7454.

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